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500 into 4 won’t go – re-aligning
“reading strategies” for the
advent of reading list software
Talis Insight Europe 2016
J...
Problems (P) and solutions (S)
• P: for many years students kept telling us they couldn’t find
the books on their reading ...
S: Reading Strategies
• Library collections to remain broad
• “Core”  “Further” readings (naming conventions established...
RS Implementation Group
• Chaired by a Dean
• Included academics from each faculty, from Academic Services, Library
and St...
S: Reading List Software?
• Felt that software could not solve a cultural problem
• It was not needed to automate a “formu...
Developments
• No more short loan collections (“Go digital” library policy)
• Digitisation service improved
• Second extra...
Enhanced Reading List Project
• Various streams
1. Awareness raising (guidelines for a good reading list)
2. Reading list ...
Implementation (1)
• Planning a similar approach to Reading Strategies
• Defining principles of a good reading list - in c...
Principles of a good reading list
• Involve partnerships between subject librarians and module
leaders at the module devel...
Guidelines for a good RL
• Rationale – Make it clear by when and for what purpose you are
expecting students to read speci...
Implementation (2)
• Discuss reading lists and software at faculty Learning and
Teaching Committees
• Pilot the software w...
Many thanks
Any questions/comments/suggestions?
Jacqueline.Chelin@uwe.ac.uk
LibraryServices,
UniversityoftheWestof
England...
Fact or Fiction : the success of
Reading lists at Teesside
University
Carol Dell-Price
Academic librarian
(Research Suppor...
L&IS : Strategic aims
• Resources - proactively develop and mange content to enable the University’s Learning
Research and...
Need for change
• University drive for a better student experience
• Reading lists are a core part of that student
experie...
Working groups
• Project Tender Group included senior staff from
schools and departments – (pre implementation )
• Advisor...
Strategic Plan :Key elements
• Rollout : successful launch in September 2014
• Engagement : all staff and students to have...
Culture Change
• Must be viewed as a University system
• Very different workflow for LRS team
• Academic staff were given ...
Rollout :Preparing the ground
• We converted approx. 1500 Reading Lists from our
old system
• Tidied up level 4 ( first ye...
Selling the Benefits
Academics
Students
Library
University
Sp
Project
Manager
School
Conference
Academic
Standards
Committee
Learning &
Teaching
Committee
Subject
Group
Meeting
Engagement :academic staff
• Slot at school conferences/away days useful – swap
shop of ideas at one school
• We offered 3...
Integration
• Summon
• VLE
• Also linked RLO to module documentation being
submitted for programme approval and review in
...
Where are we now?
• 51% academic staff now trained in RLO
• 1118 published reading lists currently in the system
• 60% of ...
Lessons learnt
• Rollout :we wouldn’t try to convert old reading list
data
• Engagement : still viewed in some areas as a ...
What’s Next
• Semesterisation
• Customer Account Planning
• Rollover
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Planning to Succeed – Reading Lists strategies - Jackie Chelin and Carol Dell-Price | Talis Insight Europe 2016

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Planning to Succeed – Reading Lists strategies - Jackie Chelin and Carol Dell-Price | Talis Insight Europe 2016

  1. 1. Video Delivery Partner
  2. 2. 500 into 4 won’t go – re-aligning “reading strategies” for the advent of reading list software Talis Insight Europe 2016 Jackie Chelin, Deputy Director of Library Services LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  3. 3. Problems (P) and solutions (S) • P: for many years students kept telling us they couldn’t find the books on their reading lists in the library • P: academics saw it as a “library problem” • S: throw money at the problem (what money?) • S: buy more copies of the recommended texts (how many?) • S: adopt a sustainable strategy in collaboration with academics and other university stakeholders LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  4. 4. S: Reading Strategies • Library collections to remain broad • “Core”  “Further” readings (naming conventions established) • If core, all students had to be able to access the resources within the required timeframe • Use short term loan service • Use the Library’s digitisation service • Use e-books • Ask students to buy their own copy • Academics to consider how the students would develop the information skills to find the further readings LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  5. 5. RS Implementation Group • Chaired by a Dean • Included academics from each faculty, from Academic Services, Library and Students’ Union • Amended module specifications to include a reading strategy statement: • How students would be expected to access their readings • How students would develop information skills • Rolled out with all new programmes, then (retrospectively) first year UG and all PG programmes, then second and third year programmes • Successful because: • The group was representative and authoritative • The proposition was beneficial to all stakeholders • Library staff eased the way with good practice examples LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  6. 6. S: Reading List Software? • Felt that software could not solve a cultural problem • It was not needed to automate a “formula” approach to purchasing multiple copies (500 into 4 still doesn’t go) • Academic staff had endured a series of “initiatives”, including online marking, and were becoming fatigued and cynical • But, now things have changed….. LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  7. 7. Developments • No more short loan collections (“Go digital” library policy) • Digitisation service improved • Second extract service; alternative formats for disabled students (for core readings) • Many more e-books available (although access is now becoming more restrictive again for some!) • SU “hidden costs” campaign • Library now responsible for wider academic skills support and development LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  8. 8. Enhanced Reading List Project • Various streams 1. Awareness raising (guidelines for a good reading list) 2. Reading list software (currently out to tender) 3. Extend digital provision (different models, incl PDA/EBA) 4. Copyright/licensing considerations (building on CLA licence) 5. Alternative formats development (more effective workflow) 6. Open Educational Resources (pilots with faculties) • The project reports, overall, to UWE’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee • Challenges include academic staff engagement (relevance/timing/workload) • Solutions rely on strong liaison work and librarians present at all relevant faculty meetings to advocate and support LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  9. 9. Implementation (1) • Planning a similar approach to Reading Strategies • Defining principles of a good reading list - in collaboration with academic staff • Working with Academic Services staff to: • Negotiate changes to module specifications - just include the link to the reading list (available also to external advisors/examiners) • Changes to the programme specifications - identify where academic skills will be developed throughout the three years (links with learning outcomes and assessment strategies) LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  10. 10. Principles of a good reading list • Involve partnerships between subject librarians and module leaders at the module development stage • Enhance students’ experience by helping them manage their academic reading and provide structure to their learning. • Underpin independent learning, as students develop from dependent to autonomous learners by exposing them to a range of materials and information sources. • Raise interest and engagement in the subject • Enable students to access the digital content they need anywhere from any device. LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  11. 11. Guidelines for a good RL • Rationale – Make it clear by when and for what purpose you are expecting students to read specific items or purchase texts. State the relative importance of reading list items and use any terminology consistently e.g. core, further etc. • Presentation & Structure – Organise your reading lists clearly and make the type of resource easily identifiable; present lists in the referencing style to which you would expect the students themselves to conform. • Accessibility - Link to digital content wherever possible to enable students to access their learning materials anywhere, from any device and in the most appropriate format. • Updated and revised regularly – It should be clear to students that they are accessing the most recent version of a reading list. LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  12. 12. Implementation (2) • Discuss reading lists and software at faculty Learning and Teaching Committees • Pilot the software with faculty champions from May 2016 • Rollout the software to all modules from May 2017 • Employ interns to help with checking and training • Relate the initiative to current UWE pre-occupations: • recruitment, engagement, retention and achievement • reducing hidden costs • Learning 2020 – one of the university’s key strategic programmes • Taking on board advice from other institutions….! LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  13. 13. Many thanks Any questions/comments/suggestions? Jacqueline.Chelin@uwe.ac.uk LibraryServices, UniversityoftheWestof England,Bristol
  14. 14. Fact or Fiction : the success of Reading lists at Teesside University Carol Dell-Price Academic librarian (Research Support & Bus.Engagement )
  15. 15. L&IS : Strategic aims • Resources - proactively develop and mange content to enable the University’s Learning Research and Enterprise activities • Learning Development and Support - Play a key role in the design development and delivery of a unified approach to skills development delivery of a unified approach to skills development • Enabling Processes – Ensure our activities are underpinned by effective processes, technology and structures, which demonstrate best practices, encourage synergies and develop a culture of lean thinking • Staff – To further develop a professional and flexible tem with the skills, knowledge and expertise to contribute effectively to the learning., teaching research and enterprise activities of the University and to ensure L&IS continues to deliver excellence
  16. 16. Need for change • University drive for a better student experience • Reading lists are a core part of that student experience • University Wide Working Group had already identified need for a new reading list system
  17. 17. Working groups • Project Tender Group included senior staff from schools and departments – (pre implementation ) • Advisory Group – members were senior staff across the University • Project Management group consisted of L&IS and IT staff –
  18. 18. Strategic Plan :Key elements • Rollout : successful launch in September 2014 • Engagement : all staff and students to have seamless access to up to date reading lists • Integration : the system worked with our VLE and our module documentation for approval and review of programmes
  19. 19. Culture Change • Must be viewed as a University system • Very different workflow for LRS team • Academic staff were given the opportunity to publish and review from day one
  20. 20. Rollout :Preparing the ground • We converted approx. 1500 Reading Lists from our old system • Tidied up level 4 ( first year UG ) lists • Organised and publicised group training sessions
  21. 21. Selling the Benefits Academics Students Library University
  22. 22. Sp Project Manager School Conference Academic Standards Committee Learning & Teaching Committee Subject Group Meeting
  23. 23. Engagement :academic staff • Slot at school conferences/away days useful – swap shop of ideas at one school • We offered 30 min group training sessions throughout the first term of the launch • 1-2-1 training in staff offices most effective
  24. 24. Integration • Summon • VLE • Also linked RLO to module documentation being submitted for programme approval and review in the University
  25. 25. Where are we now? • 51% academic staff now trained in RLO • 1118 published reading lists currently in the system • 60% of our budget has been spent by academic staff using RLO
  26. 26. Lessons learnt • Rollout :we wouldn’t try to convert old reading list data • Engagement : still viewed in some areas as a library system • Integration : We would regularly review key stakeholders in future developments
  27. 27. What’s Next • Semesterisation • Customer Account Planning • Rollover
  28. 28. Video Delivery Partner

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