Email from CILIP confirming that my revalidation for 2017 has gone through safely. I was successful in my plan to get this done earlier in the year. This reflects both being used to the system and the added pressure of working on a submission for Fellowship.
2017 was a hectic year professionally (though you would not know it from this blog where it has mostly been the Journal Club activity that got written up). I was lucky enough to attend EAHIL for the first time and spoke there on my work on metrics. It was great to go to a wider conference and hear about some of the interesting developments in the use of text and data mining for search. I have a stack of photos of the brutalist Berkeley Library at Trinity College to share at some point.
I learnt a lot about feedback delivering both LibQUAL+ and LibUX representing rather different approaches to hearing from library users. Without wishing to completely dismiss LibQUAL+ I think LibUX is likely to offer a richer forward path. It is so much more flexible, immediate and powerful.
I was lucky enough to learn from inspirational folk on an NHS LKS leadership programme. Not sure I have ever done quite so many tools looking at understanding my style, preferences and so on before. I am not sure I feel very different for it but I do have some more tools and excellent contacts.
Fellowship submission this year!
This years celebratory Mj Hibbett and the [re] Validators number is “Do the indie kid”
After something of a gap it was good to have a return of the Journal Club at work. The article this time was
The Impact of Physically Embedded Librarianship on Academic Departments – , , 2016 Portal: Libraries and the Academy
This was interesting for the team as a way to consider how librarians might best approach closer working with faculties and in particular whether physical collocation is important.
The article examines the impact of a shift to three liaisons being based more with their faculty following changes to the delivery of enquiry services within the library.
There is a big emphasis on counting different routes to interactions. The picture from these figures is unconvincing. There are a number of variables that can be controlled for. There is little consideration of any change in the type, quality or depth of the enquiries. This would be more useful to know – a fall in enquiries could be a positive thing if more useful enquiries are replacing them.
Given the focus on quantitative data it was also disappointing to not have any examination of data around their use of Libguides.
Generally the study would have been more interesting by including qualitative elements. There is a brief mention of chats with faculty and it would be these interactions that are interesting.
So a helpful paper from prompting discussion but not one where you can draw much that is transferable.
As Depeche Mode didn’t say.
Another years CPD (2016) safely logged away and submitted to CILIP for the Revalidation Assessors. Slightly worried that it is almost time to sort out the 2017 log.
Highlights? Talking Metrics at HLG2016 in Scarborough where I got to meet a number of colleagues previously known only from twitter and by their good work. Hearing Sherry Turkle on Reclaiming Conversation with lots of food for thought on how we interact online and in person. I also ended up getting involved with work around evaluation frameworks with Sharon Markless which was a real eye opener.
Definitely need to get the Revalidation done earlier next year as it really is a bit far away for some of it already. Given the lack of blogposts of late I will have some reflecting to do.
This years MJ Hibbett and the Validators tune is Lesson of the Smiths – enjoy!
The #NHSHE2016 conference was more than just a poster competition and a chance to catch up with good colleagues.
There was the usual full programme of talks. It was useful to hear about some of the new structures in the NHS around STPs (Sustainability & Transformation Plans AKA Sticky Toffee Pudding AKA Secret Tory Plans) with Local Workforce Action Boards (LWABs) a new one on me and seemingly a useful place to seek involvement. Within the developing STP picture there is less emphasis on organisational boundaries. A big drive for a digital ready workforce should also have implications for us – support for effective working in an online environment is something we could plug into.
Louise Goswami gave a good run through on KfH progress. The patient and public area was the newest on me and it was good to get a view of the breadth of work in this area. The patient and public is not a natural match for HE based libraries – it was good to see ideas for how we can support the Trust in their work with these groups rather than perhaps taking a direct patient facing role.
Sue Lacey-Bryant gave a great talk on efforts to advance “mobilising evidence and organisational knowledge” AKA Knowledge Management. There are concrete tools and training coming that can help us make this a reality which is great as I have long maintained an interest without advancing very far (see this since abandoned 2008 blog where I read Learning to Fly). There will be a campaign #amilliondecisions advocacy championing expertise of librarians and knowledge in mobilising evidence.
I was really pleased to participate in an innovation presentation session. I spoke about how I made our annual reports for NHS partners more engaging and useful for all concerned. The slides are pretty simple in that they consist largely of a lightly edited version of the report.
The style is very much based on that used by the University of York for their action plans. The talk was well received – both in terms of winning first prize in a public vote but also in terms of people discussing it with me afterwards. I had a similar experience when I shared it with colleagues in my local network so it was great to be able to spread this further. I plan to follow up in the Spring to see if any NHS colleagues have gone with it following the talk.
I have pondered applying for Cilip Fellowship a few times. The latest provocation was the realisation that under the old revalidation scheme the third round would have made me a Fellow. I appreciate the new scheme is less of a job than the old one but the discipline of revalidating made me very aware of the range of development I have completed over the years. Generally I have been put off by the slightly minimalist guidance available on the process. I have also been busy learning about life in HE and completing the AKC (final year of this at present).
A timely event organised by Cilip in London in October helped quell some of my doubts about the process. Hail Fellow well met brought together potential fellowship candidates, those already in process, some Fellows and those involved on the assessment side. While there were some useful materials available it was predominantly the opportunity to have a conversation with those who understood the nature of the process that made the difference. There are alos a good few people I know on Twitter who are engaged in the process at present so I have a ready made community to discuss things with.
I had mooted starting the process next year to my boss but have ended up plumping for just getting on with it so there will be a bit of Fellowship commentary on here in the coming months. In the first instance I am all registered, have found a mentor and found a copy of the portfolio book in the work ebook collection (the paper copy is not on the shelf and not issued – tut). Anyone know where I left my CV?
The shrink wrap crackle of a new edition through the letterbox pushes me to try not to fall further behind again.
October 2016 had some good stuff in it.
Interested in the plans for the new Lambeth Palace Library – I work just around the corner and will hopefully be involved in a building project myself nearby so there will be two Library projects within a few hundred metres over the coming years.
The Library Leadership Reading Group is profiled. I have dipped in and out of this but frequently find it hard to participate in twitter events in the evenings. I am hoping to participate in the next one on Compelling People which looks useful for me as someone who needs to influence people without some of the usual levers.
Alison Day writes about the creation of the PKSB for health I am a fan of this in that it finally prompted me to complete my PKSB. Having examples grounded in my predominant practice was a real help. The new online version also made it much easier to work through (and share). The close working between NHS libraries and CILIP has been a real positive for both.
I loved the Reads and rights campaign at Bath Spa – such a brilliant engagement project building on the strengths and values of the library within the institution and society.
Way back to April 2015 next with the announcement of the Knowledge for Healthcare Framework – stunning to think it was less than two years that this was published given all the work and progress subsequently (more on this in another post).
The other main thing to strike my eye was a piece by Paul Pedley on protecting the privacy of users particularly relevant in the light of the passing of the IP bill and a tide of news relating to capture and use of personal data. There is a lot in the article to check out and some solid pointers for areas that we need to look at as a service.
I am falling behind so this is a quick post.
September 2016 first the hoody issue.
My being behind flags to me that I need to read more about the NHS Library Impact Toolkit. This is a key agenda across the NHS and rising at work so I need to know more here.
Confirmation in print of my MCLIP revalidation. I attended a fellowship event organised by Cilip London last week – I really need to get on and just do this. First job will to be find the necessary mentor – anyone care to help?
The article by Jane Secker on text and data mining was useful with clear pointers to developments and potential roles. I wondered about how this sort of work might mesh with the AI and automation agenda – might we see automated tools doing most of the grint work in literature work?
Complementary to this was the article on Full Library Discovery. Not sure quite how far down this path we are yet. Trip plus local materials could be the basis of something in the NHS.
Back to May 2015…
There is an advert for the UHMLG annual conference (I still owe this blog a day two post from it) that was my first UHMLG event – as of yesterday I am an UHMLG committee member.
A bit late really to read the article about the first UXLIbs Conference. In practice I have read a lot about this at the time and since. I finally read the Protolib report this week which uses the techniques discussed here and is a real eye opener on student use of space. I was in one of our super high intensity spaces yesterday thinking about what might help mitigate some of the effects of it.