Workshop sessions


Keynote speaker Jonathan Eldredge University of New Mexico, USA

Are you skeptical of predictions about “trends” affecting libraries? Many such trends never materialize. Other trends, oftentimes barely appreciated in advance, later become significant. How do we determine which trends to take seriously?

Jon Eldredge, MLS, PhD, will apply his expertise in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) to identifying and evaluating trends. He will offer concrete suggestions for managing such trends analysis on the individual, institutional, or profession-wide levels.

Come prepared to meet new people and learn new perspectives, as we work together to identify and manage those trends that potentially will affect our future.

Following your EAHIL workshop in Stockholm you will return home feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to take control of emerging trends.

THURSDAY June 13th

1. Success factors with new tools and methods of teaching
Connects to trend From teaching to learning

The University of the Future will provide an environment and experiences which allow students to build up their knowledge themselves. New Tools and methods to meet the demands and needs among learners with different backgrounds are continually evolving. How can we as librarians adjust and adept to this? In this workshop, through various types of interactive discussions we will end up identifying success factors in the teaching/learning situation. By doing this, hopefully we will be inspired and take away tips - based on the participants actual teaching experiences  - to evolve our own teaching to meet the future.

Workshop notes

Method Appreciative inquiry
Contact person Saga Pohjola Ahlin
Time 4 h


2. Research support and scientific communication 
Connects to trend Scientific communication in change

This workshop is designed to stimulate a group discussion on how library and information specialists can best engage with researchers, what support services are on offer and what issues arise in various settings including  basic biomedical research, clinical research, public health institutions, and commercial organizations.

Some questions to be considered in the workshop:

  • What are the current best practices in research support?
  • How can we contribute to improving research performance outputs?
  • Do we know enough about researcher information needs and use?
  • What are the skills and competences to be developed by library based research support specialists?.
  • What are the emerging research communication channels used by researchers?
  • How can we support new ways of scientific communication?

Workshop notes

Method Knowledge Café
Contact person Paul Murphy
Time 2 h


3. Policies, strategies, impact and quality
Connects to trend Funding is distributed according to quality

What is the value of health library and information services and how do we prove it. Besides discussions about challenges, we also discuss opportunities, share our experiences, the do’s and the don’ts.

We invite you to bring your policy plans, posters, user surveys results, all the stuff you discuss with your manager or the director of your institute. This material will be the input for our discussions, sharing and learning.  (You don’t have to translate the materials).

Workshop notes

Method Gallery method
Contact person Ronald Van Dieën
Time 2 h


4. Support work in the electronic environment in the future
Connects to trend Technological developments

In this session you will brainstorm on how to support library staff, students, clinicians and researchers. Together we will try to define the electronic environment now and tomorrow and look at different tasks.
We will also share experiences on the use of e-books and best practice for choice of physical devices, formats and acquisition methods like PDA, licensing, and freely available material.

Workshop notes

Method Brainwriting pool
Contact person Petra Wallgren Björk
Time 2 h


5. Is there a role for libraries in managing research data? 
Connects to trend Scientific communication in change

Research Data Management is rising rapidly up the agenda. Libraries as institutions and librarians as information professionals may bring a variety of essential capabilities to the problems of research data sharing, curation, and access. In this session, the potential roles that libraries can play and how these are aligning with existing roles will be discussed. Some of the roles to be put on the table are, but not limited to Institutional data policy and advocacy for open data.

As we reflect over the theme, the following quote from Nature News special on Data Sharing may be remembered:

Research cannot flourish if data are not preserved and made accessible. All concerned must act accordingly.”

Workshop notes

Method Knowledge Café
Contact person Tuba Akbayturk
Time 2 h


6. Speed presentations
Connects to trend All trends

When you register for the session you have the option to register your interest in performing  a 5 minute presentation at this session. If you choose to do that, you will receive more information and an invitation to send in your topic idea. If we get too many presenters, the organizers will decide which presentations will be given a spot at the session.

Workshop notes

Method 5 min madness
Contact person Ioana Robu
Time 1,5 h


7. Open session on topics related to the trends
Connects to trend All trends

Use this Open Space to discuss the most important questions and trends. You will have the opportunity to contribute with your own topics, ideas and questions during this 1,5 hour session.  "The Law of Two Feet" will give you the freedom to move at any time to a discussion you care about. All participants will get documentation directly after the session. 

As the method implicates "whoever comes is the right people", see you there!

Workshop notes

Method Open space
Contact person Cecilia Petersson
Time 1,5 h


8. Great Presentations - Improving conference presentation skills
Connects to trend No specific trend

 What skills are necessary to do a good presentation?  How should a presentation be conducted to get the message across? What are the pros and cons with different presentation methods, i.e. oral presentations and poster sessions, and what is important to think about when using different methods?

There are many positive aspects of contributing with presentations at conferences, such as networking, finding partners for future collaboration, an increased visibility for the organization and a spread of a "best practice". This workshop wishes to lift these questions to encourage librarians to be more active at conferences. A project at Uppsala university library called "Plantskolan" (the Greenhouse) will also be presented. It is a continuing education course for library employees on conference presentations and publishing.

Workshop notes

Method Group discussions
Contact person

Karin Byström
Manuela Schultz

Time 1,5 h


9. Focus groups - WHIPPET
Connects to trend No specific trend

We are two researchers at the University of Sheffield working on the EAHIL-funded Project WHIPPET (Working in the Health Information Professions: Perspectives, Experiences and Trends). Our research seeks to investigate current and future trends in the health information sector and to gather evidence of how health information professionals make critical contributions to healthcare. We would like to invite workshop attendees to complete a questionnaire and to be interviewed about their career experiences. Key outcomes from the project include an interactive website to support health information professionals' career development, and a map of the European health information sector. We also hope to publish the findings in academic and professional journals.

Method Interview
Contact person Elizabeth Chapman
Time Not specified
9. Focus groups - Models of Quality for Health Libraries - CANCELLED
Connects to trend No specific trend

Please note that this session is cancelled!

A questionnaire will be launched in July - keep your eyes out on the EAHIL mailing list and official website.

We are offering   you an opportunity to participate and contribute your views in one of the winning projects of the 25th  EAHIL Anniversary  Grants

We want to know what you think about existing models of quality for Health Libraries.

What is happening in your country?

Do you think there is need for a European Health Library Quality Standards  a Model?

Method Interview
Contact person Janet Harrisson
Time Not specified


10. Reflection
Connects to trend All trends In this session you will be given the opportunity to reflect over what you have learnt and experienced so far.
Method Not specified
Contact person Anna Kågedal
Time 1 h



FRIDAY June 14th

11. Mobile technology, platforms and apps
Connects to trend Technological developments

This session will explore the challenge of rapid technological developments, more specifically in the field of mobile technology. The session will begin with a brief introduction to the topic (including an emerging technology timeline) by Guus van den Brekel who will also act as facilitator for this Knowledge Café. The introduction will be followed by three parallel discussion sessions in the areas of (a) Apps/licensing, (b) skill/support and (c)strategy/policy.

Workshop notes

Method Knowledge café
Contact person Guus van der Brekel
Time 2 h


12. Strategies for supporting open access and open data
Connects to trend Openness and accessibility

Although most of us have heard about Open Access and are aware of its benefits, are we really prepared to take on advocacy roles? Do we know how to persuade scientists that open movements can be beneficial for them, and to help them to navigate the options? During this workshop we will discuss the pros and cons of Open Access and try to collect arguments to support open access and open data, share our patrons’ questions and concerns and seek answers. Personal experiences and examples from OA discussions are very welcome.

Workshop notes

Method Opinionator triangle
Contact person Witold Kozakiewicz
Time 2 h


13. Role of the library in the learning process
Connects to trend From teaching to learning

In this session we will discuss the following topics:

  • Integrating/embedding information literacy in the curriculum
  • The challenges of teaching large groups
  • The demands on the library

Teaching our users strategies for tackling information overload

Workshop notes

Method Fish bowl
Contact person Patricia Flor
Time 2 h


14. Future library staff - Professional development and library skills for the future
Connects to trend All trends

During this final workshop we will bring in our new experiences of discussing the future of libraries, and gather around the broad topic "Future library staff".

How will the trends affect hiring and training in the future? Which competences are needed to meet the future?

Workshop notes

Method Giant knowledge café
Contact person Lotta Åstrand
Time 2 h


15. Reflection
Connects to trend: All trends

In this session you will be given the opportunity to reflect over what you have learnt and experienced in pairs or small groups, while walking in the scenic environment of Vår Gård.


Method: Walk and talk
Contact person: Anna Kågedal
Time: 1 h