The Northern Collaboration 2016 Conference sponsored by ProQuest & Ex Libris


Our 2016 conference took place on 16th September. Click here to read the conference Storify, and here to see the presentations delivered on the day.

Below you will see general conference information, including the programme, brochure, and sponsor information.

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Save the date - our 2017 conference will take place on Friday 8th September, at the University of York.


Date:         Thursday 15th September 2016                          

Venue:      The Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

Theme:     Collaboration: Delivering Innovation, Engagement and Impact

Keynotes: Richard Watson, author of Digital vs Human and Richard Heseltine, Chair of The James Reckitt Library Trust

Sponsors: ProQuest & Ex Libris, and other relevant organisations. Meet our sponsors here


Our conference e-brochure is here    



Our conference theme draws upon key issues for us in delivering support for teaching, learning and research in the current HE climate. How can collaboration aid us in delivering innovation, impact and engagement?

Innovation: In a time of shrinking budgets but high demand how do we nurture innovation and deliver new and exciting initiatives and services?

Engagement: Engagement with our different stakeholder groups is essential in planning and delivering a successful experience. How do we encourage psychological engagement with the Library and what we offer – what works?

Impact: Do we need libraries? What difference do we make to the experience of our users? How do we demonstrate impact?

Our 2016 conference will be an opportunity to hear key note speakers on the subject, share your own knowledge and learn from colleagues within our collaboration. The conference theme is reflected in our three strands:



Research support: Supporting Institutions: REF, research impact, open access, digital repositories; Supporting researchers: undergraduates and researchers – how do we reach them? Digital literacy; collaboration (internal and external); Students as Researchers

Academic Libraries and the Community: Widening participation; Community engagement; Working with small businesses/charities; Museums/art galleries; Archives and Special collections

Learning & Teaching: Information and digital literacy; Learning analytics; Collaboration between academics and the library; Teaching Excellence Framework – the library's role; Enhancing the student experience


Click here to see the conference programme


Read the conference abstracts here - please make a note of the session numbers you would like to attend (first and second choices) for each set of parallel sessions as these will be required when booking.


Conference venue:

Hilton Liverpool City Centre
3 Thomas Steers Way
L1 8LW

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Accommodation in Liverpool

The Hilton Hotel is now fully booked for Wednesday 14th September. Other hotels close to the venue include the Novotel and Ibis


Networking Evening on Wednesday 14th September - find out more here 


The 2016 Conference Planning team includes:

Laura Barker, LJMU; Jenny Campbell, Newcastle; Lindsay Goodwin, UCLAN; Dominic Hunt, Manchester; Nicola Kerr, Liverpool; Helen Loughran, Leeds Beckett; Ruth Naerland, Teesside; Hardy Schwamm, Lancaster; Christopher Skelton-Foord, Durham; Emma Spivey, NC Development Officer.

Contact details:  - please contact Helen with any queries regarding bookings.  - please contact Christopher to apply for a sponsored place.  - please contact Laura regarding the events taking place the evening before the conference. - please contact Dominic if your company is interested in becoming an event sponsor.  - please contact Emma with any general/other enquiries.