Yet another glorious and informative day in Exeter – the final day consisted of a workshop and final talk taking more of an FE perspective to the current opportunities and challenges faced in the current climate.
Workshop 6: Library support for an evolving quality assessment agenda.
The last workshop that I attended was led by John Harrington and Mary Betts-Gray from Cranfield University and Miggie Pickton from the University of Northampton. This session began by outlining the importance of the REF and how it relates to advocacy, analysis, accountability and allocation. The talk also covered the significant role institutional repositories will play in this field. The presenters went into further detail about the role of the Library in supporting the research cycle within the two institutions. We then worked in groups to consider the different skills and services that could be offered by Libraries in supporting researchers needs.
With lots of ideas and inspiration I embarked on the long journey home – this conference was bumper packed with excellent workshops and insightful talks. Throughout there was plenty of invaluable opportunities to share experiences and ideas with colleagues. The main themes I took away included the value of partnerships and collaboration including working with colleagues within the Library, institution and other libraries. The issue of transparency, flexibility and the idea of keeping users needs central to service development were some other key features of the event.
Now back in the office I am hoping to put some of what I have learnt into practice. This has been a fantastic experience – and I am very grateful to UC&R West Midlands for the opportunity. 🙂