Promoting UK-Canadian relations

We have just had the pleasure of playing host to a fellow librarian from the University of Saskatchewan.  Virginia Wilson is over here for most of this month visiting and interviewing librarians who are also practitioner researchers.  Virginia came to Northampton having seen our conference blog and some other external presentations that we have given on librarians conducting research.

Unlike here, in Canada it is apparently the norm for university librarians to be employed on academic contracts and there is an expectation that they will conduct research.  In support of this they are permitted to spend a significant part of their working week on research activity and after six years they get the chance to take up to one year as a sabbatical.

Sounds good to me!


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.

All set for the LLS conference poster competition!

Photo: Nadeem Khan

For all those artistic & creative souls in LLS, the conference poster competition is now open. The goal is to create an attractive, eye-catching practitioner research poster, communicating research on just one A1 sheet. The posters will be displayed at the conference on June 19 at Sunley Conference Centre and will be judged by Simone Apel, Research Training Coordinator for the Graduate School.

Involving staff from all areas of the department, Simone has delivered a training session on Poster Design to our brave competitors and offered advice and guidelines for producing their academic poster.

Criteria for judging includes:

  •  A well-constructed and attractive A1 poster, portrait or landscape
  • Careful selection of content, well-written and condensed
  • Consistent & skilful use of colour, space, typeface and layout
  • Relevant visuals & images

Good luck, everyone!