This is just a quick post to thank everyone who participated in and contributed to MmIT2013: we managed to bust through the clouds and keep the rain at bay all day while we learned about searching, collaborating, virtual enquiry services, and sharing everything cloud. More detailed conference reviews will follow, but for now, catch up on the day’s events through pictures and tweets.
A note from the chair on ‘Cloud busting: demystifying ‘the Cloud’ and its impact on libraries’
With just under two weeks to go until our national ‘Cloudbusting’ conference it’s safe to say MmIT is getting quite excited. With such a rich programme and so many great speakers it looks set to be a truly great conference. We hope you are able to join us in Sheffield on April 5th as there are still a few places left.
The concept of ‘the Cloud’ has been around for several years. Over that time the term has become ubiquitous with a general acceptance that ‘the Cloud’ has a definite impact on the way in which we use computers and information technology and how individuals interact with information. It is widely regarded that cloud computing can simplify processes for organisations and save them money and as a result many of the benefits associated with the ‘Cloud’ have been around efficiencies and effectiveness of services.
Many services that libraries have traditionally offered have been migrated into cloud solutions. For example the use of OpenURL providers and federated and pre-indexed search engines allowing users to search all of a library’s collections through a single search box. Discovery layers such as Serials Solutions’ Summon, EBSCO’s EDS or Ex Libris’s Primo Central allow access to all of a library’s collections, not simply those found on the library catalogue. Such discovery layers can provide enhanced service such as access to special collections, digital collections and institutional repositories.
Similarly, the ‘Cloud’ allows libraries to share data about their collections and the bibliographic management activities that they are engaged in. This includes licensing data, common vendor files, serials publications patterns and MARC records.
Add to this entire systems hosted in the Cloud, such as the Koha and Ex Libris Alma library management systems, or reference and citation management systems such as Mendeley, then it is simple to see the impact that the Cloud has on libraries, and indeed vice versa.
Even simple initiatives such as collaborative working through Google Docs, enabling a library community through Facebook or storing photographic collections in Flickr are all examples of how the Cloud has become part of the day to day computing and technology activity of the library.
MmIT strives to raise awareness amongst library and information professionals about current trends and topics in library and information technology and ‘Cloud’ initiatives and innovations, and how they are currently being used within the sector will be of interest to many librarians and information professionals who may not even realise the wealth of ‘Cloud’ activities and solutions available to them. The conference includes a series of workshops, each one focusing on a particular ‘Cloud’ initiative. This includes topics such as implementing Opensource library management systems; How libraries can make the most of mobile devices to access cloud resources; Creating media-rich e-book resources; Implications for research data management; Copyright and licensing issues associated with the ‘Cloud’, and much more. The keynote presentation will be from Karen Blakeman and will focus on search and discovery within the ‘Cloud’ and the conference will also include a series of rapid fire technical innovation presentations and a panel question and answer session.
For further information please see the MmIT Events pages:
Still not registered for this years conference? With only a month to go excitement is building! Register here and find out more about this years MmIT Conference.
We’re delighted to announce that Facet Publishing is providing three prizes for delegates at the MmIT 2013 national conference.
The prizes include Cloud Computing for Libraries by Marshall Breeding (one of our keynote speakers from MmIT 2012)
The No-nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing by Charles Oppenheim
and Getting Started with Cloud Computing, edited by Heather Lea Moulaison and Edward Corrado
Book your place now through our online form: https://docs.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFlyZUFyNHF5UDAxeEVwZlpGcGwwR2c6MA#gid=0
The full conference programme is available on our Events page: http://www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/special-interest-groups/multimedia/events/pages/mmit-conference-2013.aspx
Book Now “Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud”
MmIT Conference, University of Sheffield, 5th April 2013
MMIT bring you an exciting new conference in 2013 covering all aspects of Cloud technology and the implications for library and information services. Featuring a wide variety of excellent speakers and session formats this interactive conference will be both informative and inspirational. If you work in the library and information sector and are increasingly being asked to work in the Cloud or with new technologies, or are just generally interested in library Cloud developments, then this conference is for you!
Full programme available on the MmIT events page
To book a place at the conference, please use the online booking form:
MmIT Journal February 2013 on “Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud” MmITFeb13web-cloudbustingconf(1)
The MMIT conference has come round again and this time we are ‘Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud’.
Take a first peak at the programme for the day with further details to follow…
MmIT Conference, University of Sheffield, 5th April 2013
9:30 – Registration and morning coffee
10:00 – Introduction and welcome – Chris Sexton, University of Sheffield, Leo Appleton, MmIT
10:15 -11:00 – Keynote presentation by Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services “Searching in the cloud”
11:00 -11.50 – Parallel workshops sessions 1
* Andy Tattersall & Claire Beecroft (University of Sheffield) “Cloudme – Being an Effective LIS Professional without Touching Terra Firma”
* Gurdish Sandhu and Adjoa Boateng (University of East London) “The UEL Library: entering the cloud”
* Lise Robinson (OCLC) “Something good is going to happen” : an overview of developing a cloud based solution
* Emily Goodhand (University of Reading) “Cloud(y) Law: unpacking the issues for library & information professionals”
11.50 – 12.10 – Break
12.10-13:00 – Parallel workshops sessions 2
* Axiell Workshop
* Andrew Cox (university of Sheffield) “Research data management – what is the library’s role?”
* Paul Walk (UKOLN) “Bring your own Cloud”
13.00 – 13:45 – Lunch
13:45 – 14:30 – Rapid fire sessions
14.30 – 15:20 – Parallel workshops sessions 3
* Dave Parkes (University of Staffordshire “Implementing the Koha Library Management System”
* Anthony Beal (JISC) “Collaborating to create ebooks in the cloud: media rich resources for teaching, learning and assessment”
* Bethan Ruddock (MIMAS) “Opening up – bibliographic data-sharing and interoperability”
15:20 – 16:00 – Panel Q&A – Dave Parkes, Anthony Beal, Bethan Ruddock, Karen Blakeman, Paul Walk
To book a place at the ‘Cloudbusting’ conference please use the online booking form:
Good news. The Delicious bookmarking service has found a new home with an Internet company called AVOS. AVOS is a new venture by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen and all signs so far indicate that they plan to continue (and further develop) the service. Not sure what the name means though (and The Guardian have it written as Avos).
Yahoo has contacted Delicious users to announce the sale and seek permission to move their bookmarks over. The current service will remain available as is until July. There’s more information for current Delicious users available in a series of FAQs on the Delicious site:
As well as audio editing guide, there is an exhaustive guide to image editors, a guide to finding reusable media online and a guide to copyright and digital images. This is just a few of the *many* advice documents available but you can browse the collection by media type.
This has been quite a big year in the world of online image editors, with Google’s purchase of Picnik and the Aviary suite becoming a free service. Cloud-based image editors have fast become viable alternatives to PhotoShop and other professional (read: expensive) image editing packages . With the onset of multimedia tweeting, it will be interesting to see if audio and video editing tools keep pace.
Announced at the Google I/O keynote, Google Wave is now open for business. The formerly invitation-only communication and collaboration tool has improved quite a bit since our first take on it. Over the last six months, it has become much more stable and also rolled out an extensions gallery.
Waves can be lonely places and having more users will definitely help. With this in mind, I recommend taking a look is the UKOLN blog‘s helpful summary of what the librarians have been getting up to on Google Wave. There are also plenty of case studies to demonstrate the different ways people are already using waves.
The Complete Guide to Google Wave (a book written by by Gina Trapani and Adam Pash using Google Wave) is free to read online and goes into quite a lot of depth about the functionality available now as well as what’s planned for the future.