Preliminary programme 

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Library tour - Newly refurbished Medicine and Health Sciences Library (14:00-16:30)


Thursday 15 November 2018

Registration (STIAS foyer desk): 08:00-09:00



Welcome: Prof Eugene Cloete (Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Stellenbosch University)

Opening: Prof Wim de Villiers (Rector, and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University)

Keynote address: Mr Ned Potter (University of York)
UX at York: embedding ethnography and design


SESSION 1: Smarter libraries through SMART technology


Mr Lars Binau (Technical University of Denmark)
A library IOT living lab

Ms Marli Ritter (UX specialist)
Does SMART technology mean SMART UX?

Mr Alex Ball (University of Bath) and Mr Samuel Simango (Stellenbosch University)
Serious gaming: creating a Research Data Management adventure

Ms Jenny Walker (Independent consultant)
RA21 -  Improving access to scholarly resources, from anywhere, on any device

SESSION 2: Smart library design: Spaces and facilities

Ms Loretta Parham (Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library)
Space and Generation Z

Mr Roelof Rabe (Roelof Rabe Architects)
Libraries of the future: changing our species

Ms Abeer Al Kuwari (Qatar National Library)
Qatar National Library: A Smart Library from the start

Dr Elsje-Márie Geldenhuys (Stellenbosch University)
The newly refurbished Medicine and Health Sciences Library 

SYMPOSIUM DINNER sponsored by EBSCO (19:00)


Friday 16 November 2018

SESSION 3: Using UX research for smarter services and resources


Dr Clara M. Chu (Mortenson Center for International Library Programs)
Inserting diversity in User Experience research: Smarter libraries by design

Dr Tamar Sadeh (Ex Libris)
Embedding the library User Experience in a learning management system for improving student onboarding

Ms Laila Vahed (University of Zululand)
Experimenting with UX letters at UNIZULU

Mr Jesse Blank (User Experience and Design, EBSCO)
Mr Chris Adams (Platform Product Management, EBSCO)
Using evolved insights to drive User Experience


Panel Discussion

Closing session 


Post-Symposium session (Venue: Stellenbosch University Library)


Dr Tamar Sadeh
Helping the library become a true partner with teaching and learning (Session on Leganto)

In September 2015, the Ex Libris Leganto™ course reading list solution went live. Selected by 107 institutions in 19 countries by now (September 2018), the comprehensive Leganto solution is tightly integrated with library workflows and facilitates collaboration among academics, librarians, and students for the creation, maintenance, use, and evaluation of reading lists.

In this session, we will look at the innovative Leganto features and the workflows of all the stakeholders in the reading list cycle. We shall focus on the way in which Leganto enables libraries to improve their support of teaching and learning and the impact that Leganto has had on the use of the library collections, student engagement and success, and the overall positioning of the library within the institution.