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Infiltrate and conquer?
Showing the world what
librarians can do
Emily Allbon
@lawbore #BIALL2015
A sad story…
• Law Librarian for 14 yrs
• City University London
• Great relationship with
the law school
• Lots of recogn...
but…
• Arrival of new Director of
Library
• Felt I was too involved
with law school
• Sought to dilute and cut
my role
“no...
Going onto the dark side…
What?!! And you want me to
listen to you after that???
A successful, collaboration-rich
library and information service will:
• be part of the shift to open-access scholarly
com...
Benefits of collaboration with
those outside libraries
• It makes new relationships
possible – beneficial to all
• We are ...
Connect & collaborate – avoid
the Echo chamber
• “A situation in which information, ideas or
beliefs are amplified or rein...
• Looking out for Calls for
Papers at academic law
conferences (BILETA, ALT)
• Writing articles
• Tweeting and connecting
...
There’s a lot of
potential support
& collaborators
out there!
Mrs Bennett & friends in Bath
Connect & collaborate
• I’ve worked with:
– Academics
– Students
– Ed Tech
peeps
– Students
– Alumni
– Publishers
– Other ...
With academics:
Learnmore
• Part of Lawbore website
– focus on legal skills
• Multimedia resources
• Worked on Mooting
sec...
With academics
Marketing videoscribe
• LLM International
Business Law
• Approached by
programme director
to communicate
wi...
With students
Sharing experiences
• Via Learnmore (if skills
related)
• Via blog Future Lawyer (if
profession-focused)
• G...
Collaborating with students
• Lots of potential here!
• Maria Bell & Jane Secker at LSE – Student
Ambassadors for Digital ...
With alumni
Sharing experiences
online…
• Interviews, articles
…and in person
• Bringing them in for mooting
workshops, ca...
With publishers
Anatomy of a law report
• Helping students
understand the layout of
a case within a law report
• Audio hot...
Summer collaboration plans
• Research resources around a
virtual brief – videos, animation
(with academic colleague) to
su...
Other experiences
• Martin O’Connor – UCC Library
• Collaboration on an exhibition (July-Sep
2014) about an iconic bar and...
More on Sir Henry’s
collaboration…
• Initial spark from a tweet
• Collaboration between a librarian, a
DJ/Promoter and an ...
Other egs
• Uni-wide collaborative Learning Spaces projects
involving Facilities, IT, Library, Student Services,
Students ...
Barriers
• Existing attitudes
• History
• Different cultures
• Communication
• Autonomy
See Cook & Lewis (2007) Student an...
What do we have to offer
‘outsiders’?
Lots to offer eg. 1
Nicola
Roles in library
world:
Researcher at The Guardian, Researcher at Lehman
Brothers
Current role:...
Lots to offer eg. 2
Chris
Roles in library world: Law Librarian, Cardiff University, Director of Library &
Information Ser...
Lots to offer eg. 3
Vanessa
Roles in library world: Library Assistant, BPP, Collection Development
Librarian, BPP, Law Lib...
Lots to offer eg. 4
Lisa
Roles in library world: Information Officer for Telecoms, Media & Tech
group, Freshfields (resear...
Lots to offer eg. 5
Rebecca
Roles in library world: Library Assistant, Norton Rose, Librarian, Addleshaw
Booth & Co, Infor...
Lots to offer eg. 6
Susanna
Roles in library world: Research Librarian, Trainer, Library Manager at
Slaughters, Dentons an...
Librarians are:
• Superb at needs analysis
• Ace organisers
• Great at networking – knowing who to go to for that
specific...
Need some extra ammo to
encourage people to work with
you? Skilling up?
• ITIL – IT service management methodology
(servic...
What makes a collaboration
work?
• Enthused committed team members
• Individuals who each offer something
different to the...
How do we get people on board?
• Talk about the
benefits
• Use something visual
to convince them
• Use examples of
things ...
Get out there and
collaborate like crazy…
Thanks for listening!
• https://uklibchat.wordpress.com/2
015/03/31/feature-23-a-recent-
interview-with-a-librarian-and-hi...
Image credits
• Sad face: 11th May 2009 by Jaina
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pizzagirl/3522509847
• Bricks: Brick wall b...
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  1. 1. Infiltrate and conquer? Showing the world what librarians can do Emily Allbon @lawbore #BIALL2015
  2. 2. A sad story… • Law Librarian for 14 yrs • City University London • Great relationship with the law school • Lots of recognition for my work • Freedom to develop a very varied role
  3. 3. but… • Arrival of new Director of Library • Felt I was too involved with law school • Sought to dilute and cut my role “not a team player”
  4. 4. Going onto the dark side…
  5. 5. What?!! And you want me to listen to you after that???
  6. 6. A successful, collaboration-rich library and information service will: • be part of the shift to open-access scholarly communication • be entrepreneurial and mutate services, take risks, and learn from (regular) failures to confront disruptive technologies • collaborate within and outside our professional and institutional boundaries, working as part of multi- service teams and with organizations and businesses outside our perceived sector walls From: Rebecca Davies ‘The Changing Higher Education Context’ in Melling & Weaver: Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments (2013), p.10-11
  7. 7. Benefits of collaboration with those outside libraries • It makes new relationships possible – beneficial to all • We are in the ‘edgeless’ era of Higher Education; convergence & holistic shared services rule. • Need to make our value explicit as traditionally our services much more obvious. #win
  8. 8. Connect & collaborate – avoid the Echo chamber • “A situation in which information, ideas or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission and repetition inside an ‘enclosed’ system” (See more via Ned Potter and Laura Woods http://www.slideshare.net/thewikiman/echolib- newcastle-2)
  9. 9. • Looking out for Calls for Papers at academic law conferences (BILETA, ALT) • Writing articles • Tweeting and connecting with lawyers, going to events • Joined Editorial Board of the Law Teacher • Entered the Routledge/ ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize I muscled in by…
  10. 10. There’s a lot of potential support & collaborators out there!
  11. 11. Mrs Bennett & friends in Bath
  12. 12. Connect & collaborate • I’ve worked with: – Academics – Students – Ed Tech peeps – Students – Alumni – Publishers – Other law librarians – Lawyers
  13. 13. With academics: Learnmore • Part of Lawbore website – focus on legal skills • Multimedia resources • Worked on Mooting section with an academic colleague, developing resources together. Talking Essays • Bank of essays of varying standards in core subjects • Written & audio feedback
  14. 14. With academics Marketing videoscribe • LLM International Business Law • Approached by programme director to communicate with potential students in a different way
  15. 15. With students Sharing experiences • Via Learnmore (if skills related) • Via blog Future Lawyer (if profession-focused) • Gives them the chance to raise profile, write for fun, communicate with peers • Helps us foster community feel & show what’s going on out there • Peer learning – inspire others!
  16. 16. Collaborating with students • Lots of potential here! • Maria Bell & Jane Secker at LSE – Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy (SADL) project • Collaboration between the Learning, Technology & Innovation team (Lti) and Library to: “explore the role that student ambassadors can play in developing and integrating digital and information literacy into the curriculum” See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsesadl/
  17. 17. With alumni Sharing experiences online… • Interviews, articles …and in person • Bringing them in for mooting workshops, careers talks • Creating opportunities for our current students (e.g. UKHRB)
  18. 18. With publishers Anatomy of a law report • Helping students understand the layout of a case within a law report • Audio hotspots narrated by Paul Magrath from ICLR *Also Halsbury’s Laws of England – what is it for? with Lexis for the blog.
  19. 19. Summer collaboration plans • Research resources around a virtual brief – videos, animation (with academic colleague) to support BPTC students • Induction week exercise around Legal Writing & legal landmarks (with help of Academic Support team) for first year undergraduates • Creation of snappy video resources for new law students (with alumni)
  20. 20. Other experiences • Martin O’Connor – UCC Library • Collaboration on an exhibition (July-Sep 2014) about an iconic bar and nightclub in Cork, Sir Henry’s.
  21. 21. More on Sir Henry’s collaboration… • Initial spark from a tweet • Collaboration between a librarian, a DJ/Promoter and an academic but also the massive Sir Henry’s community • Collaboration encouraged via social media (Twitter, fb & a project blog) • Benefit to library – national media coverage, brought those to UCC who had never been, connections with town.
  22. 22. Other egs • Uni-wide collaborative Learning Spaces projects involving Facilities, IT, Library, Student Services, Students Union, Schools – Campus Hub: University of Victoria, Wellington NZ – Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian – Information Commons, Sheffield Collaboration between academic & support departments key to success. • Collaborative Data projects across many universities – Library Impact Data Project stemming from University of Huddersfield.
  23. 23. Barriers • Existing attitudes • History • Different cultures • Communication • Autonomy See Cook & Lewis (2007) Student and Academic Affairs Collaboration: the divine comity, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  24. 24. What do we have to offer ‘outsiders’?
  25. 25. Lots to offer eg. 1 Nicola Roles in library world: Researcher at The Guardian, Researcher at Lehman Brothers Current role: Director, Anti-Money Laundering, Deutsche Bank Skills still utilised: 1. Ability to organise the work of the team to ensure that we can find the information again if required to produce it to senior management, the regulator or law enforcement. The information collated is varied and may include correspondence, interview records, bank account data and management information. Producing information for any of these requestors can be required within short deadlines so having an effective system for organising information is essential. 2. Knowing how to find information and leveraging the knowledge of colleagues and peers is undoubtedly important when conducting an investigation
  26. 26. Lots to offer eg. 2 Chris Roles in library world: Law Librarian, Cardiff University, Director of Library & Information Services (Library, Learning Tech, IT), BPP Current role: Head of Student Technology & Learning Resources at Pearson College (more of a CIO role – listening to business, works out what business needs & then articulates to tech team) Skills still utilised: 1. Good at translating business needs into technology needs 2. Working out relative value of things 3. Conversing with techies (explaining needs & listening to technical restraints) 4. Management – budgets, staff, contracts
  27. 27. Lots to offer eg. 3 Vanessa Roles in library world: Library Assistant, BPP, Collection Development Librarian, BPP, Law Librarian, Kings College London Current role: Ebook Sales Specialist, Proquest – soon to be Director of International Sales, Geoscience World. Involves presenting at conferences & selling different ebook acquisition strategies like pda, dealing with consortia & completing tenders in order to broaden reach. Skills still utilised: 1. Library induction talks really helped me become more comfortable presenting. 2. Knowledge of how library budgets work helped me sell more efficiently to libraries (just knowing what a MARC record is gave me huge advnatage over other sales people) 3. Dealing with difficult law students at enquiry desk.
  28. 28. Lots to offer eg. 4 Lisa Roles in library world: Information Officer for Telecoms, Media & Tech group, Freshfields (research, current awareness & managing ‘info bank’ of legal precedents. Information Officer, FSA (managing e-resources, enquiry desk work on legal/business research, bit of cataloguing) Current role: Senior Knowledge Manager for Global Corporate Finance Business, KPMG (work with country leaders in the business to help define a knowledge strategy for their business, looking at size/focus of business & short/long-term priorities Skills still utilised: Help people articulate what they need – making sense of an immediate requirement, understanding a situation – fleshing it out and predicting what might be needed in the future. Ability to get to grips with complex ideas. Communications skills.
  29. 29. Lots to offer eg. 5 Rebecca Roles in library world: Library Assistant, Norton Rose, Librarian, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Information Officer & Senior Information Officer, Norton Rose (research/enquiry work, cataloguing, current awareness & training) Current role: Freelancer Indexer at Thomson Reuters & OUP. Abstracting & indexing legal and regulatory journal articles for Westlaw LJI. Creating electronic records for domestic & international legislation and cases to enrich content on their databases. Skills still utilised: Abstracting/writing Indexing Cataloguing/records management
  30. 30. Lots to offer eg. 6 Susanna Roles in library world: Research Librarian, Trainer, Library Manager at Slaughters, Dentons and Baker & McKenzie Current role: CSR Manager at Baker & McKenzie. Manage charitable partnerships and staff volunteering. Help coordinate pro bono programme. Coordinate sustainability activities. Also manage some of the social mobility work experience programmes. Skills still utilised: Clarifying needs - dealing with approaches from charities etc, working out where to direct, what to focus on. Analysing needs of enquirer. Being a "hub"...as librarian built role as point of contact, place to come with queries, problems. Become a connector within organisation. V useful when pulling together groups of volunteers. Research skills...benchmarking, what are other organisations doing? Have helped refine search strings for CSR news alerts!
  31. 31. Librarians are: • Superb at needs analysis • Ace organisers • Great at networking – knowing who to go to for that specific bit of info • Tenacious – never giving up in our hunt for information • Understanding tech • Managers • Teachers • The ‘hub’ within an organisation – connecting people …on top of all the traditional skills!
  32. 32. Need some extra ammo to encourage people to work with you? Skilling up? • ITIL – IT service management methodology (service requests, change management, incident, problem, capacity management, service improvement) • HEA Fellowship – Fellow/Senior/Principal • Introductory Certificate /PG cert/MA in Academic Practice
  33. 33. What makes a collaboration work? • Enthused committed team members • Individuals who each offer something different to the project • Schedule & deadlines – a timeline with a little flexibility worked in • Everyone needs to get something out of it • Willingness to compromise to find a solution
  34. 34. How do we get people on board? • Talk about the benefits • Use something visual to convince them • Use examples of things done elsewhere • Align to vision & strategy
  35. 35. Get out there and collaborate like crazy…
  36. 36. Thanks for listening! • https://uklibchat.wordpress.com/2 015/03/31/feature-23-a-recent- interview-with-a-librarian-and-his- experience-of-collaborating- outside-libraries/ (UCC exhibition) • Maria Bell & Jane Secker, ‘Transitions from School to Higher Education: Understanding the Needs of Undergraduates at LSE’ Information Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Digital Citizens – Second European Conference, ECIL 2014, Croatia, October 20- 23, 2014, p.309-318
  37. 37. Image credits • Sad face: 11th May 2009 by Jaina https://www.flickr.com/photos/pizzagirl/3522509847 • Bricks: Brick wall by Lars Thomsen https://www.flickr.com/photos/solarflare/4632635380/ • Rocket: Crazy rides rockets by Brandon Doran https://www.flickr.com/photos/brandondoran/5311343572 • Social Media Marketing Madness http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/23861/10- Social-Media-Cartoons-Guaranteed-to-Make-You- Smile.aspx All others purchased from istockphoto

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