The first LISDIS Conference was held on Saturday 14th November 2015 at the University of Huddersfield.
A number of our delegates wrote about their experiences attending LISDIS; we’ve collected their blog posts below. We’ll add to this page with more publications as we hear about them. Please let us know if you have a post or article to add to this page.
LISDIS was a really fascinating event. The presentations were very engaging and demonstrated an enormous range of research areas from across the LIS field. For those of us on the FLIP team who need to choose a dissertation topic in the near future, the day was of particular interest. Hearing about each of the dissertations gave us a real insight into the range of topics and methods our dissertations might comprise of. We certainly left the event with a lot of food for thought.
Delegate and official conference photographer Laura Williams wrote about the day for the SLA Europe blog:
The programme featured dissertation research on a wide range of topics. A variety of sectors were covered including academic, corporate and public libraries. Presentations were on topics ranging from women book collectors, graphic novels, the effect of tuition fees on academic libraries, and the role of community libraries in addressing the digital divide. The 2015 ECCA winner Sarah Hume presented her dissertation research entitled Wine, Witchcraft, Women, Wool: Classifying Women’s Studies collections whilst Natasha Chowdory, winner of the Leadership and Management Division’s Career Advancement Award, presented Measuring the Value of the Corporate Library. The variety of subjects was particularly enjoyable as it meant listening to presentations on topics that I would not ordinarily hear about at conferences or events.
Two current students at Manchester Metropolitan University summarised the day for our friends at NLPN:
The conference was very engaging and offered a great insight into the wide variety of research that library and information professionals are involved in. As I will be starting my own dissertation next year it was interesting to hear the speakers discussing their methodology and highlighting practical issues that must be considered.
Sonja Kujansuu, one of our presenters, wrote about her experience of LISDIS for our sponsors CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network:
Overall, it was an excellent opportunity to have a chance to share my research and the topic I feel so passionate about with others in the profession. I am often curious about what other people write their dissertations on and how they conduct research and I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear about the unique contributions of others to librarianship.
Delegate and Chartership candidate Alison Caller reflected on some of the day’s presentations in a blog post for ARLG NW:
Having attended this conference I now know more about why having collection policies and why how subjects are classified is important. This understanding will be beneficial to me as a professional as I wanted to learn about our ethics and how I can be more ethical in the way that I work.