And the Silver Award goes to…

On Friday 9th November, I attended the CILIP PPRG Award event along with my colleague Jenny Townend. It was fantastic to meet with like-minded people who feel so passionately about libraries and marketing. On behalf of the Library and Learning Services conference team I accepted the Silver Award for Excellence in Marketing. Here is what the judges had to say about our entry:

“The judges particularly liked the wide range of communications tools used, and especially the high quality of the blog and the innovative use of a widget. They were also impressed by the clearly-defined target groups and the use of professional designs for the branding, which was very attractive. Evaluation was carried out both by traditional means and by the use of video and audio interviews, resulted in very rich data which was accessible in a variety of formats. As ever, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and, with the original target of 30 delegates way exceeded (there were 86 on the day) this was clearly a deservedly successful initiative.”

For more details about the event and to see our presentation on Slideshare, take a look at the CILIP Publicity and Public Relations Group  website


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!

Conference blogs and the conference blog

In my work with NECTAR, the University of Northampton’s research repository, I frequently encounter entries for presentations made at academic conferences by our staff and researchers. We encourage our contributors to add links to conference websites where possible, so I get to see a fair few of those and, as you might expect, some are better than others.

The best conference sites serve as a permanent record of the event. This isn’t always possible with the resources available, but it’s a shame to visit a site for a conference that took place a year ago and find that it still refers to the event in the future tense, with vague details of smaller contributions and a handful of selected abstracts. We wanted the LLS conference to have a comprehensive home on the web, a place where we could not only publicise and promote the day, but archive and reflect on it.

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