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 PT 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 09.30-0945. 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

Description of Session: 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

3rd December: CityLIS Christmas Bash

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

25th February – 1st March: Reading Week

25th February: Cataloguing Workshop (provisional date)

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

24th – 26th April: LILAC Conference 2019

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

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

3rd – 4th July: CILIP Conference 2019

15th – 16th July: ISKO UK Conference 2019

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