Why you should attend

Research has shown that there is a gap between students’ fluency in the use of technology and their ability to use digital tools to further their own learning. Students may spend most of their waking hours ‘connected’ but the majority of this time is spent socialising and consuming entertainment. They don’t necessarily know the best way to use technology for educational purposes, identify authoritative information or recognise fake news from real. They lack what has become called ‘digital literacy’. Take a look at some of the articles, journals, blogs and research we have collected over the years that illustrate this issue.

JCS 2018 brings together experts in the field of digital literacy, university representatives, school  and college librarians and leaders, and providers of authoritative sources to share their knowledge and good practice in supporting the challenges and opportunities for school librarians and teachers.

The one-day event will allow for plenty of participation through its programme of parallel sessions, so delegates can share good practice and learn from each other.

Who should attend

The conference is aimed at school and sixth form college librarians, anyone supporting digital literacy, EPQ and IB coordinators, Heads of Teaching & Learning, Directors of Studies – and other members of senior management teams responsible for students’ study skills and their academic preparation for further education.

The conference combines keynote talks, parallel sessions, and workshops covering the following areas of the conference theme:

  • Managing the changing role of the library and librarian in the digital world

  • Preparing students to become independent learners and digitally literate

  • Cross-institution partnerships and collaboration to support digital literacy

  • Promoting and getting digital resources embedded into the curriculum

For members of CILIP, attendance at this conference can be added to your portfolio of Continuous Professional Development activities.






Why not stay over and explore Birmingham?




Where to go

Birmingham is a culture, dining and attraction hotspot offering everything from Michelin starred restaurants to the Library of Birmingham. See below for our suggestions of interesting places to see and places to eat; more than enough to keep you busy for a weekend! For a map of the attractions, hotels and more click here.

JCS have been working with local businesses and are pleased to annouce that many are offerring discounts to delegates! Please see the 'Delegate Discount Pass' here which lists participating businesses, what they are offerring and when - enojy! You will be required to present the pass in store so please download and print.



  • The Library of Birmingham holds over a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK! Making this a must see for all.
  • The Ikon Gallery is a contemporary art gallery, housed in a stunning Grade II listed neo-gothic building, previously a Victorian boarding school.
  • The Nutcracker will be touring later this year, with showings at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre 1st, 2nd December!


  • The Bullring is one of the UK's largest shopping centres, the perfect spot to do some Christmas shopping. 
  • If you prefer independent stores over high street ones then head to The Custard Factory, the heart of the city's creative quarter.
  • Frankfurt Christmas Market will be in full swing and what better way to kick off the year's festivities!
  • Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter produces more than 40% of British jewellery, the site dates back over 200 years and has 200 listed buildings.

Food & Drink

  • Digbeth Dining Club, winner of the Best Street Food Event in the UK two years running. Self described as an 'all encompassing event of food'.
  • Ju Ju's Cafe is known for brunch with a canal side setting.
  • 200 Degrees Coffee is in the historic Grand Hotel and promises views over Birmingham Cathedral. 
  • Bacchus Bar boasts multiple themed rooms to dine and drink in; from the French dining room to the medieval bar. 





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