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Working together

Thursday 6th January 2011

9.00 – 9.25


9.30 – 10.20



Plenary Session 1: Welcome and Keynote address


Librarians Beyond Libraries: the changing scholarly communication landscape

Alex Wade, Director Scholarly Communications, Microsoft Research


10:20 – 10.50

Tea /Coffee

10:50 - 11:55

Plenary Session 2

Escaping the Echo Chamber: Libraries, marketing and advocacy

Information Professionals spend an awful lot of time talking to each other, at events like this. We generate loads of fantastic ideas, and discuss the enduring value and importance of libraries – but who’s listening? We need to target our marketing resources outside the library Echo Chamber, and try and reach those who are unaware of our services, or currently indifferent to our value. We have to engage with our detractors, preach to the unconverted, and reach new potential patrons via the platforms they already use. This session will look in detail at the echo chamber phenomenon, examples of our failure to escape it, and potential marketing strategies for the future.

Ned Potter, aka thewikiman, LIFE-SHARE Project for the University of Leeds [Prezi - available online]
Laura Woods,,Information Officer at Davies Arnold Cooper LLP [absent on day due to illness]

Sponsors Forum: ProQuest [PPT] and CUP [PPT]

12:00 – 13.00

Parallel sessions

A - From the Beagle to the Bulldog: Working together to promote Cambridge's special collections

  • One million pieces of paper... : Publishing the Churchill Papers online
    This presentation will be given jointly by Allen Packwood and Frances Pinter who are working together to publish the papers of Sir Winston Churchill online in a unique public/private partnership. Allen will introduce the Churchill Papers and his hopes for the publishing/digitisation partnership with Bloomsbury Academic which will digitise the 1 million page archive (primarily from microfilm) and publish it worldwide. Frances will talk about the tendering process, how Bloomsbury Academic decided that they could undertake this unique project and about her expectations of the working relationship with the Churchill Archives Centre. She’ll also cover the crucial role librarians are going to play in the development of this innovative product, not least through membership of a library advisory board.

    Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College
    Frances Pinter, Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic [PPT]
  • Copyright in Special Collections
    This session will look briefly at the principal elements of copyright law, with special reference to how copyright applies to works in special collections. It will then consider copyright in the digital environment, in particular its impact on digitisation projects and the importance of considering rights clearance.

    Tim Padfield, Copyright Officer and Information Policy Consultant at The National Archives [handout - doc]

  • The Darwin Correspondence Project: from archive to classroom
    Charles Darwin's letters show that he relied on an extensive network of collaborators in researching and publishing his theories. Today those letters - now scattered through collections around the world - are being made available to ever wider audiences, and put to ever more ingenious uses, through collaboration between archivists, researchers, editors, IT specialists, publishers, dramatists, and teaching professionals. Come and hear about recent initiatives to shrink the gap between the Cambridge University Library manuscripts stacks and a secondary school near you.

    Dr Alison Pearn, Assistant Director, Darwin Correspondence Project [PPT]


B - Working with Researchers: Supporting research data management

More and more researchers in all disciplines are generating digital data. However, this ‘data deluge’ introduces new challenges, as volumes become difficult to manage, hardware and software becomes obsolete, and the original contexts of data are lost. HEI’s are coming under increasing pressure to manage these data and librarians, who have key skills in areas such as curation and metadata, have the potential to position themselves as a key element in supporting researchers with their data management.   This session will highlight the work of Incremental, a JISC funded project based at the University Library, which addresses the issues surrounding research data management. By speaking to researchers, the team have identified their concerns and needs with regards to data management and are in the process of developing, repurposing and leveraging practical resources, guidance and training on managing research data. A researcher will give some insights into the challenges of working with and managing the ever increasing volumes of digital data and how the Library has given them support in doing this. Graham Pryor will talk about what role Library professionals have/could have in supporting and enabling effective research data management.

Catharine Ward, Incremental Project Manager, University Library [PPT]
Graham Pryor, Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) based at the University of Edinburgh.[PPT]


C - Working with library users - new design and new ways of working in a self-service environment

The design of public libraries has seen great change over the last five years. Self-service technology and the latest ideas for layout are transforming the way that people use libraries and the way that staff interact with their customers. Cambridgeshire has been at the forefront of this change. Cambridge Central, Huntingdon and Wisbech libraries have all recently opened in brand new or completely remodelled buildings, as part of a programme to introduce self-service across the county. This session looks at the thinking behind the way that library spaces are changing; especially the impact for library staff (in all sectors) who are learning new ways of working in front of, rather than behind, the library counter.

Lesley Noblett, Library Consultant (formerly Head of Libraries Archives and Information for Cambridgeshire)


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch (with an opportunity to view posters and talk to poster presenters from 13:40-14:00)

14:00 – 16:15

Plenary session 3

Working Together in Cambridge: a celebration [handout - pdf]

Session 1:


Session 2:

The afternoon programme will consist of a number of short presentations, with questions at the end of each session

Presented by library staff from across University of Cambridge libraries

16.15 – 17:30


To be held in the foyer with an opportunity to view posters and talk to poster presenters and afternoon plenary presenters

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