Higher Education developments seminar

Thursday 4 July, 14.10

Room 2.219

What is the Knowledge Exchange Framework what might our contribution be?

Research England describes the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) as a vehicle to increase effectiveness in the use of public funding for Knowledge Exchange, through supporting continuous improvement and world class standards.  Its metrics, principles and good practice are being developed to allow fair comparison between institutions as to how they serve the economy and society. How might we, as information professionals, help prepare for KEF?

Kate Robinson, University Librarian, University of Bath

Kate is the University Librarian at the University of Bath. Her interests are user and skills focussed and she particularly enjoys collaborative projects which exploit new ideas and technologies.  Kate is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals’ Professional Registration & Accreditation Board and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and CILIP.

Challenge, creativity and drivers for transformation

Academic and research libraries are facing an unprecedented set of tests to traditional models of operation, including escalating subscription costs; budget pressures from Augur and falling student numbers; involvement in supporting new areas of work such as research data management and open access, not to mention the radical disruption that AI might bring. Over the next five years we are likely to see significant shifts in the way that university libraries work. What kinds of shifts are we likely to see, and how might library services and the librarians who deliver them respond with agility and creativity whilst retaining the core principles and ethics of the profession?

Ann Rossiter, Executive Director , Society of Colleges National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

Ann Rossiter has been the Executive Director of SCONUL since September 2010. She is a member of the SCONUL Board, and serves on a number of external advisory groups, including the Jisc Collections Content Strategy Group and the EThoS Advisory Board. Ann has spent the majority of her career working in public policy, including as a researcher at the BBC and in Parliament, in consultancy; as director of a think-tank, and as Special Adviser to Rt. Hon John Denham MP on higher education policy. She has edited and contributed to a number of books and pamphlets on public service issues.


The Song of the Open Road

We have begun our digital adventure. One aspect of this is the opportunity presented by the low-cost creation, dissemination and gathering of data, information and knowledge. At no time in our history, have so many, had such easy access, to so much information. But there are challenges; digital divides between those who have, and have not. Equipment, networks and paywalls limit information access – and as the wonderful web drives ever onwards, the Open Access movement – from governments to activists – relentlessly demands public access to publicly funded research and data.

This session will explore what Open Access means, how it works, what has changed so much, and why access to information and shared knowledge is surely linked with civic responsibility and social justice.

Steve Williams, Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts, Swansea University

Steve is Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts at Swansea University. He is Chair of the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF), a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a trustee of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (National Library of Wales) and sits on the CILIP Board. He is a member of various University committees and groups including the REF Strategy Group and the Student Partnership and Engagement Committee. He is a founding member of the University’s History of Computing Collection.


Chair: Clare Langman, Information Specialist, Aston University

Clare is currently Chair of Academic & Research Libraries Group (ARLG) and has a passion for supporting colleagues in the profession as well as sharing good practice between the higher education and further education sectors.  Clare has over 15 years’ experience as a subject librarian with a keen interest in enhancing the student experience. Her other areas of interest include Information Literacy, UX and relationship management. In addition to her subject role she takes the lead on induction and co-ordinates the annual induction programme with a team of staff.