Digital innovation

Wednesday 5th July, 11.05

Theatre A

The Glass Box – Somerset Libraries digital test space

The Glass Box was set up three years ago and has evolved to become a digital space for business, education and the community. With the ever-expanding digital evolution and development of new technology, the Glass Box has helped Somerset libraries to integrate this into the modern library service. Olly will explain how it all started, what works well, what they have learnt along the way, and what’s next in the world of digital for Somerset libraries.

Olly Hellis

As Digital Development Officer for Somerset libraries I research, plan and deliver new technologies to Somerset libraries. Having trained in technical theatre and worked at the Bristol Old Vic for many years, I moved in to the education sector to teach the new Coding curriculum; this has given me the skills I now uses to make Somerset libraries ready for their digital future. From Virtual Reality (VR) to Code Clubs, 3D printing to Raspberry Pi, my role covers it all, as well as creating business training opportunities and networking events.

A Virtual library vision for LJMU library

The ‘Virtual Library Vision’ is a new strategic planning approach for Liverpool John Moores University Library. It provides a framework to ensure that our online and digital services offer a high quality experience that matches our physical library buildings and services. In the Academic Services Team, we have developed a suite of online interactive skills tutorials using a range of tried and tested software products, branded Skiils@LJMU. Our approach is to take a student-centred approach and ensure all our digital innovations are practical and sustainable. This presentation outlines the strategic approach taken with examples of how this translates into practice.

Val Stevenson, Head of Academic Services, Liverpool John Moores University Library

Val gained her Librarianship qualification at the University of Strathclyde in 1984 and started her career in academic libraries in Scotland before moving to Liverpool in 2003. As Head of Academic Services at LJMU she currently leads the teams responsible for Academic Liaison, Research Support, Academic Achievement and Special Collections and Archives and is a member of the Library Leadership Team. Her professional interests include the benefits of leisure reading, organising public engagement events and archiving popular culture.

Technology has all the answers – but we have to start thinking about whether we’re asking the right questions

Technology disruption has impacted on the library and information profession more than most organisation sectors. It has created a wealth of opportunities to improve how we carry out our work, it has also brought with it a lot of threats and highlighted weaknesses. We now have a myriad of digital tools to help us help others but do we know what they really want given the wide choice of solutions? Within the learning technology community they never stray too far away from pedagogical theory as to why a technology is adopted to help with teaching. Library and information specialists need to take leaf from that book and ask questions when adopting a new tool for teaching, research and dissemination. In this presentation Andy will discuss some of those questions and hopefully give a few answers.

Andy Tattersall, Information Specialist, University of Sheffield

Andy is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). Andy writes, teaches and gives talks about digital academia, technology, scholarly communications, open research, web and information science, apps, altmetrics and social media. Andy was named in Jisc’s Top 10 Social Media Superstars for 2017. He is also a member of the CILIP Multi Media and Information Technology Committee (MmIT). Andy edited a book on Altmetrics for Facet Publishing which is aimed at researchers and librarians. tweets @Andy_Tattersall


Chair: Nick Poole, Chief Executive, CILIP

Nick became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CILIP on 22 June 2015. Nick was previously CEO of the Collections Trust, where he was responsible for developing UK and international standards for information management, advising on digital programmes and leading partnership initiatives with a range of leading digital companies. Nick was elected to the Board of Wikimedia UK on 25 July 2015. He is former Chair of the Europeana Network and provided representation to the European Commission on culture and technology policy. Prior to joining the Collections Trust in 2005, Nick held a number of roles at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), including responsibility for Regional policy development and as a National ICT Adviser. Nick is currently Chair of BIC Ltd, the book industry supply chain organisation.