Local Studies Forum
Libraries and Information East Midlands Council sponsors a number of special interest sub-groups. These groups offer an opportunity for staff in all types of libraries across the region to network, to exchange ideas and information, to share good practice and to become involved in practical co-operation. Their work helps to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of Sharing the Future.
One of these groups, The East Midlands Local Studies Forum meets twice yearly and brings together representatives from the public library services together with colleagues from the Record Offices and Universities within the region.
The purpose of the Forum is to raise awareness of Local Studies issues; to facilitate communication and current awareness; to promote partnership working especially involving academic libraries, and to work together towards shared objectives.
Terms of reference for the Forum were agreed at the meeting held in September 2008 and can be seen here: 'Terms of Reference' The minutes of the Forum's meetings are available as pdf documents at the bottom of this page.
The Forum provides a valuable opportunity to share ideas and good practice and to visit collections in other libraries in the region. Meetings are now held jointly with the East Midlands and East of England Newsplan panel.
Local Studies Forum members:
Derby City Libraries - Mark Young
Derbyshire Libraries - Local Studies Library
Derbyshire Record office - Sarah Chubb
East Midlands Oral History Archive - Colin Hyde
Leicester City Libraries - Jerry Daniel
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Record Office - Jenny Moran
Leicestershire Libraries - Victoria Barton
Lincolnshire Libraries - Kevin Best
Northamptonshire Libraries - Jon-Paul Carr
Nottingham Libraries - Local Studies library
Nottinghamshire Libraries - Ruth Imeson
Rutland County Library - Emily Barwell
University of Leicester - Dr. Simon Dixon
University of Nottingham,
(Manuscripts & Special Collections) - Dr Ursula Ackrill
East of England members:
Peterborough - Richard Hillier
Norfolk - Clare Agate
Suffolk - Ruth Silburn