February LIKE event

 

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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)

LIKE event

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We had another LIKE event on Monday the 24th June.  This is an informal get together of library staff to share experiences of events or courses they have attended, or projects they are working on. Staff at all levels are invited, including those who are there just to listen and learn.

 

Experiences shared included:

 

A visit to Nottingham Trent and De Montfort University was for our staff to see how they deal with “Accessibility” for disability students.   At Nottingham Trent, our staff were very impressed by the clear and user friendly website. They have dedicated spacious booths for Librarians to help the students. All study rooms are very well equipped with things to help disability students such as the adjustable height of the desk, all the software for all needs.

 

De Montfort University has a dedicated team to help disability students.  They also have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.  They have dedicated specious booths for Librarians to meet with students. All study rooms have all the enhanced equipment for all that needs.  All software and all workshops are for everyone and are installed in all computers in the University.

 

A visit to Royal Holloway for “Collection Management Shared Experiences”: These include: – Some universities pooled their collections, with an integrated management system which reduces expenditure and saves space. Manchester University did customer journey mapping and found that 19% of students were unable to find anything at all and sometimes items were found on the trolley rather than on the shelves, so they now employ more shelvers and have new policy of 24 hours books back on shelves.  We have the same problem at BCU, our “How to event” shown that many students do not know how to use the library.  There is a suggestion that we should offer a tour of the library weekly.  Other institutions print out the “How to use the library booklet” and given to all students a week after they start and it works but the timing has to be right.

 

One of our colleagues went to the Murcia International meeting in Spain and enjoyed networking and learning about how the libraries in different countries functioned.  There are a lot of common things we do the same and it also confirmed that we are not doing badly here.  Some libraries have a study room for parent with children where toys are provided.

 

A visit to Glasgow to attend the 10th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference by our collection management colleagues found that a very effective way to promote things is by using evidence base and storytelling.

 

The funding to go to these conferences are available through different sources and the application rate is low, so it is well worth trying to get funding.

 

The next Mercian conference is on the 10th September 2019 at the University of Nottingham and the theme is Building Bridges: Collaboration, partnership and community

 

An event at Aston University “Organising library events with a difference: Embracing wellbeing in a study environment”: programme included a series of talks and workshops: Study well, study happy’; Mindfulness; Inspiring tranquillity.  Student activities included: bringing in animals, board games, colouring, exercise bike, Pods for quick sleep, students blankets, and energy-boosting foods. One university provided students leaving late at night with taxis to go home safely.

 

The Learning and Teaching team are planning the pre-sessional course for International Students this will include: How to use the library, basic things they need to know, library terminology and standardized terms we use.   All these we should consider for home students too.

 

^ Posted on behalf of Nitaya Bion, Librarian, Customer Services.

Celebrating National Libraries Week 2018: Can a book exchange improve mental health?

 

The theme for Libraries Week, 8–13 October is wellbeing, providing libraries with a chance to celebrate how they are supporting their community.

At the Mary Seacole Library, City South Campus, there is a great initiative running, a Book Exchange. Resources and a space for reading for pleasure have been provided. A chat with the Library Advisor working on this project outlined how the Exchange is set-up, how it can support students and staff to take time out of their busy lives, to relax, and in so doing improve their mental health through the simple act of reading.

What is the Book Exchange?

“It is a collection of fiction and non-fiction books that have been donated by staff and students who no longer want them but really want to share the pleasure of reading with others. Library colleagues set it up and I now have the pleasure of taking it on.”

Where is the Book Exchange?

“You can find it on the right hand side, immediately on entering through the Mary Seacole Library security gates. It has recently been relocated to this position to ensure more people see it, and get to enjoy the collection. Over the summer the books have been reorganised by genre and the collection was expanded.”

How can reading help with people’s mental wellbeing?

“It has been shown that reading can provide relaxation, motivation to learn, knowledge of other cultures, improvements in self-esteem, reduce symptoms of depression, increase empathy, improve communication and also help with creativity and imagination.”

The types of books in the Book Exchange?

“All sorts. Romantic fiction, historical fiction, crime, mystery, thriller, assorted popular fiction…lots.”

If I want to borrow a book from the Exchange what do I need to do?

“Just take a book off the Book Exchange shelves if you fancy it. You don’t need your borrower card. Just take it away. When you finish with it simply hand it in at the Library Helpdesk or place it on the Book Exchange shelves and staff will sort them.”

Can anyone donate books they’ve finished with?

“Absolutely. All books are welcomed. Just bring them to the Help Desk in the library or pop them on the Book Exchange shelves.”

What are your hopes this year for the Book Exchange?

“For students I really hope taking time away from studying, (where possible), to read a book on a completely different subject, will help to benefit their mental health and wellbeing in general. A lovely bit of down time.”

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So, if you want to relax, get back in to reading, or maybe be adventurous and try a new genre, then come on down to City South. Grab a free book today and take yourself off to a different world for a little while…. Happy reading! Happy improved wellbeing!

Check out the Reading Agency too for more information about reading well for mental health.

^Posted on behalf of Fid Bleasdale, Library Advisor

How to … event: Stress

As the university’s main exam period fast approaches we thought we would focus April’s  ‘How to …’ events on Stress.

Stress

Staff will be visiting each of our campus libraries where there will be the opportunity to learn how to …

  • Cope with exams
  • Organise your assignments
  • Find books on relieving stress
  • Get some useful tips on tackling stress
  • Find out who can you help within the University

 

Pop along to one of the sessions detailed below:

Date Location Time
Mon 16th April School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 17th April Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 18th April Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 19th April  School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 20th April Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

 

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How to…contact the library

 

Library Help

We are running our How to events next week.

Library staff will be visiting all 5 of our campus libraries to show you how to get help from the library and the various different ways to contact us.

The timetable for the sessions is below:

Date Location Time
Mon 5 March School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 6 March Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 7 March Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 8 March School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 9 March Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.