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ILI 2012 Conference

Making Sense of the Future

Brian Kelly gave a talk on "Making Sense of the Future" at the ILI 2012 conference which was held at the Olympia Conference Centre, London on 30-31 October 2012.

Making Sense of the Future

What is happening on the technology front line and how should libraries predict and plan for technological developments? When it comes to future planning, how can libraries identify the 'weak signals' which may indicate possible significant changes?

This talk describes approaches which have been taken by the JISC Observatory project which is provided by UKOLN and CETIS, the JISC Innovation Support Centres in their support for the UK's higher and further education sectors.

A101: Future Technology: Stay Ahead, Stay Agile
Date and Time
20 minutes talk in session A101 running from 10.45 - 11.30, 30 October 2012.



[MS PowerPoint]

Note that the slides are available on Slideshare and embedded below.


Two cartoons which provide an introduction to the talk and the conclusions have been created using Pixton.

Making Sense of the Future! (1)
[Cartoon 1]
Making Sense of the Future! (2)
[Cartoon 2]


Biographical Details

Brian Kelly works for the JISC-funded Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN, which is based at the University of Bath. In his role as UK Web Focus he advises the UK's higher and further education communities on best practices in use of the Web.

Brian is an experienced presenter and has spoken at previous ILI conferences. Brian has given many presentations on Web 2.0 and Library 2.0. In recent years Brian has been an invited plenary speaker at international conferences held in Stockholm, Taiwan, Singapore and Melbourne. Brian is also a passionate user of a variety of Social Web tools, including his UK Web Focus blog which has been shortlisted for several awards.

Brian's areas of interest include ways in which Web 2.0 and the Social Web can be used to support professional, scholarly and research activities, Web standards, Web accessibility and Web metrics.