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    MAIPLE (Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries)

MAIPLE workshop

Maple leaf image The MAIPLE (Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries) project team at Loughborough University hosted an invitation-only end-of-project workshop at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University, on 10th July 2014. Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, the MAIPLE project has been exploring measures taken within UK public libraries to manage, control, and regulate public access to Internet content. Invitees include case study participants, public library service managers, academics, stakeholders, members of the External Advisory Board and ‘critical friends’ of the MAIPLE project. The workshop was an opportunity for the invitees to learn more about the project findings and to input into the results with examples from their own experience and opinions.

The day comprised a mixture of presentation, group and plenary discussion, and a lively panel discussion. In addition, we were delighted to host a keynote presentation from Anne Goulding, Prof. of Library & Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and author of Public Libraries in the Twenty First Century. Anne also sat on the panel with Ayub Khan, Brian Ashley and Darren Smart.

Anne GouldingAnne Goulding
Originally from Wales, Anne spent most of her academic career at Loughborough University, UK before moving to New Zealand in February 2013 to take up the position of Professor of Library and Information Management in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington. 

Anne’s teaching and research interests lie primarily in the area of the management of library and information services and her main focus is on the management of public libraries. Her research explores the nature and process of policy formation, models of governance and the development and delivery of strategy in public library services in the light of changing political, social and economic priorities. She is particularly interested in exploring contemporary thinking related to public libraries and discourses surrounding issues of identity, social purpose, and value.

Anne is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science and sits on the Editorial Boards of a number of other librarianship-related journals.

Ayub KhanAyub Khan MBE
Ayub Khan, BA (Hons) FCLIP, is Face to Face Customer Services Manager for Warwickshire County Council - responsible for the authority’s Libraries, One Stop Shops, and Registration service. He is currently overseeing a major transformation programme of the Library & Information Service.

Ayub has held a number of posts in public libraries specialising in schools, young people’s and community librarianship. Ayub’s previous role was that of Principal Project Officer (Library of Birmingham). He is a former CILIP Trustee and chairs CILIP’s Equal Opportunities and Diversity panel. Ayub is also a past President of the Career Development Group. He currently chairs the West Midlands Society of Chief Librarians and is a member of the IFLA's Library Buildings committee.

Ayub was awarded a Centenary Medal from the Library Association in 1998 for services to Librarianship and in 2003 was highly commended in the personal achievement category of the Diversity awards by CILIP. He achieved his Fellowship in 2004. In 2013 Ayub was appointed MBE for services to libraries in Warwickshire.

Brian AshleyBrian Ashley
Brian is Director (Libraries) at Arts Council England, the development agency for public libraries in England. He qualified as a librarian in 1979 before working in a range of front line and middle management roles in Northamptonshire, Coventry and Warwickshire Library Services. In 1998 he moved to Nottingham to become the ‘chief librarian’ after local government re-organisation and led the service until 2009 by which point he had become Director of Culture and Community Development. During this period Nottingham City Libraries was a forerunner in delivering a universal internet offer before the People’s Network, the Boots Books for Babies Scheme before Bookstart, and led on a large number of local and regional reader development initiatives. Brian left Nottingham to become a Regional Manager for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council before joining the Arts Council in 2011.

Darren SmartDarren Smart
Following a scientific career Darren joined Essex Libraries in 2006 and has managed library operations across several districts, as well as playing a significant role in a number of service development projects. He has been a CILIP activist since 2009 and is the current Chair of the Public & Mobile Libraries Group, as well as a former Chair of his local branch and the BMLG. Darren is also a member of CILIP’s Information Literacy Steering Group. He is an advocate for the value of both public libraries and digital inclusion, regularly speaking on these subjects across a range of media, including Twitter (@darrentheviking).

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