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conference crazy! June 21, 2007

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That’s me. I am glad to be back in the office after recent conferences in Manchester, Gregynog (near Newtown) and Galway respectively.

In Manchester it was all about Institutional Repositories. No-one really knows which way open access is going – the publishers will ultimately set the agenda I suspect. If you are a researcher and you have had your paper accepted for a peer-reviewed journal think carefully before you decide to sign the ‘copyright transfer agreement’, it may be possible to retain some or all of your rights. It’s funny you can go through a whole 2 days of metadata, advocacy, mandates, copyright etc and I came away with just a single quote in my head:

“Paths open up because we follow them”.

That’s a nice philosophy I think. As for Bangor’s Institutional Repository ‘BaRA’? Still a work in progress I’m afraid, but we have a bit of momentum and a ‘live site’ is not a milion miles away.

Last week I was in Galway for the INULs conference . I gave a presentation which was called “From adversity comes strength? Raising a new profile for the library at the University of Wales, Bangor”. I think it went ok. It was a really interesting conference with a good social programme, and I joined the walking tour around the city which was very informative and included the story of James FitzStephen Lynch who tried and executed his own son (this is one of several possible derivations of the term ‘lynching‘). There was also a traditional Irish band Ardvarna who played ‘Stealaway’, a top tune if ever there was one. During the stay I met a great number of interesting and friendly people all of whom helped make the stay a really special one.

“Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a huge research staff to study the problem.” Bill Vaughan

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hello Galway! June 8, 2007

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If you’re currently witnessing my presentation at the INULs Conference in Galway, well I hope it’s been interesting so far. If I’ve just mentioned my Blog then I’m pretty close to the end, so a cup of tea (or coffee) will be available shortly.

If you’re not at the INULs Conference, well I’ll tell you all about it next week!

“Thinking is the hardest work there is. Which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” Henry Ford