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ALLCU. Roles past and future Discussion summary Roger Mills. Valuing ALLCU. Plus: Meeting people at conference Discussions / advice with like-minded colleagues in person and online Visiting other libraries / college / gardens Minus: Lack of continuity between conferences

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Allcu

ALLCU

Roles past and future

Discussion summary

Roger Mills


Valuing allcu

Valuing ALLCU

Plus:

Meeting people at conference

Discussions / advice with like-minded colleagues in person and online

Visiting other libraries / college / gardens

Minus:

Lack of continuity between conferences

Meetings too infrequent

Distance makes face-to-face meetings difficult

Not enough time at conferencews

Website needs developing

Big universities don’t come eg Reading, Newcastle


Other groups

Other groups

Current membership:

PTEG

Info Literacy

HWATL

CILIP

ANGLES

COFHE

UCR

West Midlands Univ Libs Staff Dev Group

TALIS

KILN Kent Info Librarians Network

Univ Greenwich Partner College Librarians Group

COLRIC

COSCOL Circle of Susses College Librarians Group

EBHL

Inspire

ALA

AHIS

TAFLIN Tayside and Fife Library Information Network

Scottish Further Education Community I Practice Librarians Network

Mensa

Past Membership:

MidAIG (folded)

COFHE

Info for Energy

UKSG

BCS

HWATL

ARLIS

CILIP

Kent Ag and Hort Libbns Group (folded)

Aslib Biosciences Group (folded)

Future:

None

Like somewhere to share good practice in relevant areas


Difficulties

Difficulties

Distance

London-based meetings

Staff cover

Money

Time

Too many e-mails

Accessibility by public transport


Support

Support

I need

Chartership

Staff development

IT

21st C technology – Web 2.0

Learning the new language

Sharing journal access

Maintaining identity within merged org

Institutional repositories

Other new developments

More contact with other librarians

Informed overview of most important issues

I could give

Mentoring, chartering

Introducing people

Sharing experience

Listening

New builds


Subject provision

Subject provision

Improving – online access facilitates

Subject specialisation within land-based libraries?

Evolution with college

More info available but experience librarian knows where to find and what to exclude

Subject provision good at HE level but poor at Nat Cert/Diploma level

Challenge to know what your subject is

Many new non-traditional areas being taught

Need to keep up subject knowledge to support and based industries


When i leave

When I leave

No succession planning – loss of 20+yrs experience

What about old print holdings?

Basics OK but subject knowledge gone – institution may not know or care

Good if line managing successor

Subject knowledge takes time to build up

Lose IT skills

Fairly easy

When good procedures in place much easier for successor


Contacts outside subject sector

Contacts outside subject/sector

No formal subject contacts

Contacts outside FE/HE:

Regional

Important esp contact with partner institutions and awarding/validating institutions

CILIP regional branches

Public libs

School librarians – assessing info literacy levels of prospective students

Place within ALLCU for regional groups to meet/visit libraries

National

Training with CILIP

International

Partner colleges (ERASMUS)

Libns in countries where we have joint delivery of courses

Beneficial with shared issues eg info literacy


Institutional change

Institutional change

Huge growth

Rebuilds

Viability of unmerged institutions questionable

Library responds to continual institutional change

More change expected

Typically merger – restructure – new build

Libs become more responsive

Mergers change / improve IT

Some institutions very stable

Merging into larger org beneficial but problems of distance from parent org

Increasing numbers of younger lower-level student while still increasing HE provision

Merger sometimes = takeover

Challenge to retain identity

Ofsted/IQER force change

Landbased merged into general FE

Building into general curriculum

Redundancies

Management by non-librarian

IGER/Aberystwyth merger – libraries merge too

Uncertainty

Groups with more landbased colleges = more clout


Managing change

Managing change

Take training when offered

Can manage or be managed but not sure I want to

Depends whether change forced on you or you have been participant on the journey

No training – expected to get on with it. Fewer staff = more responsibilities

Become the norm

Staff resistance hardest

Way of life supported through staff development

No such thing as stability

Little acknowledgement that support is needed

Having the time to manage change is main problem


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