Multimedia, Information & Technology Group

MmITS is a Special Interest Group of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). MmITS aims to unite those members of CILIP Multimedia Information and Technology Group who are living and working in Scotland. Its members are engaged or interested in multimedia information and technology developments. MmITS enables communication and promotes professional interests across Scotland and across the library and information sectors.

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13th Annual eBooks Conference 

SLIC in conjunction with SCURL and Jisc RSC Scotland present the 13th Annual eBooks Conference on Friday the 5th September, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

**Early bird booking closes on the 31st July!**

Book your place here now at:

Draft Programme:  Friday, 5th September

09.30           Registration, refreshments and exhibition                       

09.50           Welcome and Introduction to the day.
                     Alison Stevenson, Vice Chair, SCURL

10.00           Keynote Address:Right to e-read Campaign.
                     Gerald Leitner, EBLIDA

10.40           eCollection development for Scotland: an Easy approach?
                     Richard Parsons, Wendy Walker & Jeremy Upton,  SCURL

11.20           eBook Provision in Public Libraries.
                     Christopher Gibson, University of Strathclyde

11.35           Refreshments and Exhibitor Showcase

12.00           Beyond Vanity: Libraries, eBooks and Self-Published
Maggie Boyd, Leicestershire Library Services

12.25           The Rise of the Self-publishing Author.
                     Rachel Gregory, Troubador Publishing

12.50           Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase

13.50           Accessible ebook platforms – promises, plasters and
Alistair McNaught, Jisc Tech Dis

14.30           The future of academic publishing; continuity or discontinuity?
                     Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield

15.00           Comfort Break

15.15           The Long History of the (e)Book. Claire Squires.
                     Stirling Centre for International Publishing & Communication

16.00           The Changing Face of Reading.
                     Panel Discussion by Marion Sinclair, Publishing Scotland

16.30           Closing remarks from the Chair

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MmITS Bursary Applications Now Open for

'Internet Librarian International 2014'

We are pleased to announce that MmITS are now accepting applications for a bursary to attend Internet Librarian International 2014, which will be taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre, London between the 20th and 22nd of October 2014.

Full programme details and event information can be found at this link.

The first day features workshops to sharpen your search skills on the web, give you an understanding altmetrics, or help you to look at your library as an entrepreneur. The conference then kicks off on day 2 with themes of ‘New Blueprints for Libraries’, ‘Technology, Innovation and Impact’ and ‘Content Innovation’. Never more relevant, day 2 will also include a keynote speech from Michael Peter Edison of the Smithsonian Institute, discussing ‘The Dark Matter of the Internet’. The closing day gets down to the nitty gritty, featuring themes of ‘Marketing and Impact’, ‘Search and Discovery’ and ‘Closer to Communities and Customers’ with a keynote speech from Rachel Neaman of Go ON UK on the topic of ‘Digital Inclusion – The Big Mission’.

Whatever your technological interest, this event will offer practical skills, food for thought, networking opportunities and an idea of things to come. To be in with the chance of receiving the MmITS bursary to attend, please complete the application at the following link.

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st of August.

If you would like any additional information, please send your enquiry to

Please also note that the bursary is for session entry fees only. All travel, subsistence and accommodation fees will be the responsibility of successful applicants. Fees will be paid by invoice to the conference / training provider ONLY and will not be paid to successful applicants.

Announcing MmITS Bursaries for 2014

In these hard economic times, it can often be very difficult to find a budget to attend training or conferences.  That's why MmITS will shortly be opening our new bursaries for 2014, helping three individuals attend premier training and conferences related to the use of technology within the Library and Information Sector.

As MmITS is a group concerned with the organisation, delivery and exploration of information through modern media including graphic forms, video and web-based applications, we are funding 1 place at each of the following conferences / training sessions:

1. Internet Librarian International
    (applications opening soon)

2. A course or conference of your choice - up to £500 only
    (applications open at the end of July 2014 for courses or conferences in
    keeping with the themes of MmITS)

3. CILIPS Autumn Gathering
    (applications open in August 2014)

To be eligible for a MmITS grant you must:

  • Be based in Scotland
  • Be working within the Library and Information Sector for between 5 - 20 years
  • Must use, or want to use, technology within your role
  • Must not have received any MmITS funding in the past 3 years

Applications for the Internet Librarian International funding will be opening soon.  Keep an eye on our blog and Twitter account (@MmITScotland) to keep up with details.

Alternatively, to be emailed when applications open, get in touch by email:

Please note that only session entry fees will be paid for by MmITS. All travel, subsistence and accommodation fees will be the responsibility of the successful applicants. Fees will be paid by invoice to the provider only and not directly to the successful applicant.

MmITS 11th Annual General Meeting
7th May 2014 

Many thanks to all who joined us for our 11th AGM at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Particular thanks to Dr Nicky Imrie for her fascinating talk on the challenges she experienced in identifying Mackintosh architectural work and developing an online resource for the Mackintosh Architecture Project. The end result of the project will be a web–based resource due to be launched in July along with a major exhibition at the Hunterian 2014. This will provide a catalogue of all projects by or associated with Mackintosh and will include full project descriptions, related drawings and archived documents and information on associated contractors. The resource also includes interesting background information on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and will feature a series of essays.

Don't forget to read our review of Dr Imrie's presentation on the MmITS blog and on Anabel Marsh's blog. Anabel has been inspired to take photographs of buildings in Dowanhill and Jordanhill based on their 'Mack Factor', so it's a highly recommended read.

MmITS Visit to the BFI Mediatheque at Bridgeton Library
26th February 2014

Many thanks to all who joined us for the CILIP MmITS visit to the fantastic new BFI Mediatheque at Bridgeton Library. This is a hidden gem, unique to Scotland, and housed within the newly renovated Olympia Cinema site. During the tour, we were able to access a specially commissioned collection of Scottish film and television, entitled ‘Scottish Reels’, covering more than a century of Scottish life and culture drawn from the BFI National Archive and the Scottish Screen Archive. The bespoke viewing stations also gave us the chance to search more than 2,000 clips ranging from home movies and adverts, to children’s television and documentaries, many of which have not been seen since they were first broadcast.

To find out more about our experience of the BFI Mediatheque and the extended tour of the wider library facilities provided by the excellent Bridgeton Library team, read Lynda Robertson’s article on the MmITS blog and Anabel Marsh’s account of the day on Anabel’s blog. Celia Jenkins has also written a post-visit blog post giving a really good insight into the facility.

Sincere thanks to the Bridgeton Library team for making this event possible and keep checking back for details of the next MmITS event!


MmITS @ Library Camp, October 2013

Following Anabel Marsh's announcement at our AGM in May that Scotland's first ever Library Camp would take place in October, the event proved to be a great success for all those in attendance at Glasgow's Mitchel Library on Saturday 26th of October. Two of our intrepid committee members, Louise Morrison and Lynda Robertson, took part in the day's activities by pitching a session on business information. To find out more about their experiences and what they had to say, go to the MmITS blog and read their post-Library Camp report. A range of topics were covered during these sessions, and the pitch put forward by Library Camp founder Anabel Marsh and CILIP's Policy and Digital Officer Sean McNamara focussed on ideas for the next National Libraries day. Go here to read further and get involved if you can!


10th Annual General Meeting, 9th May 2013

Many thanks to all who joined us at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow for our 10th AGM on the 9th of May, and in particular to our wonderful speaker, Anabel Marsh, for her very insightful talk focussing on the development, success, challenges and future of the Glasgow Library Tweetups. Click here to learn more about the GLTU and to get involved. Look out also for the Scottish Library Camp, a fantastic new event that Anabel announced is being planning for October 2013 at the Mitchell Library.

Many thanks also to Marjory Stewart, Librarian at the Royal Faculty of Procurators, for allowing us to tour the library facilites.

UPDATE: Read an in-depth review of the AGM by Louise Morrison on the MmITS Blog.


12th Annual Scottish Ebooks Conference Reports

MmITS was proud to sponsor 2 delegates to attend the 12th Annual Scottish Ebooks Conference, which took place on the 25th of October 2012 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh:

Jenny Ridout of Preston College is currently working towards her Chartership. Follow Jenny on Twitter @jennyridout and her blog at Jenny's Cabinet of Curiosities. Go here to read Jenny's first-hand experiences of the conference.


Penny Andrews, Graduate Trainee at Leeds Metropolitan University and one of the organisers of Library Camp. Follow Penny's blog at Penny Binary. Penny's conference report was printed in the November edition of Information Scotland.


MmITS Survey Results 

Many thanks to all who took the time to give us your thoughts for the MmITS Survey.

The findings of the survey can now be accessed here on the MmITS blog, so please feel free to read and comment on the results.

The feedback we received has been very useful and we intend to develop the ideas and comments received in order to ensure that the MmITS group offers the best value for its members.

Thank you for your interest and support. 


9th Annual General Meeting, 24th April 2012

Many thanks to all who joined us at Glasgow University Library for our 9th AGM on the 24th of April, and in particular to our wonderful speaker, Mr Stewart Bain, Library Assistant Extraordinaire and Twitter icon, for his very entertaining and insightful talk focussing on social media.

Click here to discover some of the tips we learned for the successful use of Twitter and Facebook to promote services based on the work done by Stewart at Orkney Library and Archive Services.


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