#ILI2020 – call for speakers

MmIT will partner with Internet Librarian International again – this year scheduled for 13-14 October. Here’s some key reasons why you should send in a proposal for #ILI2020

MmIT are delighted to be again partnering with Internet Librarian International 2020 during 13-14 October at London Olympia. We’re not yet sure how we’ll follow last year’s ghost robots but visit our stand to find out!

Whether you are a regular ILI delegate and/or a first-time speaker, here’s why we’d encourage you to propose a talk this year:

  • This year’s theme is Strategies, solutions, stories, and strength. We all have stories to share and your strategy or solution may be just what someone else needs to hear!
  • The regular focus on innovation means you’ll return inspired by the talks and informal chats with some of the hundreds of library and information professionals from around the world who gather at ILI.
  • The first speaker on an accepted talk receives a complimentary registration to the two day ILI conference – including lunches, coffee breaks and a drinks reception.
  • The deadline is 3rd April so you’ve got plenty time to hone that proposal…..
Internet Librarian Internation – 13-14 October 2020 – Olympia London

Save the date(s): forthcoming MmIT events

The MmIT Committee are busy planning their winter schedule of activities. Further information will appear on this blog and our Twitter feed, but here’s a heads-up:

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Looking forward to #ILI2019

MmIT really appreciates our partnership with Internet Librarian International: the library innovation conference. With just over a month until it opens, here are some highlights:

  • The MmIT stand: join us to learn about our forthcoming events and participate in our latest competition.
  • Three keynote speakers who will talk about accelerating innovation, harnessing the power of community and collaboration and celebrating the love of libraries.
  • We think Track C (Digital, diverse, disrupted) on Day 1 and Track B (The Rebooted Librarian) on Day 2 will particularly appeal to MmIT members, but there are fascinating talks in all the tracks.
  • Committee member presentations: Antony Groves is discussing Library Code Camp in session B203: Delicious digital skills and Alison McNab will give a lightning talk on How to be heard as part of session C204: The rebranded librarian.
  • There’s a 25% discount on the cost of registration if you are a member of MmIT or another supporting organisation. Please note that the Early Bird discount closes on Friday 13 September.
  • We’re awarding the Most Intriguing Presentation Title award to David Bennet for his talk on Smile for the thesaurus!

Are you a first-time delegate? Read our advice on getting the most out of your conference experience.

Unable to attend this year? Follow along on Twitter at #ILI2019 and consider submitting an abstract for next year….

Below: Video from our MmIT stand at #CilipConf19 in July 2019.

Book now for #ILI2019

The draft programme has been released and registration has opened for Internet Librarian 2019, which takes place at London Olympia on 15-16 October. Members of CILIP MmIT can receive a discount of 25% when they book (see foot of blog for the code).

Why attend? ILI provides a forum to network with information professionals from all over the world as they share their stories of real-world innovation and reflect on their experiences and lessons learned. You’ll hear about ground-breaking services that deliver real impact and explore new technologies, services and business models for your library or information service.

You’ll also be investing two days learning about new roles, new skillsets and new tools, and ways in which libraries are supporting social inclusion, engagement and equality. Speakers will discuss about AI, AR and VR, blockchain, bots, digital disruption, library marketing and engagement, library strategies, users and UX, podcasting, repositories, RDM, search, and services for the digital

To use the MmIT discount code for ILI 2019, enter MMIT25 in the Priority Code box on the online registration form.

Call for speakers: Internet Librarian International #ILI2019

The Call for Speakers for Internet Librarian International #ILI2019  has opened.  Share your library experiences with hundreds of global colleagues this October in London.

Every year hundreds of library and information professionals – and others – come together at ILI to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience. The focus is on real-world innovations, whether large or small.   The organisers are looking for case studies, great stories, personal experiences and lessons learned from the ideas, strategies and practical implementations you’ve put in place.

The submission deadline is 12 April 2019.

Members of the MmIT Committee will be attending #ILI2019, where we’ll staff an information stand and tweet our discoveries from the conference.



Conference tech: the hardware

MmIT Committee member Alison McNab writes:

I’m looking forward to attending #ILI2018 next month (if you are a member of MmIT you can claim a 25% discount – see our blog post for details of how to claim it).  We will be staffing an MmIT stand with giveaways and a competition.

I’m giving a lightning talk at ILI on using social media to promote and amplify events and thought it might be helpful to talk about the tech that helps me do so.  The two devices I use are an iPad and mobile phone.  I find a tablet much lighter and easier than a laptop when balanced on my knees but I do know other people who prefer having the full keyboard on a laptop for rapid tweeting or blogging.

A spare power supply is essential if you wish to keep tweeting after lunch! You can’t guarantee having access to a power point at a conference, but it is probably worth taking your charger plug and lead along just in case.  Delegates who bring and share access to a multi-USB adaptor and/or an extension lead are true digital citizens!

  • Entry-level power banks (left) are low cost and often feature as a “high value” giveaway  from library suppliers and publishers.  They should help you top-up your phone charge to last out the day.
  • The more powerful high-capacity power banks (centre) can carry enough charge to keep your laptop or tablet topped up throughout the conference or a transantlantic flight.
  • My most recent purchase has been a battery phone case (right), which gives me four times the battery life (YMMV), and the some newer versions even offer wireless charging.

My final tip is to charge all your devices and chargers the night before the event starts, and top up the charge whenever possible.  I’ve found an article that advises that shallow discharges and recharges are better than full ones, which mentions the new-to-me  Battery University as an authority!

[Note: my “tech” was purchased personally, apart from the entry-level power bank which was a publisher giveaway.  Obviously other brands of tablets, power banks and phone cases are available….]Technology to keep tweeting at conferences

#ILI2018 : register now for the library innovation conference

MmIT is delighted to be again supporting Internet Librarian International: the library innovation conference, which this year takes place in London Olympia on 16-17 October 2018.  Follow #ILI2018 on Twitter for the latest updates.

Registration is now open – take advantage of the early bird discount or (if you are a member of MmIT) we have a special discount code* just for you.

Themes at ILI 2018 include: new roles, skillsets and tools for librarians; looking at user-driven change; how libraries and info pros are supporting social inclusion, engagement and equality; content: working with new formats and new audiences; marketing: influencing use and expanding audiences; and changes in the scholarly communications landscape.  Check out the ILI at 20 infographic for more about one of our favourite conferences.

MmIT members will be speaking during the conference, and we’ll also be staffing an MmIT stand with giveaways and a competition.

* Members of MmIT should enter priority code MMIT25 during online registration to receive a 25% discount on the conference fee. ILI18

#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?