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Collaboration and networking: learning from DREaM and RIVAL

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Discusses the extent of networking and collaboration amongst library and information science researchers and practitioners who took part in the AHRC-funded Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project in 2011/12, and the extent to which learning from this grant has influenced the delivery of the Royal Society of Edinburgh funded Research Impact and Value and Library and Information Science project in 2019/20.

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Collaboration and networking: learning from DREaM and RIVAL

  1. 1. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh #UofGISTalks
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  5. 5. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh £45,000 2011-2012 £20,000 2019-2020
  6. 6. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh To develop a UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers • Build research capacity and capability • Raise quality and standards: research training, practice, output, value, impact, and influence • Secure foundation for long-term research collaborations – in LIS and beyond To create a collaborative network of Scotland- based Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and library and information professionals interested in maximising the value and impact of LIS research
  7. 7. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh To develop a UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers • Build research capacity and capability • Raise quality and standards: research training, practice, output, value, impact, and influence • Secure foundation for long-term research collaborations – in LIS and beyond To create a collaborative network of Scotland- based Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and library and information professionals interested in maximising the value and impact of LIS research
  8. 8. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh https://lisresearch.org/dream-project/
  9. 9. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Conf 2: 93 Conf 1: 87 3 workshops: 35
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  12. 12. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Photographs Vimeos Plus textual session previews and summaries SlideShares
  13. 13. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Similar practice for conference sessions
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  19. 19. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Participation and reach in numbers • 5 events • 33 ‘official’ contributors • 213 onsite delegate participants • From 12 countries (and 4 continents) Plus remote audience of • ~80 blog posts • 1000+ tweets • Multiple web pages, SlideShares, Vimeos, and SoundClouds
  20. 20. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh
  21. 21. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh How did the network develop in 2011/12?
  22. 22. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh October 2011 April 2012 Interactions between DREaM cadre members (work and social)
  23. 23. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Awareness of research expertise amongst DREaM cadre members October 2011 April 2012
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  25. 25. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh 1. Have the DREaM workshop participants innovated in the workplace since 2012? 2. Has their post-DREaM research determined services provision or influenced the LIS research agenda? 3. To what extent can they point to any impact of their post-DREaM research on end-user communities? 4. Has the DREaM network opened up new opportunities for their research? 5. Do they continue to operate as a network?
  26. 26. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Study participants • Survey: 32 • Focus groups: • 6 London participants • 4 Edinburgh participants Publication of findings • On networking: • Focus of Hall et al (2018) • On collaboration: • Included in Hall et al (2019)
  27. 27. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Did the network endure in 2015?
  28. 28. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh April 2012July 2015 Interactions between DREaM cadre members (work and social)
  29. 29. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Detailed analysis (see Hall et al, 2018) • Social ties endured best • Diversity of central actors greatest in social tie network • PhD students • public library staff • University employees at the centre of work tie network • LIS academics, researchers, academic librarians
  30. 30. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Detailed analysis (see Hall et al, 2018) • Social ties endured best • Diversity of central actors greatest in social tie network • PhD students • public library staff • University employees at the centre of work network • LIS academics, researchers, academic librarians • Networks need resources • Resources are more important for the maintenance of work ties • Physical proximity helps (focus group data) • Social media can provide physical presence proxy to an extent • Network grants should provide provision for ‘lightweight’ continuity
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  32. 32. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh What evidence is there of collaboration amongst DREaM cadre members after the project end?
  33. 33. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Between 2012 and 2015 DREaM cadre members collaborated on: • Research projects • Publications • Event organisation DREaM started off my first collaborative research project and enabled me to become more research-focussed.
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  36. 36. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh They offered research-related opportunities to one another, for example to: • Peer review of papers • Present at events • Chaired by a member of the cadre : Marshall Dozier • Two keynote speakers from the DREaM project: Hazel Hall and Alison Brettle
  37. 37. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Collaborating at DREaM events also had an impact on their career development I have been promoted. [Two cadre members] provided references. Meeting the PhD students at DREaM events contributed to my decision to do a PhD.
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  40. 40. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh https://lisrival.com/ https://twitter.com/lisrival/
  41. 41. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Elements of DREaM delivery maintained (but on a budget) • Network member commitment to 3 of 4 events • Capture of event content • Social activities • But no official event amplification, 3rd party community site, Ben Goldacre!
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  45. 45. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh July 2015 Detailed analysis (see Hall et al, 2018) • Social ties endured best • Diversity of central actors greatest in social tie network • PhD students • public library staff • University employees at the centre of work tie network • LIS academics, researchers, academic librarians • Networks need resources • Resources are more important for the maintenance of work ties • Physical proximity helps (focus group data) • Social media can provide physical presence proxy to an extent • Network grants should provide provision for ‘lightweight’ continuity
  46. 46. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Detailed analysis (see Hall et al, 2018) • Social ties endured best • Diversity of central actors greatest in social tie network • PhD students • public library staff • University employees at the centre of work tie network • LIS academics, researchers, academic librarians • Networks need resources • Resources are more important for the maintenance of work ties • Physical proximity helps (focus group data) • Social media can provide physical presence proxy to an extent • Network grants should provide provision for ‘lightweight’ continuity
  47. 47. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh Detailed analysis (see Hall et al, 2018) • Social ties endured best • Diversity of central actors greatest in social tie network • PhD students • public library staff • University employees at the centre of work tie network • LIS academics, researchers, academic librarians • Networks need resources • Resources are more important for the maintenance of work ties • Physical proximity helps (focus group data) • Social media can provide physical presence proxy to an extent • Network grants should provide provision for ‘lightweight’ continuity
  48. 48. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh #lisrival
  49. 49. http://hazelhall.orgProfessor Hazel Hall @hazelh References Brettle, A., Hall, H., & Oppenheim, C. (2012). We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence and Methods Network. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Limerick, Republic of Ireland, 22-25 May 2012. (Slides available at https://www.slideshare.net/LISResearch/we-have-a-dream-the-developing- research-excellence-methods-network) Cooke, L. & Hall, H. (2013). Facets of DREaM: a Social Network Analysis exploring network development in the UK LIS research community. Journal of Documentation, 69(6), 786-806. (DOI: 10.1108/JD-09-2012-0124.) Hall, H., Cruickshank, P. & Ryan, B. (2018). Long-term community development within a researcher network: a social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), 844-861. (DOI 10.1108/JD-05-2017-0069.) Hall, H., Cruickshank, P. & Ryan, B. (2019). Closing the researcher-practitioner gap: an exploration of the impact of an AHRC networking grant. Journal of Documentation 75(5), 1056-1081 (DOI: 10.1108/JD-12-2018-0212).

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