Surviving and Thriving as an Academic Law Librarian


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Presentation given at "Change, Challenge and Collaborate" event held at De Montfort University Kimberlin Library on 22nd May 2012, an event organised by the East Midlands ARL Group of CILIP.

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Surviving and Thriving as an Academic Law Librarian

  1. 1. Enhancing life-long learning, teaching and research throughinformation resources and services 1 24 May 2012
  2. 2. Surviving and Thriving as anAcademic Law LibrarianAngela Donaldson, Liaison Librarian, Law 224 May 2012
  3. 3. Outline• Law Survive and Thrive Toolkit – what it is• Who was involved• How we did it• How it’s been received• What we’re going to do next 324 May 2012
  4. 4. Law Survive and Thrive Toolkit• The Toolkit was developed to satisfy one of the goals of the Law School’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy Action Plan• The goal was to “induct students effectively at all entry and progression points and to further develop transition management”. 424 May 2012
  5. 5. NOW – NTU’s VLE• Desire2Learn – known locally as NOW (Nottingham Trent Online Workspace)• Only 5 other D2L sites in the UK 524 May 2012
  6. 6. Project teamCore team: Other participants:• Judith Ward, NLS School • Andrea Nollent, NLS Dean Quality Manager • Sue Clarke, NLS Principal• Hilary Twycross, NLS Principal Lecturer and Careers Liaison Lecturer, with responsibility for • Nick Johnson, NLS Principal Induction Lecturer and Head of the Pro-• Angela Donaldson, Liaison Bono Clinic Librarian, Law 624 May 2012
  7. 7. Process• Project took 9 months, from January 2011 to its completion in September 2011• The project team met formally 7 times during that 9 months• Progress shared via email in between meetings• Other activities, eg. video filming, arranged as and when necessary• Finished product presented to the Law School Executive on 19th September 2011• Launched to students 20th September 2011 724 May 2012
  8. 8. Room content – home page• Welcome video clips• Useful documents section – programme handbooks, computer use regulations, relevant policies• Links to other relevant areas on NOW, including the Careers Room and the Legal Resources Training Room 824 May 2012
  9. 9. Room content – main content• University study – an introduction• How to do well• What is academic irregularity and why is it important? 924 May 2012
  10. 10. Reaction• The Toolkit has been regularly referred to within the Professional Environment module, with tutorial activities requiring that students have read some of the Toolkit content or done the self-assessments.• Positive response from the academic staff – they actively promote it to the students• Positive response from the students 1024 May 2012
  11. 11. Enough talking for now……let’s have a look! 1124 May 2012
  12. 12. What next• Review of the content, one year on• New content areas identified: – Additional plagiarism tutorials – Additional referencing tutorials – Section on Student Course Reps 1224 May 2012
  13. 13. Change…• New approach to supporting students 1324 May 2012
  14. 14. Challenge…• Relatively tight timescale to produce the content• Challenging ourselves to “think more like undergraduates” 1424 May 2012
  15. 15. Collaboration…• Opportunity to showcase my skills in other areas• LLR and NLS as equal partners in achieving this target from the Law School’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy Action Plan 1524 May 2012