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ARLG Conference bursary offer

ARLG North West is offering a sponsored place at #ARLG16 for librarians living or working in the North West. The sponsored place will include full conference fees. The successful candidate will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.

To be eligible you must be a personal member of CILIP or ARLG, and be currently living, working or studying in the North West in an FE, HE or research library.

To apply please email Annette Ramsden  with approximately 200 words explaining which session you are especially interested in and how it will impact on your professional development. Additionally how you plan to share your experience with others, including the ARLG North West community.

The successful applicant will be asked to write a short report on the conference for ARLG NW which will be published on our website. Please also include your CILIP membership number, your job title and the name of your institution (if employed). First time attendees or students will be given priority but please do not let this put you off applying as we do not always get any first time applicants.

Applications must be received by midday on 21st March 2016 and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by COP Wednesday 30th March 2016.



Event report: Making your message stick

ARLG NW and CILIP NW offered 2 free student places for our October event, Making your message stick, with Ned Potter. We’re pleased to present write-ups from both students. The first is from Christine Tate, a current student studying the MA in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I was pleased to receive a student place on the ‘making your message stick’ event by CILIP NW Member Network and ARLG NW. I am a full time student on the MA in library and information management course and I thought that this event would be a valuable opportunity to develop my presentation skills.

The workshop was led by Ned Potter and we started the day with a presentation on how to create Powerpoint presentations that would engage your audience and leave them thinking about your key message. Ned explained that your presentation should address the overlap between what you know and what your audience wants or needs to know. It is too easy to fall into the trap of using a presentation to express everything you know about a subject and therefore providing more information than the audience needs. Ned demonstrated how this could be done by formatting and presenting your slides in a way that helps people to learn, avoiding common pitfalls such as an over-reliance on bullet points and putting too much content on each slide. We were then given an opportunity to put this into practice when Ned provided us with three different methods to create effective presentations depending on how much time we had or what type of presentation we had to give. I thought the workshop was a good balance of theory and practice, we were given time to explore the resources and try out the new techniques.

After lunch we moved on to look at Prezi. Ned gave us a presentation on how to make the most of Prezi by utilising the useful features that it contains that Powerpoint doesn’t. Ned warned us that due to Prezi’s tendency to make some people feel seasick it is often best to only use it when there is a specific reason to justify its use. Through the presentation I learnt that Prezi does indeed have some unique content that distinguishes it from traditional presentations, the example that stood out the most was the ability to use Prezi to create an interactive map which could be used in a library setting to allow the user to explore the collection and seamlessly access tools and information on how to use resources. The day drew to a close by examining the practical aspects of giving a presentation. Ned gave us advice on how to deliver presentations and work with any nerves we might be experiencing.

It was encouraging to see the progress in the presentations I was able to create by the end of workshop compared to the basic Powerpoint and Prezi presentations I could make at the start. I am sure that the skills and techniques I developed at the workshop will be of assistance in my academic work this year and in any professional post I am able to gain after completing the course. I am giving a presentation in a few weeks time on special libraries in Manchester and I am excited to put my new presentation skills into use.

Thanks to Christine for her thoughts; tomorrow we’ll hear from the other student place winner, Katie Nicholas.

Event announcement: Making your message stick, with Ned Potter

CILIPNW Member Network and ARLG NW are delighted to announce this joint one-day event:

Making your message stick

Date and time: 16th October 2015 10am- 4.30pm
Location: Wolfson Rooms (situated in the Harold Cohen Library at University of Liverpool)

This is a hands-on, interactive workshop about presentation skills. The morning focuses on the golden rules of creating presentations, finding free to use (and legal to use!) images, and producing slides. Everyone knows about Death by PowerPoint, but it can be a brilliant tool when used properly; we’ll look at three different methods of creating slides to use depending on how much time you have and how important the presentation is. Although you’ll learn to produce beautiful slides, this will be a by-product of making EFFECTIVE presentations which help your message stick in your audience’s minds – everything in the course content is backed up by research into multimedia communication.

In the afternoon we’ll have more hands-on time to explore Prezi, a zooming presentation tool – we’ll look at what Prezi is, how it works, why you might want to use it and why you might NOT want to use it. We’ll discuss creating engaging Prezi presentations which don’t leave the audience feeling sea-sick.

The final session is about presenting itself: what works, what doesn’t, quick tips, and conquering nerves – but don’t worry, this isn’t the kind of training where you have to give a presentation at the end and be critiqued by your peers – it’s a pressure free environment for learning.

About the Trainer:
Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, and a Trainer for various organisations including the British Library and the Bodleian, as well as PiCS in Australasia. His book The Library Marketing Toolkit was published by Facet in 2012. Ned can be found online at and on Twitter at @ned_potter. You can see examples of his own presentations at

Feedback for previous versions of this workshop:

“Tips and tricks about perfect presentations – it was fantastic! Very informative, very attractive content of the course. I’d recommend it to anyone.” Bodleian Libraries 2015

“Ned was fantastic, and there was a great balance of practical exercises, and presentation of examples and tips.” CILIP NE 2015

“This workshop has undoubtedly helped to get me out of the rut I’m definitely in – my PowerPoints will be changed immediately! Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it.” LIEM 2015

Booking:  Please email Dawn Grundy –

Cost, including lunch, tea/coffee as follows:
CILIP/ARLG members – £15
Non CILIP members – £50
New professional (less than 5 years) – £5 (max. 3 places)

Maximum no. of places = 20

Additionally, we are also offering two Student award places to current students enrolled on an LIS course.
To apply for this please send a letter of application (no more than 250 words) to Michael.Cook@BOLTON.GOV.UK  stating why you would like to attend and what you would gain from this event. Deadline for applications is Monday 5th October 2015. The successful applicants will be asked to write a short report of the day for the groups, within a month of attendance. This report will be published on the ARLG NW Blog and in the CILIPNW newsletter.

Event report: An introduction to copyright (Part 2)

ARLG NW offered two free chartership places to our Spring event, An Introduction to Copyright. Both chartership candidates wrote for us their thoughts on the event. Our second post is by Lynn Roberts-Maloney, Digital Resources and Collections Assistant, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 

Gordon Sandison from the University of Liverpool Library presents on their digitisation pilot.

Gordon Sandison from the University of Liverpool Library presents on their digitisation pilot.

I attended my first ARLG event on Friday 27th March 2015 – ‘An Introduction to Copyright’. Copyright is a subject that I personally find quite challenging so it was a perfect opportunity to increase my awareness of this tricky subject. I have recently enrolled for Chartership and on reading through the PKSB I had identified point 5.3 Copyright, intellectual property and licensing under section 5. Information Governance and Compliance as one of the areas I would like work on. Therefore I was delighted to see this event advertised and I was very fortunate to gain one of the free Chartership places kindly offered by ARLG.

The speakers – John Kelly from Jisc, Neil Sprunt from University of Manchester, Louise Koch from Manchester Met, and Gordon Sandison from University of Liverpool – were engaging and very informative providing details of copyright in practice. John Kelly provided a background to copyright legislation and explained the new updates to the policy that were introduced in 2014. Neil, Louise and Gordon’s presentations about copyright in their respective Universities, particularly in relation to managing digital content, gave valuable insight to the complexities and challenges of complying with copyright in an educational setting. As I work in an institution that has recently been granted Higher Education Status I particularly found this part of the afternoon very interesting. I came away from the event feeling more informed about copyright in general but also with ideas to look at how things are done within my own institution and what, if any, changes we can implement to make copyright compliance a priority and in turn easier to manage and achieve.


Captain Copyright himself – Neil Sprunt from the University of Manchester library.


The ARLG NW committee are very pleased that both our chartership attendees found the event valuable and were able to write for us on their experiences. Thanks again to all of our speakers and attendees for making it such a successful afternoon. 

Event report: An introduction to copyright

ARLG NW offered two free chartership places to our Spring event, An Introduction to Copyright. Both chartership candidates wrote for us their thoughts on the event. Our first post is from Evelyn Webster, Library Officer at Pinsent Masons LLP (Leeds office).

I was extremely grateful to have gotten one of the chartership places offered for this event, so that I could find out how students and academics commonly use copyrighted material, and how libraries try to regulate that use.

I was not expecting to see so many parallels with my experience working in a commercial law firm library, because the assumption is that more copying is permitted for educational use than for commercial use. As John Kelly explained, that’s true if you’re relying on statutory exceptions, but in reality the CLA HE and law firm licences allow both types of organisation to do largely the same things – the law firm licence just costs more per person.

In addition, libraries face the same types of challenges (i.e. users assume that because they found something online, or because their library has a copy, that it’s okay to redistribute it), and the same complications (i.e. there are different licences and permissions for different materials, uses and users).

The three presentations from Manchester, MMU and Liverpool universities showed ways in which libraries are making it easy for users to comply with – and fully exploit – the licences available, without overburdening the library staff.

MMU and Liverpool libraries are aiming to provide the easiest way for lecturers to offer course materials to students electronically, by integrating a digitisation request and copyright check facility into their existing reading list software. Manchester library are aiming to provide the easiest way for academics and students to check whether they can do X with Y, via their copyright webpages, FAQs and upcoming click-through flowchart.

I came away with a lot of ideas (as well as confidence and motivation) to help refresh our firm’s copyright guidance – after all, no one wants to be the test case for copyright infringement!

Our panel answer questions from the audience near the end of the afternoon.

Our panel answer questions from the audience near the end of the afternoon.

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