LISDIS: Reflecting on our first 2 years

LISDIS is almost 2 years old!

It’s strange to think that our conference started as a little germ of an idea at an NLPN event back in March 2015. Since then we’ve put on two ace conferences (in Huddersfield and London) and shared 16 masters dissertations with over 100 attendees. We’ve welcomed the always fantastic Emma Coonan to talk at both conferences and added the fab Claire Sewell to host a workshop at LISDIS 2016. Last year the wonderful Sarah Hume joined our committee, making us five. And we just agreed to have our website archived by the British Library! Not bad for being just two years old.

We met recently to discuss LISDIS and the first thing we agreed is that LISDIS will have a year out in 2017 – BUT we will be back in 2018 with a revamped version. Apologies (and thanks!) to everyone who’s expressed interest in attending or presenting, but we wanted to take some time out to reflect on where we want to take LISDIS next. The five of us organise the conference voluntarily, on top of our full time jobs and various professional and personal commitments, and we need to take a bit of a break.

The upside of this is that the break will give us time to think about the future of LISDIS. The second thing we agreed was that we’re all really passionate about bringing the research done for masters dissertations to the wider profession, and this won’t change. But perhaps the format, timing, location, marketing and other aspects could change (or not!), and these are all things we’ll be considering. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback about our event, so if you’d like to tell us your thoughts about LISDIS’s future, please leave a comment below, tweet us @LISDISConf or email us at lisdisconference@gmail.com

Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who has supported LISDIS so far. Whether it be by presenting, sponsoring, attending, or amplifying our event, we appreciate your contribution and your patience as we work to make LISDIS even more awesome for 2018!

 

LISDIS 2016 Presentations now available on Slideshare

LISDIS 2015 took place on Saturday 5 November 2016 . The organisers would like to thank our sponsors, our speakers, and the attendees for making the day so enjoyable.

The slides from each presentation have now been uploaded to Slideshare and can be accessed by clicking the links below:

10.45- 11.30 Information and Data

Jane Morgan Daniel: The information needs of Occupational Therapy students

James Atkinson: A Library Love Triangle? An analysis of the relationship between data, information and knowledge ine Library and Information Studies

11.45 – 12.45 Linking with our users

Helena Byrne: Connecting to the past through the Abbey Ballroom Indoor Football oral history project: Developing a resource guide and the physical exhibition for Drogheda Local Voices

Megan Dyson: The Hybrid Music Library: User format preferences at Leeds College of Music Library

Dilyana Ducheva: RDA implementation: the new cataloguing standard in Europe

3.00 – 3.45 Challenging Ideas within LIS

Diana Hackett: An elephant in the room: information literacy in the narrative of UK public libraries

Katherine Quinn: Resisting Neoliberalism: the challenge of activist librarianship in the UK HE context

Programme announcement

We are just under a month away from this year’s LISDIS conference and are very excited to announce our programme of exciting and varied speakers. This year, as well as having a great selection of recent graduates, we will also have parallel sessions from Emma Coonan and Claire Sewell on continuing researching and publishing whilst in the workplace. There are still a few tickets left on Eventbrite so grab yours to join us on 5th November!

LISDIS 2016

10-10.30 Register and coffee

10.30 -10.45 Welcome and housekeeping

10.45- 11.30 Information and Data

Jane Morgan Daniel: The information needs of Occupational Therapy students

James Atkinson: A Library Love Triangle? An analysis of the relationship between data, information and knowledge ine Library and Information Studies

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 12.45 Linking with our users

Helena Byrne: Connecting to the past through the Abbey Ballroom Indoor Football oral history project: Developing a resource guide and the physical exhibition for Drogheda Local Voices

Megan Dyson: The Hybrid Music Library: User format preferences at Leeds College of Music Library

Dilyana Ducheva: RDA implementation: the new cataloguing standard in Europe

12.45 – 1.45 Lunch

1.45 – 2.45 Parallel sessions

Emma Coonan and Claire Sewell on publishing in LIS journals and researching in the workplace.

2.45 – 3.00 Coffee break

3.00 – 3.45 Challenging Ideas within LIS

Diana Hackett: An elephant in the room: information literacy in the narrative of UK public libraries

Katherine Quinn: Resisting Neoliberalism: the challenge of activist librarianship in the UK HE context

3.45 – 4.30 Closing panel session

Attendee Bursaries for LISDIS 2016

We are delighted to be able to offer six travel bursaries of up to £50 to attendees of LISDIS 2016.

LISDIS is a free conference, but we understand that travel costs can be prohibitive, so we’re really pleased to be able to offer these bursaries, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

To apply for a travel bursary please email LISDISconference@gmail.com before Friday 19th August 2016 with details of your name, predicted travel costs, and 200 words on what benefits you think attending LISDIS will have for you and your future plans, be they your future career, research, or studies. Please book your free ticket before applying for a bursary. 

You don’t have to be a member of a professional body, or a student, and it doesn’t have to be your first time attending LISDIS. If you later apply and are accepted as a speaker, you will have your travel costs paid for, and we shall re-open this award to other applicants.

LISDIS 2016: Call for Papers

LISDIS conference is a conference where people can share dissertation research they completed as part of a library and information science qualification. It ran for the first time last year and both presenters and delegates commented on how much they got out of the event. LISDIS will take place on Saturday 5th November 2016 at University College London.

If you are interested in contributing a 15 minute presentation or a poster to the conference please complete the abstract submission form (.docx) and return it to LISDISConference@gmail.com by Friday 19th August 2016. Following the conference, there may be opportunities to publish your research. You may like to take a look at last year’s presentations to help you plan your presentation.

The criteria:

  • Have completed an LIS dissertation since 2013 that hasn’t been previously published or presented
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about your dissertation research and keen to present it to the wider profession
  • Can present on your research within the 15 minute time slot
  • Alternatively, create a poster on your research

All those who submit will be notified by Monday 5th September as to whether they have been successful.

The event is free to attend and speakers’ travel costs will be paid for (within reason). Poster session presenters are not required to attend, but will have to cover postage costs themselves if they do not.

Please contact us at LISDISConference@gmail.com if you would like to discuss your idea prior to submission, or if you have any further questions. We look forward to receiving your application!

LISDIS, Chartership and the PKSB

 

Here LISDIS co-organiser Jess looks back on her Chartership experience, and how LISDIS 2015 played a part in that. Look out for exciting news from LISDIS soon… 

I was registered as a Chartered Member of CILIP in April this year, after a year and a bit of putting my portfolio and my evaluative statement together. LISDIS was, for me, a major part of my Chartership. I was proud to include it in my Evaluative Statement, under Criteria Three: “Enhanced their knowledge of the wider professional context and reflected on areas of current interest”. I wrote

“After the NLPN event, myself and three other librarians reflected on how useful an opportunity to present our own dissertations would have been. We formed an organisational committee, and LISDIS took place in November. The experience of planning and facilitating a national conference hosted in my institution made me learn how to communicate effectively with stakeholders, how to plan large projects in diverse and distant teams, and how to publicise events effectively. LISDIS was extremely successful, with a vibrant discussion online as well as excellent speakers, which made me consider various aspects of my professional practice including how I catalogue items and the digital divide in my community. This will now become a yearly conference, and has contributed to the range of activities for New Professionals within the wider LIS sector, of which I am very proud.”

I also included within my portfolio (that you hyperlink to within  the evaluated statement at appropriate junctures) PDFs of the blog post that I wrote for CILIP http://www.cilip.org.uk/blog/share-celebrate-use-your-lis-dissertation-research and my later article reporting on LISDIS in CILIP Update. Writing for CILIP in any capacity is great professional practice-as they are very good at publicising it to the wider world. Although Update is not totally OA, you can add anything to write for them to your institutional repository after a month. LISDIS offer many opportunities for conference reports from our sponsors, or you could approach your local CILIP groups to see if they would accept a conference report for their newsletter or blog. You could even blog for LISDIS, on any aspect of completing your dissertation, or research in practice tips-just email us with suggestions.

LSIDIS covers a multitude of PKSB areas. The ones I applied it to directly as an organiser were

10.9 Project Management

12.4 Social Media and Collaborative Tools

12.5 Communication Skills

16.6 Networking Skills

But we’d also suggest that it covers

2.7 Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration

3.8 Abstracting and Summarizing (for presenters/applicants)

4 Research Skills

BUT-remember that the PKSB is personal to YOU-it is YOUR development, and if you think something applied to your desired skillset and you can reflect on that then you should! Attending or presenting at LISDIS may lead to you being able to apply so many different areas as you learn from the research of others. In 2015 we had talks and posters on everything from cataloguing issues to libraries in times of conflict. We have no idea WHAT amazing a brilliant dissertations will be presented in 2016-the sheer variety of research with LIS means that literally any part of the PKSB could be covered.

Going to conferences or networking events is important if you want to be active in the LIS community, share good practice, and learn about the wider world we work and study in.. Chartership is the process of ratifying that practice into a portfolio of evidence that shows you to be a professional, and I would heartily recommend attending a conference such as LISDIS as part of it.

Jess Haigh

LISDIS Presentations now available on Slideshare

LISDIS 2015 took place on Saturday 14 November 2015 and was hugely successful. The organisers would like to thank our sponsors, our speakers, and the attendees for making the day so enjoyable.

The slides from each presentation have now been uploaded to Slideshare and can be accessed by clicking the links below:

10.30-11.30 Collections and discovery

Sarah Hume: Wine, Witchcraft, Women, Wool: Classifying Women’s Studies collections

Lizzie Sparrow: The use of an academic library’s discovery layer: an ethnographic approach

Lucy Saint-Smith: “La Femme Bibliophile”: Women as book collectors in an age of bibliomania. This presentation has an accompanying bibliography which can be downloaded from Google Drive here.

12.00-13.00 Public libraries and the community

Ian Clark: To what extent do community libraries address the concerns of the digital divide?

Alanna Broadley: The provision of lesbian fiction in public libraries in Scotland

Martyn Greenwood: Graphic Novels in England’s Public Libraries

14.00-14.45 Guest Speaker

Emma Coonan: Publication without tears: tips for aspiring authors

15.00-16.00 Valuing the library

Natasha Chowdory: Measuring the value of a corporate library

Marion Harris: An investigation into the effect of increased tuition fees on the attitudes and opinions of UK academic library staff towards their customers and their roles

Sonja Kujansuu: Libraries under attack: the destruction of libraries and the role of the international community in protecting and aiding libraries

Programme announcement

After an extremely difficult selection process the LISDIS committee is delighted to announce our programme of speakers for 14th November. We were overwhelmed by both the quantity and the quality of submissions we received, and would like to thank everyone who applied. If you haven’t got your ticket yet there are still a couple left via Eventbrite, we look forward to seeing you in November!

LISDIS 2015

10.00-10.30 Registration and welcome

10.30-11.30 Collections and discovery

Sarah Hume: Wine, Witchcraft, Women, Wool: Classifying Women’s Studies collections

Lizzie Sparrow: The use of an academic library’s discovery layer: an ethnographic approach

Lucy Saint-Smith: “La Femme Bibliophile”: Women as book collectors in an age of bibliomania

11.30-12.00 Coffee break and poster session

12.00-13.00 Public libraries and the community

Ian Clark: To what extent do community libraries address the concerns of the digital divide?

Alanna Broadley: The provision of lesbian fiction in public libraries in Scotland

Martyn Greenwood: Graphic Novels in England’s Public Libraries

13.00-14.00 Lunch break 

14.00-14.45 Guest Speaker: Emma Coonan

15.00-16.00 Valuing the library

Natasha Chowdory: How to measure the value of a corporate library

Marion Harris: An investigation into the effect of increased tuition fees on the attitudes and opinions of UK academic library staff towards their customers and their roles

Sonja Kujansuu: Libraries under attack: the destruction of libraries and the role of the international community in protecting and aiding libraries

16.00-16.30 Panel session

UCL DIS student bursary announcement

We’re really pleased to announce today that UCL’s Department of Information Studies is offering conference bursaries for any of their students who are selected to present at LISDIS!

The conference bursary is for current UCL DIS students who are selected to present their paper at the conference, and will cover reasonable travel costs to get to and from the conference on Saturday 14th November.  You must be one of the current year group, studying INSTG099 in Summer 2015, to qualify for the bursary.

Other criteria for those submitting papers:

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about your dissertation research and keen to present it to the wider profession
  • Can present on your research within the 15 minute time slot (with 5 minutes for questions)

To submit your paper, please send your completed abstract submission form to LISDISconference@gmail.com by Friday 11th September. Please identify yourself as a UCL student undertaking INSTG099 in Summer 2015 to qualify for the bursary. If you are selected to present, we will notify you by Wednesday 30th September.

Meet our guest speaker: Emma Coonan

We are only 3 weeks away from the deadline for submitting papers and, in case you need some extra motivation, we are delighted to announce that our guest speaker will be Emma Coonan!

Emma is the Information Skills Librarian at UEA (University of East Anglia), Norwich and tweets @LibGoddess. She will be enlightening us all about the process of publishing a journal article including peer review, formatting your article, and how to maximise the impact of your published work. For more information on Emma and her talk please see About our Guest Speaker.

If you would like to come and see Emma (and lots of recent graduates) talk, tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lisdis-2015-tickets-18048750298.

If this has inspired you to submit a paper then please send your completed abstract submission form to lisdisconference@gmail.com by Friday 11th September.