Special Interest Groups & Communities of Practice

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
NoWAL has the following Special Interest Groups who meet two or three times a year, allowing for face-to- face discussions on specific current topics / themes, or matters beyond the scope of online discussions, and networking.  All NoWAL SIGs are expected to report to the NoWAL AGM every June using the reporting template (see Nicky Freeman if you need more information)

Academic Librarians' Group
The Group is a network for all Academic Librarians, Liaison Librarians, Subject Librarians or other appropriate members of staff, carrying out a liaison / subject librarian role based in NoWAL member libraries. It provides a forum for discussion and sharing of experience across the member institutions.  The Group is currently chaired by Sheila Murphy and Olwen Pennington of Edge Hill University.  

Terms of Reference

Minutes of the Meeting - 15th May 2019

Next Meeting - November 2019 (date TBC) - Edge Hill University, Manchester Campus

The Academic Librarians Group has representation from 13 member libraries (LJMU is not currently represented).  
 

Copyright Group
The Group undertakes the following:

  • To brief and support the NoWAL board, including providing updates at committee meetings
  • To promote good practice and guidance to NoWAL members
  • To facilitate exchange of experience between members via events, training and the discussion list
  • To represent NoWAL on national copyright groups, such as SCONUL
  • To develop and maintain relevant webpages and resources on the NoWAL website.

Terms of Reference

 

Research Group
The Group aims to communicate, share ideas, questions and best practice relating to research support in North West academic Libraries. It is open to any member of NoWAL working in, or with an interest in, research support and research activities.  The Group's current Chair is Judith Carr from the University of Liverpool, with Katherine Stephan, from the Liverpool john Moores University, as Vice Chair.  

Terms of Reference
Blog Post - Meeting 18th July 2018

The Research Group has representation from all 14 member libraries.  

 

Special Collections Group
The Group aims to create a forum for librarians in NoWAL library special collections to share experience and best practice as well as provide a conduit for publicising their collections, services and special exhibitions.

Terms of Reference
 

Communities of Practice (CoP) 
In 2018, NoWAL created the following Community of Practice groups as a result of NoWAL events.  All NoWAL CoPs are expected to report to the NoWAL AGM every June using the reporting template (see Nicky Freeman if you need more information)

Academic Skills (ASCoP)

The NoWAL Academic Skills Community of Practice is chaired by Craig Morley from the University of Chester and is:

  • A community of all those involved in information literacy, academic literacy and wellbeing (regardless of job title!)  
  • An opportunity to share, reflect and develop
  • A showcase for new and innovative teaching and learning development practices
  • An opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues across the Northwest

Our group meets four times a year, and is open to new and established staff alike. 

The ASCoP has representation from staff at the following institutions: Bolton; Chester; Edge Hill; Liverpool; Liverpool Hope; LJMU; Manchester; Manchester Met; Salford; and UCLan (plus one partner college - Hugh Baird).  For further details, please contact Nicky Freeman.

Minutes

The minutes of the CoP's first meeting on Friday 23rd November 2018 can be found here
The minutes of the second meeting, held on 8th March at UCLan, can be found here.  

The agenda for the 3rd meeting at Edge Hill University on Friday 12th July can be found here

If you wish to join the ASCoP, please contact Nicky Freeman (n.freeman100@salford.ac.uk) or Craig Morley (craig.morley@manchester.ac.uk).

Buildings and Space Management
This small CoP met on 23rd October 2018 at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (chaired by Jackie Pearce) - notes from the meeting are available here.

 

Content & Collections CoP
This newly formed CoP has met once so far, in February 2019.  It aims to meet twice a year.  Further information is available from the CoP Chair, Sandra Bracegirdle.  Please feel free to contact her to discuss the group further - sandra.bracegirdle@manchester.ac.uk or contact Nicky Freeman (n.freeman100@salford.ac.uk) to be added to the distribution list.   

The Content & Collections CoP has representation from staff at the following institutions: Chester; Edge Hill; Liverpool; Manchester; Manchester Met; Salford; and UCLan.  For further details, please contact Nicky Freeman.
 

Copyright CoP
The Copyright CoP has met three times so far with a blog post of the first meeting having been written by the Chair of the group, Neil Sprunt.  Nicky Freeman has also interviewed Neil - read here his thoughts on the CoP and what he has learnt so far - or find it in the latest NoWAL Newsletter.  
NoWAL Copyright Community of Practice - Terms of Reference

The next meeting is on Tuesday 28th May 2019 (2:00-4:00pm) in L406 of the All Saints Library on Oxford Road, Manchester Metropolitan University.  If you'd be interested in attending, please contact Neil.

The Copyright CoP Group has representation from all 14 member libraries.  

 

Technology
The Technology CoP met for the first on 29th October 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University, the meeting chaired by Emily Shields.  The CoP is looking for additional members - if you would like to join or are interested in what kind of topics they are looking at, see the note from Emily following the first meeting.  

The CoP met again on Thursday 14th February 2019 at the University of Manchester's Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.  The meeting firstly explored Manchester's Digilab followed by roundtable discussions on key topics.