Follow LIS DREaM 5 Online

Final preparations are now well underway for the DREaM concluding conference on Monday 9th July. If you are not able to join us at the British Library in person, you can still participate by following the event online…
 

Online Discussion

 
We will be providing a live commentary of the conference on Twitter using the @LIS_DREaM account. If you wish to contribute your own views, or discuss the issues further with others, please use the event hash tag #lis_dream5 to take part in the wider conversation.

If you want to find out who else is attending or following the conference, make sure you visit the event Lanyrd page and connect with others in advance.

Alternatively, if you are not a Twitter user, please click here to visit our conference discussion space, where you can follow the live coverage throughout the day and discuss the issues with others who are following the event live online.

We will be welcoming questions from outside the conference room during the Q&A sessions and panel discussion, so you have a question you would like to ask one of the speakers, please tweet it to @LIS_DREaM or add it to the conference discussion space.
 

Event Resources

 
Visit the conference programme page on Monday morning to access individual session pages for each presentation. These will provide you with the materials you need to follow along with the live commentary, including the speakers’ slides, where appropriate.

As with previous DREaM events, we hope to bring you video footage and a summary of each of the presentations shortly after the event, subject to speaker permissions.
 

Support

 
Our event amplifier, Kirsty Pitkin, will be on hand throughout the event to support you. She will be tweeting as @LIS_DREaM and monitoring the conference discussion space, should you have any questions. If you would like to ask one of the speakers a question about their presentation, tweet it to @LIS_DREaM or add it to the conference discussion space and Kirsty will relay it to the speaker on your behalf, and feedback to you with the answer to your question.
 
We look forward to welcoming you to the conference on Monday, whether you’ll be joining us in person or online.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Ben Goldacre

Dr Ben Goldacre (copyright Rhys Stacker 2009)

Dr Ben Goldacre (copyright Rhys Stacker 2009)

 
Our final DREaM Conference preview post features our closing keynote speaker, Ben Goldacre, who gives us a quick insight into what to expect from him at the conference on Monday.
 
Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks.
 
 
 
 

What’s your role at the DREaM conference?

 

I’m giving a talk, and I think I’m also presenting the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award to the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group!

 

What do you hope to achieve in your keynote?

 

I’ll be talking about things like the value of information, how it can be misused, and how it needs to be corralled by good people like you (librarians and information scientists).

 

Will there be opportunities for delegates to ask questions about your work?

 

Yes, absolutely, in a Q&A after the talk and milling about after.

 
Ben Goldacre will be giving the closing keynote: Research, evidence bases, decision making and policy and presenting the Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. For full details about the conference programme, please see the conference web page.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke

In another of our series of DREaM Conference preview posts, Mike Clarke describes what he will be doing at next week’s conference and why he is keen to attend.
 

Mike Clarke is Head of Libraries and Registration Services for the London Borough of Camden.
 
 
 

How did you hear about the DREaM project and the conference?

 

Stephanie Kenna, whom I have known professionally for many years, asked me on behalf of the DREaM project team if I would be interested in chairing a session.

 

What’s your role at the conference on 9th July?

 

I’m to chair the One Minute Madness session – a series of one-minute presentations by members of the DREaM workshop cadre and other conference delegates. This is a new format to me, but as I like quick, focused information it sounds right up my street!

 

As someone who works in the public library sector, what do you hope to gain by participating on the day?

 

I would like to re-connect with research practice, which can sometimes seem a bit distanced from the world of public libraries, and to find some thinking time and space.

 
Mike Clarke will be chairing the One Minute Madness session at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. For full details about the conference programme, please see the conference web page.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall

In the sixth of our series of DREaM Conference preview posts, Hazel Hall describes how she feels the DREaM project has gone so far and what delegates can expect from the conference next week.
 

Hazel Hall is the principal investigator of the DREaM project. She is also Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University.
 
 
 

This is the last of the five DREaM events. How have the events gone so far?

 

One of my jobs has been to analyse the evaluation sheets after each event. On the basis of the delegate feedback, the events have gone very well. This is both in terms of meeting the main general aim of the DREaM project to develop a UK network of LIS researchers, and other expectations of the project, such as introducing LIS researchers to a broad range of research techniques and methods. The feedback from the three workshops is particularly interesting in that it has come across as more positive from one event to the next. I think this is as much result of the gelling of the cadre members as of our responses to specific “practical” requests noted in feedback on previous events, such as providing tables for those tweeting at the workshops.

 

What can delegates expect at this event: what will they recognise from previous events, what’s new?

 

They should expect an exciting day. As has been the case with previous events we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure that there is a strong “social” element to the day and that the proceedings will be accessible to remote followers as well as those at the British Library Conference Centre. I’ll be introducing the conference, we have two keynotes, and a One Minute Madness session just like we did for the launch conference in 2011. New this time will be an invited paper on the DREaM network itself, and we’re running a panel session in the afternoon. We also have the opportunity to recognise practitioner excellence in the award to the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group. I’m really looking forward to hearing Ben Goldacre’s closing keynote presentation, and the chance to relax a little at the end of the day at the networking drinks reception and prize draw.

 

What are your hopes for the future of the UK network of LIS researchers after the DREaM project ends?

 

I hope that the connections that have been made over the past year or so endure and that the links between research and practice in LIS are strengthened. In the future I would love to hear people look back to this project and identify it as a catalyst that helped reinvigorate LIS research in the UK. We’ve now reached the stage where the DREaM project team hands its work over to the community to create a lasting legacy. Here’s hoping that we have have done enough for this to happen.

 
Hazel Hall will be chairing the morning sessions at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. For full details about the conference programme, please see the conference web page.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Charles Oppenheim

Charles Oppenheim

Professor Charles Oppenheim

In the fifth of our DREaM Conference preview posts, Charles Oppenheim sums up the DREaM project so far from his perspective and describes the legacy he hopes the project will leave for the LIS community.
 

Professor Charles Oppenheim is a co-investigator of the DREaM project. He is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission, and of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance.
 
 
 

This is the last of the five DREaM events. How have the events gone so far?

 

I have attended three of the four previous events. Based upon my experience of those three, plus reports of the one I missed, the series has been extremely successful in bringing together a cadre of LIS researchers of varying ages, experience and backgrounds, and introducing them to novel research techniques that they may not have considered before.

 

What can delegates expect at this event: what will they recognise from previous events, what’s new?

 

This will be more of a rounding up event – it will inform delegates about the key results of the DREaM project so far, and will provide them with an exciting vision of the importance of research to LIS in influencing policy and practice. I very much hope that Ben Goldacre will provide an inspirational send off.

 

What are your hopes for the future of the UK network of LIS researchers after the DREaM project ends?

 

I hope that this is just the beginning and that, in conjunction with the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG), a new generation of enthusiastic and competent LIS researchers will emerge and be self-sustaining through what will be, in effect, a community of practice.

 
Charles Oppenheim will be chairing the afternoon sessions at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. For full details about the conference programme and to book a place, please see the conference web page.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Jo Alcock

Jo Alcock

In the fourth of our DREaM Conference preview posts, Jo Alcock describes her experiences as a member of the DREaM workshop cadre and explains what she hopes to bring to the panel discussion …and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers.
 

Jo Alcock is researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University. She is currently working towards CILIP Chartership and is Chair of CILIP West Midlands Branch.
 
 
 

How have you been involved in the DREaM project to date?

I attended the DREaM opening conference last July and as a relatively new LIS researcher was keen to be involved in the project. I was fortunate enough to be able to be part of the ‘cadre’ of researchers and practitioners attending the series of workshops in Edinburgh and London. I’ve learnt a lot from these and am looking forward to putting some of what I’ve learnt into practice in my research. In addition I have had the opportunity to present on my research during the participant-led sections of the workshops, as can be seen in the video of the “unconference” half hour session at the October 2011 workshop. I have also formed new connections and strengthened existing connections with others interested in LIS research.

Why are you participating in the conference?

I was invited to attend the conference and participate as part of the afternoon panel session as a representative of the DREaM workshop cadre. I hope I’ll be able to contribute both my own opinions and that of my fellow cadre members regarding the future of LIS research.

The title of the afternoon panel session at the conference is “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”. Why is it important that the UK network of LIS researchers is sustained, and what do you anticipate we will be discussed in the panel session?

Many of the reasons the LIS Research Coalition was established are still true, particularly the gap between LIS researchers and LIS practitioners, and the lack of cohesion within LIS research. Though the work of the LIS Research Coalition has made great steps towards improving this, there is still work to be done. As a current researcher and previous practitioner, I’d like to think that as a profession we can continue to take forward the good work started by the LIS Research Coalition and strengthen the connections and collaboration within LIS research itself, and between research and practice. I hope the afternoon panel will be able to conclude with some actions for us all to take forward to help build and sustain a network of LIS researchers.

Jo Alcock will be participating in a panel discussion entitled: …and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. For full details about the conference programme and to book a place, please see the conference web page.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Dr Carol Tenopir

Dr Carol Tenopir

In the third of our DREaM Conference preview posts, Dr Carol Tenopir describes her opening keynote presentation Building evidence of the value and impact of library and information services: methods, metrics and ROI.
 

Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies.
 
 
 

What is your interest in the DREaM project?

As an LIS researcher myself, I applaud the goals of the DREaM project to build a network for researchers in the UK. We can all learn from each other — in both methods and findings — plus finding collaborators is increasingly important. Hazel Hall has been keeping me updated on the DREaM project throughout its duration when we have been together as co-presenters at various other conferences.

Why are you participating in the conference?

I was honoured to be asked by Hazel to participate in this final event. Although I am based in the US, my research is often international in scope and I value my interactions with my UK colleagues. Many of the topics we research are not restricted by place, as the LIS issues and methods used to study them are global.

What do you hope to achieve in your keynote?

I will be presenting some of the findings from my ongoing studies of measuring value and outcomes from scholarly reading and, more specifically, return on investment in libraries. I will be discussing (1) methods for measuring value, and (2) findings from studies on the measurement of the value of libraries conducted in the UK, US and elsewhere. Applied research in LIS has value beyond just the interesting things that researchers discover – although that is a continuing motivation for all researchers. Importantly, research evidence can help practitioners make informed decisions about their services delivery.

You are also participating in the afternoon panel session. What do you expect to come up in the discussion?

The panel “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers” is all about motivation and means for keeping collaboration strong. DREaM is a starting point; for it to be truly successful in the long run, all involved – including researchers, practitioner-researchers, and practitioners who use the research output of the LIS research community in their work – must make an effort to keep the networking going. Networking means sharing ideas. It also means finding ways to actively work together in collaborative research on important LIS topics.

Dr Carol Tenopir will be presenting the opening keynote: “Building evidence of the value and impact of library and information services: methods, metrics and ROI” at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. She will also be participating in a panel discussion titled: “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”. For full details about the conference programme and to book a place, please see the conference web page.

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