ILI 2015: Preparing For The Future

Preparing for the Future: Technological Challenges and Beyond

Summary: Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst facilitated a day-long workshop session on Preparing for the Future: Technological Challenges and Beyond at the ILI 2015 conference.

Date and time: 10.00-17.00 on Monday 19 October 2015

Abstract: Despite the uncertainties faced by librarians and information professionals, technology continues to develop at breakneck speed, offering many new opportunities for the sector. At the same time, technological developments can be distracting and may result in wasted time and effort (remember the excitement provided by Second Life?!). This workshop session will help participants identify potentially relevant technological developments by learning about and making use of ‘Delphi’ and other processes for spotting and prioritising signals which may indicate early use of technologies which could be important in the future. But having identified potentially important technological developments, organisations need to decide how to respond. What will be the impact on existing technologies? What are the strategic implications and what are the implications for staff within the organisation? The interactive workshop session will provide opportunities to address the challenges in understanding the implications of technological developments and making appropriate organisational interventions.

Who should attend? Librarians and information professionals from all settings with responsibility for, or an interest, the application of technology in libraries.


Brian Kelly is an independent consultant who specialises in advising on the take-up and best practices for the deployment of innovative web technologies and practices. Other areas of interest include web standards, web accessibility, web preservation and alt.metrics. Brian has been a long-standing participant at ILI conferences and has been an invited speaker at a number of international library conferences including conferences in Taiwan, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Singapore. From 1996-2013 Brian was UK Web Focus at UKOLN, University of Bath. Between October 2013 and April 2015 Brian was the Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton. Brian is now an independent consultant who specialises in supporting the library and information management communities.

Tony Hirst is a lecturer in the Computing and Communications department at The Open University, data storyteller with the Open Knowledge Foundation and a regular blogger at Tony has authored on OU courses ranging from robotics to information skills, and most recently a course on computer game design and appreciation. He is passionate about open and lifelong education, and is actively involved in developing course models to support informal as well as formal education. As an open data advocate and self-proclaimed mashup artist, he gives regular workshop and conference presentations on how to create novel information services and find stories in data using freely available web tools and applications.

Timetable and Resources

The timetable is given below. Note:

  • Slideshare is the master public repository for the slides. Authorstream is used as a backup.
  • The slides used at the workshop are available under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence.
Time Session Slides
10.00 A: Introduction [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
10.15 B: Exploring Emerging Technologies [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
10.30 C0: Notes on the Future (Tony Hirst) [Slideshare]
11.20 Coffee
11.40 D: The NMC Methodology [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
12.30 Lunch
14.00 E: Scenario Planning  [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
14.30 F!: Making the Case [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
15.30 Coffee
16.00 F2: Report back
16.40 C1: Technology Detecting Tools & Techniques [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
16.50 G: Conclusions and Reflections [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
17.00 Workshop finishes