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Contributing to conferences and events enables us to share best practice and learn from others to improve our services.

Recent activity includes:

  • Learning Support Officer, Sue Smith, and Senior Information Services Librariarn, Vicky Dobson, alongside Gopal Dutta of Manchester Metropolitan University delivered a workshop about eBook accessibility at the National Acquisitions Group (NAG) Conference in November 2017. The workshop outlined what makes an eBook accessible and gave an overview of the recent national eBook Accessibility Audit project Sue, Vicky and Gopal coordinated along with representatives from other organisations alongside practical activities assessing key accessibility criteria.

    Academic Librarian, Laurence Morris, and Research Services Advisor, Jen Bayjoo, presented at the Internet Librarian International's Library Innovation Conference in London in October 2017. Laurence presented on techniques for engaging students and then teaching them key information skills, Jen presented on the introduction and impact of the Repository’s ‘Request a copy’ button

  • The Northern Collaboration Conference held in York in September 2017 saw presentations from two members of staff. Natalia Gordon, Information Services Librarian, described a project using music reading lists as a starting point in the creation and implementation of a subject resources promotion across a number of physical and digital channels. Academic Librarian, Karen Fisher, described her involvement in the production of Academic Librarian’s Annual Reports. She demonstrated how the more visually appealing reports helped the Academic Librarians make more of an impact with their Schools and how they are used as a tool for engaging with the wider University.

  • Skills for Learning Adviser, Karen Croft, delivered a lightening presentation on the peer mentoring project delivered by Skills for Learning at an event run by SOAS, University of London on Students as partners: working together to navigate the learning journey in June 2017.

  • Kit Heyam, Library Services Assistant, delivered a presentation titled Trans-aware library services: inspiring frontline staff at the M25 Libraries Annual Conference in London in May 2017. Kit was invited to speak about his experiences as a frontline staff member sharing his expertise with other staff within and outside Leeds Beckett. Kit’s presentation discussed his experiences as a trans library user, which inspired him to think about how academic libraries could better support their trans customers, and how Leeds Beckett created an environment where he was willing and able to share that knowledge. 
  • Academic Librarian, Jennie Wilson spoke at the 2017 LILAC Conference in Swansea describing responses to the challenge of rapidly changing student and researcher information literacy needs via the creation of online materials.
  • Library Systems Team Manager, Debbie Morris, attended COSUGI 17 (the US SirsiDynix User Group Conference) in Salt Lake City, USA in April 2017, presenting as part of an Academic Libraries Sharing Session showcasing recent library systems developments.
  • Jen Bayjoo, Information Services Librarian, presented Open Access Professionals of the Future at the 40th Annual UKSG Conference in Harrogate in April 2017.

  • As part of the growing interest around student publishing, Academic Librarian, Kirsty Bower was invited to present at a one day conference on student publishing held at Manchester University. She discussed the role of Leeds Beckett Library in establishing a student journal and the opportunities this gives Libraries to work with students in developing skills to deal with the every changing information landscape.

​Previous conference presentations can be found in our Repository.

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