Technology Briefing

13.20 – Thursday 6th July

The Intelligent Library What is the future of the library?

This session will explore the potential technologies and the possibilities that can arise from the developments in artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Can we build an intelligent library? Do we want to?

James Clay, Senior Co-Design Manager, Jisc

James Clay is currently working with Jisc on their future work on the Intelligent Campus and the future of Apprenticeships. He has worked in the education sector since 1993 and has extensive experience in the use of technology to enhance and enrich learning. He has been a teacher, a project manager, a project director, an ILT manager, Learning Resources manager, and an IT director. James has a popular blog and podcast, e-Learning Stuff and has delivered many keynotes and presentations at conferences in the UK and internationally.

Supporting citizens with protecting their privacy online

Library staff play a big role in supporting citizens with digital skills, and knowing how to protect one’s privacy online is part of those digital literacy skills everyone should have. The Newcastle Libraries team started helping citizens with their privacy by hosting cryptoparties where people can learn about tools available to make their internet browsing and mobile communications more secure.

This session will cover in more details the reasons why libraries should get involved in supporting citizens with protecting their privacy online, how staff can do this and what tools can be installed on library computers to enhance user privacy.

Aude Charillon, Library and Information Officer, Newcastle Libraries

Aude Charillon works as a Library and Information Officer at Newcastle Libraries. A large part of her role is within the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, managing the business collections and providing information and training relating to intellectual property to small businesses in the North-East of England.

She was part of the first cohort of Carnegie Library Lab Partners, which allowed her to develop the project Commons are Forever – encouraging citizens to discover and re-use creative works – from early 2015 to Autumn 2016.

She is particularly interested in copyright, digital literacy, open data and online rights.


Learning from digital disruption and how it can help libraries
Digital disruption occurs when innovation enforces change in current practices and standards. Although often associated with disrupting business models, disruption can cause positive changes in practices that benefit the profession and the public. How can libraries learn from sectors that have been affected by digital disruption, either unintentionally or by inviting it? This session will cover examples from other sectors that we can learn from, including encouraging re-use of data and opening existing systems to increase modern technology and innovation.

Dave Rowe, Geospatial software developer, CartoConsult
Dave currently works as a freelance developer, primarily on digital web mapping projects, and 3D city mapping using virtual reality technologies. Part-time he is Systems Officer at LibrariesWest, a consortium of 7 library authorities in the South West of England, working on data reporting. He is particularly interested in good data practice and Open Data, including working with community groups on innovative projects using this data.


Session Chair: Liz McGettigan, President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland and Director of Digital Library and Cultural Experiences SOLUS UK

Liz is an award-winning Library and Information Specialist and a leader in the future library and transformation movement, recognized for integrating technology, people, social and business strategies into effective new business models and named as one of Scotland’s Top Tech 100 2017 driving the digital agenda in Scotland – putting libraries, information and innovative technology on the map. Liz was also named as the Scotsman’s top 10 Digital Disruptors 2016.
Prior to this role Liz was Head of Libraries and Information Service for the City of Edinburgh where she led the team to deliver Edinburgh’s first fully-online council service, social media suite and 24/7 interactive portals and apps. Passionate about digital and social inclusion Liz also initiated Edinburgh’s innovative digital participation project. Liz has worked in areas encompassing culture, leisure, heritage, community development and regeneration, external relations, fundraising and sponsorship.

This year on International Women’s Day Liz was honoured to be named as one of Scotland’s Women of Inspiration. Liz is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Senior Member of Society of IT Managers and a former Member of the Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University.