Deposit‘The story of data’: a socio-technical approach to education for the data librarian role in the CityLIS library school at City, University of London

This paper describes a new approach to education for library/information students in data literacy – the principles and practice of data collection, manipulation and management – as a part of the Masters programme in library and information science (CityLIS) at City, University of London.

DepositCan Enhanced Library Analytics Improve the Understanding of User Behaviours at City, University of London?

Data that is automatically generated by users in an academic library as they engage with various library resources is often held in disparate systems. This prevents library staff from knowing how an individual uses these resources in combination and therefore opportunities to provide more targeted support or information may be missed. This case study examining the linking of quantitative data sets held at the libraries of City, University of London uses data held in the following systems: the library management system, Sierra, for patron details and item borrowing; OpenAthens logins and WAM connections (web access management) for e-resource use; and LibApps for space bookings for study rooms, silent study spaces and specialist databases. The study is limited to students at the university and excludes staff, visitors and alumni. Successful linking of the data sets allowed information to be combined and visualized to explore if low item borrowing correlates to high e-resource use, which was not found to be the case generally. Results also support previous studies’ findings regarding low use of library resources across computing and engineering undergraduates. The combined data has the capacity to provide in-depth understanding of what, how and when resources are utilized by students and provide a more targeted path for further qualitative investigations to answer questions of why.

DepositProceedings from DocPerform Editorial: Is the World After All Just a Dream?

DocPerform is a multi- and interdisciplinary research project based at City, University of London. Led by members of the Department of Library & Information Science, it comprises scholars and practitioners from the fields of performing arts and library & information science. The project concerns conceptual, methodological and technological innovations in the documentation of performance, and the extent to which performance may itself be considered to be a document. The collection of papers in this special issue of Proceedings from the Document Academy are selected from the second DocPerform Symposium, held at City, University of London, 6–7 November 2017. The DocPerform team would like to thank the DOCAM editors and reviewers for their support for this publication.

DepositInternet Archiving – The Wayback Machine

Assignment for the Information Management & Policy (IMP) module for the Library Science Masters at City, University of London. This essay answers the question “is information a resource that can be managed in the same way as gas or water?” by looking at the issues surrounding the archiving of the internet, with particular reference to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

DepositLibrary History: Four texts and a website

Essay presented in 2017 as fulfillment of requirements for completion of the module INM310 – Independent Study, part of the MSc Library and Information Science course at City, University of London. This essay stands as a report of a few months of an independent study conducted by the author about library history. The theme was explored both as a personal interest motivated by the mentions of library history during classes of Library and Information Science at City, University of London, and also as a felt need to investigate library history more deeply, as I became involved in developing oral history and narratives about London’s public libraries for the Layers of London project, a website being built by the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London. Here, I attempt to recapitulate my study by telling a brief story about library history from ‘four texts and a website’. Evidently, the website is Layers of London. The four texts correspond to four works of librarians, historians, and academics investigating library history, not necessarily because they are seminal, but because they in some way represent important aspects of the field and introduce significant issues. In that sense, this essay is structured in five short sections, each corresponding to one of these four texts, and the last one referring to Layers of London, which serves also as a concluding section.

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Hello! I’m Mariana Ou. Recently received my MSc Library Science from City, University of London, after a few years working as an architect in Brazil. Now in the UK, I’ve been doing library & archive work, which I love. Considering going back to research in a PhD; still thinking about choice of institution, topic, timing […]