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Teaching – trying something new: USTLG meeting May 2017

This week I attended the most recent meeting of USTLG, the University Science and Technology Librarians Group. This networking group holds their meetings twice a year, and members are invited to give presentations sharing best practice on a theme. I’ve been going to these meetings ever since I took on Engineering and Computing as my […]

Equality: Everyone’s job, no one’s responsibility

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a day-long seminar at the University of Huddersfield (where I work), on gender equality in Higher Education. The conference was organised by the University’s Athena SWAN committee: Athena SWAN is a charter of the Equality Challenge Unit, initially aimed at advancing the careers of women in STEM research […]

LILAC 2017: Reflections and inspiration

LILAC (the Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference) was a couple of weeks ago now, so I have failed in my initial plan to get some of my ideas/reflections down in blog form immediately after the conference while they were still fresh in my mind… However, having a couple of weeks to reflect has helped me […]

Reflection on UK vs US library conferences

Over the past 6-7 years, I’ve been lucky enough to attend numerous LIS conferences. In the early days this was largely due to my policy of applying for every student/new professional conference award in sight – I would highly recommend this approach! In addition to various UK-based conferences (such as CILIP, UKSG, BIALL, and more […]

Library conference topic ideas

I’ve been invited to join the conference planning committee for London Info International, which takes place in December. Here’s last year’s programme, for reference. I’m going to an initial planning meeting on Monday 6th March, and we’ve been asked to come along with topic suggestions: things we are excited about, or worried about, or want […]

Reflections on copyright in academic vs commercial sectors

Note: the below was originally drafted as a short reflection to go in my Chartership portfolio. After asking on Twitter I thought a few people might be interested to see it, so I redrafted it as a blog post. Enjoy! Having spent much of my career in ‘special’/workplace libraries, when I moved to the academic sector […]

2016 Professional Development Review

I’ve just realised that despite my resolution to blog regularly, I only managed one post last year, and that was in April! It was about attending the LILAC conference, which still feels like it was about 5 minutes ago, so I guess the year went pretty fast… There’s various reasons for my blogging silence, some […]