Two workshops will be held in conjuction with the INFORUM 2013 Conference on Monday, May 20, 2013: Experiences on implementing a Discovery Solution and new developments in the field of Discovery (Aaron Maierhofer/Thomas Mutschler) and An Idea Whose Time Has Come: The Future of eBooks (Seth Cayley).
Unfortunately Stephem Abram will not be able to speak at the conference this year. We are sad that we won’t be able to hear from Stephen but we are very excited about his replacement – Karen Blakeman (freelance consultant) as a keynote speaker and Seth Cayley from Cengage Gale as a workshop lecturer. To view the latest conference programme please click here.
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RBA Information Services, United Kingdom
Karen Blakeman started her working life with a degree in microbiology but was soon enticed into the world of electronic information. Prior to setting up her own company she worked as a microbiologist in a government public health laboratory and then spent ten years in the pharmaceutical and health care industry as an information scientist. She moved to the international management consultancy group Strategic Planning Associates before becoming a freelance consultant and setting up her company RBA Information Services in 1989. She now provides training and advice on search, social media and collaborative tools. Karen edits and publishes an electronic newsletter called Tales from the Terminal Room and her blog can be found at http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/. She is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).
The National Library of Finland, Finland
Aki Lassila has over 15 years experience of working in the ICT fieldin research and development roles both at home and abroad. His strengths include network-based services’ development, project and process management, as well as open-source code-based systems management and development. In the past Lassila has participated in several research projects related to knowledge management, creation of tools for collaborative innovation, service design, future working environments, new product and technology strategies of software companies, software companies' business models, internationalisation and networking. Aki is currently finishing his Ph.D. thesis on Software as a Service topic. At Finnish National Library, Aki is responsible for the Finnish National Digital Library’s public interface Finna development and deployment. Finna is a shared online service of Finnish libraries, archives, and museums that ensures access to their printed and electronic resources and services. At the beginning of 2012, the Finnish National Library decided that the public interface called Finna would be based on Open Source Software. The decision to build an OSS-based service has been very successful and Aki’s presentation tells about the positive experiences in the development of Finna.
Thuringian University and State Library, Germany
Thomas Mutschler is responsible for the acquisition and collection development in the Thuringian University and State Library of Jena (ThULB Jena, Germany). He holds a doctoral degree in History and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). Thomas Mutschler is specialized in acquisition management as well as in digital collection building. In addition to this he is experienced in the management of digitization projects including diverse cultural heritage materials from libraries, archives and museums. Prior to this he worked as a subject specialist and gained experience as an advisor in the Thuringian Ministry of Culture, Education and Science. In 2012 the ThULB Jena decided to implement a resource discovery system (RDS) based on Summon and Vufind. In his presentation Thomas will talk about the experiences in the Implementation process and gives an outline of the great chances which derive from discovery tools.