A few incidental things from Edinburgh:
UMSLG coincided with the G8; consequently Edinburgh was filled to bursting point with policemen, and the student residences where we stayed were used to billet police from all over the country. Much of modern police work seems to consist of hanging around reading the paper and waiting for something to happen, to judge by what I saw.
I went to the National Gallery of Scotland, to see two exhibitions, one of Landseer, which had lots of animals, alive and dead, and one of Gauguin, built around The Vision of the Sermon. The juxtaposition of the two was odd, and perhaps it was a bad idea to try to see both.
And finally I restored myself with drinks and the magnificent architecture of the former office of the Scotsman, now a cocktail bar called North Bridge.
After a morning run up Arthur's Seat wearing an Ovid t-shirt kindly given to me buy the exhibitors and breakfast in what looked like a police canteen, the first session started at 9.30. There are some photographs courtesy of Marshall Dozier, who had a beautifully small camera, I having forgotten mine, though there are also a few from my camera-phone.
The first session consisted of a very comprehensive paper from Pauline Simpson, Head of Information Services at the National Oceanography Centre on institutional repository developments. Southampton, not least because of the presence there of Stevan Harnad; She gave an exposition of open access, the progress of the RCUK proposals (which are now out in en clair on the RCUK website , mentioned the JISC Open Access briefing paper and described repositories of all types and the development of e-Prints Soton. In discussion, an interesting idea that CILIP might develop a repository as part of our proposed research portal came up. Then Marshall Dozier spoke on the Medical Education Taxonomy Research Organisation, METRO (interest declared, I'm a member). And I fear there are no photographs, as I forgot to ask her for the camera while she spoke. She covered the need for the project and progress to date, having concentrated on the area of assessment, and asked UMSLG members to act as advocates for the project to help it achieve critical mass. The project used a blog to develop the taxonomy. After coffee Paul Hollands brought us up to date with changes at the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine,
Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine (formerly LTSN-01), including their collaboration with the Health Sciences and Practice subject centre, the new look web page which uses RSS news for most of the content of the print page. It set me thinking how we might use RSS to offer news to UMSLG members. Catrina Dalziel of Swansea spoke of her experiences setting up library support for their new graduate entry course and Erika Gwynett described a library refurbishment at Newcastle. Chris Fowler closed the session with some concluding remarks and a presentation of flowers to Irene McGowan College Librarian for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh, who had handled the local arrangements.
Fascists killed at least 37 people in London today...I can't write this post and not mention it. I don't know if friends who work in London are safe or not. I worked there for twenty-five years; my mother worked there through the blitz. I wish I worked there still.
The bombers hate work, knowledge, civilisation, beauty; the only response to them therefore is to reassert those things. So I shall post, as I planned, an account of today's proceedings
So to Edinburgh for the UMSLG residential meeting; as the bombs were going off, I was watching from a plane window as the cloud that covered the South broke, and I saw the Solway Firth and the Borders as we flew towards Edinburgh.
The first session was started by Maggie Haines who spoke on the HEAG Implementation Group report. She highlighted the areas that CILIP was now going to take forward: advocacy and policy, research, CPD, leadership. Maggie's presentation sparked ideas for the discussion at the AGM on the future of UMSLG. Then we had a video of a talk by John MacColl on Googlezon (I wonder why he prefers this formulation to Lorcan Dempsey's Amazoogle?), from a meeting where he, Ronald Milne and another unidentified speaker discussed the future and Google Scholar, good stuff though hard to summarise, and I'd like to link to the original if I can find it. (Update: was it perhaps this CURL meeting?) . The presentation is here.
After the break Roger Jones explained the intricacies of fEC and TRACto us (the lower case f is apparently de rigeur), and how they had used them at Reading to cost information services. Rachel Ellaway was the high point of this session, with a brilliantly delivered account of Edinburgh's e-learning tools, all home made: the Edinburgh Electronic Medical Curriculum (EEMeC), the Edinburgh Electronic Veterinary Curriculum (EEVeC) and the Edinburgh Electronic Postgraduate Portfolio (EEPoP) .
Aftre this the UMSLG AGM, with Chris Fowler in charge; we will have a year of consulation on the future driection of UMSLG, asnwering a series of questions posed by Chris in a paper on the organisation's future:
I shall purge the disgust I feel with a morning run up Arthur's Seat.