Category Archives: librariesofthefuture

Video from the Oxford debate is now on the website

Videos of the presentations at the recent Libraries of the Future debate held in Oxford last week are now live on the JISC libraries of the future web site <>. This event has generated tremendous feedback and discussion and I hope that this continues. Other activities are planned to support the debate and I would … Read more

JISC’s Libraries of the Future Guardian supplement

A Guardian supplement published yesterday explores the achievements of academic libraries in the UK, assesses current challenges and looks forward to the future. Sponsored by JISC and published free with yesterday’s Education Guardian, the supplement begins with some of the questions raised by the recently published Google Generation report, commissioned by JISC and the British … Read more

JISC conference – closing keynote speech, Angela Beesley

Angela Beesley, vice-president community relations and co-founder, Wikia; chair of Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board A wiki is a website that you can edit – a simple definition.  They’re not new, but although they’ve only reached consciousness in the past couple of years, they first went online in 1995.  It’s a quick way to collaborate with … Read more

Challenges for the digital librarian

In an increasingly complex, ICT-intensive world, digital libraries face multiple challenges, but perhaps the greatest is to achieve a recognised and indeed indispensable presence within the workflow of their user communities. With the increased emphasis on Web 2.0 technologies, digital library developers will need to be agile to ensure that they demonstrate both ease of … Read more