SCONUL Value and Impact Study

SCONUL logo

SCONUL logo

Evidence Base has been commissioned by SCONUL (Society of College, National & University Libraries) to work on a Value and Impact Study. The main aim of the study is:

to review existing studies, projects and statistics on the value and impact of HE libraries to develop resources for use by SCONUL Executive Board and Executive Director, and for SCONUL members

The project started this week, and will continue until December. Over the course of the next few months we’ll be involved in both primary and secondary research to bring together information on the value and impact of academic libraries. Further information about the study including the methodology, deliverables, and timescale is available on the project blog: http://sconulvalueandimpactstudy.wordpress.com

If you’re aware of any studies, projects, toolkits etc. that it would be useful for us to include, or if you’re doing any work in your own library to demonstrate value and impact, we’d love to hear from you – please use the contact form to let us know.

The Professional Development Cycle

I was recently invited to join ARLG North East for their ‘Professional Development Never Sleeps’ event and was asked to provide a workshop style session to open the event. As I was sketching out the workshop, I knew I wanted to include information about planning professional development activities, participating in them, and reflecting on them. As the planning progressed I realised I wanted to talk about professional development as part of an ongoing process rather than a series of discrete activities. And so The Professional Development Cycle was created:

The Professional Development Cycle

The Professional Development Cycle

The workshop was structured around the five different stages and at each point I shared my own tips from my experiences, and we also had the opportunity to discuss it as a group. The workshop was well received, and there was some great advice shared. You can see a Storify from the event produced by the organisers at: https://storify.com/ARLGNorthEast/professional-development-never-sleeps

I’ve been invited to deliver a similar workshop at the Libraries@Cambridge conference in January and I’m sure that group will also have some great ideas.

Do you have 30 minutes spare to discuss OER?

Evidence Base at Birmingham City University are currently working with the Jorum (http://jorum.ac.uk) team at Mimas (University of Manchester) to create a series of case studies about Jorum use. So, if you have used Jorum and would be willing to share your experiences of using and sharing Open Educational Resources (OERs), we want to hear from you.

The information will be collected via a short interview, which will be written up as a case study for the Jorum website. The interviews should take approximately 30 minutes via telephone or Skype.

If you are willing to be interviewed, please leave your details in our very short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/jorumcasestudies

Please do share this request amongst your networks/colleagues – we need your stories!

G4HE webinar

One of the projects we are currently working on is hosting a free webinar on 22nd October. See the details below to find out if it’s something you may be interested in attending. 

G4HE logo

G4HE logo

Are you a research manager, administrator, or researcher? Wonder who you could be collaborating with? The G4HE project (Gateway for Higher Education) is a Jisc-funded project with the aim of improving access for HEIs to information held by the Research Councils, by giving something useful in return for all the effort that goes into creating, maintaining, and collecting this research information. It uses the BIS-funded RCUK Gateway to Research API to retrieve the data they collect from institutional research management systems like Research Fish and ROS. Using this data, the G4HE tools have been developed to help Higher Education institutions (HEIs) answer questions such as:

  • Which other HEIs did my institution collaborate with last year and how much value did those collaborations bring in?
  • Are there other HEIs working in a similar area that we could collaborate with in future?
  • How does the value of our research compare with other institutions or research groups?

G4HE is hosting a free webinar to introduce you to the tools being developed and consider how these could be used in institutions. The webinar is on 22nd October 2013 from 1pm until 2pm – book your place now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8548036407.

IRUS-UK new users survey feedback

IRUS logo

IRUS logo

Evidence Base is responsible for community engagement on the IRUS-UK project, a Jisc-funded project developing a statistics service for repositories in UK Further and Higher Education institutions. As part of the community engagement, we survey new joiners to the service to get her their first impressions, collect ideas and suggestions, and discover the areas they need more support with. Their feedback informs the technical development and guidance and support aspects of the project:

  • Technical development – we keep a technical wishlist based on user feedback, and review this at monthly team meetings to prioritise development work.
  • Guidance and support materials – we work with other members of the IRUS-UK team to provide relevant help and guidance for using IRUS. User feedback helps us focus our efforts on guidance for the areas that need it most.

As we are moving to the second year of IRUS-UK, we produced a summary of the key themes from the user survey so far. This included benefits and challenges, the way people use IRUS-UK and other repository statistics, their views on the open data approach, benchmarking, and feedback on specific features of IRUS-UK. The table below demonstrates some of the ways we have responded to feedback from these surveys:

IRUS-UK response to user feedback

IRUS-UK response to user feedback

Community input to IRUS-UK is something which is highly valued, and we will continue to collect feedback from the community on a regular basis. The summary report is now available from the News page of the IRUS website.

Mobile technologies in libraries – recent events

Though our m-library community support project has ended, we remain active in the area of mobile technologies in libraries to provide people with information which may help their library/information service, and to continue the conversations as new technologies and developments are introduced. Over the summer we have been involved in two events, as outlined below.

CILIP Umbrella Conference 2013

At the CILIP Umbrella Conference 2013, I collaborated with a colleague within BCU library, Annmarie Lee, to present a paper on ‘Putting research into practice: mobile technologies in libraries’. I have been part of the mobile technologies working group for BCU Library and Learning Resources, and through that have been able to be involved in projects as a researcher to help put what we learnt through the m-library community support project into practice (e.g. using the information in the Pathways to Best Practice Guides). Annmarie and I gave the perspective from a researcher and a practitioner, and highlighted some of the mobile technology projects currently in progress at BCU Library and Learning Resources. We also shared the benefits of a researcher/practitioner collaboration and some tips for both to help each other. You can view our presentation below, and our paper will be available in the conference proceedings which will be published by Facet Publishing.

Annmarie and I also wrote an article on this topic for SCONUL Focus which is due to be published shortly.

Mobile resources library access issues workshop

I helped co-ordinate this workshop hosted by Jisc Collections, and was invited to present a section in the morning session. The idea of the workshop was to get librarians together to discuss the issues currently being experienced in terms of access library content via mobile devices, and see if we could come up with a way to move towards addressing the issues. I presented on some of the approaches libraries are using to record information about access to library resources via mobile devices, and some of approaches publishers and content providers are delivering their content to mobile devices. My slides are below:

I also blogged an overview of the day on the Mobile Technologies in Libraries blog, and Mark Williams from Jisc Collections has published an article in Research Information reporting on the main themes from the day and the next steps.

Birmingham City University Library and Learning Resources, along with many other libraries I’m sure, have been working on mobile development over the summer to support the students when they return in September. If you’re interested in utilising mobile technologies in your library/information service, please check out the Pathways to Best Practice Guides or contact us for further guidance.

DevCSI Stakeholder Survey 2013

Evidence Base at Birmingham City University has been commissioned to undertake a survey of stakeholders on behalf of DevCSI, the Developer Community Supporting Innovation project. DevCSI aims to build a community of developers working / studying in UK Education and investigate the value and impact it can make to technical innovation in the wider educational community and at an organisational level. DevCSI is managed by the Innovation Support Centre, UKOLN at the University of Bath and funded by JISC. The broad topics of this survey include: benchmarking developers across the sector; examining stakeholders’ views of software development; discovering examples of local innovation; and gathering suggestions about the on going future development of a developer community.

The survey is currently available for developers, managers of developers, senior managers, funders, vendors/suppliers and users (academics/researchers/librarians) at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/devcsi2013

Each respondent will be able to enter a prize draw to win a £200 Amazon voucher or one of four £50 vouchers. If you would like to enter for your chance to win, please follow instructions at the end of the survey.

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time. Please be assured that all data will be anonymised during analysis. We would welcome your responses by 28th June 2013.

In addition to the survey responses the DevCSI team are looking for people who would be willing to provide further in depth case study data to support the project. There will be an option towards the end of the survey to supply your contact details if you are interested in finding out more about this. Please note this is not a compulsory element of the survey.

If you have any queries about this survey, please contact Evidence Base: ebase@bcu.ac.uk

Thanks for your help – we really value your feedback.