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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/

New Academic Librarians Blog

A new blog has recently been launched by the Academic Librarians to provide staff with up-to-date news and information from the library world. The blog also contains training information and other developments from the team as well as links to relevant resources, including the latest Aspire step-by-step guide.  If you want to be informed, check out the new Academic Librarians Blog.

Accessing resources off campus: update

FAQ: Why can’t I access resources off campus?

With very few exceptions (listed here), you should be able to use your university login details to access the library’s resources, irrespective of whether you are located on or off campus.

If you find that you are not being given the opportunity to log in with your university details then there are several possible explanations.
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Resources: Orbis and MarketLine to replace Global Business Browser

Joanne Farmer, Academic Librarian for Northampton Business School, reports:

“Some of you will already know that I have been looking into alternatives to Global Business Browser.  This resource has served us well for many years but, more recently, has not been meeting the needs of students quite as well as it used to.

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Following a trial of Bureau Van Dijk’s database Orbis, this has now been purchased as a (partial) replacement for Global Business Browser. This database provides in depth financial data in relation to very large global companies. To enhance the content on this database, I have also subscribed to the EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts component.

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Researcher help desks – Spring 2016

Your New Year’s resolution for 2016: visit Nick and Miggie at their weekly researcher help desk!

This terms dates are as follows:

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  • Tuesday 19 January – 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 3 February – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 18 February – 2 to 4pm **updated
  • Tuesday 1 March – 2 to 4pm
  • Friday 18 March – 9:30 to 11:30am

Park Library R2.20:

  • Wednesday 13 January – 2 to 4pm
  • Monday 25 January – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 11 February – 2 to 4pm
  • Tuesday 23 February – 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 10 March – 2 to 4pm **updated
  • Tuesday 22 March – 2 to 4pm

Or as ever, get in touch via phone, email or in person: Miggie, Nick

Last updated 26/01/16

You talk, we’ll listen: recruiting for new advisory panel

A message to research students from Library and Learning Services:

nu-information-services-park-401“As part of our commitment to meeting the real needs of students we want to recruit Advisors to sit on a new LLS Advisory Panel, where you will help to shape the services, resources, environments and future of LLS.

Commitment would be mainly via a NILE forum, where we would ask for comments on a wide range of issues, but we will also hold occasional, informal Panel lunches.

No special qualifications are needed and you will not be representing anyone’s views but your own.  All we ask is that you are interested in shaping how we support your studies and are committed to joining in the discussion.

So if you would like to make a difference and enhance your CV at the same time, please give your name and email address to a library helpdesk or send your details to chris.powis@northampton.ac.uk.”

Library guides to subject resources

nu-information-services-park-414-EditIf you are new to Northampton and not entirely sure which resources are available for your discipline then the Academic Librarians’ “Library Support for…” guides may be of use to you.

Each guide has information about books and journals for a subject area (e.g. Education, Accounting and Finance; Engineering); some subject specific tools and resources; tips on searching for and evaluating your results; and other expert help from your Academic Librarian.

Although these are mainly written for students on taught courses, new research students and staff may well find them a useful starting point so please do take a look.

You’ll find links to all the resources on the Academic Librarians page on the Skills Hub.

Researcher help desks – Autumn 2015

A new term means that researchers have new opportunities to drop in to the library to get help.  As usual, Nick and I are offering weekly help sessions at alternate campuses and we’d love to have some visitors.

The dates and times are below.

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21,000 new e-books available

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Library and Learning Services (LLS) has recently acquired three new e-book packages from major publishers, which together provide access to more than 21,000 e-book titles. All the titles are digital rights management (DRM) free, provide simultaneous multi-user access and are available via single sign-on through NELSON and the library catalogue.

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