Engaging with business:innovative industry partnerships supporting  research at the University of Nottingham              ...
The shape of things to come  1. Introduction: Re-skilling for Research         2. Group exercise                 3. Engagi...
Wider context
Retooling  1990 British Library Colin Campbell“We can all suffer from the inertia which findsplausible ways of not having ...
Re-Skilling For Research1. Conceptualising new research, developing proposals, identifying   funding opportunities;2. seek...
Re-Skilling For Research
Re-Skilling For Research      “Our jobs are shifting from doing what we’ve      always done very well to always being on t...
Engaging with Business    Why is Engaging with business important?         1. University strategy               2. Researc...
Engaging with BusinessMutually beneficial relations withbusiness and industry were part of  our founding and remain a key ...
Engaging with BusinessGovernment policy statements and  publications increasingly stressengagement between industry and   ...
Engaging with Business    Build mutually beneficial  partnerships with like-minded          organisationsInvite businesses...
AHRC       What about       the Arts and       Humanities?Industry partnerships play anincreasingly important role in   Re...
It adds to the economicsuccess of the UK, through      contributions to the  knowledge economy an       innovation agenda
AHRC    Supporting research in thisenvironment means engaging with            business. Librarians supporting research   m...
Research Support FrameworkSupport for Research workspace
AHRC – Highlight notices           Being in at the start of the process           One type of start: Highlight Notice     ...
Digital transformation                       Conceptualising                        new research          Developing      ...
Digital transformations  Identifying                       Developing                  Conceptualising    funding         ...
Identifying funding opportunities  There are many people identifying funding opportunities at  universities.  Librarians n...
Conceptualising new researchConceptualising new research
erent hearts of University
Innovative industry partnerships Research and commercialisation starts with industry partnerships“Probing these research i...
Innovative industry partnerships             Balance  People who can work togetherKnowledge of organisations with a   hist...
Innovative industry partnerships
Informal interactions
Formal interactions  Informal moves to        formal(letters/agreements)    Personalmoves to project or    networkProject ...
Letter of support        AHRC Level of commitment   of the proposed        partner Added value to the   project of the   i...
Letter of support
Letter of support
Personal relationships   Informal interactions
Future activities    Welcome event      July 2012 Imperial War Museum      Broadway The National Archives    British Libra...
References  1. No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century.  http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pu...
References  7. Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries  Summits.  http://www....
Images  1. Microsoft Clip Art and Sample Art is Used with permission from Microsoft:  http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal...
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  • Abstract The RLUK report Re-skilling for Research provided an investigation into the roles and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers. This presentation explores the potential role of librarians in conceptualising new research and commercialisation, including case study examples based on experiences at the University of Nottingham. The presenter will use a current Arts and Humanities Research Council funded network project to show the librarian role in supporting research and facilitating the involvement of industry partners. The session will be interactive: three short presentations and three interactive sections.
  • Talk through the shape of things to come.
  • June 2012 The Quiet RevolutionSome reports are not explicitly about libraries or the librarians but they are about higher education. How strategic partnerships and alliances are reshaping the higher education system. Will refer to this in about an hour.Becoming a messy picture and sure you have many reports and books and white papers that you are reading.
  • Image supplied courtesy of The University of Nottingham ©”.Scholarly communication and serials prices: proceedings of a conference sponsored by the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries and the British Library Research and Development Department 11-13 June 1990. Edited by Karen Brookfield. Bowker Saur, 1991.
  • 13 potential roles? Discuss…
  • Some of the potential roles are new? Challenging? Scary?
  • “How do we help individuals at institution to become more successful”Idea of service…
  • Summarise next section of presentation.
  • Image supplied courtesy of The University of Nottingham ©.Role of modern academic. Roles for librarians to support academic.
  • Image supplied courtesy of The University of Nottingham ©.
  • Image supplied courtesy of The University of Nottingham ©.Full range of activities – includes libraries. All parts of the University – includes libraries.
  • What about the Arts and Humanities? How do industry partnerships support the Arts and Humanities? What is the role for librarians in higher education? Summary point: engaging with business is important to universities so it must be important for librarians
  • Strategic partnership v creative, innovative partnerships. Discuss.Impact on the growth, prosperity and well being of the UK. Work in partnership with business.
  • Contributions to the knowledge economy
  • UK Digital Economy Theme3 Digital Economy Research Hubs – included one led by the University of Nottingham.
  • Image supplied courtesy of The University of Nottingham ©.
  • Some of my colleagues at Nottingham have developed a Research Support Framework. Drew Shearsmith created this slide.A jigsaw puzzle of:Planning for ResearchDiscovering research informationData managementEquipment and technologyResearch ImpactHelp and support
  • A lot of discussion about being in at the start of the process. You can argue that there is no start. One start is a Highlight Notice. This is the point when a group can be formed. Academic and support staff. This can be the scary moment. You are in the room with other colleagues. Around the table everybody is expected to deliver. That’s what I want to focus the next exercise on.
  • Broken up into three parts. Could be in any order and happening all the time.
  • For the purposes of the case study I am talking about today I am putting them in this order. Discuss.
  • Messy mass of people involved in identifying funding opportunities There are many people identifying funding opportunities at universities.Librarians need to be in that picture, too.If going to support and be meaningfully involved in related processes.
  • Similar image. People all round University conceptualising all the time. It is often like the group exercise. You receive information from Research Council. You meet to discuss the response needed to obtain the funding. There are other examples when you have the concept and you are trying to find the funding.
  • Hear people talk about being in at the start of research process. Different hearts to the University.Some close to you and your work. Others are further away but on your radar (like prayer radar). We need to be present at these different hearts. Hearts of Arts.
  • Research and commercialisation starts with industry partnerships, and there are roles here for librarians. AHRC looking for a broad range of creative and cultural partners.
  • Balance. Awareness of individual histories and organisational histories. Who can work well together?
  • EEBO - ProQuestECCO -CengageThe companies haveworked well together to make two collections cross searchable Competing and collaborating.
  • Talking with librarians about potential partners. Talking with the partners.Frontline (sales) to senior management.Thank you to Oliver Howe and Phill Hall. Discuss.
  • Your role may end at any stage. Supporting others in the organisation to be successful
  • Letter of Support is required from each Project Partner. If any Project Partners have been included in the proposal, a Letter of Support is required from each partner, outlining the level of commitment of the proposed partner, the value and benefit of the work to the Project Partner, the nature of the contribution and the added value to the project of the involvement. The letter should be dated and signed by a senior member of the organisation, with the authority to make this commitment.
  • 1.Record strong support of senior representative2. Relevance of the partnership3. Contributions they might make – expertise and resources4. Outline agreement for partnership working5. Expertise and resource can be recorded as a financial contribution in kind
  • Who is your partner? Not always clear. The partner is the organisation. People leave organisation. Letter is a record of senior member support for the project, and it is the basis for another senior member supporting the project. Discuss anecdotes…etc.etc.etc.
  • Informal to formal.The quality and continuity of personal relationships are crucial to success. Need to have formal right but also the informal.Personal contributions of librarian – do you become lost as the partnership becomes corporate? Does this matter? Is it our job to help individuals at the institution to become more successful? Discuss…
  • Network event – crucial for building relationships – think long term. One example of a heart of University.
  • UoN caption “© The University of Nottingham 2010”
  • Abstract The RLUK report Re-skilling for Research provided an investigation into the roles and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers. This presentation explores the potential role of librarians in conceptualising new research and commercialisation, including case study examples based on experiences at the University of Nottingham. The presenter will use a current Arts and Humanities Research Council funded network project to show the librarian role in supporting research and facilitating the involvement of industry partners. The session will be interactive: three short presentations and three interactive sections.
  • Neil Smyth DARTS3 presentation: Engaging with business - innovative industry partnerships supporting research at the University of Nottingham

    1. 1. Engaging with business:innovative industry partnerships supporting research at the University of Nottingham Neil Smyth: DART June 2012
    2. 2. The shape of things to come 1. Introduction: Re-skilling for Research 2. Group exercise 3. Engaging with Business 4. Group exercise 5. Digital transformations 6. Questions and answers
    3. 3. Wider context
    4. 4. Retooling 1990 British Library Colin Campbell“We can all suffer from the inertia which findsplausible ways of not having to go through yetanother learning process.” “many problems coping with the pace of change”“all librarians must be prepared to retool ifthey do not have the necessary expertise”
    5. 5. Re-Skilling For Research1. Conceptualising new research, developing proposals, identifying funding opportunities;2. seeking new information;3. information management;4. research data collection;5. research data discovery, management and curation;6. sharing, discussion, online collaboration;7. analysing and reflecting on information and data;8. writing up and dissemination;9. compliance, intellectual property, copyright and other statutory requirements;10. preservation;11. quality assessment and measuring impact;12. commercialisation;13. emerging technology.
    6. 6. Re-Skilling For Research
    7. 7. Re-Skilling For Research “Our jobs are shifting from doing what we’ve always done very well to always being on the lookout for new opportunities to advance teaching, learning, service, and research” Brian Matthews
    8. 8. Engaging with Business Why is Engaging with business important? 1. University strategy 2. Research councils (AHRC) 3. Research bids (AHRC)
    9. 9. Engaging with BusinessMutually beneficial relations withbusiness and industry were part of our founding and remain a key priority. We will maintain a positive, customer- focused, facilitatingdialogue with commercial partners. Recognising and developing opportunities for business engagement on behalf of the University is increasingly part of the role of the modern academic.
    10. 10. Engaging with BusinessGovernment policy statements and publications increasingly stressengagement between industry and higher educationIndustry partnerships will play an increasingly important role in Research Council grant awards, cash support from commercialpartners is often a prerequisite for the award of large research andcommercial development centres.
    11. 11. Engaging with Business Build mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded organisationsInvite businesses to work with us, at all our locations and across the full range of our activities, with a coordinatedand coherent entry point for bothproactive and reactive discussions. Increase engagement with business by all parts of theUniversity and across all aspects of our core activities.
    12. 12. AHRC What about the Arts and Humanities?Industry partnerships play anincreasingly important role in Research Council grant awards
    13. 13. It adds to the economicsuccess of the UK, through contributions to the knowledge economy an innovation agenda
    14. 14. AHRC Supporting research in thisenvironment means engaging with business. Librarians supporting research must engage with business.Many different ways and levels of interaction.
    15. 15. Research Support FrameworkSupport for Research workspace
    16. 16. AHRC – Highlight notices Being in at the start of the process One type of start: Highlight Notice Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals under specified themes or initiatives in order to rapidly advance thinking in these areas.
    17. 17. Digital transformation Conceptualising new research Developing Identifying research funding proposals opportunities
    18. 18. Digital transformations Identifying Developing Conceptualising funding research new research opportunities proposals
    19. 19. Identifying funding opportunities There are many people identifying funding opportunities at universities. Librarians need to be, too. Support Be meaningfullyinvolved in related processes.
    20. 20. Conceptualising new researchConceptualising new research
    21. 21. erent hearts of University
    22. 22. Innovative industry partnerships Research and commercialisation starts with industry partnerships“Probing these research issues willengage a broad range of partners in creative and cultural industries”Examples: Theatre companies; National institutions; Galleries; Publishing; Law; Media companies.
    23. 23. Innovative industry partnerships Balance People who can work togetherKnowledge of organisations with a history of working together successfully Commercial partners same sector collaborating and competing • individual histories • organisational histories
    24. 24. Innovative industry partnerships
    25. 25. Informal interactions
    26. 26. Formal interactions Informal moves to formal(letters/agreements) Personalmoves to project or networkProject or network moves to Corporate
    27. 27. Letter of support AHRC Level of commitment of the proposed partner Added value to the project of the involvement. Nature of the contribution
    28. 28. Letter of support
    29. 29. Letter of support
    30. 30. Personal relationships Informal interactions
    31. 31. Future activities Welcome event July 2012 Imperial War Museum Broadway The National Archives British Library ProQuest Cengage
    32. 32. References 1. No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century. http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub142/pub142.pdf 2. Research Library Issues. A Special Issue on Liaison Librarian Roles. http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/rli-265.pdf 3. The Value of Academic Libraries: a Comprehensive Research Review and Report. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/issues/value/val_report.pdf 4. Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Information Services. http://www.educationadvisoryboard.com/pdf/23634-EAB-Redefining-the- Academic-Library.pdf 5. Re-skilling for Research. http://www.rluk.ac.uk/files/RLUK%20Re-skilling.pdf 6. Think Like A Startup: a white paper to inspire library entrepreneurialism. http://tinyurl.com/75orp9p
    33. 33. References 7. Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/issues/value/val_summit.pdf 8. Working together: evolving value for academic libraries. http://libraryvalue.wordpress.com/report/ 9. Scholarly communication and serials prices: proceedings of a conference sponsored by the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries and the British Library Research and Development Department 11-13 June 1990. Edited by Karen Brookfield. Bowker Saur, 1991. 10. The University of Nottingham Strategic Plan 2010-2015. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/about/documents/universityofnottinghamstrategicplan201 0-15.pdf 11. The Quiet Revolution: how strategic partnerships and alliances are reshaping the higher education system. PA Consulting. (Available on request from the company)
    34. 34. Images 1. Microsoft Clip Art and Sample Art is Used with permission from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/IntellectualProperty/Copyright/Default.aspx 2. University of Nottingham images supplied courtesy of the University of Nottingham © 2012. 3. Other images used Copyright © Neil Smyth 2012.
    35. 35. Engaging with business:innovative industry partnerships supporting research at the University of Nottingham Neil Smyth: DART June 2012

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