MmIT Conference – Meet the Keynotes!

Digital Citizenship: What is the library’s role? 12th – 13th September, Sheffield

It’s not too late to join us at our annual Multimedia, Information and Technology Conference. This year’s theme is all about the role of the library in supporting digital citizenship.

Chris Stokes, Joint Director of Digital Learning, University of Sheffield

“Can MOOCs make a difference? – Driving institutional change and widening participation with digital learning”

Chris will present the University of Sheffield’s experiences from the ‘digital presence’ project, in particular look at how open online learning has been used to support widening participation activity, raising awareness of information and digital literacy skills, and being used a means to innovate and develop new learning methodologies outside of the normal academic calendar.

Madeleine Barrett, Head of Libraries, Heritage and Arts, London Borough of Sutton

“Digital citizen, digital worker: Are we doing enough to support digital citizenship?”

Madeleine will look at what we are doing and ask is there more that we can do? Does government really understand the role of libraries in this field and does the profession do enough to reach government and make a real impact? Is consortium working old hat or the means to achieve all/some of the above?

Kevin Curran, Reader in Computer Science, Ulster University

“Hacking: Childs Play”

This talk will highlight the common means and mechanisms by which cybercriminals commit destruction online. It will demonstrate some of the powerful tools that they use as well explain some of their more sophisticated approaches. It will also provide some practical steps by which you can remain more secure against common attacks and scams.

Helen Milner, CEO & Staff Board Director, Tinder Foundation

Helen will be talking about the role of the Tinder Foundation and its aims to support digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital.

Digital Literacy in Libraries – a day of sharing innovations

A chance conversation earlier in the year between the chairs to two of CILIP’s special interest groups led to the first joint event hosted between the Information Literacy Group and the Multimedia, Information and Technology group, which was held at the University of Liverpool in London on Friday August 5th. The two groups were focusing on digital literacy as part of their overall CPD themes this year so they decided that rather than put on separate events they would pool their resources and contacts and hold a joint event on ‘Digital Literacy in Libraries’. The event was a huge success and attracted speakers and delegates from a range of library and information services and across several different library sectors.

Extending digital literacy

The first presentation set the bar very high indeed. Luke Burton, Digital Transformation Manager at Newcastle Libraries talked about the different initiatives and innovations that the public library users on Tyneside are currently enjoying as the library service strives to address the digital inclusion agenda and to enable access to a whole host of digital resources, skills and opportunities. It was fascinating hearing about events such as the coding clubs, Google garage, hack events and Fix It Cafe, as well as the future plans for facilitated workshops around Pokemon GO and Minecraft and the Library Freedom Project.

You can access Luke’s presentation on Prezi

Digital literacy in the NHS

The second presentation was from Kieran Lamb, from Stockport NHS Trust who presented on behalf of the NHS and spoke about what digital literacy means to health librarians. An interesting aspect of the digital literCY agenda in the healthcare sector is how library and information professionals need to be able to address the digital literacy needs of clinicians as well as a patients, both of whom require different support. Digital literacy for clinicians and practitioners requires skills and abilities to effectively search and critically appraise digital information with regard to their evidence based practice, whilst patients need awareness and a support in accessing and using digital and online health services (I.e. Online appointment booking and repeat prescriptions). Kieran concluded with a discussion about how the variety and diversity of digital literacy requirements within the NHS environment, ultimately meanS that it is a question of how librarians address and support meta-literacy.

You can access Kieran’s presentation on Prezi

The changing learning landscape

The next presenter was from an academic institution, but was not necessarily representing libraries. Dr David Walker, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Sussex challenged the audience with a presentation entitled ‘Technology, Digital Capabilities and the Language of Change’. David’s discussion around the changing learning landscape and the barriers that institutions pose to digital innovation and change was extremely thought provoking.

David’s focus on the language and parlance that we use when talking about ‘digital’ was interesting, particularly when he pointed out that we often talk about ‘digital’ being ‘transformational’, when in actual fact we don’t want to be constantly transforming ourselves through digital resources and services (i.e. into a completely new and irreversible state) but that what we really mean and want is developmental change to help us improve and get to the next level.

Building the digital capability of libraries

The final session of the morning was from Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Business and Innovation at the Tinder Foundation, with a paper entitled ‘Building the Digital Capability of Libraries‘ in which he talked about the Tinder Foundation’s mission to tackle digital exclusion throughout the UK and the actions and initiatives that they had been involved in as part of this. Adam spoke about the strategic importance of libraries and how they are excellent vehicles for digital inclusion. He explained the concept of ‘LearnMyWay’ and how libraries were providing some of the infrastructure and support for the UK Online Centres.

Digital nirvana

Moira Wright of University College London (UCL) livened everybody up in the post lunchtime slot with a session entitled ‘Digital Nirvana’. Moira spoke about digital education at UCL and using novel pedagogies such as ‘story telling’ and ‘making and creating’ within this practice. As part of the session Moira got all the delegates to participate in a ‘digital nirvana making activity’ where all the participants spent some time thinking about and constructing a box in which they were invited to put all their digital frustrations alongside their digital dreams. A highly entertaining and thoughtful activity!

Public libraries supporting digital literacy

Next to present was Jackie Widdowson, our second public library speaker of the day. Jacqui is chair of CILIP’s Public and Mobile Libraries Group as well as being the library manager at Darwen Library. Jacqui’s presentation was entitled ‘The role public libraries play in supporting digital literacy’ and covered: public library spaces and access to wifi and technology; digital resources and interfaces; adapting and differentiation when providing services for different demographics; and addressing digital literacy skills in library staff through the Code Green Project. Jacqui also discussed the national strategy and the work which has come from the Society of Chief Librarians in developing this. The final part of Jacqui’s presentation covered some of the digital resources and initiatives that are going on in various library authorities, and as with Luke’s presentation from the morning sessions, it was fascinating to see the breadth and depth of digital support and facilitation enabled through our public libraries.

Student ambassadors for digital literacy

The final talk came from Jane Secker and Sonia Gomes from London School of Economic (LSE) in which they reported back on an initiative that they had rolled out at LSE called ‘Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy’ (SADL) in which students are supported in acquiring digital skills and literacies in order that they can become ambassadors and can then support fellow students in acquiring and developing similar skills. The programme had been very successful and the evaluation of it had revealed the extent of the impact of the programme had on the students and staff involved. The evaluation also resulted in further enhancements and developments of the programme as well as presenting the challenge of how to scale up SADL for the future.

Sharing experience and best practice

All in all the ILG/MmIT ‘Digital Literacies’ event was a huge success with delegates enjoying the range and variation of the speakers and presenters, but also seeing how ‘digital literacy’ is something that is high on the agenda of all library sectors. Events such as this allow for us to share our experiences and best practices and effectively give us all a wider variety of tools and techniques to take back to our respective libraries.

All the presentations from the event can be found on the ILG Slideshare account:

MmIT Journal – May 2016

See here for the May issue of the MmIT journal (current MmIT members only).MmIT-journal-may-16

Contents include:

  • MMIT 2016 conference, September
  • Internet Librarian International, October
 DVD releases of:
  • Around China with a Movie Camera
  • Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film
 Book reviews:
  •  No Nonsense Guide to Archives and Recordkeeping
  • Data Management for Researchers
  • Library Technology and Digital Resources
  • Procuring hardware and software
  • Kudos: scholarly communications in the digital age
  • OpenRefine: open source data cleaning
  • Internet Archive: preserving culture online
  • Altmetrics: bibliometrics for the digital age
  • Index of 2015 issues
Marketing insight:
  • Tap into the trend for mobile access
TechRound Up:
  • QUEST Vest 42 pocket system, Gorilla cord organiser, Tablift tablet stand, iFetch Too ball thrower for dogs


MmIT at #CILIPconf16

Are you getting excited about the CILIP 2016 Conference? We are! All the fun kicks off tomorrow morning (or this evening if you’re attending one of the pre-conference events).

Two of our committee members will be at the conference this year – Nicola Kerr, our Events Officer, and myself, Lizzie Sparrow, MmIT Web Officer. If you see us around the conference please come and ask us any questions you may have about MmIT, or just come and say hello!

Nicola Kerr, MmIT Events Officer
Lizzie Sparrow, MmIT Web Officer

You will be able to find us, along with all the other special interest groups at the left hand end of the exhibition hall as you come from registration. Niamh O’Donovan, our bursary winner for the CILIP 2016 Conference, will also be joining us there.

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Niamh O’Donovan, bursary winner


And in case you needed tempting, if you visit us in the exhibition hall you can enter our prize draw to win a copy of Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics, edited by our very own Andy Tattersall (MmIT Secretary).

Booking open for MmIT 2016 Conference

Booking is now open for the 2016 MmIT annual conference – Digital Citizenship: What is the library’s role?

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During this conference we will explore and discuss several digital citizenship themes and the role and responsibility of the library and the librarian in supporting citizenry in the digital world.

The conference themes will consist of, your library’s role in:

  • Digital access and inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Digital communications (including digital profiles, reputation)
  • Digital law
  • Digital security

Digital citizenship is a term often used to describe how people acquire and use their digital and online skills and experiences in order to further achieve and develop in their personal, professional and social roles. MmIT believe that libraries across all sectors play a significant role in supporting and developing digital citizenship with our user communities.

With four expert keynote speakers confirmed, the conference seeks to facilitate discussion and the sharing of good practice in answer to some of these questions plus more, with colleagues from across all sectors of the library and information world.

Delegates will engage in a series of workshops and seminars on digital citizenship themes and the conference will also showcase current research and innovations in these areas through lightning sessions and presentations from researching practitioners. There will also be a student forum where Masters and PhD students will highlight their research.

Our keynote speakers are:

  •  Chris Stokes, Joint Director of Digital Learning, University of Sheffield
  • Helen Milner, CEO & Staff Board Director, Tinder Foundation
  • Kevin Curran, Reader in Computer Science and Group Leader for the Ambient Intelligence Research Group, University of Ulster
  • Madeline Barrett, Head of Libraries, Heritage and Arts, London Borough of Sutton.

For the most up-to-date information and to book your place, go to



Academic library Facebook posts: a research questionnaire

Those of you who were at our 2015 conference may remember Suzanne Parfitt from Charles Sturt University, Australia, and her research into patrons’ responsiveness to academic library Facebook posts. Suzanne’s research has now reached the next stage and she is distributing a questionnaire to people with a connection to a university in Australia or UK (student, staff or alumni).

Please help Suzanne reach as many people as possible by sharing the link to her questionnaire. If you have a library Facebook account, this is the post Suzanne has suggested for University libraries to use or edit:-


Do you have links with a UK or Australian University (student, staff or alumnus/graduate)?  I’d like to hear from you!  I am a student from Charles Sturt University, Australia and I’m studying University Library Facebook pages for my Masters project.  It would be appreciated if you could take 10 minutes to fill in a questionnaire  As a thank you for your time, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win a £20 or AUS$42 movie voucher.  (Please feel free to share this post with your friends, thank you!)


Event booking opens: Digital literacy in libraries

Digital literacy in libraries

Join the Information Literacy Group (ILG) and the Multimedia, Information and Technology Group (MmIT) for a day long conference of seminar talks and activities from digital literacy experts from across several different areas of the library and information sector.

WHEN: Friday, 5th August 2016

WHERE: The University of Liverpool in London, University of Liverpool, 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG

Are you currently involved in developing, supporting and delivering digital literacy skills in your library? Are you engaged in developing information literacy frameworks which include digital literacy (and vice-versa)? Do you want to find out more about what others are doing in this area and to what level? Then this conference is for you. Our speakers will enlighten you as to how their services are involved in and support the digital literacy agendas in their respective institutions and sectors.


09:30     Registration / refreshments

10:00     Opening and welcome – Leo Appleton (University of the Arts London and chair of MmIT)

10:05     Extending Digital Literacy – Luke Burton (Digital Transformation Manager, Newcastle Libraries)

10:45     Digital literacy in the NHS – Kearan Lamb (Knowledge and Library Service Manager, Stockport NHS Trust)

11: 25    Coffee break

11:40     Technology, digital capabilities and the language of change – David Walker (Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Sussex)

12:20     Building Digital capability  – (tbc)

13:00     Lunch

13:45     Digital Nirvana – Moira Wright, (Digital Literacy Officer, University College London)

14:30     The role public libraries play in supporting digital literacy – Jacquie Widdowson (Blackburn with Darwen Library Service and Chair of the Public and Mobile Libraries Group)

15: 10    Evaluating the impact of digital literacy programmes: lessons from student ambassadors? – Jane Secker, (London School of Economics and chair of ILG) and Sonia Gomes (London School of Economics Library)

15: 50    Closing remarks

16:00     Close

Booking information


CILIP ILG or MmIT Members: £40 (inc. VAT)

Non-CILIP ILG or MmIT Members: £60 (inc. VAT)

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite:

If you have any additional queries about booking, please contact the ILG Training Officer, Catherine McManamon: or the MmIT Events Coorindator, Nicola Kerr:

Niamh O’Donovan wins bursary place for CILIP Conference 2016

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Niamh O’Donovan

Congratulations to Niamh O’Donovan, winner of the MmIT bursary place for the CILIP Conference 2016. Niamh works for Galway Public Libraries in Ireland and is a new member of CILIP. Niamh will be using the CILIP Conference to strengthen her links with the CILIP community and in particular the MmIT group. You can find Niamh on twitter as @niamhodonovan. We look forward to welcoming Niamh to the CILIP Conference in July, and hope to meet many more of our members there too!

There is still time to take advantage of the Early Bird discount until Friday 29 April. The CILIP Conference takes place in Brighton from 12-13 July and will be one of the largest gatherings of library and information professionals in the UK. As well as a chance to network and discuss the latest developments in the sector, it is a great opportunity to refresh your CPD, update your skills and discover innovative products and services.


This year’s programme is the most exciting and ambitious yet. The leading international keynotes will look at the important role that libraries play in times of crisis, the social and economic value of data and information and the power of the written word to promote health and wellbeing. Our speaker programme is designed to deliver real, practical insights that you can apply in your own work, whichever part of the sector you work in and whatever your level of experience.

Some sessions that will be particularly tempting to our members are:

To see the full programme, keynote speakers, social events and exhibitor list, visit