Author Archives: Dawn Hibbert

Library & Learning Services – Research Conference

If you’ve ever wondered about the reasons behind the support LLS (Library and Learning Services) offer students and staff at the University… But haven’t got the time to spend the whole day in a conference… Choose a session that suits… and join us in Cottesbrooke for 30 min to an hour!

09:30 – 11:00: Morning Plenary Session [ C101 ]
● Welcome from Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton
● Chris Powis – Tall Shelves and Ladders: student perceptions of the library
● Rob Howe, Vicky Brown and Julie Usher – Understanding the student
digital experience
● Paul Rice and Rob Farmer – Evaluating the effectiveness of a quiz in an educational video

11:15 – 12:00: Parallel Session 1 [ C203 ]
● Richard Byles – Advocating active blended learning through video case studies
● Joanne Farmer and Hannah Woods – Digital value: some reflections
on Resources Week at the University of Northampton
● Vicky Brown – Electronic Evidence & Expression: Evaluating the efficacy of and support for ePortfolio systems at UoN

11:15 – 12:00 Parallel Session 2 [ C101 ]
● Kate Coulson and Alison Loddick – Using Research to Grow a Service
● Rob Howe and Jim Atkinson – Exploring staff digital competencies

Afternoon Sessions

12:00 – 13:00: Panel Discussion [ C101 ]
● Chris Powis (chair), Cheryl Gardner, Sheryl Mansfield, Lisa Anderson,Dawn Hibbert

14:00 – 15:00: Parallel Session 3 [ C203 ]
● Susannah Quinsee – Citizen Researcher

14:00 – 15:00: Parallel Session 4 [ C101 ]
● Rob Howe – Enhancing the student experience through the use of NILE (Blackboard) templates – where is Wally?
● Sam Thomas – ‘How can I help?’ What impact does our language have on student perception, understanding and the development of academic skills?
● Gillian Siddall, Cheryl Gardner and Emily Oakley – Evaluating online reading lists – the student experience
● Al Holloway – Everybody deserves a captioned video]

15:20 – 16:30: Afternoon Plenary Session [ C101 ]
● Nick Dimmock – Off the shelf: thesis digitisation in LLS
● Kate Swinton – UNPAC – Take 2
● Dr Cleo Cameron – Implementing ERM: Electronic Resource Management or Extremely Riddlesome Matter?
● Dawn Hibbert – Do we really need a CRIS?

LLS – Everyone a Researcher Conference

Excited to announce that bookings are now open for our bi-annual LLS (Library and Learning Services) conference.

This year’s conference is entitled “Everyone a Researcher”

It will be LLS’s last conference at Park Campus where we hope to say goodbye in style, whilst also looking forward with anticipation, and welcoming in our new beginnings at Waterside.

LLS Conference 2018 will showcase the research undertaken by Library and Learning Services’ staff and demonstrate the inclusive and collaborative nature of the projects completed.

The theme for the LLS Conference 2018 is “Everyone a Researcher” and with this in mind, the conference will incorporate various formats such as traditional research papers, works in progress, a panel session and workshops as well as the now legendary minute madness. These will be delivered by staff members from across all LLS teams!

LLS Conference 2018 also welcomes on board our new Head of Research Support Dawn Hibbert, as well as our new visiting Professor, Professor Susannah Quinsee. We are extremely fortunate to have their additional professional input into our research community here in LLS, and of course, the University of Northampton as a whole.

So please do join us, for what looks to be our best conference yet. Help us to celebrate LLS research, present and future, as we begin to prepare for our Waterside adventure, and boldly go, where no Library and Learning Services department has gone before!

Register: http://bit.do/Everyone-A-Researcher

Full programme: http://bit.ly/llsconf18-prog-pdf

Further information: https://mypad.northampton.ac.uk/llsconferences/

Research Seminar – Conceptualising Learning and Teaching in Digital Age within UK Higher Education – Sue Watling

All Welcome:

Monday 19th February 12 pm to 1 pm – T-POD – Park Campus Library

Covering:

  • thinking about how staff conceptualise the pedagogic shift from F2F to online environments
  • exploring how an experiential approach to online teacher education can influence the adoption of technology enhanced learning design
  • considering how the Community of Inquiry model can support the development of digital capital

 

 

Most Downloaded Outputs in 2017

2017 saw our Research outputs being downloaded from all over the world, including New Zealand, Ghana and Ethiopia!

Read on to find out which posts topped the chart…

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New E-Books for Researchers Now Available

The library has recently purchased the following e-books that can now be borrowed through Nelson;

Altmetrics: a practical guide for librarians…….  Andy Tattersall.

The data librarian’s handbook by Robin Rice and John Southall.

Data management for researchers….. Kristin Briney.

Principles of data management and presentation….. John P. Hoffmann.

User experience in libraries (Applying Ethnography and Human-Centred Design)…..  Andy Priestner.

Top 100 – Altmetrics – 2017

The Altmetric Top 100 2017 is here! Check out this year’s list of the most talked about articles.

What are Altmetrics?

  • Attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources, e.g. policy documents, news, blogs and social media
  • Indicators of research impact
  • Help understand how research is being received and used
  • Complementary to traditional citation-based analysis

Why Altmetrics?

  • Provide a more coherent understanding of research attention
  • Understand the broader reach and early impact of research
  • Track attention to a broad range of research outputs, including articles, posters, data sets and working papers, etc.
  • Help researchers get credit for impact activities

Advantages of Metrics for Single Research Outputs

  1. Real-time, immediate feedback on attention to scholarly content
  2. Useful for early career researchers whose work may not have accrued citations
  3. Showcase attention to a research output beyond academia
  4. Not biased by an over-arching metric

The Altmetric Bookmarklet

The free Bookmarklet lets you instantly retrieve altmetrics data for any article.

Altmetrics

To install, go to: http://altmetric.it

Remember that the Numbers Don’t Tell You…

  1. Quality of the paper
  2. Quality of the researchers
  3. Whole story

Adapted from https://www.altmetric.com/

 

 

ORCID IDs

If you are at the University of Northampton and have an ORCID ID could you please send an email to openaccess@northampton.ac.uk with your ORCID ID and full name… Thank you. (If you are research active and/or have any scholarly publications and don’t have one, please register for one at www.orcid.org)

Monitoring the transition to open access

(Published 5 December 2017)

The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication.

​​This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to examine trends over the period since the major funders of research in the UK established new policies to promote open access.​

The research was delivered by a partnership involving Research Consulting, the University of Sheffield and Elsevier, and was led by Jubb Consulting​.

Key findings include:

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Research Impact at UK Parliament

The UK Parliament is delighted to announce the launch of a new web hub for academic researchers.

‘Research Impact at the UK Parliament'<http://www.parliament.uk/research-impact> provides comprehensive information for researchers and universities on how they can engage with Parliament.
The hub answers three key questions:
•      What is Parliament interested in?
•      How does Parliament use research?
•      Why engage with Parliament?

It provides essential information on ways to engage with Parliament and stay up to date, as well as contact details of parliamentary teams and staff who work with research to support Parliamentarians.

The pages feature a variety of case studies in which researchers from across the UK, and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, write about their experiences of working with a number of parliamentary offices.

URL: http://www.parliament.uk/research-impact

Transfer Seminar – Teaching Literature Using Critical Thinking and Communicative Teaching Language Approaches

Wednesday 29th November – 3 pm.

Location – MY120 Maidwell Boardroom.

All PhD students and staff at UoN are invited to attend Elhadj Benmoussa’s transfer seminar. Please note the change of location of the seminar.