Libraries of the Future Debate at the Bodleian April 2nd 2009

Where: Oxford

When: 2nd April 2009

As a part of the Libraries of the Future campaign  JISC and Oxford University Library Services are jointly hosting a public question and answer debate in order to discuss what information and library provision mean in these changing times; technology has had a huge effect on the behaviour of both information consumers and service providers. What is the library and what do libraries need to do in order to support knowledge, innovation and society?

This event represents a partnership between JISC and Oxford University Library Services. JISC manages research and innovation programmes in the use of information and communications technology in teaching, learning and research to build knowledge; it develops services, infrastructure or applications; and it provides guidance and leadership, Oxford University Library Services is the integrated library service of the University of Oxford. It comprises over 30 libraries and its combined collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to vast quantities of materials in many other formats, including over 28,000 e-journals. At its centre is the Bodleian Library, which is the main research library of the University of Oxford.  It is also a legal deposit library whose priceless collections are used by scholars worldwide. The goal of Oxford University Library Services is to provide the most effective university library service possible, in response to current and future users’ needs; and to maintain and develop access to Oxford’s collections as a national and international research resource. Together we will be exploring some of the key challenges that will shape the libraries of the future. These include: the new skills that are required for libraries to remain relevant and visible; fostering partnerships between public and private as well as working across the organisation; meeting the needs of the changing user base and their increasingly diverse needs, (for example what should the citizen expect, what are the future information needs of researchers as we witness changing models of scholarly communication, what skills does the librarian of the future need?)

These issues will be examined from several different perspectives through a range of high profile speakers, who will present their vision for the library of the future. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions which will be put to the esteemed panel.

Issues
The event will consider some of the key challenges that will shape the library of the future if it is to survive. These challenges include:
•    Skills – considering the skills that are needed to meet this challenge. These skills range from IPR, preservation and data curation to marketing, branding and business planning;
•    Partnerships – fostering partnerships between public and private as well as working across the organisation;
•    End users – a heightened understanding of the changing user base and meeting their increasingly diverse needs; what are the (future) information needs of researchers and what will they need to undertake their research? what should the citizen expect?;
•    The role of the librarian – Libraries are increasingly signing up people with skills in non traditional library fields, does this mean that the librarians are becoming obsolete or do they have a changing role that involves overseeing all these specialisms or should they endeavour to develop these skills themselves?

These challenges will be examined from several different perspectives through a range of speakers who will present their vision for the library of the future. These include:
•   Sarah Thomas Bodley’s Librarian and Director, Oxford University Library Services – how is the library changing and what will it deliver;
•    Santiago de la Mora who heads Google Book Search’s European partnerships, asking how does Google meet the library, use the library, is the library;
•    Chris Batt OBE- a perspective on the public sector needs and the library offer;
•    Professor Robert Darnton,  Director of the Harvard University Library – to present on the needs of the citizen in our democracy and what the library of the future needs to offer them;
•    A media/publisher perspective, what are their information needs, how are they changing their provision ;
•    Professor Peter Murray-Rust presenting a research/scientific perspective, what are their information needs (how do they undertake research) and what will they need to remain relevant and to produce new and innovative research.

The event will be chaired by Professor Vincent Gillespie J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language.

The conference Tag is #LOTF09.

Places are free of charge and  will be available from Tuesday the 24th March 2009 by registering at www.jisc.ac.uk/librariesofthefuture

3 thoughts on “Libraries of the Future Debate at the Bodleian April 2nd 2009

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  2. markwilliams

    If “libraries without walls” really opens the door to a wider community how do we ensure the library experience remains of the highest quality rather than becoming the lowest common denominator

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