Event 3: 19 March 2020

The third RIVAL network event will be held on Thursday 19 March 2020 in Edinburgh.

  • Registration for this event and RIVAL events 2 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. (Network membership includes a commitment to participate at this and two other events on 7th November 2019 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 (Edinburgh Napier University)
10:45‑11:30 Keynote: ‘Public library services and citizenship: a longitudinal analysis of roles, impact, and value’: Leo Appleton (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Between 2013 and 2019, Leo Appleton undertook longitudinal research to explore active user perceptions of UK public library services. Through the analysis of focus group data collected from a range of local authorities, three broad roles of the public library were identified: (1) epistemic, (2) community/social, and (3) political. In this keynote presentation, Leo will highlight the impact and value of UK public library services on citizenship development with reference to functions such as the generation of social/community capital, and the encouragement of democratic participation within local communities.

11:30‑12:00 A visit to the ‘Scottish LIS Research Market’: an opportunity to network with academic LIS researchers by visiting stalls hosted by representatives from Edinburgh University; Edinburgh Napier University; Glasgow University; Robert Gordon University; and Strathclyde University
12:00‑12:30 RIVAL network member news

4-6 RIVAL network members will share updates on their work related to the impact and value of LIS research in unconference style

12:30‑13:15 Lunch
13:15‑14:00 Research into Practice case study 3
Digital library futures: the impact of e-legal deposit in the academic sector: Dr Paul Gooding (University of Glasgow) with Frankie Wilson (Bodleian Libraries)

The Digital Library Futures Project (2017-2019) investigated the impact of the 2013 Non-Print Legal Deposit (NPLD) Regulations upon users of academic deposit libraries in the United Kingdom. The research team worked in collaboration with two project partners  – Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and Cambridge University – to understand how libraries and policymakers balance the conflicting needs of users, publishers, and posterity in relation to legal deposit. Paul Gooding will outline the project findings, focusing on a proposed model for ‘user-centric evaluation’ of NPLD. Frankie Wilson will discuss the implications of this model for the Bodleian Libraries’ ongoing culture of assessment. (The Digital Library Futures white paper is currently available from the project web site.)

14:00‑15:00 RIVAL network planning for event 4

What do the RIVAL network members think of the proposed programme for event 4 in July 2020 that has been developed following the discussion of ideas at event 2? In this round table session members will provide feedback on the proposed programme.

15:00‑15:15 Tea
15:15‑16:00 Research into Practice case study 4
Syrian new Scots’ information literacy way-finding practices: Dr Konstantina Martzoukou and Professor Simon Burnett (Robert Gordon University)

This presentation will offer an overview of the information needs and experiences of Syrian refugees in Scotland, as derived from the analysis of case study data from the north east of Scotland collected in a project entitled ‘Lost in information: Syrian new Scots’ information literacy way-finding practices’. The aim of this study was to explore the information needs of Syrian refugees, their habitual and adaptive information literacy practices, and the barriers and enablers they encountered within their new socio-cultural setting via their interaction with people, tools and processes. The presentation will also address Scottish public libraries’ vision of supporting vulnerable communities, and helping them to build capacity for refugees contribute actively in their ‘host’ society, enabling information support and activities that create a sense of belonging for all.

16:00‑16:15 Closing remarks