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A CITE for Sore Eyes!

14th December 2018

Winter CITE Forum 2018

This week’s Winter CITE Forum was our biggest and best yet! On Wednesday 12 December, around 70 delegates from Higher Education Institutions across the country came to Woburn House Conference Centre to attend the 4th Copyright Information and Technologies in Education Forum. 

The day kicked off with a welcome from CITE Chair, Sharon Cocker, and the unveiling of the new CITE branding which was designed by CLA’s Tess Pilgrim. The new brand could be seen on the CITE branded goodie bags which included the first ever CITE magazine. The magazine was designed, curated and edited by Tess and includes a collection of material from CLA, CITE speakers and other HE contributors. We’ll be publishing some of the articles on our Higher Education Blog, but it’s definitely worth having a look at the digital version of the magazine for the incredible original artwork. 

The first presentation of the day came from ALCS’s Jack Johnson, who gave an overview on how to become a member and how ALCS claims and collects royalties on behalf of its members. This was followed by CLA Head of Rights and Licensing, James Bennett, who provided an update on the CLA Higher Education Licence negotiations for 2019-2022 and how the recent Marrakesh Directive will affect the licence. 

Next, Eva Dann spoke about how Royal Holloway implemented the Digital Content Store and how the system has improved the library workflows. Eva’s presentation included an interactive segment that allowed attendees to share which digital platforms they were currently using. 

Following the DCS theme, next up was David Duffield from CLA, who gave an update on the DCS and then ran an interactive session. In groups that included a mixture of DCS users and non-users, attendees discussed a list of ideas and voted on what they would like to see developed in the DCS. “Cookies for Courses”, a development that would add cookies to content and courses for the system to remember the steps taken, received the most votes and we will be looking to develop this in 2019. 

David Duffield, the DCS Product Manager, said, 

“It’s always good to speak with DCS users directly and get their valuable input on how the DCS can continue to grow in the future. We look forward to developing the Cookies for Courses that the CITE attendees voted for, so make sure you keep an eye out for updates!” 

The morning was rounded off by Sharon Cocker, who spoke about what games libraries could use to teach and train staff about copyright. These games included The Publishing Trap and Copyright: The Card Game from UK Copyright Literacy, The Impact Game (Cranfield University), The Open Access Game (University of Huddersfield) and Copyright Snakes and Ladders (University of Sussex and University of Sheffield). It was great to hear who had already played these games and how well they thought the games worked for training their staff. There was also a quick mention of Icepops 2019 from UK Copyright Literacy’s Chris Morrison! 

The afternoon began with a presentation from Alistair McNaught from Jisc about The ASPIRE Project and how better accessibility to information can transform the reading experience for students with disabilities. This presentation is accompanied by an interesting article in the CITE Magazine [LINK]. 

The next session allowed our attendees to get into groups to discuss and share ideas on how best to promote a library’s services to its stakeholders. This interactive session was led by CLA’s Rhodri Hughes and Meghan Mazella, and it was interesting to hear the common problems and solutions from academic librarians across the country. 

Winter CITE 2018 ended with a presentation from Kevin O’Donovan from LSE, who spoke about digitisation workflow efficiencies using the CLA Check Permissions and DCS Course Content APIs and gave a live demonstration of the APIs in action. If you would like to find out more about this API, you can always read this blog post written by Joseph Munzer from York St John University, who helped develop the API alongside Kevin. 

We would like to thank all our guest speakers for their insightful presentations and all the attendees for participating in the sessions and sharing ideas.  

Sharon Cocker, Chair of CITE and Copyright & Licensing Manager at University of Sheffield said, 

"The Winter CITE 2018 Forum was definitely the best one so far. The pressure is on to match it with the Summer Forum in Sheffield next year!" 

We’re already looking forward to the next forum, so keep an eye out for information on Summer CITE 2019! 

Don’t forget to have a go at the puzzles in the back of the CITE Magazine! Make sure you let us know how you got on - the answers can be found here. If you’d like to contribute an article for the next CITE Magazine, then please get in touch with Tess Pilgrim