What is the likely shape of the library of the Future?
And how do we build collections for it?

Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series

Berlin 2015
May 7-8, 2015

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) Conference Centre
Berlin, Germany

Theme: Competing in the Digital Space: Evolving Roles for Libraries and Publishers


Wednesday, May 6

 Auditorium of Grimm-Center – Library of the Humboldt University of Berlin


11:00 - 12:00
Library Tours led by Members of the Staff
12:00 - 13:00
Registration Open - Buffet Lunch
12:00 - 13:00
Opening Reception for Main Conference
Location: Rooftop Bar, Hotel de Rome, Behrenstrasse 37, 10117 Berlin
Sponsored by DeGruyter and EBSCO
13:00 - 17:00
Collection Development in Digital Times
The digital transition is changing the way we think about collection development. Are we allowing the preservation of our cultural heritage to be guided by on the fly, patron driven purchases? Are public opinion and reactions in social?media the only drivers of scholarly communication? Usage statistics show us trends, but do they reasonably and reliably represent the value of those disciplines for which awareness doesn’t attract a critical mass? Where do Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) fit into a collection development strategy, and what can be done to reduce the marginalization of HSS compared with STM? These are crucial questions that librarians, publishers, and scholars are seeking to answer.
  • Convener

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz
    Library of Humboldt University, Berlin
    From Special Subject Collections to Discipline Driven Information Provisioning
  • Julien Roche
    Library of the University of Lille 1 - Science and Technology
    Key Public Initiatives in the Context of French Scientific Edition in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Roger Jøsevold
    National Library of Norway, Oslo
    A National Library’s Collection Strategy
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn
    Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin
    The value of collections for researchers in the humanities”
  • Dr. Jan Simane
    Kunsthistorischen Institute in Florenz, Max Planck Institute
    The Challenge of Networking. Research Libraries in the Humanities and their Collections
  • Lluis Pastor
    Unión de Editoriales Universitaria Españolas
    The Value of Academic Publishing in Humanities and Social Sciences from the Publisher’s Perspective
  • Alesia Zuccala
    Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
    The Importance of Books in Evaluating the Humanities
17:00 - 17:30
Panel Discussion
Moderators: Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz and Michele Casalini

Thursday, May 7

 Location: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Einstein Room, 5th Floor


08:30 - 09:00
Registration Open
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and Introduction
  • Rebecca Lenzini, Katina Strauch and Michele Casalini
    Co-Founders, The Fiesole Retreat Series
09:00 - 12:15
Session One
New Emerging Business Models: Beyond Open Access
Open Access is here to stay. Eliminating barriers to access for scholarly literature is an idea popular with just about everyone — researchers, librarians, funding agencies, even commercial publishers. Each day new initiatives are announced which bring the scholarly content out from behind the traditional subscription paywall. The question is what are the business models and which of them are sustainable? This program will explore models that put access to information first, and disadvantage no one.
  • Convener

    Martha Whittaker
    Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy, American Society for Microbiology
  • Deni Auclair
    Lead Analyst for Science,Technology, Medical & Healthcare, Outsell, Inc.
    Open Access 2015: Market Size, Forecast, and Trends
  • Simon Inger
    Simon Inger Consulting, Ltd.
    Case Studies in OA: Profit versus Mission
  • Alison Mudditt
    Director, University of California Press
    Beyond the Hype: Community Approaches to Sustainable Open Access
  • Dr. Ralf Schimmer
    Director Scientific Information Provision, Max Planck Digital Library - MPDL
    All that Shines is Gold: Disrupt the Journal Subscription System
09:10 - 09:45
Opening Keynote
  • Michael A. Mabe
    CEO, International Association of STM Publishers
    Henry Oldenburg and the 350th Birthday of the Learned Journal
12:15 - 13:15
Location: Rooftop, BBAW
13:15 - 15:35
Session Two
Defining the Academic Book of the Future: Opportunities and Innovations
Scholars in the humanities transmit knowledge and often initiate discourse through the publication of monographs. For over a decade here has been a well-documented “crisis” in monograph publishing. At the same time there are some and probably a growing number who challenge the whole tradition of book publishing as the best way of judging scholarship. In this session publishers, librarians, vendors and scholars have got together to look ahead and project whether monographs will continue to hold their central place in scholarly communication in relevant disciplines, and what form monographs will take and in what scholarly context.
  • Convener

    Anthony Watkinson
    Principal Consultant, CIBER Research and Honorary Lecturer, University College London
  • Ruth Jones
    Director, Digital Business Development, Ingram Content Group
    Re-imagining the Library for a Spotify, Netflix, Unlimited Audience
  • Charles Watkinson
    Associate Librarian for Publishing, University of Michigan and Director, University of Michigan Press
    Open Access Monographs: What Are the Incentives for Authors?
  • Adriaan van der Weel
    Professor, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
    How Digital Should the Book of the Future Be?
  • Nick Canty
    Lecturer, Centre for Publishing, Department of Information Studies, University College London
    The Academic Book of the Future: a UK Research Project Perspective
  • Dr. Thomas Stäcker
    Deputy Director, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
    Who Wants to Read a Digital Book? The Use of Books Beyond Reading
15:35 - 16:00
Panel Discussion
16:30 - 17:30
Round Table Discussion (Optional)
Exploring the issues from Sessions One and Two: Taking a Closer Look at Open Access and the Academic Book of the Future
Location: Lobby Lounge, Hilton Berlin Hotel
16:30 - 17:30
Conference Banquet
Location: Queen’s College
Co-Sponsored by Cambridge University Press and Macmillan Science and Education/Nature/Digital Science
Bus Departure for Dinner
Meet in the Lobby of the Hilton Berlin Hotel
19:00 - 21:30
Conference Dinner
Location: Altes Zollhaus, Carl-Herz-Ufer 30
Sponsored by Springer
  • Derk Haank
    CEO, Springer

Friday, May 8

 Location: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Einstein Room, 5th Floor


09:00 - 09:30
Friday Keynote
  • Anja Smit
    University Librarian, Utrecht University
    Thinking the Unthinkable, A Library Without a Collection
09:30 - 11:15
Session Three
Privacy: Many Paths and Pitfalls
Privacy is an issue growing in importance with the rise of social media, altmetrics and big data. This session will focus on how regulations of different countries help or hinder the effort to guarantee privacy; how computing networks make us vulnerable; what are the safeguards, such as choices of computers software, and network security?
  • Convener

    Ann Okerson
    Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries
  • Pam Dixon
    Executive Director, World Privacy Forum, San Diego
    Navigating the New World: The Most Important Things About Privacy to Know Right Now
  • Hadrien Gardeur
    Co-founder, Feedbooks, Paris
    Designing for Privacy: A Decentralized Future for Digital Libraries
  • Helen Cullyer
    Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    Privacy and the Research Library: A Perspective from the U.S.
11:15 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:00
  • Carol Tenopir
    Chancellor’s Professor, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences
12:00 - 13:00
Light Refreshments
(Speaker Travel Support Sponsored by SAGE)
  • Carol Tenopir
    Chancellor’s Professor, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences


For further information about the Retreat Series please contact Katina Strauch, Rebecca Lenzini or Michele Casalini.


Listed in order of programme schedule