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Research Forum [TG1/RESEARCH]


10:30 am - 3:30 pm


LSBU Hub Reception, London South Bank University
100 -116 London Road, London, SE1 6LN

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cpd25 are pleased to announce our first-ever research forum! The day will consist of presentations and research posters from library and information studies graduates and library staff. This research would have been carried out either as part of their studies or as part of workplace analysis. There will be time after each presentation for discussion and questions as well as excellent networking opportunities throughout the day. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


10am                  Registration, tea/coffee, and poster viewing

10.30am            Stuart Hunt (M25 Consortium Chair), University of Reading: Intro and welcome

10.45am            Robert Curry, Oxford Brookes University – Insights from a cultural-historical HE library makerspace case study on the potential for academic libraries to lead on supporting ethical-making underpinned by ‘Critical Material Literacy’’.

11.15am             Q&A

11.25am            Tea/coffee break and poster viewing

11.45am            Sergei O’Farrell, University of Westminster – ‘Weeding at Westminster – wins, woes, and ways forward’

12.15pm            Q&A

12.25pm            Tom Mason, Royal College of Art – ‘Times New Plural: The multiple temporalities of contemporary life, the infosphere and the planet’

12.55pm            Q&A

1.05pm              Lunch, poster viewing and tours of the Hub library

2.05pm              Janan Nuri, Royal College of Nursing – ‘The Healthcare Workers’ “Secret Weapon”: Exploring our Professional Identity as Librarians’

2.35pm              Q&A

2.45pm              Anne Watson, British Museum – ‘Let them use cards! Exploring the motivations behind the creation of the 1791 French Cataloguing Code.’

3.15pm              Q&A

3.25pm              Summary and thank you’s – cpd25 members and LSBU Hub

3.30pm              End



Stuart Hunt is Director of University Library & Collections Services and University Librarian at the University of Reading. In this role he has leadership responsibility for Libraries, Museums, Archives, and Special Collections. He has been a librarian for almost 30 years and has previously worked in senior roles in Russell Group and post-1992 university libraries in the UK.   Stuart is a member of the Jisc Library Strategy Advisory Group, Chair of the Jisc Library Hub Community Advisory Board, and Chair of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries.  He has published articles and given conference papers on content strategy; process improvement; post-pandemic planning in libraries, and; libraries, sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Robert Curry, Oxford Brookes University. Having had experience of public, school, FE and HE library work, for the last nine years I have been the Associate Director of Learning Resources for Oxford Brookes University. I look after Academic Liaison Librarian Teams and more recently Digital Services – the universities’ central learning technology team whose activities include technology experimentation (e.g., 3D printing, virtual reality, photogrammetry). This year I completed my Doctorate in Education and have recently had an article based on my research accepted for the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. My research explored the tensions in the potential success of maker-learning in HE as supported in academic library makerspaces through a North American HE library case study. The themes of inclusivity, diversity and sustainability were found to be the key challenges for academic libraries to address through the ‘relational agency’ (Edwards, 2017) of library staff for successful maker-learning outcomes to occur. My research also proposes a potentially transformative new concept for academic libraries supporting cross-disciplinary maker-learning: Critical Material Literacy (CML).

Sergei O’Farrell, University of Westminster. Sergei is currently a Collections Engagement Librarian at the University of Westminster. During his time at UoW, he completed a 3-month secondment as a Collections Project Manager, with the aim of reducing the collections immediately and improving long term stock management processes. As a result, he critically evaluated the project, and undertook in-depth research in the area of weeding for a dissertation as part of an MA in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University.

Tom Mason, Royal College of Art. I am a library assistant at the Royal College of Art, and I’ve recently completed an MSc in Library Science at City, University of London. During my studies, I researched such topics as art information resources and publishing, the RCA’s classification system for art monographs and exhibition catalogues, the climate crisis and footprint of information technologies and services, and librarians in relation to the theories of the contemporary philosopher Luciano Floridi. I am currently co-authoring a shorter, follow-up article based on the research presented here, together with my City dissertation tutor, David Bawden.

Beyond my employment and studies, I am a practicing artist and writer tending to work with painting, drawing, poetry and non-fiction. I have lived and worked in Bristol, Amsterdam, and Berlin, and completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2011. I currently live in Catford, South-East London; a five-minute walk from the vantage point of Blythe Hill, and a fifty-minute walk to my studio in Lee. My commute involves differing combinations of walking, mainline trains, bus, and tube, and takes between sixty and ninety minutes, this of course depending on the variables and vicissitudes of London and its navigation.

Janan Nuri, Royal College of Nursing. I started working in libraries when I joined the Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive Service in 2016 as a Customer Services Information Assistant. I’m also Chair of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network at the RCN. Previously I’d been in lots of different jobs, from being a tour guide to working in Westminster to presenting a local radio show. In 2018 I started my Library Science MSc at City University, and completed the degree this year with Distinction. I am interested in the professional identity of librarians, how we market our services and how we communicate with library users and the wider public. I also have a passion for continually learning more about everything to do with libraries.

Anne Watson, British Museum. Anne studied English and French at Sheffield University. She lived in the wonderful sunny Poitou-Charentes region of France for a year, where she was an English Language Assistant at the local lycée and for students from the national circus school. She moved to London to start her librarianship career at City, University of London in 2014. She became the Collections Librarian for the Egypt & Sudan, Middle East and Greece & Rome departments at the British Museum in 2022. Anne commenced her distance learning LIS Masters with Aberystwyth University in 2017. Her research topic was inspired by a conversation she had with a library user about biblioclasms, which led to discovering that the term ‘vandalism’ was coined during the French Revolution. This research would not have been possible had it not been for the wonder that is the digital humanities.

When not studying or working in the library, she enjoys fencing, ballet, learning foreign languages and astronomy. Anne volunteers at the Hampstead Observatory, and believes that the night sky, much like a good library, should be accessible to anyone.

£40 member institutions
£80 non member institutions

Includes lunch and refreshments

Information for attending

This event will be a face-to-face event, taking place at:


London South Bank University

100-116 London Road

London SE1 6LN


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