JUNE 2016 WILL GO DOWN IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS…Britain voted to leave the European Union, Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the second time, it was the hottest month ever recorded in history …and “Bibliometrics in Practice” took place in Manchester!
Sixty of the best and brightest minds from across the HE sector and beyond assembled in the sleek modern interior of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School. The delegate list was packed with analysts, librarians, consultants, research managers, planners, impact managers, researchers and digital managers from across a wide range of universities. We even attracted visitors from Charles Darwin University in Australia!
Ruth Jenkins, Director of Library Services (Manchester Metropolitan) welcomed everyone to Manchester before LIS-BIBLIO’s Lizzie Gadd blew the whistle and got the game underway.
First up was the opening plenary, “What is the place of bibliometrics in universities?” The aim here was to present a variety of perspectives from the individuals within universities who are generally tasked with taking care of all things biblio. Nathalie Cornee gave delegates a “behind the scenes” look at the approach of LSE’s Library Services before handing the baton to Dr. Andrew Walsh (University of Manchester) who provided insights from his role as a research manager. Professor Alan Dix (Birmingham / TALIS) rounded things off with the findings from his analysis of REF2014 data through a bibliometric lens . All was skilfully moderated by LIS BIBLIO’s Stephen Pearson.
From there we segued seamlessly into Dr. Ian Rowlands (Leicester) who delved deeper into statistical analysis in a session called “The strange world of bibliometric numbers: implications for professional practice” in which he managed to link the humble fruit fly to bibliometrics! The audience clearly loved it – “real food for thought” said one, “exceptional” said another…
After a large and hearty lunch, made possible by the generosity of sponsors Thomson Reuters, it was time for networking and catching up with old friends before heading off into the afternoon sessions.
Loughborough University’s Michael Norris joined forces with Lizzie Gadd to present a workshop on bibliometric competencies. This exciting development is aiming to take an engaged approach to building up a set of community-wide standards around managing bibliometrics…keep an eye on the blog for future details.
In the middle of the afternoon the audience split into two breakout sessions. Tanya Williamson (Lancaster University) gave us chapter and verse on a fascinating ESRC funded seminar series called “Designing the academic self, what metrics based publication can and can’t tell us” whilst Professor Alan Dix gave us permission to “Get your hands dirty with the REF” in the adjoining room.
After all of that, there was just about time for a last minute wrap up, thank-yous and good-byes as Katie Evans bade a fond farewell to the LIS-BIBLIO Community.
All we were left with was our memories…and the evaluation feedback which shows that we did some things very well; you loved the speakers, the range of topics, the practical workshops, the networking, the venue and the lunch and that we have some room for improvement; you wanted slightly more networking time, the ability to experience all the breakouts, even more case studies and sessions that were pitched at different levels of expertise.
WE ARE ALREADY PREPARING IDEAS FOR OUR NEXT LIS-BIBLIO EVENT. WE ARE LOOKING TO HOST IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WELCOMING AROUND 80 BIBLIO-MAGICIANS TO YOUR UNIVERSITY THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!