The plan for the day

Middlemash hopes to be an ‘unconference’, an informal day with a few talks in the morning and the

Vixtoria Sponge attributed to Mrs Magic.s photostream

opportunity to network & brainstorm in the afternoon. The day starts with registration at 09.30, lunch around miday and ends 16.30.

Online registration – Fully Booked, but we can add your name to the waiting list for cancellations

After a cup of tea/coffee the morning will kick off with talks from

  • Tamar Sadeh (Ex Libris) – talking about Ex Libris’ open-platform program

Tamar Sadeh brings a computing background to the field of information services for libraries. With a degree in computer science and mathematics, she spent a number of years developing search engines for structured and unstructured data. At Ex Libris, a multinational company that develops high-performance applications for libraries and information centers, Tamar has taken an active role in the definition and marketing of the Ex Libris technologies and is leading the Company’s open-platform program. Tamar is a PhD student at the School of Informatics of City University, London, and the author of several papers on various subjects related to information sciences.

  • Mark van Harmelen – talking about working with users and with drawings, paper and other rapid prototyping media

Dr Mark van Harmelen is the director of Hedtek Ltd where he specialises in the design of learning support systems and Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 services. His design work in these areas is informed by a long-standing involvement in human-computer interaction, and, particularly, by Scandinavian participatory design techniques. The latter encompass involvement by users, technical staff, and other stakeholders, together with prototyping and formative evaluation that is explicitly directed at making design improvements.

In the past Mark has worked as a consultant, a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Manchester (where he holds an honorary research position), a Senior Researcher at National/Panasonic’s Tokyo Research Centre, and at a senior level in South African Government.

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  • Edith Speller –  (Trinity College of Music), – talking about the development of a prototype Yahoo Pipes tool to help academics refresh their reading lists using online resource search suggestions generated by analysing the existing reading list contents.

Edith Speller is the Systems and User Education Librarian at Trinity College of Music, London. This role involves wearing several hats, including sysadmin for the library management system and OPAC, marketing the library (including on Facebook etc.) and leading the library’s user education programme. Edith has previously worked for the Royal College of Music and as a trainee at the London Library. She was interviewed In June ’09 on the Mash Oop North blog

  • Chris Keene –  (University of Sussex), – talking about his experience of new search & discovery tools (next generation catalogues) and what the issues & challenges are, having recently implemented Acquabrowser and gained user feedback

Chris Keene is the Technical Development Manager (pronounced ‘TeDiuM’) at the University of Sussex Library. He oversees the Electronic Library, library web presence, technical innovation and the Institutional Repository. He’s keen on Open Access, new web discovery tools and opening up library data.

  • Paul Stainthorp –  (University of Lincoln) – talking about how he’s used RefWorks to create embeddable new-title lists, and plans for creating a WordPress-style environment for library catalogue data.

Paul Stainthorp has had the job title of “e-resources librarian” for about a year. He looks after Lincoln’s e-journal and e-book provision, digitised collections, and reference management; has been heavily involved in developing the library blogs, Blackboard VLE content, Institutional Repository, and copyright & research training.

In the afternoon we have a session Yahoo Pipes by –  Tony Hirst (OU)

The afternoon is also a chance to brainstorm new ideas, work on existing ideas, drink tea and eat cake.

Image attributed to Mrs Magic’s photostream



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  2. There are already two ‘active’ projects for the afternoon session – detailed at

    If you are interested in getting involved add your name on the wiki page, or chip in on the day. If you aren’t able to make it to the event, the Mapping the Library project ( is looking for remote participants.

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