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What tools and technologies should you be using as a librarian or information professional in 2020? Join the CILIP special interest group MmIT as we host our popular yearly webinar to discuss and shortlist the most relevant tools you can employ as part of your work right now.

Webinar Chair Christina Harbour is joined by three experts to look at tools and technologies new and old as well as answer any questions you may have.

You can ask questions in advance via the Twitter hashtag #AskMmIT2020 - Tweet us directly on @MultiMediaIT

 

Recent Events

 MmIT: Four talks on Digital Inclusion

MmIT is again hosting a half-day seminar on the theme of Digital Inclusion, which will incorporate the MmIT AGM for the 2019 calendar year

Speakers

Alistair McNaught - Islands of illumination in oceans of ignorance

Abstract:

Digital textbooks and journals should make all students more productive and reduce the support needs of disabled learners. With multiple formats to support different needs it should be possible for most users on most devices to identify the best accessibility options to suit their context. But the theory doesn’t match the practice because (i) most users are given minimum information (or training) on different formats (ii) most suppliers provide poor information on their accessibility practices. In this short online presentation, Alistair McNaught explores the kind of information that benefits all users, the implications of recent Public Sector Web Accessibility legislation on libraries and the importance of the ASPIRE project in improving library procurement.

Biography

Alistair McNaught has worked with publishers and library services since 2006, representing the needs of disabled students to publishers and platform    providers. He steered the crowd sourced 2016 Ebook accessibility audit and the 2018 ASPIRE project, auditing supplier accessibility statements, a project that has now evolved into a supplier-facing service attracting support from some of the largest suppliers in UK HE. Alistair worked as Senior Advisor for the Jisc TechDis service for 10 years until becoming a Jisc accessibility specialist in 2015. He has worked full time as a freelance consultant since June 2019, helping institutions review their digital accessibility and prepare accessibility statements that help organisations grow in ‘accessibility maturity’.

 

 

Nicola Gill - Widening Digital participation in the NHS

Abstract

With one in ten people in England lacking basic digital skills, and nearly six million people having never used the internet, digitally excluded people account for half of NHS spending.

Improving digital literacy can have a significant impact on improving health outcomes for patients by helping them to take control of their health and care. Giving them skills to access to the right information and services enables them to better manage their conditions as well as helping to relieve the burden on NHS services.

Our work was delivered in partnership with Good Things Foundation through their network of UK Online centres in deprived areas. The focus then was mainly on working with digitally excluded people to improve their skills.

Biography

I bring together and lead teams to create and develop digital products and programmes (in an agile environment) to support better health and well-being outcomes in England.

I have over 17 years’ experience in developing and delivering successful projects (5 years in product   management and 3 years in digital programme management) in the areas of digital health & well-being, digital capability, e-learning & digital inclusion.

 

Alex Duncan - Wiki’s and inclusive technology

Abstract

This presentation will focus on Wikipedia as inclusive technology, and the possibilities this brings. As an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon host, Alex will be discussing her experiences in hosting edit-a-thons for UAL students and staff, as well as the general public, and her further explorations in using Wikipedia in a more embedded sense, in teaching at UAL.

Her work so far has been informed by asking how we can harness the power of Wikipedia - and in doing so use it responsibly not only as a tool for enabling critical information literacy, but most importantly for research and activism. Whilst acknowledging the problems inherent in such open source products, the presentation considers how Wikipedia can be used as a tool for change - examining ways that it can be utilised in outreach and information literacy instruction, to enable critical thinking, collaboration and the democratisation of information.     

Biography

Alexandra Duncan is Academic Support Librarian at Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts, London), supporting Interior & Spatial Design and Product & Furniture Design courses. She has a particular interest in critical information literacy, and the role libraries can play in inclusive representation and outreach- specifically using open-access tools such as Wikipedia. She is a member of the ARLIS/UK Council, and co-host of the ARLIS matters podcast.

 


David White - Thoughts on Digital Inclusion

Biography

 Call me Dave.

I’ve worked in various roles where digital, learning and culture meet – including:

· Leading on Digital Learning at an institutional level

· Leading numerous studies around the impact of the Web on learning and higher education

· Developing university-level online courses

· Making proof-of-concept pilots for delivering media online at the BBC

· Teaching on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

I’m currently Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts London and was recently awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

 

 Past Events

 

 

#uklibchat - ‘Green Tech’ and the environmental footprint of technology

Date: Monday 2 September 2019, 7.00-8.30 pm British Summer Time

Chats are hosted by @uklibchat on Twitter. You’re free to join in and drop out at any point.

This chat is co-hosted by Cilip’s MmIT Group who encourage the effective use of technology and a balanced digital life.  Follow MmIT on Twitter at @MultiMediaIT  and check out the MmIT blog at https://mmitblog.wordpress.com/ 

 

ARLG / MmIT event on Research Workflows

Monday 9th December 10:00 - 4:30 at the British Library

 

Exploring information literacy pedagogies through sonic objects

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Write-up of #MindfulTech19 from Val Skelton (InfoTodayEurope):

 

Mindful tech – looking for new ways to engage with tech, work and nature 2019 is still new enough to adopt a more mindful approach to life and work. At an MmIT meeting, four speakers shared their thoughts about creating a healthy relationship with tech.

 

Webinar: Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional in 2019 (2-3pm on Tuesday 12 February).  Hashtag: #AskMmIT19 Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essential-tools-and-technologies-for-the-library-and-information-professional-in-2019-tickets-51909912947 Speakers include Luke Burton (Newcastle City Libraries) and Claire Beecroft (University of Sheffield) and Mike Ewen (Hull University).  

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