Creating a Home for Digital Culture in Coventry Libraries

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Creating a Home for Digital Culture in Coventry Libraries

June 5, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Digital Spaces was an innovative test bed for digital cultural engagement in Coventry, led by Coventry Library Service in partnership with The Space, with funding from Arts Council England and the British Film Institute, and support from the BBC, Libraries Connected and MACE (Media Archive for Central England).

The programme included making Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio available to all, digital arts projects run from branch libraries and a training programme for library staff. The focus was on digital inclusion, creating experiences and opportunities with appeal to a wide audience demographic.

The online forum was open to anyone in a library team interested in offering VR or other digital culture to their users, and particularly useful to service leads who might be thinking about developing place-based digital partnership programmes.

We start with Service Development Manager Dave Lloyd and Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space to discuss the thinking behind Digital Spaces. Then the team who designed the VR offer and set up some of the community based projects reflects on their experiences and offer some practical insights. To finish, Isobel Hunter and Luke Burton  join Dave and Fiona to consider wider ambition for digital culture in libraries, and what the next steps could look like.



Welcome and opener With Dave Lloyd for Coventry Libraries and Fiona Morris of The Space.

The VR Library Dave Lloyd and VR expert Zillah Watson will talk about what VR offers library users and how to create a fantastic experience.


Community storytelling using digital Zoe Partington who set up the digital arts projects for Digital Spaces, Clare Savory who produced audio, and Kelman Greig-Kicks who worked with young people to produce films in VR180 format will discuss different approaches to finding and sharing stories in communities.

What next? Dave and Fiona will be joined by Luke Burton and Isobel Hunter to reflect on the project and discuss how digital culture can be increasingly embedded in library services.