Metropolitan Libraries IFLA conference 2020

Theme: Staffing the public library in 2030

(!) Due to the corona virus crisis the Metlib conference in Utrecht is postponed to October 2020.

  • Date: October 4-8 Utrecht
  • Venue Neude Library, Neude 11 Utrecht
  • Theme: Staffing the public library in 2030

Call for papers

Paper presentations
Do you have something to share? Would you like to present a paper? We kindly invite you to do so. Your presentation should last about 20 minutes and should be in English, with audiovisual support. Please consider the following questions in preparation for your presentation:

  • What kind of jobs do we expect? 
  • What skills and competences do we need?
  • How do we recruit and train staff?
  • What is special in metropolitan areas?
  • What does it take to lead a library in transition?
  • What can we learn from others?
  • The library as a start-up?

Pecha Kucha talks
You could also submit a Pecha Kucha talk, a presentation that lasts for 5 minutes and consists of 20 slides. Do it quick and dirty!

Other talks
If you want to present in a different format that is possible please contact us to see if we can make this work.
 

Deadline for proposals
Please send your proposal to: metlib2020@bibliotheekutrecht.nl no later than August 1 2020.
If your paper gets accepted, you will be informed before September 1 2020.


Registration

We offer two kinds of registrations:

  • Full. This includes: welcome reception, coffee- and teabreaks, lunches, visit to the Miffy Museum, excursion to the neighbourhood library in Leidsche Rijn, guided tour of the Haarzuilens castle, conference dinner and all sessions.
    Costs: Early Bird registration, before August 1 2020: € 350,-. Registration after August 1 2020: € 400,-.
  • Partner program. This includes: welcome reception, visit to the Miffy Museum, excursion to the neighbourhood library in Leidsche Rijn, guided tour of the Haarzuilens castle and conference dinner.
    Costs: Early Bird registration, before August 1 2020: € 250,-. Registration after August 1 2020: € 300,-.

Program (provisional)

Sunday October 4

Time Program and location
18:00 Registration Welcome reception - Main Hall, Neude Library

Monday October 5

Time Program and location
08:30 Registration - Customer services, 2nd floor
09:30 Welcome: Adress by Anke Klein, deputy mayor of Utrecht - Keynote speech (speaker to be confirmed) - Theater, 2nd floor
10:45 Coffee break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
11:15 Presentations - Theater, 2nd floor
12:30 Lunch break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
13:30 Presentations - Theater, 2nd floor
15:00 Teabreak - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
15:30 Guided tour of Neude Library
16:30 Free time

Tuesday October 6

Time Program and location
09:30 Keynote speech - Theater, 2nd floor
10:15 Pecha Kucha presentations - Theater, 2nd floor
10:45 Coffee break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
11:15 Presentations - Theater, 2nd floor
12:00 Lunch break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
13:00 Presentations - Theater, 2nd floor
14:30 Teabreak - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
15:00 Tour by bus to the neighbourhood library in Leidsche Rijn
16:15 Guided tour of the Haarzuilens castle
17:30 Return to city

Wednesday October 7

Time Program and location
09:00 Metlib businessmeeting - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
10:15 Coffee break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
10:45 Presentations/Sponsor presentation - Theater, 2nd floor
12:30 Lunch break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
13:30 Presentations - Theater, 2nd floor
15:00 Tea break - Collegeroom, 2nd floor
15:30 Summing up results of the conference/Presentation venue conference 2021/Closing - Theater, 2nd floor
Optional Visit to the Miffy Museum
18:30 Conference dinner - Main Hall

Thursday October 8 and Friday October 9

Optional: Library tours in the Netherlands. Go on your own, or visit one of our recommended destinations with a group of colleagues by public transport. (Details and arrangements will be provided soon.)

Our reccomended destinations:

At Lands end:

Up north:

Down south:

To the west:


Practical information

For information about (staying) in the city of Utrecht, getting there and getting around, please visit our Practical information page.