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Academic	
  Engagement	
  at	
  
the	
  University	
  of	
  Kent	
  
Introduc)on	
  
•  The	
  University	
  of	
  Kent	
  
•  Background	
  
•  Canterbury	
  
•  The	
  process	
  of	
  acad...
The	
  University	
  of	
  Kent	
  
•  UK’s	
  European	
  University	
  
	
  
•  3	
  UK	
  locaCons	
  
•  Canterbury	
 ...
Key	
  Facts	
  
•  3	
  FaculCes	
  (Sciences,	
  Social	
  Sciences	
  &	
  HumaniCes)	
  
•  18	
  Academic	
  Schools	...
Background	
  –	
  Before	
  Talis	
  Aspire	
  
•  Reading	
  lists	
  didn’t	
  work	
  
•  Not	
  all	
  received	
  in...
Canterbury	
  
•  Phase	
  1	
  –	
  Setup	
  of	
  Reading	
  Lists	
  @	
  Kent	
  
•  Import	
  exisCng	
  data	
  &	
 ...
Canterbury	
  Academic	
  Staff	
  –	
  Humani)es	
  	
  
•  Dean	
  very	
  proacCve	
  	
  
•  Wanted	
  to	
  focus	
  o...
Canterbury	
  Academic	
  Staff	
  	
  
–	
  Social	
  Sciences	
  
•  School	
  of	
  PoliCcs	
  and	
  InternaConal	
  Re...
Sta)s)cs	
  
0	
  
50	
  
100	
  
150	
  
200	
  
250	
  
300	
  
350	
  
11-­‐12	
  total	
   12-­‐13	
  total	
   13-­‐1...
Expansion	
  into	
  Medway	
  
•  Unique	
  challenges:	
  
• The	
  Drill	
  Hall	
  serves	
  3	
  UniversiCes	
  
• Us...
Medway	
  -­‐	
  a	
  new	
  tenancy	
  
•  PoinCng	
  to	
  Alto	
  for	
  physical	
  books	
  
•  Otherwise	
  sejngs	
...
Medway	
  experience	
  
•  Launched	
  September	
  2013	
  
•  Reading	
  lists	
  entered	
  by	
  library	
  staff	
  –...
Next	
  steps	
  
•  Improve	
  take-­‐up	
  in	
  	
  
Sciences	
  Schools	
  and	
  	
  
Medway	
  
•  Interface	
  betw...
Lessons	
  Learned	
  /	
  Our	
  top	
  )ps	
  
•  Know	
  your	
  audience	
  
•  Modify	
  your	
  strategy	
  to	
  th...
Ques)ons?	
  	
  
Get	
  in	
  touch:	
  
•  Canterbury	
  Campus	
  
•  Kirsty	
  Wallis	
  
K.R.Wallis@kent.ac.uk	
  
@O...
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Reading lists and the university - University of Kent

  1. 1. Academic  Engagement  at   the  University  of  Kent  
  2. 2. Introduc)on   •  The  University  of  Kent   •  Background   •  Canterbury   •  The  process  of  academic  engagement   •  Medway   •  Next  steps   •  Our  top  Cps  
  3. 3. The  University  of  Kent   •  UK’s  European  University     •  3  UK  locaCons   •  Canterbury   •  Medway   •  Tonbridge   •  4  European  locaCons   •  Paris   •  Brussels   •  Athens   •  Rome  
  4. 4. Key  Facts   •  3  FaculCes  (Sciences,  Social  Sciences  &  HumaniCes)   •  18  Academic  Schools  &  3  Centres   •  Over  19,000  students  (Over  80%  undergraduate)   •  Have  Moodle  as  our  VLE   •  Use  Voyager  as  our  LMS   •  Currently  implemenCng     Primo  
  5. 5. Background  –  Before  Talis  Aspire   •  Reading  lists  didn’t  work   •  Not  all  received  in  good  Cme   •  Always  received  in  too  large  numbers  to  be  sustainable   •  Had  to  be  checked  by  hand   •  InformaCon  Services  (IS)  wanted  to  make  Academic   and  teaching  staff  more  responsible  for  their  own   reading  lists     •  This  was  made  the  IS  departmental  policy  when  we   implemented  ReadingLists@Kent  
  6. 6. Canterbury   •  Phase  1  –  Setup  of  Reading  Lists  @  Kent   •  Import  exisCng  data  &  input  reading  lists   •  Promote  system  and  raise  awareness   •  Develop  policies,  and  reassess  work  pa]erns   •  Integrate  with  Moodle   •  Phase  2  –  Embedding  into  the  University   •  User  tesCng  and  focus  groups   •  Support  and  outreach  to  increase  no  of  lists  updated   •  Inclusion  of  reading  lists  in  staff  and  student  inducCons     •  Increase  integraCon  with  systems  –  Moodle  and     Module  Catalogue  especially  
  7. 7. Canterbury  Academic  Staff  –  Humani)es     •  Dean  very  proacCve     •  Wanted  to  focus  on  the  library  to  improve     student  experience  and  NSS  scores   •  We  demonstrated  ReadingLists@Kent  at  a     meeCng  he  called  to  discuss  the  way  forward   •  He  later  set  down  a  mandate  for  HumaniCes     staff  to  do  their  reading  lists  
  8. 8. Canterbury  Academic  Staff     –  Social  Sciences   •  School  of  PoliCcs  and  InternaConal  RelaCons  were     first  to  commit   •  Student  reps  praised  the  system  at  school  meeCng   •  Head  of  School  immediately  responded  by  following  the   HumaniCes  into  a  mandate  for  its  use.     •  He  followed  up  by  promising  to  provide  administraCve   support     •  Dean  of  Social  Sciences   •  Students  once  again  praised  reading  list  system,  this  Cme   at  Library  Reps  meeCng   •  Encouraged  by  the  PoliCcs  model  he  also  mandated  the   use  of  reading  lists  with  admin  support  
  9. 9. Sta)s)cs   0   50   100   150   200   250   300   350   11-­‐12  total   12-­‐13  total   13-­‐14  total   No  of  lists  updated  by     end  of  Autumn  term   Soc  Sci   Hums   Sci   In  the  Autumn  term  of  the   academic  year  2013-­‐14  library   staff  processed  398  reading  list   reviews  submi]ed  by  academics   and  their  admin  assistants  
  10. 10. Expansion  into  Medway   •  Unique  challenges:   • The  Drill  Hall  serves  3  UniversiCes   • Uses  Capita’s  Alto  as  Library  Management  System   • BUT  -­‐  electronic  material  same  as  Canterbury   •  PercepCon  that  things  are  “different”  (worse?)  here   •  Academics  already  had  formed  opinions  through  conversaCon   with  colleagues  from  Canterbury  –  not  always  a  good  thing!  
  11. 11. Medway  -­‐  a  new  tenancy   •  PoinCng  to  Alto  for  physical  books   •  Otherwise  sejngs  the  same  as  “main”  tenancy   •  Challenges   • Shorter  Cmescale   • Smaller  team  (essenCally  2  people)   • Lack  of  academic  support   • No  extra  budget!   •  Advantages   • Able  to  draw  on  experCse  and  learn  from  experiences   • Deans  of  Faculty  already  on  board  
  12. 12. Medway  experience   •  Launched  September  2013   •  Reading  lists  entered  by  library  staff  –  training  offered  to   academics   •  Resistance  from  some,  but  also  some  early  adopter   “champions”   •  Lots  of  comparisons  –  “at  Canterbury,  they…”     •  Some  notable  successes  –  parCcularly  Social  Sciences  
  13. 13. Next  steps   •  Improve  take-­‐up  in     Sciences  Schools  and     Medway   •  Interface  between     VLE  and  reading  lists   •  Improvement  of     number  of  items  on  a     list  that  are  given  an     importance  level   •  Work  is  in  progress  to  increase  awareness  and  put   relevant  purchasing  policies  in  place   Classifica)on  of  items  on  reading  lists   Background   Core  Text   Suggested  for  student   purchase   Recommended   No  classificaCon  
  14. 14. Lessons  Learned  /  Our  top  )ps   •  Know  your  audience   •  Modify  your  strategy  to  the  faculty/department/   academic/dean  you  are  talking  to   •  Have  good  data   •  Take  advantage  of  the  NSS   •  Use  compeCCon  between  departments  to  your   advantage   But  key  among  everything  we  have  learned  is:            It  only  takes  one!  
  15. 15. Ques)ons?     Get  in  touch:   •  Canterbury  Campus   •  Kirsty  Wallis   K.R.Wallis@kent.ac.uk   @OsMonkey       •  Medway  Campus   •  David  Bedford   D.Bedford@kent.ac.uk   @dhlDavidB    

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