Monday, 31 March 2014

Remembering Susan Reid

Susan Reid
SALCTG members were sad to hear of the recent death of Susan Reid, our University of Dundee representative and a former secretary. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to her family and friends and to all at Dundee.

Susan's son, Jamie, has a JustGiving page where contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Scottish Association for Mental Health can be left in her memory.

RIP Susan.

Update - Susan's funeral took place at Newport Parish Church on Tuesday 15th April. It was attended by our Abertay representative, Jean McGuinness, who reports that it was a lovely service, and very moving. Several people, including her sister and son, spoke about Susan and about all the things she was involved in – church, singing, etc. The church was packed - later reports suggest around 400 people attended, and over £2000 was raised for the two charities. A tribute video is available on YouTube.

A Memorial Service in recognition of Susan’s professional life – which spanned 34 years - took place at the Chaplaincy, University of Dundee, on Friday 23rd May. Convener Karen McAulay gave a tribute on behalf of SALCTG.

Friday, 28 March 2014

SALCTG Sponsored Place at CILIPS14

CILIPS Annual Conference returns to Dundee on 2nd  and 3rd of June with an exciting programme of presentations featuring thought leaders and field experts on this year's theme: Challenges, Choices and Opportunities. Attending the conference is a great opportunity to meet others in the library and information profession, share opinions and best practice, and learn about new ideas.

SALCTG is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring a free place at the conference for a member of staff of one of its member institutions*. Chartership candidates and early career professionals (first five years) are eligible. Sponsorship will cover attendance on both days, overnight accommodation, all meals, including the Conference Dinner, and reasonable travelling expenses.

Please apply to Anabel Marsh, SALCTG Admin, with a short statement (300-500 words) outlining what benefits you would gain from attending the conference and how you intend to use the experience in your home institution. You should also supply full contact details, your current job title and a brief note of how you fit the eligibility criteria. The closing date is Friday, 25th April.

After the event, you will be expected to write a report on the conference for publication on this blog.

*If you are not sure if your institution qualifies, check the membership tab at the top of the page.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Marketing and roving: what users said about our courses

SALCTG ran two courses this week with popular trainer Ash Charlton, who has served us so well in the past. Both got very good feedback - here is a selection of responses:

Marketing your library

What was the most useful part of today's seminar?

  • Thinking about marketing in a library and what our students want rather than what we want.
  • It broke down the process of developing a marketing strategy into small definable steps.
  • Actually creating a campaign at the end.

Any other comments?

  • Really enjoyed the course and felt it was incredibly useful. Also felt it was well targeted and good to have a course specifically aimed at Academic Libraries. Great to talk to other people from different libraries and learn about their experiences.
  • Excellent presenter – really useful day, great fun. Ten out of ten!
  • Another informative, well-structured and entertaining session!

How to rove successfully

What was the most useful part of today's seminar?

  • Reassurance that what I’m doing is right plus some new tips/ideas. Meeting other people from different libraries – hearing their experiences/worries.
  • Information on confidence for rover & how to fake confidence.
  • The trainer’s experience and ability to share his ideas.

Any other comments?

  • Liked the format – relaxed, friendly, easy to participate.
  • Good practical suggestions for roving. Enjoyable, everyone glad no role-play.
  • Enjoyed listening to Ash – good ideas & suggestions offered.

Future courses

We are always keen to hear ideas for future courses, whether with Ash or another trainer. As well as a couple of requests to repeat, or provide follow up on, this week's sessions, attendees suggested:

  • Public speaking.
  • Library design/layout.
  • Customer service.
  • How to deal with difficult/aggressive users.
  • Leadership, advocacy, mentoring.

Do you have any ideas? Leave a comment below, talk to your SALCTG rep or tweet @SALCTG.

Monday, 3 March 2014

PKSB - Does This Sound Familiar?

If you're a Chartership candidate - or any kind of CILIP member - you'll be aware of the shiny new circular diagram which is our Professional Knowledge and Skills Base. Chartership candidates and their mentors will be paying close attention to the self-assessment that is required at the beginning and end of the training process.  

Even if you're not in CILIP, as library staff in the higher education sector you'll still be interested in CPD - Continuing Professional Development.

Did you know that if you're working in any of the Scottish Universities or Small Specialist Institutions libraries, then your library has a representative at SALCTG?  

This forum exists to organise training opportunities and visits for our members!  So if you're looking for a course, or would like to visit other libraries in the company of a small group of local librarians, then you've landed on the right page.  It's all good professional development.

Our courses are legendary - we get top trainers.  And our library visits are great networking opportunities to a wide range of libraries.  West of Scotland reps are reminded that we hope to go to the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at Ayr in the near future.

  • Do you know who your rep is?
  • What courses and/or visits would you like to attend?  Speak to your rep, or get in touch via the website.  We're always on the look-out for new ideas!
  • Could you offer to host a visit at your own library?  Again, do make contact with your rep or via this website.