ABSTRACTING WITH CONFIDENCE: WRITING SUMMARIES ACCURATELY, STYLISHLY AND FAST
27 September, London
Information overload affects everyone, and there is an urgent need for people who can extract the key facts and opinions from documents rapidly and reproduce them accurately. Within the library and information profession, abstracting and summarising techniques are essential for current awareness services, enquiry answering and desk research, as well as for preparing briefings and writing reports.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
This workshop reassures participants that abstracting is a learnable skill, and shows how we can use our ordinary reading and writing skills more efficiently to improve our abstracting technique.
BY THE END OF THE EVENT PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE:
· learned how to scan documents rapidly and identify their key content
· developed strategies for summarizing or describing that content
· identified the different abstract types and decided when to use which kind
· experienced the different techniques needed to scan and summarise news stories, articles, reports, textbooks and informal documents
· practised writing to a house style, to word length and to deadline
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
· information staff who need to summarise documents regularly for current awareness or database creation
· enquiry staff who produce written answers to enquiries or carry out extended desk research
· managers who need to assimilate documents rapidly and review them in reports
WORKSHOP LEADER: TIM BUCKLEY OWEN
Tim has more than 25 years' experience in abstracting, report writing, editing and journalism. At the London Research Centre, he managed a team that produced hundreds of abstracts every month for two databases and 10 current awareness bulletins. Tim is an independent information consultant and a member of CILIP.
9.15 Registration and coffee
9.45 Welcome and introduction
10.00 Abstracting is a learnable skill
Practical: Abstracting in daily life
10.45 Reading strategically
Practical: Making sense of a technical article
11:30 What should our abstracts achieve?
Abstract form and content
12:00 What to include - what to leave out
Practical: Shortening a news story
12:30 Gathering material for our abstract - using signposting
Practical: Summarising a report
2:00 Scanning documents that have little signposting - rapid reading techniques
Practical: Describing a book's content
2:45 Tackling documents that offer few clues - further rapid reading ideas
Practical: Exhuming bad news
3:30 Making our abstracts stylish
Practical: Writing an abstract that is accurate, comprehensive, stylish and fast.
4:15 Final comments and questions
CILIP personal members:
£250 plus VAT (£43.75) £293.75
CILIP institutional members:
£300 plus VAT (£52.50) £352.50
£350 plus VAT (£61.25) £411.25
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