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Contributing to conferences and events enables us to share best practice and learn from others to improve our services.

Recent activity includes:

  • Rianne MacArthur (Learning Technologist) and Claire Ryan (Learning Systems Advisor) presented at The University of Sheffield’s Technology Enhanced Learning Festival (TELFest) in June 2018. Their case study, creating engaging online learning modules, focused upon the Learning Systems team’s experience using Blackboard’s learning modules tool to develop online training for staff at Leeds Beckett University. It also included tips, feedback and future plans.
  • Information Services Librarians Tom Vause and Sam Ziesler gave a lightning-talk presentation at the Sherif event ‘Save the time of the (e)reader’ in London in June 2018. The theme of the talk was resource personalisation. Tom described the process for creating Discover ‘placards’, as well as explaining the creation of subject and franchise profiles for Discover and Sam outlined how Leeds Beckett's cataloguing processes help deliver high quality, personalised metadata, and the benefits of  Patron-driven acquisition eBooks
  • Natalia Gordon, Information Services Librarian, gave a presentation in June 2018 at the Meeting the Reading List Challenge (MTRLC) conference hosted by Loughborough University, demonstrating how Leeds Beckett University Library consistently achieved over 95% coverage of reading lists across the university.  It also discussed the challenges and achievements of this ‘behind the scenes’ method and the future sustainability of this approach.  
  • Academic Librarians, Karen Fisher and Rob O'Brien presented at an event at The Tetley arts venue in Leeds entitled Showcasing Leeds Arts Libraries: Stories from the Collection. Their presentation featured items from the Leeds College of Art Archive and the main collection at Leeds Beckett University Library that tell stories about the changing experiences of lecturers from the Leeds College of Art in the late 1920s, through the creation of the Leeds Polytechnic and its Faculty of Art and Design in 1970, to the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University today. 
  • Karen Croft, Skills for Learning Adviser, gave a presentation in April 2018 at the Jisc Change Agent Network Conference on Championing Student-Staff Partnership in an Age of Change hosted by the University of Winchester. The presentation, co-written with Communications and Assurance Manager, Helen Loughran, was about the UX inspired evaluation methods Karen and Helen designed for this year’s study mentoring scheme. Other sessions at the conference covered a variety of projects in our sector involving partnership with students.  The presentation is available in the Repository

  • Academic Librarians Erin Nephin and Laurence Morris presented at separate days of this year’s LILAC, hosted by the University of Liverpool. Erin’s paper was on the work of the Academic Support team’s professional reading group, co-written with Alison Park. Laurence’s paper, co-written with Kirsty Bower, was on the various forms of ‘embedded’ tuition provided by Academic Librarians.

  • Helen Howard, Head of Library Academic Support, presented at the Relationship Management Conference at Lancaster University in November 2017. The presentation, entitled Necessity is the mother of invention outlined LLI’s changing approach to communicating and liaising with academic colleagues in Schools following a significant organisational restructure within the University. It considered the need to collect data and evidence which match School priorities and key performance indicators, in order to engage Schools in meaningful conversations about Library services and resources.

  • Learning Support Officer, Sue Smith, and Senior Information Services Librariarn, Vicky Dobson, alongside Gopal Dutta of Manchester Metropolitan University delivered a workshop about eBook accessibility at the National Acquisitions Group (NAG) Conference in November 2017. The workshop outlined what makes an eBook accessible and gave an overview of the recent national eBook Accessibility Audit project Sue, Vicky and Gopal coordinated along with representatives from other organisations alongside practical activities assessing key accessibility criteria.

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