Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM)

1st January 2011 - 31st August 2012

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This AHRC-funded project aimed to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. A key goal of the project was to build capacity and capability in the development and implementation of innovative methods and techniques in undertaking LIS research.

A series of training events for LIS researchers took place in 2011 and 2012. These workshops explored the scope of LIS and related research, and the range of methods appropriate to research in the domain. A wide range of techniques was explored, with experts presenting method overviews and example cases. http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/

The DREaM project launch conference -Out of the comfort zone - took place at the British Library Conference Centre, London, in July 2011.

DREaM 2 (first of the three skills building workshops) took place at Craighouse Campus in October 2011.  The workshop included expert introductions to ethnography, social network analysis, discourse analysis and research ethics.

DREaM 3 was held at the British Library Conference Centre on 30th January 2012 and included  sessions on user Involvement, techniques from history, webometrics and research and policy.

DREaM 4 workshop, on 25th April 2012, in Edinburgh, included sessions on horizon scanning, repertory grids, data mining and research impact.

DREaM 5 closing conference at the British Library in London on 9th July, celebrated the outcomes of the DREaM project:
  • a network of Library and Information Science researchers and practitioners;
  • skills development through the three methodologies workshops;
  • ways and contacts to increase the impact of LIS research.

Dr Ben Goldacre closed the conference with a keynote and award presentation.

Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) is a Research Councils project funded by AHRC. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/.
 
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Welcome to the LIS DREaM Launch Conference from LIS Research Coalition on Vimeo.

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  • DREaM 2 (Edinburgh workshop) reviews
    Attendees' reviews of the October 2011 workshop in Edinburgh
  • DREaM 2 Discourse Analysis
    Professor Andy McKinlay from the University of Edinburgh presents an introduction to discourse analysis at the LIS DREaM workshop in Edinburgh, October 2011. More details about this presentation can be found at: lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-2-workshop-tuesday-25-october-2011/dream-event...
  • DREaM 2 Edinburgh workshop
    Workshop October 2011, Edinburgh: information and presentations.
  • DREaM 2 Ethnography
    Dr Paul Lynch from Strathclyde University presents an introduction to ethnography at the LIS DREaM workshop in Edinburgh, October 2011. More details about this presentation can be found at: lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-2-workshop-tuesday-25-october-2011/dream-event-2-introduction-to-eth...
  • DREaM 2 Social Network Analysis
    Dr Louise Cooke from Loughborough University presents an introduction to social network analysis at the LIS DREaM workshop. Edinburgh, October 2011. More details about this presentation can be found at: lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-2-workshop-tuesday-25-october-2011/dream-event-2-introd...
  • DREaM 2 Unconference Half Hour
    Participants in the LIS DREaM workshop present their work and research interests in a series of short presentations to the group. Edinburgh, October 2011 More details about this presentation can be found at: lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-2-workshop-tuesday-25-october-2011/
  • DREaM 3 History techniques
    Dr Thomas Haigh from the University of Wisconsin discusses techniques from history at the LIS DREaM 3 workshop, at the British Library on 30th January 2012. More details about this presentation can be found at http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-3-workshop-monday-30-january-2012/dream-e...
  • DREaM 3 materials
    All the materials from the BL workshop in January 2012
  • DREaM 3 Policy & research
    Professor Nick Moore from Acumen discusses research and policy at the LIS DREaM 3 workshop, at the British Library on 30th January 2012. More details about this presentation can be found at http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-3-workshop-monday-30-january-2012/dream-event-3-making-the-bu...
  • DREaM 3 Unconference half hour
    Participants discuss their projects during the unconference half hour at the LIS DREaM 3 workshop, at the British Library on 30th January 2012. More details about this presentation can be found at: http://lisresearch.org/dream-event-3-unconference-half-hour/
  • DREaM 3 User Involvement
    Professor Peter Beresford OBE from Brunel University discusses user involvement in research at the LIS DREaM 3 workshop, at the British Library on 30th January 2012. More details about this presentation can be found at: http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-3-workshop-monday-30-january-20...
  • DREaM 3 Webometrics
    Professor Mike Thelwall from Wolverhampton University provides an introduction to webometrics at the LIS DREaM 3 workshop, at the British Library on 30th January 2012. More details about this presentation can be found at http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-3-workshop-monday-30-january-2...
  • DREaM 4 Horizon Scanning
    Dr Harry Woodroof from the Horizon Scanning Team within the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) presented a workshop session discussing horizon scanning on 25th April 2012 at the third DREaM workshop.
  • DREaM 4 Repertory Grids
    Dr Phil Turner from Edinburgh Napier University presented a workshop session discussing techniques from psychology, focussing specifically on repertory grids, on 25th April 2012 at the third DREaM workshop.
  • DREaM 4 Unconference half hour
    Participants at the third DREaM workshop were invited to share their own work and research interests during the unconference half hour. Includes contributions from: Aislinn Conway, Anthony McKeown, Alison Brettle, Ella Taylor-Smith, Allan Parsons
  • DREaM launch conference
    Presentations and info from Out of the comfort zone, British Library, London, July 2011
  • DREam launch: Blaise Cronin
    Professor Blaise Cronin, Rudy Professor of Information Science, Indiana University, US, presenting the DREaM Project Launch Conference opening keynore entitled: “… And into the zone of quasi-rationality” Recorded at the British Library, London, on Tuesday 19th July 2011 and introduced by Charles...
  • DREaM launch: David Jarman
    David Jarman shares his reaction to the LIS DREaM Launch Conference. Recorded at the British Library, London, on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Full details of the event can be found at lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-1-launch-conference-tuesday-19-july-2011/.
  • DREaM launch: Dylan Evans
    Dr Dylan Evans, Lecturer in Behavioural Science, University College Cork, presenting the DREaM Project Launch Conference closing keynote entitled: “The promiscuous researcher: flirting across disciplines and courting the media” Recorded at the British Library, London, on Tuesday 19th July 2011.
  • DREaM launch: Gunila Widén
    Gunila Widén gives us a progress update on her workshop: Cultivating networks: opportunities and challenges. Recorded at the British Library, London, on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Full details of the event can be found at lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-1-launch-conference-tuesday-19-july-201...
  • DREaM launch: One Minute Madness
    A series of one minute presentations by delegates at the LIS DREaM Launch conference: Out of the comfort zone. Recorded at the British Library, London, on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Full details of the session can be found at lisresearch.org/dream-project/event-1-presentations/one-minute-madness/
  • DREaM launch: Philip Hills
    Dr Philip Hills discusses his workshop: Raising your research dissemination ambitions. Recorded at the British Library, London, on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Full details of the event can be found at lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-1-launch-conference-tuesday-19-july-2011/.
  • Impact: We have a DREaM
    We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence & Methods network. Presentation on the DREaM project delivered by Dr Alison Brettle, Professor Hazel Hall and Professor Charles Oppenheim at QQML2012, Limerick, May 22-25 2012.
  • Launch break out session: Pixie Dust
    Video shown by Sara Rankin and Gina Czarnecki during their breakout session at the LIS DREaM Launch Conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011. More details about this session can be found at: lisresearch.org/dream-project/event-1-presentations/breakout-session-3/
  • Launch break out session: Wasted
    Video shown by Sara Rankin and Gina Czarnecki during their breakout session at the LIS DREaM Launch Conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011. More details about this session can be found at: lisresearch.org/dream-project/event-1-presentations/breakout-session-3/
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Related Projects

  • Library and Information Science Research Coalition
    The broad mission of the LIS Research Coalition was to facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK. Professor Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, was first seconded to lead the implementation of the LIS Research Coalition in 2009/10.
  • Research in Librarianship - Impact Evaluation Study 2 (RiLIES2)
    RiLIES2 was commissioned by the Board of Directors of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition as a follow-on project to the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (completed by the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University in 2011).
  • ESRC Information Science pathway
    The ESRC Information Science Pathway is one of 24 accredited training pathways within the Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGS). This is part of a £20 million investment in the UK's largest DTC, which awards 65 studentships to pathways...
  • CILIP accreditations
    To support CILIP's processes of formal recognition of academic and vocational qualifications, and to ensure the relevance of these qualifications to the library and information science profession.
  • Training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector
    The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) commissioned a team from the Centre for Social Informatics led by Professor Hazel Hall to conduct research into training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector.
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Collaborators link icon

  • British Library
    The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. Each year, six million searches are generated by the British Library online catalogue and nearly 400,000 people visit the Reading Rooms. Over 100 million items have been supplied to users all over the world
  • CILIP
    Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • JISC
    JISC is the UK’s expert on information and digital technologies for education and research
  • LIS Research Coalition
    Library and Information Science Research Coalition
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Areas of Expertise link icon

  • Internet Technologies & Society
    The technologies that help us to organise and share information on the internet are changing the way we live and work. This information society or knowledge economy people affects is in all kinds of new ways – as individuals, groups and organisations.
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Project Team

Hazel Hall
Director of CSI
h.hall@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2760

Associated Publications

Cooke, L., Hall, H. (2013). Facets of DREaM: a Social Network Analysis exploring network development in the UK LIS research community. Journal of Documentation, 69, (6), 786-806.

Brettle, A., Hall, H., Oppenheim, C. (2012, ). We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence and Methods network. Paper presented at 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

Cox, A., Francke, H., Haider, J., Hall, H., Huvila, I. (2012, October). Transformation or continuity? The impact of social media on information: implications for theory and practice. Paper presented at ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting, Baltimore.

Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Irving, C. (2012). The right resources to support LIS research: findings from the RiLIES2 project poll. Library and Information Research, 36, (113), 24-31.

Hall, H., Irving, C., Cruickshank, P. (2012). Improving access to Library and Information Science research: Maximizing its relevance and impact to practitioners . Business Information Review, 29, (4), 224-230.

Hall, H., Oppenheim, C. (2012). The possible DREaM: developing LIS research excellence. CILIP Update , , (May), 32-34.

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