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.


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.

Congratulations to the winners of the LIRG-sponsored places at the DREaM conference

Sarah and Valérie

Winners Sarah Wolfenden and Valérie Spezi

Congratulations to Sarah Wolfenden of Brunel University and Valérie Spezi of LISU at Loughborough University, both of whom have been awarded LIRG-sponsored places at next week’s DREaM conference.

The judging committee selected Sarah and Valérie as winners on the basis of their application statements. Each statement reflected the ethos of both the DREaM project and LIRG, i.e. to inspire LIS practitioners to become involved in, and be enthusiastic about, research.

Sarah said in her statement:

“The keynotes would give me practical ideas for assessing my own and the library department’s impact within my institution. The dynamism of ‘one minute madness’ would give me the boost of optimism I have found from past Teachmeets and, if I enjoy it, I may even move into research myself.”

Valérie’s statement reads:

“As a junior researcher, I believe that the DREaM conference would be a great opportunity for me to reflect on my own research practice and learn more about the transfer of research knowledge into the workplace. It would also help me build a professional network with other LIS researchers.”

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.

Introducing the Wiley DREaM team!

As the DREaM project programme of events comes to an end and the concluding conference approaches, the Wiley DREaM team members (as they have dubbed themselves) are putting the finishing touches to their preparation, ensuring no question will go unanswered.

With bags packed and shoes shined they will be ready to answer any questions delegates might have on Online Books and other Wiley products, as well as the latest offers available to delegates and their institutions.

If you’re coming to the conference and spot any of the Wiley team (you’ll recognise them from the smiling faces below), please feel free to grab a few minutes of their time.

Introducing:  Matthew Howells

As Senior Account Manager for Southern England & Ireland, Matt is our main point of contact if you would like information on pricing or licensing for your institution. If you have any queries about existing subscriptions or resources, Matt is the one to look out for.


Don’t forget: Ben Townsend

As UK Academic & Professional Sales Manager, Ben is our expert on books. Ever wondered about how eBooks can benefit your institution? Why not grab Ben to find out?



Last but not least: Iti Singh

As Marketing Manager in the Institutional Channel Marketing team, Iti will be happy to answer any questions you might have on the promotional materials Wiley can provide for you. If you have any open days or upcoming events, why not ask how Wiley can help?

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.

Ashgate looks forward to the DREaM conference

Ashgate logoHelen Moore of Ashgate Publishing, has contributed a guest blog post on Ashgate’s involvement in the DREaM project as a sponsor of the DREaM conference. Helen writes:

Ashgate Publishing is delighted to be sponsoring the DREaM conference. Attending events like this is an essential way for us to keep in touch with the LIS community and identify potential authors to work with in the future.

Our key areas of publishing currently include:

  • library and collection management
  • museum and heritage management
  • digital technologies – new series Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities
  • information marketing
  • archiving and data management
  • library building and design

We are expanding our list and new authors should contact the Publisher Dymphna Evans.

Information and Cultural Management titles from Ashgate include a wide range of authoritative texts on key skills in libraries, museums, archives, and heritage institutions. Many of our texts have reached their second, third or even later editions in recognition of their valuable contribution to information and cultural management best practice. The list includes a range of practical and reference books on archives and record management, classification, library planning and design, and museum management, with a heritage management list in development.

We also have a particularly strong list of research monographs in library and information science.

If you are participating at the DREaM conference next week, please visit our stand and introduce yourself.

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.