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  • Of 221 Research Skills sessions delivered in 2013, 41 sessions were on using the library catalogue/library services (19%)
  • Relevant – imagine this is the only time we’ll ever see these students -what do students need to know about our resourcesTimely – when is the best time to deliver this?Engaging – how can we move away from the traditional demo/talk in front of a classOther practicalities – Last year approx. 180 1st year tutor groups inductedHow to fit everyone in during the first term (KISS)How to keep the subject librarians sane when potentially delivering 200 of the same sessions in total!!!!!
  • Ties in with Moodle being introduced in Exeter College – means all first years will get to use Moodle in the first term
  • Remember these are free text responses from students!3394 responses!19% have learned how to find a book13% learned how to use the library catalogue13% learned how to reserve a book11% learned how a library is organised
  • Remember these are free text responses from students!2224 responses from students23% will use the library catalogue – This was by far, the most popular result and supports the 3 things learned responses.11% will use the Learning Centre or use the Learning Centre more9% will locate/find books8 use resources instead of or before using the internet
  • Remember these are free text responses from students!1161 responsesMost responses show students required no further informationSpecific subject areas
  • Absolutely!!!77% of all 1st year groups who had a LC induction has this session (Last year only 23% received a library skills session)
  • 12% asked for info on specific subject areas – promote services of SLs to help with specific information needs6% wanted further info on e-books


  • 1. LC:WINK - Do you know what you need to know? Improving library skills at Exeter College Information & Learning Services: Connect ● Inform ● Empower
  • 2. The reason  Previously low uptake of library skills sessions  Assumption that students know how to use a library catalogue/e-books and e-resources  When questioned during inductions, vast majority of students say they haven‟t used an electronic library catalogue before  Some students and staff reach the end of an academic year without knowing how to search the library catalogue  Many students leave the college having never borrowed resources from the Learning Centres  Research suggests students who „read‟ more (borrowing books and accessing electronic resources), achieve better grades. (University of Huddersfield, 2011)
  • 3. The partnership  Working with STEW (Safeguarding/Tutoring/Equality & Wellbeing) team – study skills/information literacy skills  Backing of Deputy Principal – the big stick!  2 pronged approach – LC inductions and mandatory session/new schedule for Research Skills session
  • 4. The project aim  Aim: To create and deliver a mandatory session to all first year students in the first term covering basic library skills  To create a session that will be relevant, timely and engaging to students  To include:  Benefits of using LC resources  How to access these resources  Activities to engage the students  Mechanism to record students learning and feedback
  • 5. The project
  • 6. 2. The screencast 1. The video
  • 7. 3. The Activities
  • 8. 3. The Activities
  • 9. 4. The feedback
  • 10. 3 things learned How to use the Portal/Library Not much/nothing Portal/Moodle/VLE 1% 3% Other 10% Use resources instead of / as well as Internet 2% How to search for/find a book 19% Availability of relevant resources 1% Who to ask for help 1% How to use the LRC/LC/Library 3% Availability of different/more resources 3% How to use the catalogue 13% How to access Replay/video 1% Availability of / searching online resources/ebooks/Athens 6% How to check availability of books 3% How to find/use resources 3% How a library is organised (eg shelf marks etc) 11% How to reserve a book 13% How to borrow a book 9%
  • 11. 2 things do differently Other 7% Use the Learning Centre (more) 11% Ask for help 4% Use LC resources instead of /before Google/internet/Wikipedia 8% Be more specific in searching 2% Use books/read (more) 6% Use Learning Centre resources (more) 5% Use e-resources/online resources 2% Locate/find books (classmarks etc) 9% Use ebooks 4% Use the portal to find resources 2% Borrow books 9% Use the library catalogue 23% Reserve books 8%
  • 12. 1 thing further info on 35.00 30.00 25.00 20.00 15.00 10.00 5.00 0.00
  • 13. The conclusion: Was is worth it?  2015 students took part (Sep to Dec 2013) “The LRC people are helpful”  164 sessions delivered during the Autunn term  78% increase in book reservations compared to this time last year “You can search for more relevant and reliable things” “I will make sure I search for a book before randomly trying to find it on the shelf” “I will use the LRC to its full potential and get all dem distinctionzzzzz” “The library can be more helpful than the internet” “The learning resource centre is very helpful and I should use it in my time at college” “Books are very helpful for coursework” “I know how to search for, reserve, and find a book in the learning centres which I previously wouldn't have known how to do” “The course has done its job!” “I will now access ebooks, as I previously thought you had to have an e-reader” “Everything was perfectly explained”
  • 14. The future  What to do differently:  Differentiation  Accessibility  Expanded content e.g. borrowing periods etc.  Technical stuff – Improved film quality/shorter screencast etc.  Opportunities  Promotion of Subject Librarian services  Promotion of specific research skills sessions
  • 15. Please contact us if you would like more information:  Nicola Nye  Jude Fleming Information & Learning Services: Connect ● Inform ● Empower