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Conferences and events

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

Recent activity includes:

  • Amy Campbell presented ‘Using a student-driven acquisition service to test social media promotion and diversify library stock’ at the Internet Librarian International conference in Oct 2018. The presentation highlighted how we have used social media and other types of promotion to increase engagement and usage of the Beckett Books Extra service. It also looked at current service developments, including encouraging students to recommend books by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) authors to help diversify our library collection. It is available to view in the Leeds Beckett Repository.

  • A number of LLI staff spoke at this year’s Northern Collaboration Conference on 6 September at the University of Lancaster. Research Services Advisor, Jen Bayjoo, and Information Services Librarian, Amy Campbell. spoke about ethnic diversity in the HE and library sectors, their progress with Diversity in Libraries of the North (DILON) and some tips on how to be an ally, based on Information Services Librarian, Natalia Gordon’s blog post. Senior Information Services Librarians Jane Percival and Pippa Wood gave a presentation on measuring the impact of proactive customer service activities on the academic experience of students during the 2017-18 academic year, looking at what worked well and what was learned. Amy Campbell also discussed how Beckett Books Extra seeks continuous improvement, with a focus on accessibility and usage. 

  • Jen Bayjoo, Research Services Advisor, attended the North West Academic Libraries (NOWAL) Promoting Open Research event at the University of Liverpool on 18 July.  Jen gave a presentation about ‘Realistic Research Support,’ sharing how the Research Services team are using advocacy, data and training to tackle some recent challenges. 

  • Kirstin Thompson-Sims, Sarah Page, Jamie Phillips, Laura Green and Tom Lennox presented at a Customer Services Group UK event in Huddersfield on 12 July entitled Ideas from the Sharp End. They described the Advice Service buddy system and the creation of book displays in the Libraries. The event provided an opportunity for front line staff to present on the work they do as well as a chance to network with peers from other institutions.

  • Mike Ford attended the annual Sirsi User Group Conference presentin on LLI’s project to implement automated renewals, which went live in Autumn 2017.  Mike spoke about the technical challenges of the implementation, the benefits to our users and some of the surprises we encountered along the way, which involved Mike working with the Lending Team and other LLI colleagues to significantly redevelop our resource circulation processes on Symphony. 

  • Rianne MacArthur (Learning Technologist) and Claire Ryan (Learning Systems Advisor) presented at The University of Sheffield’s Technology Enhanced Learning Festival (TELFest) in June 2018. Their case study, creating engaging online learning modules, focused upon the Learning Systems team’s experience using Blackboard’s learning modules tool to develop online training for staff at Leeds Beckett University. It also included tips, feedback and future plans.
  • Information Services Librarians Tom Vause and Sam Ziesler gave a lightning-talk presentation at the Sherif event ‘Save the time of the (e)reader’ in London in June 2018. The theme of the talk was resource personalisation. Tom described the process for creating Discover ‘placards’, as well as explaining the creation of subject and franchise profiles for Discover and Sam outlined how Leeds Beckett's cataloguing processes help deliver high quality, personalised metadata, and the benefits of  Patron-driven acquisition eBooks
  • Natalia Gordon, Information Services Librarian, gave a presentation in June 2018 at the Meeting the Reading List Challenge (MTRLC) conference hosted by Loughborough University, demonstrating how Leeds Beckett University Library consistently achieved over 95% coverage of reading lists across the university.  It also discussed the challenges and achievements of this ‘behind the scenes’ method and the future sustainability of this approach.  
  • Academic Librarians, Karen Fisher and Rob O'Brien presented at an event at The Tetley arts venue in Leeds entitled Showcasing Leeds Arts Libraries: Stories from the Collection. Their presentation featured items from the Leeds College of Art Archive and the main collection at Leeds Beckett University Library that tell stories about the changing experiences of lecturers from the Leeds College of Art in the late 1920s, through the creation of the Leeds Polytechnic and its Faculty of Art and Design in 1970, to the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University today. 

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