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A presentation on the SCONUL Guidelines on library support for international students

A presentation on the SCONUL Guidelines on library support for international students

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  • 1. International students and libraries: maximising potential Moira Bent Robinson Library I’m going to study in Salford Wow, lucky you! It will be much more exciting than here.
  • 2.
    • “… we speak of international students when we mean students who have chosen to travel to another country for tertiary study … most of their previous experience will have been of other educational systems, in cultural contexts and sometimes in a language that is different from the one in which they will now study.”
    • (Carroll & Ryan, 2005)
    I’m going to be an International Student!! I wonder what that means.
  • 3. Do you know how many other international students there are?
  • 4. International student profile: world
    • Global demand for international student places:
      • 2003 – 2.1 million
      • 2020 – 5.8 million
    • USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada:
      • 2003 – 1 million
      • 2020 – 2.6 million
    • (Bohm et al., 2004)
  • 5. International student profile: UK [Source: HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2007/08, 2008/09] Domicile 2007/08 2008/09 % change UK 1,964,310 2,027,085 3.2% Other EU 112,150 117,660 4.9% Non-EU 229,640 251,310 9.4% Total 2,306,105 2,396,050 3.9%
  • 6.
    • Top 5 non EU
    • China: 47,035
    • India: 34,065
    • USA: 14,380
    • Nigeria: 14,345
    • Malaysia: 12,695
    • Top 5 EU
    • Ireland: 15,360
    • Germany: 14,130
    • France: 13,090
    • Greece: 12,035
    • Cyprus: 1,0370
    Will they all be like me? [Source: HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2008/09]
  • 7. Where does everyone else go? [Source: HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2008/09] Institution International student nos Percentage Manchester 8,800 23% Nottingham 7,900 24% University College 7,125 34% Warwick 7,080 25% London School of Economics 6,555 68%
  • 8. [Source: HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2008/09] Will they all be studying Bamboo Science? Subject International students nos. Percentage Business & administrative studies 101,715 31% Engineering & technology 46,055 31% Social studies 31,365 15% Computer science 22,190 23% Languages 21,265 16%
  • 9.
    • OECD 2008
    • USA 18.7%
    • UK 10%
    • Germany 7.3%
    • France 7.3%
    • Australia 6.9%
    • Canada 5.5%
    Where else might I have gone?
  • 10. Level of study
    • Students by domicile and level of study 2008/09
    [Source: HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2008/09] Domicile Postgraduate Undergraduate UK 353,430 1,673,650 Non UK 183,385 185,585
  • 11. SCONUL Project Group Moira Bent Mamtimyn Sunuodula Karen Senior Marie Scopes
      • Literature review
      • Online surveys - UK
      • Focus groups
      • Email lists / blogs
      • Personal visits
      • Library / University websites review
  • 12. Research results
    • University International Strategy: 72% (36)
    • Library International Action plan : 8% (4)
    • Library web pages for international students: 8% (4)
    • Designated library staff for international students: 25.5% (13) – 79% less than 25% of job
    • Staff development training: 70% - 30% included learning styles
  • 13. This is too theoretical. I just want to know what to do!
  • 14. The SCONUL Guidelines
    • Exclusivity versus inclusivity
    • Strategies and policies
    • Practical solutions
    “ We need to concentrate on ensuring that we at all times give a quality experience to our students who come here.” Mary Stiasny
  • 15. Managing Expectations
    • Information should be:
    • Clear
    • Accurate
    • Practical
    • Available
    • Key Concepts: 1, 2, 14
  • 16. Staff Development
    • Cross-cultural awareness
    • Different pedagogies
    • Learning a language
    • Plain English guidelines
    • Diversity / international events
    • Key Concepts 3, 4, 7, 16, 17
    Ni Hao
  • 17. Adapting Resources
    • Space
    • Social space
    • Access / opening hours
    • Special touches
    • Stock
    • Collection development policy
    • International perspective
    • International media
    • Key Concepts 1, 3, 15
  • 18. Information Literacy
    • Teaching & learning styles
    • Learning habits
    • Learning attitudes
    • Flexibility and choice
      • Inductions
      • Subject based
      • One-to-one tutorials
      • Other support mechanisms
    • Key Concepts 6, 8, 11, 12, 13
  • 19. Publications
    • Plain English
    • Web pages – exclusivity > inclusivity
    • Material in different languages
      • Unique international profile
      • Staff / student involvement
    • Glossaries
    • Key Concepts 4, 5, 14, 15
    Umm, maybe it wasn’t this way, did I get it wrong?
  • 20. Communication
    • Other University support services
    • Academic staff
    • Students
    • Other libraries
    • Key Concepts 4, 9, 10, 16
  • 21. I wonder if I can just copy from someone else
  • 22. A few examples
    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/international/
    • http://www.library.bham.ac.uk/searching/infoskills/international_students.shtml
    • http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/using/international/
    • http://www.uwe.ac.uk/library/info/international_students.htm
    • http://www.uel.ac.uk/lls/users/InternationalStudents.htm
  • 23. SCONUL Guidelines: Library services for international students
    • Guidelines:
    • http://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/access/ papers/international_students.pdf
    • References:
    • http://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/moira.bent click on Databases of references on left.
  • 24. Right, I’m off to the pub! Oh, unless you have any questions?
  • 25. Group work
    • 1 theme from
    • Managing expectations
    • Staff development
    • Adapting resources
    • Information literacy
    • Publications
    • Communication
    • What do you do now?
    • What else might you do?