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Planning and delivering library inductions [TG3/INDUCTION]


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Library inductions are an important part of welcoming students to the university and introducing them to the ways in which the library service can support their learning. New technologies have enabled innovative approaches to the induction process, allowing for greater interaction between students, library staff and the library itself. With the pandemic affecting our possibilities of seeing students face to face we have had to adapt and change Library inductions.

Deciding on the best approach to library inductions and ensuring it is engaging and interesting for students is a continual struggle, particularly given constraints on time and budgets and the current hybrid environment .

This event seeks to look at what a number of institutions have done to adapt, change and develop their Library inductions and what is planned for this Autumn.  Aimed primarily at those delivering library inductions, it will offer a space to share experiences and learn from peers with a number of talks from colleagues across the country.


10:00               Welcome and introductions

10:05- 10:15      David Bedford, Universities at Medway: ‘Creating COVID-safe inductions for 3 institutions at once.’

10:15-10:45       Lesley Gould & Amelia Hellyer, London South Bank University: ‘Induction in the context of an holistic information literacy framework’

10:45- 11:00      Screen break

11:00- 11:10      Alex Wheller, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Play to their strengths: Inducting Sport Science Students at Manchester Metropolitan University Library’

11:10 -11:20      Sally Forrest & Hazel Glasse, University of Derby: ‘Escaping the library induction: a game-based learning approach to making induction fun’

11:20-11:30       Antony Groves, University of Sussex:  ‘Introducing students to dynamic physical services using Instagram Live’

11:30-11:40        Theresa Thurston, University of Kent: ‘The Challenge of pivoting library induction – from the physical to online’

11:40- 12:00       Questions, discussion and networking


Speaker biographies:

David Bedford is an Academic Support Librarian at the Drill Hall Library, supporting health and related subjects for 3 universities that share one campus and one library. His particular interests include the evaluation of information and how library anxiety can be addressed.

Lesley Gould is the Head of Academic Liaison and Teaching and Deputy Head of Library and Learning Resources at LSBU. She is passionate about teaching and learning as part of an integrated student support offer and is particularly interested in the concept of the student journey. She has spent many years working to promote closer cross-departmental collaborative working within Higher Education institutions and has been with LSBU for the last 18 months. Previous roles have spanned a wide range of information service provision and include a professional body’s information service, a hospital library, a stint at the British Library and HE roles within London University, the University of Kent and, most recently at the Drill Hall Library, Universities at Medway.

Amelia Hellyer has recently joined London South Bank University as the Information Skills Manager, where she leads a team of librarians dedicated to the delivery of information literacy teaching across the LSBU group. She is particularly experienced in using technology to create needs-based, engaging and inclusive learning resources or environments for diverse communities of users. She is also interested in utilising a range of library systems data and tools to showcase the impact of libraries on the student journey, successes and outcomes. She has previously worked at the UCL School of Pharmacy and the Drill Hall Library, Universities at Medway.

Alex Wheller is the Subject Librarian for Chemistry and Sport Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed the distance learning Library and Information Services Managemen course at the University of Sheffield in 2019. He was previously a History Teacher at a Sixth Form College. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the Double Bass and being a hands-on Dad with his 19 month-old daughter Elizabeth.

Sally Forrest is an Academic Librarian at the University of Derby. Her current role involves providing support for staff, students and researchers in the College of Science and Engineering particularly in the areas of Engineering, Computing and Built Environment and also for the School of Arts which is part of the wider College of Arts, Humanities and Education.  She has worked at the University of Derby for many years and is particularly interested in supporting students with developing their information skills through workshops and teaching sessions.

Hazel Glasse is an Academic Librarian at the University of Derby. Her current role involves providing support for staff, students and researchers in the College of Science and Engineering and the Access and Further Education Centre. Having obtained CILIP Chartership last June she is now working towards HEA. Professionally, Hazel’s interests include gamification in HE libraries and how it can be used to develop students’ information literacy skills.

Antony Groves works at the University of Sussex Library as a Learning & Teaching Librarian within the Academic Services team. In this role he delivers training to undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all schools of study; develops online support through various channels; and manages the Library chat service. Antony chairs the Library’s Teaching Strategy Group and is a member of their UX and Discovery groups, working to ensure that resources are as easy to find and use as possible. Antony is a committee member of CILIPs MmIT Group and holds PGCertHE & FHEA accreditations. He has written about emerging areas of practice in his work for a range of journals, blogs and conferences.

Theresa Thurston works at the University of Kent as Divisional Library Liaison Manager with her job share partner Karen Goodwin and is responsible for ensuring that collections reflect the needs of the academic divisions and that users are empowered to make the most of the collections.  She has worked at the University of Kent for 7 years in various roles in academic liaison and collection management and prior to this was Systems Librarian at the Law Society.

£25.00 members
£35.00 non member institutions

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