My Experience @ University of East London: 5th week (June 30 to July 4, 2014)

Fifth Week @ UEL (June 30 to July 4, 2014)

In fifth week program we have got presentations on Research Data Support Services”, Staffing Structures, Building highly Productive Teams etc and a workshop on Influencing & Persuasion.

June 30, 2014

New term for LIS professionals, hope all innovative professionals who have not herded this, might be happy to understand and implement it at their organizations.

ROAR (Research Open Access Repository), the institutional repository of open access publications at the University of East London. As a research archive, it preserves and disseminates scholarly work created by members of the University of East London. It exists as an online publication platform that offers free permanent access to anyone. And this preservation is very important for future research and researchers.

This site is powered by EPrints 3, free software developed by the University of Southampton. It was developed and maintained for UEL by the University of London Computer Centre. EPrint is very popular in European countries. I have worked on D Space and Greenstone but after looking the feature, I can say that it is better then DSpace.

Today, we fellows got an opportunity to interact with Stephen Grace (Research Services Librarian-UEL) and David McElroy (Research Data Management Officer-UEL). Both of the delivered a thought provoking presentation on “Research Data Support Services”. Both explained in detail about the research data support and, ROAR and Eprint.

WithStephen an Devid

With Stephen an Devid

Research Data Support , In the morning session I have worked on preparing organization structure (present and proposed) for the Library. In the second half we had a very interactive session on “Research Data Support Services” by Stephen Grace (Research Services Librarian) and David McElroy (Research Data Management Officer). Basically a research data service is a developing of information infrastructure for preserving research data for the benefit of future researchers.

July 1, 2014

Today, I cleared last and seventh module of ECDL-Databases. Databases is the seventh and last module of the ECDL course. This module allows you to understand the concept of a database and demonstrate competence in using a database, Understand what a database is and how it is organised and operated, Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes, Create a table; define and modify fields and their properties; enter and edit data in a table, Sort and filter a table or form; create, modify and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database, Understand what a form is; create a form to enter, modify, and delete records and data in records and Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution.

The main points of the Database module are:

  • Understand Databases- Key Concepts, Database Organisation, Relationships, Operation.

  • Using the Application- Working with Databases ,Common Tasks.

  • TablesRecords, Design.

  • Retrieving Information Main Operations, Queries.

  • Objects – Forms.

  • Outputs – Reports, Data Export, Printing.

 July 2, 2014

Organizational structure:- For smooth and progressive functioning of any organization organizational structure is very important. It is important to provide guidance and clarity on specific human resources issues, such as managerial authority. All organizations, doesn`t matter small of big, should begin thinking about a formal structure early in the growth stage.

Organizational structure provides guidance to all employees by laying out the official reporting, their duties, responsibilities and liabilities. A formal outline of a organization’s structure makes it easier to add new positions in the company, as well, providing a flexible and ready means for growth.

Without a formal organizational structure, employees may find it difficult to know who they officially report to in different situations, and it may become unclear exactly who has the final responsibility for what. Organizational structure improves operational efficiency by providing clarity to employees at all levels. By paying mind to the organizational structure, departments can work more like well-oiled machines, focusing time and energy on productive tasks.

BIMTECH Library Structure

Keeping the importance of Organizational Structure, our mentor Gurdish gave us a task during her session ,on 13 June to develop our existing library structure and proposed library structure. Today, she discussed on the library structures submitted t her by all of us and she suggested that how more effectively we can develop it so that it will help in the growth of the parent organization. I also understood the concept of “Marketing team for Libraries”.

  July 3, 2014

‘Influencing and Persuading”:- “If you look at the most successful business people in the world, you will see people who have mastered the art of influence and persuasion”.

Today, we had a training on Influencing and Persuading by a famous trainer and Psychologist- Dr. Bill Moir. We learnt about Decisions, Convictions, Conflict, Emotions, Humour, Effort and their role. He also taught measured personality attributes like (i) Passive Avoiding; (ii) Aggressive Competing; (iii) Passive Accommodating; (iv) Passive Compromising and (v) Assertive, Collaborating and Co-operating.

After attending this workshop I can say that it there should be a compulsory teaching module on “Influencing and Persuading” for all because All human interactions are a form of communication. In the business world, nothing can be achieved without effectively communicating with, influencing, and persuading employers, employees, clients, suppliers, and customers. If you look at the most successful business people in the world, you will see people who have mastered the art of influence and persuasion. And that’s the difference between being a good communicator and being an advanced communicator – people with advanced communication skills understand not just how to communicate with others, but also how to influence and persuade them. It requires practice, finesse, and a skill set that goes beyond those that the average person possesses.

July 4, 2014

Canary Wharf : A major business district located in Tower Hamlets, London, United Kingdom. It is one of London’s two main financial centres – along with the traditional City of London – and contains many of the UK’s tallest buildings, including the second-tallest, One Canada Square.[1][2]

Canary Wharf contains around 14,000,000 square feet (1,300,000 m2) of office and retail space, of which around 7,900,000 square feet (730,000 m2) is owned by Canary Wharf Group.[3] Around 105,000 people work in Canary Wharf[4] and it is home to the world or European headquarters of numerous major banks, professional services firms and media organisations including Barclays, Citigroup, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Infosys, Fitch Ratings, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, RBC, Skadden, State Street and Thomson Reuters.[5]

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

East London University graduates will be given a fighting chance of jobs with some of the world’s largest financial and professional services firms, Keeping in mind this objective, UEL’s Royal Docks Business School has established a ‘Canary Wharf Programme’ in office space donated by Canary Wharf Group in the iconic One Canada Square. Over the coming year, one of London’s most famous business addresses will be used for masters and undergraduate students to receive guest tutorials from high-flying London business people, lectures, job training sessions and networking opportunities.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

The Canary Wharf Programme will equip students with real-world understanding of macroeconomics and their connection with financial markets. Students will analyse problems facing policy makers and financial managers, with input from Government regulatory agencies, investment banks, brokers and advisors. They will also learn about the history of the development of London as a global business center and the regeneration of Canary Wharf, along with softer skills such as networking and preparing for job interviews.

So, today we got an opportunity to visit Canary Wharf and our session was scheduled with our mentor Gurdish in UEL Canary Wharf Office. She discussed on “Building Highly Productive Teams”. With her experiences in University of Salford, she explained how to dead wood team into a highly motivated team and how targets can be achieved. If ownership is given to the team then how productivity increases itself.

As a team manager, one should try to connect with everybody who works for in the team as often as possible, take the effort to learn about who they are as individuals and appreciate their efforts. By actively providing constant training to staff members, we can consistently build their skills, self-confidence, and ability to make educated decisions for the benefit of the organization.

Holding regular workshops / skill development programmes will help converting them into a highly productive team.


About Dr. Rishi Tiwari

Librarian at Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida. Presently at University of East London for three months Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Programe..
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