• Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Who are our keynote speakers? Find out who is speaking at this year's conference and read their biographies and abstracts.

Ola Pilerot


Ola Pilerot, senior lecturer at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), University of Borås, teaches and publishes within the field of information practices and information literacies. Pilerot is also regional editor (Western Europe) of the journal Information Research, and a member of the Information practices research group at SSLIS.

Before joining SSLIS, Pilerot was deputy library director at Skövde University College. His main area of research interest concerns information literacies in academia and scholarly information practices.

Since 2015, a great part of his research work has centred on issues related to information practices of refugees and immigrants, in particular on public libraries’ work for newly arrived immigrants.

Pilerot has published widely in, for example, Journal of Documentation, Information Research, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, and Library Trends.

For more information, please visit Ola’s website.

David White


David is Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts London, the largest creative arts university in Europe. He started out at the University of the West of England and the BBC followed by a stint at Oxford, so he has a good understanding of a range of education institutions. David explores the intersections between digital learning, creative practices and critical thinking.

He is best known for his Visitors and Residents idea which is used the worldwide to visualise and research digital engagement. He has also been involved in national and international studies exploring the use of digital in higher education. Through this work David has developed long and lively relationship with Libraries, especially around their changing role in the digital era.

David is at home blogging, tweeting or creating videos – working in an open manner in online spaces. For David the digital is much more than a set of tools or a chaotic library, it’s a place where we can learn and live.

For more information, please visit David’s website.

Barbara Band


Barbara Band is an award-winning Chartered librarian with over twenty five years’ experience of delivering customer focused services within the education sector, with a range of project management and promotional skills gained in commercial and non-profit organisations. Having worked in a range of schools, she is now a freelance consultant providing training and advice to librarians, teachers and literacy organisations; is involved in creating and refurbishing libraries to meet user needs; and publishes regularly on reading, library and literacy issues. In addition to her own blog, she guest blogs for education journals and has authored several publications for the School Library Association.

Barbara received the inaugural School Library Association Founder’s award in 2014 for her outstanding contribution to school librarianship, was made an Honorary Member of the CILIP Youth Libraries Group in 2014, and was on the School Librarian of the Year Honour’s List in 2009. She has been on selection panels for the Booktrust Teenage Award, School Libraries Pack and Bookbuzz schemes as well as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Past President of CILIP, Barbara is actively involved in her professional associations and is currently Chair of the CILIP School Library Data Project, Features Editor of the School Library Association (SLA) “The School Librarian” journal and Chair of the SLA Berkshire branch. She says, “I believe vehemently in the value and benefits of libraries with professional librarians. If we are serious about creating an informed and literate society, one that is involved in their local community and that supports a wider economic development then we need a robust and linked structure of both public and educational libraries.”

Present @ LILAC

LILAC is great opportunity for our fellow professionals to present their ideas, share best practice and show case new thinking in our sector. If you have an idea then we'd love to hear about it. We have many options for the types of sessions you might run from a symposium to a workshop. Visit our Call for papers page to find out how to apply.

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