Day 1 - Tuesday, 20 October 2015


Welcome and Opening Keynote

09.00 – 10.15
, Author, Data Journalist and Designer, UK

David McCandless is a London-based data journalist, designer, and author of the best-selling book Information is Beautiful, which reveals how, in this age of high-speed living and info overload, visualised information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and find meaning in a complex world. In his new book Knowledge is Beautiful, David expands the approach beyond data and information to the richer, deeper, denser material of ‘knowledge'. Whether it's science, politics, finance or just the hidden patterns in Hollywood story lines, this keynote uses this new approach to reveal intricate, invisible and sometimes hilarious stories lurking in the data, information and knowledge surrounding us. 



10.45 – 11.15
Moderator: , Guldborgsund Public Library
Extraordinary places, extraordinary people

Confronted with huge competition, libraries must redefine themselves, their services and their business models. The future is not just about adapting to the information explosion, but about co-creating and making the library a more active space of knowledge creation. This session will demo innovative technologies, tools and apps, explore new designs and show how they are capturing new audiences and influencing budget holders.

11.30 – 12.15
Moderator: , SOLUS
Thinking the unthinkable: a library without a catalogue
, Innovation & Development, Utrecht University Library
Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: reinvigorating public libraries in England
, Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

What radical changes happen when we have to ask big questions about ourselves and our services? The Libraries Taskforce was established in 2015 in response to the Independent Library Report for England. Its remit is "to provide leadership; to implement the recommendations of the Report and to help reinvigorate the public library service in England". Learn about the work of the Taskforce to date and its plans for the future.  Meanwhile hear what happened when Utrecht University decided that University libraries have lost their role in the discovery of scientific information and should now focus on delivery.


12.30 – 13.15
Moderator: , Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Experiments in new ways to use library space
, The Royal Library Faculty Library of Natural and Health Sciences
The library as a space for playful technology
, Coding Pirates and CounterPlay Development consultant Dokk1 Aarhus

Two case studies exploring new approaches to library spaces. By committing to experimentation and playfulness libraries are providing opportunities for teaching, learning and ways to experience new technology, skills and innovation.

14.30 – 15.00
Moderator: , University of Nottingham
New ways to influence
, University of Nottingham
, University of Nottingham
, University of Nottingham
, University of Nottingham

How are librarians working in new ways with professional service colleagues who are responsible for strategic engagement? In what new ways has strategic engagement become a function in libraries, distinct from the traditional subject liaison role? Why are some academic subject areas retaining traditional librarian roles?

15.15 – 16.15
Moderator: , Freelance, Information Specialist and Independent Consultant
Empowering librarianship through UX and ethnography
, Cambridge Judge Business School
Bottoms up! Building a service on a solid foundation of user needs
, Digital Resources, Jisc
How to find, use and share research with EndNote
, Alfasoft - trading as Adept Scientific
, Alfasoft - trading as Adept Scientific

By developing deeper insights into how the user is engaging with the library, librarians can make small yet impactful changes to services. Deep insights can be gained by consulting with and working alongside the user.



16.45 – 17.30
Moderator: , Online Searcher magazine
Changing perceptions of librarians
, Washington University in St Louis
Libraries in fiction and what they can teach us about the internet age library

How are libraries and librarians perceived in the real world, and how can we change this? Hear how one academic library set about changing colleagues' perceptions of ‘the librarian'. The way librarians are portrayed in fiction can give clues as to how the future library might develop, and provide insight into alternative new roles. 



10.45 – 11.15
Moderator: , Online Searcher magazine
Today's new tech for libraries
, Library Technology Guides

The success of libraries depends to a large extent on the technology tools that they have in place. Marshall Breeding will highlight today's major trends and explore how librarians and information professionals should respond in order to maximise the potential of new developments 

11.30 – 12.15
Moderator: , Freelance, Information Specialist and Independent Consultant
Service in the Third Dimension
, NUI Maynooth (Ireland)
, Learning, Research & Information Services, Maynooth University
Bluetooth iBeacons
, University of Edinburgh

Libraries are taking the lead when it comes to rolling out new technology and services. At the University of Edinburgh iBeacons are being used to provide engaging content and interactive library tours. At Maynooth University the library is collaborating with colleagues to take a leading role in the provision of 3D printing services.

12.30 – 13.15
Moderator: , Online Searcher magazine
Interoperable content: an introduction to IIIF
, Digirati
Using open source software to open data
, Library Services, Imperial College London

Open-source software is becoming more widely used in libraries. Hear how libraries are adopting the International Image Interoperability Framework to broaden access to large collections of digitised images, resulting in creative works of collaboration. Also open-source discovery layers and open-source LMSs can help libraries open up metadata and gain more control over library systems.


14.30 – 15.00
, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Make my library – creating a FabLab for schools
, Kultur Valby/Copenhagen Libraries

A journey into creating a library and school service out of a FabLab, with the emphasis on providing access and incorporating information skills in a very popular service, which incorporates FabLab tech and a makerspace ethos.

15.15 – 16.15
Moderator: , Bibliotheekservice Fryslân FabLab Benelux Foundation
WebLoft: the libraries’ own website solution
, Buskerud Fylkesbibliotek
Digital.Bodleian: the view from the inside
, Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Barriers to a seamless user experience: what they are and how to avoid them
, Eduserv - Open Athens

Great library websites help raise the profile of libraries, engage audiences, promote library services, provide seamless user experiences, improve discovery and open up collections. In Norway a large open source website project means that even the smallest library can have a great website.  In the UK, Digital.Bodleian is a new single discovery interface for the libraries' digitised special collections.  Developed using open standards, there were technical challenges - and innovative solutions.

16.45 – 17.30
Moderator: , Cetis, University of Bolton
Video gaming as digital literacy
, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Bridging the digital divide
, Bibliotheekservice Fryslân FabLab Benelux Foundation

Using gaming and game design, problem solving, creativity, storytelling, maker culture and experimentation, libraries are bringing new ideas to ICT training and are helping to bridge the digital divide. 



10.45 – 11.15
Moderator: , Freelance, Information Specialist and Independent Consultant
Big Data’s next challenge
, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California - Berkeley

By now every kind of information-handling knowledge worker has grasped that Big Data is changing the rules of their fields, and fast. This presentation covers the increasingly influential push-back against the meme of Big Data, and pinpoints the forces bringing quantitative and qualitative analysts more closely together - whether they know it or not. Huwe concludes with three pragmatic strategies that information professionals can employ to be ready for Big Data - or even lead their own data-driven initiatives.

11.30 – 12.15
Crowdsourcing the catalogue
, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Do we shelve apps? Considering implications of new formats
, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Libraries, archives and museums are relying increasingly on the expertise and passion of the public to describe and provide access points to digital assets. What are the issues and opportunities arising from crowdsourcing the catalogue? What methods are libraries using to respond appropriately to the increasing use of library-managed apps?

12.30 – 13.15
The British Library ventures off the map
, The British Library
Memory Field: creative engagement in digital collections
, Computer Vision Centre
, Computer Vision Centre
, Computer Vision Centre

The annual Off the Map competition challenges students to create videogames inspired by the British Library's digital collections. For 2015 the "Alice's Adventures Off the Map" competition, accompanies the Library's forthcoming exhibition,  which celebrates Alice in Wonderland's 150th birthday. The Memory Field project  - elements of which can be seen in the X Track - investigates how a DJ interacts with visual and audio collections and allows library users to mix and annotate links between digital collections.


14.30 – 15.00
Moderator: , South Australia Health Library Service
, The British Library

The "Mechanical Curator" is a British Library Digital Research team experiment in public engagement and crowd-sourcing. The "Mechanical Curator" released over one million illustrations taken from 19th century books in the public domain; this collection gained over 100 million views and 35,000 tags on Flickr in one month alone. This talk will discuss the impact of the release and how public engagement through sites such as Wikimedia Commons has increased our understanding of this content and how it can be creatively reused.




15.15 – 16.15
Moderator: , University of Nottingham
Librarians teaching students about publishing
, Miami University
Research hacks: using animation as an agent of change in academia
, ScHARR University of Sheffield
University Press Scholarship Online: a collection of books for digital scholars
, Oxford University Press

How are libraries and publishers supporting the digital scholar? At Miami University, a publication overseen by faculty and librarians, but published and managed by students aims to give students experience in publishing, the process of peer review and the decisions and priorities that determine the shape of an academic journal. ScHARR uses simple, easy to produce videos to help students and academics work smarter in a technology driven workplace.  Oxford University Press brings 20,000 books alive digitally.




16.45 – 17.30
Moderator: , Guldborgsund Public Library
Library web-TV
, /, Helsinki City Library
How video journals help research labs save money

In Finland Library web-TV is sharing the message about libraries, and helping librarians stay up to date. With the right tool - no matter how simple - great things can be achieved.  Video-based journals can help academic laboratories save time and money - but exactly how much? Hear how JoVE conducted research to find out how video journals are contributing to improved learning and cost saving in research laboratories.



17.30 – 18.30

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