CityLIS Events 18/19

This page shows key dates for the 18/19 academic year, in the Department of Library & Information Science, CityLIS.

It also lists the CityLIS ‘AfterHours’ Research Seminar series. These events are open to all, and free to attend. AfterHours events normally run from around 17.00 – 18.30, on Mondays, during term time.

Academic Term Dates can be confirmed via the main City University site:

If you need any further information, please contact Joseph Dunne [].



20th September: CityLIS 18/19 Induction Class

Time: 1.00pm
Room: ELG05

24th September: Start of Teaching for Term 1

8th October: AfterHours “Building Documents: can buildings, built assets and the built environment be considered documents?” Oz Ablett

The process of managing information in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) design projects remained relatively unchanged until the introduction of computer aided design (CAD) in the early 1990s. The recent introduction of building information modelling (BIM) methodologies, accentuated in particular by the publication of the UK Government’s Construction Strategy has challenged numerous embedded cultural norms.  This presentation will discuss the importance of information management to the AEC industry, in particular with reference to the data held in 3D architectural and engineering models (BIMs), as well as how information has been and is now being used by the AEC industry.

Bio: Oz has worked with a variety of companies including Saga Group, Sainsbury’s, Shell, Deutsche Bank and London’s Crossrail (now the Elizabeth line) programme, and is currently acting as the primary information manager on several high-profile AECOM construction projects. In the last few years, he has worked on projects as diverse as Scotland’s Caledonia Water Alliance, the Education Funding Agency and a number of commissions in the Middle East including the a new city in Saudi Arabia, the Dubai 2020 Expo and an ‘iconic’ station on Riyadh’s new metro system as well as the design of the Rio2016 Olympic Park.

Oz is also a research student at CityLIS.

Time: 17.00-18.30
Room: ELG08

15th October: AfterHours “Your Half-Truths Are Problematic: Thinking Differently About Libraries, Facts, and Stories” Matt Finch

What authority do librarians have in an age when information is increasingly contested and susceptible to manipulation? What myths do librarians tell about themselves, and their profession? What useful tools and approaches could a librarian learn from other disciplines and professions? From novelists? From centaurs? This session takes an off-beat, interdisciplinary, pragmatic approach to questions of misinformation, disinformation, narrative, and “fake news”.

Bio: Matt Finch is a consultant to libraries and other institutions, helping them to identify, devise, and deliver amazing new programmes and services. Sometimes he’s writing strategy documents or speaking to politicians and executives; sometimes he is dressed as a giant Vegemite jar.


Time: 17.00-18.30
Room: ELG08

22nd October: AfterHours “Why We Tell Stories” Sandra Agard

Why we tell stories. How stories shape and define us. The session will consist of Interactive World Storytelling, Poetry, Percussion, Laughter and Games.

Bio: Sandra has been a Professional Storyteller, Writer and Literary Consultant for over forty years in a variety of venues and settings around the country and abroad. These include libraries, schools, colleges, universities, theatres, museums, art galleries, literary festivals, shopping malls, prisons and in the community. Sandra was recently based in Southwark and Lewisham Libraries in South-East London where she worked as a Literature Development Officer, Storyteller in Residence, Creative Writing Tutor and Book Doctor. She has recently concluded a residency as The Centenary Storyteller at The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden. Sandra is currently working on a number of writing and reminiscence projects.

Time: 17.00-18.30
Room: ELG08

24th October: Screening of ‘Paywall: The Movie’ to mark Open Access Week

Contact: Dr Jane Secker
Time: 12.30 – 2.00pm
Room: B103

5th November: AfterHours “Fandom, Folksonomies, and the World of Fun Information Work” Ludi Price

Digital technologies, particularly Web 2.0, have allowed people to perform complex information tasks within the more mundane spaces of their everyday lives, such as creating articles on Wikipedia, or transcribing old documents on the World Archives Project. Increasingly, amateur groups such as hobbyists, collectors and other types of enthusiasts, are coming together online to collaborate in complex information work, despite not having any professional experience or qualifications. This suggests a trend towards a potential democratisation of information work; that tasks such as classification and indexing is no longer merely in the hands of those in the LIS professions, but also in those of the layperson.

This talk focuses on media fans, and how they have collaborated together to develop innovative and creative ways of dealing with digital information, from large-scale, multimedia-supporting, volunteer-run archives, to an elaborate curated folksonomy that mitigates the problems of both traditional subject headings and tagging systems. It also asks whether LIS can learn from and harness the passion, obsession and pursuit of pleasure that drives fans to engage in information work.

Bio: Ludi Price is an alumna of, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow with #CityLIS, and is also Far Eastern Cataloguer at SOAS, University of London. In 2017 she was awarded her PhD in Information Science with her thesis, Serious Leisure in the Digital World: Exploring the Information Behaviour of Fan Communities. Ludi research interests focus on information behaviour within fan communities, and she is also deeply involved in the fan community as a fan artist, writer, and a mentor to younger fans and peers. This, coupled with her practitioner experience, influenced her research interests, and inspired her to ground her research in both LIS and fan studies.

She can be found on Twitter @LudiPrice and on Tumblr ludi-ling.

Time: 17.00-18.30
Room: ELG08

12th November: British Library Labs Symposium (all day event)

We are really pleased to have secured places for all CityLIS students taking classes on Mondays during 18/19 (full-time and part-time year one) to attend this Symposium. Please note that your places have been booked. Attendence is expected as part of the formal course. The event takes place at the Knowledge Centre, at the British Library, and you will need to make your own way there. The event starts at 10.00am, so you should plan to arrive around 09.30-09.45. The event will conclude at 17.30, although there will be a reception afterwards for those wishing to network.

Note that the final blog post for the DITA blogging exercise will be based on your thoughts about the material presented at the Symposium, augmented by your follow-up research. This final post will be a group writing exercise. Groups will be set-up by Dr Joe Dunne. Further details of the blogging exercise will be posted in the DITA area on Moodle.

19th November: AfterHours “Balancing the books – Academic Library Finance” Hanna James

In this session, we will take a top-level view of the financial aspect of libraries, specifically in the UK Higher Education setting. We will look at the spending trends and how institutions combine demands to gain purchasing power in the process of information resources acquisition. Through understanding the budget make-up, a library worker can more effectively articulate the value (≠ cost) of an academic library.

Bio: Hanna James is currently working as a Library Purchasing Assistant at University of West London, while studying for her 2nd year at CityLIS. She is also a qualified accounting technician.

Time: 17.00-18.30
Room: ELG08

26th November: AfterHours  “Librarian-ing The Novel” Natasha Suri

Creative writers have to research a whole jumble of disparate kinds of information in order to write, and also in order to publish. In this session we will look at the search tools and information behaviours of creative writing, and the ways your LIS skills and knowledge can meld with creative practice.

Bio: Tasha Suri is a Senior Library Assistant at a London university, and a graduate of the MSc Information Science course from City, University of London. She is also a writer of SFF, and her debut novel EMPIRE OF SAND is out from Orbit Books in November 2018.

She can be found on Twitter @tashadrinkstea and her personal website can be found at

Time: 17.00-18.30
Room: ELG08

28th November: Lecture and Discussion “Metadata and Privacy” David Haynes

David will be giving a lecture followed by discussion on metadata and privacy, based on the research that he did for the second edition of Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval which was published by Facet earlier this year. We are delighted to host a delegation of students and lecturers from Aalborg University in Denmark studying Information Architecture and Design. All CityLIS students are warmly invited to this session. It will be an opportunity to explore some of the privacy and governance issues arising from metadata management and to meet fellow students from Denmark.

Time: 2.30-4.45 pm
Venue: ELG04

3rd December: CityLIS Christmas Bash (by invitation only)

Time: 5.00pm-7.30pm
Venue: The Pavilion

7th December: Last Day of Teaching for Term 1


6th January: Hand-in Date for Term 1 Assignments

21st January: Start of Teaching for Term 2

4th February: After Hours “Online Privacy: Why Do We Disclose So Much Information Online?” David Haynes

David will talk about his research into online safety.  His particular focus will be on how we identify the risks associated with disclosing personal data online.  What are the benefits of doing so?  How aware are we of the risks?  What factors affect our judgement when we decide to use a particular site or online service?

Bio: David is an IC postdoctoral research fellow funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, in the Department of Library & Information Science, CityLIS.


Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: A110

11th February: After Hours “Smart Cities and Geo-Spatial Analytics” Jyothi Gupta

Jyothu will discuss how technology will affect the development of cities into more digital technology and  discuss about Geo spatial analytics for Cities

Bio: I am an Architect, Data Scientist and Smart City Leader with nearly 10 yrs exp. in Infrastructure and construction industry. I have worked with L&T Construction, National Centre of Biological Sciences, a TATA Institute of Fundamental Research organisation, Synergy Property Development & Cognizant. I’ve handled project management business in India including prestigious projects like – Tech Mahindra’s office at ITC Building 6 & 7 in Electronic City, Flipkart’s office in Cessna Business Park, Mercedes-Benz office in Embassy Crest, TCS office in Gopalan Tech Park, Whitefield and at Infopark , Kochi, Kerala; IBM office at Manyata Business Tech (G3 block), ANZ office at Manyata Business Park- Block 3 , Embassy Corporate office at EGL etc. and started my career in an architectural firm, LOCUS Architects and Planners. I’ve handled Big Data Analytics, Smart Buildings and Smart Cities and did my Internship at INSOFE on Big Data Analytics, ML, DL and optimisation including two years in Digital Securities Services in Cognizant.

I suggest you can check my Linkedin profile:



Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

18th February: After Hours “Immersion, Participation, Intimacy and the Digital” Dr Joseph Dunne-Howrie

This presentation will look at how theatre and performance artists are using digital technology to create participatory narratives. I will discuss my work with the theatre and digital arts company ZU-UK in reference to how they use binaural and VR technology to shape audience experiences in their pieces Binaural Dinner Date and Good Night, Sleep Tight.

Bio: I am a lecturer in Library and Information Science at City. I also teach performative writing at Rose Bruford College and research methods at the University of East London.




Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

25th February – 1st March: Reading Week

25th February: CityLIS Cataloguing Workshop 2019 led by Dr Deborah Lee

We are delighted that Debbie will lead another of her highly popular cataloguing workshops. Attendance is free but you need to book:

N.B. CityLIS students only.

4th March: After Hours “Nomad – A Somali Diaspora Archive” Abira Hussein

Abira will discuss how the HoloLens experience and photogrammetry workshops inspired Somali communities to digitise their own heritage objects and share their personal stories. They will reflect on the successes and challenges of the project and the use of immersive technologies to inspire new narratives and creative interpretations of Somali culture and heritage.

Bio: Abira Hussein is an independent researcher and curator specialising in Somali heritage, digital archives, migration, and health. In recent years she has worked with the British Museum, British Library, London Metropolitan Archives, Refugee Council Archive and Somali Week Festival, to deliver a number of projects and workshops engaging with the Somali Community.

Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

11th March: After Hours “Identifying and promoting your skills” Shelley King and Daniel Rose

How to best identify and promote your soft and hard skills via a well structured and detailed CV.

Bios: Shelley King has worked at Sue Hill Recruitment for 7 years, as well as working across the TFPL team within that time. She started off as the Administrator and worked her way into the recruitment side becoming a Resourcer and Marketing Assistant. With this path, Shelley had the unique opportunity to build relationships with both candidates and clients from helping them with payroll issues to finding them dream jobs and the ideal candidates.

Daniel Rose has been in recruitment circa 13 years covering a wide range of sectors that have included Legal, Facilities, Commercial Support and now Knowledge and Information Management. He has always been committed to providing a high level of service to both his client and candidates ensuring that both have a full understanding of the recruitment process.

Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

18th March: After Hours “The shifts and lens required of an academic librarian to work for and with the Decolonisation Movement – a UAL librarian’s story” Monica Sajeva

Our everyday practice and experience tends to be governed both by reflection-in-action and our profession’s ethics and values. However, engaging with the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum movement at UAL has placed those of us involved within a ‘critical space and place’.  This session will explore the effects of this shift on the everyday approach, response and position, while referencing a small scale PgCert study that investigates the pedagogical lens of UAL librarians within the decolonisation movement.

Bio: Monica-carmela Sajeva is an Assistant Academic Support librarian / Special Collections librarian / Design School librarian at London College of Communication library. She studied Library and Information studies at UCL and has worked at University of the Arts London (UAL) for 11 years.

Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

25th March: After Hours “India Office Medical Archive Projects” Alex Hailey. 

An overview of the work to improve the accessibility of records relating to health and disease within the India Office Records at the British Library, through cataloguing, digitisation, and next steps.

Bio: Alex Hailey is a Curator of Modern Archives and Manuscripts (1600-1950) at the British Library


Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

1st April: After Hours “Librarianship at the V&A: The National Art Library Beyond the Stacks” Hannah Dunne-Howrie

The Victoria and Albert Museum is home to the National Art Library, Prints & Drawings Study Rooms and Archives collections at Blythe House. As Reading & Study Rooms Manager in the Word & Image department, Hannah will explain how these access points are managed and the changing face of librarianship in a collections/curatorial department within a large arts museum.

Bio: Hannah Dunne-Howrie is a librarian at V&A with almost a decade of experience working in libraries. She specialises in front-line library services administration and systems development.


Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: AG08

5th April: Last day of CityLIS Taught Programme for Term 2

5th April: “Metadata, Taxonomies and Retrieval” ISKO UK Seminar

Free to ISKO Members and full-time students.

Time: 14.15-19.00
Venue: DLG03 (Rhind Building, City, University of London)

24th – 26th April: LILAC Conference 2019

2nd May: CityLIS visit to Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Visit for CityLIS staff and students. Please see announcement on Moodle for booking details. Thank you to CityLIS alumnus David Baker for making local arrangments, and to Anne McLaughlin at the Parker Library for accommodating our visit.

Time: 13.00-14.30
Venue: Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

10th May: CityLIS Research Seminar: “Exploring Documents, Document Theory and EthicsTim Gorichanaz, Lyn Robinson and Joseph Dunne-Howrie

This informal seminar is open to all staff and students at City. We are delighted to be able to host our colleague Tim Gorichanaz, currently at Drexel University, who will lead a seminar on how we understand documents and documentation. We will consider the questions which can be answered by document theory, and its place in contemporary LIS.

Refreshments will be provided. *Hope that all our CityLIS research students can attend!

Time: 12.00-15.00
Venue: ELG14

16th May: DocPerform 3: PostDigital Register Now!

CityLIS are delighted to host our third DocPerform Symposium on May 16th. Check out our Programme and join us for an exploration of how we understand and document immersive events. Free! Open to all. Registration required.

Time: 10.00-18.30
Venue: ELG01

12th – 14th June: Annual Meeting of the Document Academy 2019

16th – 19th June: Conceptions in Library & Information Science 2019 (CoLIS 10)

24th June: CityLIS Research Seminar: “Evidence-based practice in research and academic libraries: an applied approach” Clare Thorpe

CityLIS research seminar open to all. Please bring your lunch! Hope to see as many colleagues and students as possible!

Time: 12.00-14.00
Venue: A108

3rd – 4th July: CILIP Conference 2019

15th – 16th July: ISKO UK Conference 2019

16th July: CityLIS Graduation Ceremony at the Barbican Centre, London

19th September: CityLIS 19/20 Induction Class


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