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The rise of the researcher: meeting a shift in IL demand - Fiona Ware

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The rise of the researcher: meeting a shift in IL demand - Fiona Ware

  1. 1. The rise of the researcher: meeting a shift in IL demand Fiona Ware, Academic Liaison Librarian Library and Learning Innovation, University of Hull
  2. 2. Overview Current situation To this.... Overview
  3. 3. Overview • Background • Session analysis • IL provision • Going forward
  4. 4. Background University of Hull (Hull campus) • 5 faculties • 15,000 FTE students • 1 academic liaison librarian per faculty Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) – 2,000 students – approx 80 academic staff
  5. 5. Background - Faculty changes • University strategy change – teaching AND research • New Dean – focus on ‘research’ • All FHSC staff to be ‘research active’ • Research opportunities/portfolio increased – pHD students
  6. 6. One-to-one requests • Noticeable shift in recent years • Increase in requests from academic staff and postgraduates in FHSC • Decrease in requests from first year undergraduates
  7. 7. Types of individual support requested • Largely ‘literature searching’: Selecting search terms; Appropriate databases; Where to find resources; Advanced searching (combining, limiting, truncation etc.) • Using reference management software, e.g. Refworks
  8. 8. One-to-one analysis
  9. 9. Data 0 5 10 15 20 25 09 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 Sessions Academic Year Comparison of one-to-one sessions 1st year Postgrad Staff
  10. 10. Data 0 5 10 15 20 25 09 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 Sessions Academic Year Comparison of one-to-one sessions 1st year Postgrad Staff
  11. 11. Group versus one-to-ones
  12. 12. Data 0 5 10 15 20 25 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 Sessions Academic Year 1st years - Comparison of one-to-ones vs Group 1st year 1st year
  13. 13. Data 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 Sessions Academic Year Postgrads - Comparison of one-to-ones vs Group Postgrad Postgrad
  14. 14. Data 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 Sessions Academic Year Academic staff - Comparison of one-to-ones vs Group Staff Staff
  15. 15. Analysis • As group sessions increase, ‘one-to-ones’ generally decrease
  16. 16. Undergraduate provision – level 4
  17. 17. Inductions – presentation, qui z; live demo; quiz Workshops hands-on sessions, workbo oks
  18. 18. Subject Libguides
  19. 19. Online tutorials
  20. 20. Postgraduate provision
  21. 21. Group provision • Literature searching session taught in conjunction with lecturer Feedback: “It was really valuable as it was good timing, interactive and met our needs as a group. We were also encouraged to self assess before and after which was really helpful. I liked the approach of the facilitators that encouraged discussion and asking us what we wanted as it was tailored to meet our needs and individual skill set to date.” Postgraduate Forum
  22. 22. • For PhD students • Credit bearing • Webinar on literature searching • Practical workshop Group provision Enhanced Information and Research Skills Module
  23. 23. Online provision
  24. 24. Academic staff provision
  25. 25. Group provision 2 or 3 slots over a weekly period, e.g. – Library update, ebooks, advanced searching, reading list software training Year long programme set up by Faculty – Afternoon session on ‘Literature searching and evaluating research’ Staff Development Week Fast-Track research programme
  26. 26. Group provision • Training sessions for academic adoption has increased engagement and opportunity for info skill teaching • Show them how to search the library catalogue properly! Readinglist@hull software training
  27. 27. Summary • Fall in undergraduate one-to-one requests at level 4 (first year) but rise in group sessions delivered • Postgraduate and academic staff ‘one-to-one’ requests peaked in 11/12 but appear to be falling as group sessions increase
  28. 28. Going forward
  29. 29. Undergraduates • Continue with group sessions (embedded in teaching timetable) • Students can book individual appointments online for literature searching support • Skills strategy – looking at making more online resources/videos available • Libguides software update coming soon NEW:
  30. 30. Postgraduates • Postgrad Forum and EIRS module continuing • Faculty online ‘research’ area • Increase online tutorials/videos • Libguides upgrade NEW:
  31. 31. Academics • Fast-Track programme / Staff development week and Talis training continuing • Contributing to an online ‘research’ area for the faculty –Adobe connect to capture literature searching presentation • Increase online tutorials, quick videos NEW:
  32. 32. Final thoughts • Individual academic support should decrease as all become ‘research competent’  • Will it reach a ‘steady state’, i.e. balance of group / individual support? • As we move more materials online, will one-to- one support increase again? • Pattern unique to the Health faculty at UoH • A similar pattern in your institution?
  33. 33. Questions? Academic Liaison Librarian Fiona Ware - f.ware@hull.ac.uk follow us on twitter HullUni_Library

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