Online 2010 opens today

Online 2010 opens today at London Olympia, and the LIS Research Coalition will be there. Our formal contribution will be on Thursday 2nd December, 12:30-13:00 in the gallery rooms. Here we will be giving an update on the Coalition’s activities. Our presentation will include news of enhanced features on the Coalition web pages, and the AHRC-funded DReAM project due to start in January 2011. We will also be honouring Stephanie Kenna’s award of honorary fellowship of CILIP at the end of this session.

Hazel Hall is chairing two sessions at the conference: (1) Tuesday track 2 16:00-17:30 Winning hearts and minds! Breaking through social media barriers; (2) Thursday track 2 09:30-11:00 Adding value to library and information services using social media.

We will be tweeting from the event, using the hash tag #online10, so even if you can’t be there in person, you can follow the proceedings remotely.

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New Generation Thinkers – A call to Library and Information Science

Are you a Library and Information Science Researcher who would like to tell the world about work in the domain?

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has contacted the LIS Research Coalition to ask us to help identify the next generation of public intellectuals. Could you be the LIS equivalent of scientists Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili or Marcus de Sautoy, and work with the BBC to share the passion for your subject with the population at large? If your profile meets any of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for a chance to develop your own programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers:

  • You are currently undertaking an AHRC-funded postgraduate or postdoctoral award, or working as a postgraduate or postdoctoral member of an AHRC-funded research project, OR
  • You are currently undertaking a PhD in one of the disciplinary domains of the AHRC (LIS is one of the AHRC domains), OR
  • You are within eight years of the award of your PhD, OR
  • You are within six years of your first academic appointment.

It would be fantastic for LIS to be represented in New Generation Thinkers, the pilot talent scheme for emerging academics with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience, and who have an interest in broader cultural debate. To find out more and make an application, please see the New Generation Thinkers page on the AHRC web site. The deadline for applications is 10th December 2010.

DREaM project to support creation of UK-wide network of LIS researchers

The LIS Research Coalition is pleased to announce that the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded a £45,000 grant to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. Tools The grant has been awarded to Hazel Hall for a project entitled ‘Developing Research Excellence and Methods’ (DREaM). Hazel and her co-investigator Professor Charles Oppenheim will work with representatives of the LIS Research Coalition member organisations to develop a series of training events and resources for LIS researchers. A key goal of the project is to build capacity and capability in the development and implementation of innovative methods and techniques in undertaking LIS research. The project starts in January 2011 and runs to August 2012. The first event will be a conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011 at the British Library Conference Centre in London. Further information about the project is available in a press release on the Media release page.