Delivering on Digital: Digital Transformation and the Information Professionals – Workshop Leicester De Montfort 23rd Jun

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Following on from our very successful half day event at Newcastle in March and our Webinar in May, we are delivering yet another workshop for MmIT members and non-members.

Digital capabilities are more important than ever within the library and information community and the people they support. Digital capability is essential for all wanting to flourish in modern society and library and information professionals can support this. The half day workshop will explore how library and information professionals can help shape and support these capabilities for the individual, organisation and community. The purpose of the three talks is not only to help professionals provide a better service befitting the 21st Century but also improve their own digital capability skill sets and show value to their organisation.

Kimberlin Library
De Montfort University
The Gateway

Leicester LE1 9BH


MmIT Members – Free
Non MmIT Members £50
Bookings can be made via Eventbrite:


12.00: Registration & networking lunch

12.30 – 12.40: Welcome by MmIT

12.40 – 13.30: Seek Sense and Share: The Information & Knowledge Manager as Change Agent – Virginia Power, University of the West of England.

Information & Knowledge Managers in a library & information service often have responsibility for seeking new opportunities to create a knowledge sharing environment and drive the use of collaborative social media tools to enable broader capture and sharing and promote innovation. They are often key players in the introduction of systems, approaches and processes which capture the intellectual capital of the organization and seek out continuous improvement opportunities. In this lively session we will unpick the role of the Information & Knowledge Manager to discover our digital capabilities using top KM tools and techniques in support of the quest to be a true Change Agent. Come and be prepared to interact!

13.30 – 13.50: Break/ networking (tea, coffee & biscuits)

13.50 – 14.40: A digital research cycle for the 21st Century and how to support it – Andy Tattersall – Information Specialist,  University of Sheffield.

The research cycle is changing dramatically and there are countless new technologies and platforms that academics can use to support their research process. From making their work open and reusable to its wider dissemination, there are a lot of opportunities to shake up the scientific system. For many academics their digital capabilities are not developed to a level to fully engage with these new ways of working. Library and information professionals are embedded in all aspects of this cycle and there are opportunities to be found with the latest developments afforded by technology. The purpose of the talk will be to explore the new research cycle along with opportunities to support it and up-skill the digital academic. In addition show some of the tools and technologies that will ensure academics come to you first when they need help.

14.40 – 15.30: The Horizon Report – Dave Parkes – Director of Library and Learning Services, De Montfort University

David has been involved with the New Media Consortium (NMC) Higher Education Horizon report since 2009 as well as an expert panel member of the more recent NMC Library Horizon Report. The work is an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Every year the Horizon Report identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology tied to essential questions of relevance or policy, leadership, and practice. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology-planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. The report discusses the importance of ‘digital fluency’ and how to manage ‘knowledge obsolescence’. David will explore these themes, the implications for libraries and provide an insider guide to the creation of the work.

15.30 – Questions and close

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