DREaM event 5 – conference Monday 9 July 2012

The DREaM project concluding conference took place at the British Library Conference Centre on Monday 9th July 2012. Highlights included Dr Ben Goldacre as the closing keynote speaker, presentation of the LIS Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award, an open panel session, One Minute Madness, and a networking drinks reception.

On this page you’ll find the key conference details. The conference archive that comprises session slides, videos and summaries can be found on the Event 5 presentations page. (Links to these resources are also embedded in the programme table below.) Links to reviews of the event can be found on the DREaM concluding conference reviews page.

Key conference details

Conference sessions

09:45-10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:30-11:00 Welcome and introduction
“DREaM past, present and future”
Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University and the LIS Research Coalition
11:00-12:00 Opening keynote
“Building evidence of the value and impact of library and information services: methods, metrics and ROI”
Professor Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Chair: Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University and the LIS Research Coalition
12:00-12:30 One minute madness
Series of 60 second presentations by 20 members of the DREaM workshop cadre and conference delegates, chaired by Mike Clarke, Camden Libraries. (For details of the session format see the One minute madness page from the 2010 LIS Research Coalition conference)
12:30-13:30 Lunch and networking
13:30-14:00 Invited paper
“Facets of DREaM: an analysis of network development to support UK LIS research and researchers”
Dr Louise Cooke, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University
Chair: Professor Charles Oppenheim, DREaM project
14:00-14:45 Panel session
“…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”
Discussion with panel members: Jo Alcock, Birmingham City University and member of the DREaM workshop cadre; Dr Louise Cooke, Loughborough University; John Dolan, CILIP Councillor; and Professor Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Chair: Professor Charles Oppenheim, DREaM project
14:45-15:05 Tea
15:05-15:15 Award presentation
Presentation of the Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award to the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group
The award was presented by best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic Dr Ben Goldacre
15:15-16:30 Closing keynote
“Research, evidence bases, decision making and policy”
Dr Ben Goldacre
Chair: Professor Charles Oppenheim, DREaM project
16:30 onwards Sponsored networking drinks reception with prize draw at 17:15


The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) held its AGM at 16:30 immediately after the close of formal proceedings at the conference. This took place in the Eliot Room at the conference venue. Thereafter LIRG members joined the rest of the delegates for the sponsored networking drinks reception and prize draw.

LIRG also ran a free half day event on LIS research resources at CILIP, Ridgmount Street, London on the morning of Tuesday 10th July (i.e. the day after the DREaM conference).

The venue

The conference venue was the British Library’s state of the art Conference Centre. Located in central London, the British Library Conference Centre is within easy walking distance of three mainline railway stations – St Pancras (Eurostar terminal), Euston and King’s Cross – and six tube lines, and is thus at the heart of the UK and European transportation network.

#lis_dream5 online

As with all the DREaM project events, the conference had an online presence. There was a Lanyrd for the event. The Twitter hashtag was #lis_dream5. Our Event Amplifier Kirsty Pitkin posted details of how people unable to attend in person could follow the proceedings remotely.


We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the conference sponsors:

Social event on Sunday 8th July

As was the tradition of all DREaM project events, on the evening before the conference a couple of delegates in London met drinks and a meal at the Betjeman Arms.

Programme committee

The conference programme was developed by the DREaM project Principal and Co-investigators Professor Hazel Hall and Professor Charles Oppenheim. They were supported by members of the DREaM project advisory board: Dr Susie Andretta (formerly of London Metropolitan University), Dr Rossitza Atanassova (British Library), Christine Irving (Secretary to the Library and Information Research Group of CILIP), Dr Michael Jubb (Research Information Network CIC), Stephanie Kenna (LIS Research Coalition) and Professor Gunilla Widén (Åbo Akademi School of Business and Economics, Finland).

Conference Secretariat

Edinburgh Napier University, the AHRC grant holder for the DREaM project, provided the secretariat for all the DREaM project events.

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