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British Library 2020 Vision – A Podcast Round Table with Dame Lynne Brindley

2020cover Back in September 2010 the British Library unveiled their their thinking about priorities and aspirations for the next decade – 2020 Vision [pdf].

As the associated area of the BL web site explains:

2020 Vision is our 10-year vision, following 12 months of extensive and wide-ranging research and consultation. In today’s climate of significant technological change, it highlights what are likely to be the key trends and opportunities over the next decade, and indicates how we will develop as an organisation to increase access to the world’s knowledge base for our users.

As a major [inter-]national library and significant planet in the solar system of UK culture and heritage the BL, and it’s vision for the future and subsequent shorter-term strategy is of wide interest and relevance – not least to those working within the academic and public library communities.

Dame Lynne Brindley In today’s conversation I bring together British Library Chief Executive, Dame Lynne Brindley, Head of Strategy and Planning at the BL, Lucie Burgess, with Ayub Khan, Head of Libraries – Strategy for Warwickshire Library & Information Service, and Library Consultant Owen Stephens.

In this fascinating conversation we hear how the BL went about the process of forming and publishing their Vision, the need for it, and how it will influence their direction over the next few years.  Owen & Ayub reflect upon what it may, or may not, mean for UK libraries for academic and public libraries and share with us their marks out of ten for the vision.

The 2020 Vision Site is also worth a visit to scan through some of the background and to view the research that underpins the vision:


Janene Cox talks with Talis at the Summer Reading Challenge launch

In this podcast, Sarah Bartlett talks with Janene Cox, Assistant Director for Cultural Services at Staffordshire County Council, at the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge 2010 at the House of Commons. All the community libraries in Staffordshire deliver the Summer Reading Challenge, and Janene describes the preparations that are made every year, and how it relates to other year-round and cross-generational reader development initiatives. The Big Society was a significant theme at this year’s launch, and Janene emphasises the efforts made in Staffordshire to increase the number of volunteers helping with the Challenge. Janene believes passionately in the importance of reading as a basic life skill, and argues that it is difficult to participate fully in society without it. For Staffordshire, the target groups have shifted over the past 5 years but have recently included young offenders and looked after children. Janene is not afraid to discuss the operational challenges of running the Summer Reading Challenge, but emphasises the positive outcomes and is confident of its ongoing sustainability even in such a cost-sensitive climate.

Helen Boothroyd talks with Talis at the Summer Reading Challenge launch

In this podcast, Sarah Bartlett talks with Helen Boothroyd, representing the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians at the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge 2010 at the House of Commons. At Suffolk libraries, Helen and her colleagues enjoyed their most successful ever Summer Reading Challenge last year, and we discuss the ongoing growth of the Challenge nationally, and some of the more personal outcomes including testimonies from parents and teachers on the difference that participation can make to the maintenance and development of reading skills over the summer holidays, as well as the joy of reading and discovery of new authors. She takes us through the planning and delivery of the Summer Reading Challenge in a public library service (97% of which are involved across the UK) and how it involves key personnel across the council. We also talk about shifts in formats – with preferences for electronic materials being surprisingly unpronounced to date for children up to the age of 12-13, the cut-off point of the Challenge. Helen is constantly working at new ways of engaging with schools and promotional activities generally, and describes Suffolk Libraries’ successes at building relationships with schools through the Summer Reading Challenge.

Miranda McKearney talks with Talis at the Summer Reading Challenge launch

In this podcast, Sarah Bartlett talks with Miranda McKearney, the Founder Director of The Reading Agency at the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge 2010 at The House of Commons. The Summer Reading Challenge is underpinned by a strong belief in the public library ethos and the ideal of equal access to reading opportunities. In the podcast we discuss the origins of the Summer Reading Challenge, The Reading Agency’s biggest and most successful model of reader development. Miranda explains how the agency arrives at a compelling reading theme every year that will engage children and facilitate a broad range of partnerships. This year’s theme, Space Hop, will enable libraries and schools to partner with the scientific domain, and is also designed to encourage boys to read. Miranda discusses other important hard-to-reach groups of children, emphasising that priorities will vary locally. Ultimately, the success of the Challenge depends on the school – librarian partnership, and Miranda emphasises how important it is for schools to recognise the importance of reading for pleasure. Miranda outlines the proven positive outcomes of involvement in the Challenge in terms of reading attainment and motivation levels. Finally we discuss the prospects of ongoing funding for the Summer Challenge.

OCLC Talk with Talis about Draft WorldCat Rights & Responsibilities

OCLC logo In late 2008 OCLC proposed a new bibliographic record record reuse policy to its membership with a large amount of criticism from many.  At the time we covered it in a Talking with Talis podcast, and Panlibus and other blogs covered it heavily

Some eighteen months later, the Record Use Policy Council setup to review and report on the issue have just published “WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative” a document for review before being recommended for adoption by OCLC.

Record Use Policy Council Co-Chairs, Barbara Gubbin & Jennifer Younger and OCLC’s Karen Calhoun joined me in this conversation, on the day the document was released to the OCLC membership, to fill in the background and thought behind the document as well as answering a few of my questions.

It is clear from the conversation that the dozen members of have spent a considerable amount of time reviewing, the issue and purpose behind the original reuse policy, and the many submissions and comments they received.  It remains to be seen how the community react to this document.

OCLC’s Karen Calhoun Talks with Talis

sm_calhoun_karen british library I caught up with Vice president of OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, Karen Calhoun, in the lobby of a hotel across the road from the iconic British Library building in London.  Karen was preparing for her presentation at the 2009 OCLC Tech Forum to be held in the Library conference centre.

I took the opportunity to talk to her about the last twelve months since the announcement about changes to the OCLC record reuse policy.  We then moved on to discuss how new entrants, Biblios and SkyRiver, in to the record supply sector may alter that landscape.

As well as discussing the themes for her presentation later that morning, we also explored the blurring of the boundaries between OCLC’s traditional record supply focus and the ILS vendor community offering library automation software.

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Adrian Dale looks forward to Online Information 2009

online09 adrian-dale The twelve months that have elapsed since the previous Online Information Conference has seen an explosion in technologies that influence the information world and life in general.  What was being talked about as up coming trends last year, are now core to the agenda of this years conference.

Conference Chair, Adrian Dale, joins me in conversation to discuss these trends an to explore his hopes for the highlights of this years conference.

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Steven Abram – Open in Libraries Technology & Education


stephen Abram Stephen Abram is Vice President, Innovation for library system vendor SirsiDynix.  He is track keynote speaker for the The Open Movement in Libraries, Technology & Education track, on the third day of the conference.

In this first podcast in our Online Information 2009 series, Stephen first explores the meaning of the, often over used, openness concept.  Are we talking about openness of systems, software APIs, open source, approach, minds, libraries, or a combination of several. of these.

With such a broad topic, it was inevitable that we addressed many many aspects of the influences of technology and attitudes on the way libraries are evolving.  Touching on the library system industry, and how it has and is changing, postulating on the future of libraries, and external influences from our rapidly changing world, this is a great introduction to his presentation an the track it kicks off.

University of the West of Scotland talks with Talis

UWS LibraryIn this podcast, Sarah Bartlett talks with Gordon Hunt, University Librarian at the University of the West of Scotland.

As Gordon explains in the podcast, the University of the West of Scotland is a very young institution, having come into existence in 2007, as a result of an institutional merger.

We talk about the challenges of running a multi-site library against a backdrop of significant organisational change, ensuring that an equivalence of experience is obtained for all students regardless of location. We take a broad view of how the library works with the rest of the university and helps to meet corporate objectives. In so doing, we discuss a wide range of topics such as the changing role of the library in teaching and learning, the budgetary challenges of the present and future, internal partnerships, external community engagement, and the student experience.

We also consider the distinctiveness of Scottish Higher Education, and how the Scottish context also impacts the library’s operations.

Staffordshire University library talks with Talis

Staffordshire University logoIn this podcast I talk with David Parkes, Associate Director for Learning Technology and Information Services at Staffordshire University. On the day that the library at Staffordshire University launched its 24 hour service, meaning that the library will now be open continuously until next July, David and I discuss how his team has adopted more agile working practices in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century information landscape and all that entails in terms of technological change, student expectation, budgetary pressures and shifts in the publishing supply chain.