The SCONUL Summer Conference took place in Dublin on 20 and 21 June, with the theme of "Adapt and Thrive: Regional and national innovation in response to change in higher education".
Highlights of the conference included Professor Malcolm Gillies discussing outsourcing in higher education; Roly Keating on links between The British Library and universities and Li Yuan on whether MOOCs will transform higher education in the UK.
Delegates had the opportunity of attending a series of workshops highlighting innovation in member libriares, plus a series of "fringe" meetings from SCONUL Groups and partner organisations.
Conference agenda and presentions (where available)
Welcome address: Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost, Trinity College Dublin
Keynote Speech: Roly Keating, Chief Executive, The British Library
Panel discussion with
- Philip Cohen, Head of Library Services, Dublin Institute of Technology
- Helen Durndell, University Librarian, University of Glasgow
- Brian Mooney, Educational Columnist, The Irish Times
- Professor Leni Oglesby, Council Member, HEFCW
- Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Roehampton and Chair of UUK Longer Term Strategy Group
MOOCs: Game changer or fringe benefit? with Dr Li Yuan, Jisc CETIS, Senior Researcher and Learning Technology Advisor, Institute for Educational Cybernetics, University of Bolton
Out-sourcing: The way forward for higher education services? with Professor Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University
Working Smarter: Three perspectives on collecting and exploiting institutional and library data to inform strategy with:
- Titia van der Werf, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
- Gary Tindell, Information Improvement Manager, University of East London
- Rachel Bruce, Innovation Director, Digital Infrastructure, JISC.
Keynote speech and Q&A from Ned Costello, Chief Executive, Irish Universities Association
Workshops: Adapting to Change: lessons from the library floor
- Integrating learning skills support at Solent: Achievements and challenges with Steve Rose, Head of Library & Learning Services and Elizabeth Selby, Dean, Learning & Information Service, Southampton Solent University.
- Pushing the boundaries of student-driven innovation: Enthusiasm is contagious, with Nick Campbell, Project Manager, Eureka and Research, University of Manchester
- Service Convergence – Values, Culture and Change, with Oliver Pritchard, Assistant Director, Student and Learning Support and Kirsten Black, Director, Student and Learning Support, University of Sunderland
- Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: LMS outsourcing & organisational impact, with John Dowd, Assistant Director, Planning and Business Development, Learning and Information Services, University of Wolverhampton.
- Students co-designing personalised library services, with Keren Mills, Digital Services Projects Manager and Anne Gambles, Digital Services Development Officer, Open University Library
- Promises, Pallets and Pragmatism, with Caroline Rock, University Librarian, Coventry University
The SCONUL Fringe:
- Research data management in practice: Roles and skills for libraries, with Dr Andrew Cox, Lecturer, Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Sheffield and Dr Stephen Pinfield, Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield
- The key issues affecting the enhancement of digital scholarship skills of information professionals, with Dr Charlie Inskip, SCONUL/RIDLS Project Officer, Digital Scholarship and Information Literacy
- Bishop Grosseteste University: Moving library workflows to the Cloud! with Emma Sansby, Head of Library Services, Bishop Grosseteste University and Robin Murray, Vice President, Global Product Management, OCLC
- Come and see what’s free from Ex Libris, with Alan Oliver, Business Development Director Europe, Ex Libris and Robert Bley, Managing Director, Ex Libris
- A national strategy for monographs, with Ben Showers, Programme Manager, Digital Infrastructure, Jisc and Rachel Bruce, Innovation Director, Digital Infrastructure, Jisc
- British Library document supply: A changing service for a changing landscape, with Andy Appleyard, Head of Document Supply and Customer Services, The British Library and Richard Ebdon, Business Development Manager, The British Library
- Jisc Collection's Consortia: E-books project, with Lorraine Estelle, Chief Executive Officer, Jisc Collections
- LSPs and APIs: Integration and the next generation of library management systems, with Colin Carter, Sales Account Manager for the UK and Northern Europe, Innovative Interfaces Inc.
SCONUL Shared and Collaborative Services Strategy Group consultation meeting, with Mark Toole, Chair, Shared and Collaborative Services Group and Director of Information Services, University of Stirling.