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Partnering with academic deans to pay for online reading list help by Anne Worden & Kate Humby


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Anne Worden and Kate Humby, University of Portsmouth

Anne Worden and Kate Humby, University of Portsmouth

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  • 1. Partnering with Academic Deans to Pay for Online Reading List Help Anne Worden, Faculty Librarian & Kate Humby, Online Course Developer: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences University of Portsmouth June 2014
  • 2. Outline of Session • Library perspective • Graduate perspective • Overall verdict • Discussion – what do you do? – would this model work elsewhere?
  • 3. The Library Perspective • Obtaining reading lists is a problem • Online reading list systems in place since 2004 • Encouraging buy-in from lecturers • Good intentions and training given but… • Could it be done better?
  • 4. Innovation Using Faculty Funds • Creative & Cultural Industries (CCI) had money • Strong Library – Faculty partnership • The Dean wanted money spent on a project • Hard work getting book budget spent • Reading list project the ideal solution!
  • 5. Implementing the Project • Faculty Librarian for CCI took the lead – Prepared job description/person spec for HR grading – Arranged interviews • Job advertised via Faculty mailing list – Fixed-term contract for 40 weeks • Strategy agreed with Faculty Library Committee • Graduate seen to be successful • Knock-on effect
  • 6. Rolling the concept out across UoP • Library-friendly Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) • Agreeing funding was just the start • Reliant on Faculty Librarian taking the lead – Amending CCI post job details as 1 year hourly paid – Arranging interviews, giving feedback – Liaising with Faculty Manager – Time sheets as hourly paid • Support of the Dean made obtaining reading lists easier
  • 7. The Graduate Perspective So far three faculties have partnered with academic deans to pay for reading list help: CCI: October 2012 – May 2013 HSS: February 2013 – February 2014 Business: September 2013 – September 2014 Why exclusively graduates?
  • 8. Why exclusively graduates? • Recent experience of higher education as a student • Knowledge of university's departments, VLE and paper reading list constraints • Easier for graduates to put themselves in the shoes of current students • University investing in students who have invested in an education at Portsmouth
  • 9. Advantages of being employed by a faculty • Knowledge of commonly used faculty-specific resources and databases • Relationships with lecturers and school administrators • Manageable and focused workload • Future employment opportunities
  • 10. As a graduate, why I wish I’d had Aspire • Electronic resources • Digitisation project • Lack of copyright breaches • Accessibility to both print and digital resources • Online integration with other resources • Solid academic recommendations and referencing • Suits multiple learning styles
  • 11. Benefits of Aspire cont’d • Improved communication with the library • Readings can be updated immediately and by multiple academics / students • Readings can incorporate current affairs • Encourages academics to look further afield for new resources • Promotion of less commonly used resources
  • 12. Overall Verdict • Reading list coverage today is very comprehensive across 3 out of 5 Faculties – CCI 98% done, HSS 92% done, PBS 54% done • Each Faculty very pleased – Lecturers and students benefit • Library extremely pleased – Over 175,000 visits to reading lists in 2013/14 – Aspire Dashboard analytics for use of each list • Graduates delighted – further employment in UoP
  • 13. Discussion Time • What do you do about collecting reading lists? • Do you already have specific reading list posts in your library? • Would Deans fund posts in your library? • Have you got a good alternative to share?