SLIC FE Conference

The third SLIC Further Education (FE) libraries Conference took place on Fri 28 November at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The event was introduced in 2006 as part of the new SLIC membership package and attendance is free to Scottish FE librarians. We had hoped to deliver a live blog of the event on twitter but were thwarted by connectivity issues at the venue!

The day started off with Richard Wallis from Talis who used the recent JISC LMS study as a basis for discussing library management systems of the future, outlining the implications of ‘cloud computing’ for both librarians and vendors. The key message from that came across from this was the need for extensible systems that fit in users’ web space rather than stand alone entities.

Keeping with the theme of user-focused web services, Phil Bradley then presented a practical, yet impassioned, guide to implementing Web2.0 in libraries, highlighting his pick of the numerous Web2.0 services and demonstrating their potential value in the library environment.

The focus of the programme then switched to digital repositories, with Charles Duncan providing an overview of Intrallect and John Casey of UHI Millennium Institute sharing his experiences of managing intellectual property rights in networked e-learning.

The final speaker of the day was Dave Pattern from Huddersfield University who outlined his work in incorporating Web2.0 technologies within the library management system. Dave presented a ‘warts and all’ overview of his experience with the LMS, allowing practitioners to benefit from his practical tips and cautionary tales.

The day ended with a JISC sponsored discussion on Libraries of the future and a drinks and canapé reception afterwards. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and all presentations will soon be made available online for those who were unable to attend.

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