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Bean - Removing the barriers: supporting students entering higher education


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Bean - Removing the barriers: supporting students entering higher education

  1. 1. Removing the barriers:supporting students entering higher education Elaine Bean Senior Library Assistant The Library National University of Ireland, Maynooth Maynooth Co Kildare Ireland
  2. 2. Look at three groups
  3. 3. We will look at
  4. 4. Secondary School – How it started  Involvement started with their Library project  Library Strategic Plan – Engaging with the community  Progressed to offering Information Literacy as a pilot… This new library provides the opportunity for future information literacy initiatives both herein the school and in partnership with NUIM University Library. School Library Mission Statement, Maynooth Post Primary School 2010
  5. 5. Secondary School - Barriers • Different ways of learning • Not coming in as independent learners • Some don’t see a need to develop skills • Levels of IT experience and library experience • Peers
  6. 6. Secondary School – our involvement  Information Literacy  Offered to 2nd year students (13/14 years of age) and Leaving Certificate students (A Levels/final year before college)
  7. 7. Students require theindependent research skills Especially valuable to 5th andand critical use of sources 6th Year History studentsdemonstrated in thepresentations Feedback from School Have been asked toStudents who participated and continueteachers who observed wereuniversally positive Now in 3rd year
  8. 8. Certificate Students & Return to Learning studentsCertificate courses:The courses are particularly designed for those without previous thirdlevel education and they are offered at Certificate and Diploma level.Return to Learning:This foundation course is designed as a stepping stone for those whowish to return to study, but have not studied in any formal wayfor a number of years.The course aims to familiarise people with the structure andrequirements of third level education; to equip them with some of thenecessary skills required and help them identify the subjects orcourses that they may later wish to undertake.
  9. 9. Challenges Profile of the groups ◦ Skills, formal education, background Certificate students not on Campus ◦ Don’t have same level of support from library ◦ Borrowing ◦ Off-campus access ◦ Only one visit – needs to be very specific Tutors openness to electronic resources
  10. 10. Return to Learning – Course ContentModule 1: Motivation and GoalsModule 2: Taking NotesModule 3: Writing SkillsModule 4: Reading SkillsModule 5: Library SkillsModule 6: Coping with ExaminationsModule 7: Introduction to Degree Subject
  11. 11. Views of student and tutors ofReturn to learning course http://www.yout v=YBrJ5WXEQz M
  12. 12. “The material is delivered in a very hands-on way enabling thestudents to gain immediate benefit. In addition, the fact thatthey attend in their class groups is a significant factor.The way in which these students support each other in usingthe library and share information as to how to go about itmaximises the impact of the information imparted by the librarystaff.They also build relationships with the library staff and thismakes them more likely to attend further library courses in thefuture or to seek assistance directly.The introductory courses delivered by the library staff are anintegral part of the Study Skills Modules in the FoundationCertificate”Josephine Finn, Head of DepartmentDepartment of Adult and Community Education, NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare
  13. 13. Overcoming the barriers
  14. 14. Feedback Quality Review of the Library 15 – 17 November 2010 Peer Review ReportCommendations ◦ LIST programme: a national exemplarAn impressive, innovative and well developed Libraryand Information Skills Training (LIST) information literacyprogramme much appreciated by undergraduates andpostgraduates. The publication of an annual LISTprogramme is beneficial, helps promotion and take-upwhile the flexible nature of the programme ensuresrelevance to NUIM’s strategy of, and commitment to,lifelong learning.
  15. 15. Success of LIST  Advertising  Short drop-in sessions  Fit in between lectures (10.15-10.45)  Training team  Broad range of topics – including non library topics  People can attend as often as they like  Continued throughout the year  Continually reviewing content
  16. 16. Relationships within the University Contributors to our LIST programme ◦ Centre for Teaching and Learning ◦ Access Office ◦ Computer Centre ◦ Adult Education ◦ Career Development Centre
  17. 17. Strategies Partnership ◦ Work with departments/faculties ◦ Get teaching staff and tutors on board Library Strategic Plan – Engaging with the community Supplement personal training with online resources Deliver what you offer Personal touch Evaluate the training on offer every semester ◦ Offer what is required at the time Offer rewards 
  18. 18. Have we contributed in removing barriers?  Students use the Library during pre-entry courses  Continuing to use the Library during the summer (before their degree course starts)  They feel confident to ask questions/look for help  Confident and comfortable being referred to subject librarians  More open to attending training courses so they will further develop skills and become independent learners  Feedback suggests we have!
  19. 19. Removing the barriers:supporting students entering higher education Thank you! Elaine Bean Senior Library Assistant The Library National University of Ireland, Maynooth Maynooth Co Kildare Ireland