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Learning Classification

By Anne Welsh, on 17 October 2012

Part-time MA LIS student Amanda Riddick has an article in the issue of Catalogue & Index published online today. Members of Cilip Cataloguing and Indexing Group can click through this link and sign in to gain full access, and a copy will be available via UCL Libraries as soon as subsciber issues are made available.

Open Access Publishing at UCL

By Ruth M Russell, on 19 June 2012

The Finch report on expanding access to research publications was released today and has been widely reported in the press. The report recommends the UK  should “embrace the transition to open access, and accelerate the process in a measured way.”.

UCL is already making efforts to ensure that its research is openly available:

UCL Discovery

UCL’s 2012 Publications Policy includes a mandate that UCL researchers must deposit their research in our institutional repository UCL Discovery, as far as copyright restrictions allow this.

Discovery is a large database of UCL research including journal articles, books chapters, theses, digital web resources and more. For further information including instructions on how to deposit your own research see http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/.

New journal publishing software

UCL has also developed its own software platform to support academic colleagues who wish to publish their own journals. This new software is being successfully tested with the Journal of Bentham Studies.

The software scheme is known as overlay journal software.  A presentation layer sits on top of UCL Discovery (where the papers are stored) and allows the academic editors of the journal to select papers and publish issues of the journal in the normal way.

There is no charge for using this service, which is offered by UCL Library Services to support research, knowledge transfer and public engagement in UCL. If you are interested, or would like a demonstration of the new software tools, please contact Paul Ayris.

Recovery of Open Access publishing costs

Academic colleagues can recover costs for Open Access publishing from research council grants. These costs can be recovered whilst the grant is still active. It should be noted that it is not possible to recover publication costs once the grant has ceased.

Special arrangements are in place for meeting the Open Access publication costs of those academic colleagues who are funded by the Wellcome Trust.

For further information on claiming open access fees please contact us.

UCL Publishing Student wins Dissertation Award

By Ian Evans, on 17 April 2012

 UCL MA in Publishing student Sarah Blankfield (2010-11) has won first prize for her dissertation in the annual Association for Publishing Education dissertation competition. All UK universities offering publishing education degree programmes are invited to submit their best dissertation from under and post-graduate courses.

Sarah’s dissertation ”Towards a Digital Spine: What methods are UK and US publishers, and their representative bodies, using to tackle the growing challenge of e-book piracy’ addressed perhaps one of the greatest concerns of rightsholders today. The dissertation considered The Publishers Association Copyright Infringement Portal and Digital Rights Management in its various forms.

Sarah’s dissertation  has now been published in the journal Publishing Research Quarterly DOI 10.1007/s12109-012-9265-4.

Twitter and Publishers

By Nick P Canty, on 13 July 2011

Anne Thoring (MA Publishing 2009-10) has published her dissertation research. ‘Corporate Tweeting: Analysing the use of Twitter as a marketing tool by UK trade publishers’ appears in the latest issue of the Springer journal Publishing Research Quarterly.

The research found that just 42% of the sample of publishers had a Twitter account. Medium sized and larger publishers were most likely to Tweet, with the medium sized companies most active. The average publishers Tweeted during the working week and posts were mainly normal Tweets and not retweets or replies.

The majority of Tweets were about competitions, games or votes, followed by information about books and then authors. Most content was exclusive to Twitter and did not appear in the News section of the publisher’s website or other social media. The majority of Tweets contained hyperlinks.

The article is available to read through the UCL library e-journal service

Canadian Scholarship

By Anne Welsh, on 4 July 2011

Amy De’Ath (MA Publishing 2009) is about to leave her role as Junior Digital Editor at Andersen Press to study for a PhD at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she has won a 4-year scholarship. She will be researching contemporary feminist poetry and philosophy. Amy’s first collection of poetry, Erec & Enide was published by Salt Publishing last year (cover image left).


If you are a DIS or SLAIS alumnus with professional news to share, do get in touch.


Image: Amy DeAth. Erec & Enide (Salt, 2010).



Learning to Catalogue

By Anne Welsh, on 2 July 2011

MA LIS student Jennifer Howard has had an article published in the latest issue of Catalogue & Index, the main practitioner journal for cataloguing in the UK:

Jennifer Howard. ‘Learning to catalogue in 2010-11’. Catalogue & Index 163: 10-11.

Given the topic, it may be of interest to students enrolling for this year’s MA LIS, alongside Genny Grim’s and Sarah Maule’s accounts in Catalogue & Index 162.

SLAIS alumnus Lorraine Mariner also has an article in the current issue:

Lorraine Mariner. ‘RDA and the small, specialist library’. Catalogue & Index 163: 12-13.

The current year’s issues of Catalogue & Index can be accessed online by members of Cilip’s Cataloguing and Indexing Group. (Previous years are open access). UCL subscribes to Catalogue & Index, and registered users can access issues from 1998 to date via the UCL ejournals service.


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Catalogue and Index

By Anne Welsh, on 14 May 2011

Two MA LIS students have articles in the latest issue of Catalogue & Index, the main practitioner journal for cataloguing in the UK:

Genny Grim. ‘A new professional’. Catalogue & Index 162: 15-16.

Sarah Maule. ‘Cataloguing: a view from a new professional’. Catalogue & Index 162: 13.

The current year’s issues of Catalogue & Index can be accessed online by members of Cilip’s Cataloguing and Indexing Group. (Previous years are open access). UCL subscribes to Catalogue & Index, and registered users can access issues from 1998 to date via the UCL ejournals service.


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Big Bang

By Anne Welsh, on 27 April 2011

This month’s Library + Information Update includes an article by Katie Birkwood (MA LIS 2008) about the Hoyle Project at St John’s College, Cambridge :

Katie Birkwood. ‘Big Bang.’ Library + Information Update, April 2011: 40-42.

CILIP members can access the journal online. It is available in hardcopy in UCL Science Library.

Katie blogs about her activities on Girl in the Moon.


If you are an alumnus of one of our courses and have news to share, please send an email, including your course and year of graduation to the address on our ‘About’ page.


Failure Files on Tour

By Anne Welsh, on 20 April 2011

Susan Greenberg (UCL DIS PhD student and University of Roehampton academic) will be speaking at an event in London for The Failure Files (Triarchy Press, 2011), to which she has contributed a chapter.

Event details on Susan’s blog.


Image: @gloryoffailure


Failure Files

By Anne Welsh, on 29 March 2011

PhD student Susan Greenberg has contributed a chapter to The Failure Files(Triarchy Press, 2011). Susan writes:

Among other things, the essay explains the purpose of the critical reflection essay, a key element of most practice-based disciplines in higher education. This form is still not fully accepted in more traditional subjects, but in today’s contested ground of shrinking HE spending, it is more critical than ever to explain and persuade sceptics of its value, and to raise the standard in our own classes. The CRE allows the process behind the practice to be documented, separately from the creative work itself, analysing the choices made and making explicit what would otherwise remain tacit. It is a way of acknowledging the inevitability and value of failure, squaring the professional and educational process which calls for demonstration of ‘research-equivalent’ activity . (‘Knowing what you don’t know’. oddfish, 13 March 2011).

As well as researching acts of editing for her doctorate, Susan teaches on the Creative Writing Programe at Roehampton University, and this latest publication has relevance to all three of the research centres of which she is a member – UCL Centre for Publishing, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Roehampton’s ReWrite – Centre for Research in Creative and Professional Writing.