As the crow flies, it is about 180 miles from London to Aberystwyth. As the combined railway services of Virgin Trains and Transport for Wales go, it’s a good deal longer than this – and takes the best part of 5 hours. So as a performance measure of this country’s railway service, this journey does … Continue reading Library Performance Measurement Conference
So how did it come to pass that I was caught scoffing a tasty muffin in the recent all staff meeting? Well, I’d just arrived hot foot from the first City staff forum and although having back to back meetings curtailed my opportunity to mingle with other University colleagues at the forum, the opportunity to … Continue reading City Forum
Local historian Jiff Bayliss gave an interesting talk earlier this month as part of Finsbury Library’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The talk described how the original public library in our neighbourhood was one of the most pioneering of its kind in the late 20th Century, before the demolition of the Skinners Estate in the 1960s, led … Continue reading A golden anniversary for Finsbury Library
I made a flying visit to Rotterdam in May as I was lucky to be able to join a study tour of Dutch libraries, organised loosely under the SCONUL umbrella by library and learning space consultant Les Watson. “Crazy spaces make great places” was the strapline for the trip, intended to showcase innovative architectural ideas … Continue reading Derek goes Dutch
As we grapple with the refurbishment plans for Level 6 and the decant from West Smithfield library in the coming weeks, this CPD 25 event at the London Mathematical Society in early May was a timely and interesting afternoon spend hearing from colleagues from Brunel, University of East London and the London School of Hygiene … Continue reading Space Planning with CPD25
The biennial Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services brings together around 200 delegates comprising academics from the field of Information Science alongside library professionals from different sectors. This year’s conference was held at the Royal York Hotel in July 2013. The programme promised a great deal of content which seemed timely, topical and relevant … Continue reading Measuring performance and spotting some trains too…..