Stewart Parsons, Creative Director of Get It Loud In Libraries
When Libraries Present The Future Today
The presentation will showcase how public libraries are well-positioned to deliver the future today: music, artists, ideas, space, technology, opportunities. It will deliver the argument that libraries are improving the future selves of young people. i.e. their futures are culturally improved via the vehicle of public libraries. If it wasn’t for libraries, their futures would not be so clearly defined. What libraries deliver now, in terms of performance, digital space, creativity and opportunity has a compelling, positive bearing on their future lives.
Stewart ‘s Profile
Stewart Parsons has worked in public libraries for 26 years: on the front line; as a music librarian; a Cultural Youth Offer project manager; and now as Creative Director of the Community Interest Company Get It Loud In Libraries. Passionately committed to connecting young people to public libraries for music, personal and career development, learning and social integration, he has staged live music gigs in libraries across the UK. Determined to support libraries to spearhead popular culture, Stewart has introduced household names like Adele and Jessie J to young audiences in libraries at the outset of their careers. The Get It Loud in Libraries programme has now introduced nearly 30,000 new users to libraries across the UK. Other projects Stewart has launched included the award winning Bag For Lit (a library paper recycling programme) and The Crib, a digital space for young people in libraries in the North Of England. Stewart is also a development coordinator at the charity organization Curious Minds which exists to connect young people to arts, culture, opportunity and libraries.