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Mailer2006

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Mailer2006

  1. 1. The SMARTAL Project St MARTin’s College health students Access to Learning resources whilst on placement Liz Mailer Learning and Information Services St Martin’s College March 2006
  2. 2. St Martin’s College • a higher education college, whose degrees are awarded by Lancaster University. • SMC has 5291 FTE students (2005/06), the majority taking teacher training or nursing and allied health-related courses.
  3. 3. Where are we?
  4. 4. Background • The project ran from December 2004 to March 2005. • HENSAL (Health and Education Northumbria Students Access to Learning resources whilst on placement) Project • 2005/06 – 1282 FTE pre-registration health students who spend up to half their course on placement
  5. 5. Aims • To determine patterns of use of learning resources • To find out barriers to access and use • Provide local evidence to improve access to facilities, services and resources • To compare with other HE institutions and contribute to the evidence base
  6. 6. Objectives To find out: • how important it was for the students to be able to access learning resources while they were on placement • if they had access to a placement library, IT and study space and, if so, were they using them • what difficulties they experienced • how much use they made of the College library, local NHS library and other libraries • who they asked for help in accessing and using the resources
  7. 7. Methodology • Questionnaire to students – 444 students, 60% response rate • Interviews with 5 nursing Practice Placement Facilitators
  8. 8. Significant findings • 72% - in a hospital (68% of these in hospitals in the 2 local trusts) • 96% - thought access to learning resources was either important or very important • Most students used libraries for accessing printed books and journals • 84% - used learning resources for completing a College assignment
  9. 9. Availability of learning resources by venue 0 20 40 60 80 100 h ospital p rim ary care o th er ven ue % study space library internet access
  10. 10. Difficulties accessing learning resources 0 20 40 60 80 h ospital p rim ary care o th er ven ue % library study space internet access
  11. 11. Use of libraries 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% p lacem en t S M C o th er un iversity p ub lic % weekly monthly less than monthly never
  12. 12. Use of specific resources 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 B ooksPrinted journals E-journals D atabases E-books W eb sites Study space % Placement SMC Home
  13. 13. Other findings • 82% - internet access at home • Little awareness of NHS e-resources • 65% - never accessed their College e- mail account • Most students asked clinical staff for help in using learning resources
  14. 14. Recommended Actions - 1 • Consultation between the Faculty and the library on placement audits • Briefing sessions with the students • Leaflet, web page, VLE module • Information fluency training • Feedback from the Faculty • Exchange of information with mentors and NHS library staff
  15. 15. Recommended Actions - 2 • Publicise extended loans • Pilot postal loans • Pilot borrowing access for NHS mentors • Investigate longer College library opening hours • Extend methodology to other groups of placement students
  16. 16. • Full text of the SMARTAL report is available at www.ucsm.ac.uk/library • MEHMailer@ucsm.ac.uk • Look out for the next issue of the Health Information and Libraries Journal

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