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Find out more about history collections and History Libraries & Research Open Day

Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research Library hosted a well-attended and interesting event aimed at postgraduate students, independent and early career researchers last Tuesday, 18 March. The first morning sessions introduced attendees to archival and library networks and the concepts behind the organisation of collections and information. The later morning sessions covered new skills such as digital research and digital imaging; more established technologies like reference management software and electronic research resources; and always-important topics like training and giving presentations. The afternoon gave attendees the opportunity to directly engage with information professionals from twenty-three libraries, archives and professional information organisations.

History Lab and History Lab Plus helped out on the day and recruited new members.

History Lab and History Lab Plus helped out on the day and recruited new members.

Participating libraries, archives and professional associations included: Association of Performing Arts CollectionsBritish Museum LibrariesThe British Postal Museum & ArchiveCaird Library and the National Maritime Museum, Business Archives Council, the archives at the George Padmore InstituteGerman Historical Institute LibraryGuildhall Library, the Institute of Historical ResearchKing’s College London Library ServicesLambeth Palace LibraryLondon Metropolitan ArchivesLibrary of the Society of FriendsLSE Library ServicesThe National Archives, School of Oriental and African Studies LibrarySenate House LibrarySociety of Antiquaries Library and Collections, Special Collections from Goldsmiths University of LondonTUC Collections at London Metropolitan University, Theatre and Performance Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Library and the Wiener Library.

Dr Elizabeth Williams talked to students about presentation skills during an afternoon clinic.

If you could not attend, the story of the day is available for you to browse, and Dr James Baker of the British Library posted his notes online. The Institute of Historical Research Library and Senate House Library hope to build on the initial success of this first year and potentially hold History Day annually, reaching out to more students and researchers of history, as well as more repositories. We would like to thank event sponsors, Brepols, Cambridge University Press, Maney Publishing, Polity and Yale University Press, as well as the members of the Committee of London Research Libraries in History, and we hope to see you next time.

 

 

 

Schedule:

9:30-10:45: First sessions

9:30 – 9:40: Welcome and introduction (Miles Taylor, IHR; Elizabeth Williams, Goldsmiths University of London)

9:40 – 10:15: Libraries

9:40 – 9:55: Libraries: networks, resources (David Clover,Senate House Library)

9:55 – 10:15: Library Classification (Michael Townsend, IHR; Alison Gage, Senate House Library)

 

10:15 – 10:45: Archives

10:15 – 10:30: Archives: networks, resources (Nick Barratt, The National Archives)

10:30 – 10:45: Archival Arrangement (Richard Temple, Senate House Library)

10:45-11:15 Break

11:15-1:00 Second sessions

11:15 – 11:40: Electronic Resources (Kate Wilcox, Jordan Landes, Jonathan Blaney and Simon Baker)

11:40 – 11:55: Reference management software (Paul Horsler)

12:00 – 12:10: Digital imaging (Dave Jackson)

12:10 – 12:25: Digital Research (James Baker)

12:25 – 12:35: Training (Simon Trafford)

12:35 – 12:45: Presentation skills (Elizabeth Williams)

 

1:00-4:30: Open History Fair

One-on-one research training clinics:

Bibliography of British and Irish History (Simon Baker, IHR)

British History Online (Jonathan Blaney, IHR)

Digital Imaging (Dave Jackson, Senate House Library)

Digital Research, Curation and Copyright (James Baker, British Library)

Presentation Skills (Elizabeth Williams, Goldsmiths College)

Reference Management Software (Paul Horsler, LSE)

Using the National Archives Published and Archive Collections (Michael Little, Nick Barratt, The National Archives)

 

Sponsors:

Brepols

Cambridge University Press

Maney Publishing

Polity

Yale University Press

 

Hosts:

Institute of Historical Research

Senate House Library

 

In collaboration with the Committee of London Research Libraries in History

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