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Library Futures Symposium

LibFutures-19May2016_T5P6516Thursday 19th May 2016

Paccar Theatre,
Science Gallery,
Trinity College Dublin,
The University of Dublin

Review on libfocus blog.

Article in the Irish Times.

Irish Times Off Topic Podcast.

See a curated list of tweets about the Symposium.

9:00-9:30         Registration

9:30-9:45         Welcome by Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist
9:30-9:45         Introduction by Patrick Prendergast, Provost and President

Provost’s address to the Symposium.

9:45-10:25       Roly Keating, Chief Executive, British Library

Roly Keating will explore recent significant developments at the British Library as outlined in Living Knowledge 2015-2023, especially the changing context – the explosion of data and the co-positioning of the Turing Institute at the British Library, the potential impact of the move to Openness, the criticality of creativity and culture, as exemplified by the Knowledge Quarter around King’s Cross and St Pancras, and thoughts beyond 2023.

Roly’s presentation.

10:25-11:05     Mike Keller, University Librarian, Stanford University

Mike Keller will review the significant developments that he is leading at Stanford University, especially (to quote the Cuthbertson Award citation) in “pioneering new paths as the director of Academic Information Resources, while continuing to develop the libraries’ superb collections” and the “commitment to scholarly publishing, exemplified in …  HighWire Press”. He will also address the question posed at Trinity College Dublin during the development of the new Strategy, of how libraries catalyse research.

Mike’s presentation.

11:05-11:30     Tea/coffee break

11:30-12:10     Richard Ovenden, Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Richard Ovenden will reflect on recent developments at the Bodleian Library, focusing on how the interplay of the heritage aspect of Duke Humfrey’s Library, the high density off-site store in Swindon, evolving service models and an extensive philanthropic programme all contributed towards the major and extremely successful remodelling of the Weston Library.

Richard’s presentation.

Article by Richard in the Financial Times.

12:10-12:50     Jeffrey Schnapp, Founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard

Jeffrey Schnapp will discuss the themes that culminated in his recent publication The Library Beyond the Book, which explores “what libraries have been in the past to speculate on what they will become; hybrid places that intermingle book and ebooks, analogue and digital formats, paper and pixels”.

Jeffrey’s presentation.

Article on Jeffrey’s ideas in the Irish Times.

12:50-13:00     Wrap-up

13:00-14:00     Lunch



Helen Shenton became the newly appointed Librarian and College Archivist for Trinity College Dublin in June 2014. Helen joined Trinity from Harvard, where she oversaw the bringing together of the services of 73 separate libraries. Prior to Harvard, Helen worked at the British Library where she led the care of the UK’s national documentary heritage collection and the national printed archive. That position followed the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she worked on the conservation and care of the world’s finest decorative arts collections. Since joining Trinity Helen has led the development of the new strategic direction for the Library, embracing both the physical and virtual realms.

p-prendergastPatrick Prendergast was elected by academic staff and student representatives as the 44th Provost of Trinity College Dublin, coming into office on August 1st, 2011. The Provost is the Head of the university, equivalent to President or Rector in other universities. Since coming into office as Provost, Dr Prendergast has worked to strengthen Trinity’s reputation as a university of global consequence, known for realizing student potential and for research and scholarship that benefits Ireland and the world. Trinity has developed a Global Relations Strategy which is succeeding in revitalising its partnerships abroad, has engaged with industry through a new Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategy, and has restructured the university’s administration into three divisions. Projects under development include the new Trinity School of Business and the I&E Hub, as well as the development of E3: the Engineering, Energy, and the Environment Institute.

KeatingRoly Keating was appointed Chief Executive of the British Library in 2012. Prior to that he had worked for three decades at the BBC, where he held various positions including that of the Director of Archive Content, a period which saw the development and launch of the BBC iPlayer and the roll-out of the BBC’s strategy to make its archives digitally accessible. Since taking up his role at the British Library, Roly has led a series of major developments including moving the national newspaper collection into a state-of-the-art storage building and related reading room at St Pancras. He has also spearheaded the historic move to large-scale digital collecting with the implementation of the Non-Print Legal Deposit regulations and implemented the much-anticipated Electronic Legal Deposit (UK) legislation.

KellerMike Keller has occupied the dual roles of University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources at Stanford University since 1993. He previously held the position of Associate University Librarian and Director of Collection Development at Yale University. At Stanford, Mike established the HighWire Press which assists in the online publication of scholarly journals for open access and he is also the publisher of Stanford University Press. He co-founded the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st-Century Librarianship which focused on professional development in leadership and technology in libraries. Mike led the “Parker on the Web” project which digitised the manuscripts collection of Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge. He has written countless journal articles and papers on a range of topics including the future of librarianship in the fields of technology and digital media, and scholarly communication.

OvendonRichard Ovenden is the Librarian for the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford and also serves as the Director of the Bodleian Library’s Centre for the Study of the Book. He was at the forefront of Oxford University’s collaboration with Google’s Library Partnership Project which digitised hundreds of thousands of the library’s unique collection. Having been in the field of librarianship since 1985, Richard has worked in a number of prestigious libraries including the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland and has also previously held the positions of the Keeper of Special Collections, and the Deputy Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries. He is on the Board of Research Libraries UK and the Consortium of European Research Libraries and was previously the chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition. He has written several books in the field of library, archive and information studies and also on the history of collecting.

SchnappJeffrey Schnapp is the founder and director of metaLAB (at) Harvard University which explores the digital arts and humanities through research and experimentation, through publications, and via exhibition, performance, and social practice. At Harvard he is the co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and he also serves as Professor of Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature. He founded, and was previously director of, Stanford Humanities Lab until 2010. Jeffrey also works in the fields of media and design and has had many curatorial collaborations, including recently as chief consulting curator for BZ ’18-’45 which was nominated for the 2015 European Museum of the Year Award. He has written numerous books including The Electric Information Age Book and The Library Beyond the Book, which explores what the future holds for libraries in the digital age.