Chair’s report – MmIT 2015 AGM

MMIT Group Chair’s Report from Leo Appleton for the 2015 AGM

MmIT 2015 Annual General Meeting, 7th January 2016

Chair’s Report from Leo Appleton

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Leo Appleton, MMIT Group chair at the 2015 AGM

Last year I stated that I thought 2014 had been our best year to date (or at least during the ten years I have been active on the committee). Upon reflection I think we have actually enjoyed an even better year during 2015 and I would like to revisit some of the aims and objectives that we set ourselves in our 2015 business plan to illustrate our success this year:

Our core aim has continued to be that of meeting the needs of Cilip members interested in library multimedia, information and technology, providing support for members in continuing professional development and in developing a sense of community amongst members of MmIT. I feel that we have achieved this once again this year through our various outputs and activities and have sustained our leadership and authority on library multimedia, information and technology within the sector and have continued to inform CILIP members of new and emerging themes and developments.

The platforms through which we have been able to achieve this during 2015 include our various events, which have sustained the theme of ‘social media’, established at last year’s AGM and we have enjoyed a very successful residential conference in September which was our showcase CPD event and also helped us to realise our major objective of 2015. The conference continues to grow each year, both in interest, influence and engagement and this was certainly the case for the 2015 conference which was entitled ‘With great power comes great responsibility’.

The conference activities were supplemented with a presentation given by myself and Andy Tattersall at the national Cilip conference in June in which we were representing MmIT and presenting on the current themes surrounding social media in libraries. A synopsis of this presentation has also been written up for the MmIT journal. The journal itself is another platform through which MmIT fulfils its mission, and in the very safe and reliable hands of Catherine Dhanjal, this is another aspect of MmIT which continues to grow, thrive and improve year on year.

In addition to these activities MmIT has also generated further interest through publicity via our Blog and social media channels and we have continued to support professional development through sponsoring conference places at the MmIT conference, the Cilip conference and the Internet Librarian Conference, and indeed by making our annual general meeting event free to attend to all Cilip members.

While it is wonderful to report back to the membership each year that we have continued to improve it does make it increasingly more challenging to sustain this, but our 2016 business plan does indeed have such aspirations:

As well as sustaining our excellent journal we are also planning our 2016 Annual Conference – ‘The role of libraries in supporting digital literacy’, which effectively is being tested out today at our AGM with our series of short talks. The conference planning is well under way and we feel it will have a wide cross sectoral appeal.

We also have plans to hold further collaborative events during the year with Cilip’s Information Literacy Group and the Publicity and Public Relations Group.

A further objective which demonstrates our commitment to high quality CPD is our commitment to developing resources and potential training for inclusion in Cilip’s PKSB.

We will look to future proof the group and the committee further in order to enable this growth in activity and we are very pleased to welcome new committee members to roles at this AGM, whilst continuing to invite interest from other pro-active MmIT members who might consider getting involved in committee activity during the course of the year.

My thanks as ever go to those committee members, new and old, who have continued to serve the group as your committee. I have worked in, and led many teams in the many jobs and roles that I have had over the years, and none have worked so well together and been so productive and resourceful as the current MmIT committee. I would like to thank in particular the core committee who have continued to serve the group so effectively and tirelessly: Andy Tattersall, John Bottomley, Catherine Dhanjal and Ruth Wilson; to thank two outgoing committee members Robert Cunningham and Jen Smith; to welcome our new committee members Dia Mexi Jones, Ruth Davis and Nic Kerr and to welcome back from a sabbatical Lizzie Sparrow. Thank you all for the work that you have done and continue to do for MmIT

Appointment to committee positions:

  • Honorary Chair – Leo Appleton
  • Honorary Secretary – Andy Tattersall
  • Honorary Treasurer – John Bottomley
  • Events Co-ordinator – Nic Kerr
  • Managing editor Multimedia, Technology and Information journal – Catherine Dhanjal
  • Assistant to the managing editor – Ruth Davis
  • Web officer – Lizzie Sparrow
  • Marketing and publicity officer – Dia Mexi Jones
  • Branch and groups representative – Ruth Wilson

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: https://altc.alt.ac.uk/blog/2015/10/with-power-comes-great-responsibility-how-librarians-can-harness-the-power-of-social-media-for-the-benefit-of-library-users/ from Greg Toth

Storify of the conference: http://bit.ly/1YsxOUL with thanks to Paul Jewell

Storify of Lauren Smith’s keynote: https://storify.com/walkyouhome/mmit with thanks to Lauren Smith

Nodexl: https://twitter.com/was3210/status/643731949417271296 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

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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 catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com 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 🙂

Final conference programme announced

While you’re making your way to Sheffield for our annual conference, which starts tomorrow, have a look through our final programme to choose your workshop sessions.

Our keynote speakers include Dr. Graham McElearney (The University of Sheffield), Liz McGettigan (SOLUS), and Richard Ranft (British Library). If you’ve registered for the conference dinner, you’ll also be treated to a speech by Tony Thompson, one of our founding members.

Safe travels, and we look forward to meeting you tomorrow!

 

Last chance for free tickets to our AGM

Please join us for our AGM at CILIP HQ in London on Tuesday, 17 December.

After a free buffet lunch, we will hear from a number of speakers on the topic of “The Changing Landscape of Library Technologies: Implications for the Library”.

Programme:
12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. Registration and lunch
1.30 – Andy Tattersall, Information Specialist, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield.
2.10 – Nick Woolley, Head of Academic Library Services, Northumbria University
2.50 – MmIT AGM
3.15 – Refreshments
3.30 – Barbara Band, Head of Library & Resources, The Emmbrook School and CILIP Vice President
4.10 – Q&A
4.30 – Close

For more information and to book your place, please visit our EventBrite page.

We look forward to seeing you there to share some festive cheer!

Gazette article on mobile technologies and libraries

Mobile computers lead to new ways of learning. Gazette article on mobile technologies and libraries.

An article in the current issue of Library and Information Gazette (3 June 2010 www.cilip.org.uk/gazette ) quotes a variety of suppliers and experts in the field of mobile technologies and libraries, including a quote from the Multimedia Information & Technology Group, following the Group’s conference in September 2009. 

More information on the conference and PPTs from the conference here: http://www.slideshare.net/catherinedhanjal/mmit-group-mobile-learning-conference-2009-programme; http://www.slideshare.net/catherinedhanjal/mobile-learning-jon-trinder; http://www.slideshare.net/catherinedhanjal/even-august-melissa-highton; http://www.slideshare.net/martinbazley/mobile-learning-in-museums-presented-at-mmit-birmingham-21-sep-09

MmIT Group annual conference on mobile learning Sept 09 – Martin Bazley’s presentation

Martin Bazley, Online Experience Consultant
Martin has more than 10 years experience of developing, evaluating and project managing online learning resources and other digital technology and works with a range of cultural institutions and web developers. In his role as eLearning Officer for SEMLAC (South East Museum, Library and Archive Council) Martin undertook a number of projects, including the Victorian Learning Journey (www.victorianlearningjourney.org) – an innovative project for schools, involving live ‘meet the historical character’ face-to-face sessions, videoconferencing, interactive talkboards and short video clips

Cilip’s Multimedia, Information and Technology Group’s 2009 annual conference, took place in the ‘state of the art’ Lakeside Conference Centre at Aston University.

 As library and information professionals, we are continually being asked to support ‘mobile learning’. But what exactly does that mean? Who are these mobile learners? What do they do? What do they need us to do?

 The conference investigated the current issues and developments surrounding mobile learning within education and library environments.

 Some of the very best speakers on this topic presented at the conference, so the day provided plenty of stimulating discussion and debate and was the perfect staff development conference for anyone involved or interested in supporting mobile learning.

Martin Bazley, Online Experience Consultant
Martin has more than 10 years experience of developing, evaluating and project managing online learning resources and other digital technology and works with a range of cultural institutions and web developers. In his role as eLearning Officer for SEMLAC (South East Museum, Library and Archive Council) Martin undertook a number of projects, including the Victorian Learning Journey (www.victorianlearningjourney.org) – an innovative project for schools, involving live ‘meet the historical character’ face-to-face sessions, videoconferencing, interactive talkboards and short video clips

MmIT Group annual conference on mobile learning Sept 09 – Melissa Highton’s presentation

Melissa Highton, University of Oxford
‘Even august institutions such as the University of Oxford now produce podcasts’ … As library and information professionals, we are continually being asked to support ‘mobile learning’. But what exactly does that mean? Who are these mobile learners? What do they do? What do they need us to do?

Mobile Learning: what exactly is it?
CILIP MmIT (Multimedia Information & Technology) Group conference
Monday 21st September 2009

Cilip’s Multimedia, Information and Technology Group’s 2009 annual conference, took place in the ‘state of the art’ Lakeside Conference Centre at Aston University.

 As library and information professionals, we are continually being asked to support ‘mobile learning’. But what exactly does that mean? Who are these mobile learners? What do they do? What do they need us to do?

 The conference investigated the current issues and developments surrounding mobile learning within education and library environments.

 Some of the very best speakers on this topic presented at the conference, so the day provided plenty of stimulating discussion and debate and was the perfect staff development conference for anyone involved or interested in supporting mobile learning.