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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

                                       - Dr. Mike Rogers

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 Lincoln - Cheryl Cliffe
                                     - Claire Arrand

University of Nottingham,
(Manuscripts & Special Collections) - 
Dr Ursula Ackrill

East of England members:

Peterborough - Richard Hillier

Norfolk - Clare Agate

Suffolk - Ruth Silburn

Minutesspacer and papers

Local Studies Forum and Newsplan June 2014 - notes Acrobat document  

Local Studies Forum and Newsplan Dec 2013 - notes Acrobat document  

Local Studies Forum and Newsplan Jun 2013 - notes Acrobat document  

East Midlands Local Studies Forum Dec 2012 - notes Acrobat document  

East Midlands Local Studies Forum Jun 2012 - notes Acrobat document