It’s a while since I managed to get to Umbrella but I made it this year and I enjoyed it immensely. I found the quality of the sessions to be really high and I thought the format of the Focus and Spotlight sessions was really good. The plenary sessions I went to, which included keynote addresses and debates, were broad-ranging and stimulating. I was there as a speaker in one of the Spotlight sessions on Future Skills and Future Roles. Abi Luthmann and I were presenting an overview of the Public Library Skills programme we developed and ran last year and are continuing this year. Abi is Equal Access Manager with East Sussex Library and Information Service and she talks very eloquently about the success of the programme in East Sussex. Abi is also a former student, an added bonus! It was great to see former and current students at Umbrella, as delegates and speakers, and although I managed to catch only the tail-end (train delay!) of Ka -Ming Pang’s presentation on #uklibchat, I could see that it went down very well. If you want to follow up the Public Library Skills work we’ve been doing check out the July issue of Update (p40-41).
April 22, 2013
We’re holding an Open Day on 1st May in the afternoon and early evening. If you’re interested in an information or library related MA course then come along. If you can’t make that day then check out the webinar option – details on the poster. Alternatively, get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 18, 2012
February 10, 2012
September 26, 2011
One of the highlights of the summer for me was attending ISHIMR 2011 in Zurich. The acronym stands for International Symposium on Health Information Management Research and the conference covers a wide range of topics, from the quite technical to the very practical via the frankly esoteric. What I enjoyed particularly was the opportunity to meet people from lots of different coutries. The Middle East was well represented, as was Eastern Europe and there is some fascinating work going on. Also refreshing was meeting several bright young people, some having just graduated with nursing degrees and others studying PhDs. My own contribution was a paper which looked at aspects of the Net.Weight project, the study I was involved in a couple of years ago with colleagues from Brighton University and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. In the paper, we explored some of the results using the concept of involvement and a 3-stage model devised by Alice Wilson and Richard Casey, who at that time were doing work with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. Their model has proved to be a useful way to think about our results and to highlight gaps in health information provision. I hope to be able to develop the thinking further but in the meantime the paper is in the Conference Proceedings. The photo shows me in earnest conversation at the conference dinner with a Swedish participant (we were probably discussing Wallander!).
May 30, 2011
I officially took over as Chair of the CILIP SE Branch at the AGM on Thursday 26th May. I took over from my colleague Juliet Eve, so we’re keeping things in the University of Brighton family. The next year is going to be one of change, with CILIP’s review of Branches and Groups currently under way – but we’re up for the challenge. The speaker at the AGM was Phil Bradley, CILIP vice-President, but speaking to us more as future-watcher. He sees the future as one of opportunity for information professionals – if we’re prepared to grasp it and adopt the role of thought leaders. See more of Phil at http://www.netvibes.com/philbradley#General.
March 21, 2011
We had a very successful Open Day on Thursday afternoon. Potential students came to talk to us about doing the MA in Information Studies course and their reactions to what we had to tell them was overwhelmingly positive. The photo shows Martin de Saulles and David Horner listening attentively. We talked to young graduates as well as people with several years work experience. There was also the usual wide range of backgrounds – from photography to script-writing. We’re confident that we’ll see a good number of them in September.
February 16, 2011
It was good to see 4 MAIS (pictured) and 2 MSc students at the Graduation Ceremony last Friday. The ceremony was particularly relevant because David House was receiving an honorary degree. David had been Deputy Vice Chancellor until his retirement last year. He started his academic career as a librarian and moved to Brighton to teach librarianship. He never forgot this and referred to it in his excellent acceptance speech – an inspiration to librarians.
August 2, 2010
As well as our Graduation ceremony on Friday 30th July, it was also the prize-giving for CMIS and Business School students. CILIP award the Henrik Jones prize to a student who has demonstrated a high level of skill in information retrieval and this year it went to David Fricker, who has been studying MAIS part-time and is now about to embark on his dissertation. The photo shows David alongside CILIP’s Marion Huckle and myself, all of us enjoying a glass of bubbly in the garden at Grand Parade. Well done, David.
August 2, 2010
As always, the graduation ceremony, held on Friday 30th July, proved to be a fitting and moving celebration of success. Three of the MAIS students attended their graduation and celebrated with friends and family. I managed to grab a photo of the 3 of them: Caroline Morris, Fran Fryer and Josef Cabey before they vanished off. Well done and keep in touch!