Keynote Speakers

Join us for two days of insights from some of the best in the library community.

Dr. Pauline McBride

Dr. Pauline McBride is a researcher and a Scottish solicitor. Her current research with Northumbria University relates to ethical review to support responsible AI in policing. She is an affiliate researcher with the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) where, as part of the COHUBICOL (Counting as a Human Being in the Era of Computational Law) project, she carried out research on the implications of the use of AI in law. She has extensive teaching experience in fields relating to law and technology at the University of Glasgow and Queen’s University Belfast and taught on Queen’s innovative Law and Technology Masters programme.

Pauline is a member of the Technology Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, an expert on the Future Committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe and a member of the Scottish Law and Innovation Network. She has collaborated to produce guidance for the use of generative AI by law firms, delivered guest lectures in the course AI for the Arts and Humanities and, with Masha Medvedeva won the best presentation award at the Natural Legal Language Processing workshop for the presentation of their paper ‘Legal Judgment Prediction: If You Are Going to Do It, Do It Right’. She delivered a presentation on AI in National Libraries at the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) in 2023.

Tony Ageh

Tony Ageh is a visionary leader who straddles the traditional and digital worlds. He is a creative strategist who has dedicated his career to making information free and universally accessible. With more than 30 years of experience in media and culture, he served as Controller of Archive Development at the BBC before becoming the New York Public Library’s Chief Digital Officer until 2023.

He is a renowned champion of innovation, leading the team that developed the iconic BBC iPlayer. At NYPL, his twin objectives were to lead the digital transformation of the institution, and to ensure its vast collections were freely accessible to the widest possible audience. His particular focus was on the impact of e-books and the associated businesses that were changing, and in many ways undermining, the traditional roles and relationships of libraries and librarians.

Prior to the BBC he held a number of groundbreaking roles including Head of Creative Development at The Guardian, Creative Director of Wired magazine and Publisher of local information service, UpMyStreet.com. An influential pioneer, his passion lies in continually finding new ways to democratise access to knowledge and to bridge cultural divides through the thoughtful and considered use of technology.”