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CityLIS After Hours: “Working with Collections Data: Two Projects at LSE (2017-2019)”




Speaker: Kevin Wilson (LSE)

Series: CityLIS After Hours

LSE Library’s collections are recognised for their outstanding national and international importance and have been awarded Designation status by the Arts Council. The Library’s collections cover the breadth of the social sciences and are designed to reflect the teaching, learning and research needs of LSE.

In the last two years, Kevin has undertaken two extensive projects looking at LSE Library’s collections. The first was to test how our collections truly reflected teaching, learning and research as part of a wider collection evaluation project. This involved combining catalogue (ALMA), online reading list (Talis Aspire) and institutional repository data and looking at this from a Library of Congress classmark level.

More recently, Kevin is working on updating LSE Library’s collection development policies through an EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) lens, and has reviewed the diversity of the LSE Library’s collections and reading lists through a combination of ALMA and Talis Aspire data. This work contributes to the decolonisation discussions occurring at LSE and will have benefits for academic staff wishing to decolonise their teaching.


Kevin has worked in academic libraries for over fifteen years and has been the Academic Liaison and Collection Development Manager at LSE since July 2017. He leads LSE Library’s liaison activity with over twenty departments and many more research centres, managing a team of 3.4 Academic Support Librarians. He also leads on the development, management and promotion of the Library’s collections, with particular focus on aligning them with LSE’s teaching and research interests and needs.

He participates in various committees both within the Library and at LSE more widely and is also a member of the steering group for the Relationship Management in HE Libraries group. Prior to joining LSE, Kevin worked at Goldsmiths, University of London and City, University of London in different roles.

Twitter: @liaisonkevin

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When and where

6.00pm - 7.30pmMonday 30th March 2020

A109 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom