Register now for Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL) #lis_rival, Wednesday 11th July 2018, Edinburgh

RIVAL logoAll interested in library and information science (LIS) research are invited to register free of charge for a community event on the theme of LIS research impact and value to held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 11th July 2018.

Entitled Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL), this event will bring together members of three main groups – creators, users, and end-user beneficiaries of LIS research output – to explore concepts and examples of the impact and value of LIS research to services delivery in practice. The format of the day will encourage the strengthening of links between these interacting communities, narrow gaps between LIS research and practice, and lay the ground for future research-related support and collaborations across the sector.

All are welcome to join the conversation: users of library and information services; library and information professionals; academic researchers; practitioner-researchers; and others with a stake in the future of LIS research, such as officials of the LIS professional and funding bodies. We are particularly keen to attract to the event those who work at the frontline of library and information services delivery, whether or not they are research-active or currently use the research outputs of others in their work.

Our confirmed speakers, and the themes of their talks, cut across all LIS contexts, with presentations on the impact and value of LIS research from individuals with experience of public, academic, special and national libraries, both as service providers and as users.

There will also be contributions on the impact and value of past investments at national level to support LIS research in the UK – notably the Library and Information Science Research Coalition (2009-2012) and the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project (2011-2012) – and new proposed initiatives to provide the necessary infrastructure for future support in the field.


Time Activity
10:00-10:30 Registration/coffee
10:30-10:45 Welcome and introductions
Bruce Ryan and Hazel Hall
10:45-11:30 Conceptualisations of LIS research impact and value: learning from the LIS Research Coalition and DREaM

Hazel Hall



Impact and value in practice

Paul Gooding will speak about the AHRC-funded project Digital library futures: the impact of e-legal deposit in the academic sector

Yvonne Morris will introduce a programme under development, and sponsored by, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to create a sector-wide research/evidence-based portal to support LIS practice, research and advocacy in the UK

Andrew McTaggart will outline recent work in Edinburgh to assess the impact and value of public library and information services delivery

Sara Wingate Gray will speak about a historical case-study of a UK public library, and the use of contemporary reader/library user qualitative interviews to flesh out concepts of public library value, philosophy and the specific role of imaginative literature

Stella Wisdom will discuss the British Library’s role in digital research collaborations on innovative game making/playing, and digital publishing

12:30-13:30 Lunch break and networking, to include the determination of the group discussion agenda (see below)
13:30-14:15 Exploring the impact value of UK public libraries through the analysis of longitudinal focus group data

Leo Appleton

14:15:14:45 Contributing to LIS research: a library user’s perspective

Doug Clark

14:45-15:15 Tea
15:15-16:00 Group discussion

The identification of dominant themes that emerge from the presentation and discussions over the course of the day will determine the issues to be covered in the group discussion

16:00-16:45 Exploring the impact and promoting the value of LIS research in the UK: what next?

Alison Brettle

16:45 Close

Speaker biographies

Leo Appleton is Director of Library Services at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also a part-time PhD student undertaking a doctoral study entitled The value and impact of public libraries within the Information Society: their contribution to citizenship development. Leo was recognised by CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group as the winner of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award in 2016.

Alison Brettle is Professor of Health Information and Evidence Based Practice at Salford University, and Chair of the CILIP Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). She is also Chair of the International Programme Committee of the 10th Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference, which takes place in Glasgow in June 2019. In 2011/12 Alison was a member of the DREaM project cadre. She also mentored the team that won the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award in 2012.

Doug Clark is a retired academic and a supporter of LIS research.

Paul Gooding is a qualified librarian with experience in broadcast media and higher education. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of East Anglia. In 2011/12, when a PhD student at University College London, Paul was a member of the DREaM project cadre.

Andrew McTaggart is a Library Development Officer for Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services. Over the course of his career he has been involved with a number of award-winning programmes that have delivered value and demonstrated the impact of investment in public library provision.

Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. She led the implementation of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition between 2009 and 2012, and the DREaM project in 2011/12. She serves on the sub-panel responsible for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management (unit of assessment 34) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Yvonne Morris is a Policy Officer at CILIP with specific responsibility for higher and further education, schools, e-books, research, and copyright. Prior to joining CILIP she held a number of roles in academic and special libraries, and also has work experience in publishing. In 2011/12 Yvonne was a member of the DREaM project cadre.

Bruce Ryan is a Research Associate at Edinburgh Napier University. His research interests include information literacy and the role of public libraries in supporting hyperlocal democracy. Bruce spent 15 years working in educational publishing prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University.

Sara Wingate Gray is a Teaching Fellow on the Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree at University College London, where she has been completing her PhD (looking at the role of public libraries). She is a co-founder of the creative tech company Artefacto; founder of The Itinerant Poetry Library. In 2011/12 Sara was a member of the DREaM project cadre.

Stella Wisdom is a Digital Curator at the British Library with a remit to explore and promote new methods of research using both born digital content and digitised collections. With Masters degrees in both Librarianship and Museum Studies, Stella’s career to date includes appointments in national and special libraries and academia. Stella was an active DREaM conference participant, and chaired the One Minute Madness session at the launch event in July 2011.


Registration for this event is available free of charge (to include all refreshments) on EventBrite at Early registration is advised due to the limit on places.

For further information about RIVAL, please contact Bruce Ryan by email:

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