Following the completion of our Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL) project at the end of March 2021, Dr Bruce Ryan and I are each pleased to have an opportunity to speak about this work at two different conferences this week. The first is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Scotland (CILIPS) annual conference, which opened today. The second is the annual conference of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), which takes place on Wednesday.
Tomorrow, on the second day of the CILIPS conference on 8th June 2021, Bruce will speak about the effort required to adapt the plans described in our initial grant application so that we could deliver the project under lockdown restrictions. He will explain that an extension to the funded period, learning from our experience of attending other online events, and the enthusiasm of the RIVAL project team and network members, contributed to the success of RIVAL. If you would like to follow the CILIPS conference today and tomorrow, the Twitter hashtag is #CILIPS21.
On Wednesday morning, I’ll be giving a presentation on the RIVAL project as part of the SCURL annual conference programme. My presentation is entitled Connecting, collaborating, creating, and COVID19: building a network of library and information science researchers and practitioners during a pandemic. I will argue that even during a pandemic, library and information science researchers and practitioners are keen to come together to connect, collaborate, and create. With reference to the positive evaluation of the project that we undertook in February and March 2021, I will end on a question that is key to any initiative such as RIVAL: will the RIVAL network endure to continue to deliver value beyond its funded period? The slides for my presentation are available on SlideShare and below.