The LIKE event took place on 5th February 2020. These events are really good to bring staff from across Library & Learning Resources together, to share their experience about conferences, courses and visits we’ve been to, or new things we’ve come across. You can read about our previous LIKE events here.
Highlights of information shared:
Acting on information from the National Student Survey last year, one of our collection management team did a Student Purchasing Project which provided students with a budget of £6000 to purchase books for the library, in this instance focused on the subject of Build and Environment. The price limit per book is £75. The students formed a subgroup to help them decide which books to buy. The project appears to have been a success as several of the books are popular and on the reservation list; and the students said that they had learned new skills such as budgetary management, organisation, and communication with peers and academic staff.
The Mercian collaboration is professional network of 23 Higher Education libraries in the Midlands. They hold the Mercian conference every year in the Autumn based on different themes each year – for 2020 the theme is “Diversity and Inclusion”. Charlie is one of the organisers of the conference, and this year it is taking place in Birmingham so it is a good opportunity for us to attend for networking, gaining practical information or being inspired by what others are doing.
Other comments of interest
- The University is investing in PURE (PUblication and REsearch) a database programme developed by Elsevier which stores and integrates information on research activity.
- An informal support group is being proposed for those doing the CILIP qualification.
- The Athena Swan group are looking at gender equality and gender balance in Higher Education.
- A research project on the impact of Academic involvement on student experiences through interview and case studies in underway.
- The Collection Management team is organising a conference “Collection management : Share the Experience” on the 26th June
- Look out for xChange festival for international Women’s Day in March/April.
- Northampton has no physical space dedicated to their Library, no gate, no security, library staff can be contacted online, no lecture theatre. All students receive a laptops.
- The Open University records interactions with students via email so the tutors can track conversations, as students are not on campus.
- At Warwick University, they found that Autistic Students often don’t register with Student services. They also prefer online interaction.
- Some libraries have removed library fines and found that was not successful so they have now reinstated fine.
Posted on behalf of Nitaya Bion, Librarian (Customer Services, Seacole Library)