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Day of languages

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Members Sharing presentation delivered by Joanne Famer at the 2012 BLA conference held in Stirling from 4-6 July.

Members Sharing presentation delivered by Joanne Famer at the 2012 BLA conference held in Stirling from 4-6 July.

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  • 1. Welcoming new students to thelibrary: using the European Day of Languages as a ‘hook’ Joanne Farmer The University of Northampton
  • 2. Welcoming students• International students group – 6 members – Support and improve library services – Inclusive• Induction tours
  • 3. Refurbishment
  • 4. European Day of Languages• 26 September• Also Welcome Week• Council of Europe event• Celebrate languages around the world• Hook –  Promotion of English language materials  Welcome and engage all new students• 3 weeks
  • 5. Activities• Promotion of EFL Collection• New packaging/display
  • 6. Activities• Portable display projectors• Twitter Feed & Visible Tweets• Encourage messages in own language
  • 7. Other activities• Promotion of DVDs• Promotion of Book Exchange• Posters from EDoL• Screensavers on PCs• TV display screens• Facebook
  • 8. Successful?• Good time to promote EFL resources• Realised potential use of Book Exchange• Twitter display effective - Colourful and interactive - Good use of new space and portable displays - Other groups could communicate with students e.g. Choir, Marketing, VC
  • 9. Successful?but:• Limitations with Visible Tweets - Visible Tweets does not support all languages e.g. Chinese (Japanese version available) - Students without Twitter accounts - Not as inclusive as would have liked• EDoL – could have made more of the event
  • 10. What next?• Strategic Team – International and Distance Learners – 10 members across Library & Learning Services – Overseas learners – Online welcome as well as on campus – EFL continues to grow/Language zone (Second phase of refurbishment) – Twitter display again?