Reflections on LILAC 2017

I was fortunate this year to have the opportunity to attend LILAC 2017 in Swansea in April.  LILAC is the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference which is a 3 day event which attracts national and international delegates.  There are keynotes, workshops, presentations  and networking opportunities on  many different aspects of information literacy.

In my free time,  I love taking photographs and reflecting on scenery and Swansea was a great place to do this.  I went down to the marina on my first evening as the sun was setting and then the conference itself took place at the lovely Swansea University Bay campus.

 

 

 

 

 

Swansea Marina & Swansea Bay

 

 

I was really pleased to be able to discuss the findings of my recent MA in Academic Practice  research which examined the digital literacy (use of digital tools and application of skills)  of doctoral students  with some colleagues.

My presentation can be found here

I have shared some of our discussion comments on Padlet. 

I am also hoping this may lead to some future collaborative opportunities.

One thing which stuck me in particular about the conference was that delegates really care about what they do and they want to make a difference in supporting the learning, teaching and research of others.  Also colleagues are generous in sharing their knowledge, skills and experience. This came through in the keynote addresses, for example that of Barbara Allan who spoke of her personal experiences of her career and becoming a senior manager and also of how to influence leaders and managers beyond library and information services. The take home message is be passionate and care about what you do and use both formal and informal opportunities to promote the value of your work and projects. Also,  it is important to have success measures for assessing your project outcomes.

Some ideas I have to think about:

  • Use Mentimeter to obtain feedback and voting during presentations, use Padlet   to obtain post it note feedback or to gather questions.
  • Some presenters  spoke of making quick, low tech videos to answer enquiries or FAQs.
  • Success in holding an event may take a lot of work but may generate a reputation and lead to future opportunities.
  • Induction ideas such as augmented reality treasure hunts and team quizzes.
  • Master classes to showcase dissertation research skills.
  • Research based practice can be useful in experiencing the challenges of conducting research and increase empathy with students.
  • Making it easier to find information  that is high quality rather than just good enough.

After a busy conference programme, there was also the opportunity to enjoy some culture  and a feast at the fine Brangwyn Hall


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I have met some great people and while I think it is challenging to create and develop information literacy training and resources,  it is the process of trying out new things  and learning from and sharing with each other which is important.  I also learned a few words of Welsh, Prifysgol Abertawe = Swansea University.   I’m grateful to the LILAC Conference Committee and to my Library Leadership Team at CityLibrary for the opportunity to attend LILAC 2017.

Diane Bell, Research Librarian, City, University of London.

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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.

Leprachaun