Full programme announced for our annual conference


MmIT are delighted to announce that we will be holding our annual conference at the University of Sheffield Conference Centre on September 11th and 12th 2014 (Thursday & Friday).

Book your delegate place and see the discounted rates for MmIT Group members at our Eventbrite site.

The conference theme is ‘Sound and Vision in Librarianship: Going Beyond Words and Pictures’ and 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.

The full list of speakers and sessions for #mmit2014 has been announced – for more details please go here:


Full delegate £250 + VAT (£50)
MmIT full delegate £200 + VAT (£40)
Student £125 + VAT (£25)
Day rate £120 + VAT (£24)
MmIT Day rate £85 + VAT (£17)
B & B night £50 + VAT (£10)
Dinner £40 + VAT (£8)


The keynote speakers have been confirmed as:

  • Liz McGettigan, Director of Digital Library Experiences at SOLUS. The use of Augmented Reality to drive audience growth and innovative customer experience
  • Richard Ranft, British Library Sound Archive. BL’s role in working with sound and vision resource
  • Graham McElearney, Senior Learning Technologist for the University of Sheffield and lead for Sheffield’s iTunesU platform
University of Sheffield Conference Centre

The Edge, Encliffe Village 34 Endcliffe Crescent

S10 3ED Sheffield

United Kingdom

Contact Details

Leo Appleton

Booking Information

– See more on our CILIP page.

MmIT Journal August issue now available

MmIT journal August 2010 now available

Multimedia Information & Technology vol 36 no 3 is now available featuring a new landscape layout and we would welcome feedback on the new design. Our cover photograph shows the new ‘totem pole’ at John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, which references the library’s collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives.

MMIT Group members and subscribers can view the journal online at http://cilipjournals.org.uk/mmit

or http://www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/special-interest-groups/multimedia/journal/pages/journalcurrentissue.aspx.

We have been able to keep to the new 36-page length and this issue carries a special focus on public libraries covering use of wireless; the London Libraries Consortium; and local studies and social media at Solihull.  Other features include archiving at the Aston Martin Heritage Trust; QR codes in higher education; Royal Horticultural Society’s online image library; improving access to cultural content through a knowledge transfer partnership between Bridgeman Art Library and the London College of Communication.

Kate Lomax’s ‘Best of the Blog’ covers the future of the library profession, Google Wave, and web video developments.

Reviews feature Kevin Curran on Library Mashups; Christine Urquhart on Envisioning future academic library services; Andy Tattersall finds out why Information is Beautiful; Michael Upshall explores Content Licensing; and Ken Cheetham reports on his product review of Xtreme web Designer 5.

The news section covers the MMIT Group survey; interactive whiteboards to bring Shakespeare’s plays to life using Manga; collaboration on bibliometrics; new Bamboo notebooks; free multi-language keyboard; a new version of Animate Pro; the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia joining Credo; and voice control software for graphic design applications.

Kevin Curran’s technology roundup is wide ranging, covering items from use of photos to promote library events to mobile devices in a library context.

The November issue will include a special focus on academic libraries, contact the editor to offer news or feature ideas.

Comments or contributions are welcomed. Please contact the Managing Editor, Catherine Dhanjal with article or news suggestions, or images of multimedia in use.  If you have any problems logging-in, or would like to join the Group or subscribe, please contact Catherine. catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com   Tel: +44 (0)1883 650434

JISC Digital Media guides: online image and audio editing

JISC Digital Media have just produced a guide to free online tools for editing audio. This is the latest addition to their extensive collection of digital media advice documents. The great things about these guides is that they focus on free resources, test each application extensively and provide a handy comparison chart. The even better thing is that they also cover terms of use/privacy statements, which is an often-overlooked but incredibly important consideration when using cloud services.

As well as audio editing guide, there is an exhaustive guide to image editors, a guide to finding reusable media online and a guide to copyright and digital images. This is just a few of the *many* advice documents available but you can browse the collection by media type.

This has been quite a big year in the world of online image editors, with Google’s purchase of Picnik and the Aviary suite becoming a free service. Cloud-based image editors have fast become viable alternatives to PhotoShop and other professional (read: expensive) image editing packages . With the onset of multimedia tweeting, it will be interesting to see if audio and video editing tools keep pace.