Tomorrow I’m joining 174 other people interested in libraries at the first Library Camp UK. I’m hoping it’s going to be a little more civilised than the photo above – at least it should be drier as it’s indoors. It’s being held in Birmingham so I don’t even have to travel far (although getting up early on a Saturday will be a bit of a shock!).

Sessions proposed:

I’ve proposed a couple of sessions, so if you’re interested in either of these ideas I hope we’ll be able to chat on Saturday.

1. What can libraries learn from retail?

Since reading Underhill’s book ‘Why we buy’ and writing a blog post about what libraries can learn from retail, I’ve been really interested in trying some of the ideas I had out. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so but it’s something I would really love to do. I think there’s a number of small changes we can make to our libraries to make them more inviting and user-friendly and encourage people to both spend more time browsing and borrow more materials. Visit my blog post to see some of my ideas. Anna Martin also has some ideas from research she did into this area a short while ago, and she’ll be helping out with this session. What I would now like to do is some case studies to test the theory. To do this we’d need to measure the baseline activity in the library before changes are made, then make small changes (layout changes, adding bags/baskets, books facing outwards, public ‘most borrowed’ list…) and see if activity changes.

Are you interested in working with me on this sort of thing in your library? Please come along on Saturday (or if you’re not attending, please email me or comment below and I’ll be in touch).

2. The transition from school to university and the importance of developing transliteracy skills via curriculum

I’ve given presentations to school librarians on this topic, but I’d love to get school librarians, FE librarians and HE librarians together to chat about ideas for supporting development of transliteracy (incorporating digital literacy and information literacy) skills throughout education. The recent Arcadia research project (also see project outputs on the wiki) by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker is one thing it might be useful to discuss, plus any innovative teaching ideas or ways we could collaborate to help each other out.

Again, if you’re interested please come along on Saturday, or contact me if this is something you’re interested in.

Other plans:

I’m also hoping to attend discussions on mobile technologies in libraries and I might try to attend something totally outside my current areas just to take advantage of bring with such a diverse group of people. I’m a little apprehensive about so many enthusiastic and passionate people being together and hope I don’t retreat into being a big scaredy cat! At least I know people are bringing knitting and crochet so I’m planning to schedule a bit of quiet time into the day to recharge.

Hope to see some of you there (if you haven’t met me before, the photo on my Twitter profile is far more up-to-date than the one on here!).

  • Nicola Franklin

    Re transliteracy / digital literacy, you might like to get in touch with Natasha Choolhan who has proposed a project to BIALL to work on an information literacy toolkit for law librarians, and is interested in information literacy teaching across school/FE/university (as well as for legal trainees at law school or once they start ther traineeship in a law firm).  Send me your email address if you’d like me to put you in touch with er 🙂

    • Hi Nicola – thanks for your comment. It would be useful to know more about this project; I’ll be in touch.

  • jennie

    The BIALL thing sounds interesting – I have no idea what trainees get taught about research at uni, but we seem to get them arriving either as technical geniuses with no problems, or semi-scared to use an online database. They also appear in the workplace having never seen a physical copy of the core law reports series, to the extent that one told me a case report was in the Times newspaper as they’d seen the word “Times” in the title, a mistake they’d never have made if they had eve seen The Time, The Times Law Reports, and the Scots Law Times side by side. The online course citation links resources (Talislist or something?) seem to allow them to bypass the research skills training they’ll need to put into use in the workplace.
    We never know with each trainee intake quite how much time we’re going to have to dedicate to training new trainees in order to get them up to working speed on databases.

    • That’s interesting Jennie – especially the point about them not having to learn research skills because of systems such as Talislist which link directly to their resources. What stage of study are the trainees at when they come to you? It’s a shame that there is so much variety in terms of skills/knowledge, must make it very difficult to plan their activities.