Mapping the New Open: Thoughts from RLUK22

In mid-March 2022, Research Libraries UK held a three-day online conference, Mapping the New Open for Research Libraries. The conference offered a great deal of food for thought about the hows and whys of open research. What follows are my notes and reflections on what I learned from the presenters and discussion. Unfortunately, because it’s… Read more Mapping the New Open: Thoughts from RLUK22

Navigating Online Meetings With Confidence

nePeople who study how and why universities do what they do have been talking for awhile now about the ‘hidden curriculum‘: the etiquette, values, and expectations that underlie academic culture but which are not explicitly discussed. The hidden curriculum can create a barrier for members of the university community who are first-generation, working class, or… Read more Navigating Online Meetings With Confidence

Diversifying Reading Lists and Content Acquisition

Earlier this week, I attended one of the Proquest Books Week online talks ‘Diversifying Reading Lists and Content Acquisition’ (the programme is available here). I hope that sharing my notes from this valuable event might be useful as my own institution and others around the world work to decolonise our campuses and libraries. The speakers… Read more Diversifying Reading Lists and Content Acquisition

Promoting Your Book to Libraries in Four Easy Steps

Academic books are the product of considerable time, effort, and expertise and a crucial part of many scholars’ careers. There are many handbooks on how to publish and be a productive writer (some examples from our library are here, here, and here); some of these books also cover how to get academic books in front… Read more Promoting Your Book to Libraries in Four Easy Steps

Information is the Lifeblood of Parliament: Visiting the House of Commons Library

Every year, the House of Commons Library holds an Open Day for library and information professionals from around the UK. It’s a chance to look behind the scenes at the library which supplies MPs with research and information they need to do their job as parliamentarians. The 2020 open day was held at the Palace… Read more Information is the Lifeblood of Parliament: Visiting the House of Commons Library

History Libraries and Librarians in 2020

Back in June, I went to the third annual gathering of UK-based history librarians, which is always a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and continue learning about the field. Libraries matter enormously for the study and research of the past and it could be argued that the current situation is uniquely challenging for student and… Read more History Libraries and Librarians in 2020

A Cool Thing: Online Teaching and Medieval Studies

My work on 23 Things for Digital Knowledge and my growing interest in how to be an effective and engaging teacher in online spaces led me to attend the Medieval Academy of America webinar, Online Teaching and Medieval Studies yesterday. This post aims to record a few brief notes and reflections from that event. The… Read more A Cool Thing: Online Teaching and Medieval Studies