SCONUL Summer Conference 2018 - Presentations


The SCONUL Summer Conference 2018 took place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on the 12 - 13 June.  The conference focused on transformational change and the library: new challenges and opportunities. The speakers and delegates bought a range of experience and ideas that generated discussion and reflection. You can discover more below.

Paul Feldman


Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc
HE reimagined - plus ça change - Paul highlights trends in learning and teaching in UK higher education, the potential future for enhanced student learning and the strategic priorities of Jisc.

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Caroline Bassett

Professor Caroline Bassett, Professor of Media and Communications and Director, Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex
Next generation digital humanities - Caroline outlines the origins of digital humanities, what it is and what it might become.

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Simon Walker, Head of the Educational Development, University of Greenwich
Shift happens: higher education in the post digital age - Simon draws on insights from several local initiatives to provide examples of the ways institutions are addressing some of the challenges and opportunities for reshaping teaching and enhancing the student experience, and he explores ways of working with academics to bring about change.

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Nicole Coleman, Digital Research Architect, Stanford University Libraries and Research Director, Humanities + Design
Act deliberately and preserve things: Academic libraries role in an age of artificial intelligence - Nicole outlines the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the exponential growth in data. She highlights the role academic libraries can play in the age of artificial intelligence, including discovery, preservation and curation.

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Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE
The changing shape of HE and building the leadership and workforce to deliver - Alison explores the challenges facing leaders in higher education in developing a skilled and diverse work force, she highlights tools that can help including sponsorship ,and describes leadership skills required in the future.

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Dr Rufus Pollock, President & Founder, Open Knowledge International and Principal, Datopian
An Open Revolution: How we can rewrite the rules of the information age - Rufus highlights the exponential growth in digital information and technology that makes copying costless or very cheap. He argues society should move away from copyright to renumeration rights.

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Richard Watson, Futurist-in-Residence, Technology Foresight Practice, Imperial College London
Future context - Richard appreciates the benefits technology can bring, but sounds a warning note about the possible loss of social interaction and the negative impact on the individual and society.  He encourages us to switch off, look up and interact.

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The parallel sessions were:

  • Supporting members to meet their challenges: developing SCONUL’s new strategy led by Ann Rossiter, Executive Director, SCONUL.
  • Developing the next generation workforce led by Caroline Taylor, Chair of SCONUL and Chair of SCONUL Workforce Development Group.
  • It's time to get a grip...on the Etextbooks market led by Caren Milloy, Deputy Director, Jisc Collections.

The fringe sessions were:

  • Scale, Tools, Data Quality or Joined-up Services? What comes next for the NBK?  Neil Grindley, Head of Resource Discovery, Jisc.
  • Libraries at the Heart of the System (Part 2): Reading analytics that lead learning.  Yaz El Hakim, Director of Education Strategy and Communications, Kortext.
  • Reach, Engage, Personalise – How your data can break down the library walls! Colin Carter, Sales Director, Europe and Africa, Innovative Interfaces.
  • Libraries, AI and eXtended Realities: What’s up doc?  Dave Parkes, Steve Williams and Mark Hughes.
  • Shared Open Access institutional repository: a discussion with Jisc. Neil Jacobs, Jisc.

Conference brochure

Conference tweets

Conference sponsors

Montage of conference photos