A quick look at feedback

We received 36 evaluation forms at the end of the conference, asking attendees to rate us in seven areas and provide general feedback. The feedback was very positive! This is very encouraging for us, and we’re delighted people were happy with the day.

Here’s an overview of the ratings received for our seven areas (click to enlarge):

Feedback score graph

You can (possibly) see from this that the majority of the scores we received were 5s – top marks! The only area that saw a mark of 3 – several, in fact – was networking opportunities. This is doubtless due in part to the majority of the attendees being University of Northampton staff, but in future conferences we will have to consider how to improve networking opportunities for our visitors from other institutions.

Several fours for suitability of venue and quality of facilities may reflect the variable wi-fi reception some attendees encountered on the day – despite the general satisfaction of the scores, it’s obviously important for attendees and the conference itself that lines of social communication are as open as possible, and this has been duly noted.

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LLS Conference blog to be saved for posterity

UK Web ArchiveGreat news! We received a request today from Rossitza Atanassova, Curator of Library and Information Studies at the British Library. Rossitza wants to preserve this website in the UK Web Archive. It will form part of “a collection of websites on the evolving role of UK libraries and librarianship in the 21st century and that could be of interest to future researchers of library history”.

How flattering that Rossitza thinks that future scholars might be interested in our work!

Twelve minutes of total madness

From the planned, practiced, timed and perfected, to the spur-of-the-moment soapbox speech, the minute madness presentations had everyone watching the clock.

The six presentations before lunch set the tone (frenetic, intense, hilarious) and the six at the end of the day left us all buzzing. An impressive number of the presenters managed to spit everything out in time, but it was hard – really hard!   And with Nick ready to leap into action with his dreaded horn the pressure was definitely on!

So for those who might just have missed a detail or two, here’s the list of topics.  If you’d like to know more about any of them then do get in touch (click on a name to send an email).

Lastly, a technical note:  One or two folk asked how we created the timer on each of the slides.  It uses the ‘Custom animation’ feature of MS Powerpoint.  A rectangle is created for each second of the countdown and displayed for one second.  The animation starts with a click and finishes by displaying an ‘End’ rectangle.

Originally we incorporated drum rolls to mark the end of each presentation, but then we decided that it would be much more fun to have live sound effects and the horn was found.  (Actually, there was a middle stage in our plan – we wanted to use the Learning Technology team’s vuvuzela but none of the organising team could reliably get a noise out of it – clearly not a problem shared by South African football fans!).

A powerpoint version of the presentation is available here: LLS Conference 2012 Minute Madness template.

(Horn image from Wikimedia Commons)

Posters and presentations are now online!

All poster presentations and slideshows from the LLS Conference are now available on the blog. Links have been added to the main menu, but for those of you reading this via RSS, here they are:

Entries to the conference poster competition.

Everything’s in PDF format. This is a good opportunity to review the themes and content of the conference, and to explore the video and web links our presenters didn’t always have time to follow on the day.

Thanks to our presenters for making these files available.

First LLS Conference a resounding success

Photo: Sharon Song

What a day!

Thank you so much to all the folk who turned out for what proved to be a really exciting and vibrant conference…

Thank you to the 23 external delegates who came from libraries as far afield as Dublin, Yorkshire, London, Birmingham and all points in between.

Thank you to the 27 academic and support staff representing all six of The University of Northampton’s Academic Schools and several departments.

And thank you to the 36 LLS staff who presented papers, created posters, gabbled for minutes of total madness and showed the enormous enthusiasm that was the subject of many envious comments from other delegates.

As we come back down to earth, we’ll be doing our best to share the outputs of the conference with those who did and didn’t make it.  Nick has already uploaded all of the presentations, the posters and the banners, and will shortly be sharing some of the feedback we have received.

If you attended the conference and feel able to comment on any of the presentations or posters then please feel free to do so – just add your comment to the appropriate page.  If you have anything to say about the conference generally then by all means comment here.  It was our first ever conference but I’m sure it won’t be the last, so do help us to make the next one even better!

Twitter and the LLS conference

As the conference administrator, and also the most regular Twitter user in the department (as far as I’m aware) I volunteered to be responsible for setting up a Twitter account (@LLSresearchconf) I also have been the person Tweeting from this account, although Twitter logothe lovely Nick managed to get the blog posts automatically Tweeting for us!  For the day of the conference however I’ve handed over the tweeting controls to someone else as I’m unfortunately not going to be able to attend the conference.

As part of the promotion strategy for the conference I felt it important to include the links with professional networks on Twitter, which is used by a fairly large group of library and information science professionals as well as several academics from the University of Northampton.  As well as setting up the Twitter feed, I choose the Twitter hashtag #LLSconf12.  This gives a way of following the conference without attending, assuming people are Tweeting about it of course!

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