RIVAL Network event 1: review and resources

#lisrival RIVAL event 1 delegate badgesLast Thursday 11th July 2019 Dr Bruce Ryan and I hosted the first of four Royal Society of Edinburgh funded Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL) network events. Thirty-five people in total came to Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus for a day of presentations, discussion, and networking.

Amongst the delegates were academics and librarians from the Scottish universities, personnel from the Scottish public and school library services, library and information science researchers who are based in Scotland, and specialist librarians who work in a range of settings including the Scottish Poetry Library, the Department for International Development, and the Scottish Government Library.

Over the course of the day, delegates participated in four main activities:

  1. Engaging with two formal conference presentations: in the morning Dr Sarah Morton (Matter of Focus) opened the project with a superb keynote speech on the effective use of evidence of all kinds to plan, develop and improve policy, practice, and services; in the afternoon Martina McChrystal (University of Glasgow), spoke with passion and authority about the National School Library Strategy Advisory Group, its role in advocacy, and its anticipated impact
  2. Preparing informal ‘unconference’ style presentations, and – in some cases – delivering them. Thanks are due to Richard Aird, Clare Crowley, Marshall Dozier, Anne Elogie, Emily Prince, Andy Taylor, and Anne Marie Vance for their great contributions
  3. Networking with one another at coffee/tea time, over lunch, and during the ice-breaker exercise
  4. Feeding into the development of the RIVAL network and its future events, which I summarised on the fly at the end of the day

Since the goal of the RIVAL project is ‘to create a collaborative network of Scotland-based Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and practising library and information professionals interested in maximising the impact and value of library and information science research’, we were particularly keen for the time devoted to networking opportunities to be effective. It is our hope that the contacts forged at this first event will provide the foundation for collaborative relationships to grow in the next three.

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Kash cups by Design Informatics

Perhaps the most fun session last Thursday was the networking ice breaker when we all played an interactive (non-alcoholic) drinking game with Kash cups. This system was developed by our colleagues in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Jonathan Rankin kindly brought all the equipment to Sighthill and set it up for our event. We used the Kash cups to encourage the delegates to make contact with as many people as possible in the ice breaker session, and to record their pairings by placing their numbered (and electronically) tagged cups together on the system’s sensors. In real time the system recorded the pairings so that it was possible to see who were the most ardent networkers at the event.

The photo gallery below gives a flavour of our first RIVAL network event.

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To see the full programme for the day, with links to the the slide decks and media files for the presentations, and other blogged reviews of the day, please see the event 1 page on the RIVAL web site.

Details on how to register for events 2, 3 and 4 (as a full set only), please see the event 2 page on the RIVAL web site.

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Group discussions at RIVAL event 1

Follow #lisrival today to join the first RIVAL Network event remotely

Today Dr Bruce Ryan and I are hosting the first of the four Royal Society of Edinburgh funded Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL) network events at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus. Continue reading

Register now for RIVAL event 1: Thursday 11th July, Edinburgh

RIVAL logoRegistration is now open for the first RIVAL event on Thursday 11th July 2019 in the Horizon Suite at at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus. Participation is free of charge for Scotland-based members of the library and information science practitioner and research communities interested in maximising the impact and value of library and information science research. Continue reading

Research Impact and Value in LIS: introducing the RIVAL network

This afternoon I’m speaking at the Edge conference in Edinburgh about a new project, as summarised in the slide below.

RIVAL launch poster We started work on Research Impact and Value and LIS (RIVAL) on 1st February 2019. The Royal Society of Edinburgh has awarded us a grant to create a collaborative network of Scotland-based library and information science (LIS) researchers and library and information professionals interested in maximising the value of LIS research. This work builds on the pilot RIVAL event that we hosted at Edinburgh Napier University on 11th July last year. Continue reading

Fifty years of pulsars with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

royal society of edinburgh logoYesterday afternoon I visited the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) – of which I am a Fellow – to attend its 2017 Annual Statutory Meeting. Immediately afterwards the RSE opened its doors to members of the public who had booked places to hear a Presidential Address delivered by RSE President Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Continue reading

Royal Society of Edinburgh New Fellows’ Induction Day, 15 May 2017

RSE roll book signatures 1856-57

RSE roll book signatures 1856-57 (credit D. Miell)

Annually the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) holds an Induction Day to admit its new Fellows, and to introduce them to the work of the Society. I enjoyed yesterday’s event as one of the new cohort of Fellows in 2017.

The order of the day included a number of presentations. The first was a welcome speech from RSE President Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Later on there were short talks on the history of the RSE, the work of the RSE Young Academy, and what it means to be a Fellow.

There was also an opportunity to take a tour of the RSE‘s headquarters at 22-26 George Street. As we were guided through the building we learnt more about the people who have played key roles in the work of the RSE (while some of them looked down at us from their portraits).  We were also invited to examine some of the RSE‘s treasures, including scientific notes in the handwriting of James Clerk Maxwell, and the Crown Charter of Incorporation that constituted the formation of the society in 1783. Continue reading

Two new appointments: Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Docent at Åbo Akademi University

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) brings together distinguished individuals from the arts, business, science and technology and academia worlds to advance learning and knowledge in Scottish public life. The breadth of the Fellowship – which includes over 1600 individuals from the UK and abroad – enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise.

Each year the RSE undertakes a rigorous five-stage nomination and election process to appoint around 60 new Fellows. I was delighted to learn last week that I am one of those elected in 2017. Also elected in 2017 are Val McDermid, James Naughtie, Professor Iain Stewart and Kirsty Wark. HRH The Duke of Cambridge also joins the cohort as a Royal Honorary Fellow. Continue reading