Chair’s report – MmIT 2015 AGM

MmIT 2015 Annual General Meeting, 7th January 2016

Chair’s Report from Leo Appleton

Leo Appleton, MMIT Group chair at the 2015 AGM

Last year I stated that I thought 2014 had been our best year to date (or at least during the ten years I have been active on the committee). Upon reflection I think we have actually enjoyed an even better year during 2015 and I would like to revisit some of the aims and objectives that we set ourselves in our 2015 business plan to illustrate our success this year:

Our core aim has continued to be that of meeting the needs of Cilip members interested in library multimedia, information and technology, providing support for members in continuing professional development and in developing a sense of community amongst members of MmIT. I feel that we have achieved this once again this year through our various outputs and activities and have sustained our leadership and authority on library multimedia, information and technology within the sector and have continued to inform CILIP members of new and emerging themes and developments.

The platforms through which we have been able to achieve this during 2015 include our various events, which have sustained the theme of ‘social media’, established at last year’s AGM and we have enjoyed a very successful residential conference in September which was our showcase CPD event and also helped us to realise our major objective of 2015. The conference continues to grow each year, both in interest, influence and engagement and this was certainly the case for the 2015 conference which was entitled ‘With great power comes great responsibility’.

The conference activities were supplemented with a presentation given by myself and Andy Tattersall at the national Cilip conference in June in which we were representing MmIT and presenting on the current themes surrounding social media in libraries. A synopsis of this presentation has also been written up for the MmIT journal. The journal itself is another platform through which MmIT fulfils its mission, and in the very safe and reliable hands of Catherine Dhanjal, this is another aspect of MmIT which continues to grow, thrive and improve year on year.

In addition to these activities MmIT has also generated further interest through publicity via our Blog and social media channels and we have continued to support professional development through sponsoring conference places at the MmIT conference, the Cilip conference and the Internet Librarian Conference, and indeed by making our annual general meeting event free to attend to all Cilip members.

While it is wonderful to report back to the membership each year that we have continued to improve it does make it increasingly more challenging to sustain this, but our 2016 business plan does indeed have such aspirations:

As well as sustaining our excellent journal we are also planning our 2016 Annual Conference – ‘The role of libraries in supporting digital literacy’, which effectively is being tested out today at our AGM with our series of short talks. The conference planning is well under way and we feel it will have a wide cross sectoral appeal.

We also have plans to hold further collaborative events during the year with Cilip’s Information Literacy Group and the Publicity and Public Relations Group.

A further objective which demonstrates our commitment to high quality CPD is our commitment to developing resources and potential training for inclusion in Cilip’s PKSB.

We will look to future proof the group and the committee further in order to enable this growth in activity and we are very pleased to welcome new committee members to roles at this AGM, whilst continuing to invite interest from other pro-active MmIT members who might consider getting involved in committee activity during the course of the year.

My thanks as ever go to those committee members, new and old, who have continued to serve the group as your committee. I have worked in, and led many teams in the many jobs and roles that I have had over the years, and none have worked so well together and been so productive and resourceful as the current MmIT committee. I would like to thank in particular the core committee who have continued to serve the group so effectively and tirelessly: Andy Tattersall, John Bottomley, Catherine Dhanjal and Ruth Wilson; to thank two outgoing committee members Robert Cunningham and Jen Smith; to welcome our new committee members Dia Mexi Jones, Ruth Davis and Nic Kerr and to welcome back from a sabbatical Lizzie Sparrow. Thank you all for the work that you have done and continue to do for MmIT

Appointment to committee positions:

  • Honorary Chair – Leo Appleton
  • Honorary Secretary – Andy Tattersall
  • Honorary Treasurer – John Bottomley
  • Events Co-ordinator – Nic Kerr
  • Managing editor Multimedia, Technology and Information journal – Catherine Dhanjal
  • Assistant to the managing editor – Ruth Davis
  • Web officer – Lizzie Sparrow
  • Marketing and publicity officer – Dia Mexi Jones
  • Branch and groups representative – Ruth Wilson

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