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LIS DREaM 1: Cultivating networks: opportunities and challenges


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Breakout session led by Professor Gunilla Widén, Professor of Information Studies, Åbo Akademi School of Business and Economics, Finland. …

Breakout session led by Professor Gunilla Widén, Professor of Information Studies, Åbo Akademi School of Business and Economics, Finland.

Drawing on the Nordic experience, where networking across geographic boundaries is a necessity and well within the comfort zone, this session will explore a range of collaborative networks for the LIS field: for researchers, doctoral students, work and study exchanges, and communities of practice interested in particular topics such as information literacy. Discussion of the various models and an interactive exercise will highlight the opportunities and challenges of network initiatives. As well as providing the opportunity for individuals to consider their own networking practice, the outcomes of this session will inform the development of the DREaM network for the duration of the project and beyond.

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  • 1. Cultivating Networks: opprtunities and challenges – a Nordic Approach
    Professor Gunilla Widén
  • 2. Nordic networking
    Long traditions of formal co-operation between the Nordic countries
    Built on common values and a willingness to develop Nordic competencies and competitiveness
    Nordic council
    Advisory body for the Nordic governments
    Nordic council of ministers
    Nordic governments co-operation forum
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 3. Areas of co-operation
    Culture, leasure, media
    Economy, business, and working life
    Education and research
    Environment and nature
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 4. Areas of co-operation
    Nordic library collaboration
    Research libraries, Public libraries
    Library journals
    Nordic collaboration in LIS education
    Nordplus, Master of Leadership in LIS
    Nordic collaboration in LIS research
    Research projects
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 5. Nordic library collaboration
    Nordic journal for book and library issues (established 1914)
    Nordinfo (Nordic Council for Scientific Information), co-ordinating acitivites among research and special libraries
    NORDBOK, collaboration between Nordic Public libraries
    Electronic library development
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 6. Conferences, seminars, journals
    Nordic Library Week (annual event)
    Creating Knowledge (information literacy conference)
    ELINOR – electronic literature in the Nordic countries
    Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 7. NORSLIS – The Nordic Research School of Library and Information Science
    increase the quality of doctoral education in LIS and neighbouring disciplines in order to meet the requirements of a knowledge society
    NORSLIS comprises a network of 14 Nordic and Baltic institutions all having a PhD-program in LIS.
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 8. NORSLIS – The Nordic Research School of Library and Information Science
    networking of research students, mobility of students
    research courses (methods & theories), workshops
    exchange of scientific personnel
    inviting scholars of high international standing to bridge the knowledge gaps that exist in the Nordic and Baltic LIS environment
    Activities 2011:
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 9. NordinfoLit
    Collaboration in the area of information literacy
    Summer schools and conferences to share experiences on user education, research projects
    Summer school 2010 ”Transformation from Digital Library to Digital Learning”
    Creating Knowledge 2010 ”INFORMATION LITERACY AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION: Mapping the Learning Environment”
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 10. Joint Master in Leadership
    Initiated because of the need of leadership education in LIS in all Nordic countries
    Planned contents
    Leadership and management in LIS
    Information and knowledge society
    Information and Knowledge Management
    Project and Quality Management
    Innovation and change
    Research methods and thesis
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 11. Joint Master in Leadership
    Legal agreement (too big differences between the ecuation systems in the different Nordic countries)
    Resources and financial support (different systems to calculate the outcomes of students and degrees in the program)
    Different traditions of decision making at the departments
    Too many partners
    Other external issues like re-organisation in the schools, new management, new rules and legislation)
    The program has not been launched (yet?)
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 12. Benefits
    Small countries, small organisations and departments can learn from and support eachother
    Seminars & conferences on lessons learned
    Better funding possibilities
    Represent together a region of considerable resources
    Collaboration in different projects (e.g. library systems, research methods, user education)
    Supports the Nordic linguistic community
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 13. Challenges
    Difficult balance between national, Nordic, European, and Global interests
    Keeping the Nordic image, profile and identity
    Resources - Still small
    Although similar yet differences can be too big
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::
  • 14. Discussion
    Nordic networking practices – what could be useful in UK context?
    Own networking experiences – benefits and challenges?
    Expectations on the DREaM project when it comes to networking & collaborative possibilities?
    Professor Gunilla Widén ::