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Ambitions for the RIVAL network

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Summary of delegate discussions of the ambitions for the RIVAL network.

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Ambitions for the RIVAL network

  1. 1. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities Professor Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University RIVAL Network Event 1 – July 11th 2019 – Edinburgh Ambitions for the RIVAL network Contributions from roundtable discussions at #lisrival event 1
  2. 2. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 Note on the contents of these slides The content of these slides derives from 45 minute delegate discussions at the tables at RIVAL Event 1 which was then typed up in the afternoon break by Hazel Hall. The questions under discussion were: • What would delegates hope/expect to be the impact and value of participation in the entire RIVAL programme? • What kind of things can we do to meet these expectations? • What could we do for Event 4?
  3. 3. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 What would delegates hope/expect to be the impact and value of participation in the entire RIVAL programme?  Better use of LIS research in LIS: research informing practice, practice informing research  Better links between academic LIS departments (Glasgow, Napier, RGU & Strathclyde) and the development of common language between academic and practitioners for discussing research  A new way of generating ideas for research  A new way of identifying needs for research, e.g. AI and digital spaces – perhaps establishing a priority list
  4. 4. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 What would delegates hope/expect to be the impact and value of participation in the entire RIVAL programme?  Better appreciation of skills of those who work in libraries across Scotland  Cross-sectoral collaboration, with participation from good spread of participants (e.g. by role, geography)  More research encouraged  Better research skills within the community – through research methods training?
  5. 5. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 What would delegates hope/expect to be the impact and value of participation in the entire RIVAL programme?  Production of tangible outcomes, e.g. strategy documents, guidelines, a RIVAL/Scottish ‘declaration’ – practitioners and organisations would sign up to this  Action taken for accessing funding for joint research projects between network members  A means to showcase LIS research and show where it exists, e.g. research summaries including Masters work  Addition of value to the ‘day job’
  6. 6. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 What kind of things can we do to meet these expectations?  Build on encouraging people to get to know one another better, e.g. support contact between members between events, e.g. set up JISCMail list  Publicise the possibility of participation in the network more widely, e.g. APLS  More unstructured elements in the the programme, e.g. unconference, 20x20  Variety in the programme  Be agile in development of the programme
  7. 7. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 What are the barriers to achieving our goals?  Understanding restrictions of different sectors: HE, FE, public sectors, special libraries…  Understanding the position/fit of RIVAL ambition with Single Outcome Agreements  Determining the ambition of the network – is RIVAL just for the network participants or for the broader community?  Muddying the water – too many strategies/initiatives?
  8. 8. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 What could we do for Event 4?  Take RIVAL concept on tour  Take library achievements on tour  Celebrate success  Assess the impact of this project  Invite expert speakers  Ensure that the work is taken beyond the official lifespan of the network

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