Why we ‘do’ research and why put on a conference?

I’m really excited about this opportunity to showcase our research and hope that you can make what should be a really stimulating day.

Library and Learning Services sit at the heart of the learning experience supporting, enhancing and contributing to the teaching, learning and research activities of the academic Schools.  To do this effectively we need to underpin our practice with a solid research base.  This can range from cutting edge, externally funded work to internally managed and small scale projects to solve a particular problem or build a better service.  Research-informed practice should be a given in a university and the papers at the conference show a broad range of activity that will, and is, improving what we offer as a service.

But we should also be contributing to the wider output of the university.  I believe that LLS has a role in adding to the university’s impact and reputation in the areas in which we have particular expertise, and/or as partners with academics and other departments where we can support their activity.  We actively encourage LLS staff to write, publish and speak on their research and see this as part of working in a university rather than additional work.  The conference sits perfectly within this aspiration.

And finally, I see research as something that should be enjoyable.  I want to encourage  the enthusiasm of LLS staff for their work and see the chance to dig deeper in the elements of the job that fascinate and excite them as a real plus point to working in a university.  That it gives them the chance to win awards, write, travel and speak at conferences and to meet like minded people too is great.  I’m sure that this conference will be a manifestation of that enthusiasm and produce a really enjoyable day.

See you there


Chris Powis is  Head of Library and Learning Services at The University of Northampton


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