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#CILIPW17 Reflections from and enthusiastic tweeter

Posted By Administration, 02 November 2017

#CILIPW17 Reflections from and enthusiastic tweeter

CILIP Wales 2017

The first day of the CILIP Wales conference 2017 had so many interesting and useful talks to be able to cover them all, so I’m going to stick with two of them;

The first presentation was given by Linda Tomos, on the importance of networking in our profession. The key points I took away from this talk was not only to create and maintain relationships with colleagues, but also ensure that they have a purpose and the knowledge shared is used. I’ve been to a few conferences which I’ve found really useful, written pages of notes, and never looked at or implemented afterwards.

Linda then reminded the delegates of the impact the ‘People’s Network’ had in enabling libraries to connect communities to the internet. The idea of a ‘People’s Network Part Two’ is an interesting concept, especially when considering what the focus point should be, technology is no longer so divisive, but the way it’s used is. Finally, the use of collaborative, focused strategies for blogging and social media, promoting our own knowledge, skills and professional development.

 

The key note speech from Professor Neil Frude was a huge high point for me, which really highlighted how much impact libraries can have on public health. We were shown the positive statistics produced by bibliotherapy using the Book by Prescription program, and the fact this program has essentially become defunct in Wales met with a lively discussion, and comments, to revive and improve it.

This bought on a demonstration of the positives of networking at conferences, as a member of a lottery funding body began discussing some of the practicalities of funding. One question I had – which may be due to my most recent collection development module – was how libraries can continue developing these collections to be up to date with limited funding?

To sum up, outside my deluge of tweets on the day, being able to attend these evens as a newcomer to the profession is really useful and inspiring, and exposes me to current issues which libraries are dealing with within the profession and wider society.

Diolch yn Fawr for having me, and my slightly over enthusiastic tweeting!

Ellie Downes, Student Aberystwyth University

 

 

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#CILIPW17 Lovely Llandudno; a reflection on the Marketing to Thrive and Survive Session

Posted By Administration, 02 November 2017

#CILIPW17 Lovely Llandudno; a reflection on the Marketing to Thrive and Survive Session

 

A warm welcome awaited us at Venue Cymru, which was brilliantly located over the road from the most beautiful promenade that I have ever seen and it was sunny (most of the time).

Everyone I met was so friendly (and networking is not my forte) that I came away feeling that I had made many new professional connections, which was one of my reasons for going to the conference as I have recently started Chartership.

I was keen to listen presentations that relate to my job at University of South Wales (as Assistant Librarian) such as ‘Marketing to Thrive and Survive’ from Swansea Uni librarians, Sian and Giles. This was an interesting presentation as they told us about various events that they organised in order to market the library and to improve engagement with students and they have won an award for it (we’re not jealous!).

Swansea used a number of different events to take the library to the students, rather than expecting the students to engage with the library, events such as ‘Assignments – Survive & Thrive’, ‘Blind Book Date’ and ‘Parrots & Plagiarism’.

Swansea also use a number of other tools such as online subject guides, social media, digital promotions on plasma screens and pop-ups, to keep the library on the students’ radar.

It was reassuring to hear that they faced similar challenges, such as multi-site libraries, with co-ordination needed between campuses and struggling with staff numbers to maintain events, as the library work-load carries on regardless of librarians popping-up all over campus.

As a result, I have been able to remind our managers that other HE libraries have budgets to run competitions and even give away prizes, which does engage students by lightening the mood and is a step away from the traditional image of an academic library.

This was the friendliest conference I’ve ever been too and definitely the best location – good choice CILIP Wales Committee and thanks for awarding me a free day.

Kate Schwenk

 

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