De Montfort University Kimberlin Library Lecture Theatre, 00.11 Tuesday 17th July 2012 2.00 – 4.00 pm
(Light refreshments available from 1.45pm)
The JISC Library Data Impact Project proved a statistically significant correlation between library usage and student attainment. Two universities in the region, De Montfort and Lincoln, participated in the project and will present on their approaches to the collection of library activity data and the analysis and dissemination of the results. There will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss the practicalities and value of gathering and using such data, within our libraries and the wider institution.
Phil Adams, Senior Assistant Librarian, De Montfort University
Marie Letzgus, Senior Assistant Librarian, De Montfort University
Paul Stainthorp, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Lincoln
Contact your EMALINK representative to book a place by Wednesday 11th July. There are three places available per institution.
The DMU campus is a 15-20 minute walk from Leicester train station. Limited visitor parking is available on campus – please advise your EMALINK rep on booking if you wish to request a parking space. Campus maps available from: www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/how-to-find-us.aspx
This workshop for CILIP members was looking at various ways in which libraries can have (and can measure) their ‘impact’. I spoke first about Lincoln’s involvement in the University of Huddersfield’s Library Impact Data Project (LIDP), and how that project is trying (successfully, it seems) to measure the relationship between students’ library use and their degree ‘success’.
Then DMU subject librarian Jason Eyretalked about his PITSTOP project, which built a mediated forum for online discussion between Social Work students on placement, their lecturers, and their practice educators (in the NHS and local authorities). Jason explained that while the online discussion forum itself was not very well used, the impact of the project was that is acted as a catalyst for building a better relationship between students, academics, practice educators, and the library.
After a very well-run World Café session, where we moved around between different tables, each themed with a different aspect of ‘impact’ in libraries – and then lunch, information management consultant David Streatfield presented on the difficulties of measuring and evaluating the impact that academic libraries can have. He outlined some of the different approaches that have been taken in the past, and how those approaches can be less than successful in an environment of government pressure to control public service provision.
Lastly, Maria Cotera, former president of the CILIP Career Development Group, told us several anecdotes about the ways she has seen library workers make an impact themselves, through their involvement in staff development, social, and extra-professional activities. In an exercise, all the delegates came up with an example of a shared pressure or circumstance in our home institutions that could be turned into an opportunity for staff development.
Thanks to Marie Nicholson and the UC&R East Midlands committee for inviting me to speak! Twitter hashtag: #UCREMimpact.
This was another East Midlands event, and the first EMALINK event held in Lincoln since we joined that network. It was organised, jointly, by the University of Lincoln, our neighbours Bishop Grosseteste University College, and Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The theme was the lifecycle of collection management: from selection and acquisition, through analysis and review of collections, and finally disposal.
NTU kicked off with a look at their work to incorporate Talis Aspire into the DNA of their library: they’re building a set of resource selection and allocation processes that are strongly driven by the resource lists built by academics using Aspire. Lincoln responded with two short presentations about collection analysis: our project to compare the strengths and weaknesses (in size, breadth, and age) of the various subject collections in our physical bookstock with the relative sizes of the student body in different subject areas; and our work to determine value for money in ‘Big Deal’ database subscriptions. Finally, Susan Rodda from Bishop Grosseteste talked about the options for disposing of unwanted physical library stock, and how BG have managed, for several years, to weed their collection without sending any paper to landfill.
3. JISC Managing Research Data Programme (#jiscmrd) community briefing event
Then, another World Café-type exercise (two in one week!). We moved about the room, scribbling on the tablecloths, making notes about: [a] what activity data universities have at their disposal; [b] what use we might put it to; and [c] what barriers are in our way.
Last of all, David Kay (of SERO and the JISC activity data Synthesis Project: kind of an umbrella for all of these separate activity data initiatives) summed things up nicely: including an excellent slide listing the kinds of skills library workers are going to have to develop in order to do justice to activity data: including data visualisation, again! I’ll post that slide here, if and when I can find it.
There was a little bit of activity on Twitter for this workshop: look for the hashtag #iad11.
There’s an EMALINK (East Midlands Academic Libraries Information NetworK) workshop taking place at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday – the theme being collection management and development.
A colleague (Acquisitions Librarian, Di Walker) and I are giving a presentation about how we’ve used e-resources usage data to help make collection decisions about ‘Big Deal’ databases. Our slides are online.
It was a particularly useful event, especially so for being packed into 2½ hours (and worth learning to drive an automatic in order to get there!), with a presentation from Loughborough about their project to select a next-generation OPAC system; group discussions around some of the factors involved in launching such services; and our own contribution, which led to some interesting conversations about the benefits and risks of experimentation in libraries.
Joint Lincoln University Library/ Loughborough University Library event
The next generation OPACs
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University Library Building
Wednesday 24th November 2010
2.00pm – 4.00pm (light refreshments available from 1.30 p.m.)
Presented and led by:
Jeff Brown, Head of Collection Management, Loughborough University
Jason Cooper, Systems Analyst/ Programmer, Loughborough University
Chris Leach, Systems Librarian, Lincoln University
Paul Stainthorp, Electronic Resources Librarian, Lincoln University
University libraries across the globe are looking to develop their OPACs. Much potential exists to give users access to a greater range of information in a quicker and more effective way. There will be two short presentations followed by group discussions around the topic which will provide plenty of opportunity to share and compare practices in our different institutions.
This workshop will look to:
explore how the Next Generation OPACs will enhance and improve integrated access to resources
take forward discussion which will include key criteria in selecting a system and the benefits that can be expected
Loughborough University: overview of recent investigation of the current resource discovery tools that are available. This will be followed by a presentation about Loughborough’s experiences of the open source VuFind resource portal.
Lincoln University: outline of Jerome: a Library ‘un-Project’ which is about experimenting with ways of exposing bibliographic data (catalogue, link resolver, institutional repository), to a custom search engine (using free and open source software) to allow users to search across all library resources in lightning-fast time.
The seminar is aimed at Library staff responsible for developing electronic resource discovery tools and also those with an interest in their use.
Light refreshments will be available from 1.30pm. There are three places per EMALINK institution. Contact your EMALINK representative to book a place by 13th November 2010.