Category Archives: Presentations

New Professionals Conference 2011

On Monday 20th June 2011,  Jo and I presented on Student Activism and Engagement at the New Professionals Conference.

There have been many good blog posts on the events such as Alice Halsey‘s blog and Saint Evelin’s blog. I feel rather guilty as I’m getting admired for what other great members of our class have done to help save libraries. But I’m also excited that people got something out of our presentation, and people are interested in doing a #uklibchat.

Jo my partner in library crimes of the good sort, has also posted a supercalifrajilistic hourly comic, which gives a comprehensive overview on what went down at NPC2011, aside from omitting how he got us lost on the way to the hotel on Sunday. [The truth is out now, you will no longer be able to retcon this!].

Thus I will offer only my highly idiosyncratic impression of the conference in pictorial form.


T-shirt slogan idea:  I went to the New Professionals Conference and all I got was an astrolabe.


Advocacy in Action

Joseph and I will be presenting at the New Professionals Conference on the 20th June, the details of which can be found here at the CILIP website.

Our joint presentation is called:

Can we play? Building Opportunities for Student Activism and Why it Matters

We will talk a lot about why it’s beneficial for students to engage more with the wider professional network.  It is also something that I’ve been trying to do as well through things like joining Jiscmail.

Here is something that I felt is important that came up during one of the recent conversations in Lis-pub-libs Mailing list.

“My local council is under pressure when it was discovered the police force spent £35,000 on drinking water last year. This is North Yorkshire where the tap water is pure and libraries were up for closure to save £35,000 per branch!” (Ian Stringer).

This is a case of people interested in libraries actively thinking about how councils could save the money needed to keep library branches open. Immediately after this mail others on the list mentioned using FOI requests to see how much their council was spending on bottled water. This issue is worth examining, but in order to discuss this, we need to get the message out. The  Voices for the Libraries blog was mentioned as a potential place for where the ball can start rolling.

I am only marginally involved, but I wonder if by posting about it here (and then tweeting about it), I will be able to connect up the different communication networks that information professionals are using.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you’re interested and want to let people know that you’re interested.


Teach Meet: Ka-Ming’s Perspective

The Brighton Lib Teach Meet:  A tale in two pictures and two lists

The meet was attended by information professionals from the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex, the British Library and City University, amongst others.

And the topics covered were varied and informative. I did learn things that I hope to use and apply.

I’ll now proceed to steal Jo’s format, provide continuity between this post and the previous post.

Things that stuck out from the talk and the informal chats.

  1. Sussex University Library has changed a lot since I studied there as an undergraduate. I’m impressed by the use of social media, and the use of space for researchers.
  2. Great use of experiential learning to teach Boolean search by Siobhan Duvigneau from the British Library. She got students, to stand up or sit down depending on whether she was wishing to express the AND, OR, or NOT operators. She tried this out with the members at the teach lib meet. An aside: I have to say that in the modern age with the acknowledged existence of gender fluidity, a simple question like stand up if you’re male/female can possibly be problematic.
  3. Google docs forms function that allows answers to a question to be instantly inputted into a spreadsheet (presented by Katie Piatt), made me go ooh!

My experience of giving a presentation

  1. I am terrible at singing and playing the guitar in front of people, but luckily for all it was very short.
  2. Having someone to focus on in the audience was assuring, helped to ameliorate my stage fright somewhat. My deer-caught-in-a-headlight-gonna-get-smashed-by-an-oncoming-lorry gaze  fell very often on Mr J who I’d spent time conversing with earlier.
Honorary mention goes to Emma’s delicious home baked goodies.
The Jam and Nutella buns were scrumptious.


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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Career Development, Events, Presentations


The Teach Meet: Jo’s Perspective

As far as I understand it, a teach meet is a meeting of a particular specialist group where anyone can contribute ideas about a particular theme. Everyone speaks for five minutes, and explains one thing. There’s very little time for questions and nobodies speech is more important than anybody else’s. There’s no central organisation that sets these things up, but there seems to be a loose network that shares details and publicizes each other. This is all, of course, a fundamentally good idea.

This Teach Meet was held in one of the seminar rooms in the university library. It was organised by Emma Illingworth and Tom Roper and was attended by around forty people. There were vegan flapjacks. If you aren’t a vegan, this is probably less exciting for you. But when you’re a vegan with an incredibly limited diet, baked goods are the most remarkable thing in the world.

Here’s some of the things that stuck in my mind from the teach meet, from the talks and from a bit of networking:

1. The Argus has an archive. Very few newspapers do anymore. The librarian there hit onto the idea of charging for her services, and therefore kept her department running when most newspapers have lost theirs.

2. Google Surveys can be used to automatically update answers into a spreadsheet. This means that the task of compiling results, which can take hours, can be done instantly. This is very cool.

3. Skype is a good tool for communicating with students. And it can be used for conferencing by instant messenger as well as voice.

Myself and Ka Ming gave a presentation about Peer to Peer Collaboration. Here’s what we learnt from the experience.

1. Ka Ming is good at singing in front of people. Doing something novel in a presentation never hurts. People like a change.

2. Breathe. This should be automatic. But I find that it’s important before something like this.

3. I need to stop looking back to Ka Ming and the power point for reassurance. My tactic is to pretend that the audience is an angry bull, and it will charge if I don’t stare it out.

This bull will charge if I stop looking directly forward and talking about Library Stuff.