Emerging technologies in academic libraries, 26 – 28 April 2010, Rica Nidelven, Trondheim, Norway

Please see below for keynote speakers, presentation videos, and slides.

Table of contents

Keynote speakers

Lorcan Dempsey

The network has reconfigured whole industries. What will it do to academic libraries?

About Lorcan Dempsey

Portrait of Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC)

Lorcan is currently working for OCLC as Vice President, OCLC Programs and Research and Chief Strategist.

Before moving to OCLC Lorcan worked for JISC in the UK, overseeing national information programs and services. He is a librarian who has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, England and the US. He has consulted for the EU, and national policy and service organizations in several countries.

Lorcan has policy, research and service development experience, mostly in the area of networked information and digital libraries. He writes and speaks extensively. He is currently a member of the NISO Board and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Guus van den Brekel

Virtual Research Networks: towards Research 2.0

In the next few years, the further development of social, educational and research networks – with its extensive collaborative possibilities – will be dictating how users will search for, manage and exchange information. The network – evolved by technology – is changing the user’s behaviour and that will affect the future of information services. Many envision a possible leading role for libraries in collaboration and community building services.

About Guus van den Brekel

Portrait of Guus van den Brekel (Central medical library, UMCG)

Guus van den Brekel is a Medical Information Specialist as well as IT coordinator at the Central Medical Library of a large academic teaching hospital, the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) He is responsible for Library Services Development and Innovation.

Developing and delivering library services in the users workflow is his main focus. In workshops and presentations he delivers a strong plea for a focus-shift for librarians, a focus on the environments “where the users are”, instead of expecting them to come to the library.

The development of - and systematically offering - of “Library widgets” to users plus a Netvibes Universe for educational and instructional purpose is his latest project. The Web, Research, Virtual and Social Networks in Health and Medicine. The “Infectious Library” is the motto on his personal blog called DIGICMB.

Conor Galvin

Technologizing the higher education teaching and learning space; Red pills, Blue pills and Penguins

There is something of a rush over the past few years to pour technologies into the learning and teaching spaces in higher education. Everyone and everything must be digital, online and 24/7! The student-consumer is queen/king of this new order. While I am a passionate advocate of new technology and its usage in (university) education, I sometimes find myself wondering a little about what exactly we are letting loose in the world and the implications of this headlong rush to technologise. This talk rehearses some of these concerns and deals with elephants, penguins, millenials and – last but by no means least – librarians.

About Conor Galvin

Portrait of Conor Galvin

Conor Galvin, BA MA(Kent) MPhil PhD (Cantab) is a Lecturer and Researcher at UCD College of Human Sciences, Dublin, Ireland. He holds The President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UCD and speaks regularly at national and international conferences on ICT/digital literacy in higher education, education politics & public policy, and 21st century schooling. Dr Galvin’s main teaching and research interests centre on the possibilities digital technology offer to fundamentally change the teaching & learning experiences we offer students in our institutions of higher education. His other teaching and research interests include policy change, professional knowledge and lives, the social & political context of education, and the cultural politics of knowledge.

Anders Söderbäck

Why Cultural Institutions Should Care About Linked Data - a Case for Openness

About Anders Söderbäck

Portrait of Anders Söderbäck

Anders Söderbäck works at the National Library of Sweden as coordinator for development of the LIBRIS national library systems, consisting of public search systems as well as an infrastructure for metadata management. He is secretary for the LIBRIS Expert Group and is deeply involved with the activities of making LIBRIS available as Linked Open Data.

Ida Aalen

I’ve got Google, why do I need you? A student’s expectations of academic libraries

About Ida Aalen

Portrait of Ida Aalen

Ida Aalen is studying for her Masters degree in Media, communication and ICTs at NTNU. She blogs and is a board member in Norwegian Online News Assocation and a member of the student group AltUnd, working to improve quality of education at NTNU. She has also studied usability and interaction design and worked as a journalist in Norway’s largest online newspaper and in local college radio.

Chris Clarke

Linking education data

About Chris Clarke

Portrait of Chris Clarke

Having worked in and around semantic technologies for five years, Chris Clarke currently leads Talis’ Education Division, which applies Talis’ innovative semantic web know-how to the learning technology domain. Working with leading Universities from around the globe, Chris and his team are helping customers unlock the potential of linked education data, realizing new value from existing data assets and assisting innovation in teaching and learning.

Petter Bae Brandtzæg

Research Disclosures in Social Media

About Petter Bae Brandtzæg

Portrait of Petter Bae Brandtzæg

Petter Bae Brandtzæg joined SINTEF ICT and the HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) group 2000. Brandtzæg has worked on various projects, academically funded as well as for the EC (e.g.CITIZEN MEDIA, EuKidsOnline, i2i) and for a range of companies, including several international collaborations. He is part of a European network of researchers (COST294-MAUSE and User Centric Media Cluster of FP6 projects). He is in the advisory board of both Seniornett and the Norwegian Media Authority (Trygg bruk-prosjektet/Safety online project). He was head of the HCI-group at SINTEF in 2006.

He holds more than 50 international publications, both as an editor and author of book chapters and international journal papers. In addition, he has written several feature articles for Norwegian newspapers and done 100 presentations both at international and national conferences, many of them keynotes and invited talks.

He is at present PhD candidate in media science at SINTEF and the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, researching social capital in social media. From July 2010, visiting Research Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Day one

Welcome and opening keynote


The network has reconfigured whole industries. What will it do to academic libraries?

Supporting research I

Chair: Lene Bertheussen

Research disclosures in social media

Supporting research II

Chair: Håvard Kolle Riis

Taking the plunge: repositories and Research Pooling in Scotland

WorldCatImage: a new authoritative image location database aggregator

Tritonia: joint educational technology and information services for five universities

Social networks and mashups I

Chair: Joost Hegle

New applications derived from behaviour based recommendations

Mashup of REST-ful APIs only using RSS feeds to support research in a high-demanding research environment

Social networks and mashups II

Chair: Ole Husby

Lightning talks

To face or not to face: faculty of humanities and social sciences library social networking

Another look at personalization

Day two

Morning keynote

Chair: Guus van den Brekel

Linking education data

Mobile technologies I

Chair: Guus van den Brekel

Library trailblazing: implementing a student-focused, university-wide mobile portal

The eBook reader and the legacy of the paper book

Mobile technologies II

Chair: Joost Hegle

The impact of going mobile: RefMobile

Developing and mobilizing the information skills for students on the move: a study of information literacy content development and delivery in practice

Remix, repackage, deliver: A case study for the ebook platform

Blurring the boundaries between our physical and electronic libraries

New literacies

Chair: Mariann Løkse

Beyond Pathfinder…

Thunderstorms in Hallward: visual learning and information persistence in academic libraries

Clickers: a tool for improving pedagogics and assessment in academic libraries. Personal response systems in the classroom, fun or learning, or both?


Semantic web I

Chair: Lene Bertheussen

Why cultural institutions should care about linked data: a case for openness

Semantic web II

Chair: Ole Husby

BIBSYS Ask - the architecture

Towards the semantic desktop

Lightning talks

Process of data management at NIOO-KNAW
Research data in humanities and arts sciences

Practical production of linked data

Semantic web III

Modelling Base Bibliotek as linked data

Open the silos – free the data: why an API is not enough

Talis Aspire

Day three


Chair: Rurik Greenall

Virtual research networks: towards Research 2.0

I’ve got Google, why do I need you? A student’s expectations of academic libraries

Practical Web 2.0

Chair: Håvard Kolle Riis

Electronic Resource Consulting (ERC)

Enhancing library services: student projects

What happens next? Life after 2.0-training in academic libraries

Scientific output on Erasmus MC website and the use of XML: An easy way to manage and standardise the presentation of department’s journal articles


Chair: Guus van den Brekel


How do new technologies change the users behaviour?

Content management systems in Norwegian libraries

Incorporation of diverse ILL systems through an intelligent middleware platform: a step forward to the one-stop library service

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