8th Week Report of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Programme

Monday – July 21, 2014 

In the first half of the day I was shadowing on the electronic resources subscribed by the UEL. In the second half I was busy in updating the seventh week contents on blog.

Tuesday – July 22, 2014

Visit to Wellcome Library:

In the forenoon, we all the four fellows along with the Gurdish, have visited Wellcome Trust Library and Bookshop.  Wellcome Library has varied collections on history of medicine since the birth of modern western medicine. Library collection includes contemporary images, films, manuscripts on medicine. The Library is using Encore Discovery Solutions (Innovative) and Global Patron Interaction powered by ChiliFresh (wellcomelibrary.org) .   

Visit to Commonwealth Scholarship Commission:

In the afternoon, along with our mentor Gurdish and other fellows, I have visited the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square London. Huma Akhtar, Programming Officer received us and started discussion with us. Gurdish briefed the Huma about the progress of the fellowship program. Huma asked us to share our experiences so far with the fellowship program, each one of us described the contents coverage of the program, presentations, workshops and visits to different libraries and places in and around UK. We also shared our experience of living in London. Huma told us to continuously update the commonwealth commission about the impact of fellowship in terms of publications, projects achieved etc. I also informed the improvements which have been happened in me so far during fellowship. Huma informed us to join the commonwealth alumni for the future interactions and further development of the scholarship. At the end she informed us to utilize the rest of fellowship tenure in gaining more knowledge and apply  in your home country. Our meeting ended with group photo. Many thanks to Huma and Gurdish.

Wednesday – July 23, 2014

Visit to Victoria & Albert Museum and Imperial College of London:

First half of the day along with two more fellows, Rishi and Leena, visited the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the Museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects (vam.ac.uk). It’s a great experience to visit V&A Museum and got to know many things about past including Indian artefacts. Jewellery section of the museum is high catching and very impressive.                                                                               

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CW fellows with Frances Boyle, Katharine Thompson and Sharona Rowe

ImperialIt is one of my desire to visit world class, top rated University campus, the Imperial College of London. As per the schedule, we all four fellows visited to Imperial College Library, London. We were welcomed by Frances Boyle, Assistant Director of Library Academic Services, Central Library of Imperial College, South Kensington Campus. After having a tea Frances presented overview of Library Academic Services. In the presentation we understood the organizational structure of Academic Services team of the Library, Library services offered, tools and technologies being used. Also she explained us how the Library is part of Electronic and blended learning, how Library is enhancing students experience in terms of service-support-space. Library of the Imperial College is trying hard to develop and delivering teaching, learning and research support services. Strategies using by the Library for continuous improvement: (i) Team meetings; (ii) Developing a new strategic plan in the midst; (iii) Mapping teams plan to operational plans; (iv) Groups for functional, marketing, website steering, user services, information steering, projects and task & finish. Frances also highlighted us on open access resources, advocacy, social media, research 2.0, RDM, IPR issues, testing and evaluating new resources, managing Library budgets, E-content initiatives. She also had discussions on: Ask – Web based enquiry services; Alma alive, development of apps, critical appraisal, discovery tool (Primo), Institutional Repository (IR), Reference Management Tool (End note). Imperial 4

In the second session Katharine Thompson, Chemistry and Environment Librarian made a presentation on “The life of a liaison librarian: What is Faculty Support? What do liaison librarians do? and What does the future hold?. She has also highlighted on copyright, resources for Chemistry teaching and research. Katharine explained on research skills required, reference management tools, current awareness services, relationships with the administration and Library search skills. She also pointed out thatImperial 2 the future of Libraries are with collaborative partnership/learning, metadata, curation, discoverability study. Interestingly Library of Imperial College is educating and training the new Library users by conducting quizzes.  

After having a group photo session,  Sharona Rowe, Executive Assistant to the Library Directorate took us for Library Tour  to show how users access study spaces and physical stock. Some of the Library spaces especially group study rooms are very impressive. Many thanks to Frances Boyle, Katharine Thompson and Sharona Rowe for their time, sharing knowledge and kind hospitality throughout our stay at the Library of Imperial College.

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Thursday – July 24, 2014

Workshop on Copyright – Room US.1.12 @ USS Campus, Trainer: Naomi Korn from Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy

We have attended one day workshop on Copyright, Digitization and OER at the University Square Stratford. Along with us there were nine more participants from Imperial, Kingston, University of West London etc. In the first session trainer Naomi Korn has given introduction to copyright with simple examples. We have been divided in to 4 groups. In the first exercise Naomi asked us to answer the ten questions which were meant to test our basic copyright skills. The next session was copyright brain drain. Each group had thorough discussions before answering and all the groups were scored nine out of ten. She explained us the very important concepts on what does copyright protect, what are moral rights etc.  

The next session was on copyright and the new laws. She had discussions on UK’s exceptions and limitations to the exclusive rights. In the discussions, she had highlighted the general exceptions and limitations such as fair dealing for non-commercial research or private study, for the criticism and review, for the purposes of current news reporting, data or text mining and also for the purposes of illustration for instruction.  After the tea break we had group discussions on various scenarios of copyright especially on the various ways that content can be protected on the web, IP related issues. Naomi also explained currency of copyright laws, copyright as a intangible asset, she also discussed on patents, trademark, moral rights, performer rights, etc.  

In post lunch session, we had given the group task on orphan works scenarios. Each group had been given to answer set of questions. The questions are based on historical photographic prints, mass digitization project and community website. After that Naomi had detailed discussions and clarified our doubts. She also given another important task on “Works in Copyright”, i.e., what does copyright protect. Before assigning this task, Naomi asked the participants to display all the copyrighted items on the table. Participants dropped their cell phones, maps, newspaper, book, photo etc. to describe the works in copyright. There are eight types of works on copyright. They are: 

(i) Artistic Work (design, map, painting, logo etc); Life time + 70 years in UK

(ii) Typographic; 25 years in UK 

 (iii) Music; Life time + 70 years in UK 

 (iv) Film; Life time + 70 years in UK 

 (v) Sound Recording; 70 years in UK 

 (vi) Dramatic work; 70 years in UK 

 (vii) Broadcasting; 50 years in UK 

 (viii) Literary work (published and unpublished) ; Life time + 70 years in UK.

 Some more points discussed by Naomi are:  

 (i) Copy and use of extract of works by educational establishments (CLA/NLA licenses) 

 (ii) Library privilege copying to individuals (S42-43) 

 (iii) Library privilege copy for other libraries (S41-42) 

 (iv) Library/Archival permissions (S42) 

 (v) Making works available through dedicated terminals (S40B) 

 (vi) Text & Data mining – Big data 

 (vii) What we can except, quotation (S30). 

Next session was on Creative Common Licenses (CCL). We had a training on six flavors of CCL:

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CW fellows with trainer Naomi and other participants

In the last session trainer had discussion on Open Education Resources (OER). She has highlighted on E-licensing, developing and policy and procedures for OER, support champion, copyright group, knowing and optimizing new laws, mapping your policies with others. risk management etc.

Overall the workshop will helps me to understand the copyright laws better in Indian context and can create awareness among the community so that resources can be used effectively without violating the laws of copyright. Many thanks to Naomi Korn for having excellent workshop and thaks to Gurdish for organizing the workshop in a interactive platform.

Friday- July 25, 2014

UDEIn the first half of the day, I have updated my 8th week works on the blog. In the afternoon we had a presentation on “IT Coaching & Training Services” by Kulvinder Kalsey. The main aim of this particular session is to train us on the recently installed systems and cloud-based technologies in the UEL campus, the project is Unified Desktop Experience (UDE). We got to know the use of new tools such as OneDrive and Lync, which are very useful tools to carry out day to day works in different sites and by using different devices. Using this latest technology, staff and students can have faster access to their applications, they can do video conferencing, instant messaging via Lync. Users can access documents through office 365 any where any time. Kulvinder also played few videos on the use of this technology. She has also given practical test to install Chrome, create account for OneDrive, create document and share with other commonwealth fellows. For us it was a very good experience. This new applications saves staff time and they feel fun to work with.

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