News from MMIT Group – March

Dear MMIT Group member

Apply for a bursary place to this year’s Cilip Conference in Brighton – by 31st March


Cilip are offering a bursary for a member of MmIT to attend the Cilip Conference 2016 to be held in Brighton 12-13 July, 2016.

The bursary includes a complimentary place on both conference days as well as one night’s accommodation at the IBIS hotel and the drinks reception at Brighton Pier.

The bursary is intended to promote MmIT and Cilip and the winner will be asked to play an active role at the conference through tweeting, assisting at the MmIT stand and writing a report for the MmIT Blog

Interested candidates must be a member of MmIT and are asked to provide the following:

  • Cilip membership number
  • A brief outline of professional experience
  • 500 word rationale of how attending the Cilip conference will benefit their professional development

All applications must be sent to Dia Mexi-Jones by 31st March 2016

MmIT Journal – February issue


The journal is live on the CILIP site:

Please note this is a membership benefit, embargoed to non-members until 12 months after publication.

Contents include:


  • A new bibliotherapy platform
  • MMIT 2016 conference
  • Cambridge (UK) Science Festival 2016 – Artificial intelligence and rise of the machines

BFI News: DVD releases of:

  • Napoleon (1927)
  • Underground


  • Product Review: Sonocent Audio Notetaker V 4
  • DVD Review: How to be Eccentric
  • DVD Review: On Yer Bike


  • Coding on the curriculum
  • Multimedia technology brings Cold War history to life
  • Digitisation of material protected by copyright
  • Privacy and security on the internet
  • Digital divide in the post-Snowden era
  • Ethical challenges of using Twitter as a data source

Marketing insight:

  • Tips for Facebook Pages

TechRound Up:

  • Bulbh, LG 360 VR
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone

Coming soon

MMIT 2016 Conference

The theme for our 2016 conference is “the role of libraries in digital citizenship”.

The two-day residential event will again take place at the excellent conference facilities at The Edge, Sheffield.

Keep your diary clear on 12th-13th September 2016 so you can come and join us!

Our keynote speakers have been confirmed as:

  • Chris Stokes, Joint Director of Digital Learning, University of Sheffield
  • Helen Milner, CEO & Staff Board Director, Tinder Foundation
  • Kevin Curran, Reader in Computer Science and Group Leader for the Ambient Intelligence Research Group, University of Ulster
  • Madeline Barrett, Head of Libraries, Heritage and Arts, London Borough of Sutton.



Keep in touch

Our Blog is at and you can follow on Twitter at We’re also on LinkedIn, why not join our group?
Catherine Dhanjal Tel (+44): 0800 998 7990 or 0794 166 9925 Managing Editor, Multimedia Information and Technology journal

News from CILIP MMIT Group – November

MMIT AGM 2015; MMIT 2016 Conference: the role of libraries in digital citizenship

AGM Poster 2015-smallMMIT AGM and half day seminar

Do book your free place to join us in January for our free half day seminar, AGM and lunch event.

Book your place here:

  • Helen Milner – Chief Executive of the Tinder Foundation: Why libraries are vital to closing the digital divide
  • Ian Clark – Radical Librarians Collective: The digital divide in the post-Snowden era
  • Andy Tattersall – Information Specialist – The University of Sheffield: Is it the responsibility of the academy to teach digital citizenship to students?

7th January 2016

1230-430 pm

The event starts with lunch and ends with seasonal Christmas and New Year refreshments.

CILIP, London


MMIT 2016 conference

MmIT logoThe theme for our 2016 conference is “the role of libraries in digital citizenship”.


The two-day residential event will again take place at the excellent conference facilities at The Edge, Sheffield.


Keep your diary clear on 12th-13th September 2016 so you can come and join us!


Keep in touch

Our Blog is at and you can follow on Twitter at We’re also on LinkedIn, why not join our group?
Catherine Dhanjal Tel (+44): 0800 998 7990 or 0794 166 9925 Managing Editor, Multimedia Information and Technology journal

Presentations from the MMIT Conference 2015 – Social Media & Libraries.

The MMIT Conference took place in Sheffield, UK on 14th and 15th September. Thank you to all those who attended and who presented!

The Edge, SheffieldWhen underlined, names of speakers link to the speaker’s Twitter handle; when underlined, titles of speeches link to an online presentation. The aim is to get any remaining presentations online ASAP.

If you have any updates you’d like me to make do let me know – thanks Catherine Dhanjal – MmIT Journal Editor, and Director, TheAnswer Ltd

Blog on the conference: from Greg Toth

Storify of the conference: with thanks to Paul Jewell

Storify of Lauren Smith’s keynote: with thanks to Lauren Smith

Nodexl: with thanks to Wasim Ahmed

We also have a SlideShare presence for MMIT.

Our keynote speakers were PhD researcher and public library advocate, Lauren Smith of walkyouhome and Brian Kelly, formerly based at the Jisc-funded UKOLN and Cetis innovation centres and now an independent consultant. Phil Bradley was our after dinner speaker.

Full programme

Monday 14th September

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome from MmIT – Leo Appleton

10:10 Opening Keynote: Marie Kinsey (University of Sheffield) Social media and journalism: the art of getting things spectacularly wrong

11:00 Parallel workshops 1

11:50 Break

12:10 Parallel workshops 2

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Keynote: Brian Kelly (Independent consultant) Digital Life Beyond the Institution

14:50 Sponsor lightning sessions Taylor & Francis Increasing research impact through social media

15:10 Break

15:30 PhD / Research Forum

16:30 Parallel workshops 3

19:30 Conference Dinner with after dinner speaker Phil Bradley Privacy and social media


Tuesday 15th September

9:00 App swap breakfast – Andy Tattersall

10:00 Welcome from MmIT

10:10 Sponsor lightning sessions

10:30 Parallel workshops 4

11:20 Break

11:40 Parallel workshops 5

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Keynote: Lauren Smith (Research Associate, University of Strathclyde) Using social media to address professional issues in LIS

14:20 Parallel workshops 6

15:10 Break

15:30 Parallel workshops 7

16:20 Closing remarks

16:30 Close

Thanks again to our sponsors Bailey Solutions, RefME and Taylor & Francis.

MMIT 2015 book winners

Thanks to Rowman & Little and Facet Publishing for sending books, which were awarded to delegates and speakers:

Alison McNab, Suzanne PaMMIT 2015 book winnersrfitt (PhD Forum best talk) and Lauren Smith.

Photo shows MMIT chair Leo Appleton with books from Facet on left and Rowman & Little on the right.

Apply for a bursary place! MMIT Conference 2015 “Social Media & Libraries” and Internet Librarian International Conference

As our first prize we are offering a bursary place to the MMIT conference. The bursary place includes the full delegate package: both days, lunches, B&B on Monday night, and conference dinner

There will also be two runner-up prizes, each of these winners will receive a day pass for Internet Librarian International thanks to their generous sponsorship.

Please send your letter of application to along with either:

  • A short 500 word piece on what aspect of social media or which social media tool you think will have the most impact on libraries
  • Or a two-minute video expressing this
  • We’d also love to know whether you’re a member of our group.

Closing date: Sunday 2nd August

The offer of the bursary place will be made by Friday 14th August at the latest.

Winners of other MMIT Group bursary places in the last 12 months are excluded from entering, thanks 🙂

MMIT Conference programme to be announced any day now…

We are very happy to announce that following a lively committee meeting last week we will be able to release the details of the conference programme any day now.

Our two-day residential conference takes place on 14th-15th September 2015 in Sheffield, UK on the theme of social media and libraries.

Watch this space for details coming later this week.

MmIT Conference September 2015: Call for papers

With Power Comes Great Responsibility – How librarians can Harness the Power of Social Media for the Benefit of its Users’

The annual conference of the Cilip Multimedia, Information and Technology Group (MmIT) is taking place at the Edge Conference Centre at the University of Sheffield on Monday 14th September and Tuesday 15th September 2015.

The theme of the conference will be around social media in relation to the information and library sector. Time has moved swiftly on since the early days of libraries experimenting with social media platforms as channels of communication and many libraries now routinely use social media for marketing and promotion purposes, but there is a wealth of other creative and alternative social media practice which has evolved and is open to the sector.

Therefore the MmIT conference aims to revisit social media and explore the different and evolving practices available to us.

Conference themes will consist of:

  • Altmetrics and measuring impact
  • Using social media for research
  • Marketing and promoting library services using social media
  • Social media for professional development

We are also pleased to announce the inclusion of a Student Forum at this conference, in which MA and PhD level students are invited to give short presentations of 5-10 minutes on the subject of their own research, provided it is linked to the theme of the conference.

If you are interested in contributing a 45 minute paper, workshop, seminar or PhD presentation to the conference please complete an abstract submission form (available on request from Robert or submit online at: and return it to Robert Cunningham ( by Sunday April 26th

All those who submit will be notified by Monday 11th May as to whether they have been successful.

All speakers will receive a complimentary day at the conference and will have their travel expenses paid. If speakers wish to attend the remainder of the conference and the conference dinner these will need to be booked additionally.

The successful students, contributing to the PhD forum will get full subsidised places at the conference (travel will not be included in this instance)

Special Issue of MmIT journal on Digitisation

We have produced a special issue on Digitisation which brings together articles on the subject from the journal published since 2011. This covers aspects such as archives, collections, digitisation, preservation and scanners.

Download or view it today on the Cilip website using your usual log in details.

Contents include:

  • The “Digitisation Doctor”: addressing the digitisation divide, August 2013 (Vol 39, No 3)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers launches online image library, August 2013 (Vol 39, No 3)
  • Digimap: feeding the demand for maps & geospatial data, August 2013 (Vol 39, No 3)
  • Bringing the history of Paris alive with 3D visualisation, August 2013 (Vol 39, No 3)
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) takes to the digital stage, May 2013 (Vol 39, No 2)
  • Creating a digital archive for the Rothschild Reserves, Nov 2012 (Vol 38, No 4)
  • Opening up historical collections with Historypin, Nov 2012 (Vol 38, No 4)
  • Book Review: Collection Development in the Digital Age, Aug 2012 (Vol 38, No 3)
  • Product Review: Plustek Optic Film 8100 Film Scanner, Aug 2012 (Vol 38, No 3)
  • Augmented reality: is it really fit for your purposes? Aug 2012 (Vol 38, No 3)
  • British Newspaper Archive digitisation project, Aug 2012 (Vol 38, No 3)
  • Book Review: Collection Development in the Digital Age, Feb 2012 (Vol 38, No 2)
  • Product Review: Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus scanner, Feb 2012 (Vol 38, No 2)
  • Book Review: Virtual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage, Nov 2011 (Vol 37, No 4)
  • Image processing: intensely complex but vitally important, Nov 2011 (Vol 37, No 4)
  • News: Rothschild Foundation archive, Aug 2011 (Vol 37, No 3)
  • News: Axiell CALM collection management system, Aug 2011 (Vol 37, No 3)
  • Augmenting reality at the Natural History Museum, Aug 2011 (Vol 37, No 3)
  • News: digital preservation project, May 2011 (Vol 37, No 2)
  • Book Review: Preparing Collections for Digitization, May 2011 (Vol 37, No 2)
  • News: 1914-18 archive alliance, Feb 2011 (Vol 37, No 1)
  • Book Review: The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping, Feb 2011 (Vol 37, No 1)
  • Accessing collections through online exhibitions, Feb 2011 (Vol 37, No 1)
  • Bluff your way in image management, Feb 2011 (Vol 37, No 1)
  • Planets Project: preserving delicate digital materials, Feb 2011 (Vol 37, No 1).

Coming up in the journal in 2014 – May: Focus on mobile in libraries

Would you like a free pass to the EDGE2012 conference? Edinburgh, March 2012

MMIT Group has one free pass to give away to a group member. Simply email MmIT journal editor by 31 January stating why you’d like to attend. AND journal readers & Group member can also use our special discount code to book a place