RNIB – Reaching out to New Readers. Umbrella 2013.

RNIB’s talk at Umbrella 2013 began with the thought-provoking statistic that already one in eight people in the UK have difficulty reading print… and with that figure set to double by 2050 due to the aging population.

However, whilst there is a huge and growing need for accessible books, there’s a scarcity of supply, with just 7% of books transformed into an accessible format.

To help combat these problems, RNIB developed its Six Steps initiative and reports that almost all library authorities have now signed up to the Six Steps Promise. These range from agreeing to participate in Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight run annually in June, to designating a champion for the needs of blind and partially sighted people. The next goal is to work with HE and other sectors to implement the Six Steps more widely, with the help of Jisc TechDis.

There’s a wealth of information available on the websites (hyperlinked above) plus a series of workshops (described by delegates as “inspirational”) running across the country.

MMIT group at Umbrella 2011 – presentations now available

Presentations from the recent Umbrella conference (with more to follow)

Ian Rowland- The Google Generation: Understanding information-seeking behaviours in the digital environment

Alan Poulter – IT for the LIS Professional

Dave Puplett – How Libraries can bridge the Information Web and the Social Web– Dave has also written an article on this topic for the August issue of MmIT journal.

David Gill – Beyond Lurk & Like

Nigel Ford – Technology, personalisation and librarians: research and practice (PDF)

Umbrella 2011 David Gill
David Gill @ Umbrella 2011

MmIT at Umbrella 2011

MmIT will be co-hosting six papers at CILIP’s Umbrella 2011. Details of the papers are below. Three representatives from MMIT Group will be at the conference: Andrew Cox, Jon Fletcher and Catherine Dhanjal, managing editor, MmIT journal. Jon Fletcher has also had a poster accepted for the conference, based on his article on mobile webpages vs apps which appears in the May issue of the journal.

Tuesday 12th
July, Day 1:
on the Move
(‘Digital inclusion and social change’ track, Session B, 14.15 – 15.30; BMLG/MmIT joint session)

IT in the country: library services to rural areas

Rural Networking: How good IT underpins partnership working and thus effective rural engagement.

Darren Smart, Essex County Council and John Davis,
Kirklees Libraries

Where does the library fit in a mobile application: This presentation
is a case study of a project at Liverpool John Moores University, where the
library was asked to lead on the development and implementation of its
institutional mobile application.

Mandy Phillips, Head of Business and Information
Systems, Liverpool John Moores University Library

Tuesday 12th
July, Day 1:
Store, Preserve and Retrieve – Leave it to the Librarians! (‘Technologies and access’ track, Session C, 16.00 – 17.15; CIG/UCR/MmIT joint session)

Open access and institutional repositories: the University of Glasgow experience:
This session examines the role of librarians in dealing with information and
metadata in Open repositories

Susan Ashworth, Assistant Director, Research and
Learning Support Services, University of Glasgow

storage for Newcastle University:
Newcastle University is
currently developing its offsite store which is situated five miles from the
main campus. Although the store is not scheduled to be completed until
June/July 2011, this presentation provides an update on progress, describe the planning process necessary for the Store, as well as highlight longer term
plans for 2012 to convert existing shelving space in the Main Library into
extra study space for library users.

David Errington, University of Newcastle

Research repositories: the role of library staff in their management: This presentation will look at the growth in open access research repositories in the UK, the skills and requirements for staff who manager these and the role of support services such as the Repositories Support Project.

Jacqueline Wickham, Nottingham University

Wednesday 13th
July, Day 2:
we know about internet information seeking
(‘Technologies and access’ track, Session D, 09.30 – 10.45; MmIT/ELG joint session)

Internet use by general public: an overview of how public search and
evaluation information on the internet based on a series of major AHRC

Professor Nigel Ford, The Information School,
University of Sheffield

Google Generation: understanding information – seeking behaviours in the digital environment:
Ian will outline the exciting developments
CIBER is engaged in, building on the “Google Generation” and “Virtual
Revolution” studies, in understanding how information seeking practices have
radically changed over the last two decades and what are the implications of

Ian Rowlands, Professor of Information Science, Dept of
Information Studies, UCL

Wednesday 13th
July, Day 2:
IT for the LIS professional (‘Workshops – tools and techniques’ track, Session E, 11.15 – 12.30; MmIT/LIRG joint session)

What knowledge and skills does a digital librarian need? Alan Poulter presents the work at Strathclyde
on integrating IT skills into the LIS curriculum and David Stuart makes the
case for librarians learning programming.

Stuart, Web Analyst and Alan Poulter – Course Director, MSc/PgDip Information
Management, Dept of Computer and Information Sciences, University of

Wednesday 13th
July, Day 2:
Mashed libraries (‘Workshops
– tools and techniques’ track, Session F,
14.15 – 15.30; MmIT/LIRG joint session)

Mashed Libraries – bringing together interested people and doing interesting stuff with libraries and technology: Have you heard about
Mashed Libraries? Want to find out more about what it is, what we do and how
you can get involved? Don’t be put off by the technology word, if you have
ideas about doing things better in your library come and be creative.

Mandy Phillips, Head of Business and Information
Systems, Liverpool John Moores University Library