#NAG17 – Leeds, Hilton Hotel, 6-7 November 2017
More speaker information is now available for NAG Conference 2017:
Ms Andrea Ellison, Chief Librarian, Leeds Library and Information Service
Key note address:
Ian Anstice, Public Libraries News
“An aquarium without fish? The importance of stuff”
A public library without properly selected and sufficient stock is like one of those pictures of Soviet-era shops with tins sparsely placed on shelves. Not very appetising. The talk looks at issues around bookfunds (and everything-else-funds) over the last few years and stresses the importance of the right title to the right person at the right time.
2016 NAG Award Winners
Trudy Turner, University of Kent “Digital Libraries in Europe”
Using benchmarking data to manage collections: Copac Collection Management Tools in practice
Chloe Dobson, Collection Development Librarian at the University of Sussex and Diana Massam, project manager for Copac Collection Management Tools at Jisc.
If you are interested in finding out about how benchmarking collections data can help you to manage your collections and acquisitions, then this session is for you. Copac Collection Management Tools offer a range of benefits which can transform your collection management projects and workflows: providing help with difficult decision making and highlighting the strengths of your collections. We will begin with an overview of the Copac Collection Management Tools, their development as a service designed and tested by practitioners, functionality and outline use cases and benefits. Following this, will be a case study demonstrating how the CCM Tools have transformed stock management processes at the University of Sussex and most importantly reduced the pain of essential stock reviews!
Just Academic Questions? Building up discipline profiles and digging down into the repository.
Rachel Kirkwood, Collection Development Manager, Joule Library, The University of Manchester Library
The basic premise of collection development at the University of Manchester Library is that knowledge of the various disciplines is crucial to inform collection development, but in the absence of human, specialist domain knowledge, a variety of data sources can be channeled and combined to drive tightly aligned yet dynamically flexible acquisition of resources.
The paper will present details of the progress made so far and the specific applications we are making to harness the potential of data to link purchasing with the scholarly activities of university. The focus will be on two areas: (1) Discipline profiling in the School of Law has prompted us to ask different questions of data, identify a variety of sources, and explore how best to combine and present these – using Excel spreadsheets and Tableau visualization software. (2) The Library’s close involvement with the management of our institutional repository, and subsequently a Current Research Information System [PURE], has positioned us ideally to exploit those systems in innovative ways.
How To Transform Your Children’s Non Fiction Collection
Liam Dixon, Surrey Libraries
“Our Children’s Non Fiction stock was displayed in serried ranks of tiny spines, all in perfect Dewey order, and very few of them ever being borrowed. Usage was low, the budget was being cut, and we were in a downward spiral.” Does this sound familiar?
Come and discover how applying retail bookselling experience, introducing the use of data about what’s selling on the high street and what’s being borrowed in UK libraries, together with the use of Opening the Book acrylics, we’re turning the serried ranks into eye-catching, child accessible displays that have begun a virtuous circle of increased usage and improved investment!”
National Monograph Solutions: Investigating the problems landscape and innovative access solutions to monographs in a digital form
Karen Colbron, digital content manager, Jisc
As part of the National Monograph Solutions project, Jisc has been working with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to investigate access barriers to academic books currently unavailable as e-books according to institutions’ requirements. Based on the 2016 ‘Digital Access Solutions’ report and further engagement with key stakeholders and publishers, this session will discuss access and workflow issues faced by libraries as they work towards securing academic e-books in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
City Read Now we are six
Andy Ryan, Stellar Libraries
Launched in 2012, Cityread is a charity that unites London (and Slough and Reading!) by asking the whole city to read the same book together for a month each year. Every April, over 30,000 Londoners come together with libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues in a shared, cultural experience. This session will explore the tribulations and triumphs of six years of Cityread in London, and the charity’s plans for world domination.
Everything we do is driven by you… Patron Driven Acquisition capturing real-time customer input into the digital collection at the Royal College of Nursing.
Diane McCourt, Royal College of Nursing
Whilst Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is not a new product, what makes this case study special is the unique nature of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Our UK-wide members use us to support their professional development, and range from students to retired, and from those in regular practice to Professors and Fellows. How do we know what our membership need? How do we gather evidence to show we are meeting our member needs? How do we respond to what the data is telling us? How can we use the data to inform our purchasing decisions? How do we shift from ‘just in case’ purchasing to ‘just in time’? How does this enhance the professional role of specialist Librarian?
This session will show how this pilot gave us direct membership input to our purchasing decisions, but will also demonstrate the need for specialist Librarian input into PDA to ensure expert title list selections are fit for purpose. It will explore what’s next in using the evidence that it enables us to gather. Can PDA usage analytics identify areas of the country where we are not reaching our membership? This session will develop further understanding of the role of PDA in providing customer led services within the diverse library sector.
Manchester – Innovation Award Winners
Jonathan Ebbs, Service Development Manager: Information & Digital at Manchester City Council
NAG delegates will also have the opportunity to attend two of the four workshops on offer and workshops include:
eBook Accessibility Audit workshop
Victoria Dobson & Gopal Dutta and Susan Smith, Leeds Beckett University & Manchester Metropolitan University
This hands-on workshop will be delivered by three members of the team behind the recent national eBook Accessibility Audit. A key theme will be the importance of accessibility as a factor in eBook procurement. The workshop will give an overview of the eBook Accessibility Audit project and a demonstration of the simple survey tool used for evaluating eBook accessibility. There will be a practical activity giving delegates the opportunity to try this out for themselves, followed by feedback and discussion.
Preparing and Delivering an Impactful Elevator Speech
Led by Storey Communications professional trainer, Campbell Storey
This workshop offers delegates the opportunity to learn how to deliver an effective elevator speech. Sometimes you only have two minutes to get your point across. You might be talking with your employer, pitching to a potential customer or meeting a new supplier for the first time – a good elevator speech will get your conversation off to a strong, confident start.
Tales of the unexpected outcome: How an eBook pilot became so much more
Paul Howell from Middlesex University
This workshop will discuss the opportunities and challenges the Middlesex University eTextbook scheme has presented to the library as well as looking at possible future developments. The session will touch on the establishment of the scheme but will look beyond the initial aims to cover its impact on acquisition and reading list workflows using accurate module information and student numbers. Whilst we will discuss that such schemes are not a “magic bullet” to perennial problems of module, module leader information and up to date reading lists, they do offer opportunities for increased involvement in decision making with the academic on course texts and structuring reading lists to improve and enhance student experiences.
For networking opportunities, as usual, there will also be a gala dinner with after dinner entertainment to close day one, and an optional behind the scenes tour of Leeds Central Library after the finish of day two.
A full programme with all timings will be available as soon as possible. A promotional leaflet for #NAG17 is available here.
Prices are frozen from 2016 at £375 for early bird Members full delegate place until 1st September
Book online at www.nag.org.uk