Holiday happenings in the library Learning & Teaching Team

Now that the Summer vacation is with us all of the Learning & Teaching Liaison Librarians turn into frogs…not really, but we are still hopping around the library and the university preparing for a new academic year.


So, what do we get up to?  Here are the highlights:

  • Preparing inductions – all new students will receive a library induction from their L&T Librarian during freshers week or within the first few weeks of term. We know that you are given a lot of information during this time, so we try to make our inductions as painless as possible and spend time improving how we get our message across to you.
  • Session planning – our team also support students throughout their course with sessions which look specifically at how to get the best out of library resources. Sometimes these events are drop-in events to which you can just turn up, but very often they are offered as part of your course so they focus upon your subject and are offered at the right time when you are tackling an assignment.
  • Tutorial support – postgraduate and research students are still around during the Summer vacation, so the team continue to offer tutorial support where we can help you with your research on an individual basis. These tutorials are available to all levels and can be booked from our moodle pages
  • Updating subject guides – our online subject guides are a really useful way for students to find out more about library resources and services.  Most subjects taught within the university are supported with one of these guides, and our team of librarians work hard at keeping them up-to-date and relevant to students.  Check out your online subject guide to find out what new resources we are buying or to contact the team of librarians who support your course.

^Posted on behalf of Janice Wright

May the Fourth…

The force was definitely with us this year for our latest Library & Learning Resources conference on 4th May 2016.  Our theme this year was Measuring Value: the impact of information literacy and its evaluation, and we were lucky enough to attract a range of speakers from across the UK.


The weather blessed us with a beautiful, sunny blue sky, and we were lucky to be able to enjoy the view from our shiny new Curzon Building – the view was spectacular from our 5th floor conference room.


As they say, a picture can say a thousand words, so here’s a link to some of our tweets from the day:


The conference website is still available to view presentations from both keynote speakers and workshop leaders:


For the more visual amongst us, there is also a pdf which highlights the main events of the day:


^Posted on behalf of Janice Wright and Ann Stairmand-Jackson.

A day in the life of… a Learning and Teaching Librarian

A day in the life of


Hello, I’m Janice and I have worked here at BCU for a little over 10 years.  I started as a Subject Librarian, based at the beautiful School of Art, supporting courses such as Fine Art and the Art-Based Masters Programme.  I now support courses across the Faculty of AD&M, as part of Library & Learning Resources’ Learning and Teaching Team.

My key role is to provide library induction and follow-up sessions to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Sessions can range from standing in front of 200 new first years and delivering a presentation about how the library can support them throughout their course, through to smaller computer workshops which enable participants to try out our resources for themselves.   The Learning and Teaching Team provide a programme of library sessions which academic tutors can incorporate into their course, so that we come along at the most appropriate time to support students’ research.  Such sessions see us helping students to develop a search strategy by considering keywords and highlighting search tips which can help them to get the best out of both library and external sources of information.  Our focus is to enable students to become independent researchers, who develop the knowledge and transferable skills to achieve the best results they can whilst at University, and beyond.

The Learning and Teaching team also support students with individual tutorials which can focus specifically upon the individual’s research, and help to develop a search strategy.  I particularly enjoy this aspect of my role as it gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience of using resources which can help the student to fully research their topic area – something which is essential at dissertation stage.  Not only do I find such tutorials personally satisfying, they are also very interesting and I find that I usually learn something from them too – whether they focus upon smart textiles or the concept of British values within contemporary photography.  Tutorial support is available to students at all levels of research, from foundation through to PhD, and can be booked via our Book a Tutorial page on ‘moodle’.

I also help to staff the Help Desk at both Curzon and Kenrick Libraries, so you may see me there from time to time.  Again, this is an aspect of my role which I really enjoy as you can find yourself being asked almost anything – takes me back to my days of working within a public library where you could really be asked anything…

Along with a small team of librarians, I help to look after our Twitter account which I feel is a really important area for Library & Learning Resources to engage with, to ensure that we reach as many students as possible through as many means of communication that we can.  Twitter and other social media is a useful place for us to share what we are up to with the rest of the library world, as well as borrowing other peoples’ ideas too.


Being based within Millennium Point, it is vital that I get out and about whenever I can to ensure that students and staff within AD&M remember who I am and what I can do for them.  I visit both the School of Art and School of Jewellery on a regular basis, so if you see me there just come along if you have a question or if you simply want to let me know what you think about the library service.  I usually spend a couple of hours every month during term-time at each site and often come bearing sweets and chocolates.  Forthcoming visits and events are advertised on Twitter and our online Subject Guides, so check there to see when I will next be visiting.

As well as advertising events and highlighting news within Library & Learning Resources, our Subject Guides are a really good starting point for your research.  Simply choose the guide which best fits your topic and have a look around it for suggestions of key resources for that area, in addition to contact details for the librarians who can support you further.


^Posted on behalf of Janice Wright