• Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities
    12 – 14 November 2019

About the conference

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is a collaborative conference series hosted by The National Archives, Research Libraries UK and Jisc. Now in its seventh year, DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.

DCDC19 will explore the possibilities of the digital shift for collections, audience expectations, and professional practices. It seeks to go beyond recounting the huge change that the digital shift has represented, and to examine possibilities for the future. How can we reconcile the gathering of ever more detailed metrics around user behaviour and concerns over user privacy? At a time of information abundance, how can libraries and archives remain trusted and “go to” repositories in a crowded market place? How can we ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the digital record? How do our practices and institutional cultures need to evolve to respond to continuing technological change? And how can we track the impact that the availability of information and collections has on research and society more generally?

DCDC19 Keynotes

Tonya Nelson

Director of Arts Technology and Innovation, Arts Council England

Wednesday 13 November, 09:15 – 10:15

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Liz Jolly

Chief Librarian, British Library

Wednesday 13 November, 13:15 – 14:00

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Lae’l Hughes-Watkins

University Archivist, University of Maryland

Thursday 14 November, 09:15 – 10:15

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David De Roure

Professor of e-Research, University of Oxford

Thursday 14 November, 13:15 – 14:00

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Connect and collaborate – networking events at DCDC19


As a cross-sectoral conference, collaboration is the overarching theme of the DCDC series. To help delegates make the most of the networking opportunities at the conference, we have arranged a number of events including a series of practical pre-conference workshops. 


The DCDC19 welcome social will be held at the internationally renowned Ikon Gallery on 12 November, and is a perfect opportunity for delegates, both new and returning, to get to know the DCDC community over wine and canapes. On 13 November we invite delegates to join us at the Library of Birmingham for the main Conference dinner.

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  • “One of the best conferences I have ever been to. Very high quality and relevant content, beautiful location, excellent networking – a real buzz about it all.”

  • “By far and away the best conference I have been to. I wanted to attend every session and hear every speaker.”

  • “One of the best conferences I have been to in years. I came away from event inspired to put ideas into action when I get back to work.”

  • “Becoming the essential conference. The mix of delegates and panels is excellent – there are too few opportunities for librarians and archivists to gather together.”

General information


Please be advised that photography and filming will take place at this event. The footage will be used by RLUK, The National Archives and Jisc in future promotional material and publications.

Conference fees

Full conference + evening events: £185 (£228.30 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Full day conference: £100 (£126.30 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Day delegate: £60 (£76.74 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Welcome social: £25 (£32.44 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Conference dinner: £60 (£76.74 inc. VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Registration info

Please select all the tickets that you require – this may require you to select more than one ticket.

  • Example 1: If you will be attending the full conference and both evening events then select the ‘Full Conference + evening events’ ticket.
  • Example 2: If you will be attending the full conference only and none of the evening events then select the ‘Full day conference’ ticket.

Further information can be found at the DCDC19 FAQ. We strongly advise delegates to review the FAQ before registering.

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