We hope to welcome library professionals to Talis Insight Europe 2018. This conference isn't just for customers - over the two
Join us to find out more about the growing use of digital resources, which is seeing libraries play a key role in teaching and learning. Hear about factors such as NSS,
Talis Insight Europe 2018 is your chance to network with peers from the UK Higher Education community. You can mix with fellow professionals in Higher Education across the UK and the rest of Europe, and hear how other library teams are gaining strategic influence at their institutions.
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Our speakers will include Higher Education and technology thought leaders. You’ll learn about emerging trends and hear success stories. Your peers will present their achievements in supporting strategic institutional objectives by improving academic and student engagement with technology.
You’ll get all the latest news on what Talis are doing, and find out what we have planned next. We’ll share our latest plans and new areas of value we are developing to meet your future needs to manage and deliver digital course learning resources for learning and teaching.
How do I register?
You can register for Talis Insight Europe 2018 using the order form at the bottom of this page.
Online registration closes April 6th 2018, after this date please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where we will manually register you.
Previous Talis Insight conferences were free to attend. Why is the 2018 event chargeable?
Talis Insight conferences have been growing year on year, since its introduction in 2015. Last year we hosted nearly 200 delegates from 86 Higher Education Institutions. Talis have funded the majority of the cost of hosting the conference each year, with some contribution from the partner community through exhibitor sponsorship.
In order to ensure that the conference remains sustainable for both the community and Talis, without sacrificing the quality, we need to pass on some of the cost of hosting this event to the attendees.
How do I pay for my tickets?
We will raise an invoice and send to your institution. Your finance team will have 30 days to arrange the payment to confirm your registration. If there
Can we book a
Can we book now and then decide who will attend later?
Yes. You can book now under any name, and then if you would like to change who will be attending, you can simply transfer the ticket to that person by emailing us at email@example.com. Note that tickets can only be transferred to another person in the same institution. You may transfer the ticket as many times as you want.
Professor Grattan has an extensive academic background in Environmental and Archaeological Science and has developed a real passion regarding science communication. In 1995 he joined the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he held positions of Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Science at Aberystwyth University. In 2012 he was appointed the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience and International. more...
Kate Price has recently taken up the post of University Librarian at Queen Mary University of London, having previously been Associate Director (Collections and Research Support) at King’s College London, and Head of E-Strategy & Resources at the University of Surrey. Before moving into Higher Education, Kate worked in Further Education librarianship, and was an evening and weekend assistant in her local public library when she was a teenager. more...
During her early career, Diane worked in public libraries in London. Soon, Diane moved into the Higher Education Sector, holding posts at City University and Imperial College London where her focus was on Health Librarianship. Diane moved to the University of Birmingham in 2009 to take up the post of Director of Library Services. Diane’s portfolio includes responsibility for Library Services and Special Collections; recently her remit has been expanded to include other shared learning spaces on campus as well as development and management of all centrally managed teaching spaces. more...
Jane Harvell is currently Director of the Library (University Librarian) at the University of Sussex. She has over 25 years of experience working with research and teaching collections at the British Library, LSE and Sussex. She is currently Chair of the Mass Observation Archive and Hon. Secretary of UKSG and has written and spoken on digital scholarship, alternative methods of providing core collections and providing support services during a period of limited budgetary resources.more...
An advocate for change and innovation, Lesley Castens has been the Head of Library and Digital Support at the University of Plymouth since September 2016 following leadership roles at the University of Gloucestershire, Cranfield University, University of Bristol and experience in the financial sector. She believes in collaborative, innovative and pioneering libraries to enhance the learning experience, the institutional reputation and facilitate students’ transition into a digital workplace.more...
After a PhD in Palaeoecology, Judith Keene started her librarianship career at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University before moving to the University of Worcester. She has held her current role since 2012. She was involved from the outset in the Hive project and has published and given many talks on the subject.more...
Laura Ritchie is Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Chichester where she designed and leads the Music with Teaching (Pedagogy) and MA Performance degrees. As a cellist, Laura trained in Chicago and London, and has performed classically and in contemporary settings including Later with Jools Holland and at Glastonbury
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Dave Morgan is a professional musician from Canada now residing in the UK with his British spouse. Dave is widely sought after for his trumpet playing and has performed with many of the top names in music. He recently retired as trumpet soloist with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is updating his education at the University of Chichester with an MA in Performance.more...
After graduating from Canterbury University with a First Class BMus (Hon), Luke studied his PGCE in London; teaching in the vast multiculturalism of the capital was a wonderful experience and presented many challenges. During his gap year, after teaching in a few different schools, Luke was the cover teacher for St Alban’s Catholic Secondary School for several months.
As a jazz pianist now studying an MA at Chichester University, Luke is constantly seeking to expand his educational and performance skills.
Kerry is a member of the senior management team at Reading University Library responsible for developing library support for University priorities in learning, teaching and research. In her previous role as Course Support Co-ordinator at Reading she coordinated the Library’s work to develop the provision of core materials to support taught courses, seeking to enhance existing services and develop new ways to provide resources. more...
Dr. Luke Devine is a lecturer and Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for Politics at the University of Worcester, as well as being the TEL Lead for Humanities. Luke’s teaching specialisms are in contemporary politics, political philosophy, “race”/ethnicity, gender, and anti-Semitism, while his research is based in Jewish Studies.more...
Adam Hill has worked in HE in university libraries for over 16 years, Having previously worked at the University of Southampton, Plymouth University and now, since 2015 at the University of Surrey as the Faculty Engagement Librarian for Engineering and Physical Sciences, Online Reading Lists have been ever-present as part of his role in various capacities. Most recently providing training in, and promoting engagement with Talis Aspire reading lists.
I started work at Roehampton University in August where l work as a Team Leader Academic Engagement job share 2 days a week, I am leading on our Resource list Strategy with academics. I also work at the University of Southampton as a Research Engagement Librarian for the rest of the week. My background is mainly in HE libraries with a health focus - my first professional library job was at the Manchester College of Midwifery back in the early 90’s. I enjoy travelling, going to the cinema, and walking with my family.
I’ve been working as the Reading List and Digitisation Coordinator at Roehampton for nearly a year now. I previously worked as front line member of staff in the Library and a large part of that was working in the digitisation service. We’ve now amalgamated our Reading List support, Collections team and Digitisation service and a large part of my role so far has been working to integrate these processes via Talis Aspire Reading Lists. I love to write and draw in my spare time.
Ellie works as Faculty Engagement Librarian for Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. As part of her role, she has been working with Talis Aspire since implementation in 2013 to provide training in, and promote engagement with, online reading lists. Ellie has worked in HE libraries for 14 years in a number of roles supporting research, learning and teaching in the Social Sciences and Biosciences.
For the past 12 years, Rachel has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University Library. One of her main roles is as Subject Librarian for English. 7 years ago she began managing reading lists within Library Services alongside her job share partner, Nicola Ward.
Nicola has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University Library for 12 years. She is History Librarian and for the past 7 years has also worked alongside her job share partner, Rachel Fell, managing reading lists within Library Services.
Jo-Anne has worked at Keele University Library for 10 years and has led the Academic Services team, which includes Liaison Librarians, Research Support Librarians and the reading list and digitisation services, for the past 5. Her work with reading lists began in 2008 and, since implementing Talis Aspire in 2010, she has been responsible for encouraging its adoption throughout the institution.
Amanda has worked at Northumbria University Library for 17 years in various different roles. Since 2015 she has been in her current role of Content Delivery and Copyright Librarian, working with the Reading List team as well as Inter lending and Copyright services.
Rebecca has worked for Northumbria University Library in various roles since 2002 and has been part of the Reading List service since its inception in 2013. Alongside normal reading list duties, she is responsible for the Reading List team’s database and dashboard, and the general collation of statistics related to the service.
I currently work as an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Westminster. Since joining in 2016, I have been very involved in the promotion and implementation of online reading lists for courses in the social sciences and humanities.more...
Joy leads a small team of subject librarians who lead the Aspire project at Aberystwyth University. Her background is in IT support, as a computer operator and IT help desk manager, and academic engagement in the Arts and Humanities.
Robin has worked at UEA for just over a year as the Reading Lists Administrator. In the time he's been working at UEA, the university has agreed to
His background is in both FE and HE libraries, having previously worked at both Durham University and City College Norwich.
Sarah has worked as a Contents and Collections Consultant at the University of Hertfordshire for 10 years, in a constantly evolving role which focuses on the lifecycle of learning and information resources. In the last 3 years, she has been involved in the implementation of several major library systems including Koha LMS, Summon RDS and most recently Talis Aspire, which is being integrated with and implemented alongside Canvas VLE as a key element of Hertfordshire's Guided Learner Journey project.
Following a modern languages degree and career at the British Council, Helen joined the University of Hertfordshire back in 1996 following a post-qualification foray into a City law firm for 2 years. Helen has worked as the Information Manager supporting Engineering and Computer Science since 2011 and previously supported Law and Business. She gained her PG Diploma in Learning and Teaching in
Since working at the University of Hertfordshire in 2006 Jane has supported academic and
professional departments in a liaison role and is currently Information Manager working
with the Law School as well as supporting areas of business. Jane has been involved in the
training of academic staff for the on-going roll-out of Talis for all modules, and is co-leading
on an internally-funded project to research the impact of embedding reading resources on
the student experience.
Previously Jane managed a small research library for a global pharmaceutical company.
As the Chief Executive Officer, David continues to lead Talis through a period of rapid change and growth. Once again this year he will be outlining our vision and plans for the journey ahead in 2018 and beyond, during the Talis keynote.
We are confirming new speakers every week, so watch this space...
Aberystwyth University is the Good University Guide University of the year for Teaching Quality 2018 and is jostling for top position in all the student rankings, but just two years ago the opposite was true. I shall talk about our journey, the investments we made and the culture changes we found necessary to deliver this turnaround. It is, I hope, a fascinating story.
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This discussion will focus on the digital strategies put in place by Universities and Academic Libraries that aim to meet the ever growing requirements of students of the digital age. We will hear from library leaders about the digital strategies within their own universities.
Zena and Laura give a roundup of the continuous developments since last Talis Insight, also providing an update on current work in progress and future plans for the continuous development of Talis Aspire. Their new roles within Talis have given them scope to improve how the Services and Product teams work with universities and the wider Talis team and will provide an update on how those changes will be implemented from a university viewpoint.
In 2015-16, Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Digitised Content was implemented at the University
of Reading. During both the initial planning stages and implementation we recognised that
academic buy-in was key to the success of embedding Talis into the day to day working
practices of the institution. Concerns around tutors seeing a shift to direct linking to resources via
online lists as ‘spoon feeding’, led to us focusing most of our energies on developing strategies
that would promote the pedagogical advantages of using online reading lists.
Two years on we still face challenges with academic engagement and, subsequently, the impact of this on student experience and library staff workflows. Following a small-scale staff survey conducted in summer 2017 we have reassessed our staff engagement activities and workflows, resulting in proposed recommendations aiming to address the concerns raised, as well as taking into account issues currently experienced by library staff which have impacted on our internal procedures. These recommendations focus more on improving perceptions around time and resourcing requirements, exploiting system functionality in a more proactive way, reviewing our current supporting materials and guidance, and refocusing our communications strategy to deliver timely information at point of need.
This session will share our experiences, discuss the approaches taken and methods employed, before reflecting on our next steps.
The University of Roehampton approved a reading list strategy in July 2015. Library Services and academic colleagues agreed further shared guidelines in a Resource List Framework (RLF) in 2016 to help embed the strategy. One of its key principles is to use resource lists consistently across the University to provide a clear guide to support students with their learning through directing reading, organised as clear week-to-week or topic guides for students.
The RLF is now embedded in the Universities NSS/TEF action plan. Library Services were asked to review and prepare statistics that indicated compliance with the RLF, and for Library Services to re-engage with academic colleagues to implement the framework consistently across modular-led programmes.
This presentation outlines the approach Library Services at the University of Roehampton have taken to support academic colleagues in implementing the university NSS/TEF action plan and the RLF. We will outline how we used TalisAspire reports and other data sources to create a pilot audit tool to help academic departments and our academic engagement librarians to identify module reading lists that may present cause for concern. This has enabled us and academic colleagues to get a broad understanding of how resource lists comply with the framework and to engage with academic colleagues to improve the student experience.
A well embedded and well used Aspire tenancy provides the scaffolding to allow us to direct our
attention at the broader issue of ‘reading strategies.’ Reading strategies is not just a library issue –
at Keele it is multi-team, academic-led, and focusses on encouraging students to develop their
information literacy and critical reading skills. This becomes possible when we get the basics right.
Making the basics simple. Online reading lists, in use since 2009, provide the delivery route for over 80% of our reading lists. They are integrated with the VLE and students are directed to access them as part of their pre-arrival online induction. Core texts and key readings are available online wherever possible, requiring the library to be flexible about ebook provision and make heavy use of digitisation service. Academics are encouraged to provide structure and guidance on reading strategies within lists. This is not spoonfeeding – it is about making access as simple as possible to allow students to focus on… How to choose reading and how to use reading.
Not enough to just make access work. We want to equip students with the skills they need to develop their own reading strategies, emphasising criticality and critical reading skills. As well as library staff our ‘Student Learning’ team run a series of workshops and ‘reading retreats’. Both teams work with academic colleagues to encourage this approach throughout learning and teaching.
It was an early decision at Aberystwyth University Library in 2014 to encourage academic staff to build their own module reading lists into Talis Aspire and it has certainly paid off as we approach full coverage. Subject librarians encountered a wide range of views about online reading lists and their potential for learning and teaching, however there has been both formal and informal dialogues from the start. These have helped shape the project and academic staff have become some of our most vocal champions and valuable feedback sources. Find out what worked and what didn’t as we made the case for online reading lists to these important partners, and how this team effort has paid off in the NSS and a deeper engagement.
Discover the options that you have to integrate Talis Aspire with different learning management systems. We'll discuss common scenarios for student discovery and list integration workflows.
The University of Hertfordshire is implementing Talis Aspire as part of a Guided Learner Journey which aims to provide consistent access to information resources by embedding them at the point of need. We will outline our implementation project and the process of evaluating the success of the rollout.
This is an opportunity for you to share how the integration with your learning system has helped make a difference to the use of reading lists. A chance for you to talk about strategies and compare notes. This will be an open discussion.
Join us in the Marmalade Lounge on the ground floor to chat to other delegates and the Talis team, including Justin Leavesley - Chief Strategy Officer, Alison Spencer - Head of Services, Ian Corns - Account Manager and Paul Dibble - Sales Manager.
Looking for inspiration to get the most out of TARL? Share in the collective expertise of fellow Talis users and find creative and innovative ideas that have been used elsewhere, that could work for you! Hosted by Talis Aspire User Group (TAUG) reps Ann-Marie James and Polly Harper (University of Birmingham) we invite attendees to share their successes stories.
Come to this session if you...
- have examples of how Talis Aspire LTI is being used in your University
- want more detail on getting started with Talis Aspire LTI
Doesn't matter whether you are technical or non-technical we'll make sure you've spoken to someone who has the answers or experience you need.
Higher Education leaders join Judith Keene to discuss the recent 'Mapping the future of academic libraries' report from SCONUL.
Join us for the Talis Awards presentation on the evening of day one. It will a great opportunity to network with peers you may have missed during the day and join us in recognising and celebrating the best practices within the Talis community. Dress code: Smart casual.
In 2016 the University of Birmingham opened the doors of its new £60m library. This followed years of planning which covered all aspects of the physical build and re-defining our service offer. Of course one of the key aspects of our service is the collection, both physical and virtual. The new library offered us the opportunity to rethink how we would might manage and develop our collections in future. Here are some reflections on how using TALIS Aspire resource lists and the digitised content model in that context.
Drawing on the experience of working in partnership with a research group (the Sussex Humanities Lab), our local authorities (East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council) and an academic publisher (SAGE Publications), this presentation will highlight the exciting and challenging projects and developments that can be achieved through collaborative working and the impact that this can have on the skills of library staff.
Good research, on any topic, requires several angles of approach. This is especially true when looking at a musical genre as fluid as jazz. This trio of professor and two MA students gives us a practical example demonstrating the usefulness of lists and how they provide resources and ways in to further databases. We outline research questions and show the product, in the form of an informed cello, trumpet, and piano trio created as a result of research that started with reading lists.
The University of Westminster purchased Talis Aspire in 2014. After an early-adopters phase, there was a University-wide launch in September 2015.
My presentation will reflect on the Library’s experience of implementing Talis Aspire so far and I will be focusing in particular on the work we are currently undertaking to develop a University-wide reading policy as part of a learning and teaching action plan led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Experience).
I will also offer my thoughts on what I see are the challenges for writing a policy that goes beyond detailing library processes to incorporate the experiences and responsibilities of academic staff and students.
Nicola Ward and Rachel Fell will talk about how they were inspired by Allie Taylor's session from last year's Talis Insight conference and how they re-purposed it at Manchester Metropolitan University. They will focus on how they addressed the question of how you get students to actually engage with reading list material and how this led them on to further develop their Reinvigorating Reading Lists session.
The University of Surrey introduced Talis Aspire in 2013, and more recently, the digitised content
module; Currently all modules have had a reading list created, with around 2,600 lists held on the
system. Initial promotion and uptake was process driven (as also noted by Siddall, c. 2017, and
others) and we have identified a need to further promote reading lists as a tool for pedagogic gain
(supported in the wider literature by Boyle, L. & Mitchell, D. 2016, amongst others).
As a team, the Faculty Engagement Librarians are exploring how we can promote the role of the reading list as a temporary scaffolding tool for teachers to support their student from subject novice to independent learner (Wass, R., & Golding, C. 2014). This presentation will explore three specific areas: Developments in our approach to reading lists engagement; Initial observations in a study of student and academic approaches to the use of reading lists in learning and teaching (planned to commence December 2017); Experiences gained in the development and delivery of a forthcoming CPD workshop delivered through the Department of Higher Education at Surrey - Pedagogic gains from reading lists: Scaffolding or spoon-feeding?
The session will provide an opportunity to share experience, best practice and new ideas in the developing area of research into and Librarian support for the use of reading lists as pedagogic tools.
Four years on from service launch, we wanted to demonstrate the usage of the Reading List service. We set out to design a purpose-built dashboard, utilising the statistics generated by Reading Lists and our interactions with Faculty. This session will focus on our approach, the sources that we take our data from, and the rationale behind what we chose to include.
The University of East Anglia has had an evolving approach to the implementation and adoption of Talis since first purchasing it in 2015. The institution has recently moved to a full adoption model for the 2017/18 academic year. Robin Farndon discusses the UEA’s experiences to date, along with the potential opportunities and pitfalls encountered along the way.
We'll be sharing a summary of the most frequent data sets that universities want to merge in order to report on reading lists and their impact within the university. Find out what data is available from Talis Aspire and strategies to work with that data.
An update on the APIs that are available now and those that are currently being built. Find out how APIs support deeper integration with third party systems.
Dr. Devine will discuss the benefits of embedding Resource Lists in course areas on Blackboard VLEs. This enables students to access every Resource List associated with their course in a single place. Moreover, the identification of particular Resource List sections (or sub-lists), such as on study skills, support services and pastoral care, provides students with ease of access to resources while progressing from Level 4 to 6. In effect, a singular hub for Resource Lists enables students to map their own journey, progression, and learning in line with the research themes and curriculum(s) of particular modules/courses. The course area can also include Resource Lists and sub-lists beyond a specific module/course that are considered relevant. This is of particular use to Joint Honours and multi-disciplinary courses. Lastly, Dr. Devine incorporates student-led feedback and perspectives on Resource Lists and the associated benefits qua mapping student journeys, independent learning, research, and engagement.
In this talk, Kate shares some personal thoughts on a career in academic librarianship, and invites you to consider your own past, present and future in the profession. Questions that will be asked (and perhaps answered) include “Why do we do what we do?”, “How can we make a success of it”, and “What makes for a fulfilling career”?