DREaM 5 speaker insight: Jo Alcock

Jo Alcock

In the fourth of our DREaM Conference preview posts, Jo Alcock describes her experiences as a member of the DREaM workshop cadre and explains what she hopes to bring to the panel discussion …and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers.
 

Jo Alcock is researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University. She is currently working towards CILIP Chartership and is Chair of CILIP West Midlands Branch.
 
 
 

How have you been involved in the DREaM project to date?

I attended the DREaM opening conference last July and as a relatively new LIS researcher was keen to be involved in the project. I was fortunate enough to be able to be part of the ‘cadre’ of researchers and practitioners attending the series of workshops in Edinburgh and London. I’ve learnt a lot from these and am looking forward to putting some of what I’ve learnt into practice in my research. In addition I have had the opportunity to present on my research during the participant-led sections of the workshops, as can be seen in the video of the “unconference” half hour session at the October 2011 workshop. I have also formed new connections and strengthened existing connections with others interested in LIS research.

Why are you participating in the conference?

I was invited to attend the conference and participate as part of the afternoon panel session as a representative of the DREaM workshop cadre. I hope I’ll be able to contribute both my own opinions and that of my fellow cadre members regarding the future of LIS research.

The title of the afternoon panel session at the conference is “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”. Why is it important that the UK network of LIS researchers is sustained, and what do you anticipate we will be discussed in the panel session?

Many of the reasons the LIS Research Coalition was established are still true, particularly the gap between LIS researchers and LIS practitioners, and the lack of cohesion within LIS research. Though the work of the LIS Research Coalition has made great steps towards improving this, there is still work to be done. As a current researcher and previous practitioner, I’d like to think that as a profession we can continue to take forward the good work started by the LIS Research Coalition and strengthen the connections and collaboration within LIS research itself, and between research and practice. I hope the afternoon panel will be able to conclude with some actions for us all to take forward to help build and sustain a network of LIS researchers.

Jo Alcock will be participating in a panel discussion entitled: …and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers 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.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Dr Carol Tenopir

Dr Carol Tenopir

In the third of our DREaM Conference preview posts, Dr Carol Tenopir describes her opening keynote presentation Building evidence of the value and impact of library and information services: methods, metrics and ROI.
 

Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies.
 
 
 

What is your interest in the DREaM project?

As an LIS researcher myself, I applaud the goals of the DREaM project to build a network for researchers in the UK. We can all learn from each other — in both methods and findings — plus finding collaborators is increasingly important. Hazel Hall has been keeping me updated on the DREaM project throughout its duration when we have been together as co-presenters at various other conferences.

Why are you participating in the conference?

I was honoured to be asked by Hazel to participate in this final event. Although I am based in the US, my research is often international in scope and I value my interactions with my UK colleagues. Many of the topics we research are not restricted by place, as the LIS issues and methods used to study them are global.

What do you hope to achieve in your keynote?

I will be presenting some of the findings from my ongoing studies of measuring value and outcomes from scholarly reading and, more specifically, return on investment in libraries. I will be discussing (1) methods for measuring value, and (2) findings from studies on the measurement of the value of libraries conducted in the UK, US and elsewhere. Applied research in LIS has value beyond just the interesting things that researchers discover – although that is a continuing motivation for all researchers. Importantly, research evidence can help practitioners make informed decisions about their services delivery.

You are also participating in the afternoon panel session. What do you expect to come up in the discussion?

The panel “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers” is all about motivation and means for keeping collaboration strong. DREaM is a starting point; for it to be truly successful in the long run, all involved – including researchers, practitioner-researchers, and practitioners who use the research output of the LIS research community in their work – must make an effort to keep the networking going. Networking means sharing ideas. It also means finding ways to actively work together in collaborative research on important LIS topics.

Dr Carol Tenopir will be presenting the opening keynote: “Building evidence of the value and impact of library and information services: methods, metrics and ROI” at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. She will also be participating in a panel discussion titled: “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”. For full details about the conference programme and to book a place, please see the conference web page.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Carla Basili

Carla Basili

In the second of our DREaM Conference preview posts, Dr Carla Basili describes the perspectives that she will bring to the panel discussion …and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers.
 
Dr Carla Basili is Senior Researcher at the Italian National Research Council and Associate Professor on Methodologies of Scientific Information at Sapienza University in Rome.
 
Note: In the event Carla Basili was unable to attend the DREaM conference on 9th July 2012. John Dolan kindly took her place on the panel.

How have you been involved in the DREaM project to date?

Participation in the panel session at the DREaM conference on 9th July will be my first face-to-face involvement in the project.

Why are you participating at the conference?

I’m pleased to be participating at the conference because the themes of the DREaM project are close to my research interests. In 2003 I launched a network of researchers in Information Literacy (EnIL, the European network on Information Literacy). On 9th July I can report about my experience of this network, and a framework of variables for the qualitative analysis and comparison of European information literacy policies. I’ll be happy to discuss these themes with delegates one-to-one during the breaks and networking sessions, as well as formally during the panel session.

The title of the afternoon panel session at the conference is “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”. Why is it important that the UK network of LIS researchers is sustained, and what do you anticipate we will be discussed in the panel session?

Firstly, the DREaM project is a timely attempt to answer to the question: how to justify the funding of research in the LIS domain? This question, indeed, is part of a more general concern as to how research funding in the Humanities can be justified in terms of impact.

Both these connected questions are of great relevance, particularly in the European context. What’s interesting and new about the work of the DREaM project is that while a number of initiatives have been already undertaken for the Arts and Humanities sector in general, the focus here is on one disciplinary area in particular: library and information science.

Secondly, and with specific reference to the theme of the panel discussion, I’m looking forward to discussing concrete steps that will:

  • formalise and manage the DREaM network and
  • raise the familiarity among LIS researchers with innovative research methods and interdisciplinary research

…together with the potential benefits of collaborating in a network.

Dr Carla Basili will be participating in a panel discussion entitled: …and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers 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.

DREaM 5 speaker insight: Dr Louise Cooke

Louise Cooke

Dr Louise Cooke

As the DREaM Conference at the British Library on 9th July fast approaches, we bring you the first in our series of preview posts from our speakers and panelists. In this post, Dr Louise Cooke describes her involvement with the DREaM project as a whole and introduces her invited paper: Facets of DREaM: An analysis of network development to support UK LIS research and researchers.

Dr Louise Cooke is a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, where she teaches on the MSc Information and Knowledge Management programme.

Dr Cooke gave an introduction to social network analysis at the second DREaM event.
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Ben Goldacre and the DREaM project: read all about it in CILIP Update

CILIPUpdate May 2012 cover

DREaM keynote speaker Ben Goldacre features on the cover of CILIPUpdate (photograph of Goldacre copyright Scott Hurst)

Check out the May 2012 issue of CILIP Update for news of the DREaM project and the forthcoming conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July 2012.

As well as featuring Ben Goldacre on the front cover of the magazine, there is a news item on Goldacre’s involvement in the presentation of the Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award (“Ben Goldacre to present award”, p. 7).

The issue also includes a full-length feature article by Hazel Hall and Charles Oppenheim. They discuss their involvement in the DREaM project, and its efforts to mobilise the UK library and information science research community (“The possible DREaM: developing LIS research excellence”, pp. 32-33).

There are still conference places available, with travel bursaries to support the attendance of new professional, PhD student, and international delegates. To book your place please go to the DREaM conference registration page.

Ben Goldacre to speak at DREaM conference on 9th July 2012

Ben Goldacre announced as #lis_dream5 keynote speaker

The announcement was made at the DREaM project workshop on 30th January 2012

Today we announced that Dr Ben Goldacre will be the closing speaker at the DREaM project conference on 9th July 2012. Dr Goldacre is probably best known for the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian, which he has written since 2003. His presentation on research, evidence bases, decision making and policy will conclude a day devoted to considering the role of research in supporting library and information services provision.

For further details, please see the media release.