Measuring the impact of Scotland's libraries (Apr 2017)
A research study to scope out the current landscape, best practice and methods, and identify the key issues associated with measuring impact in libraries in the UK and internationally. More information
Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales (Aug 2016)
The 29th edition of this informative publication is now available and includes up-to-date information from
173 library authorities, giving details of the charges made and concessions available. More information
Jackie Rookes retires(Apr 2016)
After 14 years working for LISU, Jackie has decided to take early retirement. She is looking forward to this next phase of her life doing the things that she and her husband enjoy whilst they are still fit and able. For starters Jackie hopes to do more walking, both in the UK and more adventurous trips overseas. All the LISU team wish her well and will miss her enormously.
South Western Regional Library Service(Mar 2016)
SWRLS commissions Fundamental Review. More information
Office move(Jan 2016)
LISU has moved offices, we are now situated in the Brockington Building. Directions and map.
Using Simulation in a facilitated workshop environment (SIMTEGR8 project) (Oct 2015)
Loughborough University along with Healthwatch Leicestershire and Leicestershire County Council have been commissioned to undertake a major new study evaluating how emergency admissions to hospitals can be reduced. The initiative will assess patient journeys through community based services as alternatives to admissions through Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments. More information
SMaRT Messenger Pilot Project: NCHA HOST2 (Oct 2015)
This is a pilot project which has resulted from a prior research collaboration between Loughborough University and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA). The SMaRT Messenger Pilot Project is assessing the development of a device by which messages can be sent to the television screens of older and vulnerable people. More information
How are mega-journals changing academia? (Oct 2015)
Open‑access has radically changed the academic publishing landscape over the last few years, and mega‑journals are an increasingly important part of this. Now a new research project is set to find out what effect they are having on academia and beyond. More information
Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales (Sep 2015)
The 28th edition of this informative publication is now available and includes up-to-date information from
174 library authorities, giving details of the charges made and concessions available. More information
Review of the 5th framework for public libraries in Wales(July 2015 - March 2016)
The Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government has appointed Claire Creaser, Director of LISU, as independent adviser for the 5th framework of the Welsh Public Library Framework (WPLS). Claire will be contributing to the assessment of the 2014-15 returns and will chair the WPLS Reference Group. As an independent adviser, Claire will produce the individual authority reports bilingually and draft other related paperwork as well as participate in feedback seminars to discuss the key points regarding performance for the year.
The purpose of this paper is to bring together the findings of two studies investigating the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff in higher education institutions. The Working Together (WT) project was an international study, funded by SAGE Publishing, investigating the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff in the USA, UK and Scandinavia. The Raising Academic Impact (RAI) project was an initiative of the University of Nottingham (UoN) aimed at increasing the impact of academic librarians in departments across the university by assessing perception and awareness of current library services and future needs of academic staff.
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As Chair of the expert panel, Claire Creaser participated in the launch of the Report of Expert Review of Public Libraries in Wales (22 Oct 2014)
Claire Creaser (Director of LISU), Ken Skates (Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture,
and members of the expert panel
Report of Expert Review of Public Libraries in Wales is now available (Oct 2014)
This review looked at the role of libraries in Welsh communities and how services are delivered across Wales. The report includes recommendations covering:
future models of service delivery
Claire Creaser, Director of LISU, chaired the panel that was established to carry out the review. More information
Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales (Aug 2014)
The 27th edition of this informative publication is now available and includes up-to-date information from
174 library authorities, giving details of the charges made and concessions available. More information
Impact of Library Discovery Technologies presentation (Apr 2014) Valérie Spezi, who was part of the team who worked on this resource discovery study, recently presented at the 2014 UKSG Conference, giving details of the project and sharing the findings.
National survey of visually impaired young people (Mar 2014)
LISU and The Reading Agency have been asked by RNIB to find out about the difference that reading makes to the lives of blind and partially sighted young people. To do this, visually impaired 11 to 14 year olds have been asked to fill in a short online survey about the reading that they do for pleasure (in their own time and outside of school) and what this reading means to them.
The results will help to ensure that the things young people want to read are available in the right formats.
Welsh Library Services Review panel(Feb 2014)
Members of the panel that has been established to review library services in Wales has been announced by the Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths. More information
The panel will be chaired by Claire Creaser, Director of LISU. Press release
Impact of reading for visually impaired young people(Sept 2013 - May 2014)
LISU and The Reading Agency have been commissioned by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to find out what reading for pleasure means to blind and partially sighted young people. More information
Impact of Library Discovery Technologies(July - Oct 2013)
LISU worked with the Centre for Information Science and Evidence Base (Birmingham City University) on this project, funded by Jisc and UKSG. It sought to establish the extent to which changes in usage statistics for electronic resources may be attributed to the introduction of resource discovery tools. More information
Accessibility of top 1000 titles of 2012(July 2013) RNIB has commissioned research into the availability of accessible versions of the most popular books in the UK. In 2012, 84 per cent of thetop 1,000 titles, the most popular books, were available in braille, audio and large print formats using accessible eBooks. More information
Development of a new quality framework for Welsh public libraries(Jun 2013 - Mar 2014)
LISU is delighted to announce that it has won a bid to develop a new quality framework for Welsh public libraries. The project will be led by LISU, in close collaboration with Dr Mark Hepworth, and will run from June 2013 to December 2013. This new project follows on an options appraisal of quality frameworks that Claire Creaser, Valérie Spezi and Mark Hepworth produced for CyMAL in March 2013. The new framework will build on the recommendations of the LISU report. More information
Mary Ashworth retires(Apr 2013)
After almost 22 years working for LISU, Mary has decided to retire to spend more time in her garden and with her grandchildren. All the LISU team wish her well and will miss her enormously.
LISU in the future(Dec 2012)
Following a strategic review of activities in information management, information science and information systems, the University has approved the establishment of a Centre for Information Science to be based in the School of Business and Economics. LISU and its staff will move to the new Centre in 2013, and will continue to engage actively in research and consultancy for information, academic and cultural services. Our current range of activities will continue, and we expect to expand the range of projects we are able to undertake, by drawing on the expertise of staff from the Centre, the School, and the University as a whole.
Quality frameworks for public sector library provision in Wales – an options appraisal (Nov 2012 - March 2013)
LISU has been commissioned by CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, a division of the Welsh Government, to produce an options appraisal of potential quality frameworks to inform development in this area from 2014 onwards. More information
Who Else Writes Like...? A readers' guide to fiction authors - 7th edition now available (Nov 2012)
This popular reference guide and reading tool has now been updated and contains over 2,040 authors with up to twelve alternative writers. It is designed to answer the perennial question: "I've read all the books by this author - who else writes like that?". More information
Impact of reading for blind and partially sighted adults (Oct 2012)
LISU and The Reading Agency were commissioned by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to find out what reading for pleasure means to blind and partially sighted adults. A report on this study is now available. More information
(July 2012) A report on this study, which investigated the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff, is now available to download.
Fines and Charges(June 2012)
LISU is pleased to announce that it is to take over the compilation and publication of the annual report Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales from The Information Partnership for South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire (SINTO), with immediate effect.
Irish Health Libraries: new directions report launched 26 January 2012
The report of an important study, undertaken by LISU and Dr Janet Harrison, has been launched by Leo Kearns, CEO of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, at a reception hosted by the Dublin Dental Hospital.
The study explored the status of health libraries and librarianship in Ireland, and made recommendations for the future development of the sector. More information and to download the report.