14 October 2013
hilton london olympia
15-16 October 2013
CONFERENCE AND SPONSOR SHOWCASE
olympia conference centre, london uk
Wednesday, 16 October 2013ID
Joe Tree is the founder of Blipfoto, the photo sharing website which was chosen by the British Library as one its ‘100 Websites’ judged to be essential reading for future generations. In this inspirational and thought-provoking keynote Joe Tree will consider themes such as creating a community, the curation of images, lifelogging, social history and research, and digitisation.
Track A - Marketing and Impact
Libraries are using new tools and services to provide a gateway to their stock and resources, and nurture connections with customers. At the University of Sunderland, social tools are being used to create customer connections and support strategic changes. Surrey Library Service is using a range of free tools to promote library holdings.
In this ever-busy world libraries need to find new ways of engaging with and educating users and colleagues. These case studies explore how a library can increase its relevance to the wider organisation, through improving enquiry services, supporting skills development and by supporting the mobile user.
Track A - Teaching Users
In order to deliver cutting edge services and products to users, librarians must ensure that they keep their own skills updated. Hear how improving the skills and competencies of library staff can help libraries remain relevant.
Librarians can help foster a learner-centred and technology-enabled approach to digital literacy. Hear how two libraries are working to meet the critical issues faced by students by delivering university-wide digital and information literacy programmes.
Track B - Search Discovery and Data
Search experts Phil Bradley and Marydee Ojala lead Internet Librarian International's first Search Slam. They challenge delegates to share their teaching techniques regarding online searching. Both adult learners and younger students need to be taught to understand how search works, what Boolean logic is, when to use advanced search syntax, and why they should do anything other than enter one word in a search box. This requires considerable creativity on the part of the teacher/trainer. After showing some things that worked for them - and a few that didn’t - they invite comments and examples from those in the room.
Librarians in academic and research institutions are increasingly involved in the curation and visualisation of data created by their organisations. In this session we explore how information professionals can add even more value to data by using open source GIS software to enhance data and by interacting with and searching data for more powerful results.
Learning how users search can help inform the design of discovery interfaces and the development of search assistance functions designed to guide users in search strategy modification and information resource selection
What can statistics, web page analytics, heatmaps and user generated data tell us about user behaviour in libraries? Hear how learning more about the way our users search - including the mistakes they make - can help improve library services and the teaching of information literacy.
Track C - The New Professional - Skills and Roles
There are many opportunities to translate or extend the information professional’s skill sets into new areas as well as to enhance the deliverables of existing library workplaces. Ulla de Stricker, who chairs this track, presents an overview of challenges – and opportunities – to the profession. Sheila Pantry leads a dynamic session to ask ‘are you in control of your career?’ In it, she outlines changes in workplace culture that may profoundly affect our career success – at the beginning as well as near the end of our working lives.
Four leading information professionals illustrate from their own experience how they have developed their careers so far and identify the skills and attributes they believe information professionals need to ensure an engaging and successful career in today’s and tomorrow’s new realities.
Two case studies exploring emerging roles in academic settings. Hear how new roles straddle service provision, teaching and research support, reflecting the changes in the academic landscape.
Librarycamp’s open structure has unlocked staff potential, created new networks, and enabled the implementation of innovative new ideas in public, academic and special library services. The speakers share examples of how librarycamps have enabled them to cross hierarchies, roles and economic barriers to give them wider opportunities in the library world and beyond. To close, SLA President Deb Hunt summarises the day’s key takeaways and sends attendees away with a ‘blueprint’ for the next years of their careers.
This session will focus on the real-world and practical solutions presented during the conference. In it we will explore the positive aspects of librarianship and information work and set out a vision of a promising future for librarians as we face real challenges and exciting opportunities.