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Speakers and their Papers


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Speakers and their Papers:


  • Knowledge Base+: Building a shared community for the management of library resources    POWERPOINT SLIDES (PDF format)
KB+ is a new shared service from JISC Collections that aims to help UK libraries manage their e-resources more efficiently. Whilst JISC Collections is maintaining publication, package, subscription and licence information within KB+, the greatest benefits of this work may come from shifting the working patterns of academic libraries towards the collaborative management of resources at the above campus level. This talk will look at what the service has delivered up to the end of 2012 and what the development plans are for 2013.

Presented by Liam Earney (JISC)

Liam Earney has been leading the KB+ project since summer 2012. Previously he had spent 9 years working for JISC Collections negotiating national agreements for e-resources. During his time in JISC Collections Liam has undertaken negotiations and projects on behalf of universities and colleges in the UK, Ireland and Europe, as well as museum libraries and the NHS. His interest in this area has come from his work on post-cancellation access, machine readable licences and the challenges of attempting to implement an ERM within JISC Collections.

  • JUSP – Utilising usage data to assist in decision making   POWERPOINT SLIDES (PDF format)

The JISC-funded Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) provides higher education libraries with a single point of access to journal usage statistics from a large range of publishers. It also provides a number of journal level and summary reports to assist in the use of these data for collection management and decision making. As a community-based resource, JUSP has around 150 UK higher education and research council libraries as members and collects data from over 40 publishers and intermediary services.


Dr Angela Conyers (Birmingham City University)

Dr Angela Conyers is a Research Fellow at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University. She was previously a university library director and has worked over the past few years on a number of projects concerned with the analysis of usage data for SCONUL and for JISC.  She has published articles on JUSP in Serials and The Serials Librarian and has presented at conferences in the UK and overseas.

  • Library Impact Data Project II: digging deeper into data    POWERPOINT SLIDES (PDF format)

Phase I of the Library Impact Data Project (LIDP) showed a statistically significant relationship across a number of universities between library activity data (specifically the number of items borrowed and logins to e-resources in the library) and student attainment.

Phase II of LIDP seeks to deepen our understanding of this relationship by investigating additional data from the University of Huddersfield in order to understand better how library activity relates to student attainment, including causal relationships.

This paper will highlight some of the results from our quantitative data analysis including:

  • demographic factors and library use, examining whether there is a relationship between demographic variables and all measures of library use, and to see which factors carry the most weight in such a relationship.
  • retention vs. non-retention, to see whether there is a relationship between patterns of library use (including increasing or decreasing intensity of use and time of use) and retention.

Finally the paper will recommend further study and suggest strategic aims and objectives that could result from the project.

Presented by Graham Stone (University of Huddersfield)

Graham is Information Resources Manager at the University of Huddersfield and has over 18 years’ experience in academic libraries. He is responsible for the Library information resources budget, the management and operation of the Acquisitions and Journals and Electronic Resources Teams and University Repository. He is also leading the University of Huddersfield Press initiative. Graham has managed a number of JISC funded projects including the Library Impact Data Project and the Huddersfield Open Access Publishing project. He is UKSG Publications Officer and a member of the Electronic Information Resources Working Group (EIRWG), the PALS metadata and interoperability working group and chair of the JISC Journal Archives Advisory Board.

  • Research and the Library: Doing and teaching research in education – thoughts and issues    POWERPOINT SLIDES (PDF format)

In this presentation Martin Fautley will discuss perspectives concerning the use of library facilities for both academic research, and of teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral research students how to undertake this important activity. Professor Fautley works in the areas of assessment, creativity, and teaching and learning. His students work across a broad swathe of educational endeavour.

This presentation will present aspects of use of facilities, and how these can be key to research, dissemination, and publication, but will also discuss challenges to those involved on all sides of the interface – suppliers, stakeholders, gatekeepers, and users.

There are many aspects of practice in the fast-changing world of pedagogy and research today, and this presentation will offer a range of thoughts, examples, and provocations to the status quo.

Presented by Professor Martin Fautley (Birmingham City University)

Professor Martin Fautley is the Director of the Centre for Research in Education at Birmingham City University

  • Introducing PDA in an academic library: natural evolution or reckless abandon?    POWERPOINT SLIDES (PDF format)

There are often very polarised views about allowing students to select library books. Traditionalists may see it as an act of reckless abandon on behalf of library staff: a dereliction of our core duty as collection developers. Others see it as a natural progression, helping us to create library collections that better meet the evolving  needs of our core patrons.  Steering a path between such diverging viewpoints can be challenging, but our experience of running PDA has been overwhelmingly positive.  This presentation will reflect on what we have learnt so far and suggest how the service may evolve.

Presented by Jill Taylor-Roe (Newcastle University)

Jill Taylor-Roe is Deputy Librarian and Head of Planning & Resources at Newcastle University. Her current interests include:  facilitating Collection Development in a fiscally challenging environment, managing patron-led acquisition, especially of books,  facilitating Open Access publication, exploiting and promoting Special Collections, supporting university engagement with local schools, and providing strategic support for the University’s expanding portfolio of international activities.  Jill was actively involved in the work of the UKSG for many years, and contributes to numerous publisher library advisory boards. She is also a Member of the JISC Electronic Information Resources Working Group.

  • Reflections on marketing and promotion e-books in academic libraries    POWERPOINT SLIDES (PDF format)

The e-book marketplace and use of e-books is growing, such that users and consumers increasingly expect libraries to provide fast and flexible access to e-books. However, in providing e-book services, libraries will be in competition with other e-book providers. Accordingly, the success of e-book services in academic libraries will depend on the marketing and promotion of e-book services. This paper reports on research into the marketing and promotion of e-books in academic libraries in the UK. It reports on the variety of approaches used, including engaging academics in recommendations, and presents some perspectives on the future, including the key issues and challenges.
Presented by Jennifer Rowley (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Jennifer Rowley is Professor of Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has previously held academic posts at Birmingham City University, Edge Hill University, and Bangor University. She has a longstanding interest in innovation, research and development in library, information and knowledge management, with a current focus on the digital consumer, digital marketing, and the digital humanities. She has published widely in both practitioner and academic journals and is author of several books, including: Being an Information Innovator (Facet, 2011) and Organizing Knowledge (4th ed, Ashgate, 2007).