Event 3: (was due on 19 March 2020)

Update on Friday 13 March 2020

RIVAL event 3 on Thursday 19th March is cancelled due to coronavirus.


  • We have had a couple of withdrawals, including some speakers. Edinburgh Napier University is advising against non-essential travel within the UK. So, with the approval of the head of our School of Computing, we have decided to cancel event 3 on Thursday of next week.
  • We intend to run event 3 later this year, and event 4 after that. We will send details when they have been arranged.
  • If you have any queries at all, please email Bruce at b.ryan@napier.ac.uk, or tweet Bruce at https://twitter.com/Bruce_Research.

Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this causes.


The third RIVAL network event will be held as and when possible.

  • Registration is now closed. It was 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) chaired by Hazel Hall

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.

Background reading: Appleton, L., Hall, H., Duff. A. & Raeside, R.  (2018). UK public library roles and value: a focus group analysis. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 50(3), 275-283  (Full text freely available from the Edinburgh Napier repository and from the publisher with subscription access.)

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: sharing our skills chaired by Andy Taylor

4-6 RIVAL network members will share updates related to skills development

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) chaired by Martina McChrystalThe 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.Background reading: Digital Library Futures white paper from the project web site.
14:00‑15:00 RIVAL network planning for event 4 chaired by Morag Higgison, Sally Kerr, Sean McNamara and Diane Pennington

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) chaired by Ines ByrneThis 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.Background reading: Book chapter ‘Scottish public libraries welcome Syrian new Scots: a transition from being a refugee to becoming an active part of the community’. Full text freely available from the Robert Gordon University repository, and also available as hard copy as chapter 10 of Goldstein, S. (Ed.) (2020). Informed societies: why information literacy matters for citizenship, participation and democracy. London: Facet.
16:00‑16:15 Closing remarks and prizes chaired by Paul McCloskey