What’s next in digital technologies? Horizon scanning reports from @Jisc

On the MmIT Committee we like to watch out for reports on trends in all things digital.  Although the Jisc work on Horizon scanning: what’s next in digital technologies has been developed in the context of support for higher and further education, we feel that it contains useful insights for information professionals in all sectors.

Jisc took an in-depth look at some of the major trends in digital technology, in a project that ended on 31 October 2018.  The horizon scan activity aimed to inform Jisc’s own strategy development, leading to new R&D projects and potential future services and solutions, as well as helping digital leaders in universities and colleges plan and implement their own IT strategies.

The key topic areas are listed below and the Jisc webpage links to a report on each topic:

Further reading:


MmIT Join #uklibchat Technology in libraries. Monday 3rd September 7.00-8.30pm BST

Join #uklibchat this September with MmIT Chair Andy Tattersall and committee member Christina Harbour to discuss the ever growing and changing topic within Libraries, Technology. cropped-uklibchatskysegoe

We will have a featured post in the next few days, along with some articles (keep an eye on Twitter) for now the Agenda is up and running so please add your questions.

This is open to all sectors of the library profession, so feel free to pop along on Monday the 3rd of September at 7pm, as usual, join in using the #uklibchat hashtag to make your voice heard.

A sunny day in Sheffield

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 – Cloudbusting

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:

Prizes to be awarded at “Cloudbusting — Demystifying the Cloud”

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)

Cloud Computing for Libraries

The No-nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing by Charles Oppenheim

The No-nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing

and Getting Started with Cloud Computing, edited by Heather Lea Moulaison and Edward Corrado

Getting Started with Cloud Computing

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

Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud – Conference update

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)