Event 5 (‘RIVAL Reunion’): 25 May 2023

The fifth RIVAL event was held on Thursday 25 May 2023, at Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU.

We are very grateful to Edinburgh Napier University, CILIP Scotland and Scottish Libraries and Information Council for their funding and sponsorship of this event.

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Times activities
10:00 to 10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30 to 10:45 Welcome back to RIVAL!
Dr Bruce Ryan and Professor Diane Pennington welcomed delegates to RIVAL Reunion.
10:45 to 11:30 Keynote
Professor Brian Detlor spoke about LIS research and knowledge exchange between and among LIS practitioners and researchers
11:30 to 12:00 Activity
Delegates took part in a fun activity to help build on learning from Detlor’s keynote.
12:00 to 13:00 RIVAL members network news
Volunteer network members spoke about what has happened since RIVAL event 4 (early 2021), focussing on benefits of the RIVAL programme.

13:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 14:15 RIVAL 2019-21: did we get it right?
Emeritus Professor Hazel Hall presented the findings of the RIVAL evaluation exercise conducted by Team D in February and March 2021, and published as Hall, Ryan, Salzano & Stephen (2022 in press).
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14:15 to 15:00 What next?
Delegates took part in a small-group workshop to reflect and build on the themes introduced in Hazel Hall’s main presentation.
15:00 to 15:15 Tea/coffee
15:15 to 16:00 Revitalising RIVAL
Delegates took part in two small-group workshops aimed at producing tangible outcomes and network endurance. The topics were

16:00 Event wrap-up and close
evening Those delegates who could stay on had a tour of the Library of Mistakes (‘a free public library focused on the world’s business and financial history’).