CILIP Conference 2019 : reflections on #CilipConf19

Earlier this year we publicised our bursary to attend the 2019 Cilip Conference. We were delighted to award it to Claire Back, Development Manager with Plymouth Libraries. In her winning blog entry Claire discussed her favourite tech tool Canva. Claire has now blogged her impressions from the conference and highlighted those themes which she found most significant.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since the CILIP Conference in Manchester. Rather than a chronological write up, this blog post is more a reflection of my thoughts on the conference; what I enjoyed the most, what I took away from attending and what I’m still thinking about one month later.

Major themes

For me there were two major themes that came up repeatedly. The first, diversity and inclusion ran throughout the two days. From Kriti Sharma’s excellent opening keynote on bias and ethics in AI to Hong-Anh Nguyen’s powerful day two keynote Questioning Diversity: A call to action for everyone working in the profession to make a positive change. There was also the BAME Network allies’ breakfast which unfortunately I couldn’t attend but I have since signed up as an ally on the website.

Demonstrating impact was the second major theme for me, probably because it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. It was clear listening to stories from 25 years of Libraries Change Lives that being able to demonstrate the difference these initiatives made was a key to their success and recognition. In Glasgow’s Mitchell Library we saw the positive impact that moving the Citizens Advice Bureau into the library had on both users and staff. Jan Holden from Norfolk Libraries shared their vision for ensuring that libraries change lives every day through a range of health and wellbeing activities. I liked their plan on a page which was simple and effective. It was also good to hear Jan say that it’s sometimes hard to get people to listen and understand what libraries can do, and how important it is to have confidence in the service and be willing to have the same conversations again and again.

It was also interesting to hear Kay Grieves from the University of Sunderland describe how they are using an engagement and impact model to drive service design and I enjoyed seeing their experiments with data visualisation, something I’m keen to do more of.

Public Libraries are awesome

I know this, I work for one, but it’s good to be reminded sometimes and the Innovation in Public Libraries highlighted some of the great work going on. This included Archives+ at Manchester Central Library who have been documenting the history and stories of the LBQT community in the city and I loved that they invited a couple of the volunteers, a vital part of the project, along to hear the talk. I’m always slightly in awe of the work being done by Leeds Libraries on 100% Digital Leeds, ensuring that everyone in the city has the same options and choices when it comes to digital inclusion, so it was useful to pick up some tips on how they are doing it from Amy Hearn.

Best slides

A special mention to Dave Rowe from Libraries Hacked who illustrated his talk on open geographic intelligence with library data solely with images of dogs (and a single cat) on mobile libraries.  Dave’s current project to improve the state of mobile library data makes me wish we had a mobile so we could get involved.

What I missed

There will always be the problem of clashing sessions at a conference, but I was really sorry to miss the Diversity in the Profession Panel.

Overall I really enjoyed my couple of days in Manchester. I felt it helped me to reconnect with the wider profession and I’m very grateful to MMIT for the bursary.

Creating, producing and marketing a podcast for information professionals: a complete idiots guide

The success of Jo Wood’s podcast inspired the Sound and Vision theme of the latest MmIT Journal. So it gives me great pleasure to introduce it as a featured article on our blog. It has also got relevance to our next theme which will explore technology, diversity and professional development. Give it a listen and be inspired by the stories that people tell her. Continue reading “Creating, producing and marketing a podcast for information professionals: a complete idiots guide”

#ILI18 – your opportunity to showcase innovation

Once again MmIT will be supporting the @IntLibIntl #ILI18 Conference, to be held at London Olympia on 16-17 October.  ILI is marking its 20th birthday in 2018 by celebrating innovative libraries and innovative information  professionals  The Call for Speakers is open until Friday 13 April.  We’re particularly looking forward to potential sessions on tech tools and trends, users and user experience, strategising the future, search tools and techniques, and collections and content. See you there?



Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional Webinar – 15th February 2-3pm

We are proud to announce our latest webinar ‘Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional’

Register your free place here

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages38699659289349496911originalWhat tools and technologies should you be using as a librarian or information professional in 2018? Join the CILIP special interest group MmIT as we host our yearly webinar to discuss and shortlist the most relevant tools you can employ as part of your work right now. Webinar Chair Leo Appleton is joined by three fellow members of the Multimedia and Information Technology Committee to look at tools and technologies new and old as well as answer any questions you may have.

Join the webinar here:

You can ask questions in advance via the Twitter hashtag #AskMmIT18 – Tweet us directly on @MultiMediaIT or by going to TodaysMeet Room

Our panelists for the webinar are:
Luke Burton – Digital Transformation Manager at Newcastle City Council

Luke Burton completed his MA in Library and Information Management in 2008 and became a Library and Information Officer with Newcastle Libraries in 2010 as part of their Information and Digital team. He became manager of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle in 2013 and was responsible for co-ordinating and contributing to intellectual property support, business information and business support to small businesses in the North-East. In late 2014 Luke became the Digital Transformation Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council where he leads on transformation, development and implementation of digital services within libraries and customer services. In April 2017 he was appointed as the Digital Delivery Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council. Luke is particularly interested in copyright, open data, new technologies and culture change within organisations.

Luke tweets as @biblioluke

Virginia Power – Graduate Tutor/PhD researcher at the University of the West of England

Virginia Power is Graduate Tutor/PhD researcher at the University of the West of England. Virginia has over 40 years’ library and information services management experience within educational and cultural heritage sectors. She lectures in Information Management and Science and is also a PhD student in the field of social knowledge management and digital resource curation. Virginia’s particular interest is in technology for learning and open education, specifically the use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and her PhD is focused on researching the role and impact of social knowledge and narrative in the use and re-use of OER. Virginia specialises in the development of staff digital skills within cultural heritage and corporate knowledge settings. She is also co-editor of eBooks in Libraries: a practical guide published by Facet Publishing.

Virginia tweets as @PowerVirg

Andy Tattersall – Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research at The University of Sheffield

Andy Tattersall is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and writes, teaches and gives talks about digital academia, technology, scholarly communications, open research, web and information science, apps altmetrics and social media. In particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy received a Senate Award from The University of Sheffield’ for his pioneering work on MOOCs in 2013 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Andy is also Chair of the CILIP MmIT Committee. He has edited a book on Altmetrics for Facet Publishing which is aimed at researchers and librarians. Andy was named in the Jisc Top Ten Social Media Superstars for 2017.

Andy tweets as @Andy_Tattersall

Chair: Leo Appleton – Director of Library Services, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Leo Tweets as @leoappleton

Responding to social media and online questions

Alison McNab – Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield

Alison McNab is an Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield whose current focus is on supporting researchers at all stages of the research cycle. She has regularly pioneered the implementation of new technologies and resources, with a focus on their use to enhance service development and delivery, and for much of her career had a specialist focus on the marketing and exploitation of e-content. Her professional interests include accessibility and assistive technologies, current awareness and trend-watching, e-content, information literacy, mobile learning, scholarly communication, and the use of social media by libraries. She has contributed to the wider profession by writing, editing, speaking, and through membership of the management committees of MmIT, UKeiG and the UKSG.

Alison tweets as @AlisonMcNab

Joining Details

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The session takes place in an Adobe Connect webinar – headphones and a microphone are advisable, but the microphone is not essential. You can also join using a tablet or smartphone with the Adobe Connect mobile app.

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  • Available bandwidth
  • Acrobat Connect Meeting Add-in version

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Internet Librarian Conference 2017



The Internet Librarian International 2017  is nearly here. It will take place in London Olympia from Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 October.

Looking at the programme, its going to be a fantastic event. The two Keynotes, David White(University of the Arts, UK) and Kate Torney (State Library of Victoria, Australia)  will kick the event off with topical issues: communicating value and the role that libraries can play in providing quality information for its users.

Kate Torney’s Keynote: Making a noise about a quiet revolution celebrates the quiet revolution within libraries and the sector’s embrace of disruption – but suggests the time for modesty is over. How do we find and communicate our value to ensure the success and sustainability of our institutions? How do we lead necessary transformation while staying true to our founding ideals?

 David White‘s Keynote: Expertise in an era of easy answers, discusses the abundance of online information which provides easy answers to easy questions. Unfortunately it can also provide easy answers to complex questions, potentially eroding our ability to interrogate, evaluate and synthesise sources. In this talk, David White will explore the role libraries can play in countering the ‘think-less find-more’ mentality encouraged by the Web and the corresponding mistrust of ‘experts’ . In a time when we can Google our way to almost any answer, access to content has become less important than access to people who understand what that content means and where to head next.

MmIT is proud to support the conference and we look forward to meeting delegates at the event.  Conference speakers include our very own MmIT Committee members Andy Tattersall and Alison McNab.

If you are planning on attending and haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t forget that MmIT members can claim a 25% discount off the full conference price by putting the discount code ( MMIT25) in the Priority Code box on the Registration page.

Follow the hashtag on Twitter to keep up with what your fellow delegates are saying at the conference . Or say hi to @IntLibIntlor us @multimediaIT


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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CILIP Bursary for a MMIT member to attend the CILIP Conference 2017

CILIP Bursary for a MMIT member to attend the CILIP Conference 2017

CILIP are offering a bursary for a member of MmIT to attend the CILIP Conference 2017 to be held in Manchester 5- 6 July

This bursary place includes access to both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments and all sessions. It also includes a ticket to the evening reception at MOSI on Wednesday 5 July. One nights’ accommodation at Motel One on Wednesday 5 July is also included. Additional nights can be booked at the expense of the SIG or bursary winner.

MMIT will pay travelling expenses up to £100.



Twitter hashtag: #CILIPConf17

The bursary place is intended to promote MMIT, CILIP and the conference. The winner will be asked to play an active role at the conference including tweeting, staffing the MMIT stand and at the end writing up the conference experience for publication in the MMIT Journal.


Candidates must be a member of MMIT and are asked to submit the following:

  • A covering letter of application, detailing your current role and your library/information experience, reasons why you would like to attend the Cilip Conference, and your CILIP membership number.
  • A description of your favourite library technology and how your users benefit from using it (approximately 500 words, this can be on any technology used in the library, hardware, software, apps, social media, digital resources, etc.)

Letter of application and supporting documents need to be sent electronically by 14th April 2017 to

MmIT FREE Half Day Event for Members – The Digital Individual


The library and information community have always had technology champions and in an increasingly digital world this is needed more than ever. The half day workshop will explore how library and information professionals can leverage new and established technologies to become digital citizens, teachers, researchers and champions. The purpose of the three workshops is not only to help professionals provide a better service befitting the 21st Century but also improve their own skill sets and show value to their organisation.


12:00 Registration & networking lunch

12:40 – 13.00 Welcome by MmIT

13.00 – 13.50 The digital researcher, Iain Baird – Academic Librarian, Teesside University

13.50 – 14.10 Break/ networking (tea, coffee & biscuits)

14.10 – 15.00 The digital teacher, Claire Beecroft – Lecturer/ Information Specialist, Sheffield University

15:00 – 15.50 The digital citizen, Luke Burton – Digital Transformation Manager, Newcastle City Council

15.50 Questions and close

To book a place: