Are you graduating this summer?

If so, Learning Services would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in your future accomplishments, be that further study or starting out on your chosen career path.

We would also like to remind you that all library stock needs to be returned to us by 5pm on Thursday 15th June*

*exceptions apply to Faculty of Education students out on placement!

Did you know that you can still access library resources after graduation?

Apply for an Alumni membership of the University Library after graduation to access our learning spaces, selected electronic resources and to borrow library stock from any of our sites.

If you have any books of your own taking up space on your bedroom floor don’t forget we are collecting for another #PassTheBook textbook giveaway in October 2017! Drop in any unwanted books at Ormskirk, Aintree or Manchester and we will ensure they go to a good home come the new term!

If you have any queries please contact us via Ask Us.

Congratulations to you all and enjoy your graduation! 🎓

Learning Services

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Access thousands of helpful video tutorials for free!

All Edge Hill students have access to Lynda.com, a library full of useful and easy to follow video tutorials!

We have made a revision playlist which includes videos on skills such as note-taking, improving your memory, managing your time and overcoming procrastination! Take a look – www.tinyurl.com/lyndarevision

There are also tutorials on using various software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and SPSS. Explore your creative side with tutorials on photography, animation, video production and game design or boost your skills in delivering a presentation, proofreading or communication.

Lynda is partnered with LinkedIn, so certificates for any tutorials you complete can be published on your LinkedIn account to boost your employability!

Explore what is on offer yourself by going to Lynda.com, choosing to Sign in with your organisation, entering edgehill.ac.uk into the URL box and then entering your usual student username and password. You can also download the Lynda app free from the app store for easy access on your device.

Don’t forget, you can also find plenty of revision tips and guides on your ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge. As well as free water and healthy snacks at the Ask Desk 11-3 weekdays between 24th April and 12th May! For more information see our revision and study central blog.


Heather Johnston,
Staff Digital Capability Development Coordinator

 

Study & Revision Central: 24th April – 12th May

You’re trying to stay on top of your revision and manage to keep a work-life balance.  We know it’s tough and just wanted to let you know that we’re here to support you. That’s why Learning Services will be running a Study and Revision Central promotion for three weeks starting on 24th April.

(Free) Brain food!

During this time we will provide free water and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and boost your brain power while you study. So take a break and pop along to the Ask desk between 11-3 and collect your goodies. Working online

You can also find plenty of tips and guides on study & revision central at the one stop site available from your ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge. Check out the video playlist of revision tips on Lynda.com for help with time management, speed reading, note-taking and much more.

It isn’t too late to book on to some of the remaining Uniskills Workshops which include sessions on academic writing and information skills. You can also get plenty of help at the Ask desk from our academic skills advisors and student advisors.

Don’t forget, you can also find useful resources through our library catalogue including books and ebooks about Study Skills and Revision Techniques

If you are studying off campus, you can access our digital library – all things electronic – from anywhere

Finding a quiet place to work…

The University library is open 24/7 right up until Monday 12th June. Within the library you will find a range of study zones, networked PCs, laptop loans and free Wi-Fi (eduroam), printing and photocopying facilities, access to 200,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources and access to help and support at our library help desk.

To help you find a quiet place to revise, we have a silent study area with easy access to resources or you could book one of the individual study rooms if you want some space to yourself.

There are computers available in LINC building (building number 10 on the campus map) 24 hours a day, all year round which you can access using your student UniCard.

Further help and support

For further help please don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can contact us in a number of ways:

If you need any help, please just ask

Good luck

Learning Services

 

Chick Out Our Easter Opening 🐣

Easter is finally upon us and the overindulgence can officially begin this weekend (or from today, we won’t judge 😉) but rest assure we will be offering lots of opportunities for you to overindulge in the library too!

This year 24/7 will only eggsit for a week so you will have uninterrupted access to the University Library until 9pm on Wednesday 12th April…and 24/7 will return from 8am on Wednesday 19th April.

In between we will be open as follows…

So why not join us this Easter to take advantage of a quieter campus and all we have to offer at the library…

  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and free eduroam Wi-Fi
  • Access to over 256,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Bookable individual and group study rooms
  • A range of study zones – group work, quiet work and silent study
  • Access to help and support *during desk hours
  • 24/7 access to PCs in the LINC – available 365 days a year!

 

And if you cannot bear to part with your home comforts just yet, you can always visit us virtually…

  • Access over 170,000 eBooks, 67,000 eJournals and a host of specialist subject resources 24/7 via our Library Catalogue and Learning Services webpages
  • Contact Learning Services via our 24/7 Live Chat
  • Search our knowledge base Ask Us for the answer to many FAQs including using Turnitin, Harvard Referencing and much more…
  • Find support for academic writing, assignment planning, critical thinking and much more via our UniSkills offer
  • Or give us a call on 01695 650800 during our desk opening hours

 

Happy Easter from Learning Services! 🐰

12 years of Customer Service Excellence!

In January 2017 we had our annual Customer Service Excellence visit and we are delighted to share that not only are we still fully compliant in all elements of the CSE framework, the assessor awarded us 7 compliance pluses for our innovative work in the following areas:

  • The ‘On Location’ initiative; taking our services and expertise across campus
  • Learning at Work Week; a chance for our staff to learn, develop and share skills with colleagues from across the Service
  • The development of a pre-entry course; Stepping Up To Edge Hill was the University’s first pre-entry course to support English and Creative Writing students with the transition to University
  • Our UX work around the My Library Tab, Discover More and the Library Catalogue; a number of improvements have been made to our online resources making it easier for customers to find the resources they need
  • Our #WillonCampus campaign and the work of the social media squad; our #WillonCampus campaign won the CILIP Social Media Award in 2016
  • Our use of SnapChat; the first University library in the UK to use SnapChat to engage with customers
  • Our use of Blackboard Collaborate; using an online classroom environment for staff training and development

We have now been award holders since 2005 and have been awarded 19 compliance pluses over those 12 years!

If you would like to know more about Customer Service Excellence please do get in touch.

Helen Jamieson, Customer Services Manager


It’s oh so quiet…

We are once again entering a demanding period on campus with lots of deadlines, dissertations and revision taking place within the University Library!

From Monday 13th March we will be re-launching our anti-noise campaign to promote a study focused atmosphere across the library and we need YOU to consider your fellow students studying around you!

To help you find the appropriate space for the kind of studying you want to do we have simplified the different areas into a handy guide…

For Silent Study

  • Use the Silent Study Room on the 2nd floor of the Library

For Quiet Study

  • Use the 1st and 2nd floor of the Library, including bookable Individual Study Rooms*

For Group Study

  • Use the Ground floor of the Library, including bookable Library Group Rooms*

For Social Space

  • Use the 1st floor of the HUB

*How to book an Individual Study Room or Group Study Room

  • Option 1: Log in to GO and select “Room Booking” under the Learning Resources option in the Student Services box.
  • Option 2: Log in to GO and choose Learning Edge – the option to book the rooms is then on the left hand side under your faculty pages.
  • Option 3: If already logged in to GO go direct to the room booking page.
  • Rooms can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance.

Staff will continue to monitor noise levels across all of our learning spaces but if you do experience any inappropriate behaviour from other students, please report this immediately to a member of library staff.

You can report any problems to library staff in a number of ways…

Please note DESK HOURS are Monday to Friday 8am-9pm + Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm. Outside these hours please report direct to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor.

Cite This For Me

All Edge Hill RefMe users were emailed about 6 weeks ago to let them know that the service was changing.

RefMe has now become Cite This for Me and you can no longer access RefMe.  If you use the app or the RefMe website you will be directed to the brand new Cite This For Me service.

The account migration process has started.  You will be able to login into Cite This For Me – although you do need to set a new password. The first time you login – it  will send an email instructing you to set a new password. Cite This For Me have reported that the migration of references may take a couple of days so if your references aren’t there yet, please check back in a few days.

If you were using RefMe and had references in the app, they will move over and you will have free access to Cite This For Me for the rest of the academic year 2016/17, however, Cite This For Me is a paid for app and has different functionality to RefMe and may not be as suitable once Edge Hill free access has terminated.

To help you manage your references,  why not take a look at RefWorks which is provided by Learning Services.

Here is the current RefWorks guide or you can contact us via ehu.ac.uk/askus

Rachel Bury  – Academic Liaison Manager

Learning Services

For Your Consideration…

Awards Season is upon us, the time of year when the subtle dramas and indie fare slowly but surely supplant the big budget explosions in the cinema listings. Where everyone has a different answer for Film of the Year. The once hotly tipped front runner has been snubbed by the academy. And the film everyone loved suddenly gets too popular and goes on to suffer the inevitable backlash.

We’ve had the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, every conceivable critics’ circle and guild, the newspaper editorials on what will and will not win, the surprises, the flops and the upsets, culminating in the Oscars on Sunday 26th February.

What better time to re-watch the winners of yesteryear, finally get around to seeing that critical hit you missed, or give that one film another go to see what all the fuss was about.

The nominees for your viewing pleasure can be found on our Box of Broadcasts           And the Award Goes to… playlist.

From Argo to All Quiet on the Western Front, from 12 Years a Slave to Gone with the Wind and everything in between.

After the music has played…

Box of Broadcast (BoB) doesn’t come and go like an award contender’s marketing campaign, it is an on-demand TV and radio service available all the year round, with a vast array of content and material to cite and aide you in your learning and teaching.

Students and staff can view material, create playlists and edit clips from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and many others, together with an archive of over 2 million broadcasts ranging from last night to the last century.

To view the playlist, simply follow this link to Box of Broadcasts. When prompted to sign in, select Edge Hill University as your home institution and log in using your Edge Hill username and password.

Available across all desktop, android and iOS devices you can watch live, request or record programmes. It has an easy to search format that provides detailed citation data to help you with academic referencing.

In the best supporting material category, check out our online guide or watch a video tutorial.

Enjoy the show!

Learning Services

World Book Day Fun

To celebrate World Book Day we are bringing you a fantastic Golden Ticket competition in conjunction with Wally of Where’s Wally fame. #WBDGoldenTicket

In the run up to World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March we will be posting two images per day of Wally somewhere in the University Library with a book. In each of the books we will conceal a Golden Ticket, which can be exchanged for a fabulous literary chocolate prize at the Welcome Desk

How to enter…

From Monday 27th February to Thursday 2nd March, we will be posting 2 separate images per day, at randomly generated times, across all three of our social media platforms.

Use your skill and knowledge to search for the book on the library catalogue, obtain the class number to locate the item on the shelves, run to the shelf (making sure you don’t trip and hurt yourself 🙂 ) and claim the Golden Ticket.

Bring the Golden Ticket to the LS Chocolate Factory (i.e. the Welcome Desk on the ground floor) and we will exchange it for your super prize.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Only EHU Students and Staff are eligible to win the prize.
  2. Learning Services staff are not eligible to win a prize (that would be cheating!)
  3. There are 8 prizes. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  4. Golden tickets will only be accepted at the Welcome Desk in person
  5. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  6. You can Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of yourself with the Golden Ticket and book for extra brownie points. #WBDGoldenTicket

 

Do you use RefMe?

If you are a RefMe user you will have received an email about 4 weeks ago all about the up and coming changes.

If you have references in  RefMe, you need to export them before 7th March 2017 and your best option is to use RefWorks.

You can Import your references into Edge Hill’s reference management software, RefWorks. Follow the instructions in this guide to ‘Exporting your references out of RefMe and importing them into RefWorks’.

 If you haven’t used RefWorks before and would like some help, please contact Learning Services.

ehu.ac.uk/askus

From 7th March 2017, RefME will become Cite This For Me and all RefME accounts will be migrated to Cite This For Me which has different functionality and may not be as suitable.

Because exporting to RefWorks will not be available after 7th March we are advising you to take action now.

FAQs from RefMe: https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000823509

 

 

 

 

Rachel Bury  – Academic Liaison Manager

Learning Services