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Future proofing the Library

A free event from MMIT on Technology in Libraries.

When: 09/01/2018
From 1.30- 4.30
Where: Cilip
7 Ridgmount St,
London, London  WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

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The Multimedia, Information and Technology Group is delighted to present Future Proofing the Library, our January 2018 half-day seminar, incorporating the MmIT AGM for the 2017 calendar year.

Join us on Tuesday 9th January at this FREE event and/or follow along twitter on #mmitagmWe have four inspiring talks on Future Proofing the Library: addressing the issues of today for an innovative tomorrow.  Book your place online now at

1.30 Welcome by Chair Andy Tattersall

1.40 David Parkes (De Montfort University) Horizon Scanning – Reading Signals

The search for early signs of important changes and themes in education, technology and society occupy a number of people scattered over the globe every year when producing the NMC Horizon Report ( A scan of the horizon reveals signals and can provide foresight to support current challenges in research, innovation, policy and practice. Some of the challenges are more or less well-understood but where solutions remain elusive; others are wicked challenges - complex to even define. David will discuss techniques, outcomes and tactical insight in the field of near future work.

2.15 Tabitha Witherick (Libraries Unlimited) Connecting communities through collaboration

In a time when the pace of digital disruption is significant and is set to increase further, libraries are uniquely placed to empower people to access, explore and create technology. But to meet the changing needs of local communities we need to go beyond simple access to resources and curate communities of interest, bringing the skilled together with the curious, the tech savvy with the digitally excluded, and businesses with their future workforce.

2.50 Refreshments

3.00 AGM

3.20 Martin Hamilton (JISC) Librarians in Outer Space

We are becoming used to living in an interconnected world, with vast amounts of data at our fingertips, but what happens when our preconceptions are challenged?

What happens when the things that we take for granted simply don't work any more? How can librarians rise to the challenge? In this talk, Martin will reflect on the impact for libraries and librarians of some of the defining narratives of the late Anthropocene era: from climate change and failed states to cheap space travel and artificial intelligence

3.55 Alison McNab (University of Huddersfield) seek – sift – share: current awareness and trend-watching for information professionals

How can library and information professionals future proof their career by staying up to date with innovations in their sector? Let’s consider tools and technologies that can help avoid information overload, as we look at aspects of seeking information; sifting and storing the resulting information; and sharing the results of this effectively and appropriately.

4.30 Closing comments

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