Meet the bursary-winning new professional and PhD student delegates at the DREaM conference

We are very pleased to announce the names of the 10 winners of the travel bursaries offered to new LIS professionals and full-time PhD students to attend the DREaM conference at the British Library on 9th July.

Jean Parris of UWE

  • Graeme Brown – PhD student, University of Strathclyde, PhD title: “Place-making in digital space: public libraries and social capital”.
  • Aislinn Conway – Clinical Evidence Based Information Service (CEBIS) Specialist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
  • Cate Eastwood – PhD student, Loughborough University, PhD title: “Research article abstracts in the social sciences: a genre-based analysis”.
  • Anthony McKeown – PhD student at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, PhD title: “Information and communication poverty in Northern Ireland”.
  • Kristin Meredith-Galley – PhD Research Student at Loughborough University, Loughborough, PhD title: “Do primary school libraries contribute to students’ information literacy skills?
  • Jean Parris – Campus Librarian, University of the West of England.
  • Tom Rogers – Information Librarian, University of Bath Library.
  • Rachel Steele – Clinical/Site Librarian, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Ella Taylor-Smith – PhD student, Napier University in Edinburgh, PhD title: “Participation space studies. How do interpretations of online and offline spaces influence (e)participation in community and civic life?”.
  • Lillian Tsang Phillips – PhD student, Northumbria University. PhD title: “Evolution of librarianship: the changing role of academic information professionals in the 21st century”.

Five of the people listed above – Aislinn, Anthony, Jean, Rachel and Ella – are all members of the DREaM project cadre, and attended all three DREaM workshops between October 2011 and April 2012.

Some of our bursary winners have shared the reasons why they are looking forward to the DREaM conference:

Rachel Steele says that the DREaM project has been extremely beneficial to her, both in the breadth and depth of presentations about some research methodologies that she had not previously heard of, and also in developing external relationships with other DREaM participants. These participants have stimulated her own work by exposing her to new ideas from their working contexts which will – in time – enable her to continually improve her job performance. She feels sure that attendance at the conference will deepen her understanding of research methodologies and allow for further interactions with conference participants which will be invaluable to her.

Lillian Tsang Phillips says that this is her first conference since she starting her PhD so she is really looking forward to meeting colleagues, exchanging ideas and gaining insights from experienced colleagues and guest speakers.

Lillian Tsang Phillips, Tom Rogers and Rachel Steele

Anthony McKweon says that having enjoyed participating at previous DREaM events, which provided the opportunity to network with other PhD students, learn from experienced practitioners, and discuss research and exchange ideas, he is excited about returning to the British Library on July 9th. This event will contributes to his personal and professional development by providing the chance to tell other researchers from the library and information community about what is he doing, get new ideas and see things from other contexts. He believes that learning about how other parts of the UK deliver library and information services is always worthwhile. He adds that he is particularly interested in Professor Carol Tenopir’s presentation on methods for measuring value and impact in libraries. He also has high expectations for the one-minute madness presentations, which he thinks should be very good!

Aislinn Conway says that she is looking forward to returning to the British Library Conference Centre, which has been the venue for two other DREaM events. She is impressed with the range of speakers on the programme, and welcomes the one-minute madness session as a platform for delegate presentations. She believes that the conference will bring together the people who have participated in the DREaM project to date, and looks forward to exploring its very worthy achievements.

Ella Taylor-Smith, Anthony McKeown, Kristin Meredith Galley, and Aislinn Conway

Kristin Meredith-Galley say that PhD work can be an isolating experience, particularly in the first year and that she is looking forward to getting out from behind the desk to join a community of practice at the conference, to exchange ideas, resources and to learn more about best practice in research. To her this is a great opportunity, not only to share her own research in this community, but also to share in the success and excitement of other delegates’ research.

Tom Rogers says that after working for a number of years on a variety of research projects in several different locations he decided that he wanted a career change. He moved into library work in January 2010. He spent about 18 months working as a Library Assistant at the University of Bath, completed a PgDip in Information and Library Management, and then looked for his first professional job. This came to fruition in January 2012, when he started in his current role and began working towards CILIP chartership. Professional library work involves him in variety and change and gives him plenty of opportunity to do the kinds of work that he finds rewarding. When asked why is he looking forward to the conference Tom said that he wants to learn more about the development of a network of practitioner researchers, and he is interested how this may help his professional development. He also wants to discover the main research themes and questions that conference delegates and speakers see as important and reflect upon how they compare to his own list of interests. He is hoping to learn about academic and practitioner research in areas such as: operations, marketing and strategy management in libraries; digital media and technology supported learning; learning and teaching of information and library skills; design of library spaces—technological and organisational, physical and virtual.

Graeme Brown

When we asked Graeme Brown why he was interested in the DREaM conference he said that he was attracted by the programme in general. However, what he is in particularly looking forward to are two presentations. He is interested in Professor Carol Tenopir’s opening keynote because there is a degree of overlap of her themes with parts of his own work. He is also looking forward to hearing Dr Ben Goldacre speak as he enjoys Ben’s discussions of evidence bases and methodologies in the Bad Science blog and liked Ben’s Bad Science book. Graeme says that he is grateful for the chance to attend the concluding DREAM event, learn more about what the project has entailed, and meet and learn from other researchers in the LIS area and beyond.

Sue Reynolds of RMIT wins DREaM conference international travel bursary

Sue Reynolds

Congratulations to Dr Sue Reynolds, winner of the DREaM conference international travel bursary.

Sue is Senior Lecturer in Information Management and Program Director in the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Sue will be participating at the conference on the last day of a two week European summer tour. During this she will be pursuing activities associated with her position as a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at RMIT University.

Sue is looking forward to the DREaM conference because it will give her the opportunity to hear what is happening in LIS research in the UK. Just before her European tour she will attending a similar conference in Australia: Research Applications in Information and Library Studies 8, at the University of South Australia, Adelaide on 25th June 2012. These two research-focused events will act as bookends to other professional activities that Sue will be involved in while in Europe, all of which will inform her knowledge and understanding of the most recent research in the LIS discipline and enable her in turn to share this with students and academic peers in Australia. Attendance at both research events will provide a human link between them and extend the shared aims of each (that is, to bring together a network of researchers to foster informed and innovative research practice) beyond the borders of the UK and Australia.

Sue hopes that being part of the DREaM conference might also facilitate collaborative research activities between international researchers from the UK and Australia, and perhaps beyond.

If you would like to meet Sue at the DREaM conference, there are still places available. To book your place, please go to the DREaM conference registration page.

International delegate at July’s DREaM conference? Apply for £100 travel bursary

The main aim of the DREaM project is to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and – as such – we have been bringing together the UK LIS research community at our events. We also recognise that the involvement of international participants in DREaM events provides excellent opportunities for UK LIS researchers to strengthen their links with colleagues from beyond the UK. We were therefore pleased to welcome delegates and speaker from abroad to the launch conference in July 2011, and to the workshop series. In addition, a number of contributors to the programme of events are based outside the UK: Professor Blaise Cronin, Dr Thomas Haigh and Professor Carol Tenopir from the US, Professor Gunilla Widén from Finland, and Dr Dylan Evans from the Republic of Ireland.

We are pleased to offer a travel bursary to the value of £100 to one of our international delegates at the DREaM project’s concluding conference at the British Library, London on Monday 9th July 2012. All interested in LIS research from countries beyond the UK – whether they be our close neighbours in the Republic of Ireland, or based at the other side of the world – are eligible to apply for the bursary.

The value of the award is £100 to help with travel costs to the UK. The winner will be expected to source funding from elsewhere to cover additional expenses such as the balance on travel, plus subsistence and accommodation costs, as well as the £95 conference registration fee.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30th May. Applications will be judged by members of the DREaM project advisory board, and the names of the winner announced by mid-June.

To apply for the international delegate bursary please tick the box for “international delegate” when you register for the conference and we will be pleased to send you an application form.

New professionals and PhD students: register this week for a chance of a DREaM workshops travel bursary

DREaM logoToday we have been busy sending out application forms for the six £150 travel bursaries to support the participation of new professionals and PhD students in the three DREaM project workshops.

If you are a PhD student or a new professional (someone who has joined the profession since 2007) and have not yet had a chance to register for the three events, please ensure you do so this week so that there is time for us to send you the bursary application form and for you to complete and return it to us by the deadline of Tuesday 4th October at midday. You make your registration by completing this online form. You will then receive an e-mail as confirmation of your registration. (If you have any problems in registering, please contact Hazel Hall.)

The first workshop is on Tuesday 25th October at the Edinburgh Napier Craighouse campus (full programme details available). The second workshop will be held at the British Library Conference Centre on Monday 30th January 2012, and the third at Edinburgh Napier Craighouse campus once again on Wednesday 25th April 2012.