Librarians are a useful bunch, offering advice and teaching related to using the library, right through to picking the best sources for your independent study.
Your Academic Liaison Librarian is truly a busy bee, often supporting an entire academic institute of students and staff, not just on campus but also those learning off campus and in partner organisations. We can’t reach everyone in person, so we hope to share at least some of that wisdom and experience through other means, and that’s where online learning materials come in.
You may remember late last year, Library Services ran a survey to ask students and staff about online learning materials – what topics you’d want covered and what format you’d like the materials to be presented. It certainly made for interesting reading.
All groups surveyed (students, staff and colleagues at partner organisations) indicated that the most popular topic we need to address is referencing, and the most popular format we should develop are downloadable information sheets. Perhaps this reminds us that we don’t always need something particularly jazzy!
Students also wanted materials relating to finding and selecting information sources for their subject. Staff suggested more materials on advanced use of Library Search and materials on plagiarism for their students.
Students requested materials in a Powerpoint format, followed by more interactive resources, such as quizzes. Staff were similar, rating interactive and video formats highly (but not Powerpoint slides).
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and provided such fantastic information to get us started. We’ll be aiming to introduce a new page with some great resources over the coming months.