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The Evolution of Reader Education in the
British Library’s Science Reading Rooms
Claire Packham
1st April 2009
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Rationale
 Why do we need to offer information literacy skills training?
 Evolution of Reader training in the Science ...
3
The Need for Research Skills Training
 Diverse Collections -
• Formed from many other collections
• Broad range of subj...
4
Plus….
 Increased Library usage
 Increased staff workloads
 Managing expectations
 Identifying the information needs...
5
Out with the Old…
 2 different topics (Biomedical Sciences & Technology)
 2 hours long, including tour of Reading Room...
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…and In with the New
Our Reader Education Team decided greater flexibility was
needed:-
 Sessions to be held more often...
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Advertising
5 sessions advertised:-
 Information Literacy
 Introduction to the
Science Reading Rooms
 Using the Catal...
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The Next 6 Months
 Re-branding of ‘Information Literacy’ as ‘Introduction to
Library Research’
 Development of subjec...
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User Feedback
 High Reader satisfaction rates
 Increased numbers attending
 Positive feedback from attendees –
‘sess...
12
Positive Outcomes
 Less pressure on staff
 Decreased/shared workload
 More relaxed approach
 Greater relevance to R...
13
Ideas for the Future?
 Fully flexible, schedule-free sessions
 Online tutorials
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Contact Us:
Science Technology & Medicine Enquiries
020 7412 7288
scitech@bl.uk
Claire Packham
020 7412 7952
claire.pac...
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The evolution of reader education in the British Library's Science Reading Rooms. Packham

  1. 1. The Evolution of Reader Education in the British Library’s Science Reading Rooms Claire Packham 1st April 2009
  2. 2. 2 Rationale  Why do we need to offer information literacy skills training?  Evolution of Reader training in the Science Reading Rooms  Were the changes successful?
  3. 3. 3 The Need for Research Skills Training  Diverse Collections - • Formed from many other collections • Broad range of subject coverage • Range of years covered, foreign language material, etc.  Location of print materials  Scope of open access material  Wide range of different types of users
  4. 4. 4 Plus….  Increased Library usage  Increased staff workloads  Managing expectations  Identifying the information needs of the researcher  Lack of formal Library Induction
  5. 5. 5 Out with the Old…  2 different topics (Biomedical Sciences & Technology)  2 hours long, including tour of Reading Rooms  Subject alternates, 1 session per month
  6. 6. 6 …and In with the New Our Reader Education Team decided greater flexibility was needed:-  Sessions to be held more often (twice daily)  Shorter sessions (30-45 minutes)  Less rigid training structure  Less formal surroundings  Weekly schedule advertised via email and online
  7. 7. 7 Advertising 5 sessions advertised:-  Information Literacy  Introduction to the Science Reading Rooms  Using the Catalogue  Finding E-Journals  Electronic Databases
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  10. 10. 10 The Next 6 Months  Re-branding of ‘Information Literacy’ as ‘Introduction to Library Research’  Development of subject specific sessions –  Complementary & Alternative Medicine  Science Resources on the Web  Chemistry Resources at the British Library  Medical Databases  Introduction of ‘Referencing and Citation’ session.
  11. 11. 11 User Feedback  High Reader satisfaction rates  Increased numbers attending  Positive feedback from attendees – ‘session was tailored really well for my needs – thank you very much!’ ‘the staff were very helpful and the facilities are excellent – I plan to attend them all!’ ‘make a dvd or podcast, but it will never replace a one-to-one experience’ ‘great one on one session, I learned quite a bit directly relevant to my research’
  12. 12. 12 Positive Outcomes  Less pressure on staff  Decreased/shared workload  More relaxed approach  Greater relevance to Readers  Appeals to a wider range of users  Repeat visitors
  13. 13. 13 Ideas for the Future?  Fully flexible, schedule-free sessions  Online tutorials
  14. 14. 14 Contact Us: Science Technology & Medicine Enquiries 020 7412 7288 scitech@bl.uk Claire Packham 020 7412 7952 claire.packham@bl.uk

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