Innovation in Libraries: Herbsttagung der MPG GSHS Bibliotheken 2016 / Autumn Meeting of the Max Planck Society (MPG) Social Sciences Libraries 2016

Innovative services, technologies and practices for the libraries of the future

On the 27th and 28th of October 2016 MPI Luxembourg Library hosted the traditional annual Autumn Meeting of the MPG Social Sciences Libraries under the theme, “Innovation in libraries”. The participants who took part in this professional exchange included Max Planck Institutes from Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, as well as colleagues from partner libraries and institutions from Luxembourg.

The conference was opened by a welcome address of the Director of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Burkhard Hess, who underlined the central role of the Library in the research process, and the importance of its services for the success of the Institute. In her keynote opening address the Head of the Library, Ms. Juja Chakarova, outlined the impressive evolution of technological developments, and their impact on the libraries of today and of the future. The researcher’s perspectives on library services were presented by Dr. Edouard Fromageau and Dr. Pietro Ortolani, two senior researchers of the Institute. The presentation was considered thought-provoking.    

The subsequent presentations made the auditorium acquainted with other innovative services such as copyright clearance assistance for the publication process, specialized information services programme and research data management as a new field of action for librarians. Alongside the presentations the conference was enriched by three lightning talk sessions. One of them gave forum to innovative product of companies, and was accompanied by an exhibition. Smart technology, augmented reality and robotics were exhibited by these innovative companies from Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore, and inspired vivid dialogs between exhibitors and librarians.

The highlight of the first day was the presentation “The practice of innovation” of Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at Virginia Tech University Library (USA). He presented his idea of “innovation mindset”. His approach focuses on understanding the user experience as a way to develop library services. The presentation was followed by a live Q&A session with Brian.

On the whole the conference was perceived as successful, and a very valuable forum for professional exchange and inspiration for innovative thinking and technologies.

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