SCONUL Summer Conference 2014 Summary - Tue, 1 Jul 2014

The SCONUL Summer Conference was held in Glasgow from Wednesday 25th June to Friday 27th June. The theme of the Conference was “The Open Library: Collaborations, collections and challenges”.


To see the Conference presentations, please click on the title of each presentation


The Borderless Library: new approaches to collaborative collection development:


From Optional Choice to State of Being: Progress in Collaborative Collections
Laine Farley, Executive Director of the California Digital Library and Board member of the HathiTrust Digital Library; and


Dutch Libraries Crossing Borders: Collections in a Global Infrastructure
Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University and Chair of the Board of Executives of UKB.



Open Access, Open Data and Open Scholarship – the role of libraries in an open world
Keynote speech and Q&A.
Mark Thorley, Chair, RCUK Research Outputs Network



Parallel sessions: open access, where do we go from here?
These parallel sessions gave participants the opportunity to discuss the next steps on open access in a number of areas:


Panel discussion: sharing in research communities
Panel discussion on how research practices are developing to involve greater sharing of information, including sharing papers via new services, sharing information and developing communities on social media and the potential value of shared research data.

  • Ben Lund, Chief Technology Officer at (presentation available here);
  • Martin Eve, Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln (presentation available here);
  • Andy Miah, Professor of Ethics and Emerging Technologies & Director of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland; and
  • Chris Banks, Director of Library Services at Imperial College London.



Gibson was right: the future is already here (presentation not available)
Keynote speech and Q&A session on the new Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education.
Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, New Media Consortium



Parallel sessions: the intelligent library
These parallel sessions gave members the opportunity to discuss how data can be used to develop services and inform library practice:


Making e-books fit for students: three challenges
Discussion including three short presentations followed on how libraries can help challenge the status-quo on e-books and e-textbooks and help make them fit for students.

  • Dr Paul Ayris, Director and Acting Group Manager, Planning and Resources and Academic Support Group, Library Services at the University College London (presentation available here);
  • Liam Jarnecki, Head of Student Engagement Unit at the National Union of Student; and
  • Matthew Lawson, Assistant Director, Library Services & Learner Development at Middlesex University (presentation available here).



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