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April 06, 2009

Get a load of this!!!

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It is worth reinstating my blog if only to bring some good news to the masses!

See the link attached for news with the heading:

"Culture Secretary Andy Burnham orders local Inquiry into public library service in the Wirral"

Check it out!!!

January 24, 2009

Excellent – we need more of this. . .

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Check out the recent Guardian piece on studying for Librarianship.

December 03, 2007

First Floor Open and other significant changes!

Writing about Ist images of Floor 1 in the Library from Library Remodelling Project

Well, as you can now tell from the photos over at the remodelling blog (see link above) the newly polished First Floor of the Library is open and ready for business.

It is a much fresher, roomier and more functional space for students than it was before. As well as the current newspapers, issues desk and photocopiers that were there before (although these now look somewhat brighter!), it also has lots of open access PCs, a cafe, a reading lounge, plasma screens, group study areas and the short loan collection.

As well as this, some time ago now, the Floor 2 Extension, which is where the Science and Medicine books and journals are housed (the stock my team deals with) has been reopened as well. It now has mobile shelving to save space and 2 silent study rooms. It also holds the Micro film and fiche collections and the appropriate readers.  It is currently somewhat difficult to find for first-time visitors, as the main part of Floor 2 is closed while further building work takes place and users have to go up to Floor 3, over the bridge and back down the stairs on the other side. But once people have figured this out they find that the floor is worth the effort to find.

As if all this excitement wasn't enough we have also moved offices. Science and Medicine are now also sharing with the Arts team, so the atmosphere is much more social and we have more people around to play with, I mean, professionally communicate amongst.

The new offices are bright and airy, with huge windows around 2 walls. I have a much bigger desk, so have been able to bring in all my Chartership work rather than keeping it in a pile on my living room floor (don't tell my mentor I said that) and all we need now is for our printer and copier to arrive so that we don't have to keep pestering the Social Services Sciences Team every time we need paper copies of anything. 

The only drawback of the new office is that it is on the Second floor and that is officially out of bounds to users, so it can get a bit tricky when people try to find us. But we seem to be doing OK so far. 

Is anyone else still undergoing remodelling?

Got any new offices/floors/swanky equipment to brag about?  :)

Pictures of our shiney new stuff can be seen here

October 03, 2007

The Library gets Fresh!

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Today is Warwick Freshers Fair, and for the first time the Library has a stand in the Student's Union, which I have been staffing for most of the day (apart from an hour when I had to rush across campus and do an induction session for some post-grad chemists - who, fortunately, did not seem to think my bright purple Freshers Fair tee-shirt was as hideous as I think it is).

I've just come back for my lunch break, and thought I'd throw a few thoughts down while I'm here.

It's going really well. The bags we had made (one of which is based on an original design of my own) are now being stuffed with Library fliers, bookmarks, pens, pencils and sweets (pieces of rock which read "Warwick Library Rocks!").

They are going down really well, and as I crossed campus to come back for lunch I spotted loads and loads of students carrying them around.

I hope that our new-found enthusuiasm for Library marketing, which seems to have coincided with the arrival of Antony Brewerton to the Library, (are these events linked? silly question!), is here to stay. We need to raise our profile, and I think we are off to a great start this year.

Setting up the stand

me mobbing innocent by-standers

September 20, 2007

Library Legs!

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A few months ago Antony Brewerton put together a set of short articles by new librarians, or those currently working towards chartership, to show what the apparent vision of the future of the profession might be from our point of view. This was published in Sconul Focus and can now be viewed online.

I was one of the people who contributed and sent him a piece about stereotyping, and how really, if we are to survive as a profession, we need to change the perception that seems to be so rife in the public eye, of librarians spending all day stamping books and saying "Sssshhhhhhhhhh!" and wandering about in pearls and twin sets with our grey hair up in very neat buns. I wont go into any further detail about the content as you can read the whole piece for yourself on the Sconul web site, but I am quite chuffed that I have now had something published outside of the relative safety of the Warwick Library internal staff newsletter "Off yer Trolley" (viewable by Warwick Library staff only). 

What made it even better was that the Cilip Gazette picked up on Antony's article too, so the whole thing got published there as well.  And this time they asked for photos of the authors. Well, clearly I couldnt send them a standard head-shot of me looking all Librarian to go with an article on challenging stereotypes, so, this is what they printed, and yes, they are my legs (unfortunately the fishnets dont come out so well here, the pic in the gazette is better quality). 

Library boots

Some of my colleagues (who requested not to be named) also joined me for the photoshoot - I thought it best to give Cilip some choice over what they published as this was no ordinary picture, and the results were as follows (personally I like the one with the stripper shoes standing on the law journals (appologies to our Law Librarian, Helen Riley).

library legs1 library legs 3

August 08, 2007

Bags of joy!

Sharon has just been to see me with the new Library Bags that have been delivered, they are canvas ones, partly to replace the plastic ones available in the Library and partly to give out as freebies at Fresher Fair etc.

They look great, much better than I expected, and to make them extra exciting, one of the two designs being used is based on one that I suggested.

My original suggestion was this (ignore the border - I cant seem to get rid of it):


and the final result was this:

Final design 1

I hope students like them, we have ordered quite a lot!

April 19, 2007

Publicity Photos

After work today I stayed behind to join a group of other apprehensive individuals in posing for some publicity shots for the Library Remodelling project.

The Library is due to undergo something of a transformation this summer and LMG wanted pics of the building before it changed and also some shots to go on posters around campus.

Here's one of the pics with all of us in - that's me on the right. I think they are going to cut the rest of us off it and just have Megan, the lady in the middle, on her own for the big campus posters - she does look rather happy!

Anyway, it shows I was there!

March 17, 2007

Article comments – Blended learning (and marketing)

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I have just read the March Update article on Blended Learning:

Developing the Best Blend? from Blended e-learning to Blended Learning, by Barbara Allen.

Blended Learning is an area that fits well into the scheme of things at Warwick at the moment with the up-coming library remodel, the successful development of the Learning Grid and Biomed Grid over the last few years and the recent launch of a new library web site. Warwick seems to be currently and continually looking at ways to incorporate new and innovative teaching and learning methods into library space and provision. (Also see my earlier entry on podcasting) And so I began to read the article with much interest in how it may relate to my present post and to the way the Library is developing at the moment.

The article reflects on the recently published report by the Higher Education Academy entitled The Undergraduate Experience of Blended E-learning: a Review of UK Literature and Practice.  Staff at Oxford Brookes considered over 300 studies on blended e-learning to produce the paper. This sounds, on first hearing, like a fairly inclusive study, blended learning hasn't been such a big concept until about 5 years ago and so we might expect there is not a vast body of literature out there to review.

However, Allen points out that the report is focused on the work of academics and there is not a single use of the word "librarian" throughout, despite a large amount of published work on the subject from the LIS sector.  

The rest of Allen's article goes on to discuss what is meant by, and involved in, blended learning and how students are largely overlooking many electronic provisions via Libraries and are preferring their own methods of study and communication, including the use of email, blogs, wikis, ipods, mobile phones etc. She suggests that perhaps Libraries should be focusing on tapping into the technology students choose to use outside of the educational framework and exploiting it, rather than trying to persuade students to use the methods that are generally provided - VLEs.

I began reading the article out of interest in blended learning, but what stuck in my mind as I read, and for a long time after I had finished, was the fact that LIS studies were not included in the report and it did not look at the role of the librarian (possibly not even the library, although that is not clear from Allen's article).

I obviously don't have to tell anyone that the image of libraries leaves a lot to be desired and that the general public (including most HE students) seem to think that librarians stamp books all day. It is upsetting to consider that the HEA did not appear to include Libraries and LIS publications in a piece of work on an area to which we are so integral. 

The article left me thinking more about image and marketing than blended learning and so I was interested to read the following article in the same issue of Update:

Selling the Benefits of Your Service by Fi Emberton (not available online).

This article looks a lot at how to sell your services to the people a library may rely on for funding (Vice chancellors, council executives, heads of companies). And also on how to sell them to service users, (parents, students, teaching staff).

It occurs to me from reading Allen's article that perhaps marketing needs to reach much much further than these 2 groups. I suppose my question is this - why are libraries overlooked when large pieces of library-relevant research are carried out by bodies who should be very much aware of the value of libraries? And which group/s of people could be targeted to address this lack of attention?

Allen suggests making library-relevant work available via more main-stream channels, rather than keeping within LIS publications. I think she has a good point and one that can potentially be applied to other issues of raising library profiles.

I am very naive about Library marketing and I have no idea how many academic libraries advertise within the academic departments they support, how many target new academic staff to increase departmental awareness and how many give lectures or provide workshop/induction-type sessions run by librarians in departmental buildings, rather than within the library - (these are things that Warwick is currently doing). And I really don't know how many work further afield, promotion to non-academic staff, prospective students, local communities, research organisations, professional bodies and so on (I don't know if Warwick do these things). But I would be very interested to find out and to get involved in taking the library out to people rather than waiting for them to come to us. 

  • Is anyone involved in library marketing?
  • Have you found any particular methods of promotion to be especially useful?
  • Any other thoughts?

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