Beyond the Horizon

Series One - Now Streaming

BEYOND THE HORIZON – A collection of inspiring talks from international thought leaders and industry experts.

Libraries Unlimited is proud to present this series in collaboration with Libraries Connected and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (WCCEH).

Here you will find our mini series of five talks with some of the worlds most inspiring library thinkers, leaders and pioneers, exploring innovative ways of working and connecting.

When lockdown hit we decided to bring together some of the worlds greatest minds to share their insights
into creating meaningful roadmaps for this unchartered territory of the new normal.

Around 700 people from around the world joined us live and now here the events are for you to watch, share and enjoy

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Eric Klinenberg, world-renowned sociologist, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and author of various books including Palaces for the People.

Kicking off the series Isobel Hunter, CEO of Libraries Connected, talks to Eric Klinenberg. His talk with Isobel explores libraries as essential democratic spaces, and their role as this in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.


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Erik Boekesteijn, a leading force in revolutionising libraries as multi-functioning spaces at the heart of communities and founding member of Public Libraries 2030.

Erik Boekesteijn is interviewed by Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP. Erik and Nick discuss and explore new ways of thinking and approaching the role of the library and librarian at this new time and consider ideas for moving forward.


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Marie Østergård, library pioneer, Director at Aarhus Public Libraries and Dokk One (Public library of the year 2016) and co-inventor of Next Libraries

Marie Østergård talks to Stuart Hamilton, Head of Libraries Development at LGMA, Ireland. In this talk with Stuart, they explore the role of partnerships at this time - with communities, stakeholders and one another.



R.David Lankes, leading public library expert, Director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science and author of the award winning The Atlas of New Librarianship.

For our fourth interview in the series, R.David Lankes is interviewed by Sue Williamson, Director of Libraries for Arts Council England. In this talk, Sue and David discuss the role of public libraries in supporting communities at this time and the building of co-created models moving forward.


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Nina Simon, community involvement innovator, Spacemaker & CEO of OF/BY/FOR ALL and best-selling author of The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance.

For our final interview in this mini-series, Nina Simon is interviewed by Daniel Clark, Creative Director at Libraries Unlimited. In this talk Daniel and Nina explore insights into her methodology and approach and uncover her tips for building resilient and relevant community spaces.

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