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Sync or Sink: Opportunities for libraries in the digital age [Event Ref. No. TG3/SOS]


4:00 pm

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Libraries are often criticised as being irrelevant in the digital age. However, librarians have frequently been on the cutting edge of developments, creating new and exciting ways to share collections that would otherwise remain out of the view of the general public. Digitisation provides many opportunities for libraries to transform their services and bring them into the 21st century.

This half-day session aims to provide an insight into those opportunities. As well as looking at the practical aspects of putting a digital collection together, there will be the chance to hear about two projects that demonstrate how libraries can continue to innovate in the digital future.

1.00-1.30: Arrival and registration with tea/coffee
1.30-1.40: Welcome
1.40-2.10: The impact and benefits of digitisation – Simon Tanner (King’s College)
2.10-2.40: Managing digitisation and preservation at the Wellcome Library – Christy Henshaw (Wellcome Library)
2.40-3.00: Tea/coffee
3.00-3.30: Creating a smartphone application – Geoffrey Browell (King’s College)
3.30-4.00: The British Cartoon Archive – Nicholas Hiley (University of Kent)
4.00: Summing up and close.

Venue: Room MAL G16 at Birkbeck College, University of London;

Please note that there are limited places available for this event.

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Cost: £40 for cpd25 members and £60 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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