Seventh Week of Fellowship Program

Our seventh week program went on well, had a vibrating one day workshop on “Public Speaking”, attended a presentation on Rosetta overview: Digital preservation event for libraries, discussions on Library restructures, shared data services, shadow library services etc.

Monday – July 14, 2014

In first half of the day I have updated sixth week report on the blog. In the second half I tried to know more about CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Informational Professionals).  CILIP is enriching Library professionals in varieties of way. It has got professional knowledge & skill base for members and helps in career development, jobs information, updating about professional development activities in UK.

Tuesday – July 15, 2014

The most awaited workshop on Public Speaking by Trainer Vince Stevenson took place in the University Square Stratford Campus. It was very interactive and vibrant workshop. The trainer was very impressive and thought us many skills required for a speaker. Gurdish was also part of whole day workshop training and she offered us necessary tips required for public speaking.

There were eight participants in the workshop. Trainer explained us that, there are three universal laws for public speaking:

(1) Its not what you say, its the way you say it: Effective public speaking mostly depends on body.language, eye contact, how we deliver values. Audience should feel that speaker is talking to him/her individually.

(2) Know your audience: Very important to know for what kind audience I am going to address, whats in it for them, always needs to ask questions.

(3) Plan, prepare, practice: Our speech should be planned well and prepared well, and needs practice for effective delivery.

In the first session, trainer made teams (two member in each team) and asked us to discuss each other about their name, birth, hobbies/interests, job title, if we win million dollar what you are going to do. We had given 10 minutes to discuss and asked us to speak on our discussions for about 2 minutes. After each of us finishes our talk, trainer used to point out where we were right and needs improvement. He has also given chances to other participants to comment on the talks.

Trainer described us about the art of pursuation with the help of Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Persuasion = Sinceriry  = Empathy. Aristotle’s famous definition of rhetoric is viewed as the ability in any particular case to see the available means of persuasion (Wikipedia). He defines pisteis as atechnic (inartistic) and entechnic (artistic). Of the pisteis provided through speech there are three parts: ethos (combination of character, personality, trustworthiness), pathos (combination of emotion, enthusiasm, conviction, belief, sincerity, passion), and logos (combination of logic, structure, coherence).


Professor Albert Mehrabian’s communications model

Mr. Vince has presented us the Albert Mehrabia’s communication model. As per Mehrabia’s findings, in speaking:

  • 7% of message pertaining to feelings and attitudes is in the words that are spoken.
  • 38% of message pertaining to feelings and attitudes is paralinguistic (the way that the words are said).
  • 55% of message pertaining to feelings and attitudes is in facial expression.

After the tea break, Vince has given us an another speaking assignment which is on ‘what would be your ideal job if you are not doing the current job and what you would like to do in future job’. Vince instructed us that our speaking assignment should consists of objective, supportive and constructive feedback’s. Every one prepared well and delivered speeches which were reviewed by trainer, Gurdish and participants as well.  

After the lunch Steve shown us the Julian Treasure (Inspirational Speaker) video for about 10 minutes and he asked us to observe Julian style of speech. It was a marvelous video, Steved explained us the important things behind Julian’s speech, how we can make use of the same to deliver better speeches. Later we had given another assignment of delivering inspirational speak. We all prepared well and delivered a speak for about two minutes. Each speech were carefully observed and reviewed by Steve, Gurdish and participants as well. 

Steve described us about 3 head resonators i.e., Nose, Mouth and Neck (quality of speech). He also told us that good speaker speakers from his/her lungs. Lungs are engine room for voice. Then he has demonstrated physical and vocal exercises for relaxation during speaking. Some of the exercises are: Deep breathing; Jaw movements; neck rotation; should up & down and rotation etc.

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Workshop on Public Speaking

He explained us about three important aspects of speaking: (a) Purpose (inform, educate, motivate, inspire, persuade); (b) Pathos (enthusiasm, sincerity, conviction); (c) Structure (beginning, middle & conclusion, he has given the example of TV news). At the end we were asked to speak on spot. For this even topics were given by participants. I got the topic to speak on Golf.

Overall workshop was excellent. We got many clues and ideas, about how to improve and develop our public speaking skills. Many thanks to Steve and Gurdish.

Wednesday – July 16, 2014

We all four fellows went together to attend a Rosetta overview – A digital preservation event for libraries. As soon as we reached CILIP head quarter, 7 Ridgmount Street , London where ExLibris office is located, Alex Follett, Key Account Manager, Ex Libris welcomed us and took us to presentation area. We have been introduced to the other ExLibris colleague. Two more professionals from other Institutions of London were also joined the presentation. Presentation took almost two hours followed by discussions.

Rosetta is a a new way of Preserving Cultural Heritage and Cumulative Knowledge. Rosetta has got some of the important features for digital archiving. Prominent Libraries across the world are using Rosetta for the preservation of knowledge and digital asset. The session was very interactive, we got many ideas about digital preservation using of Rosetta. I have requested Alex and his colleagues to set of a trial use for our institution. They have responded very well and provided the contact details of Ziv Ben-Zvi, Vice-President, Asia Pacific. Thanks to

Thursday – July 17, 2014

I tried to understand more about JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee). JISC was established on 1 April 1993 under the terms of letters of guidance from the Secretaries of State to the newly established Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, inviting them to establish a Joint Committee to deal with networking and specialist information services. JISC was to provide national vision and leadership for the benefit of the entire Higher Education sector. The organisation inherited the functions of the Information Systems Committee (ISC) and the Computer Board, which had served universities. An initial challenge was to support a much larger community of institutions, including the ex-polytechnics and higher education colleges (Wikipedia)

Friday – July 18, 2014

We had a interactive session with Gurdish on Library restructures, shared data services, consortium, research data management and so on. Gurdish highlighted on what is the current role of Library/information managers, what were the Library structures in the past and present and how to  restructure the Libraries in line with the changing scenarios, how to do succession planning.

She explained the activities and functions of SCONUL and JISC. We also had discussions on shared data services. Madam informed us about how research data is procuring and made available in UEL for future researchers. I tried to compare the Indian consortium’s with JISC functions. Gurdish made us to understand the structure and activities of consortium here. Overall it is very interactive and thought provoking session. Thanks Gurdish.

Later I had one to one session with Gurdish on Job description. This discussion was based on the job description assignment which I have submitted for the post of “Learning Resource Manager” at South Essex College. In many cases I have written job description as a statements. In UK, it is must to provide evidence based job description in order to short list for the new jobs. Gurdish made me to understand on what are all the parameters I am lacking and how to improve. Overall the session was very interactive and I got many clues and ideas on writing job description. It definitely helps me to plan and implement similar kind of recruitment process in my home organization.


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