ALISS AGM, 27th June 2019
Salvatore Bellavia Christie’s Education
Christine Bradford, University of Warwick
Matt Budd, Cafcass
Elizabeth Charles, Birkbeck, University of London
Marilyn Clarke, Goldsmiths, University of London (Speaker)
Heather Dawson, LSE Library (ALISS secretary)
Kay Dhawan, SOAS
Gianluca Didino, Queen Mary, University of London
Angela Dimond, University of Hertfordshire
Rosemary Franklin, University of West London
Jacqui Grainger, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (Speaker)
Jennie Grimshaw, British Library (ALISS Committee)
Richard Hopkins, Aston University (ALISS Committee)
Leila Kassir, Senate House Library
Yvonne Morris, CILIP
Dan O'Connor, UCL Institute of Education
Sally Patalong, Coventry University (ALISS Committee)
Debbie Perera, University of Brighton
Claire Smith, Keele University (ALISS treasurer)
Jane Reynolds, University of Bristol
Arese Uwuoruya, Christie’s Education
Katie Winter, University of Reading
Jo Wood, CAFCASS (ALISS Chair)
Wendy Woodley, Kingston University
Norma Menabney, Queens University
Fran Porritt Teeside University
Antonella Yarnold, City University London
The following were re-elected as officers by the AGM
Joanna Wood Cafcass – ALISS chair
Claire Smith, Keele University, ALISS treasurer
Heather Dawson – LSE Library (Secretary)
Richard Hopkins, Aston University, Social Media
Norma Menabney, Queens University Belfast
Fran Porritt, Teeside University
Antonella Yarnold, City University
Jennie Grimshaw, British Library
Sally Patalong, Coventry University
The chair thanked them for their long standing contributions to the work of ALISS.
Jo gave an overview of the year's activities. She highlighted the range of activities
undertaken and able work of all committee members. A particular focus has been on
developing a growing social media presence which will continue throughout 2019/20.
ALISS also launched a bursary scheme. https://alissnet.com/bursary/. This will use surplus
funds to underwrite the cost of an ordinary member and a student member conference
attendance up to the sum of £250.
A thorough report and statement of accounts for the year up to April 2018 was prepared by
Claire Smith, The full statement has been verified by the independent financial examiner
John Helm ACA and was approved by the AGM. It is available from the ALISS website.
Cash at bank at 31 March 2019 amounted to £18,241 (2018: £18,106). There was a cash
surplus of £135 (2018: £679) for the year.
Review of Activities.
A summer event was held at Aston University in August 2018. The theme was Social
Science research – a Masterclass for Information Professionals.
1. Official publications - Jennie Grimshaw, Service and Content Lead, Government and
Official Information, The British Library
2. Unlocking grey literature – Diane Bell, Research Librarian, City University
3. Research Data Management, John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian, Bodleian
4. Free maths and statistics resources for supporting your students – Angela Evans,
Academic Skills Tutor (Study Skills), Staffordshire University
A Christmas event was held at Senate House, London in December 2018. The theme was
Promoting well-being in Library services. There were three presentations:
1. Health and wellbeing in the workplace Paul Dockerty, Learning and Wellbeing
Partner, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) talked
about optimising wellbeing for performance and gave useful take away tips on
managing your own wellbeing and supporting colleagues.
2. Exam Plus: A collaborative approach to promoting well-being at Keele Claire Smith,
Principal Library Assistant, Keele University gave insight into the Exam Plus
initiative, from its initial proposal to the present day. She highlighted the successes
and challenges of working as part of a cross-departmental team with particular focus
on the impact for the Library.
3. Library Study Night Kerstin Treder, Information Specialist, Aston University provided
insight into this special event that included sessions for staff and students) on yoga,
mindfulness and more to help them stay ahead and cope while studying.
During 2018/2019 ALISS continued to support the disability forum for information
professionals. Three meetings were held and a monthly bibliography indexing disability
related articles was posted online via a website at
http://librarychampionsfordisabilityaccess.blogspot.co.uk. Contributors to the forum now
include representatives of RNIB Bookshare and JISC who provide insight into national
ALISS also has a very active programme of professional visits to libraries open to members
free of charge and to non-members at £5. Visits in 2018/19 included: ZSL Library and
Archives; Senate House Library’s ‘Queer Between the Covers: Literature, Queerness and
the Library’ exhibition; Garden Museum Archives; University of Roehampton visit to New
Library; Royal Geographical Society Library and Archive; Royal Albert Hall Archive; Royal
College of Physicians Library and Archive; 50 Works by 50 British Women Artists, 1900-
1950 – Guided tour of Exhibition at Mercer’s Hall, London; Aga Khan Library; London
Guildhall Library and Archives; RUSI Library of Military History
A summer workshop for 2019 is planned at Coventry University London on wellbeing
The ALISS Quarterly prize for the most innovative and inspiring article was awarded to:
First Prize: Kassir, L. (2018) Curating 'Queer Between the Covers: Literature, Queerness
and the Library'. ALISS Quarterly, 13(4), pp. 13-15
Second Prize: Moore, K. (2018) CPD for the new professional. ALISS Quarterly, 13(4), pp.