Serving Learning and Scholarship
April 25-27, 2018
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Biblioteca CRAI del Poblenou
Campus del Poblenou
Roc Boronat, 138 - 08018 Barcelona, SPAIN
Founding Sponsors: Against the Grain Casalini Libri The Charleston Company
An informal meeting of leading library and information industry participants devoted to thinking through and debating the new world order in collection development.
Local Host 2018
Join us for the 20th in this series of important discussions about the future of libraries, publishing, collections, and scholarship.
The Fiesole Retreat Series offers a unique opportunity to interact with a select group of your colleagues in a relaxed and thoughtful setting.

This year's theme is "Serving Learning and Scholarship". The 2018 Fiesole Retreat will once again examine new technologies and service models, as well as issues in collection development and librarianship. We will also look at the role of the Library as a laboratory of co-creation and creative solutions supporting learning. Join us in Barcelona as we explore our evolving role amidst these new directions.

The 2018 Retreat will be held at two campuses of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Our Preconference and Opening Sessions will be based at the newest campus UPF Poblenou which is located in the emerging technology sector of Barcelona referred to as @22. Our closing session will take place at the Campus Ciutadella, the reclaimed Citadel of the city. Tours of UPF libraries, as well as nearby museums and digital video facilities will be part of this year's Retreat. And we will travel to the city center for our conference dinner.

Registration is now open, please click here to apply.

Speeches & Presentations

Listed in order of program schedule

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, April 25

 Campus del Poblenou
11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Tours of Poblenou Library and Can Framis (Museum)
1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Buffet Lunch
2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship
Why are Digital Humanities so important, that we take up the theme for the preconference? Why are Digital Humanities so relevant for our culture, our research and our societies? We are living in a world, which is heavily influenced by the so- called hard sciences like chemistry, engineering, informatics, medicine, physics etc. There are no doubts that these disciplines are necessary to solve the worlds biggest challenges and problems of environment, health, nurture and welfare. Academic Libraries support these research activities by licensing databases, E-books and E-journals on the one hand and by their efforts concerning open science, open access and open data on the other hand. Open science concerns the humanities as well as the social sciences and the huge masses of cultural heritage items including all the cultural heritage institutions themselves. In a world of an increasing disorientation and uncertainty of facts, cultural identities and true and untrue libraries, archives and museums are in the situation to foster and to support an open culture of education and research. Digital humanities mission is aiming at corresponding goals. We need access to their cultural heritage and their traditions to understand the world of today and of the future. The many materials of our traditions have to be shared with the public and the many communities by appropriate technical means. At the same digital skills are more and more needed. Digital scholarship requires new competencies and support by the libraries.
  • Convener
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz
    Library of Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Marian Lefferts
    Royal Library of the Netherlands The Hague
    The Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) - Europe's cultural heritage in print and manuscript supporting Digital Humanities
  • Peter Foster
    How Gale is supporting Digital Humanities, some case studies
  • Laurent Romary
    Fine tuning the interface between research and libraries: the data re-use charter
  • Núria Bel
    University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
    Natural language processing for Digital Humanities
  • Susanne Dalsgaard Krag
    University of Aarhus
    Open Science and Digital Scholarship - Libraries's role and staff skills required
  • Lluís Anglada
    Catalan Academic Library Consortium
    Ángel Borrego
    University of Barcelona
    Developing Digital Scholarship in Spanish libraries
  • Julien Roche
    University of Science and Technology Lille
    Towards a copyright exception of text and data mining for public research in Europe
6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception for Main Conference
Dinner Open / On Your Own

Thursday, April 26

 Campus del Poblenou
Main Conference
9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Registration Open
9:30 a.m. 9:40 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:40 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
  • Enric Vallduví
    Vice-Rector in charge of directing projects in the field of research, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Session One
Special and Cultural Collections
Holding the Fiesole Retreat in Spain provides participants a unique opportunity to focus on the intersection of several important collection development topics: (1) libraries' and scholars' ever-changing perceptions of primary sources and special collections, now that an increasing number are being converted to electronic format and increasingly broadly accessible; (2) policies and access to "area studies" materials from different world regions and countries, at a time when libraries' purchasing of these is apparently being reduced; and (3) how these contemporary collections topics are being addressed, particularly with a focus on Spain and Spanish speaking scholarly and research needs.
  • Convener
    Ann Okerson
    Center for Research Libraries, Chicago
  • Michael Levine-Clark
    Dean and Director, University of Denver Libraries
    Reflections on Primary Sources and Special Collections in the 21st century
  • Angela Carreño
    Head of Collection Development / Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, New York University
    Evolving Strategies for Area Studies and Foreign Language Collecting in the 21st century
  • Ramon Abad Hiraldo
    Director de la Biblioteca en Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza Area, Spain
    Thinking about Library Collections in Spain in the 21st century
1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Session Two
Libraries as Laboratories: Creation, Collaboration, Learning, Openness
Libraries invest much of their economic resources in building (or facilitating access to) scientific collections that support the research activities of their institutions. Supporting teaching activities, which until now had stayed in the background, has recently gathered importance with the development of services to advance the creation of new formats. The teaching collection is once again key in academic libraries, not only from the acquisition of commercial collections but also by creating content. Using libraries as labs in which to solve this need of colleges and universities, librarians (often hand in hand with colleagues from other units) have devised all sorts of solutions that have physically transformed the library environment, as well as the way in which collections are conceived.
  • Convener
    Josep Torn
    Library Director, European University Institute Library, Fiesole, Italy
  • Naill Sclater
    Sclater Digital
    Using data to enhance the student experience
  • Manel Jimenez
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Anna Magre
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    UPF MOOCs' Learning Methodologies
  • Katy Woolfenden
    University of Manchester Library
    Innovation, openness and co-creation in an active learning environment
  • Laure Delrue
    LILLIAD learning center innovation, Lille, France
    Eric Briys
    Clément Roux
    Mixing the Physical and Digital Libraries: A Visual and Interactive Way of Book Discovery

8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Conference Dinner

Friday, April 27

 Ciutadella campus
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Session Three
Collaboration Enabling Scholarship
It can be argued that sustainable business models should be collaborative rather than adversarial with a view not only to satisfy researcher needs but also at the same to enable other stakeholders to perform their mediating roles. The speakers have been chosen both to represent specific collaborations but also to emphasise the needs for underlying infrastructures.
  • Convener
    Anthony Watkinson
    Principal Consultant CIBER Research, Honorary Lecturer University College London and Director of the Charleston Conference
  • Toby Green
    Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, OECD Paris
    Let's hear it for readers: taking a user-centric approach to scholarly communication
  • Pierre Mounier
    Co-ordinator of OPERAS and associate director for international development OpenEdition
    Scholarly communication in the context of Open Science : the need for infrastructures
  • Alice Meadows
    Director of Community Engagement & Support at ORCID and an advocate and advisor for Metadata 2020
    An Example of Cross-Community Collaboration
  • Bob Boissy
    Director of Institutional Marketing & Account Development, Springer Nature
    Cooperative Marketing: Case Studies in Collaboration to Drive Usage of Scholarly Content
  • Roger Schonfeld
    Director of Library and Scholarly Communication Program, Ithaka S+R
    The Turn to Researcher Workflow and Key Implications for Publishers and Libraries
12:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
  • Convener
    Nome Cognome
  • Nome Cognome
12:30 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
Light Luncheon
1:15 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
Optional Event
Tours of Ciutadella Campus Library
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Registration is now open, please click here to apply.


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