Academic Libraries North Conference 2023

Revolutionary thoughts: constructively disrupting the status quo in libraries for the new normal


Sponsored by OCLC

Online on 21st June (via Teams) and in-person on 22nd June 2023 (St. George’s Centre, Leeds) 


The programme for the two days is available here.  We had a great range of short papers, lightning talks and workshops for attendees to choose from! You can scroll through the document to see the abstracts for all the papers. We recorded the online sessions, including our keynote, which are now available to view. Slides from the presenters are also available for both the online and in person days.

You can get a flavour of our programme, as well as a general feel of the conference, by looking at the Sway that compiles reports from all of our sponsored attendees.



You can find out everything you need to know about the two days of the conference in the delegate handbook


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We are delighted to announce our two keynotes for this year: 

Day 1 - Emily Drabinski

Title and Abstract: Organizing for Change (recording is now available)
Most of us have looked around our libraries and communities and said, "We shouldn't do it that way". Whether it's cataloguing practices that exclude and offend, collections that reflect only the powerful, or rules and regulations that keep more of us out than in, there are so many ways our libraries can and should change. But how? Drawing on experiences inside and outside libraries, Drabinski will share tactics for making the world we want. 

Emily Drabinski is Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Graduate Center, City university of New York. She publishes and presents widely on topics related to knowledge organization, information literacy, and critical perspectives in librarianship. Drabinski edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books. She is a contributing writer at Truthout. She will serve a one year term as president of the American Library Association starting in June. 

Day 2 - Jen Bayjoo

Title and Abstract: Reclaiming Radical
How often do you wake up in the morning and feel… radical? Tackling oppression and accessibility in libraries will take radical acts of allyship - but many of us feel overwhelmed and unable to tackle the big changes that we need to make, or are nervous about putting ourselves out there. In this keynote, Bayjoo will explore the necessity and reality of radical work, and how small, long-term actions are possible for all of us to ensure a more equitable future. 

Jen Bayjoo works as an Academic Support Manager (Research) at the University of Salford, where she is interested in open research, responsible metrics, and the future of content. She is also the Professional Services representative on University Council, was previously the Chairs of the BAME staff network, works on the new ALN Global Equiry Network, and set up a library diversity netowrk called Diversity in Libraries of the North (DILON). When not advocating for anti-racism and allyship, she enjoys crafts, reading and comedy. 



Registration is now closed - eventbrite was used to register for tickets.

Our ticket prices for 2023 were as follows:

Online Day (21.06.23) 

  • £35 for ALN members
  • £52 for non-members of ALN

In-Person and Online (22.06.23) 

  • £95 for ALN members
  • £145 for non-members of ALN

Our presenters got a 50% discount on each of the above prices. 


About the "in-person" venue

The in-person day was in Central Leeds at St. George's Centre, a short walk from the train station, behind Leeds General Infirmary. Anyone based in and around Leeds is likely to have heard of St George's, who provide support, food, emergency accommodation, training, and more to struggling people in the area. Catering will be provided by Nurture Catering at St George's Crypt. Using this venue helps support the communities in which we are based.


Call for Papers now closed!

Our call for papers closed on 24 March 2023. Everyone who submitted a paper, should have been contacted, thank you all for some great submissions.

Sponsored Places

Our sponsored places application process is now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied. We were pleased to receive a high number of applications which have been reviewed and applicants contacted.


Health & Wellbeing

As the date of the conference approaches, we want to emphasise the importance of prioritising everyone's health and well-being. We kindly request that you refrain from attending the conference if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of illness. Your health and safety, as well as that of your fellow delegates, are important. By choosing not to attend the conference while unwell, you not only protect yourself but also help maintain a safe environment for all participants.

Cancellation Policy

Please note the terms of our cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations made more than 14 days prior to the event date will be offered a full refund.
  • Cancellation(s) made 14 days or less before the event date will be liable for the full registration fee. However, you may transfer your booking to a colleague at any time at no extra cost.
  • Delegates wishing to cancel a booking must confirm this by email to
  • Delegate 'no shows' are liable for the full event fee.