@ischoolPam (pictured) at the LILAC conference:
"Katherine Stephen, research support librarian at Liverpool John Moores University presented Reaching out with research : promoting academic scholarship and synthesis via research cafes, focusing on the "present" pillar of the SCONUL model of IL. There aren't many opportunities for people to present their research in an informal and non threatening environment, so these research cafes were designed to provide this safe space and facilitate cross disciplinary engagement.
"Research cafes ran at lunchtimes, in faculty teaching spaces. Eventbrite was used to manage advertising and members of the public were encouraged to come. The problem of leftover food is partially solved by providing brown bag lunches that can be more easily passed on. It can be a good opportunity to promote particular library collections in conjunction with the researchers who use them. A key message was that librarians involving themselves in research events at their institution can really become part of the research culture and make connections with and between researchers."