• Say Hi to Walter

    A project team has been working hard over the past 18 months to redesign and develop a new Learning Services web site. W-ALTER (Web Alter) as the project is fondly known, has also looked at intranet content, blogs and wikis.

    The results of the project will be released on Monday 21st September, with the launch of a new, more streamlined web site, a staff focused intranet site and this lovely new blog.

    For those who can’t wait until then, take a look here (but bear in mind that this is still a work in progress!);


    After launch, we’ll be gathering feedback through a number of mechanisms;

    • Comments form on the web site/in Learning Services buildings
    • Student and staff focus groups
    • Usability testing

    During December, we plan to review the feedback and make any necessary changes.


  • Funky new Library

    For those of you who’ve been away working really hard on your studies all Summer (or just working really hard) you’ll notice some changes to the University Library at Ormskirk.

    We have put in some snazzy new self issue machines, which are using a new technology called RFID – Radio Frequency Identification. This means that the machines are faster, and we should be able to track lost items down faster than before.

    Rather than placing the barcode of the book under the scanner, you now only need to put the book on the square pad. It’s much easier than before, and students trying it out for the first time today thought it was super quick.

    Come in and have a nosey!

    In addition, returning students will notice that the front door has seen some much needed improvement. New automatic doors have been installed, along with flashy new security gates that turn red when they are set off.  The new doors are set to open on Thursday 3rd September, ready for the new term.

    If you’ve got any questions about RFID or the doors, just ask at the help desk and our friendly staff will be happy to find you the answer.


  • Why not visit the Woodlands Library?

    Woodlands Library at Chorley tends to be largely unknown to the majority of our students. Many a student will arrive through the door unsure of their rights and privileges, and in many cases that Woodlands even exists. After it is explained to them that they have the same rights as they would at the Ormskirk Library they are usually pleasantly surprised and leave stating what a nice experience it was and that they will visit again.

    We are quieter than the main Ormskirk campus and there are usually PCs available to use. You can reserve any items you need and can get them sent to Woodlands Library from any of the main sites. You can also return any items from the other sites here free of charge.

    We have a full complement of staff that have the time to offer a more one to one service.

    The only thing we currently don’t offer is the Blackwell’s service.

    So if you live in Chorley or the surrounding area, why not visit us, it may be more convenient and if not why not pass on the word that we are here.


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