Northern Collaboration 2015 Conference sponsored by OCLC (UK)

Date:    Thursday 10th September

Venue:  Rose Bowl Building, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University

Theme: Being digital: opportunities for collaboration in academic libraries.

Sponsors: The 2015 conference was sponsored by OCLC (UK) Ltd and other relevant organisations. Meet our sponsors here

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Context: The digital environment offers many challenges and many opportunities, giving us the chance to re-think services and facilities and offer these in new ways to enhance the user experience.

At this time of tech savvy, fee paying students; Google scholar, 24/7 365 culture, the open access agenda for outputs and data (and more), how do we respond to these challenges and opportunities and how can collaboration provide better solutions?

Who are we collaborating with and who should we be collaborating with? How does and how might working together deliver the future? What lessons could we learn from collaborations overseas?

This conference asked these questions and delivered some of the answers...

•Physical spaces and services reconfigured for digital; quality of digital 'space'; shared spaces
•Research support; learning support; mobile learning; digital literacy, new models of scholarly publishing.
•Resources: access, content development, digital versus physical space.


Keynote Speakers: Our keynote speakers at the conference were Fiona Parsons, Director of Academic Support at the University of Wolverhampton, and Professor Phil Cardew of Leeds Beckett University.

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Conference programme:

Time   Session
09:30   Registration  - tea, coffee and biscuits

Welcome to Leeds Beckett: Jo Norry, Director of libraries & Learning Innovation

Introduction: Sue White, Northern Collaboration Chair & Director of Computing & Library Services, University of Huddersfield.

Keynote address: Fiona Parsons, Director of Academic Support, University of Wolverhampton

10:45   Tea & Coffee
11:00   Parallel sessions 1-4

Draw your own library: cognitive mapping of physical and online libraries

Tom Kistell & Rod Aiken, Sheffield Hallam University


Module resource lists: using a puzzle to solve a puzzle

Laurence Morris & Dr. Ellie Windle, Leeds Beckett University


Extending and measuring the reach and impact of research output

Nick Sheppard, Leeds Beckett University


Mapping digital literacy provision

David Brown, University of York

11:45   Parallel sessions 5-8

A collision of two worlds

Carl Barrow & Mike Ewen, University of Hull


Changing a workshop from physical to online delivery

Phil Reed, University of Manchester


Embedding OA within research practice: the HHuLOA JISC OA PathFinder project

Chris Awre, University of Hull & Graham Stone, University of Huddersfield


Generating a buzz: a collaborative approach to increasing the impact of research

Martin Gill, University of Huddersfield

12:30   Lunch and sponsor session
13:30   Parallel sessions 9-12

Digital Lancaster, Digital Library?

Phil Cheeseman & Masud Khokhar, University of Lancaster


A lost score and a great charter: social media collaborations

Jonathan Bush & Rachel Smith, Durham University


New partnerships: a tale of two projects

Frances Porritt & Iain Baird, Teesside University


Blogging along: using research blogs to teach information literacy and critical thinking in creative arts

University of Cumbria

Apologies that this presentation can no longer be provided. Delegates will be re-assigned to other presentations.

14:15   Parallel sessions 13-16

A room with a Vyew: using problem based learning in collaborative real-time virtual spaces to develop research and inquiry skills

Christine Stevenson & Leanne Young, University of Sunderland


A collaborative approach to filling the digital preservation gap for RDM

Jenny Mitcham, University of York


Working collaboratively with student skills leaders to support learning

Jacqui Bartram, Adam Smith & Fiona England, University of Hull


Online information literacy with Percy the Penguin

Gillian Johnston, Sara Bird & Stephen Harding, Newcastle University

15:00   Closing Keynote: Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Leeds Beckett
15:45   Close


 Conference venue:

The Rose Bowl Building
Leeds Beckett University


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Conference Planning Team: 

Your planning team for the 2015 conference included:

Zoe Clarke - Edge Hill, Fiona Hair - Liverpool Hope, Helen Loughran - Leeds Beckett, Christopher Skelton-Foord - Durham, Ruth Thomas - Teesside, Emma Spivey - Northern Collaboration Development Officer.

Any queries regarding the conference please e-mail Emma Spivey -