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.

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Day of languages

  1. 1. Welcoming new students to thelibrary: using the European Day of Languages as a ‘hook’ Joanne Farmer The University of Northampton
  2. 2. Welcoming students• International students group – 6 members – Support and improve library services – Inclusive• Induction tours
  3. 3. Refurbishment
  4. 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. 5. Activities• Promotion of EFL Collection• New packaging/display
  6. 6. Activities• Portable display projectors• Twitter Feed & Visible Tweets• Encourage messages in own language
  7. 7. Other activities• Promotion of DVDs• Promotion of Book Exchange• Posters from EDoL• Screensavers on PCs• TV display screens• Facebook
  8. 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. 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. 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?

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