CityLIS Events 19/20

This page shows key dates and events for the academic year 19/20, in the Department of Library & Information Science, CityLIS.

The listing includes the CityLIS ‘AfterHours’ Seminar series. These events are open to all, and free to attend. AfterHours events normally run from around 18.00 – 19.30, 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-Howrie [].



9th April: CityLIS Research Symposium “Building bridges: exploring interdisciplinary intersections between fandom, fan studies and library and information science“.

Time: All day event times tbc
Room: A109
, AG04 (may change according to numbers)

27th January: Screening of “Our Hobby is Depeche Mode” and Q&A with director Nick Abrahams

Time: 18.00-19.30
Room: ELG02

20th January: First day of teaching for term 2


6th December: Last day of teaching for term 1

2nd December: CityLIS Christmas Bash (invitation only)

Time: 17.00-19.30
Room: The Pavilion

25th November: After Hours “Information in the Networked World: Futures, Facts, and Useful Fictions”  Matt Finch 


How do we create and maintain value in a networked world?

What happens to truth and trust in an age of competing authorities and digital disinformation?

Who will draw the new boundaries between journalism, business, and the information professions – and how?

This participatory session with guest presenter Dr Matt Finch will bring together City’s business, journalism, and information science students to explore the future of information: how we generate and acquire it, how we manage it, and how we use it to make the best possible decisions in turbulent times.

From “fake news”, long-term organisational change, and business intelligence to the biggest political debates of our day, this session will challenge assumptions, encourage fresh thinking, and build connections among students in three of the most important fields of the coming era.

Students will try their hands at generating possible future scenarios and find connections between information science, journalism, and business which will strengthen their own learning and future careers.

Bio: Matt Finch is a consultant to sectors including health, higher education, local government, and the media, and a facilitator on the Scenarios Programme at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He has extensive experience helping organisations to innovate and explore future challenges. Find out more at his site

Time: 18:00-19:30
Room: A110

18th November: 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: 18:00-19:30
Room: A109

11th November: BL Labs Symposium (all day event)

All CityLIS students attending classes on Mondays will participate in this highly successful event. Please note there is no need for students to register individually, places have been reserved for you.

4th November: After Hours “Scholarly Communication, Software and Data in Research” Sarah Stewart

This session will look at digital scholarship, the impacts of big data on open research, open science and the ways open access transforms knowledge and communication.

Bio: Sarah is a data services specialist at the British Library and is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute at at Oxford University. She is also a CityLIS alumna.

Twitter: @BioStew

Time: 18:00-19:30
Room: A109

1st November: CityLIS Visit to Linklaters

28th October – 1st November Reading Week – No Scheduled Classes

21st October: After Hours “Approaching Libraries and Information Philosophically’” Dominic Dixon

The debate over whether philosophy can provide a foundation for library and information science has been ongoing since at least 1934 when James Danton published his Plea for a Philosophy of Librarianship. Since then, the debate has been mainly between social epistemology, as originally but forward by Jess Shera and Margaret Egan, and philosophy of information, which Luciano Floridi has suggested can provide the most appropriate foundation for LIS. Independent of this debate, it is important to understand the practical implications of a philosophical approach to library and information science more broadly. Therefore, this session will explore what it means to approach something philosophically, looking in particular at philosophical issues as they arise in relation to libraries and information. We will look at some different ways of conceiving of philosophy, as well as what sort of tools philosophy can provide to address these issues.

Bio: Dominic Dixon is a Research Librarian at the University of Cambridge as well as carrying out doctoral research in the Department of Library and Information Science here at City, looking at the relationship between philosophy and LIS.

Twitter: @subtractthesky

Time: 18:00-19:30
Room: A109

15th October: CityLIS Visit to Senate House Library

14th October: After Hours “Collecting the Intangible and Future Histories” Melanie Lenz

Melanie will give an overview of the V&A’s digital art collection and discuss the challenges of documenting the materiality of the immaterial. She will also consider the implications of advancements in digital tools and methods, like machine learning, on the role and responsibilities of the curator who, like librarians and archivists, are traditionally thought of as institutional gatekeepers of stories.

Bio: Melanie Lenz is a curator in the department of Digital Art, Word and Image at the V&A Museum.

Time: 18:00-19:30
Room: A109

7th October: After Hours “Plotting Paths Through Digital Minefields”  Dominic Pates

This workshop looks at the information society through a critical lens, and considers some of the ethical issues that confront us in our increasingly digitized environments. Participants will hear more about the upcoming intelligent campus, and will get to unpick some conundrums of their own.

Bio: Dominic is a Senior Educational Technologist at City’s Learning Enhancement and Development department, with a Relationship Lead responsibility with Cass, City Law School and SMCSE. He specialises in innovations in learning spaces, and has contributed to the design of key recent space developments at City, including a flagship lecture theatre and a suite of collaborative PC labs.

Twitter: @dompates

Time: 18:00-19:30
Room: A109

23rd September: First day of teaching for term 1

19th September: CityLIS 19/20 Induction Class

Time: 13.00-15.00
Room: C303 Tait Building

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