Ft45 project


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My trainee project was to review an underused and underperforming database maintained by the business library: my task was to promote the service, make recommendations, and ultimately help make a decision on whether or not the database should be cut.
Although my project was a WIP (for reasons explained), there was still plenty to talk about, including a preview of completion.

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Ft45 project

  1. 1. Researching the Published Work of Business Schools<br />Inside a proactive library service of the Sainsbury Library<br />
  2. 2. Research Rankings<br />Saïd Business School ranked 27th in 2011, or 21st over three years.<br />Research ranking significantly lower, at 51st.<br />What does this say about the impact of research in the School?<br />What does this say about the accuracy of the FT research rankings?<br />ft.com (2011) ‘businesseducation: Global MBA rankings 2011’ in ft.com. Viewed 8th July, 2011, from <http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-rankings-2011><br />
  3. 3. FT45 Database<br />Date, Journal, Title, Author, Intra-organisational affiliation, Organisational affiliation.<br />Only authors affiliated with a teaching institution.<br />Only ‘research articles’, i.e. not ‘research briefs’, discussion or editorial material.<br />Roughly 30 seconds per entry<br />
  4. 4. Reviewing the FT45 Database<br />No requests for the FT45 database for a year.<br />Various problems were noticed with the database:<br /><ul><li>Inaccuracies
  5. 5. Inconsistencies</li></li></ul><li>Project Initiation Documents<br />Promote FT45 database, disseminate potentially useful information, and draw attention to other proactive services, by publishing a webpage and advertising this to the research community.<br />Review the FT45 database for a decision on whether or not it should be continued by the next Graduate Trainee, in the form of two reports by the Graduate Trainee and Circulation Officer.<br />Develop skills of the Graduate Trainee.<br />Strengthen Circulation Officer’s position in the School’s research network.<br />
  6. 6. Project Initiation Documents<br />Success to be measured primarily by feedback from researchers (positive or negative).<br />Webpage to be finished before end of July, and decision to be made before start of September.<br />No time for other trainee projects.<br />
  7. 7. Risks and Contingencies<br />With an accuracy of 66%, the database required 4000 more entries than expected to complete.<br />Focus shifted from an uploaded ‘written report’, to one of many ‘services provided’.<br />The Graduate Trainee is now leaving a month before schedule.<br />Further projects intended for the Graduate Trainee have been given to others.<br />
  8. 8. Trainee Appraisal<br />Input data from publication schedule<br />More detailed glossary of institutions<br />December-November published annual reviews<br />Inclusive of all authors and articles, extra fields for analysing affiliation<br />The trade-off! Time vs. quality<br />
  9. 9. FT45 Database Webpage<br />‘Tasters’ from the database as it is<br />Saïd Business School profile<br />Outline of further potential in the database<br />Explanation of various impact ratings influencing School research<br />Advert for other proactive services offered<br />McCandless, David (2009) ‘Information is beautiful : ideas, issues, knowledge, data – visualized!’, Information is Beautiful. Accessed on 8th July, 2011, from <http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/><br />
  10. 10. Final Thoughts<br />Think big, think positive!<br />Many irons in the fire<br />Audit society... Networking… is it really so bad?!<br />Better to have tried and failed<br />Questions?<br />