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MOOCs and Libraries: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, London, July 12

From Nicky Whitsed, Director of Library Services, The Open University

London, UK  The First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference, "MOOCs and Libraries: the good, the bad and the ugly", will be held on Friday July 12th, 2013 at the Pullman Hotel in Central London.

This one day event hosted by the Open University Library in partnership with OCLC Research  and Jisc will focus on the challenges MOOCs pose to the traditional delivery of library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalise their proposition. Participants will be brought up to speed with the latest MOOC developments around the world, but with a particular emphasis on developments in the UK. Speakers will share their experience of or thoughts about the impact MOOCs are having on library services across many sectors, on publishers, and on the higher education landscape.

Opening the conference:
Prof Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, The Open University

Confirmed speakers include:
Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer , OCLC Research
Prof Hugh Davis, University Director of Education at the University of Southampton
Prof Charles Cockell, Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh

The event builds on a highly successful workshop held in Philadelphia in March, sponsored by OCLC Research and the University of Pennsylvania at which the Open University was the only institution from outside North America.

The objectives of the day are as follows:
1. To raise awareness among librarians of the impact of MOOCs on their environment
2. To share experience of libraries involved in MOOCs
3. To discuss the strategic way forward for libraries in this changing landscape and develop a strategic roadmap

If you would like to register your interest in this event or would like further information please email Library-Services

Attendance at the event will cost £65.00, the full programme will be available online shortly.