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NOT ON THE LIST: Developing collections beyond resource lists

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Andrew Knight University of RoehamptonLike many university libraries, Roehampton uses reading list software. Although a resource list culture has been successfully established amongst academic staff and students, such an approach has also resulted in reduced opportunities for collection development outside those resource lists. In this session, we look at how cross-departmental collaboration has been able to identify content for postgraduate students and researchers, as well as supporting the University community’s wider needs by developing non-academic collections in health & wellbeing, citizenship and student support

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NOT ON THE LIST: Developing collections beyond resource lists

  1. 1. NOT ON THE LIST Developing Collections beyond Resource Lists Andrew Knight and Emma Shaw University of Roehampton
  2. 2. BACKGROUND
  3. 3. About Roehampton  9000 students, a focus on widening participation  Collegiate structure based around four Colleges  10 multi-disciplinary departments  Most research intensive post-92 University in the last REF
  4. 4. Library structure  New teams and roles established 2016  Centralised purchasing via Resource Lists  Strong focus on student experience
  5. 5. Library strategy  TalisAspire Resource Lists 2011  Resource List strategy 2015  Resource List framework 2016  Staff restructure 2016  New £35m Library open 2017
  6. 6.  Taught programmes increasingly well-resourced  Acquisition workflows more streamlined BUT… Are there gaps in our collections? Collections beyond Resource Lists
  7. 7. Potential resource gaps
  8. 8.  Postgraduate resources Potential resource gaps
  9. 9.  Postgraduate resources  Non-academic collections Potential resource gaps
  10. 10. POSTGRADUATE RESOURCES
  11. 11. Context  Majority of purchases via Resource Lists  Resource List Framework Undergraduate focused  Engagement with Postgrads inconsistent
  12. 12. 21% 79% University of Roehampton Student Body 18-19 Postgraduate Undergraduate
  13. 13. Satisfaction Survey - PTES 2017
  14. 14. PTES 2018 comments  “There weren’t enough copies of some books in the library”  “Research texts have been difficult to get hold of at key times”  “The library is poorly stocked for my subject”  “Often books are unavailable”
  15. 15. Resource List Framework Reporting & data analysis  How academics use Resource Lists  Opportunities for engagement  List quality and levels of engagement
  16. 16. Resource List Framework compliance Postgraduate lists were on average less compliant 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Taught Undergrad Taught Postgrad "Red" Lists (<5 sections or no items)
  17. 17. Postgraduate Undergraduate Resource List items added Postgraduate lists have on average 22% fewer items added
  18. 18. Academic Engagement  Who to engage with & which modules to focus on  Communicate findings & project aims  Get feedback
  19. 19. Feedback from academic staff  Acceptance that Framework can work for PG, but:  Too rigid “…the freedom to organise as appropriate… not have a standard organisation imposed”  Frustration with TalisAspire “…it’s not the framework that’s the problem… it’s the software”
  20. 20. Recommendations  Continue to monitor and improve lists  Promote flexibility of Resource Lists  Promote content for independent research including PDA  Develop shared / themed / non-module-specific lists
  21. 21. NON-ACADEMIC COLLECTIONS
  22. 22. Context  “Support, encourage and challenge each other in a friendly and inclusive community that values people as individuals”  Duty of care  Increased demand on Health & Wellbeing teams  Citizenship module
  23. 23. “I am really pleased by the University's library so far, both in terms of its staff, the facilities and the amount of resources provided. …but I think the university's role should also be to make students think more holistically about their education, and develop social consciousness.”
  24. 24. Engaging the non-academic community
  25. 25. Engaging the non-academic community Who was on our radar?  Health & Wellbeing  Mental Health  Disability  Careers  Student support services  BAME students  LGBTQ+ students  Chaplaincy
  26. 26. Engaging the non-academic community Who was on our radar? “Support, encourage and challenge each other in a friendly and inclusive community that values people as individuals”  Health & Wellbeing  Mental Health  Disability  Careers  Student support services  BAME students  LGBTQ+ students  Chaplaincy
  27. 27. Engaging the non-academic community  How to get buy-in from Heads of Colleges & departments  How to assist staff in a way which is helpful to them  How to sustain engagement levels
  28. 28. What we did next Tapping into the Community as a resource  Follow up meetings with key contacts  Resource List training sessions  Hand over lists
  29. 29. What we did next Establishing common themes
  30. 30. Successes  Developed really good relationships  Identified cross-departmental themes  Shared Resource Lists
  31. 31. Some thoughts  Manageability - limiting range of topics  Sustainability – devolving management of lists  Medium and long term review
  32. 32. Practical advice  Allocating budget  Finding physical Library space  Naming the collection to maximise impact
  33. 33. CONCLUSIONS
  34. 34. There were some challenges  Competing priorities  Reliance on other teams  Limited opportunities for academic engagement
  35. 35. There were plenty of successes  Established relationships  Supported central theme of University strategic plan  Student focus = potential contribution to NSS and TEF
  36. 36. What did we learn?  Gaps were present in collection development  Academic engagement is important  There are more gaps  Researchers  Academic Skills resources  Special collections
  37. 37. Impact  Extending the function of Resource Lists
  38. 38. Impact  Extending the function of Resource Lists  Extending the function of the Library
  39. 39. Impact  Extending the function of Resource Lists  Extending the function of the Library  Enriching Collections
  40. 40. Any questions? andrew.knight@roehampton.ac.uk emma.shaw@roehampton.ac.uk

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