LIKE event – 12th December 2017

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Today we held our first LIKE event in a long while! These events are really good to bring staff from across Library & Learning Resources together, to informally talk about conferences, courses and visits we’ve been to, or new things we’ve come across.

Despite the snow providing some difficulties for staff getting into work, the promise of Christmas treats lured a few of us in!

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Highlights of experiences shared included:

A visit to Aston University Library which was really interesting to compare how we handle payments, reservations, room bookings, social media and signage. Our staff were particularly impressed by the helpful colour-coded dewey signs and leaflets, and by Cyril the Squirrel, the social media mascot! There’s definitely a lot we learn from taking part in these visits, so a big thank you to the Mercian Collaboration who organise them throughout the Midlands.

Another member of staff visited The Library of Birmingham, in particular to look at the employability and entrepreneurship centre, as well as the black history archives. She was impressed by both places – there are some amazing workshops run each month for budding entrepreneurs, and the archives are an incredibly rich resource that would enhance the research of our Black Studies students.

One of the difficult things when you’re in a fast-paced environment such as an academic library is keeping up with the HE sector itself, and one person in the group recommended the Wonkhe Monday Briefing email as a snapshot of new things happening in the sector. We all agreed that this type of resource is really important for our service development.

Lastly, we talked about using Twitter to our advantage. One of our Collection Management Librarians uses Twitter to see what our academics are reading, which is a brilliant way of finding out what they’d recommend we buy for the library. I use Twitter to follow other librarians from all sectors, and learn a lot from their experiences and ideas. We highly recommend it as an easy form of horizon scanning!

Thank you to L&LR staff for sharing!

^Laura

LIKE event – 4th December 2015

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On Friday 4th December Library and Learning Resources held the inaugural LIKE event, a place for staff to share knowledge and discuss events they had been to.

Some of the topics we discussed were as follows:

Events

  • PPRG Marketing excellence awards – particularly notable was the University of Huddersfield’s promotion of their online reading lists.
  • ARLIS RDA implementation workshop – a discussion about the implementation of RDA (Resource Description and Access – cataloguing standard)
  • Northumbria Conference on performance management – consumer behaviour research, the idea of “browser’s neck” (tilting your head to read the spines of books!).
  • UX Lib conference – possible research methods for the user experience i.e. cognitive mapping, user diaries.

Social media

  • Development of the Library and Learning Resources blog
  • BCU cataloguers Twitter @BCU_cataloguers
  • Using Sumall for Twitter analytics i.e. thank you tweets

Updates

  • Clustering editions on the OPAC – trialling in the BCU sandbox
  • BCU Graduate Plus scheme

Misc.

  • Use of Tableu for logging enquiries and getting rich data
  • Screenagers – increasing use of the virtual reference library for the new generation

 

The information shared generated a lot of discussion.  For example, how consumer behaviour research can impact library services, i.e. the layout of items on the shelf, the use of book bags and strategically placed sofas. Looking outside of libraries might lead to some innovative ideas being introduced, and is worth considering for the future.

Overall this was a really useful exercise in sharing knowledge and learning from others’ experiences.  It was interesting to have people in attendance that work in other areas of the library to me – I know nothing about cataloguing, for example, so it was fun to learn about what the cataloguers are up to and the developments in the general field.

Hopefully we will run this again – all Library and Learning Resources staff would be welcome to attend, either to share or just listen!

 

Laura (Assistant Liaison Librarian)