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Thursday 10th January at the Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge

  9.00 – 9.30 Registration


9.30 – 9.40

Mr Peter Fox, University Librarian


9.40 – 11.00



General Session

The JISC national e-books observatory project
Hazel Woodward, Chair of the JISC E-Books Working Group and a member of the JISC Journal Working Group; University Librarian, Cranfield University and Director of Cranfield University Press

  11:00 – 11.30 Tea /Coffee
  11.30 – 13.00

Parallel session 1

1A. Special Collections  

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), produced by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Association of College and Research Libraries, is the latest incarnation of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, first published in 1991. Unlike its predecessor, which was concerned almost exclusively with pre-1801 publications, DCRM(B) “may be used for printed monographs of any age or type of production”. This session, a vacuum-packed version of that organised by the CILIP Rare Books Group in November, aims to highlight some of the new features of DCRM(B) and look at the effect it might have on our catalogues.

An introductory talk providing ideas and encouragement on getting information on special collections onto the Web. Considering issues such as why libraries might want to do this, what they might want to do, how to select items, how to obtain images, and a look at the various ways of getting content online.


1B. It’s all about connections …

Social software, social networking, virtual communities – all buzz words and concepts which are in everybody’s vocabulary. Are del.icio.us, Facebook or Second Life more than buzz words in the realm of academic librarianship? Or are we in danger of trespassing in virtual space where we’re not welcome?

This session will try and identify some of the issues libraries face when entering this virtual world. Speakers include Dr Jane Secker (LSE), Lyn Parker (University of Sheffield)and contributions from Cambridge librarians who have all explored various aspects of virtual life. Come and join the debate!

Individual presentations:

Web 2.0 technology and librarians. (interactive presentation) and (report), Libby Tilley, English Faculty Library, Cambridge.

Get out of my face (book)! Facebook, Social Networking and the web 2.0 generation. Yvonne Nobis, Central Science Library, Cambridge.

The Adventures of LASSIE: libraries, social software and distance learning. Dr Jane Secker, London School of Economics.

Second Life: the reflections of Maggie Kohime. Lyn Parker, University of Sheffield..



  13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  14:00– 15:30

Parallel Session 2

2A. Institutional Repositories - Cambridge developments in the UK context

Universities all over the UK have for the last five years developed and implemented new services focussing on stewardship and dissemination of the institution’s own research output. In Cambridge the University Library and the Computing Service established the DSpace@Cambridge service, the institutional repository of Cambridge University. In this session we will outline the UK repository context together with Sherpa’s role in facilitating the development. Subsequently we will hear about the experience of self-archiving from the University of Southampton Library where one of the leading repository is being run. The session will conclude by the new DSpace@Cambridge team giving an update on the DSpace@Cambridge service.


  • 2B. From Data to Discovery

The session will examine problems with the current data structure and some of the potential solutions and measures that can be implemented to improve both the data itself and the means by which users access it. The session will conclude with a presentation from Ex Libris of their Resource Discovery package Primo.

The speakers at this session will be Ed Chamberlain, Pete Girling, Huw Jones [Cambridge University Library] and Ex Libris (UK) Ltd  

Individual presentations:

From Data to Discovery, Pete Girling, Systems Librarian, libraries@cambridge.

Existing Records: problems and solutions, Huw Jones, Systems Librarian, libraries@cambridge.

New interfaces: the future of OPAC in Cambridge, Ed Chamberlain, Systems Librarian, Cambridge University Library.


  15:30 – 15:55

Tea and coffee

  15:55 – 16.45

Concluding session

The much discussed and hyped Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and all the other '2.0s' are manifestations of much wider and deeper  technology driven changes in the Information Environment. The 'library function' is now huge global business and libraries face new competition and new opportunity. Ken will outline the changes, and describe the impact on the technologies and systems libraries employ and the services users now expect . He will suggest some ways librarians can take advantages of the changes to deliver better library services'.

   18:00  Reception in the Heffers Bookshop
  This event has been sponsored by Blackwells Books Services Logo and Ex Libris (UK) Ltd Ex Libris (UK) Ltd.