September 7, 2018

Booking is now open for Practical Solutions to Impossible Problems here.

The event is taking place on Wednesday 7th November at The Studio in Leeds.

Our speakers include:

Eric Jackson (Leeds Beckett University), “Thinking outside the (Process) Box: Adopting NAG servicing guidelines.”

In Academic Year 2017/18, facing staff shortages and budget freezes within Acquisitions, we decided to re-evaluate what we needed in terms of book processing from our suppliers. Changes to our processing profile resulted in considerable financial savings, even greater savings in terms of staff time, increased throughput time for new stock and no negative feedback whatsoever from Library users. Possibly the best “quick win” for the team in 15 years!

Graeme Gamblin, Ann Stairmand-Jackson and Nikki Griffin (Birmingham City University), “The journey from Librarian- to criteria-based book ordering: are we there yet?”

Book ordering has historically been a task for Collection Management Librarians, but this is changing as a result of a wholesale re-examination, in 2017, of the Library Service.
Through process mapping of our library systems and processes we looked at our acquisitions workflow with the aim of moving the administrative elements of book ordering to our Library Systems and Administration (LRSA) team.
We’d like to share we you our experiences of this transition period, moving from Librarian led book ordering to an alternative workflow based around our reading lists system and ordering criteria.

Hazel Grainger and Richard Swales (Bath Spa University), “How do you solve a problem like… an entirely rewritten undergraduate curriculum with no extra budget?”

Then, develop a process that not only ensures access to all material on reading lists for students but also gives you high level management data that provides leverage in budget discussions for years to come. Also, try not to worry about the concurrent LMS implementation, multiple vacancies across the service, a move to new book and ebook suppliers… you get the idea.

Antonio Garcia Fernandez and Ben Catt (University of York), “Provision of high demand reading material at University of York Library.”

Following a review of the Key Texts collection and the implementation of a new reading list system, we set up a working group to look at our provision of high demand reading material. Our main goal was to create a smarter delivery of this service, which would include a much leaner Key Texts collection sitting alongside a range of other high demand mechanisms to support student access to core resources. This paper will describe several key pieces of work that were set out to achieve our goals and carried out during the summer of 2018.

Ken Chad (Ken Chad Consulting Ltd), “Moving from management information to data driven intelligence: the impact on collection development.”

Ken will discuss the impact and potential analytics on collection development. He will include the role of the new National Bibliographic KnowledgeBase (NBK). He will argue that library and collection data will increasingly be used as part of wider data analytics initiatives geared to improving ‘student success’

Mandy Harper and Frances Machell (University of Birmingham), “Mission impossible! – The challenges and solutions of setting up a branch library in Dubai.”

In spring 2018 the University of Birmingham announced that it would be the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to open a branch campus in Dubai.  Initially this would take the form of an incubator campus providing capacity for approximately 350 students across 4 disciplines with a target of opening a full scale campus in 2020, accommodating up to approximately 4,500 UG and PG students.  A library was required; however there would be no dedicated library staff in Dubai and no additional staffing resource within the UK.  Library Services therefore faced the challenge of setting up a library from scratch, at arm’s length and with no additional resource.  This presentation will address the challenges we faced and how we successfully set up the branch library in time for the start of term, September 2018.

Special one hour workshop:
Jane Secker, Chris Morrison and Caren Milloy (Universities UK / GuildHE Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee), Understanding the value of the CLA Licence and its role in content acquisition in higher education.

This workshop will start with a presentation of findings from ongoing research being undertaken by Elizabeth Caren Milloy, Chris Morrison and Jane Secker to understand the value of the Copyright Licensing Agency’s (CLA) Higher Education Licence to the sector. This licence costs universities approximately £15 million per annum and provides a number of features that are particularly valuable for supporting teaching, for example through permitting the digitisation of core readings which are typically available via online reading lists.

This licence allows institutions to copy extracts of published works from print and digital originals held in stock, or acquired via a Copyright-fee paid copy. The licence was first introduced in the late 1980s primarily to cover photocopying and course pack copying. However, over the past 15 years it has transitioned to a scanning licence, that is primarily used to facilitate access to multiple copies of chapters from books or journal articles. These are typically made available to students via online reading lists and the virtual learning environment. One of the requirements of this licence is that institutions must report all scanning undertaken to the CLA in an annual return.

More information about all of our speakers is available here and the programme is available here.  The venue is close to Leeds train station and has detailed travel instructions available on their website.

Our sponsors so far are:

Dawson Books

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Bristol University Press – home of Policy Press







De Gruyter


Exhibitor spaces are still available –  full information on packages here.