DREaM conference special issue of Coalition newsletter now available

In 2012 we are issuing regular newsletters to keep the LIS research community informed of the work of the LIS Research Coalition. The newsletters will be mailed to relevant listservs, and a copy of each one archived on the newsletters page.

The fourth newsletter, which is a special issue devoted to news of the forthcoming DREaM conference at the British Library Conference Centre on Monday 9th July, is issued this week. Our top stories are:

  1. Last chance to book! Registrations for the DREaM conference close on Monday 2nd July
  2. DREaM conference keynote speaker Ben Goldacre features on the Radio 4 Today programme
  3. Sponsored places at the DREaM conference: the winners
  4. Speaker previews of DREaM conference sessions now available
  5. Coming up soon on the Library and Information Science Research Coalition web site

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.

Deadline extended for applications for sponsored places at the DREaM conference

CILIP logoWe recently announced that two CILIP groups are offering sponsored places at the DREaM conference for their members. The deadline for applications has been extended to 5pm on Thursday 14th June for both schemes:

CILIP North West branch and LIRG look forward to receiving all applications by Thursday 5pm at the latest.

North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group wins Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award

Ben Goldacre announcement

It was announced at the DREaM workshop in January 2012 that Ben Goldacre would present the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award at the DREaM conference

Congratulations to the members of the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group, winners of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award. They will be collecting their prize at the DREaM conference at the British Library on 9th July. Keynote speaker at the conference, Dr Ben Goldacre will present the award.

The fifteen winning library and information science practitioner researchers, who work together as a team across eleven different organisations in the North West, are:

  • Lucy Anderson, Bury Primary Care Trust
  • Rosalind McNally, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Michelle Maden, Edgehill University (Aintree Hospital NHS Trust)
  • Helen Medley, Liverpool Primary Care Trust
  • Pippa Orr, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Morag Platt, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Clare Payne, Mersey Care NHS Trust
  • Tracy Pratchett, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay Foundation Trust
  • Michael Reid, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gary Sutton, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jenny Tancock, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay Foundation Trust
  • Debra Thornton, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Denise Thomas, St Helens and Knowsley Health Informatics
  • Anne Webb, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Riz Zafar, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alison Brettle of Salford University mentored the team.

If you would like to attend the DREaM conference and meet members of the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group, there are still places available, including some that are funded. Expert speakers and panelists participating at the DREaM conference include Jo Alcock, Dr Carla Basili, Dr Louise Cooke, Professor Hazel Hall, Annie Mauger, Professor Charles Oppenheim and Professor Carol Tenopir. Dr Ben Goldacre will be delivering the closing keynote paper.

For further details of the work of the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group and why the team won the award, please see the media release.

Sponsored places at the DREaM conference: an update

Over the past few weeks we have announced a number of schemes to support those who would like to attend the DREaM conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. Applications for the international travel bursary closed yesterday on May 30th, and we’d like to thank all who made submissions. These are now being assessed and the name of the award winner will be announced soon. Three schemes remain open to which all eligible individuals are invited to apply.

Delegates at last year's DREaM project launch conference

Delegates at last year’s DREaM project launch conference

If you are considering means of funding your place at the conference other than asking your employer to meet the £95 registration fee or paying yourself, don’t forget that a number of professional groups also offer awards to support professional development opportunities throughout the year as identified by individual members. For example, the UKeIG Student Conference Grant scheme offers three grants a year to enable students attend UK-based conferences relevant to their professional studies, and the CILIP North West branch makes four grants a year to individuals to support their CPD. It is worthwhile checking with the web pages of the professional groups to which you belong to see which offer similar schemes to give their members opportunities to develop their careers. For general current awareness about professional awards you can also subscribe to the JISCMail list LIS-AWARDS.

LIRG offers two sponsored DREaM conference places

Newton by Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi’s Newton at the British Library

CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) has announced that it is offering two bursaries to cover registration at the DREaM Conference on 9th July 2012 at the British Library. The awards will cover the conference registration fee (£95). The two award winners will also be able to attend the LIRG AGM, which takes place immediately after the formal close of the conference.

All LIRG members are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants are asked write a brief statement (up to 50 words) that outlines how attendance at DREaM Conference will impact on their professional practice. Those who submit the two best statements (as judged by two LIRG committee members) will each receive a conference place. (Applicants will be responsible for meeting any travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with participation at the conference.)

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 June 2012 5pm Thursday 14th June (new extended deadline), and the names of the award winners will be announced in mid-late June.

To apply for the bursary, please e-mail the following details to the LIRG Awards and Prizes Co-ordinator, Alison Brettle at LIRG.Awards@gmail.com: your name, contact e-mail address, employer details and your application statement.

Further details of the award are provided on the LIRG web pages.