Thought I would have a change from reading about the chaos being unleashed by the EURef and flip through the latest from CILIP (and from them a year back).
June 2016 first.
Bit surprised that the consultation on the new membership model is given just a small news item. This seems a pretty big deal to me. The new lower price is likely to be welcomed by many. I wonder how strong the maths is on the number of people likely to take up the “leaders” option and how convincing the package of extra benefits is? There will definitely need to be some strong recruitment of members.
Positive to hear how the Library at Ferguson supported the community following the shooting of Michael Brown.
Even more positive is the column by Dawn Finch as President on the importance of ethical principles in the profession. I have been disappointed again by the decision of HLG to suggest conference sponsors should influence the content of the event. For me this falls foul of the 7th principle
Meanwhile back in 2015 when we had some semblance of order in UK politics.. Michael Gove was scrapping the book ban in prisons.
I really should have checked out the Impact Toolkit (launched in this issue) by now. Glad to see Mary Dunne was involved – she spoke really well at HLG 2014 in Oxford.
Over the page is David Gurteen on Knowledge Cafes. I attended one a few years back at the BDA but found it a bit overwhelming with numbers involved that day. The focus on conversation is really helpful as we work on driving engagement at work. A reference is lacking for the Zeldin book on Conversation which I recommend to all as a quick but worthwhile read. I am very keen on the idea of conversation needing to take place in the physical world – definitely more benefit for me. The more I can talk to people the better things go.
Interesting to read of efforts at Plymouth to provide core reading material as e-textbooks for undergrads. It would be interesting to know how strong the actual usage was – a drop in paper circ for purchased titles was mentioned which you would expect. The preceding article on ebooks was a handy reminder of a few issues and options as I look at what I can do for my NHS users.