David Stewart


David Stewart is the current President of CILIP, the UK Professional Body of Library and Information Professionals. 

Within his Presidency and his day job, David sees his role as going where he is needed and making the case for librarians; he is driven by a passion for research and evidence.  David is Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North – leading the strategic development, co-ordination and monitoring of all NHS library and knowledge services across the North of England. David is a founder of the HEALER network which brought together practising health librarians and library academics to promote and develop research amongst the health library profession.  Currently he leads the workforce planning and development work-stream within Knowledge for Healthcare, Health Education England’s framework for service development across NHS library and knowledge services in England. Previous posts include Director of Information Services at the Royal Society of Medicine and Deputy Director of Health Libraries in Oxford Region. David has a first degree in medieval & modern history from Birmingham University, qualified as a librarian in 1981 at Birmingham Polytechnic and obtained his CILIP Fellowship in 2012.


His opening keynote is entitled '"Biblio what?' Birmingham, Briggs and beyond: A practitioner's evidence journey".




Dr. Frankie Wilson is the Head of Assessment at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. She provides strategic leadership for assessment throughout the Libraries, including training staff in assessment techniques, and designing and running assessment activities. She has extensive experience in applying a wide range of assessment methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative) to assess the impact of library provision, effectively communicating the results, and achieving changes in service provision to improve customer satisfaction, and productivity. Frankie holds a Doctorate in the field of performance measurement, quality, and culture change in academic libraries, and continues to be an active researcher as well as a practitioner. She is Chair of the Board of the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries, and serves on the Library Assessment Conference Board.


Frankie's mid-conference keynote talk will be called "Just do it! Don't let perfect be the enemy of action".




Donna Scheeder is the Past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and of the Special Libraries Association, SLA. Ms. Scheeder’s organization, Global Library Strategies, provides consultative services on library leadership, strategic planning, advocacy and digital strategies. She speaks frequently on contributions made by libraries towards advancing the achievement of the UN 2030 agenda and the Sustainable development goals. She retired on March 2015 as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Congressional Research Service after a long career at the U.S. Library of Congress which included 5 years as Director of Law Library Services. She is a former Chair of the Section on Libraries and Research Services for Parliaments of IFLA and has provided training to parliamentary libraries in many countries of the world. Her networking skills have been sharpened over her 45 year career and record of volunteer public service. Scheeder lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Hill Center and she also serves as Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee.

Her closing keynote will be "Telling the real story: Creating a global vision through data sharing". 

All types of libraries have wonderful stories to tell. Libraries are leading promoters and providers of free access to all types of information. What libraries lacked however was reliable data needed to persuade decisionmakers that libraries are critical infrastructure for the success in reaching whatever goals they may pursue and as such should be funded. The efforts of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions to position libraries to play this role were hampered by the lack of reliable data. Creation of The Library Map of the World and baseline statistics in Development and Access to Information report provided important advocacy tools and represents a global knowledge management project. This presentation discusses the process used and the partnerships formed to produce these advocacy tools and give an overview of data you can use and offers a peek at what might be next.