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

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Catherine Dhanjal Tel (+44): 0800 998 7990 or 0794 166 9925 Managing Editor, Multimedia Information and Technology journal

MmIT Journal – November 2015

If you haven’t yet accessed the MmIT Journal November issue, log in

MmIT Journal – November issue

MmITNov15-CoverOnlyIf you haven’t yet accessed the November issue, log in at the Cilip site to access:

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Contents include:


      • MMIT annual general meeting and half day conference in January

BFI News: DVD releases of:

      • The Birth of a Nation
      • Love on the Dole


      • Product review: IRIScan Express 4 Mobile Scanner


      • Setting up a new university library in Kazakhstan
      • Technology developments in libraries
      • Crowdsourcing the library and archive
      • Role of Twitter in data research projects
      • Tinder Foundation – digital inclusion
      • Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries
      • Emerging themes in social media
      • MMIT Conference report
      • Measuring the impact of social media marketing in libraries
      • BETT preview
      • Marketing Insights


  • Kangaroo mobile desktop computer, Polaroid ZIP Instant Photoprinter, Amazon Echo, Axis Aerious quadcopter, wearable fitness gadgets

Coming soon

If you’d like to contribute an article, please contact the journal Managing Editor: or 0794 166 9925

MmIT Journal May 2015 – available online

A reminder that the May issue (Vol 41, No 2) of MmIT Journal is online.

If you are a CILIP member, please log in via

If you are an institutional or standalone subscriber, please log in or use your IP access to view at

Contents include:


  • MMIT Conference preview (September); Internet Librarian International preview (October)


  • Book review: Information and Intrigue
  • Book review: Google Big Query Analytics
  • Book review: Beyond Bibliometrics
  • Site review: Internet Archive Book Images
  • Product review: Corel PaintShop Pro 7


  • Shedding light on digitisation projects
  • Demonstrating the value of the library enquiry service
  • Learning content management systems
  • A sound and vision retrospective part 3: television to video disc


  • Time saving tips; gadgets for people on the move; graphene; affordable gadgets to keep us healthier; cool apps for the holiday season

Other items

  • Winner of the bursary place to the CILIP Conference (July)
Catherine Dhanjal (right), editor of MmIT Journal
Catherine Dhanjal (right), editor of MmIT Journal

Catherine Dhanjal, Managing Editor, Multimedia Information and Technology journal

MMIT AGM, 6th January 2015: Chairman’s Speech & Welcome from Leo Appleton

Welcome to the event –

Leo Appleton giving the chair's address at the MMIT AGM 2015
Leo Appleton giving the chair’s address at the MMIT AGM 2015


MmIT is one of Cilip’s largest Special Interest Groups and enjoys a very healthy membership across all library sectors.

The role of MmIT raising awareness and providing advice and guidance to members on all things to do with library technology and digital and electronic information resources management.

Welcome to this afternoon’s AGM event – ‘Reverberations – social media, Impact and Altmetrics within libraries and research.’

We look to our AGM to set the theme for the year, and we hope to use today to start our thinking about content for our 2015 conference later in the year.

Recently our conferences we have covered themes such as the Cloud, Value for money with technology and most recently Sound and vision librarianship. All have been hugely successful and have allowed us to achieve our mission and objectives.

Upon canvassing our members and our delegates we found that a topic that they would like us to revisit to future events is social media, hence the theme of today’s talks. Time has moved on since the early days of libraries dipping their toe in the water with Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, staff development programmes such as 23 things. I imagine many libraries now at least use social media for marketing and promotion purposes, but there is a wealth of other creative and alternative practice open to us, and we thought that we should start to explore that.

We therefore have a series of talks which will allow us to do this…

Sierra Williams of the LSE speaks at the MMIT AGM event 2015
Sierra Williams of the LSE speaks at the MMIT AGM event 2015


Sierra Williams – works for LSE, Managing editor of the LSEImpact Blog. Her interests lie in open access, HE research impact and she will no doubt tell us a bit more about her role as she presents to us on ‘digital tools and technologies assisting researchers reach a wider audience’



Lauren Smith, a prolific PhD researcher at the dept of computer and information science at the University of Strathclyde. Her research is on the role that libraries play in supporting young people in developing political agency and participation in society.

Lauren Smith speaks at the MMIT AGM event 2015
Lauren Smith speaks at the MMIT AGM event 2015

As well as this she is the founder of the ‘Voices for the Library’ campaign which is proving very effective in lobbying government and politicians and raising awareness of the current demise of public library services through local government cutbacks throughout the UK. her presentation today brings all her roles together as she talks about using social media as a researcher, student, librarian and activist.





Andy Tattersall speaks at the MMIT AGM event 2015
Andy Tattersall speaks at the MMIT AGM event 2015

Our own Andy Tattersall, Information Specialist at School of Health and Related Research at DSheffield, and also secretary to MmIT. His talk, entitled the academic Social Club as he talks about Altmetrics and how libraries play a role in this new impact measurement environment.



AGM Report

We have had an excellent year, one of our best. I would like to thank the committee for all they have done. As I said earlier we are one of Cilip’s largest SIGs, but potentially have one of the smallest committees. We are currently six strong, having lost two colleagues during the year. We will be reappointing the six committee members as part of this AGM, but we are always on the lookout for new members and would welcome any support from you our group members and supporters.

I would like to extend my thanks to our outgoing committee members, both of whom are taking some (temporary) time out from committee activity:  Jen Smith is now on a year’s maternity leave and Lizzie Atkinson, who has worked incredibly hard for the committee is taking some time away. Both have been responsible for our webpages, Blog and marketing and publicity, and unless these roles are filled, we will not be able to be as proactive as we would like in this area.

That said we have exciting plans for 2015 and have had a very successful 2014. A review of the business plan for 2014 shows that we have fulfilled most of our objectives, held a successful conference and the journal and Blog, despite human resource shortages have continued to thrive.

Our e-only journal Multimedia, Information and Technology, managed and edited by Catherine Dhanjal, continues to be an first class, professional journal, enjoyed and appreciated by all our members and indeed many more people with a professional interest in library technology.

We held our first residential conference in 2014,  which whilst not a huge financial success (although it did make a small profit) was definitely a success with regard to content and engagement, and in helping us to achieve our awareness raising goals and to generate lots of healthy discussion. We also hope that today’s AGM presentations mark the end of a successful programme for 2014 and the start of an active 2015. As a result of holding a successful residential conference we intend to do the same next year

Plans for 2015 include sponsored events, contributions to conference and indeed holding our second residential conference in September on the current uses and practices of social media in libraries.

We will also seek to hold another AGM seminar at the end of the year or at the beginning of 2016. I hope you will all join us at these, or maybe even look to be co-opted onto our committee to help out and allow us to achieve even more.

However you show your support, I would like to thank you for attending today. I would also like to thank our committee once again and in particular to mention Andy Tattersall our secretary, John Bottomley our treasurer and Catherine, who as usual have done a fantastic job keeping us going throughout the year.

I would like to invite you to join me in what we have come to refer to as ‘Chairman’s cheer’ to see in the new year.


Latest issue of MmIT journal now online


Cover image: © Theodor38 | Dreamstime Stock Photos

MmIT group members and journal subscribers can now read the latest issue of our journal.


MmIT Journal May 2014

Contents include:

News: MmIT Group’s annual conference ‘Sight and Sound’ (11-12 September 2014, Sheffield)

· Free images of New Zealand, online audio stories from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

BFI News:

· The Werner Herzog Collection

· Alain Robbe-Grillet. Six Films 1963-1974

· The Driving Force, from the BFI’s British Transport Films Collection

· Reviews:

· Product review: Plustek SmartOffice SC8016U Scanner

· Product review: Impactology Impact Trio for iPhone 5


· GPS & wearable devices

· Making audio engaging

· Effective e-moderation

· Design of digital libraries

· BoB – national TV and radio recording service

· Jisc’s summer of student innovation in FE and HE


· Snap together modular smartphones, Project Ara

· WiFi in the sky

· Securing your mobile world
– See more at:

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

MmIT Journal

MmIT Journal

Check out our May 2013 issue, available to members now. Visit our website, choose “Journal current issue” from the left-hand menu, then log in with your user name/password. Features include:

  • Book review: Open Access
  • Product reviews: Etymotic noise isolating headset; Pong mobile phone case
  • Special focus: eJournals and eBooks – features from the UK, India, US; public libraries and higher education
  • Features: massive online open courses (MOOCs); IT at Titanic Belfast visitor attraction; the V&A Museum moves into digital publishing; dynamic data and data aggregation
  • TechRoundUp: discover Google Glass; augmented reality with Ingress; the new e-paper smartphone

Coming up later in 2013

 August:           Focus on data security, data management, SaaS

November:          Focus on elearning

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


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.   Tel: +44 (0)1883 650434