Scholar voices 1 - international scholars perspective of UK libraries

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Scholar voices 1 - international scholars perspective of UK libraries

  1. 1. International scholar voice Dr Jarka Glassey [email_address] SCONUL meeting
  2. 2. Who am I? <ul><li>A Slovak (who by now has turned into quite a Geordie) </li></ul><ul><li>A (bio)chemical engineer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STU Bratislava </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering </li></ul>So how did I get here?
  3. 3. The journey <ul><li>Studied chemical engineering with specialisation in fermentation chemistry and bioengineering (1985-90) </li></ul><ul><li>Did a 3 month IAESTE placement in the Dept. of Microbiology, Newcastle University – offered a PhD opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>PhD in the Dept. Chemical & Process Eng. </li></ul><ul><li>Research associate working with ICI Pharmaceuticals, GSK </li></ul><ul><li>Lectureship, senior lectureship, DPD, Director of Teaching </li></ul>
  4. 4. STU background <ul><li>Founded in 1937, around 19.000 students annually </li></ul><ul><li>7 Faculties </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stuba.sk/new/generate_page.php?page_id=2989 </li></ul>
  5. 5. STU <ul><li>                          </li></ul><ul><li>CHEMICAL AND FOOD TECHNOLOGY </li></ul><ul><li>CIVIL ENGINEERING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY    </li></ul><ul><li>ARCHITECTURE </li></ul><ul><li>MATERIAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY IN TRNAVA INFORMATICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES </li></ul>
  6. 6. Educational experience <ul><li>5-year Ug degree </li></ul><ul><li>Two semesters, a number of modules </li></ul><ul><li>Formal lectures delivered by Profs to large cohorts (150-300) in 2 hr slots </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials/labs in small groups (~20), supervised by TAs </li></ul><ul><li>Written test pass required to be allowed to take an oral examination by the Prof </li></ul><ul><li>Set of exam questions based on the course as covered by ‘ skriptá ’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Library provision - then <ul><li>Late 80s, socialist system </li></ul><ul><li>Library mainly used to sell ‘ skriptá ’ and provide additional reserved copies for reading (similar to student text collection) </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet area for study </li></ul><ul><li>A small selection of scientific journals </li></ul><ul><li>However, as a highly research active student I frequently had to use the libraries of research institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Photocopying an issue (had to carry heavy journal volumes to commercial photocopying service providers) </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians only acted as ‘sales assistants’, ‘volume locators for restricted volumes’, ‘silence-police’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Culture shock <ul><li>Studied English since 14, passionate about it </li></ul><ul><li>1-year compulsory technical English Ug course, also national prizes for research work presentations in English over 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>Arriving at Heathrow for IEASTE made me want to turn straight back </li></ul><ul><li>Accents difficult to follow (both for daily and technical English) </li></ul><ul><li>2 months of constant headache, but persevered, attended microbiology lectures, always wrote my lab notes in English, explored Walton library (self-learner) </li></ul><ul><li>By 3 rd month ‘dreaming in English’ and wrote a full final report </li></ul><ul><li>Returned home and managed to excel in a subject specialist final year exam that Prof decided to run in English (lectured in Slovak) </li></ul><ul><li>Returned to UK, spent every day in Walton library searching for info on funding as well as research articles </li></ul>
  9. 9. My view of Ncl library facilities then <ul><li>Very impressed, although reluctant to ask librarians for help/advice and had no formal induction </li></ul><ul><li>Observed others, asked students in the lab or lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Personal preferences (independent learner, probably wouldn’t have participated in ‘group-targeted’ activities and would have tried to work my way through material – plain English useful) – supporting both types worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>No idea about plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciated the availability of New Scientist, etc. for funding/job prospects </li></ul><ul><li>However – I was not a full fee paying international student studying for a degree </li></ul>
  10. 10. CHPT Library now <ul><li>World changes … </li></ul><ul><li>The top research faculty within Slovak HE and one of the top libraries in Slovakia </li></ul><ul><li>Wider access to research information – electronic access to databases (donations by German and US Chemical societies) </li></ul><ul><li>National and international inter-library loans possible </li></ul><ul><li>‘ skriptá ’ not sold, but enough copies kept in the library for the number of candidates on the course </li></ul><ul><li>Consultations with librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Photocopying no longer an issue </li></ul>
  11. 11. Students change too… <ul><li>English/German replaced Russian as a second language, learned from primary school </li></ul><ul><li>Students travel more (summer placements, tourism, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Educational system adapting more to Western system – Bachelor degrees introduced, ECTS system, examinations becoming more written </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation and attitude to learning is also changing with societal changes </li></ul>

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