CILIP Leadership Programme 2015-16

CnGG-EPWAAA2Fxi[1]I have just finished the CILIP Leadership Programme 2015-16. This was a pilot programme to develop leadership in the profession and was aimed at mid-career professionals or those with some experience.  I work as a Research Librarian in  City University London Library Services and was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to attend the programme by my Library Leadership team. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the programme but had recently studied a Leadership and reflective pratice module at work so hoped to build on this and learn about different styles of leadership, meet others and connect with CILIP and work on a group project.

The programme ran from July 2015-2016 and was a mixture of face to face meetings and online webinars and self directed learning using the CILIP Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  I was also part of a project group which was working on a continuing professional development (CPD) project with some of the CILIP member networks.

Some of the highlights for me were:

Attending workshops in different venues throughout the country eg. Liverpool, Newcastle and Brighton and attending the CILIP Conference.

Meeting new colleagues and friends from other sectors such as public libraries, museums and galleries and the private sector.

Exploring different leadership styles, personal communication styles and roles within teams. I have learned that there are different personalities and communication styles and am more aware of how people may communicate with each other when giving feedback for example and how this can affect outcomes and understanding. Also, in terms of leadership, how you present yourself and communicate your vision and ideas may influence your effectiveness and success.

Discovering the extent to which CILIP members have such a high level of  commitment to and interest in their continuing professional development. It is really encouraging for the future that colleagues wish to continue to continually learn and develop and learn new skills.

The opportunity to write some articles on leadership in CILIP Update and in SCONUL Focus  These gave the opportunity to reflect on different styles of leadership such as situational leadership and mentoring and coaching.

The opportunity to reflect on my experience of the CILIP Leadership Programme with other participants as part of the My Career strand of the CILIP 2016 Conference.

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Images: Albert Dock, Liverpool; Feasting with friends

Communication styles workshop; Newcastle Central Library

 

I attended the CILIP conference  2015  in Liverpool and found it very professional and really enjoyed the keynote speakers in particular and also found some of the parallel sessions relevant. I also attended part of the conference this year in Brighton 2016 (as mentioned above). I think the Careers strand of workshops and presentations at the conference this year was  really useful with its focus on careers, professional development and personal advocacy. There is also a new online version of the CILIP PKSB (Professional Skills and Knowledge Base) This should enhance the functionality of the tool and make it easier to use.

Working on a CILIP CPD project as part of a group at a distance was interesting and challenging.  As part of this our group designed a CPD survey which was distributed to members of CILIP member networks via email. There was a huge response to our survey (743 respondents)  indicating the large amount of interest and engagement that CILIP members have in CPD.  There are many opportunities for CPD such as online learning, webinars, mentoring/ coaching, workplace visits and experience sharing, teachmeets and networking evenings. The challenge lies perhaps in events at the right time (eg. daytime, evenings, lunchtime), in suitable geographic locations,  online events and making the technology work and having the resources and time to fund,  organise and coordinate everything.

I’m sure I have much to reflect on for the future, I’ve learned that leaders (like Pokemons) can emerge in unexpected places and it may be the case that they are practitioners and speak through their work, research and their professionalism and they may not necessarily be the most senior managers in an organisation but can still exercise power, have vision and influence and develop others. Also, considering how we communicate with others is important and perhaps making an extra effort to  I would like to  thank CILIP, the Leadership Programme Coordinator (Jo Alcock) who was very supportive and great to work with,  colleagues on the Programme and my Library Leadership Team at City for the opportunity.

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Alternative access to Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators (City University London)

We have been experiencing technical issues with our access to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Essential Science Indicators (ESI), our E-Access team is currently working with Thomson Reuters to resolve this.

In the meantime the following links can be used to access the previous version/ interface of each resource:

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Read for Research

Taking an overview of Read for Research at City University London Library

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  • A patron driven acquisition scheme offered by Library Services  based on the research interests of students and staff.
  • Started in November 2013 and has continued since.
  • So far we have purchased 1208 titles (books and e-books) through the scheme.
  • Very popular across disciplines in the University.
  • A reading list of titles is being compiled which indicates the breadth of research done at City.
  • A visual display of titles  can be found on our Researcher guide.
  • See our #readforresearch and @Citylibresearch on Twitter and see feedback from our research students on their choice of titles and on Read for Research. Feedback includes : “Highly recommend – have ordered loads of fantastic books. Get into it students!”
  • The furthest distance travelled by a Read for Research (Law) book is probably a title ordered from Australia.
  • City research students & staff can order titles by simply completing the Read for Research webform and use #readforresearch to discuss their choices.

Designing surveys for research

During a research project, it may be decided to conduct a survey if it is considered that it will add value to the attempt to answer the research question.  This should only really be done after completing the literature review part of the project to identify if a survey is appropriate as a research tool. The literature review should indicate some themes or areas to explore in the survey.  If the literature has not been fully analysed (this can of course take time) then it can be a challenge to develop an ideal survey.

There are also other factors involved, some of which are that:

“It requires discipline in the selection of questions, in question writing, in the design, piloting, distribution and return of the questionnaires” (Bell, 2014, p. 157).

As potential respondents are very often busy, it is useful to keep the survey as clear and concise  and brief as possible and give an indication early on how long it may take and how many questions it includes. The survey must add value in some way and must enable you to address all or part of your research question. It is a very good idea to pilot test the survey before it is launched to obtain feedback on clarity, length and any technical issues for example and make sure it is as clear as possible before considering sending it out.  It is worth giving thought to who the target audience is and the best way to reach them. If the response rate is low then it may prove difficult to draw conclusions from the data.

I have recently designed a survey for my MA research project and I used the Survey Monkey (enhanced version) for this. I found the software quite easy to use and if offered a good range of questions such as multiple choice, scale rating questions and free text boxes. A link to the survey was sent out and the software collected the results and performed some of the analysis overall, for individual questions and individual responses. I was also fortunate to be able to adapt  and repurpose another survey with kind permission from the original author. Also, it is sometimes necessary to obtain ethical approval for the study from the university and this must be done in good time before sending out any surveys.

What does take time of course is actually analysing all of the data and trying to find connections and key themes which address the research question. It is really for that reason that it needed to be well designed and fit for purpose in the first place.

Overall, I found the experience really useful in  enhancing my survey design skills and I am still currently analysing the data thematically to contribute to my project.

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Read for Research – City University London Library

Read for Research  offers the opportunity to research students and staff  at City University London conducting research to suggest  titles for purchase by City University Library Services  

See our Read for Research Twitter hashtag for some titles ordered so far and to see what students think of the scheme.

Read for Research has been very popular and so far over 900 new items have been added to the Library stock since the campaign started in November 2013. It has also been quoted as a good practice example in a new book called Practical tips for facilitating research / Moira Bent.

City research students and staff can recommend general research and specific books for Library purchase on the Read for Research webform.

LILAC 2016: Leabharlannan, Learning & Leprechauns

(Reblogged from: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/developingatcity/ )

Although I’m partly of Irish descent and am partial to elves and quite wanted to see a leprechaun, I had never previously visited Ireland until the recent LILAC 2016  (LILAC is The Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference) at University College Dublin (UCD).  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the conference and to present a short paper on my current research interest: the digital literacy skills of research students.

I arrived on the Saturday and stayed in the centre of Dublin for the weekend. I stayed opposite the Christchurch Cathedral and next to the lovely Dublin Castle.  The view of the cathedral from my window was awesome, especially in the sunshine.

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Christchurch Cathedral

I was able to do some sightseeing and in terms of library related activities visited the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College Dublin and briefly the National Library of Ireland.

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Trinity College Dublin old Library;   National Library of Ireland

I then moved on the LILAC conference. My presentation was on the first day which I think is great as there are often a lot of delegates around and you can then focus on learning from others.  I thought the conference was great in terms of the venue, the organisation, amount of delegates,  including international colleagues including  from the US, Scandanavia and Germany, the keynotes and the parallel sessions. It was great to hear a keynote from Jisc on digital literacy as this is something I am interested in.  It is good to plan in advance which sessions you may wish to attend although this year the new pocket size programme made it  easier to navigate around.

I still need to reflect on my learning and decipher my Evernote note taking but  the following were examples of things of interest to me:

Jisc digital capabilities project

University of Leeds Flying Start  to help students make the transition to University. Also promotes the Skills@Library webpages

My Learning Essentials programme workshops and online learning and drop-in sessions from University of Manchester.

Vine videos from University of Sussex Library To promote workshops and services.

Char Booth’s blog post on imposter syndrome.

Graduate Employability Lens for the SCONUL seven pillars  

We had a couple of  really good social events, one was  a networking event at The Chester Beatty Library in the castle grounds with great bowls of snacks, some of my favourites being the mini fish and chips and chicken tagine.  We also had a great feast and evening  at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

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Chester Beatty Library; Dublin Castle

While I didn’t see any leprechauns as such, I did see a promising sign for a Leprechaun Museum but didn’t have time to visit on this occasion. I’m grateful to the LILAC 2016 organising committee and volunteers, my Library Leadership Team at City for the opportunity to attend, UCD library staff for showing us round the James Joyce Library, and the speakers and delegates for sharing their knowledge. My thoughts are that although we are all different and have our own approaches, contexts, interests, hallenges and workplace priorities, there are always some communalities and we can always learn from others.

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UK Data Service webinars 2016

The UK Data Service has just released its 2016 programme of webinars introducing different aspects of their service and explaining their key datasets.

Introductory webinars:

  • Introduction to the UK Data Service – 21 January, 20 April, 12 October
  • Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service – 9 March, 28 April, 19 October
  • Key issues in reusing data – 4 February, 4 May, 26 October
  • Data management basics – 11 February, 12 May, 3 November

Key datasets:

  • UK and cross-national surveys – 18 February, 10 November
  • Census data, 24 February – 17 November
  • Longitudinal surveys – 2 March, 24 November
  • International time series – 27 January, 1 December
  • Qualitative data – 16 March, 6 December
  • Business data – 23 March, 12 December

All webinars begin at 3pm and can be booked here.