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Alison Skoyles and Ros Smith LSBU

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Subject Librarians: time for a fresh look? University of Hertfordshire, 20th July 2015

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Alison Skoyles and Ros Smith LSBU

  1. 1. Student-centred support: Personalising information literacy at London South Bank University Alison Skoyles & Ros Smith
  2. 2. Our presentation • London South Bank University and its students • Information Skills Advisers – our role • Skills Days • Assignment and Referencing Surgeries • Planning for the future
  3. 3. Information Skills Advisers • Inductions • Workshops • Drop-ins • Skills Days • Assignment surgeries • Referencing surgeries • 1:1s • Helpdesks
  4. 4. Skills Days • Drop in • 09.30am to 7.00pm • Workbooks – referencing and practising search skills. Individual study, or with support from library staff. • Initially, Skills Days were run three times a year but now they are run much more frequently.
  5. 5. Skills Days feedback The staff were very approachable and enormously patient, it was a great help to me in producing my 1st assignment which I have recently submitted. To make this session frequent until students can use it effectively most especially for students coming from Africa. It should be a more regular event. Arrange many more sessions regularly. Busy students will make time in their schedules to attend. Please can these sessions run more regularly ie once a month over perhaps two/three days. The librarian is really helpful. The library was very useful and it came at the right time.
  6. 6. Assignment Surgeries • Started Autumn 2011 • We needed some time that allowed students to ask specific questions • They were always held in conjunction with Skills for Learning and IT staff rather than the Library only.
  7. 7. Referencing Surgeries • Drop in • 4 referencing styles at LSBU: o LSBU Harvard o OSCOLA o Numeric o APA • Started this year, 2 weeks run so far • 1-3pm, and a couple of 5-6pm for one week.
  8. 8. Referencing surgery comments Staff were really fantastic and helpful. They were very patient and willing to support me even through the silly little things that I am supposed to know. It was a good and very supportive session. Referencing Surgeries are very helpful. Doesn’t matter which year you are in. Very helpful surgery; has made me feel much more confident.
  9. 9. Planning for the future • Ideas Sharing Day • More collaboration with Digital Skills team and Skills for Learning • Sessions/workshops outside of the library • Re-working Skills Days • Pre-enrolment sessions • Catch-up sessions for late registration students
  10. 10. Contact details Alison Skoyles and Ros Smith Information Skills Advisers London South Bank University skoylesa@lsbu.ac.uk ros.smith@lsbu.ac.uk

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