Although lots of our lovely students have now either finished their courses or won’t be coming to the Faculty for teaching sessions for a little while, there’s still plenty to be done in the Education Library!
Here’s an insight into some of the work we will be undertaking over the next couple of months ready for when the PGCE term starts in September.
There are over 100 session reading lists on the Library Moodle Site and they all, yes, that’s right, ALL need updating. The lists are interactive with links to online resources (ebooks & ejournals) as well as the catalogue and so provide our students with quick and easy access to readings for their teaching sessions (vital for all of our part-time and distance learning students). It is no small task but is well worth the effort as one of our undergrads tells us: “They are such a lifeline both before and during term, and I don’t know of any other faculties that are so thorough and helpful with the resources put on Moodle.”
These all need planning and there are a lot! As a team, we run approximately 72 general induction and online research skills sessions which are embedded across all seven Faculty programmes (Undergraduate, Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE, Practitioner Professional Development, Masters, PhD and EdD) enabling us to build strong relationships with our students from day one and (hopefully) have a positive impact on their learning. Most of us have either attended conferences or workshops on teaching skills recently so now’s the time to reflect on last year’s teaching and see how we can improve (because there’s always room for improvement, right?)
Library Moodle Site
It just wouldn’t be summer in the Education Library without a revamp of the Moodle Site! For our continuing students, we will be updating you about any changes when we see you in Michaelmas Term but in the meantime, if you cannot find the information you need, remember to get in touch with us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will be analysing the content of our four great Library guides (Referencing, Literature Searching, Research Methods and Social Media), improving and updating them wherever necessary.
Look out for new resources on the Research Methods Guide and a whole new Education Ebooks guide!!
We know how frustrating it can be if you can’t find a book on the shelves, so every summer all the team do a thorough tidy of the shelves to make sure all items are in the correct place, ready for the first group of students in September.
Supporting our students!
Not all of our students have finished their courses yet and so we’re on hand throughout the summer to help with their queries from Accessing articles to Zotero and referencing support. We’re open throughout the summer, Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm.
So now you know what the Education Library Team will be doing this summer!