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Presentation on E-Developments in Academic Libraries at the Collaborative Partner Academic Support Development Day held at De Montfort University on Thursday 7th July 2011. Audience: academic staff …

Presentation on E-Developments in Academic Libraries at the Collaborative Partner Academic Support Development Day held at De Montfort University on Thursday 7th July 2011. Audience: academic staff and learning developers.

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  • 45 minutes including questions


  • 1. Presentation on
    E-Developments in Academic Libraries given at the Collaborative Partner Academic Support Development Day,
    De Montfort University
    on Thursday 7th July 2011
    Alison McNab
  • 2. E-Developments in Academic Libraries
    Alison McNab
    Academic Team Manager
    Library Services, De Montfort University
  • 3. “The scale of the cuts means that libraries must rethink the kinds and levels of service they provide in support of their universities’ missions”
    RIN/SCONUL Challenges for academic
    libraries in difficult economic times
    March 2010
    The challenge
  • 4. Students at the Heart of the System
  • 5. Difficult and uncertain times
    Tough times for FE and HE
    A sustained period of cuts and restructuring across the sector
    Disruptive technologies
    “The iPad will help change the entire PC ecosystem” (Gartner 2010)
  • 6. Overview
    Everything going mobile
    Engaging with students through social media
  • 7. e-induction
    New approach to basic undergraduate induction in 2011/12
    e-induction module link to be emailed to students before they arrive:
    students will be expected to complete the e-induction; the motivation is to be able to “activate their library account”.
    students must complete multiple choice questions; cannot progress to next section unless all answers correct
    e-induction will deal with all the “housekeeping” information about the library
    text will be made available via the library web pages (PDF)
    Groups offered a Library Trail to orient students around the building
    “Induction plus” still available for associate colleges & distance learning courses but needs to be arranged with subject librarian
  • 8. e-learning
    1 Aug 2011: DMU launches the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT)
    CELT will support the delivery of the e-learning related objectives of the University Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy (ULTAS)
    CELT will provide a physical and virtual hub for e-learning developments at DMU
  • 9. e-Learning Pathfinder Project
    Building enhanced institutional knowledge of both Web 2.0 technologies and developmental strategies that support pedagogic and epistemological participation.
    Implementing professional development strategies for staff in human resources, IT support and library services, for the integration of institutional and non-institutional virtual spaces.
    Delivering differentiated strategies for extending virtual spaces through social networks and user-generated content
    aligned with e-learning networks, in order to deliver improved retention and progression.
    Scoping professional development methodologies that utilise Web2.0 technologies
  • 10. Current ELT Projects
    LIDP: Library Impact Data Project - investigating library data to see if there is any correlation with student attainment
    PITSTOP: Supporting Students on Placement - investigating impact of mediated asynchronous online discussion boards on student’s academic performance while on practice placements
    EXPLORER: Embedding eXisting & Proprietary Learning in an Open-source Repository to Evolve new Resources - improving workflows in collecting research data for the repository (DORA)
    SCOOTER: Sickle Cell Open: Online Topics and Educational Resources - producing educational resources on the topics of Sickle Cell Anaemia and Thalassemia
    TIGER: Transforming Interprofessional Groups through Educational Resources - investigating curriculum innovation through development of reusable, customisable Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Health and Social Care
    Just Ask!
    Response within 24 hours
    Referral service
  • 12. e-books (1)
    JISC national e-books observatory project
    Subscription e-books
    “free” e-books
    Enhanced content
    e-Book Finder
  • 13. e-books (2)
    Accessibility advice from:
    JISC TechDis
    British Dyslexia Association
  • 14. e-books (3)
    Handheld devices
    Dedicated e-readers
    Leisure reading
  • 15. Everything going mobile
    Student experience
    Access on-the-go
    Productivity tools
  • 16. The Challenges of Mobile Delivery
    Promoting handheld access but avoiding excluding some users
    Providing support within the college / university community
    Identifying suitable mobile
  • 17. Identifying suitable mobile content
    Apps vs Mobile platforms
    Curating or creating content?
    Subscription databases
    E-journals / E-prints
  • 18. Mobile access to e-resources
    Access on-the-go
    Maximising access to subscription resources
    Mobile applications from publishers
    Databases with mobile websites
  • 19.
  • 20. Engaging with students through social media
  • 21.
  • 22. PITSTOP project ran from Aug 2010 - Jan 2011. Funded by SWAP, the Social Policy and Social Work Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy
    On-line discussion board:
    for DMU social work students on their second year practice placement
    and for their practice educators, on site practice assessors and tutors
    Mediated by Julie Kent (tutor) and Jason Eyre (subject librarian)
  • 23. Evaluation
    What are we doing?
    Why are we doing it?
    Is it effective?
  • 24. THANK YOU
    Any Questions?