I’m looking forward to going to the LILAC Conference in Cardiff in just over a week’s time where I’m presenting at one of the parallel sessions on the Tuesday afternoon – 31st March at 3.30pm. I’ll be reporting back from our Net.Weight project, which is a study on the role that ICTs might play in supporting people who are trying to manage their weight. I’m looking specifically at the information literacy angle. Hope to see you there!
March 19, 2009
March 6, 2009
It was a great thrill last night to be at Flis Henwood’s inaugural lecture. Flis is Professor of Social Informatics and she used her lecture last night to tell the story of her own academic journey and how her various research interests have come together around the concept of e-health. Her lecture was challenging and entertaining and the whole evening was a great tribute to her significant achievements. All of us who teach on the library and information courses were there to join in the celebrations, along with other colleagues, family and friends.
March 4, 2009
As part of the Professional Day for MAIS students on Friday 13th February, I invited a couple of former students, Abi and Helen, to talk about their work experience before and after graduation and what they gained from their work placements while they were still students. Abi works for West Sussex Public Library Service and is now Chair of CILIP in Sussex and a member of the South East Branch committee so is doing a good job of widening her professional networks. Helen is working at Sussex University Library and was also involved in a teaching session the week prior to the Professional Day – talking about building a collection and developing expertise to support academic researchers. They did a great job.
March 4, 2009
On Friday 13th February – yes, I risked it – I organised a Professional Day for the students on our MA in Information Studies course. The morning session was run by Kathy Ennis and Lyndsay Rees-Jones from the Membership Support Unit at CILIP and they did a great job engaging the students in activities which got them to think about reflective practice and where they wanted to go in life. One such activity involved selecting a plastic bag from a pile and saying how it represented you or who you wanted to be. A good one!
February 18, 2009
Anyone interested in chatting to University of Brighton lecturers about our postgraduate library and information courses is welcome to join us on our open day on Monday 9th March between 3 and 7pm. It will be an informal drop-in affair and we look forward to meeting prospective students. More details of the open day can be found by following the link below.
July 31, 2008
Tuesday July 29th saw the Library and Information Group’s (LIRG) AGM and annual address, held in London. As well as the usual AGM business, including the awarding of our annual prizes – the Research Award and the student prize for best dissertation – we had a presentation from last year’s Research Award winner, Jackie Chelin (and colleagues), followed by a set of linked presentations around the theme of the ACRL’s 2007 Environmental Scan, a horizon-scanning of issues relating (in particular) to academic libraries, published in January this year. ACRL is the Association of College & Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association. Further details on the Scan and the afternoon sessions are available on the Researchmatters blog.
June 22, 2008
yes, it can only be … University Challenge. This year we are very pleased that a team from Brighton University has made it through to the televised stages of the competition. Filiming will take place in Manchester in June. And, what is a quiz team without a librarian? One of our current MA Information Studies students, Beth Hewitt, has been selected for the University of Brighton’s team. Beth (pictured) says: ‘Having already demonstrated enough knowledge of Botticelli, swill buckets and Paris Hilton to have passed the auditions ,the team will be going to Manchester on the 21st June to take part in filming. It’s been an ambition of mine to go on the show for a long time so it is incredibly exciting to be finally doing it. It is also terrifying(!) I’m just hoping all those years of pub quizzes will finally pay off…’
We wish Beth, and the other team members (Stephen Blenkin (Captain), Ben Jordan and Jolyon Dales) the very best of luck.
June 10, 2008
Today saw the official opening of the National Chess Library at University Centre Hastings (UCH). The collection was officially opened by Charles Clarke, MP, whose father, Sir Richard Clarke, donated his private collection of chess books to the British Chess Federation (now the English Chess Federation), to start the National Chess Library.
Part of the afternoon’s events included the presentation of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Europe award for the best student dissertation to Francess Warrell, who undertook research for her Masters dissertation into marketing of the collection. Frances completed her MA Information Studies at the University of Brighton last year, and has gone on to take up a post at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum (see posting April 15th).
Frances is pictured below, with her dissertation supervisor, Dr. Nicola Smith, who teaches on the MAIS course in Brighton and is leading the Community History strand on the Joint Honours programme offered by UCH which will run for the first time this September (currently available as Joint Honours with Sociology or Joint Honours with English Literature). Details of all courses available at UCH are available here.
Also pictured below, (flourishing their wands and playing with a Harry Potter chess set), are Margaret Wallis, Head of Co-ordination and Development at UCH, and Sarah Eatwell, UCH Information Services Manager.
February 26, 2008
Last night, colleagues and I attended the UK premiere of The Hollywood Librarian, a feature-length documentary looking at libraries and librarians in real life and as seen by Hollywood. The event was sponsored by CILIP, organised by the Sussex branch, and attended by the film’s writer and director, Ann Seidl. The film itself was funny, moving, uplifting and passionate – the best piece of advocacy for libraries, librarians and what we do that you could hope for. A trailer for the film is available, and the Hollywood Librarian website includes a form to complete if you are interested in screening the film (UK distribution is being co-ordinated by a member of CILIP’s Sussex branch committee).