ASCEL Conference 2023

Monday, 14 August, 2023



Changing Times for Children’s & Schools Library Services

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November 2023


ASCEL Future Forward (Virtual)             Monday 6th November 2.30 – 3.30

Publisher Highlights (Virtual)                Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th 09.15 – 12.15 

Main Conference (In Person)                 Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November 2023

Venue: Derby Mickleover Hotel, Etwall Rd, Mickleover, Derby DE3 0XX 


For information regarding the conference please contact: Annie Everall, ASCEL Conference Manager  email: [email protected]

ASCEL Members can book directly

Specific Aims for this Conference:

This conference will equip leaders of Schools Library Services and Public Library Services for Children & Young People to:

  • Support children and young people in engaging with and accessing library services
  • Learn from other organisations as to how they listen to children and young people.
  • Explore how public libraries and schools library services can listen to the children and young people in their communities and put them at the heart of our service.
  • Engage libraries within the broader field of Children’s Services


General Conference Aims:

  • Exploring best practice
  • Understanding the current strategic landscape
  • Generating innovative solutions to respond to new ways of thinking.
  • Providing opportunities for networking
  • Developing cross sector partnerships


Programme Topics will include (subject to speaker confirmation):

  • Back to the Future for Libraries panel session
  • Are libraries relevant in today’s world? Panel session
  • DFE Reading Framework – opportunities and challenges for libraries and SLS
  • Reading, Libraries and Me – author sessions
  • Poverty Proofing the school day
  • Libraries engaging Internationally through IFLA
  • Trends in reading and book buying
  • AI challenges and opportunities for libraries and education
  • Building future partnerships with Arts Council NPO
  • Learning from Our Peers workshops
  • School Diversity week – Just Like Us
  • Digital developments in publishing


Publishers and Reading Materials

The virtual Publisher Highlights during conference will enable delegates to see key children’s books being published in 2023. There will also be a Book Exhibition at the physical conference venue. Pre-recorded supplier highlights plus the publisher recordings will also be shown during breaks.  A reading bag of key children’s titles and promotional materials will be provided for all delegates attending the conference in person.


For information regarding the conference please contact: Annie Everall, ASCEL Conference Manager  email: [email protected]