Library conference set for February

<p>Hampshire County Council&#39;s forthcoming library conference, to be held in partnership with campaigner Tim Coates, has been scheduled for February 25th 2009.<br />&nbsp;<br />Council leader Ken Thornber is inviting fellow council leaders to participate at the event, Local Authorities Transforming Public Libraries, which will take place in Winchester. Thornber said the conference would &quot;demonstrate practically the importance of political and managerial ownership in the &#39;transformation&#39; of public libraries&quot;.<br />&nbsp;<br />He added: &quot;I believe that only when like-minded council leaders and senior council politicians and managers come together to . . . give leadership, will we have the platform needed to help other councils make necessary and oftendifficult changes to drive the transformation agenda forward.&quot;<br />&nbsp;<br />The event will bring together Coates and Hampshire director of recreation and heritage Yinnon Ezra, who have previously stood on opposing sides of a fierce debate about library development.<br />&nbsp;<br />Also contributing will be Miranda McKearney of the Reading Agency, council leaders and specialist professionals. Previously in <em>The Bookseller</em>, Coates described his surprise new partnership with the council as &quot;a real turning point&quot; for the public library service.</p>