It was a great day almost single-handedly organised by Jo Alcock, our Marketing Officer, who managed to get not only a set of great speakers, a venue with strong wireless access and the opportunity to try out Poll Everywhere software, but also provided a set of fabulous coloured felt tip pens so we could all write our name badges in (as Jo put it) the style of primary school teachers (I drew a smiley face on mine and wrote each letter in a different colour - what more could you want?!)
(This picture from Children's Book Reviews on Flickr is much better than mine)
It was a really good day, kicking off with speakers and information on new library builds in the region, which was a really positive subject to focus on with all the recent bad news about closures.
For general information on the projects there are some links here, but I'm sure one of us will be writing up a full blog post soon over on the CILIPWM blog, so I won't add lots of info.
- Staffordshire University Library - Dave Parkes was informative and amusing
- Newman University College - Chris Porter asked the interesting question "Why have a building?"
- The Library of Birmingham - unfortunately the expected speaker couldn't make it but really good on line video to give a feel for the project
- The Hive in Worcester - Roger Fairman spoke about what is believed to be a globally unique project
We had a tour of the existing Staffordshire Uni Library and lunch, and then Phil Bradley spoke on how he sees the future of libraries. As always Phil was passionate and motivational, and not afraid to raise concerns about the way the profession might be going while at the same time noting examples of great work being done and progress being made.
After some discussion and the presentation of certificates to newly chartered West Mids members (well done Cath and others!) the AGMs were held for West Mids CoFHE, UC&R and branch.
Jo Alcock finished off the day by asking those present to share their opinions on current and future Branch activities via text message to Poll Everywhere. The survey is still live at: http://twtsurvey.com/mahog9 and is open to members and non-members alike so please do fill it in - it will only take a few minutes and will give the branch committee really useful information.
There was wireless access at the venue so people were tweeting throughout the day using the hash tag #cwmagm - check it out on twitter.