All posts by Diane Bell

About Diane Bell

I'm a Research Librarian at City, University of London. I am interested in delivering services, collections and designing and delivering training to research students and staff in particular. My interests include information and digital literacy, writing articles and conference presentations and research-based practice.

Welcome to the Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection and Library is based at 183 Euston Road and is free to visit.  It has permanent and temporary exhibitions  https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions  and specialises in the history of medicine. Sir Henry Wellcome was a pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector.  On his death in 1936, his will established a charity to advance medical and scientific … Continue reading Welcome to the Wellcome Collection

Mastering Social Sciences event

I was pleased to be invited to present at and attend the above event at Aston University. Last week,  I  managed to become excited about my quite esotheric topic Grey literature. The presentations included: Intergovernmental organisations,  statistics, parliamentary publications (from the British Library), grey literature, Research data management (the Bodleian), free maths and stats resources, … Continue reading Mastering Social Sciences event

Enabling learning through storytelling

Reblogged from: http://citylibresearchers.wordpress.com I recently attended a lunchtime workshop run by the City Academy on narratives and  storytelling based on a performance arts approach. I’m interested in both using the telling of stories or experiences to explain concepts but also in hearing the narratives of students. The basic idea of this is that the use … Continue reading Enabling learning through storytelling

Focus groups with CityLIS students

LibGuides is an easy to use content management system which is used by City, University of London Library Services and  libraries across the world to create small websites which are called ‘guides’.  LibGuides is owned by a company called Springshare and is part of a suite of products called LibApps, this includes LibCal (used to … Continue reading Focus groups with CityLIS students

Reflections on LILAC 2017

I was fortunate this year to have the opportunity to attend LILAC 2017 in Swansea in April.  LILAC is the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference which is a 3 day event which attracts national and international delegates.  There are keynotes, workshops, presentations  and networking opportunities on  many different aspects of information literacy. In my free time,  … Continue reading Reflections on LILAC 2017

LILAC 2016: Leabharlannan, Learning & Leprechauns

Although I’m partly of Irish descent and am partial to elves and quite wanted to see a leprechaun, I had never previously visited Ireland until the recent LILAC 2016  (LILAC is The Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference) at University College Dublin (UCD).  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the conference and to … Continue reading LILAC 2016: Leabharlannan, Learning & Leprechauns

What place does digital inclusion have in digital literacy ?

  I presented recently at a free event organised by the Information Literacy Group and the Tinder Foundation for public and academic library staff at the University of Liverpool in London. (I was quite pleased the receptionist thought I was a student). Jane Secker from LSE led the event and mentioned the Journal of Information … Continue reading What place does digital inclusion have in digital literacy ?

Reflections on mentoring

Reblogged with some  ‘recrafting’ from:  citylibresearchers blog. Some reasons why I’m liking mentoring: This year, I’m very grateful that with the support of our Library Leadership team, I have had some great development opportunities. I have had the chance to work on an employability project which is something that I am really interested in, attend … Continue reading Reflections on mentoring

CILIP Leadership Programme & Conference 2015

In July 2015, I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to have 2 new experiences, the first day of the new CILIP  Leadership programme  and the opportunity to attend the CILIP Conference 2015, both  in Liverpool (and also to meet some great new people). CILIP Leadership Programme The CILIP Leadership programme is a pilot … Continue reading CILIP Leadership Programme & Conference 2015