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My Digital Tools Bring all the Researchers to the Library – Marketing your Library in the 21st Century [Event Ref. TG4MARK]


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The British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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Are you wondering if your library is 21st century enough or if it is providing a relevant service? Come and book on our session as we discuss what role libraries should provide.

Libraries have always played a leading role in collating and making available a wide range of resources to learners and researchers alike.  Learn more about the way that libraries have risen to the challenge of providing good quality tools to meet the needs of modern researchers. In this session, we will hear from four different speakers who will look at a variety of innovative new avenues: engaging with social media, curating datasets, creating dataset tools, as well as engaging with researchers in virtual communities.

This session is aimed at staff who are trying to juggle all the new forms of technology, who are curious about the new services they could provide and who are keen to expand the reach of the library beyond its four walls.

Programme [All programmes are subject to change]

9.30 -10.00
Registration and Refreshments

David White

Head of Digital Learning, University of the Arts London

Tobias Blanke and Jane Winters

Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London


Alan Danskin

Metadata Standards Manager, British Library

Neil Infield

Manager of the Business & IP Centre, British Library

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Speaker biographies:

David White

David is Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of the Arts London. He worked in various roles where digital, learning and culture meet – including: senior lecturer in visual communication; making proof-of-concept pilots for delivering media online at the BBC; managing a team of online distance learning developers at the University of Oxford and leading numerous studies around the impact of the Web on learning and higher education. He is best-known for his idea of “Visitors and Residents” – understanding individuals motivations to engage online. David enjoys public speaking and has contributed to broadcast media having been heard on Radio 4, the World Service and ABC Australia.  He blogs and tweets extensively, working in open manner to develop thinking and discourse in online spaces. For David, the digital is much more than a set of tools or a chaotic library, it’s a place where we can learn and live.

Tobias Blanke

Tobias is a Reader in Social and Cultural Informatics, Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Social and cultural informatics describes the interdisciplinary study of digital information and its interaction with social and cultural practices.  Tobias has lead on several projects in the social and cultural informatics, from open source optical character recognition, open linked data, scholarly primitives to document mining and information extraction for research.

Tobias’s interest in big data is based on two recent grants in born-digital big data: ‘Our Data Ourselves’ and the follow-on ‘Empowering Data Citizens’. The former is internationally first to apply cultural analytics to mobile phone (meta-)data and seeks to democratize big social data, while the latter is a collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI) and investigates the constraints and possibilities of publishing born-digital social media data openly.  Tobias is interested in big data is based on a long-term exploration of the digital transformation of archival research for history especially as the scientific coordinator of the large-scale European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, which includes several high-profile partners including the Dutch NIOD, USHMM, Wiesenthal Institute among others.

Jane Winters

Jane Winters is Professor of Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she is responsible for developing digital humanities strategy. She has led or co-directed a range of digital projects, including most recently Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the UK Medical Heritage Library Academic Advisory Group, the Advisory Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Advisory Board of the Academic Book of the Future project, and the Advisory Board of the E-Ark project. Her research interests include digital history, web archives, big data for humanities research, peer review in the digital environment, text editing, the use of social media in an academic context, e-repositories, and open access publishing.
Twitter: @jfwinters

Alan Danskin

Alan is a Metadata Standards Manager at the British Library. He is the British Library representative to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA and is currently Vice-Chair of the European RDA Interest Group. He is also Vice-Chair of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group.
He has worked on developing a collection metadata strategy which includes guidance for digitization projects. Alan is interested in addressing the deficiencies in the library’s legacy metadata, so knowing the range and frequency of enquiries that require specific attributes, such as gender or form. His team has created existing datasets at . These datasets have been created to complement exhibitions, and they also publish datasets that have been requested by researchers. He has also created a tool called Researcher Format Datasets that would allow anyone to build their own dataset from British Library data.

Neil Infield

Neil is Manager of the Business & IP Centre at the British Library. He manages a team of 12 business and intellectual property reference experts, providing information and advice to inventors, business start-ups and entrepreneurs. In his four years at The British Library Neil has introduced a number of innovations, including a range of workshops and one-to-one information advice sessions, as well as free downloading to memory sticks. He has spoken widely on innovation in business information. Prior to the British Library, Neil spent 16 years working in the investment world in the City of London. As well as managing business information services, he also developed an intranet, website and staff newsletter. In addition he was involved in the development of Corporate Governance activities. He has been active in the information profession for many years, and in 2003 was named the Information World Review – Information Professional of the Year. In recent years he has sat on the Board of SLA Europe (part of the global organization for innovative information professionals). For 2006 he became their president, and was given a fellowship in 2008.


Foyles Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

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Please congregate in the entrance foyer, visitor passes will be issued at reception.

Cost: £80 for members and £120 for other institutions.

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

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