Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Call for proposals - Performance Measurement in Libraries

 The 14th International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries (LibPMC) will take place 2-4 November 2021, in an entirely online format. Submissions are now welcome on any aspect of performance measurement and assessment of relevance to the library and information sector. Proposals are welcome for papers, lightning talks, and panels. All proposals will be subject to double-blind peer-review and should not have been published elsewhere nor submitted to another conference or journal. 

o   Closing date for proposals is 12 May at 12 noon GMT. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status in July. 

o   Learn more and submit your proposal at the conference website 


LibPMC brings together practitioners, researchers, educators and students interested in all aspects of performance measurement in library and information services in any context. Library performance measurement (or library assessment) is the endeavouring of determining and communicating how a library is performing, with the aim of driving improvement. There are three key features of library performance measurement: focus on stakeholders, the goal of improving services to meet stakeholder needs, and communication of the results and outcomes. Past conferences have provided a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and workshops designed to stimulate discussion, provide ideas for measuring and improving library performance, and develop new concepts and techniques to advance the field. Additional information about the conference, including links to past proceedings, are available on our website: https://libraryperformance.org/. 


International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact: info@libraryperformance.org 


Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr Firoze Manji

Dr Firoze Manji of Daraja Press has been awarded the Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement award.  

Among the publications of Daraja Press is Silence Would be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa and I am a Man of Peace: Writings Inspired by the Maynooth University Ken Saro-Wiwa Collection.

Firoze Manji had created publishing outlets for writers across the Global South, in addition to writing books and articles. The Awards Committee celebrates Dr Manji for his years of dedicated work, which includes the founding of Daraja Press and his ongoing global activism building global networks devoted to the cultivation of dignity, freedom and liberation. 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Tell us what you're doing! : using library data to inform scholarly communications

 On Wednesday 10th February, we are delighted to have Dr Leo Appleton deliver a guest lecture at 1 p.m. as part of the Maynooth University Love Data Week. This event is via Zoom.

 Dr Appleton is Editor-in-Chief of  New Review of Academic Librarianship and Senior University Teacher at the University of Sheffield's Information School He has published extensively and his most recent book, with Margaret Weaver,  is Bold Minds: Library Leadership in a Time of Disruption

Details and Booking
It is commonly thought that the role of the librarian in research and scholarship is to support it - to be the gatekeeper and organiser of the information, data, knowledge and resources that are accessed by others to use in their research. Of course, this is not the only role that librarians play in the world of research, scholarship and publication. They are also major contributors, with library and information science being a large academic discipline, into which many sub-disciplines fall including that of library and information services management, and library practitioners have been contributing to the body of knowledge about librarianship and library management for many years. Librarians are surrounded by data about their practice, whether this be quantitative or statistical data or qualitative data from case studies, reflections or evaluations. This session will look at how practicing librarians, from all sectors, can use their day-to-day library practice and activity to inform their scholarship and how to turn what they do into a publication. From the professional press to peer reviewed publication, there are many outlets for library practitioners to publish. This presentation will unpick this 'library publishing' environment and will provide advice and tips for 'getting started' and also from a 'next steps' perspective for those who may already have experience in academic publishing.