Talis Insight Europe 2016

Talis Insight Europe 2016 brings together library and learning technology leaders to explore impact of technology in higher education

Talis Insight Europe 2016, a free two-day conference, will host library and learning technology professionals to explore how technology is enhancing teaching and learning. Hosted by Talis, this event will take place at The REP in Birmingham on 20–21 April 2016.

The event showcases Paul Feldman (CEO, JISC), Nick Bevan (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Library and Student Support, Middlesex University), Simon Thomson (Head of Digital Pedagogy, Leeds Beckett University) and Liz Jolly (Chair of SCONUL) among 30 other speakers already confirmed. Paul Feldman will be joined by his colleague Phil Richards (Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc) for the keynote on day one.

A panel of senior library leaders hosted by Jeremy Upton (Director of Library and University Collections, University of Edinburgh), will discuss the challenges and opportunities for Libraries in Higher Education. Anna O’Neill (Director of Learning and Information Services, University of Chichester) will later share the stage with Jane Gosling (Head of Library and Digital Support, Plymouth University) to examine the future role of libraries in HE.

In a post-lunch session, Bart Rienties (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University), will be discussing the impact of learning design on student behaviour based on a groundbreaking research study at the OU. Linda Corrin (Lecturer in Higher Education, University of Melbourne), will be speaking on how analytics can be used to transform the library agenda at one of the final sessions of the day.

ABOVE: This year’s event will be held in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre 

The provision of eTextbooks to provide students with free access to core readings is a hot topic in UK higher education. An eTextbook discussion panel chaired by Caren Milloy (Deputy Director – Jisc Collections) in the morning of day one will explore this theme while bringing together both the institutional and publisher views.

Day two opens with Liz Jolly (Chair of SCONUL) taking the stage to discuss the potential impact of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on libraries in higher education. Martin Hamilton (Futurist, Jisc) will be delivering the closing keynote on day two, to conclude the two-day event.

Over the two days, sessions will also include a combination of updates from Talis as well as presentations contributed by the Talis User Group community, exchanging ideas and best practices.

Delegates from 60 higher education institutions from UK and Norway have already registered to attend. The conference is expecting to welcome over 250 delegates from more than 80 institutions over the two days. With more than 40 speakers and 30 sessions, the event promises to have something in store for everyone who is involved in supporting learning and teaching in higher education.

Talis help universities across eight countries manage and deliver learning resources online, including over 50% of all UK universities. Their cloud-based SaaS system hosts nearly 500,000 reading lists, with over 20 million references, serving in excess of 176 million views of reading lists by students each year.

Talis Insight Europe 2016 is free to attend for anyone working at a higher education institution.

The full programme speaker line-up and registration information can  be found on the official conference website: talis.com/insight