Scopus training [limited spaces]

Elesevier are delivering a special Scopus training session on Thursday 21 November, hosted by Library and Learning Services in the Catalyst.

The workshop will be delivered by Michaela Kurschildgen, Consultant and Customer Success Specialist at Elsevier and covers the following:

Part one:
– hands-on training covering searching, filters, search results data visualtions, etc
Part two:
– research metrics and indicators

Want to join us?
Date and time: 10-1230 on Thursday 21 November.
We only have 10 places left. Please email liam.bullingham@edgehill.ac.uk if you would like to attend the workshop.

Why run this training?
Following a successful trial over the Summer we now have Scopus, which replaces the Web of Science service. Scopus features 23,500 serial titles and 75 million items, so being able to utilise its features to search and record items is paramount for getting the most out of the database.

Is any other Scopus training available?
Research students and staff can book onto our ‘Literature Search for Research’ workshop on 7 November, which is part of the Researcher Development Programme. The session focuses on searching using Scopus. Book via MyView.

Welcome Week Social Media Competition

During Welcome Week (15th – 22nd September) we have two exciting opportunities for you to win a prize by engaging with us on social media!

1)Take a #Shelfie with a group of friends

Come into Catalyst and get a #Shelfie with a group of your friends among our book shelves! We will be offering a prize for the most fun and creative picture, so grab some mates and your phone to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon Voucher.

Once you’ve taken your picture upload it to Twitter with the hashtag #Shelfie and tag @EHULearnService – we will pick our favourite to be our winner on Monday 23rd September!

This will be a great way for you to get to know your new course mates or flatmates. Why not check out our facilities whilst you are here – you could join a Catalyst tour or explore the building by yourselves.

2) Become a #BookFace

You might prefer to engage your creative side and produce a #BookFace. We have lots of examples of these, produced by our brilliant helpdesk team, on our Instagram page @ehulibrary if you would like some inspiration! This is another chance for you to win a £10 Amazon Voucher!

Take a picture of yourself intertwined with a book cover. Upload this to Twitter with the #BookFace and tag @EHULearnService – we will be picking our winner on Monday 23rd September!

Welcome Fair Competition

We will also be at the Welcome Fair on Wednesday 18th September in the Hub, eager to say hello to our new and returning students! Come along to our stand and you’ll have a chance to take part in our ‘Guess the Book’ competition. Test your knowledge to see if you can work out which book has been shredded into a jar (bonus points if you know the author too!). If you take part you will be entered into a prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only EHU Students are eligible to win prizes, EHU staff may enter but are not eligible to win a prize.
  2. Competition entries will only be accepted on social media between Sunday 15th September 2019 and Sunday 22nd September 2019 when the appropriate hashtags and handles are included.
  3. The Welcome Fair competition can only be entered in person by visiting the Learning Services Stand between 9am and 5pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019. All entries must be placed on the entry form provided at the stand.
  4. You may only enter each competition once.
  5. The winner will be contacted through their Edge Hill email address.
  6. The winners will be picked at random from a prize draw on Monday 23rd September 2019.
  7. The prizes are non-transferable.
  8. All winners must be able to collect the prize from Catalyst Help Desk and be able to provide evidence/ID that they have won before we can hand over the prize.
  9. Prizes must be collected by 5pm on Friday 11th October 2019.
  10. If anyone cannot be contacted or prizes are not collected by Friday 11th October the entry will become null and void and a re-draw will take place.

Any further questions please contact uniskills@edgehill.ac.uk

Welcome to Library and Learning Services 2019/20

A massive hello and welcome to all our new students! And it is good to see some familiar faces returning from their summer break too.

The Library and Learning Services have had a fantastic first year in the brand-new Catalyst building and we are all excited to see it full of students studying away once more. If you haven’t had a chance to come in and explore the facilities, make sure you find some time to attend a Student Led Catalyst Tour during your jam-packed first few weeks. Our Student Advisors will be waiting with big smiles to welcome you!

To help you to navigate your new surroundings we have created a full line-up of activities for you to utilise including tours and peer support.

Student Led Catalyst Tours …

Catalyst tours will be available Monday – Friday from the 16th – 27th September. Drop in any day between 10am-3:30pm and meet us in the Catalyst Foyer.

Getting started …

This workshop is delivered by our knowledgeable Student Advisors – who are all current EHU students! They will use their expertise to help you to log in and explore the new My EHU student homepage. In this session they will give you a virtual tour and let you know all of the essentials to ensure you’re ready for the start of your course. They can also signpost you to our UniSkills support and much more. They know everything there is to know about loving the library and acing assignments so come along for a friendly chat.

Finding Your Resources …

In this session our Student Advisors will help you to navigate your My Library tab, access Reading Lists online as well as the all-important Library Catalogue and Discover More. They will share their insider tips to help you find the best resources for your assignments, keep track of what you’ve found and provide helpful hints on referencing. Come along to make your first assignment much easier!

These sessions will take place every weekday from the 30th September to 11th October in the Willow room, Catalyst. Getting Started workshops will run from 12pm – 12:30pm whilst Finding Your Resources will be from 1pm – 1:30pm. Book your place here.

Welcome Fair

Come and meet us at this years Welcome Fair on Wednesday 18th September in the Hub to find out more about the services we offer. You can also take part in our competition, so be sure to find us!

We hope you have an action-packed first week at university, and we are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Libraries Week is coming soon to Catalyst!

This year Libraries Week is taking place 7th-12th October 2019. The theme this year of Libraries Week is celebrating libraries in the digital world. This gives us the chance to celebrate our fantastic library housed in Catalyst and explore how digital technology is being used and what technology is available for you.

Throughout the week there will be a variety of sessions, exhibitions and online support available to both staff and students at Edge Hill. The aim is to improve digital literacy skills, create an excitement around using technology and use it to its advantages. 

Take a look below at the sessions and exhibitions taking place and how to book on.

Students

Getting Started

Join our Student Advisors and discover how to navigate your new student homepage (MyEHU) and get the most out of Learning Edge and your My Library tab.

Weekdays 12pm-12:30pm – Book now via CareerHub.

Finding Your Resources

If you’re new to EHU, or just want a refresher after the summer break, join our Student Advisors for a virtual guided tour of your basic online resources, including Library Catalogue and Reading Lists.

Weekdays 1pm-1:30pm – Book now via CareerHub.

Staff

Cultivating A Growth Mindset with Digital Technology

Growth mindset, a learning theory developed by Carol Dweck, revolves around the belief that you can develop and improve your ability and performance as a result of establishing a positive mindset that encourages growth and positivity. In this session staff will explore how having a growth mindset can also empower digital transformation. This session will enable staff to try out new digital tools and find the benefits of using technology in different ways. 

Monday 7th October 11am-12pm – Book now via MyView.

Wiki: Updating and personalizing the Wiki

This session aims to introduce staff to the Wiki and guide them through updating and personalizing it according to their specific department. This session will look at creating a clear structure on your Wiki pages, creating a main page, adding a colour scheme and sourcing high quality professional images and photographs. 

Tuesday 8th October 2pm-3pm – Book now via MyView.

Annotating the Web: Encouraging Collaboration

This session will discuss different strategies and methods of making notes about online articles and webpages, considering ways in which technology can be used to make annotating the web more efficient and beneficial. Through the use of online pieces of software, we can now annotate the web, highlight key phrases and colour code our notes.

Thursday 10th October 12pm-1pm – Book now via MyView.

Students and Staff

Virtual Reality

Experience the Virtual Reality technologies that are being used extensively in the healthcare, sports, entertainment and engineering industries; during this exciting Libraries Week event you will have the opportunity to experience using a VIVE™ virtual reality headset and be immersed in a 3D gaming environment where physical space is irrelevant and the impossible can appear possible.

Tuesday 8th October 12pm-2pm – Catalyst Events Space

3D Printing

Learn more about the 3D printing technologies used to rapidly produce prototypes within the aerospace, medical, automotive, fashion and construction industries; this hands-on makerspace event held during Libraries Week will include an opportunity to design and print your very own 3D bookmark to take away.

Friday 11th October 12pm-2pm – Catalyst Events Space

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Catalyst and get involved in Libraries Week.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #librariesweek

What’s the word? Digital Workplace Technologies Feedback

We believe that listening to staff feedback is vital! It helps us to shape our sessions, develop new and exciting initiatives and respond to your needs and interests.

The Digital Workplace Technologies offer has now been active for over 6 months. During this time we have worked hard to develop a comprehensive and responsive offer, that has been adapted to suit staff’s digital needs and technological advancements. This year the current Digital Workplace Technologies offer has been restructured and refreshed in order to provide all staff with a clear pathway to increase and enhance their digital knowledge and capabilities. Learning Services aims to provide staff at Edge Hill University with a high-quality learning and development experience, enhancing staff digital capabilities through a variety of staff development sessions, online guides and resources.

So, what’s the word? Since launching in early 2019, over 350 members of staff have attended sessions and 100% of staff in the online feedback evaluation form said that ‘Overall the session’s objectives were met’. This is great news to hear and we are glad that we are making an impact!

Statistics about Digital Workplace Technologies,

Feedback has been a vital way in order to gather ideas, collate data and further develop the offer.

Staff have made the following comments about sessions that they have attended:

Feedback - "Excellent and beneficial for supporting 
students in my role"

"Great session and already booked for my next one"        
"Excellent session. I will be able to take the skills I have learnt and apply to my job role"

As a result of the feedback received, changes have been made to the structure of sessions, amount of participation and length of activities.

Also, due to staff feedback even more sessions have now been added! Some of these include: ‘Digital Participation: Encouraging Student Involvement’; ‘Word: Mail Merge 2016’; ‘Visio: Learning the Basics’; ‘Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Digital Technology’ and ‘Annotating the Web: Encouraging Collaboration’.

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

Written by: Laura Riella,

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Hello to Scopus!

We’ve been evaluating our academic literature databases over the Summer and learned there has been a steady drop in the use Web of Science, a multidisciplinary citations database. To see whether an alternative may work better, we ran a trial of Scopus during July.

With over 23,500 serial titles and 75 million items, Scopus has a broader reach than Web of Science, indexing more academic journals and also couples a clean interface with features such a suite of data visualisations for your search results. Additionally, it works better with Pure, the University’s research information repository.

The Trial

During July we set up a trial subscription to Scopus – this was a big success! We received lots of requests to subscribe and the platform earned favourable comparisons with popular tools like Google Scholar (you can see some comments here).

The Decision

Given that Scopus received such positive feedback from staff and students, and has improved scope and usability, we have taken a multidisciplinary approach and decided to move from Web of Science to Scopus. As such, access to WoS will cease at end of September and we will have Scopus live from 16 September.

All students and staff will be able to access Scopus, and we are confident you find it a big improvement. We are arranging training for mid-November, and our ‘Literature Search for Research’ session is already available for booking via MyView. If you have any saved searches or alerts from Web of Science which you would like to transfer across to Scopus, please contact liam.bullingham@edgehill.ac.uk for support with this.

Staff Development Fortnight

Following our very successful June Academic Staff Development Fortnight, Library and Learning Services will be offering sessions again between the 2nd and 12th of September 2019.

Staff Development Fortnight - 2nd to the 12th of September

Staff Development Fortnight is designed to update your skills and knowledge of the support we offer – from Research Support to Student Engagement, and everything in between. Sessions include: Copyright, Beautifying Blackboard, Reading List Workshop, Disability Support and Assistive Technologies and Using Panopto and Ally.

All sessions can be booked now via MyView. For further information please see the Learning Services Wiki and the timetable below.

Information about the sessions can also be found here on Issuu.com, in our interactive timetable.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us to learn more about the support we can offer and update your skills!

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

We look forward to seeing you in Catalyst in September.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Summer Assessments

Summer is flying by already and we’re counting down the days to the start of the new term. Many of us have been enjoying the summer sun, but spare a thought for your fellow students who have upcoming assessments!

Assessments will be taking place at our Ormskirk and Manchester St James’ campus, and we’ll have lots of support in place to help you prepare and perform your best.

As always we have 1-2-1 appointments available at both our campuses which you can book here.

From the 19th – 23rd August we will have free fruit and revision booklets available on the ground floor of Catalyst and in the Library at our Manchester St James’ campus.

In the lead up to your exam take some time to read the advice on our UniSkills webpages. You’ll be able to find checklists, tools and techniques to support your studies.

We’d like to wish anyone who has a summer assessment the best of luck!

Upcoming Digital Workplace Technologies Sessions

Are you looking to boost your digital skills? If so, then there are a range of Digital Workplace Technologies sessions taking place throughout August and September.

These sessions aim to boost staff’s digital capabilities, developing staff into digitally proficient learners and thinkers.

Take a look below at the upcoming sessions, including a brief summary of the session and dates/times. All sessions can be booked on MyView.

Digital Mindfulness

The modern world is a hyper-connected digital place where everything is just a click away and is available 24/7. Digital mindfulness promotes the presence of mind and is defined as the conscious awareness and acceptance of present experience. This session will provide staff with the opportunity to apply this approach to our use of digital tools and technology, evaluating why it is important to be digitally mindful.

Digital Mindfulness. Session taking place Tuesday 13th August 10am-11am.

Tuesday 13th August

Word: Formatting Long Documents

This session will focus on using the features of Microsoft Word to put together long documents or formal reports, including using styles, creating tables of contents and applying section footers and working collaboratively with master documents.

Word: Formatting Long Documents session taking place Tuesday 13th August

Tuesday 13th August  

Excel: Advanced

This practical session will show staff how to perform complex sorting, filtering and sub-totalling lists of data, along with creating and manipulating pivot tables.

Excel Advanced session taking place Wednesday 14th August 3pm-4pm

Wednesday 14th August

Making Documents Accessible

It is important that when producing documents using Microsoft Word that you follow a few simple steps to make sure that your document is accessible by all users. This session will consider how to reach all of your audience, how to make effective use of accessible communication formats (also known as alternative formats), how to add Headings and Subheadings, add alternate text (Alt Text) for images and use tables wisely.

Making documents accessible session taking place on Monday 2nd September

Monday 2nd September

Project Management

This session will be a key starting point for staff wishing to gain more knowledge about how to collaborate with colleagues using project management software. This session will cover project management software such as Trello and Microsoft Project.

Project Management session taking place Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Using Kahoot

This session will introduce staff to using Kahoot, a game-based platform that can be used for quizzes and games. Popular in educational institutions, Kahoot can also be utilised with staff members as a way to encourage group participation, gather feedback and conduct surveys.

Using Kahoot session taking place Thursday 19th September

Thursday 19th September

Getting The Most Out Of Outlook

This session will introduce staff to useful features in Outlook email and calendar that can enhance productivity and organisation. By the end of the session staff will be able to categorize their emails and calendar events, set up follow up messages on emails, create and schedule appointments and meetings and add meeting notes using OneNote.

Getting the most out of Outlook session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Eventbrite

This session aims to introduce staff to Eventbrite, an online event management and ticketing website. By the end of the session staff will be able to create events, manage and track attendees and promote the event using the custom design features.

Eventbrite session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Sway

This session will cover the basics of using Sway, a presentation software available as part of Office 365. Staff will learn how to navigate the application, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish their finished presentations.

Sway session taking place Monday 23rd September

Monday 23rd September

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps

Instagram is a popular and simple way to capture, edit and share videos, photos and messages. A photo and video sharing social networking platform, Instagram is a great way to share eye-catching and stunning photographs with your followers. This session will introduce staff to some simple tips and tricks that will allow you to take stunning photographs and introduce you to some beneficial camera apps to further improve your photography skills.

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps session taking place Tuesday 24th September

Tuesday 24th September

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

Written by: Laura Riella, Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Tips From a Third Year

Hi, my name is Dylan and I’m a Student Advisor for Learning Services.

I work alongside the team to support students in utilising the library’s resources and aiding with academic support such as referencing. As I have just graduated I thought I would pass on some advice to other students, irrespective of their year of study, to talk about lessons I’ve learned from studying at Edge Hill.

What would you tell your first-year self?

I’d tell my first-year self many things, but one of the main pieces of advice would be to join a society. I didn’t join any during my time at Edge Hill, but some people have met life-long friends through them. They’re also great for teamwork and communication skills, which is essential for employment as a student and a graduate! In your first week on campus you’ll be invited to the Welcome Fair where you can sign up to as many as you like.

What do you wish you’d known when starting at Edge Hill?

I wish I had known about the extensive UniSkills workshops that Learning Services host. After attending these as part of my role as a Student Advisor I can see how the workshops are valuable to all students with writing essays, dissertations, locating resources and referencing. If I had known how beneficial they were I would’ve definitely attended them earlier.

What has been the most rewarding part of your degree?

Watching myself progress, both academically and personally, has been the most rewarding part of studying. Meeting new people, taking part in extra-curricular events and studying with like-minded students has raised my confidence immensely. If it wasn’t for the help of my peers, my tutors and my colleagues, I don’t think I would’ve progressed into the person I am today. I look forward to seeing how much more I can develop when faced with new challenges in my postgraduate studies.

What has been the most challenging part of your degree?

Sticking to a schedule has always been the most challenging part for me. Having deadline after deadline approaching (especially during my third year) can make managing time difficult. When I do stay on track (sometimes even just for a day), I feel as though I’ve achieved more. It reduces my stress levels in the run up to my assignment submission dates too. Finding your own schedule that works for you could be your answer to reducing stress! The UniSkills webpages have useful resources for time management if you struggle with this too. 

What has been the most rewarding part of being a Student Advisor?

Being a Student Advisor has meant that I can work closely with other students and share my knowledge. I found it really rewarding to help students, whether that be regarding their assignment planning, referencing, or more generally such as sharing my own student experience with them. I have enjoyed meeting and chatting with prospective and current students at Edge Hill who all share the same passion for the University and for their subject area. I’m excited to use the skills I have gained whilst working for Learning Services in further employment.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their degree at Edge Hill University?

I have three pieces of advice!

  1. I would advise people to make use of the facilities and services around them, whether that be Learning Services, Student Services, Wellbeing or Careers. These services are here to support all students, and have been created with you in mind, so take advantage of them!
  2. Don’t be worried! Starting university can be a daunting time but everyone at university is in the same boat. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people and initiate new friendships, the other person will be glad that you started up a conversation.
  3. It is important to remember to enjoy this part of your life as it will be over in a flash! But, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t neglect your studies. Finding an even balance between studies and social life will benefit you in many ways.

Good luck to everyone who will be starting their University journey in September and to those continuing their studies!

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Student Advisor for Library and Learning Services