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

Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series

Fiesole 2008
March 27-29, 2008

The European University Institute (EUI)
Fiesole, Florence

Theme: The Quest for Information: Open or Closed, Democratic or Controlled. Perspectives from the Scholarly Community

Today's networked digital technology offers us seemingly endless possibilities for extending and enhancing the scholarly communications process. New distribution channels, new supply chain principles, and new economic models are causing publishers, librarians and other providers to rethink the old ways of connecting with information consumers. The expectations of our users and the tools they employ to do their work are evolving daily. This vitality in the user space requires that we costantly refresh the ways we inform, collaborate and interact with our scholarly colleagues.

The tenth annual Fiesole Retreat will look at these emerging models and provide a forum for discussion of what's new on the horizon. Together we will take a look into the future with some of our industry's visionary leaders.


Thursday, March 27

 Casa Marchini Carrozza, Fiesole (Florence)


13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 16:30
Optional Preconference: Breaking the Chain and Back Again
  • Convener

    Mark Carden
    Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA for Ingram Digital Group
    James R. Mouw
    Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services, University of Chicago Library
    Chris Beckett
    Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Atypon Sistems, Inc.
    James P. McGinty
    Vice-Chairman, Cambridge Information Group
    Steve O'Connor
    University Librarian, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    What impact have the emerging models and structural changes in the digital content supply chain had on users of the "network" as well as on those who supply content to them? What new opportunities exist for information discovery, acquisition and use? What are the challenges in organization and control? Who's delivering what and how? Where do you go for help? This workshop looks to address these questions and more in a lively, rapid fire run through of the multiple channels and distribution points that now exist "network-wide".
19:00 - 22:00
Opening Dinner honoring the 50th Anniversary of Casalini Libri and 10th Fiesole Retreat
Sponsored by Sage Publications and The Charleston Company
  • Michael Keller
    University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Stanford University; Publisher of Highwire Press, and Publisher of the Stanford University Press
    Fifty years of Casalini Libri, Ten years of the Fiesole Conferences

Friday, March 28

 Villa La Fonte, San Domenico di Fiesole (Florence)


08:30 - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Welcome and Celebration of Fiesole's 10th Anniversary
Users on the Network
This session will look at the changes in user expectations and behavior wrought by the ubiquitous use of the network in the processes of scholarly communication. The first part of the session will hear perspectives from the leaders of two major research libraries in the United Kingdom and Germany. This will be followed by a discussion of ongoing research in how online media are changing the way scholarly information is constructed and understood.
  • Veerle Deckmyn
    Library Director, European University Institute
  • Elizabeth Chapman
    Deputy Director, Library Services, University College London
    A celebration of our 10th anniversary
14:00 - 17:30
Open Access
The network is what has made possibile the Open Access initiative in scholarly communication. Yet there is an ongoing tension between the network-facilitated ability to provide free and uncontrolled access to information versus the costs of insuring that the information is of sufficient quality and can be authenticated, accessed and maintained in perpetuity. This session brings in a variety of international perspectives on Open Access from scholars, librarians, and publishers. The discussion addresses the history of the movement and includes research on what effects to date have been on both producers and consumers. Both the practical ans policy considerations of the Open Access initiative will be touched upon.
Break at 15:00 - Sponsored by Ingram Digital Group
  • Catta Torhell
    Library Director, University College of Boras
  • Michael Mabe
    CEO, International Association of Scientific, Technological and Medical Publishers (invited)
    Quo Vadis? STM Publishers and Open Access
  • Ingegerd Rabow
    Senior Librarian, Lund University Library
    Nordic Open Access – Background and Developments
  • Charles Lowry
    Editor, portal: Libraries and the Academy, and Dean of Libraries, and Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
    The Small Market Professional Journal – How Idiosyncrasy Informs The Future and Why It Matters
  • Paola Gargiulo
    Electronic Information Resources Specialist, CASPUR
    The Author's Work-Flow and the Role of Open Access
18:00 - 20:00
Cocktail and Hors D'Oeuvres Reception
Casalini Libri Headquarters - Sponsored by Casalini Libri
Open dinner
Casalini Libri Headquarters - Sponsored by Casalini Libri

Saturday, March 29

 Villa La Fonte, San Domenico di Fiesole (Florence)


Saturday March 29 Optional Events
09:00 - 12:00
Delivery of Information to Users "On the Network"
The final session will circle back to some of the themes of the pre-conference and cover new distribution channels for scholarly communications made possible by network technology. The new paradigm for information sharing among scholars is no longer just books and articles; it is sharing services and allowing collaboration among interested parties and contributors directly from other users. This session will be both a practical and philosophical look at how the industry is coming up with ways to use Web 2.0-friendly methods provide information to users via the tools they are using now and will want to use in the future.
Break at 10:00 - EBSCO
  • Carol Hughes
    Associate University Librarian for Public Services, University of California, Irvine
  • Herman Pabbruwe
    CEO, Brill (invited)
    Publishers Should Have Invented the Internet!
  • Dave Nicholas
    Director, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies and UCL Centre for Publishing
    E-Book Action Research at UCL
  • Clare Jenkins
    formerly Director of Library Services, Imperial College London, and Project Director, UKRR, January-September 2007
    The UK Research Reserve: The Journey From Concept Towards Realization
12:00 - 12:30
Closing Session
  • Tony Ferguson
    University Librarian, University of Hong Kong
    Retreat Wrap Up
13:00 - 14:00
Light Lunch
Pensione Bencista, all participants invited
Sponsored by ebrary and Elsevier
13:00 - 15:00
Firenze – Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Transportation to the City Center in Cab. Cost: Euro 15,00 for each participant
In Florence, a short distance from the famous square by the same name, stands one of the world's oldest pharmacies: Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, with its historic, artistic and handicraft legacy, which has thrived for centuries in uninterrupted symbiosis with the city of Florence. In 1848 a church abounding in frescoes - which was donated by the Acciaioli family - transformed into the actual Salesroom in order to meet the increased demands of the company. This and the other museum rooms of the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella can be visited in small groups on appointment.
15:00 - 18:30
Firenze – Oltrarno : Artisan and Their Traditions
Transportation to the City Center in Cab. Cost: Euro 38,00 for each participant
Artisans and their traditions of Florence are at the heart of Florence and it's history. To discover the genuine and finest of Florence's craftsmen in Oltrarno, the historical centre on the other side of the Arno river. Here the artisans continue to work using traditional methods passed down though the generations, making by hand everything from silk to silver, paper, leather, pottery and tailor-made shoes. You'll come across bronze workers, wood carvers, frame guilders, wrought-iron workshops, marbled papers, hard stone mosaics, and intarsia, all being produced in the bottega (workshops) on every corner of the small piazzas and down the labyrinth of ancient lanes.
15:00 - 21:00
Badia di Passignano (40 km from Florence) – Cooking School Osteria di Passignano
Transportation: bus (15 participants). Cost: Euro 170,00 for each participant in case of 15 participants (5 person minimum for event)
The Antinori family owns the vineyards all around the Abbey from which Chianti Classico Riserva di Badia a Passignano is produced. The wine is aged in the cellars under the monastery. In 2000 the restaurant Osteria di Passignano was opened together with Marcello Crini, deep connoiusseur and enthusiast of Tuscan eno-gastronomic culture, in order to have people understand and live the area, its traditions, its passions and wines through Marcello's great cooking. The lesson is held in English, with our Executive Chef, Matia Barciulli and will entail the preparation of seasonal dishes adapted from the Osteria's menu. Around 18.15 guided tour of the historic Badia a Passignano abbey cellars will take place, followed by an aperitif and dinner with the dishes prepared during the class. Thoughtfully paired wines will be served and you will receive a certificate as well as the recipes.
15:00 - 18:30
San Casciano (16 km from Florence) – Villa Le Corti
Transportation: bus (15 participants). Cost: Euro 40,00 for each participant in case of 15 participants (5 person minimum for event)
Villa Le Corti is one of Tuscany's finest examples of a Renaissance residence only 16 km south of Florence. Le Corti Winery is a part of Prince Corsini's estate, which has belonged to the Corsini family for over 500 years. Interesting guided tours of Le Corti offer a mixture of history, wine, olive oil and architecture, featuring the oldest and most beautiful olive oil stone press and jar store-room in Chianti Classico, the spacious and historic cellar. Visits reveal the underground passages of the cellar which was designed and built before 1600, alongside modern cellar facilities.
16:00 - 18:00
Firenze – Concert Teatro della Pergola
Transportation to the City Center in Cab. Cost: Euro 15,00 for each participant
Stravinsky, Debussy, Beethoven, Hainrich Schiff (violoncello), Francesco Piemontesi (pianoforte)


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


Listed in order of programme schedule