Event 2: 7 November 2019

The second RIVAL network event will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh.

  • Registration for this event and RIVAL events 3 and 4 is via Eventbrite.
  • Registration is free to Scotland-based members of the library and information science practitioner and research communities who have joined the RIVAL network. (NB Network membership includes a commitment to participate at this and two other events on 19th March 2020 and 9th July 2020.)
  • Funding is available to subsidise delegate travel and accommodation costs associated with participation at RIVAL events 2, 3 and 4. Details on how to claim costs will be mailed to delegates upon registration.
10:00‑10:30 Registration/coffee
10:30‑10:45 Introduction: Professor Hazel Hall
10:45‑11:30 Keynote: ‘Catalysing research into practice from the ground up’
David Stewart (Health Libraries North and CILIP President)David Stewart, CILIP President for 2019 and Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North, will present on his key presidential theme: the importance of evidence to underpin the difference that library services make. He will provide an overview of CILIP’s plans for greater collaboration and co-ordination, and also share details of work undertaken in NHS England. This will include (a) national research on return on investment, and (b) details of the Catalyst scheme in the North of England, which has been designed to develop librarian research capability and a ground-up, small-scale research programme.
11:30‑12:00 Network ice-breaker: an opportunity to get to know the others who have signed up as members of the RIVAL network
12:00‑12:30 Unconference half-hour: a selection of RIVAL network members share updates in plenary
12:30‑13:15 Lunch
13:15‑14:00 Research into Practice case study 1:
CILIP/ARA Workforce mapping project
Professor Hazel Hall (Edinburgh Napier University) with Sean McNamara (CILIPS)Commissioned by the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), in 2014/15 a team from Edinburgh Napier University conducted the most extensive workforce mapping project of the information professions ever undertaken worldwide. The results of this work allowed for an estimate of the size of the UK information workforce and surfaced a number of interesting findings related to the workforce’s gender split, qualifications, age profile, and ethnic diversity. Since its completion, CILIP and ARA have been using this output to better understand the library and information sector, to monitor trends in the workforce, to support their advocacy work, to develop relevant and robust policies, and to develop their services. In this ‘research into practice’ case study Hazel Hall of Edinburgh Napier University will present the main findings of the project, and Sean McNamara of CILIP Scotland will outline how its findings have been used in practice.
14:00‑15:00 RIVAL network planning for event 4
What would the RIVAL network members like to see on the programme for event 4 in July 2020? In this round table session members will discuss ideas then feed them back to the project board in plenary.
15:00‑15:15 Tea
15:15‑16:00 Research into Practice case study 2:
Linked and open data in libraries and the cultural sector
Dr Diane Pennington (Strathclyde University) with Laura Cagnazzo (University of the West of Scotland)The research underlying this presentation explored the role that libraries play in the linked data context. Focusing on European national libraries and Scottish libraries, multiple data gathering methods and constant comparative analysis were applied in the study. Amongst the findings, a general lack of awareness within the library community of the Semantic Web and the implications of linked data was identified. At the same time, there is recognition that linked data augments the discoverability and enhances the interoperability of library data. The presentation will include recommendations for the application of the findings of this research in practice.
16:00‑16:15 Closing remarks