Event 2: 7 November 2019

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

Slides and videos are available via the links below.

Tweets about the event are visible at our Twitter event 2 collection. (You don’t need to be logged into twitter to see this.)

10:00‑10:30 Registration/coffee
10:30‑10:45 Welcome to St Cecilia’s Hall: Andy Taylor
Introduction to the day: Professor Hazel Hall
[Slides available on SlideShare]
10:45‑11:30 10:45‑11:30Keynote: ‘Catalysing research into practice from the ground up’
David Stewart (Health Libraries North and CILIP President)
Chaired by Professor Hazel HallDavid Stewart, CILIP President for 2019 and Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North, presented on his key presidential theme: the importance of evidence to underpin the difference that library services make. He provided an overview of CILIP’s plans for greater collaboration and co-ordination, and also shared details of work undertaken in NHS England. This included (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.[Slides available on SlideShare] [video]
11:30‑12:00* RIVAL members map & the BIG RIVAL business card introduced by Bruce Ryan and Professor Hazel Hall

The exercise was an opportunity to get to know others who have signed up as members of the RIVAL network.

[Slides available on SlideShare] [video]

12:00‑12:30 RIVAL network member news

RIVAL network members shared updates on their work related to the impact and value of LIS research in unconference style
Chaired by Emily Prince


12:30‑13:30* Lunch
13:30‑14:15 Research into Practice case study 1:
CILIP/ARA Workforce mapping project
Professor Hazel Hall (Edinburgh Napier University) with Sean McNamara (CILIPS)
Chaired by Martina McChrystalCommissioned 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 presented the main findings of the project, and Sean McNamara of CILIP Scotland outlined how its findings have been used in practice.[Slides available on SlideShare] [video]
14:15‑15:00 RIVAL network planning for event 4 introduced by Professor Hazel Hall

What would the RIVAL network members like to see on the programme for event 4 in July 2020? In this round table session members discussed ideas, then fed them back in plenary.


15:00‑15:15 Tea
15:15‑16:00 Research into Practice case study 2:
Library linked data implementations and perceptions: implications for practice
Dr Diane Pennington (Strathclyde University) with Laura Cagnazzo (University of the West of Scotland)
Chaired by Ines Byrne

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 included recommendations for the application of the findings of this research in practice.[Slides available on SlideShare] [video]

16:00‑16:15 Closing remarks: Andy Taylor


16:15-17:00 Optional tour of St Cecilia’s Hall and the collection of historic musical instruments
17:15 onwards Optional post-event drinks at delegates’ own expense: space was booked at Holyrood 9a, just a short walk from St Cecilia’s Hall

*RIVAL network members were invited to have their portraits taken by the official photographer for the Big RIVAL Business Card between 11:30-12:00 and 12:30-13:30