ALISS Xmas Special: Developing new resources in difficult times 15 December 2010British Library, London

On 15 December the Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences (ALISS) will be holding a half-day conference on the topical issue of surviving in difficult times by spotlighting a number of initiatives which have used web 2.0 and other new technologies to create new resources. The three speakers will offer insight from their own experiences.
  • Socialsciencespace: a space to explore, share and shape the big issues in social science. Mithu Lucraft (SAGE) will talk about a new online social network that aims to bring social scientists together with the broader community engaged in or engaging with social science research. From funding to impact, socialsciencespace will contain blog articles from key players in social science, a forum to share discussion, as well as funding and job opportunities, and a resource centre with free videos, reports and slides that support these discussions.
  • Libguides and Libanswers: the Middlesex University experience of using Web 2.0. Lesley Curtis-Brown, Senior Liaison Librarian for Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy and Housing Sheppard Library Middlesex University will discuss the development of the Library’s subject guides.
  • The BL Management and Business Studies Portal: Sally Halper from the British Library (BL) will discuss and demonstrate this innovative new free resource, which showcases the collections and provides remote access to full text research reports, a blog, commissioned articles and a personalised alerting service.

The cost of the event is free to ALISS members, and £25 for non-members. This will include mid-afternoon refreshments.

Places are limited. To register contact:

Heather Dawson, ALISS Secretary, LSE Library 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD. Email: