Event 3: 19th November 2020

The third RIVAL network event takes place on Thursday 19th November 2020. RIVAL network members are expected to view the videos of the presentations in their own time on the morning of Thursday 19th November (or sooner – the videos will be uploaded in advance).

The recorded presentations will be:

  1. Keynote: ‘Public library services and citizenship: a longitudinal analysis of roles, impact, and value’: Dr Leo Appleton (University of Sheffield)

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 at https://www.napier.ac.uk/~/media/worktribe/output-1031576/uk-public-library-roles-and-value-a-focus-group-analysis.pdf and from the publisher with subscription access at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0961000618769987.)

  1. 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 Dr 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.

Background reading

Digital Library Futures white paper at http://elegaldeposit.org/dlf-white-paper from the project web site http://elegaldeposit.org/home.

  1. 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.

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 at https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/OutputFile/828764, 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. (See http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=304226#.X2TXDWhKjcs.)


In addition to the recorded presentations, we have asked representatives of each of the five universities which engage in LIS research to provide a poster (or equivalent): Edinburgh Napier University; Robert Gordon University; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; and University of Strathclyde. Please feel free to view these in advance of the virtual event on 19th November and make contact with RIVAL network members at the institutions as appropriate.

On the day

From 2pm the network members will meet online in real time for: a panel session Q&A with the conference keynote speaker, and the four Research into Practice case study speakers: a series of short skills sharing presentations; and breakout sessions for roundtable discussions of plans for Event 4.

14:00-14:15 Introduction to the afternoon Professor Hazel Hall
14:15-14:45 Panel session with Event 3 speakers Chair: Martina McChrystal
14:45-14:55 Break
14:55-15:30 Network member news:
sharing our skills
Chair: Ines Byrne
15:30-15:40 Break
15:40-16:40 Breakout discussions: planning for Event 4 Chaired by members of the Event 4 Steering Group
16:40-16:50 Thanks and close

Please note that registration for the afternoon event is closed. It was free to Scotland-based members of the library and information science practitioner and research communities who joined the RIVAL network in 2019, with a commitment to participate at this and two other events. However, the videos and material from the universities will be made publicly available to all.