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SAGE Undergrad Scholarship:
Enriching longitudinal research
in the information-seeking behaviours
and skills development
o...
What is the SAGE scholarship?
❏ Three-year scholarship programme
❏ 3 social science undergraduate students
recruited
❏ £3,...
Background
Context
Background Context
“This initiative will be invaluable in helping us better
understand the development of student research...
Background Context
❏ Scholarship established in 2013
❏ Partnership between SAGE
Publications and The Library at UoS
❏ Now ...
Meet the
SAGE Scholars
Alex (Aly) Davie
❏ 2nd year student,
studying for a Bachelor
of Arts degree in
Business Management.
Andre Clacken-Lewin
❏ 2nd year student,
studying for a Bachelor
of Arts degree in
Geography.
Oliver (Ollie) Pearson
❏ 2nd year student,
studying for a Bachelor
of Arts degree in
Psychology.
Scholars’
Roles
Blogging
Vlogging Image credit: University of Sussex Library
Gathering Peer Feedback
Surveys
Student
Focus Groups
Presenting Image credit: University of Sussex Library
Presenting Image credit: http://go.talis.com/talis-insight-europe-2017-sage-student-scholars
Social Media
Engagement
Library Events
My Role
My role
❏ Manage the day-to-day running of the
scholarship
❏ Liaise with SAGE’s Marketing Manager
throughout the academic ...
My role
❏ First point of contact for the scholars
❏ Facilitate bi-monthly meetings with scholars
❏ Support scholars in the...
Challenges
Challenges:
❏ Small cohort - not always representative
❏ Competing for scholars’ time and attention
❏ Balancing content th...
Rewards
Rewards:
❏ Building relationships with our students
❏ Publicity for the library among current UoS
students and industry pe...
Rewards:
❏ Unprecedented insight into undergraduate
students’ information seeking behaviours...
Key
Observations
Textbooks:
Digital versus Print
“I usually prefer to use traditional textbooks. I often feel lost scrolling through an
eBook, whereas I feel at home flick...
“The majority of my eBooks are a nightmare to read due to the website not
seeming to “fit” on my laptop screen no matter h...
“The format in which eBooks are presented needs to be altered. It is not pleasant
for any student to spend hours working o...
“They all thought it was hard to highlight sections of the books, and that
information went in better when using a physica...
“Often for students in their final two years, their attitudes tend to change slightly
as the benefits of eBooks slowly out...
“I am now understanding the hype around e-books as it seems with each year of
university the books get more expensive and ...
“My entire study life relies on the internet and using digital devices… I study in
environments not surrounded by books - ...
“As much as I love a physical book, a very busy schedule means having online
access to your readings, feels like a blessin...
Digital resources
role in supporting
learning
“...all participants use videos to aid their studies, which all found on YouTube.
Students also said a series of short vid...
“I find YouTube videos are an engaging way of understanding both overviews of
topics and specific details. For example, An...
“There has been an increase in the amount of videos we have been watching as
part of the readings for the week… it is a br...
Information-seeking
behaviours
“You expect to find yourself looking towards the second term with a new found
confidence: you’ve been taught the resilienc...
“My essay quest always begins with what I would say are two of the most useful
resources available, Google Scholar and Lib...
“It (information) is reliable if their tutor has recommended it, if it says that it has
been peer reviewed and just from k...
Library Services:
Student Feedback
“Users of textbooks complained that there’s always a shortage of textbooks
around exam time.”
- Student Focus Group Observ...
“One book in particular was a real pain to get a hold of… on a course with 65
students, we had 7 books available. Finding ...
“Students find... the shorter opening times at the weekends annoying and the
shortage of computers at busy times of the da...
Referencing
“I am not the best at referencing. Until now I have never had to reference my
work, or if I did, I didn’t. So going into a...
“It does sometimes feel like referencing is impossible to get your head around,
and I’m facing it more and more as the yea...
“Many felt they needed advice on… using specific referencing styles to their
faculty.”
- Student survey results 2017
http:...
Key actions
Implemented
Teaching
Pedagogy
❏ IL Teaching programme redeveloped in
September 2017, having consulted ACRL’s
Framework, Sussex’s ADQE guidance, and
OFQU...
Increase in IL
workshops
3 times as many IL workshops run in the
17/18 academic year, than the previous year.
Digital Skills
Programmes
Every Tuesday
12-12.45pm
The Library Open Learning Space
“It's nice that you are organising such things :)” - Fake News
“Great session - really informative and interesting” - Blog...
DIGITAL DISCOVERY WEEK
❏ one week in Autumn term
❏ open to both students and staff
❏ mix of events and workshops,
includin...
Online
Skills Support
Reading Lists
& Resources
10 additional hours of 1-
2-1 reading list training
for academics and tutors
delivered in 17/18,
compared to 16/17.
Library
Services
Plans
for the future
Plans for this year
❏ Student shadowing days
❏ Student focus group
❏ Expand our reference management
workshops for student...
Plans for the future
❏ increase the number of online reading lists
available to students
❏ Make core textbooks simultaneou...
Questions?
@SAGEstudents
http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents
sagestudentcalendar@gmail.com
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  1. 1. SAGE Undergrad Scholarship: Enriching longitudinal research in the information-seeking behaviours and skills development of undergraduate students. Claire Wallnutt Academic Services Supervisor @ University of Sussex Library
  2. 2. What is the SAGE scholarship? ❏ Three-year scholarship programme ❏ 3 social science undergraduate students recruited ❏ £3,000 bursary spread over three years, funded by SAGE Publications.
  3. 3. Background Context
  4. 4. Background Context “This initiative will be invaluable in helping us better understand the development of student research skills, changing student behaviour, and understand ways in which we can better support librarian and student needs.” - Clive Parry, Vice President, Global Marketing, SAGE
  5. 5. Background Context ❏ Scholarship established in 2013 ❏ Partnership between SAGE Publications and The Library at UoS ❏ Now on its second “generation” of scholars
  6. 6. Meet the SAGE Scholars
  7. 7. Alex (Aly) Davie ❏ 2nd year student, studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management.
  8. 8. Andre Clacken-Lewin ❏ 2nd year student, studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography.
  9. 9. Oliver (Ollie) Pearson ❏ 2nd year student, studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
  10. 10. Scholars’ Roles
  11. 11. Blogging
  12. 12. Vlogging Image credit: University of Sussex Library
  13. 13. Gathering Peer Feedback
  14. 14. Surveys
  15. 15. Student Focus Groups
  16. 16. Presenting Image credit: University of Sussex Library
  17. 17. Presenting Image credit: http://go.talis.com/talis-insight-europe-2017-sage-student-scholars
  18. 18. Social Media Engagement
  19. 19. Library Events
  20. 20. My Role
  21. 21. My role ❏ Manage the day-to-day running of the scholarship ❏ Liaise with SAGE’s Marketing Manager throughout the academic year, providing updates and coordinating content.
  22. 22. My role ❏ First point of contact for the scholars ❏ Facilitate bi-monthly meetings with scholars ❏ Support scholars in their activities
  23. 23. Challenges
  24. 24. Challenges: ❏ Small cohort - not always representative ❏ Competing for scholars’ time and attention ❏ Balancing content that is beneficial to SAGE and the Library, while of interest to the students
  25. 25. Rewards
  26. 26. Rewards: ❏ Building relationships with our students ❏ Publicity for the library among current UoS students and industry peers ❏ Access to student networks for surveys, focus groups, etc.
  27. 27. Rewards: ❏ Unprecedented insight into undergraduate students’ information seeking behaviours...
  28. 28. Key Observations
  29. 29. Textbooks: Digital versus Print
  30. 30. “I usually prefer to use traditional textbooks. I often feel lost scrolling through an eBook, whereas I feel at home flicking through a real book. I dislike looking at screens for hours at a time.” - Ollie Pearson, SAGE Student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2018/02/14/study-resources-digital-vs-traditional/
  31. 31. “The majority of my eBooks are a nightmare to read due to the website not seeming to “fit” on my laptop screen no matter how much I zoom out.” - Aly Davie, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/05/12/talis-conference-talk-a-reflection/
  32. 32. “The format in which eBooks are presented needs to be altered. It is not pleasant for any student to spend hours working out how to use the book and getting a headache just from looking at the screen.” - Aly Davie, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/05/12/talis-conference-talk-a-reflection/
  33. 33. “They all thought it was hard to highlight sections of the books, and that information went in better when using a physical copy. The eBooks also gave students headaches and hurt their eyes after long periods of time.” - Student Focus Group Observations http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/06/26/focus-group-learning-resources/
  34. 34. “Often for students in their final two years, their attitudes tend to change slightly as the benefits of eBooks slowly outweigh the costs. This is often due to how normalized staring at a screen of words has become.” - Aly Davie, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/05/12/talis-conference-talk-a-reflection/
  35. 35. “I am now understanding the hype around e-books as it seems with each year of university the books get more expensive and bigger too.” - Aly Davie, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/10/20/uni-starting-second-year/
  36. 36. “My entire study life relies on the internet and using digital devices… I study in environments not surrounded by books - books are disappearing from my studies altogether.” - Eva Britten Snell, 1st generation SAGE student http://go.talis.com/talis-insight-europe-2017-sage-student-scholars
  37. 37. “As much as I love a physical book, a very busy schedule means having online access to your readings, feels like a blessing. Because when you finally get a free moment, you have everything you need.” - Andre Clacken-Lewin, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/10/31/second-year-shock/
  38. 38. Digital resources role in supporting learning
  39. 39. “...all participants use videos to aid their studies, which all found on YouTube. Students also said a series of short videos would be easier for revision and referring back to when looking for a specific topic.” - Student Focus Group Observations http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/06/26/focus-group-learning-resources/
  40. 40. “I find YouTube videos are an engaging way of understanding both overviews of topics and specific details. For example, Andy Field’s channel.” - Ollie Pearson, SAGE studenthttp://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/11/24/5-great-resources-for-psychology-assessments/
  41. 41. “There has been an increase in the amount of videos we have been watching as part of the readings for the week… it is a breath of fresh air to be using resources other than book.” - Aly Davie, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/10/20/uni-starting-second-year/
  42. 42. Information-seeking behaviours
  43. 43. “You expect to find yourself looking towards the second term with a new found confidence: you’ve been taught the resilience needed to scroll through an unimaginable number of pages from a Google Scholar search.” - Jade Fitzgerald, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/02/07/a-learning-process/
  44. 44. “My essay quest always begins with what I would say are two of the most useful resources available, Google Scholar and Library Search. Google scholar offers you the most relevant books, journals and scholarly articles in relation to your search, perfect for referencing.” - Andre Clacken-Lewin, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/02/07/998/
  45. 45. “It (information) is reliable if their tutor has recommended it, if it says that it has been peer reviewed and just from knowing the website it is from e.g. Google Scholar.” - student focus group observations http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2014/04/02/student-forum/
  46. 46. Library Services: Student Feedback
  47. 47. “Users of textbooks complained that there’s always a shortage of textbooks around exam time.” - Student Focus Group Observationshttp://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2014/04/02/student-forum/
  48. 48. “One book in particular was a real pain to get a hold of… on a course with 65 students, we had 7 books available. Finding this book was like finding a rare Pokémon.” - Andre Clacken-Lewin, SAGE studenthttp://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/11/16/the-assessment-approach/
  49. 49. “Students find... the shorter opening times at the weekends annoying and the shortage of computers at busy times of the day difficult. To improve the library, students suggested having an area where hot drinks can be consumed.” - Student Focus Group Observationshttp://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2014/04/02/student-forum/
  50. 50. Referencing
  51. 51. “I am not the best at referencing. Until now I have never had to reference my work, or if I did, I didn’t. So going into an essay and not having much guidance was a very big challenge for me.” - Aly Davie, SAGE student http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/02/09/how-to-using-resources/
  52. 52. “It does sometimes feel like referencing is impossible to get your head around, and I’m facing it more and more as the year goes on.” - Jade Fitzgerald, SAGE studenthttp://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/04/26/personalised-learning/
  53. 53. “Many felt they needed advice on… using specific referencing styles to their faculty.” - Student survey results 2017 http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents/2017/03/03/survey-results-no-pre-arrival-reading-received/
  54. 54. Key actions Implemented
  55. 55. Teaching Pedagogy
  56. 56. ❏ IL Teaching programme redeveloped in September 2017, having consulted ACRL’s Framework, Sussex’s ADQE guidance, and OFQUAL descriptors. ❏ IL workshops tailored to specific student cohorts e.g. undergraduate 1st years
  57. 57. Increase in IL workshops
  58. 58. 3 times as many IL workshops run in the 17/18 academic year, than the previous year.
  59. 59. Digital Skills Programmes
  60. 60. Every Tuesday 12-12.45pm The Library Open Learning Space
  61. 61. “It's nice that you are organising such things :)” - Fake News “Great session - really informative and interesting” - Blogging “I will use these straight away” - Digital Productivity “Keep up the good work, thank you!” - Digital Productivity 2 “really useful” - Referencing Tools Feedback from “Digital Tuesdays” attendees
  62. 62. DIGITAL DISCOVERY WEEK ❏ one week in Autumn term ❏ open to both students and staff ❏ mix of events and workshops, including: photoshop, podcasting, data mining, etc
  63. 63. Online Skills Support
  64. 64. Reading Lists & Resources
  65. 65. 10 additional hours of 1- 2-1 reading list training for academics and tutors delivered in 17/18, compared to 16/17.
  66. 66. Library Services
  67. 67. Plans for the future
  68. 68. Plans for this year ❏ Student shadowing days ❏ Student focus group ❏ Expand our reference management workshops for students, and online support in this area
  69. 69. Plans for the future ❏ increase the number of online reading lists available to students ❏ Make core textbooks simultaneously available to as many students as possible ❏ 3rd generation of scholars...
  70. 70. Questions?
  71. 71. @SAGEstudents http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sagestudents sagestudentcalendar@gmail.com

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