1st Northern Collaboration Conference

Collaboration: the New Academy


Date: Friday, 13 September 2013


Venue: Researcher Hub, University of Huddersfield


Please note this event is now sold out. Contact if you would like to go on a reserve list.


Many organizations are adapting to the HE reforms and economic uncertainty by thinking and working differently. The fundamental role of the library is changing and is being challenged in new ways, unthinkable in the past. Risks and threats to the existence of libraries are ever present: the conference attempts to answer - does collaboration heighten or reduce risks? What opportunities exist to strengthen the academic library and work cross boundary in innovative ways in a cost effective manner? 

Conference themes: 

Students as Partners: student experience and expectations; strategic working with students and student unions.

Frameworks for Collaboration: commercial models; cross institutional collaboration; wider societal influences; working with diverse professional groups, impact measurement.

Leadership: leadership development; good practice; power relationships and blurring professional boundaries; communities of practice.

New Information Environments: open access and scholarly publishing, technology as an enabler of collaborative practices.


This conference will be of interest to all who engage with higher education in any capacity - librarians, student services professionals and related fields. It provides a current view of the role of collaboration and the need for it in a fast moving and volatile education sector. 







  Registration and refreshments



  Welcome and Introduction: Sue White, Director of Computing and Library Services,

  University of Huddersfield


  Keynote address: Margaret Weaver, Head of Library and Student Services,

  University of Cumbria 


  Break-out 1:  Parallel Sessions 1 - 4


      1. Creating the Informed Researcher at the University of Huddersfield.

      Nicola Howorth


      2. The Digital Academic Library of the North.

      Chris Awre, University of Hull


      3.  Moving forward with Mobile: analysis of user expectations in a mobile information environment. 

      Zoe Clarke and Meg Juss, Edge Hill University


      4. Challenge, change and collaboration: The experience of setting up academic skills workshops at Teesside University.

      Carol Dell-Price and Sharron Woolley


  Break-out 2:  Parallel Sessions 5 - 8


    5. Planning for the future: working with suppliers to investigate next generation library systems.

      Briony Heyhoe-Pullar and Amy Devenney, University of Huddersfield


      6. A partnership in learning: exploring the impact of student workers at Teesside University.

     Annie Kilner and Jackie Oliver



      7. Collaborating to create re-usable core content modules.

      Wendy Luker, Leeds Metropolitan University


      8.  Flexible loans: working collaboratively to improve the student   experience. 

      Jackie Knowles, University of York



 Buffet Lunch with an opportunity to   

  • visit sponsors’ stands
  • view poster presentations   
  • submit questions for the panel session  
  •  ‘I’d like to meet…’ (networking opportunity)



  • Hybrid workshops: Staff as ‘experts’, students as facilitators (Paul Chin, University of Hull)
  • Old friends and new partners: working together to combat plagiarism at the University of Bradford (Anne Costigan and Sarah George)
  • Mendeley (Michaela Kurschildgen, Elsevier)


 Break-out 3:  Parallel Sessions 9 - 12


      9.  Roving librarians. 

      Kirsty Bower and Martin Philip, University of Huddersfield


      10. Culture of Collaboration

      Simon Wilson and Carol Tanner, University of Hull


      11. Collaborative collection management.

      Michael Emly, University of Leeds


      12. Intelligence required ASAP: skills support for Defence Medical Services students

      Emma Turzynski and Lesley English, University   of Cumbria


     Panel session


     Refreshments and networking





Northern Collaboration member delegate (£40.00) - Sold out
Presenter (£15.00) - Sold out
Sponsor (£15.00) - Sold out
Non Northern Collaboration delegate (£50.00) - Sold out
Sponsored place (£0.00)

Sales stopped


The Researcher Hub
University of Huddersfield

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