Conference programme

Conference programme

Please find below the programme for the first SLA Europe Conference, which took place on 5-6 September 2019 at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Abstracts for all the presentations can be found at Programme_ Full abstracts .

You will also find details about our two keynote speakers here.

The presentations from the various sessions are included below in the programme. We will also publish a report from the event as soon as possible afterwards, along with photos from the two days.

Conference Gold Sponsors

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Thursday 5 September

09.30 – 11.00

Registration and refreshments

10.00 – 11.00 

Tour of Newnham College Gardens OR tour of Newnham College Library (sign up at registration)

11.00 – 11.15

Welcome to Cambridge

Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian and Director of Library Services

Presentation: Welcome – Jessica Gardner

11.15 – 12.00

Opening keynote

A Practical Model for Distributed Digital Leadership  –  Cerys Hearsey, Director, Post*Shift 

Presentation: Keynote opening – Cerys Hearsey

12.00 – 12.45

Session 1

Recalling the past to understand the future  –  Richard Nelsson, Information manager, Guardian News & Media

Presentation: Session 1 – Richard Nelsson

AI and Libraries: a romance that cannot wait?  –  María de la Peña, Librarian, IE Business School Library

Presentation: Session 1 – María de la Peña

12.45 – 14.00

Lunch and visit sponsors

14.00 – 14.45

Session 2

Courting Failure, Laying Down the Law  –  Jennifer Findlay, Library Services Manager, Judicial Office for Scotland, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service; SarahLouise McDonald, Sheriff Courts Librarian, Judicial Office for Scotland, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

Presentation: Session 2 – Jennifer Findlay & SarahLouise McDonald

The Future Archive  –  Binni Brynolf, Digital Resources Librarian, Chatham House

Presentation: Session 2 – Binni Brynolf

14.45 – 15.30

Workshop A or B

Workshop A: How to Survive and Excel in a Diverse Gig Economy  –  Richard P. Hulser, President, Richard P. Hulser Consulting

Workshop A – Richard Hulser

Workshop B:  “RDA? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Any RDA”: Back to the Future in Cataloguing in Special Libraries Outside the International Standards  –  Anne Welsh, Author

Presentation: Workshop B – Anne Welsh

15.30 – 15.45

Break and visit sponsors

15.45 – 16.30

Session 3

Nudge in Libraries: practical applications for improving UX  –  Phil Jones, Academic Liaison Manager, Coventry University

Presentation: Session 3 – Phil Jones

Mindful Transitioning under the Library Restructuring  –  Xuemei Li, Data Services Librarian, York University

Presentation: Session 3 – Xuemei Li

16.30 – 17.30

Roundtable discussion

18.00 – 19.00

Awards reception

Sponsored by CB Resourcing

19.00 – 21.00

Conference dinner (informal)


Friday 6 September

09.00 – 09.15

Mindfulness meditation (optional)

Xuemei Li

09.15 – 09.30

Welcome to day 2

Hal Kirkwood, President of SLA

09.30 – 10.15

Session 4

Knowledge Management: Maximising your organisational talent by listening harder  –  Katharine Schopflin, Information Governance Lead, London Borough of Hackney

Presentation: Session 4 – Katharine Schopflin

Future Ready: transitioning to an information governance recordkeeping model in a large multi-functional organization in the Middle East  –  Matthew Platt, Acting Manager Information Governance, Qatar Foundation

Presentation: Session 4 – Matthew Platt

10.15 – 11.00

Session 5

Predatory Publishing and Plan S  –  Simon Linacre, Director of International Marketing & Development, Cabells

Presentation: Session 5 – Simon Linacre

Making Research Data Future Ready: The FAIR Data Principles in Action  –  Ian Bruno, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

Presentation: Session 5 – Ian Bruno

11.00 – 11.30

Break and visit sponsors

11.30 – 12.15

Session 6

What is Competitive Intelligence? An overview for non-CI Information Professionals  –  Arthur Weiss, Competitive / Marketing Intelligence Consultant, AWARE

Presentation: Session 6 – Arthur Weiss

A new perspective on corporate analysis: using social media and online data to create business insights  –  Lara Lopez Boronat, Information Specialist, Bain & Company

Presentation: Session 6 – Lara Lopez Boronat

12.15 – 13.00

Session 7

Promoting and celebrating diversity in delivering and managing a 21st Century Information Service  –  Seema Rampersad, Senior Business Researcher and Service Manager, British Library

Presentation: Session 7 – Seema Rampersad

The Future is Female? Exploring patterns of gender (im)balance in UK business, pharmaceutical, and electric vehicle research practices  –  Ben McLeish, Director of Engagement & Advocacy, Dimensions & Altmetric

Presentation: Session 7 – Ben McLeish

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch and visit sponsors

14.00 – 14.45

Session 8

What next for SLA Europe?  –  Hal Kirkwood, President of SLA; Simon Burton, President of SLA Europe; Seema Rampersad, President-Elect of SLA Europe

Presentation: Session 8 – Panel on what next for SLA Europe

14.45 – 15.30

Closing keynote

The future is behind us  –  Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome Trust

Presentation to follow

15.30 – 16.00

Closing remarks

16.30 – 17.30

Punting trip OR tour of Newnham College Library (sign up at registration desk)


SLA Europe is committed to providing a safe and equal space for professional participation for all of our members, partners, and event attendees. We believe that everyone has the right to professional interaction without fear, intimidation, or belittlement, and that everyone has the right to fair and equal participation and treatment. To find out more, read our anti-harassment policy statement here.