Notes on the Scholarly Communication Conference, University of Kent (Day 1, pm)

A few rather haphazard notes from the amazing Scholarly Communications Conference held at the University of Kent, 2nd-3rd May, 2019."Mind boggling" - Karen Cox.The conference was introduced by Karen Cox, the University of Kent's Vice Chancellor. Yes, she's a woman! Is it bad that I was surprised? Anyway, the point is, she described the scholarly … Continue reading Notes on the Scholarly Communication Conference, University of Kent (Day 1, pm)

“Capturing practice research: improving visibility and searchability”

"Capturing practice research: improving visibility and searchability" was an open access community event, held on 15th March in London and hosted by JISC. To give some background, people whose research is practice based (e.g. musicians, performers, artists, photographers, dramatists, sculptors) find it difficult to add their work to repositories, as most repositories are designed based … Continue reading “Capturing practice research: improving visibility and searchability”

Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar: The next steps for delivering open access – implementation, expansion and international trends

On Tuesday I attended the above event in London. It was held at the Royal United Services Institute, which has a very nice library in which we had tea and coffee. The first speaker was supposed to be Professor Adam Tickell (pronounced Tick-ell, I was disappointed to learn), but, unfortunately, he was unwell, so Dr … Continue reading Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar: The next steps for delivering open access – implementation, expansion and international trends

Themes and Trends in Library and Information Research: CILIP in Kent Conference, 8th November 2017

This was a really interesting and enjoyable day - great talks, good discussion and lovely people - what more could you ask of a conference? Hazel Hall was the first speaker, presenting on the topic of "The value of practitioner research, the impact of such research activity (on individual career paths as well as services provision) … Continue reading Themes and Trends in Library and Information Research: CILIP in Kent Conference, 8th November 2017

“I have 100 reads therefore I am”*: ‘Academic’ social media

This post explores academics’ relationships with ‘academic social media’; specifically with regards to the marketization of HE in the UK, audit culture, gamification, and open access. Academic social media can be defined as social media sites aimed at academic staff working in higher education, particularly in research. These sites encourage their users to share work … Continue reading “I have 100 reads therefore I am”*: ‘Academic’ social media

Solution-focussed conversations: a workshop

Yesterday, I attended an internal development workshop led by Carole Pemberton. A big part of my new role involves meeting and having conversations with people. Sometimes this is just to get to know them and find out what they do and what sorts of research-related things are going on in the faculty/school, but sometimes (quite … Continue reading Solution-focussed conversations: a workshop

Copyright is hard: the CILIP Copyright Conference 2017

Yes, it's official, read all about it, etc.; copyright is hard. Like we didn't know! But it seems to be one of those things people secretly know but dare not admit, especially not at a copyright conference...until now! I think this was my favourite moment of the conference: when Ronan Deazley said these words. And … Continue reading Copyright is hard: the CILIP Copyright Conference 2017