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Registration now open!

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for the 25th Polar Libraries Colloquy, Cambridge, 30 June-3 July 2014.

Register now

Tickets will be £120 for full membership, which includes:

  • the four days of the Colloquy in Cambridge
  • a day trip to visit institutions in London on 4 July
  • travel within Cambridge
  • membership of the Polar Library Colloquy itself (2014-16)

Accommodation is available separately, as is the conference dinner – details on this to follow.

We are still accepting submissions for posters (conference themes), so please do get in touch if you would like to present something!

We are also offering day tickets, priced at £30, which cover a single day of the Colloquy. This will allow local UK institutions to attend without committing to a four-day conference. (In particular, we hope this will be useful for libraries with polar collections but who do not specialise in the field.)

If you are interested in applying for the Hubert Wenger Award, which provides a scholarship to attend the Colloquy, please remember that the deadline to apply is 31 March.

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February 2014 Update

Apologies for the delay in getting this up – we’ve had a bit of a complicated handover of people working on the PLC over the past month! An update follows – if you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact anday[at]bas[dot]ac[dot]uk .

Schedule AND SPEAKERS

We now have a provisional schedule. Speakers have been contacted, and we are waiting on some final details before putting it online. A brief outline:

  • Sunday 29 June – informal gathering in the afternoon for early arrivals
  • Monday 30 June – First day of the Colloquy, at the Scott Polar Research Institute – theme “collaborating”. Includes a morning guest keynote speaker, and an afternoon tour of the museum and library at the Scott Polar.
  • Tuesday 1 July – Second day of the Colloquy, at the British Antarctic Survey – theme “communities”. Includes the afternoon poster session and – hopefully! – a film session.
  • Wednesday 2 July – Third day of the Colloquy, at the Scott Polar Research Institute – theme “communication”. The afternoon will include visits to other institutions in Cambridge, and the conference dinner will be held in the evening.
  • Thursday 3 July – Fourth day of the Colloquy, at the British Antarctic Survey – theme “collections”. Includes the Colloquy business meeting and the award of the William Mills Prize.
  • Friday 4 July – coach trip to London. We will be arranging visits to a number of institutions, some polar-oriented and some not. Return travel to Cambridge will be provided, but we expect some people will want to travel onwards from London.

We are still welcoming suggestions for posters – please do get in touch if you would like to submit one!

Registration and Booking

Registration is not yet open, as we are still finalising the exact ticket prices. A registration form should be posted before the end of the month. For information, we currently expect that the registration fees will be around £120-130 (US$200-220, or 145-160 Euro), which includes individual membership of the Colloquy as well as lunches during the conference. It will also include travel within Cambridge and to London on the Friday. We intend to offer a day rate, for the benefit of those who may wish to only attend a single day, tentatively priced at £35.

Accommodation can be booked separately – we have organised a block of rooms at Churchill College, priced at £59/night (reference code SPI21190), but you are of course welcome to make your own arrangements!

The conference dinner will also be priced separately, giving flexibility if you wish to opt out, or if you wish to buy an extra ticket for a partner travelling with you. A price for this will be announced later.

If you are interested in applying for the Hubert Wenger Award, which provides a scholarship to attend the Colloquy, please remember that the deadline to apply is 31 March.

Travel Advice

A number of visitors are already booking their travel arrangements and looking into how to get to Cambridge itself.

The easiest way to get here from overseas is via London, by rail from London Kings Cross (£35-45 return). There are connections to Kings Cross from both Heathrow airport (via the Underground, £5.70 return) and Gatwick airport (via St. Pancras, £19 return). If you are able to fly into Stansted airport (mostly regional/budget airlines), there is a direct train from there to Cambridge.

Welcome!

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Welcome to the 25th Polar Libraries Colloquy’s blog!

This is the place to find information about accommodation, Cambridge and the colloquy itself. We will update the blog as soon as new information is available and this will continue in the time leading up to 29th June-3rd July 2014 when the colloquy takes place in Cambridge (UK).

In addition to providing information, this blog will be used for “live-blogging” throughout the colloquy so that members who are unable to attend can still follow discussions and presentations.

Feel free to ask the Planning Committee any questions through this blog or via email. Our details are:

  • Ellen Bazeley-White, British Antarctic Survey
  • Jo Milton, British Antarctic Survey
  • Georgina Cronin, Scott Polar Research Institute
  • Heather Lane, Scott Polar Research Institute

You can also email us at library@spri.cam.ac.uk

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