Based in Scotland? Please join us for our conference!

Our Scottish counterparts, MmITS, have a generous bursary of up to £600 on offer. The theme of our annual conference, ‘Sound and Vision in Librarianship: Going Beyond Words and Pictures’, is directly related to the bursary theme of “technology within the Library and Information sector”, as it addresses the implications and practices of producing, managing and curating audio and video materials in the digital age.

Delegates will engage in a series of workshops and seminars on sound and vision themes and the conference will also showcase current research and innovations in these areas through lightning sessions and presentations from researching practitioners.

This bursary will sponsor one individual to attend a course, training or conference of their choice in 2014, relating to the themes of technology within the Library and Information Sector (up to £600 only).

To be eligible for a MmITS bursary you must:

  •  Be based in Scotland
  •  Be working within the Library and Information Sector for between 5-20 years
  •  Must use, or want to use, technology within your role
  •  Must not have received any MmITS funding in the past 3 years

The application form is now live online. You don’t need to be a member of MmITS to apply for the bursary, but why not take this opportunity to join? The deadline is 29 August, so send in your application today.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield.

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:

The full conference programme is available on our Events page:

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:

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MMIT 2013 Conference: Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud

The MMIT conference has come round again and this time we are ‘Cloudbusting – demystifying the Cloud’.

Take a first peak at the programme for the day with further details to follow…

MmIT Conference, University of Sheffield, 5th April 2013

9:30 – Registration and morning coffee

10:00 – Introduction and welcome – Chris Sexton, University of Sheffield, Leo Appleton, MmIT

10:15 -11:00 – Keynote presentation by Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services “Searching in the cloud”

11:00 -11.50 – Parallel workshops sessions 1

* Andy Tattersall & Claire Beecroft (University of Sheffield) “Cloudme – Being an Effective LIS Professional without Touching Terra Firma”

* Gurdish Sandhu and Adjoa Boateng (University of East London) “The UEL Library: entering the cloud”

* Lise Robinson (OCLC) “Something good is going to happen” : an overview of developing a cloud based solution

* Emily Goodhand (University of Reading) “Cloud(y) Law: unpacking the issues for library & information professionals”

11.50 – 12.10 – Break

12.10-13:00 – Parallel workshops sessions 2

* Axiell Workshop

* Andrew Cox (university of Sheffield) “Research data management – what is the library’s role?”

* Paul Walk (UKOLN) “Bring your own Cloud”

13.00 – 13:45 – Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 – Rapid fire sessions

14.30 – 15:20 – Parallel workshops sessions 3

* Dave Parkes (University of Staffordshire “Implementing the Koha Library Management System”

* Anthony Beal (JISC) “Collaborating to create ebooks in the cloud: media rich resources for teaching, learning and assessment”

* Bethan Ruddock (MIMAS) “Opening up – bibliographic data-sharing and interoperability”

15:20 – 16:00 – Panel Q&A – Dave Parkes, Anthony Beal, Bethan Ruddock, Karen Blakeman, Paul Walk

16:00 Close

To book a place at the ‘Cloudbusting’ conference please use the online booking form: