Academic Libraries North 2021

Conference 2021 sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital

New beginnings: aspirations and optimism for the future


The inaugural ALN Conference was held over two half days, on 8th and 9th September 2021. The conference was held online, using MS Teams.  Thank you to everyone who participated, whether as a delegate, keynote, presenter or sponsor.  We couldn't have done it without you!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  


You can let us know what you thought about the conference by completing our feedback form.  The form will be open until the end of Thursday 23rd September.  Don't forget your entry will go into a prize draw, and the winner of a £25 voucher will be drawn at random. We'll be making the draw on Friday 24th

Recordings and Presentations

The recordings and presentations from the conference are now available, with grateful thanks to the speakers for granting permission to share their content. 

Conference Theme

The last year has shown how libraries have demonstrated resilience, flexibility and innovation in a rapidly changing environment. Many challenges have been faced and overcome, such as finding ways to continue to provide our users with access to physical and online resources, and adapting successfully to new ways of working and collaborating with our partners. This conference showcased and celebrated how lessons learnt during the pandemic, along with a new online confidence, could shape the future for academic libraries. The programme comprised a range of thought-provoking presentations and exciting keynote speakers.


At the following links, you can see the programme schedule, the full programme including abstracts, the delegate brochure and details of the keynotes.  


Thank you to our 2 fantastic keynote speakers at this year's conference - Regina Everitt, Assistant Chief Operating Officer & Director of Library, Archives and Learning Services at the University of East London and Andrew Barker, Director of Library Services & Learning Development at Lancaster University.  

If you have any queries, please contact
Academic Libraries North 2021 Conference Committee   
Twitter: @AcadLibsNorth