Event Date/Time: Jan 26, 2003 End Date/Time: Jan 31, 2003
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e-books...e-paper...e-ink: contradictions in terms? A challenge to all our preconceptions? The next logical step? An innovative way forward? Fad or the Future? There is no doubt that the world of e-books is a fast-moving and fascinating one, with tremendous potential for the library and information sector.

This British Council seminar will provide a valuable opportunity for an in-depth consideration of the phenomenon that is the e-book. Aspects to be discussed will include:

-the different technologies supporting e-books
-the range and depth of the product itself, from favourite classics to e-textbooks to cutting-edge literary experiments
-the ways in which e-books are used for learning, for leisure and the provision of information
-the practical and operational issues involved in their management and development case studies sharing experience
-future-scaping with some bleeding edge blue-sky thought experiments from key thinkers in the field

Participants attending the seminar will gain not only a unique insight into a key element of the information landscape, a chance to debate the issues and gain a better knowledge of the field, but also the opportunity to define the future through the development of a framework for strategic planning at national, sector and service level.

This seminar will be of interest to library and information policy makers, senior library and information professionals in all library sectors.

Event Director
Chris Batt is Director of the Libraries and Information Society Team at Resource. It is part of his remit to implement the Government's People's Network programme to connect all public libraries to the Information Superhighway during 2002. His work with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport aims to position public libraries at the heart of national policy. As Director of Leisure Services for Croydon Chris helped to develop Croydon Clocktower, the award winning cultural centre. He has also advised the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on the creation of the new Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries.

Co-Event Director
Susi Woodhouse is the Senior Network Adviser within the People's Network Development Team at Resource. She works on the New Opportunities Fund ICT training of public library staff and NOF-digitise programmes, and on the evaluation programme for the People's Network. She is President (UK and Ireland Branch) of the International Association of Music Librarians (IAML), a trustee of the Music Libraries Trust and Project Director for the Cecilia project to map the UK's music resources.
Susi has also worked for EARL, the consortium for public library networking, for the Library Clientside Team at Westminster Council, as Project Officer for IAML(UK) and as Music Librarian for the Borough of Ealing.

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Additional Information

Fully residential fee: £1300 The fee will include: -5 nights’ accommodation from Sunday night 26 January 2003 to Thursday night 30 January 2003 inclusive, in an ensuite bedroom -all meals from dinner on Sunday evening 26 January 2003 to lunch on Friday 31 January 2003 -full professional programme -social programme (including opening reception) -welcome and farewell packs (containing programme, speakers’ notes, local information etc) -group photograph -experienced Event Manager in daily attendance throughout the event -emergency medical insurance. Dates The event will begin with a reception on the evening of Sunday 26 January 2003, and will finish after lunch on Friday 31 January 2003.