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A quadruple collaboration: students, librarians, academics and industry developing a peer to peer support initiative - Jenny Coombs & Carol Hollier

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A quadruple collaboration: students, librarians, academics and industry developing a peer to peer support initiative - Jenny Coombs & Carol Hollier

  1. 1. A quadruple collaboration: students, librarians, academics and industry developing a peer to peer support initiative Carol Hollier University of Nottingham Jenny Coombs De Montfort University Working together teamwork puzzle. Used under a reusable licence and and attributable to thegoldguys.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Background and aims • Invited to join a collaborative project with Loughborough • STEM funding • Encourage more use of the library by students in STEM subject areas • Sustainable student ambassador scheme
  3. 3. © Copyright John Fielding and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License Incentivising students
  4. 4. Stakeholders • Librarians • Academic representative from each institution • Research Assistant • Sponsorship from Jaguar LandRover • Recruited 2 ambassadors at each institution © University of Nottingham
  5. 5. What we did (1st year) • Literature review • Focus group • Recruitment • Stands – Focused on area students wanted to promote – Carried out a survey • Conference presentation © University of Nottingham
  6. 6. What we did (2nd year) • Each institution ran their own scheme • Offered Advantage Award incentive – Requirement for us to provide training – Requirement for students to reflect on skills acquired • Four students “employed” • Each identified an area of focus © University of Nottingham
  7. 7. Collaboration between the students Team working “It has also helped me to appreciate different points of view and the necessity to adapt and adjust to other people’s learning and working styles” Marketing “…thinking outside the box to get a larger audience” Planning and organisation “Allowed me to appreciate the role of taking initiative for personal growth and excellence” Leadership “The ability to put the idea through is vital for any position as it requires high levels of understanding, flexibility and initiative to enthuse other people of one’s idea”
  8. 8. Collaboration with students • Broke down barriers • Better understanding of: – For librarians • students’ issues • students’ experience of our libraries – For students: • challenges faced by library • knowledge of advanced searching skills • Promotion of resources “...so I hope that I will be able to do the same with fellow students in using the different resources and not just Google everything they need!”
  9. 9. Collaboration with academic staff – Fed into peer support agenda within the Faculty – Gave academic integrity to the scheme – Provided budget – Helped with liaison with industry – Engaged department with the library more generally – Collaborative presentation at conferences © University of Nottingham
  10. 10. Collaboration with industry • Provided incentive • Employability integrity • Showcased students to a big employer • Additional workload • Relevance to subject area? “To my knowledge this scheme is sponsored by Jaguar Landrover, as a mechanical engineer this would be a good opportunity to get to know the company a bit better.”
  11. 11. Does a collaborative approach work? • Working with the students has been mutually beneficial • Students gained from working alongside peers • Importance of academic integrity of the scheme • Industry input can add employability benefit – Time to manage vs incentive? • Does the time justify the outcome?
  12. 12. Further information • Coombs, J., Hollier, C. (2014) Developing a peer to peer library support scheme. ALISS Quarterly 9 (2), 9-11. • Coombs, J., Hollier, C. (2013) Developing a peer to peer library support scheme. Libraries and student engagement: a marriage made in heaven, Birmingham City University, December 2013. Available at: http://library.bcu.ac.uk/librariesandstudentengagement/coombs/coom bspage.htm • Clifford, M., Gadd, E., Coombs, J., Hollier, C., Franklin, G. et. al. (2012) Engaging the disengaged indefinitely, and with no budget: creating a sustainable model for student library ambassadors. 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education, 2012, The University of Sheffield, July 2012. Available at: http://isee2012.group.shef.ac.uk/docs/papers/paper_23.pdf
  13. 13. Contacts • Jenny Coombs: Jenny.Coombs@dmu.ac.uk • Carol Hollier: Carol.Hollier@nottingham.ac.uk

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