University of Cambridge

Conference 2012


Blue skies... thinking and working in the cloud
Thursday 12th January 2012

9.00 – 9.30


9.30 – 11:00



Morning Plenary Session

Welcome: Anne Jarvis, University Librarian


Keynote Address

Bibliotheca agilis: Survival of the fittest in libraryland.

- Deborah Shorley, Director of Library Services, Imperial College, London

Libraries must evolve in the light of changing demands.  We must never lose sight of our main purpose: to supply our users’ needs.

So we must be rigorous in scrutinising what we do. Some activities we have long held to be essential may no longer be worthwhile; we must adapt to our ever changing environment, otherwise we risk becoming extinct.  In terms of stuff, space and staff:

  1. Stuff – more than ever, in countless different formats. We cannot keep it all.
  2. Space - less than ever. It needs to pay its way.
  3. Staff – professionalism is a vague but important concept. What do we mean by it?

We must accept that libraries as we know them may not be the best way to deliver information to people in the future. To justify our existence we shall need to be agile - and prepared to challenge many of our long held assumptions.

It is not a question of just doing things differently.  Rather we need to do different things.

[Powerpoint presentation available]


The Library Chameleon

- Liz Waller, Deputy Director of Library and Archives and Head of Strategic Planning at the University of York

Liz is currently engaged with the refurbishment of the J.B. Morrell Library she is active in the field of research which concerns itself with how library and learning spaces change in the face of emerging technologies.

[Powerpoint presentation available]

11:00 – 11.30

Tea /Coffee


Parallel Sessions


A - Beyond Arcadia

The Arcadia Project has been omnipresent at the Libraries at Cambridge conference and has provided the library community with a platform for discussion and progress in delivering innovation to our information services. Sadly its tenure is almost at an end. This session will focus on the New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL). Like cloud behaviour, ANCIL is about sharing and networking; it’s distributed - it doesn’t sit in one central place but works at local level; and it’s highly customisable, allowing you to shape it to meet the needs of your students.

This session will outline the progress made but more importantly ask the question about how it can be sustained and developed further. So put on your thinking caps and come armed ready to take part in a lively debate that will help shape its future.


B - The Digital Library

Laying the foundations of a new digital library

- Members of the Foundations Project team, Cambridge University Library

In its Foundations Project, the University Library is building a sophisticated infrastructure for delivering digitised special collections. It is also developing a portfolio of projects to create and enrich content by linking digitisation with research and teaching and learning activity. This session will outline the approaches taken by the project, describing both its philosophical and technical underpinnings.


Creating an online resource for medical archives at the Wellcome Library

- Christy Henshaw, Programme Manager, Wellcome Digital Library

The Wellcome Digital Library programme will see the digitisation of over 1 million page scans from its own and other archive repositories in the UK and abroad employing a unique methodological framework to ensure that maximum access is achieved, while at the same time safeguarding sensitive information).

[Powerpoint presentation available]


C - Data sharing - Are librarians and researchers on the same page?

This session will explore how librarians and researchers are now publishing data to promote and complement work, driving innovation in and around their respective fields and services. It will also look at areas of potential gain and areas of concern as well as the steps libraries can take in curating their own data.


A researcher's perspective on data sharing: making GIS datasets open

- Dr Max Satchell (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

Libraries working to curate research data in practice

- Paul Stainthorp (University of Lincoln, Orbital Project Manager and eresources Librarian)

[Powerpoint presentation available]

13:00 – 14.00


With an opportunity to view posters and talk to poster presenters from 13:40-14:00

14:00 – 16:00

Afternoon Plenary Session


The library user in a blue sky

New forms of scholarship, research and teaching present significant challenges to university libraries today and in their planning for the future - to the collections they maintain, acquire and make available and the services that they offer.

This session will consist of a number of short presentations from a group of library users (including academics, researchers, and students) from various disciplines. The presentations will then be followed by a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

Each user is asked to reflect on what they need/want from libraries now, and also what they anticipate they will need in the future.

16.00 – 17:00

Tea/Coffee and drinks reception

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

libraries@cambridge 2012 has been generously sponsored by: