DREaM concluding conference review, thanks and resources

We’re pleased to announce that we have archived all the materials from last week’s DREaM project concluding conference and had the opportunity to analyse the delegate feedback (39 forms were returned). In this blog post we review the event, thank all involved, and provide links to the resources from the day.

If you would like to go directly to the archived resources, you can access them from the following links:

British Library Conference Centre

Dark clouds over the British Library Conference Centre

An excellent event overall

Dark clouds hung over the British Library Conference Centre on Monday 9th July, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered at the DREaM project concluding conference.

The majority of delegates who completed feedback forms rated the overall value of their participation at the conference as excellent. The same level of agreement applied to the rating for convenience and comfort of the British Library Conference Centre (despite the interruption of a fire drill for early arrivals), as to the quality of refreshments throughout the day.

Equally the conference administration was given the highest rating. This was for both the information provided before the event (on the conference web pages, by e-mail, via Twitter) and on the day itself (registration process, delegate packs, help in person from conference organisers).

Enthusiastic comments included:

DREaM data sticks

Highly sought-after DREaM data sticks

  • “A fantastic day”
  • “Excellent programme, good turn-out, very successful day”
  • “An excellent and informative day”
  • “Excellent as always”
  • “Fantastic conference”
  • “A great day”
  • “Fab event”
  • “Enjoyable and interesting”
  • “A very valuable project”

Many expressed their appreciation of the event online, commenting publicly on Twitter using the conference hashtag #lis_dream5, or by e-mail. Comments included:

  • “Terrific day”
  • “Very enjoyable”
  • “An excellent and inspiring conference”.

In the middle of the day one delegate on Twitter even confessed “Hope everyone is enjoying #lis_dream5 as much as we are! It’s been so engaging we forgot to tweet!”

Badges

93 participants signed up for the DREaM concluding conference

Conference delegate profile

In total 93 delegates signed up for the event. The majority of delegates came from academic institutions where they work as researchers, PhD students, academics, practitioner researchers, and non research-active LIS practitioners with interests in research. There was representation from a variety of other sectors including library and information services (academic, public, national, and special – with particularly high numbers of healthcare and medical information professionals), recruitment, publishing, and consultancy.

All five founding members of the LIS Research Coalition (or their successor bodies in the cases of MLA and RIN) sent representatives, as did one associate member, the Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL) Group.

The stage is set

The stage is set for the conference

In keeping with the goal of the DREaM project to develop a formal UK-wide network of library and information science researchers, there was a good geographic spread amongst the delegates. Individuals made the journey to London from all corners of the United Kingdom, some with very early starts from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to reach the British Library for registration at 09:45. We were also pleased to welcome international delegates from as far away as Malta, Sweden, Uganda, the USA, and Australia.

Carol Tenopir

Opening keynote speaker: Professor Carol Tenopir

Formal conference sessions

All the formal sessions were very well received. Particularly appreciated were the opening keynote by Professor Carol Tenopir in the morning and the closing keynote by Dr Ben Goldacre in the afternoon, both of which were rated by the majority of delegates as excellent. Although the context of each of the keynote speakers’ presentations was quite specific – library and information services delivery in the case of Tenopir, and medicine in that of Goldacre – their content was highly relevant to an audience interested in questions of value, processes of creating and facilitating access (or not) to evidence bases, and the role of information in decision making.

Tenopir’s references to the Lib-Value study appealed to all with an interest in concepts of value in general, as well as the value of service delivery in particular – whether this be in the context of a library, or any other service where the issue of value measurement is thwart with difficulties, yet politically very important. Tenopir’s presentation was both engaging and inspirational. As one tweeter put it “Inspiring stuff from Carol Tenopir! Given me good ideas for thinking about researching & demonstrating value.”

Winners of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award

L to R: Dr Ben Goldacre (keynote speaker), Anne Webb (award winner), Dr Alison Brettle (mentor to award winners), Debra Thornton (award winner), Rosalind McNally (award winner), and David Stewart (Director of Health Libraries North West)

Goldacre’s focus on the inadequate information architecture of scientific publishing (a legacy from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that is no longer fit for purpose) and its impact on patient care appealed to an audience that knows the value of information, works to facilitate access to information and knowledge, and cares about user engagement.

Goldacre extended an invitation to members of the LIS research community to lend its expertise to the projects that he has set up to bring together disparate sources of information about (1) drug trials, and (2) search strategies deployed by those looking for trials information on PubMed. This went down well with an audience interested in data mining and metadata. One tweeter noted her approval of Goldacre’s declaration of his interests: “”I’m a very dorky Doctor” @bengoldacre just told us … in the right company with the “geeky librarian” crew at #lis_dream5 therefore!” If you would like to find out more about contributing to Goldacre’s projects, please e-mail him at ben@badscience.net.

As well as delivering the last of the formal DREaM conference sessions, Goldacre also presented certificates to those winners of the LIS Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award who were able to attend the conference. The award presentation ceremony was hosted by Dr Michael Jubb, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition.

Lunch

Networking at lunch

Most delegates rated the One Minute Madness session as excellent. The twenty highly-entertaining 60 second presentations by brave delegate volunteers covered a wide range of topics. The majority were related to initiatives to improve the dissemination of LIS research. For example Alison Brettle spoke about the use of evidence summaries, University of Northampton staff described practitioner researcher support at their institution, Kerstin Rydbeck discussed the involvement of masters students in “research nodes”, and Maja Ilievska outlined her plans for an LIS research linking system prototype.

Others spoke about on-going research projects in which they are involved, for example on the role of public libraries (Anthony McKweon and Paul McCloskey), augumented reality in teaching and learning (Bethan Ruddock), and digital preservation (Rossitza Atanssova).

In the remainder of One Minute Madness slots individuals took the opportunity to pass on news to their fellow delegates. For example, Louise Doolan introduced the CILIP information literacy group, and Milena Dobreva promoted the publication of a new book on user studies for digital libraries that she has just co-edited.

Andrew Wabwezi and David Haynes

Andrew Wabwezi and David Haynes at the networking drinks reception

All the One Minute Madness presentations were expertly chaired by Mike Clarke of the London Borough Camden. Mike kept his beady eye on clock as it counted down to zero towards the end of each presentation. The speakers did really well with their timings and we only got to hear the horn a couple of times. One tweeter noted her approval of the whole process: “Minute madness is excellent concept – must remember it. Great way to highlight so many things”.

If you’re interested in how to set up a One Minute Madness session for an event that you are organising, please take at look at our hints and tips on the format. We put these together after our first experience of such a session at the LIS Research Coalition conference in 2010.

Drinks reception

Rossitza Atanassova and Matthew Dovey chat with Ben Goldacre at the networking drinks reception

The value of this session coming just before the lunch break was soon reaped by delegates who sought out one another on the basis of what they had just heard in the presentations. Anthony McKweon writes about his experience of this in his review of the conference posted to the DREaM online community.

The conversations continued at the British Library in the afternoon break, and at the networking drinks reception at the end of the day. We hope that they have already extended beyond the venue as a result of contacts being shared and forged at the conference.

Panel session

The panel members are introduced by Professor Charles Oppenheim: John Dolan, Dr Louise Cooke, Professor Carol Tenopir and Jo Alcock

Three of the formal conference sessions related directly to the DREaM project itself: Professor Hazel Hall’s introduction to the conference, Dr Louise Cooke’s presentation on the social network analysis of the DREaM project workshop cadre, and the afternoon panel session chaired by Professor Charles Oppenheim. Each of these sessions was rated by the majority of delegates as excellent or very good.

Cooke’s social network analysis of the DREaM workshop cadre demonstrated that the DREaM project has met its main goal of developing a network of UK LIS researchers. Equally Hall gave evidence in her presentation of addressing the aims of building research capability and capacity, and raising standards. So the project shows success, but what happens next? Has the DREaM project built a solid enough foundation for the long-term support of LIS research?

John Dolan, Louise Cooke, Carol Tenopir and Jo Alcock discussed these themes, with contributions from the audience, in the panel session. Clearly a 45-minute slot is not long enough to discuss these questions in detail, but some key issues emerged from the contributions of the panel members and the audience. These included the need for:

  • the success of the DREaM project to date to extend to a greater population and include more involvement of those from sectors under-represented at the concluding conference – notably public librarians, but also those working in specialist information units in the corporate sector;
  • professional bodies to assess their role in promoting research, for example in embedding research training into professional skills sets and serving as a hub for research activities in the domain;
  • further face-to-face meetings between researchers and practitioners to strengthen relationships and narrow the gaps between different LIS communities.

These will be taken into account as those behind the DREaM project prepare a bid for follow-on funding. It is hoped that this bid will be successful, not least because delegate feedback from this event shows a strong appetite for the network to continue (echoing similar feedback from the last of the three DREaM workshops). Comments on the delegate forms included:

Ashgate's stand

Ashgate’s stand at the conference exhibition

  • “I can’t say how much I have enjoyed and appreciated being part of DREaM. Well done to all involved and I hope that a way is found to keep the network and resources going.”
  • “[I] hope we can continue the enthusiasm.”
  • “The job of DREaM is not finished… the work so far deserves praise.”
  • “Good luck in securing ongoing funding for face-to-face networking opportunities.”
  • “I would like to see more collaboration across sectors.”

The new bid will also take into account comments on the need for empirical work to explore changes in structures or practices to improve the LIS research environment (for example, for senior management buy-in). It will also draw attention to the DREaM approach as a model for fostering networking and knowledge sharing, as evidenced in the following comments on the delegate feedback forms from the conference:

  • “Great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and meet new colleagues.”
  • “The conference was a good networking opportunity.”
  • “A great day – a chance to learn and meet some experts, and to share interests and ideas.”

(This was also discussed at the QQML conference in May by colleagues from other countries who wished to import the DREaM approach.)

Twitter wall

Early posts to the DREaM conference Twitter wall

Remote participation

It should be emphasised that the networking at this event extended beyond the conference venue itself (as has been the case of all DREaM project events). A number of people followed the proceedings remotely, some regretting that they could not be there in person. The following views were expressed by remote followers on Twitter:

  • “I’m also very jealous of all those at #lis_dream5 today. Need to somehow achieve my goal of being a LIS research person”
  • “Following #lis_dream5 from too big a distance… Couldn’t make it this year unfortunately.”
  • “Missing #lis_dream5 in #thatLondon today, but will try to keep an eye on the tweetage…”
  • “Looks like an interesting day at #lis_dream5 – please keep the tweet updates coming – much appreciated!”

As might be expected, our top tweeters were @LIS_DREaM and @LISResearch thanks to the efforts of Kirsty Pitkin and Stephanie Kenna. The others who used the conference hashtag #lis_dream5 most frequently were Bethan Ruddock (@bethanar), Rossitza Atanassova (@RossiAtanassova), Jo Alcock (@joeyanne), and Alison Brettle (@BrettleAli).

Packing up

David Jarman, Milena Dobreva and Rossitza Atanassova pack up at the end of a successful day at the conference

Thanks to all

We’d like to thanks everyone who was involved in the success of the DREaM concluding conference, including the advisory board members (especially Christine Irving and Rossitza Atanssova), Kirsty Pitkin for her event amplification services, all the speakers, and the sponsors. We are particularly grateful for the thoughtful feedback on the concluding conference itself, and the project as a whole. If you would like to contribute more to the discussion, please use the comment box below, or start a new thread in the DREaM online community.

Jo Alcock has also reopened the survey that she set up in advance of taking part in the panel session. If you have opinions on the future of LIS research, she would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, you may like to review the conference materials:

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.

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.

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.

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.