DIY Library: Create your own Catalyst

How can you make the most of Catalyst and all it has to offer? Follow this step-by-step guide below to create the beginning of your very own Catalyst experience.

Step 1: Find your time

At Catalyst you definitely won’t be short for time – the building is open 24/7 during term. This means whether you’re up nice bright and early for the day ahead, or a night owl, Catalyst has you covered. Just bring along your UniCard past 8pm to enter the Catalyst doors.

Step 2: Find your space

Catalyst has no shortage of space. Split into four floors, Catalyst has catered for its various types of students, offering a groupwork space to work collaboratively, quiet study zones and a silent floor for those who prefer no noise at all. With computers based on every floor, and bookable individual or group study rooms, students can find their preferred working space at ease. One hundred laptop loans are offered on the ground floor too, where students can borrow laptops at the swipe of their card and find their perfect study space.

Step 3: Find your resources

Whether you need books, ebooks, journals, online journals or audio-visual resources, Catalyst has your back. With over 200,000 available resources you are spoilt for choice with material to help you with your assignments.

Needing to use an online journal? Edge Hill’s Discover More page locates any materials, both online and in the library, that are available to you, all easily accessible. Use these resources to create your own collection of information.

Step 4: Find your taste

Catalyst are proud to offer you 53.3° Café on the ground floor. With an array of hot and cold drinks and food to be tasted, why don’t you find your favourite bites from the new café?

Step 5: Now enjoy

Now enjoy! You have created your very own library experience where all that Catalyst has to offer is at your fingertips.

Need help?

Catalyst is home to three different services: Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers. These three services have been merged into the same building to provide a central point for all students to access the help, support and guidance they may need. Catalyst helpdesk is your first point of call for any queries, no matter how big or small, with any of the services.

We also offer UniSkills workshops for starting or developing your academic writing and 1-1 appointments with Student Advisors to ask about locating library resources, accessing the VLE and referencing.

However you may need it, Catalyst is here to help.

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

3rd Year Creative Writing Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

 

Meet our Student Advisors

This year we welcome five new Student Advisors to our team: Dylan, Claire, Shelby, Rachel and Jade.

The Student Advisors are based in Catalyst and they are here to support you. The role of a Student Advisor is to provide help, support and guidance to other students on a peer to peer basis. The team are all current second, third year or Masters students and between them they bring a great variety of subject knowledge and experience, using all of that to support other students on their own University journey.

The support they provide revolves around getting the most out of your Library. They can help with searching the Library Catalogue for books and eBooks, using Discover More to find online journal articles, navigating Learning Edge, Harvard referencing and finding and accessing UniSkills academic support. They can also help you to develop a range of introductory academic skills and can introduce you to more specialised support where necessary.

Find out more about our Student Advsiors below and what they can help you with.

Name:

Dylan

Course:

3rd Year Creative Writing

Dream Job:

Poet

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

As a Student Advisor I support students in numerous ways. Students can book onto a 1-1 appointment with me to help find electronic and physical resources, with referencing, Discover More and with any general enquiries they have about the VLE. In the Catalyst we are available to help students with any enquiries they may have about printing, study spaces or general information about the Catalyst itself. If you see us, don’t hesitate to approach!

Name:

Claire

Course:

MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing

Dream Job:

Teaching / Supporting students with mental health difficulties

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

I work in Catalyst supporting students in accessing the resources they need, either by helping them search Discover More or the Library Catalogue. We also offer 1 to 1 appointments where we can support with assignment planning, note taking and referencing. I am always happy to share my experiences and coping strategies with other students.

Name:

Shelby

Course:

BSc (Hons) International Business

Dream Job:

Educational Development at Microsoft or Apple

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

As a Student Advisor I am based in the new Catalyst building which is made up of the Library and Learning Services. My role is to support students. I can help and assist students with several things such as:

  • Helping student access the online library catalogue (Discover More)
  • Help students find learning materials E.g. Books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, Teaching Resources.
  • How students can access a free television service called Box of Broadcasts and a free online course site called Learning with Lynda.
  • Helping student access and use the online Learning Edge.
  • Hosting 1-2-1 sessions on things like Harvard Referencing, Microsoft Office Basics, Learning Edge and many more.

There are many roles we under go as Student Advisors, but most of all we are here to share our knowledge and first hand experience as students ourselves. I personally enjoy my job and being able to help others in any way I can.

Name:

Rachel

Course:

3rd Year Early Childhood Studies

Dream Job:

CEO of a nursery chain

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

My role is to support students in making the most of all the learning services available to them in Catalyst and online. I help students find books, improve their referencing and navigate online resources through ‘Getting Started’ workshops as well as much more. I really enjoy offering students peer to peer support and helping them thrive!

Name:

Jade

Course:

3rd Year Nutrition and Health

Dream Job:

Within the Food Industry – Sourcing Food Ingredients

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

I work in the new Catalyst building for Learning Services, to assist students with all things to do with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). I can help students with Harvard referencing or searching for journal articles on Discover More.

My job as a Student Advisor also involves:

  • Delivering peer to peer support to other students
  • Helping to locate physical and virtual resources within the library
  • Providing individual help with Harvard Referencing

The best part of my job is helping to make students feel welcome in an unfamiliar environment. I can point you in the right direction of all the services in Catalyst, just ask!

Study Happy Week

We are running a Study Happy campaign next week (Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October). This campaign is aimed at promoting a happier and healthier study experience for students.

It is well known that one of the most important factors to be successful at University is your health and wellbeing, and sometimes we all need a little bit of a boost 😀. It is important to find a good balance between valuable time for yourself and time for study. This week we will be providing free healthy drinks💧, snacks🍎 and activities. There will be free healthy snacks and water and you can take a well-earned break from your studies by taking part in the following activities: mindful colouring, stay organised with a planner, wordsearches, mindmap revision tips and time management tips. These activities are a great opportunity for you to take a break and have fun, spending time developing new time management and organisational skills. We will also have a Study Happy Book Display on the ground floor of Catalyst, so spend some time seeing what literature is available to help you with your studies.

Come along to Catalyst (11am-4pm) Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October and get involved with Study Happy week.

 

Happy National Dictionary Day!

Happy National Dictionary Day! The day is held in memory of Noah Webster, a founder of the American Dictionary in 1758. Take this day as an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the English language and the study of the dictionary. There are thousands of obscure and wonderful words you may want to acquaint yourself with.

Some interesting words I found earlier are:

argle-bargle [mass noun]

Copious but meaningless talk or writing; waffle

floccinaucinihilipilification [mass noun]

The action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

hoddy-noddy [noun]

A fool, simpleton, noodle.

opsimath [noun]

a person who begins to learn or study late in life

Why not equip yourself with a dictionary from Catalyst, or go online, and discover new words that could benefit you in your academic assignments or everyday life?

It is never too late to experience the amazing extent of the English language.

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

3rd Year Creative Writing Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

Bullet Journals

What is a bullet journal?

A fast and flexible analogue system, to weed out unnecessary distractions.

How do they help you organise your time?

  • Tracking the past
  • Organising the present
  • Planning the future
  • A bullet journal is the difference between being busy and being proactive!

What are the academic benefits?

  • Helps to keep track of grades
  • Cheaper than an expensive planner
  • Frees up brain space
  • Break from technology – No need for WI-FI or battery power
  • Encourages creativity
  • Keeping track of time spent studying

What do you need to get started?

Any empty (or half empty) notebook, some fancy pens (or just one you got free at freshers’ week).

Bullet Journal Workshop

We are holding a bullet journal workshop during Libraries Week on Friday 12th October. It will take place in Oak Training Room, 3rd floor Catalyst.

Book your place here.

Written by: JADE KAUR

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

Clear your diaries and head down to Catalyst, Libraries Week is coming!

We may be biased, but here in Learning Services we absolutely love libraries.

Whether for losing yourself in some fabulous fiction or stretching your academic skills muscles, a great library is a breeding ground for personal development, good mental health and connecting with your university or local community. What’s more, the dawning of the digital age has meant not only have many libraries embraced technology, but some have even re-written the rules and catapulted the sector into the user experience stratosphere (hello, Catalyst!)

In celebration of our commitment to innovation and student happiness, we’re just-finished-a-book delighted to be putting on our arts and craft hats for this year’s Libraries Week. With a national theme of ‘Wellbeing’, here are just a few of the events we have planned…

Take What You Need Tree @ Catalyst Help Desk

All week

We all need a little pick me up now and again. For some its chocolate, for others its spending sprees, and for some, a nice note from a beautiful synthetic tree just hits the spot. Feeling kind? Take a tag and write a supportive or encouraging message for fellow students. We’re feeling fuzzy inside already 🙂

Mindful Colouring @ Catalyst 

All week

There’s no doubt about it, adult colouring is all the rage. Why? Research suggests just 10 minutes a day can boost your mood and help to reduce depression and anxiety. We’ll take 10 crayons, please!

Self Help book display @ Catalyst

All week

Who doesn’t love a good self-help book? With shelves lined with expertise from psychologists and psychotherapists alike, we’ve decided to collate our favourites into a one-stop-shop for feel-good literature. Got a recommendation? Join the conversation on Twitter with #LibrariesWeek.

Book Club Launch @ Oak Room

Monday 8th October 13:00-14:00

In collaboration with Edge Hill’s Big Read, Monday marks the launch of #CatalystBookClub. Bring your friends and thoughts on Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine and be ready to leave inspired, raring for the next one and perhaps even with a few goodies.

Paper Flowers workshop @ Oak Room

Tuesday 9th October 12:00-13:00

Whether you’re an avid reader or merely a cereal box browser, everybody has a piece of literature that lingers with them long after it has been read. How cool would it be, then, if you could take your favourite pages and make an origami rose? Back by popular demand, this session will show you how.

Knit a bookmark workshop @ Oak Room

Wednesday 10th October 13:00-14:00

Nourishing your soul, practicing mindfulness and impressing your grandma are just a few of the benefits of coming along to our knit a bookmark workshop. Aimed at beginners and with all materials provided, we’ll show you step by step how to create an envy-inducing page holder.

The Great Textbook Giveaway @ The Hub

Thursday 11th October 11:00-2:00

Following the donation of over 800 books as part of our successful Pass the Book scheme, we now have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction titles seeking a new home. This means you can come along to The Hub and take away your next read **completely free!**

Bullet Journal Workshop @ Oak Room

Friday 12th October 12:00-13:00

Staying organised is one of the biggest challenges of university life. Providing stationary, templates and #BulletJournal inspiration a plenty, we’ll show you how to set up a fun and creative system that means no essay deadline can ever go amiss.

All workshops are bookable on CareerHub.

Written by Maisie Prior.

October UniSkills Workshops

We have lots of exciting UniSkills workshops coming to Catalyst this term. We have workshops to help you develop your academic writing skills, sessions focused on searching for academic information, techniques on how to give powerful presentations and support on starting your undergraduate dissertation. Find out more about the workshops below and how to book your place.

Introduction to Academic Writing

This workshop acts as an introduction to the style of academic writing used at University and may be of interest to those who are new to academic writing or want to refresh their understanding of what academic writing is.

The topics we will cover in this workshop include: planning assignments, structuring your essay, academic writing style and an introduction to Harvard Referencing.

Here are the dates and times below.

  • 15th October 2018 @ 12:00pm
  • 17th October 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • 22nd October 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • 24th October 2018 @ 12:00pm
  • 29th October 2018 @ 1:00pm

Book your place here. 

Developing Academic Writing

This workshop is aimed at students who have experience in academic writing and are interested in developing a more critical approach to their writing. Building on previous experience, learn to recognise and understand assessment criteria, apply critical reading and show critical analysis in your writing and the importance of integrating referencing.

This session aims to:

  • Help you build on what you already know about academic writing
  • Explain the terms used in assessment criteria
  • Apply critical reading
  • Help you to understand how to show critical analysis through your writing
  • Understand the importance of integrating referencing with your writing

Here are the dates and times below.

  • 16th October 2018 @ 12:00pm
  • 18th October 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • 23rd October 2018 @ 1:00pm
  • 25th October 2018 @ 12:00pm
  • 31st October 2018 @ 12:00pm

Book your place here. 

Finding Academic Information

This workshop aims to improve your search strategy, find resources for your assignment (including books, eBooks and journal articles) using the Library Catalogue and Discover More and learn how to evaluate your sources.

The topics we will cover in this workshop include: getting the search right in the Library Catalogue, using Discover More to find journal articles specific to your subject, reading lists, Google Scholar and evaluating information.

Here are the dates and times below.

  • 19th October 2018 @ 12:00pm
  • 24th October 2018 @ 1:00pm

Book your place here. 

Powerful Presentations

This workshop may be of interest to those who are delivering a presentation as part of their University course. This workshop will cover the different stages of putting together a powerful presentation, including: recognising the importance of planning and structuring your presentation, learning how to create a presentation that is both accessible and visually appealing and how to deliver your presentation to an audience with confidence.

Here are the dates and times below.

  • 23rd October 2018 @ 12:00pm

Book your place here. 

Writing Your Undergraduate Dissertation

This workshop may be of interest to those who are starting to plan and think about their undergraduate dissertation. The topics we will cover in this workshop include: how to keep a narrow focus, what is originality of research, explore the structure and function of each section. This workshop also includes a troubleshooting group discussion.

Here are the dates and times below.

  • 26th October 2018 @ 12:00pm

Book your place here. 

Introducing our Student Advisors

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new team of Student Advisors: Dylan, Claire, Shelby, Rachel and Jade!

The Student Advisors are based in Catalyst and they are here to support you. The role of a Student Advisor is to provide help, support and guidance to other students on a peer to peer basis. The team are all current second, third year or Masters students and between them they bring a great variety of subject knowledge from their individual disciplines together with a wealth of experience from studying at Edge Hill, using all of that to support other students on their own University journey.

The support they provide revolves around getting the most out of your Library, locating and using physical and virtual resources for your studies. They can help you to develop a range of introductory academic skills and can introduce you to more specialised support where necessary.

They can help with:

  • Searching the Library Catalogue for books and eBooks
  • Using Discover More to find online journal articles and other online resources
  • Navigating Learning Edge and your subject specific ‘My Library’ Tab
  • Harvard referencing
  • Finding and accessing UniSkills academic support material
  • Turnitin assistance
  • Locating books

Catalyst Tours

Catalyst tours are taking place weekdays from Monday 17th September to Friday 28th September. Tours start at 10am and are taking place every half an hour, with the last tour meeting at 3:30pm.

The tours are being led by our current Student Advisors’ who will show you around Catalyst, giving you the opportunity to see all of the fabulous facilities, learning spaces and student support available!

For more information click here.

Getting Started

Getting started sessions are peer to peer support sessions with our team of Student Advisors. Get started with your key resources, including: how to log in to Learning Edge, your My Library tab, Readings Lists Online, Library Catalogue, Discover More, accessing UniSkills support and much more.

Getting Started sessions will take place:

Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October 12pm-2pm

Monday 8th October to Friday 12th October 12pm-2pm

Drop in sessions will take place in Willow Training Room, 1st floor Catalyst. There is no need to book so just drop in and speak to one of our knowledgeable Student Advisors for peer to peer support and guidance on how to get started with your key resources.

Drop in sessions will take place at the following times:

12:00pm – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:00pm

For more information click here.

Book an appointment with a Student Advisor

During term-time you can book a 15 minute appointment with a Student Advisor, between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Get help with:

  • Searching the Library Catalogue for books and eBooks
  • Understanding the Dewey decimal system of shelving (shelf mark) and how to find books on the shelf after you’ve searched
  • Using Discover More to find online journal articles and other online resources
  • Navigating Learning Edge/Blackboard and your subject specific ‘My Library’ Tab
  • Finding and using the Harvard referencing guide
  • Finding and accessing UniSkills academic support material online

Book an appointment with a Student Advisor here.

 

 

Fresher’s Fair Competition

Guess the book in the jar

During the Fresher’s Fair on Wednesday 19th September Learning Services are giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes in our guess the book in the jar competition.

Competition Details

There will be two jars that contain a ‘shredded’ book in each. You need to guess the title of the books by looking at the quotes in the jar. There will also be a clue on the top of the lid to prompt you! For the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher all you need to do is correctly guess the two books in the jars by reading the book quotes and the clues to help you. As a runner up prize we also have a Catalyst goody bag to give away.

To enter:

  1. Come and find us at the Fresher’s Fair 2018,
  2. Look at the two jars displayed,
  3. Write the books you think they belong to on the entry form provided and place it in the submission box.

We will also be posting some images on Twitter and Instagram so feel free to play along online – just for fun though. To enter the competition you will need to come and see us at the Fresher’s Fair in person!

We will contact the winners on 21st September 2018. For further details please read our full terms and conditions below.

Good luck!

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Come along for a tour of Catalyst

Catalyst tours are taking place weekdays from Monday 17th September to Friday 28th September. Tours start at 10am and are taking place every half an hour, with the last tour meeting at 3:30pm.

The tours are being led by our current Student Advisors’ who will show you around Catalyst, giving you the opportunity to see all of the fabulous facilities, learning spaces and student support available!

These tours will give you the opportunity to learn more about:

  • The library facilities and learning spaces in Catalyst,
  • How to access print and digital resources, including Learning Edge,
  • How to access a wide range of support from Learning Services, Student Services and Careers.

All tours also include a virtual tour of Learning Edge, demonstrating how to navigate Learning Edge, the My Library tab, how to conduct searches using the Library Catalogue and Discover More and an introduction to the print and digital resources available.

Tours leave from the ground floor of Catalyst every half hour 10am- 4pm (weekdays) on a drop-in basis (last tour 3:30pm). There is no booking required – just drop in!

For more information please see the following webpage and look at our upcoming events.