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Master Classes - abstracts and biographies

Master Class 1

Chris Pressler (University of Nottingham, UK) and Andy McGregor (JISC, UK): The library of Babel just needed a communication strategy how to market universal knowledge

This session will focus on using communication tools and techniques to reach, influence and listen to the full range of stakeholders for an academic library. Librarians have a lot to communicate, they have to help people navigate a vast collection of information, they have to listen to their users and adapt their services to suit their needs and they need to prove the value of their service to senior managers. A good communication strategy and a willingness to experiment and adapt are the essential tools in effective communication. This session will use a mixture of presentation, discussion and demonstration to arm delegates with practical advice on developing strategy, communicating to different audiences and useful websites and tools. 

Christopher PresslerChristopher Pressler is Director of Research and Learning Resources at the University of Nottingham. He is responsible for the University's libraries, historic collections and e-learning programmes at Nottingham's seven campuses in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and China. He also leads on the University's project management programmes for the Research Excellence Framework, institutional data management, communications technologies, global collection management and technology-enabled learning. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Board of Nottingham University Press.
He is a Director of the Centre for Research Communications at Nottingham and plays a national role in the development of scholarly communications and publishing as Chair of the RLUK/SCONUL Research Communications Group and as an advisor on a number of national and international boards. He is Co-Founder of the DART-Europe E-Theses Portal, which now provides access to theses from over 200 universities in 16 countries. Christopher also plays a key role in the Open Learning Courseware community as co-founder of the BERLiN project and in developing links with OER Africa, Google and Apple.
Christopher holds degrees from Queen’s University Belfast, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Sheffield. Previous posts have been held at UCL, JISC, Dartington and the University of London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004.
Andy McGregor
Andy McGregor is a programme manager for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The role of a programme manager is to plan and distribute funding to universities for projects to use technology to improve learning and research in Higher Education and then to oversee the projects that are funded. Andy is currently working with projects that involve repositories, resource discovery and software development communities. Andy is a keen user of web tools to aid the communication necessary for a successful programme of projects and for disseminating the knowledge produced by projects to the wider community. Prior to joining JISC Andy worked as an electronic resources librarian.

Master Class 2

Paul Ayris (University College London, UK), Martin Moyle (University College London, UK), Susan Copeland (Robert Gordon University, UK), Miquel Codina (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain), Anna Rovira (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain), Iva Horova (Academy of Performing Arts, Czech Republic), Rachel Hill (Dublin City University, Ireland): Managing electronic theses: a DART-Europe Master Class

Timetable for DART-Europe Master Class:

DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses – Europe) is a partnership of European research organisations who work together to improve the management and dissemination of Europe’s open access electronic research theses.  DART-Europe is a networking organisation; it also maintains a discovery service for Europe’s open access research theses, the DART-Europe E-theses Portal (
The DART-Europe Master Class will introduce the work of DART-Europe, and provide an overview of electronic theses in the global context.  Additionally, case studies will be presented covering three special topics: consortial approaches to the management of electronic theses; electronic theses in the performing arts; and e-theses and impact.  The session will provide plenty of opportunity for discussion throughout.

Paul AyrisPaul Ayris
has been Director of UCL Library Services since 1997. He is also the UCL Copyright Officer. Dr Ayris is the Vice-President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries). He is a member of the LIBER and SPARC Europe Boards and chairs the LIBER Conference Programme Committee for their Annual General Conferences. He also chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern Workshops on Scholarly Communication. He is a member of the DRIVER Advisory Board, of the JISC's Journals Working Group and the JISC’s Publishers Action Group, of the SCONUL/CILIP Health Strategy Group for the NHS-HE Forum, the RLUK/SCONUL Joint Scholarly Communications Group, and the RIN’s Research Communications Group. He is also a member of the NSF-funded Blue Ribbon Task Force on economically-sustainable digital preservation.
He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.

Miquel CodinaMiquel Codina is a Graduate in Librarianship and History of Art, and is at present Head of the Gabriel Ferraté Library < > in the North Campus of the Technical University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech (UPC).  Since 1983 he has been working at the UPC libraries and has been head of 4 different libraries within that university. He is one of the representatives of the Catalan Academic Libraries Consortium (CBUC) in the DART-Europe Board and he also has worked in international projects for the improvement of academic libraries within underdeveloped countries. His main interests are related to OA repositories, technology-based services and library management and he has published several papers on these topics.

Susan Copeland'Susan Copeland is the Senior Information Adviser (Research) at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is a member of the NDLTD Board of Directors and a member of the Board of DART-Europe. She has given presentations at annual NDLTD ETD conferences since 2003 and she chaired the 11th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations in 2008. Between 2002 and 2009 she played a key role in the JISC funded e-theses projects in the UK which led to the creation of the British Library Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS).

Rachel HillRachel Hill is Manager of DORAS - the Institutional Repository at Dublin City University. She has been heavily involved in the RIAN initiative - a 3 year Irish Universities Association project (2007-2010) that established IRs in Irish universities and a national portal of Irish Open Access research publications and theses. She is a member of the DART-Europe Board.

Iva Horova

Iva Horova graduated at the Conservatory in Teplice 1980 (piano playing).  In 1984 she received her PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University Prague - Department of Music Science.  In 1999 she finished study in Library and Information Science in the National Library in Prague, bachelor level.
In 1990-1993 she took part in the development of an automation system in the Music Information Centre, which was focused on the documentation of Czech contemporary music.
Since 1994 she has been Director of the Library of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, with particular interests in library management and implementation of new technology in information and library services, leading a number of projects in this field.  In 2000-2001 she was an external teacher at the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship and at the Institute of Musicology at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Main topics of interests: methodology of describing special types of documents, data conversation, methodology of document digitization, music librarianship.
From 2004 to 2008 she was Chair of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Working Group of Association of Libraries of Czech Universities (ALCU), now Member of Executive Board of ALCU. Also Member of: Czech Cataloguing Policy Board, Working Group on Cataloguing of Non-Book Materials and Printed Music, Member of Advisory Board of Czech professional Journal “Knihovna” (Engl. “Library”).

Martin MoyleMartin Moyle is Digital Curation Manager at UCL (University College London), with responsibilities for services and projects in the areas of digital repositories and digital preservation.  Current projects include text mining for open access repositories (the JISC MERLIN project), metadata aggregation (the EuropeanaTravel project), a repository of primary audio-visual research data (the JISC CAVA project) and crowdsourced manuscript transcription (the AHRC Bentham Transcription Initiative).

Anna RoviraAnna Rovira is a Graduate in Librarianship and History, and is at present the Director of Libraries at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya  – Barcelona Tech.  She worked in the Universitat de Barcelona as an associate professor (2000-2009).  She is one of the representatives of the Catalan Academic Libraries Consortium (CBUC) in the DART-Europe Board and is also involved in the Communia European Project.

Master Class 3

Birger Larsen (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark) and  Kurt de Belder (Leiden University, The Netherlands): The transition of the library

Birger Larsen: Research assessment and the role of the librarian in it University and government administration increasingly wish to base their policy decisions on measurable data. This spans from monitoring research production to actual bibliometric research assessments based on advanced publication and citation analysis. Based on the experiences in carrying out research evaluation for clients this talk gives an introduction to some of the most used methods for bibliometric research evaluation, discusses their pros, cons and pitfalls and the dilemma of taking part in such exercises as librarians.

Kurt De Belder: In this master class we will focus on major transitions facing academic libraries. Such changes include the use of library space, the virtual library, the rise of Google searching, and the move toward digital content. How are changes to the university's role affecting academic libraries. Which future demands will we face as libraries and librarians and which roles and functions do we expect to take on and which will be dropped?  Furthermore, some existing functions could/should be outsourced.  How do we start preparing for these changes and what is the impact on the library organisation?  The new roles and functions will also put new demands on the required skills, competencies and behaviors of staff.  How do we manage these changes? What type of organisation will we need to be in 5 to 10 years?

Birger LarsenBirger Larsen is Associate Professor and member of the research program on Information Interaction and Information Architecture at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
His main research interests include Information Retrieval (IR), Informetrics / Bibliometrics, citation analysis and research evaluation. He teaches these subjects on all levels from Bachelor to PhD and on continuing education courses. Together with Professor Peter Ingwersen and Associate Professor Jesper W. Schneider he frequently acts as consultant and carries out bibliometric studies and research evaluations for various clients. His publications include journal articles, conference and workshop papers, book chapters and research reports, published both internationally and nationally and often co-authored with collaborators from a widespread network of researchers. He is broadly engaged in program committees and reviewing in main journals and conferences within the areas covered by his research interests. He was international co-program chair of the ISSI 2009 conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics.

Kurt De BelderKurt De Belder is since 2005 University Librarian at Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands founded in 1575. Kurt’s responsibilities include university-wide strategic planning and policy making in the area of scientific information provision and the integral management of Leiden University Libraries and Leiden University Press.
Kurt enjoys a broad and international library experience and worked at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, New York University and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He has gained solid experience with regard to the implementation, improvement and innovation of work processes and services in research libraries. His main area of expertise is digital libraries, scholarly communication, e-publishing and e-learning.
He has served as keynote speaker and has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Europe and Africa on topics relating to digital libraries, innovation, changing libraries and e-publishing. Kurt has also contributed to the library profession by serving on a variety of professional committees in the United States and the Netherlands. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation (developing a national digital library infrastructure for public libraries), the Supervisory Board of DEN (Digital Heritage Netherlands), Chair of the  External Stakeholders Group of OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks, an EU funded project), and member of the Policy Group Innovation Knowledge Infrastructure,  SURFfoundation. He is course director for the 2010 Ticer summer course Digital Libraries à la carte at Tilburg University.
Kurt De Belder studied Germanic Philology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and specialized in Comparative Literature and in Library and Information Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

SPARC Europe Annual Meeting

Wim van der Stelt (Springer, Netherlands), Johan Bollen (Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, USA): A strategy for SPARC-Europe

Wim van der Stelt: Springer Open Choice
The presentation is about Springer’s vision on Open Access and the role of Springer Open Choice on the road to Open Access. In particular Wim will address the pilots that are taking place in the Netherlands, the University of Goettingen and the University of California and the University of Hong Kong.

Johan Bollen: New ways to determine the impact of research publications.
Electronic publishing provides new possibilities to measure the usage of publications. The presentation will provide insight in the MESUR project as an example of new ways how the impact of scholarly publications can be determined. 

Wim van der SteltWim van der Stelt started his professional carreer in 1987 at Wolters Kluwer Academic Book Shops in The Netherlands. From 1991 until 1996 he had several marketing positions at multiple publishing houses in The Netherlands. In 2001 Wim moved to Kluwer Academic Publishers where he became Global Marketing Director and Vice President Commercial Operations at Kluwer Academic Publishers. In 2004 Kluwer merged with Springer Verlag. He now is Executive Vice President Business Development at Springer. In that capacity he is responsible for Springer’s Open Access policies and strategy.

Johan BollenJohan Bollen is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. He was a Staff Scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2005-2009, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Old Dominion University from 2002 to 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Brussels in 2001 on the subject of cognitive models of human hypertext navigation. He has taught courses on Data Mining, Information Retrieval and Digital Libraries. His research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His present research interests are usage data mining, complex networks, computational sociometrics, informetrics, and digital libraries. He has extensively published on these subjects as well as matters relating to adaptive information systems. He is presently the Principal Investigator of the MESUR project (


Eric den Heijer (Eric den Heijer): YEP!? Starting a network for Young European Professionals in libraries

LIBER YEP! aims to connect young information professionals and develop their talents to contribute to a dynamic, stimulating and open European library community.
This YEP! Master Class is the kick-off meeting to international collaboration. Meet the European colleagues of your generation. Find out what moves them and what connects you. Build a network together that will shape the future library. Inspiring, interactive and interesting… but above all: fun! Don’t miss the start of the YEP! network this summer in Aarhus.

Eric den HeijerEric den Heijer, owner of a Training, coaching and consulting Company, works for a broad and diverse group of clients, both profit and non-profit. He works on topics related to (personal) leadership and management. Core values for him are: pro-activity, responsibility, integrity and working with passion and fun.
People he worked with describe his style of work as direct and ‘to the point’, confrontational, always on a base of mutual respect. One of his clients said about him: “Eric is a social change agent, knowing how to get people on the move and to realise the best of themselves.”