Ebook Central update – Bookshelf data will be reset

Due to a security update with ProQuest Ebook Central all data held in the ‘Bookshelf’ feature of Ebook Central will be lost on Thursday 8th September 2022. 

The Ebook Central Bookshelf holds data on recently viewed books as well as downloads and books saved to the bookshelf to read later.   

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💖 Sharing admiration for the Teaching Online Reading Group: @EHU_TORG.

The journey so far – blog number 1…

In the beginning…

In 2020 the Teaching Online Reading Group (TORG) for academic staff members was launched, via MS Teams by Dr Claire Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Primary Computing Education and Sonia Edwards, Academic Engagement Manager in Library and Learning Services.

The aim is to provide a space to discuss user-friendly, research-based articles about online teaching and learning. Providing a valuable opportunity to actively and critically consider what it means to teach in a virtual world.

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Discover More and eResources – what’s next?

Over the past two years Library and Learning Services have developed a new Collection Development Policy and invested in resources to assist our digital-first approach.

This approach supported the pivot to online delivery in March 2020, where we aimed to provide as much online content as we possibly could. At the time we were supported by publishers and provided with some new and innovative ways of providing access to resources. Unfortunately, much of the publishers free access to eTextbooks and eResources was temporary, and removed when students returned to campus in the same year.

eBook Engagement Figures 2019 – 2021

Our data tells us that as students returned to site there continued to be high demand for online access.

The number of eBooks accessed between 2019 and 2021 from September to November
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Learning how to share

Staff Development: eShare: Making the most of your Digital Repository

What is eShare? Why do we have it? How can it benefit me? Come along for an introduction to our digital repository for teaching and learning and see how you can make the most of eShare.

eShare offers you the opportunity to showcase your work to the world, store presentations, video clips and images in an easily accessible way and find ready-made, adaptable materials for your teaching.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Create a profile – your profile can then be used for departmental webpages, EHRA and CV creation.
  • Learn how to search the repository for teaching resources, guides to technologies and learning resources.
  • Upload your own items – copyright and creative commons will be explained and demystified.

Book on to this session online via the Staff Development Booking system.

Michelle O'Connell




Michelle O’Connell

To arrange for a bespoke or 1:1 eShare session please contact me on x7229.

Over half a million what?

Did you know the Library Catalogue can be used to access over 17,000 E-Journals?

In the last academic year (2010/2011) you downloaded over half a million articles.

The favourite databases with the top downloaded usage by faculty were:

Faculty of Health and Social Care  Proquest Nursing Journals  57,064 full text articles

Faculty of Arts and Science  Sports Discus  29,779 full text articles

Faculty of Education   Education Resource Collection  19,029 full text articles

If you are interested in the usage figures for your specific resources, please contact your Faculty librarian or e-mail  [email protected]

Remember you can find your specialist database collections on the Learning Services web pages under Subject Resources

Sheila Murphy

Academic Liaison Librarian


An Introduction to Publications- widening your research horizons

On Friday, 2nd December the next workshop in the series aimed at research staff and students will take a fresh look at less well known sources of information.  Participants will have an opportunity to explore:


  • Open access journals


  • Institutional repositories


  • Theses & dissertations


  • Image archives


There will also be an introduction to research libraries and how to access their extensive collections.  Tailored to the subject areas of those attending, you will have expert help in searching and identifying those resources which can be “off the beaten track”.


Places on the workshop are still available on Friday, 2nd December 10:00am – 12:00 noon.


For more information and to book visit the Staff Development Wiki: https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/wiki/display/hr/Introduction+to+publications+-+print%2C+electronic+and+other+media


Make the Web Come to You: Simple tools and techniques that keep you in the loop

Do you want to keep track of the online debates and conversations taking place in your community of practice and beyond? Do you struggle to find time to check what is being said through all the relevant web sites, blogs, journals and social networking sites?

As part of the Emerging Technologies series this 1 hour session is an introduction to using things such as feed readers, RSS feeds, social networking and micro-blogging sites to follow topics, people and conversations on the subjects that interest you.

Although aimed at those relatively new to this way of keeping up to date, if you have already been using these tools feel free to come along and share your own experiences and tips for making good use of them.

The session will be delivered by Peter Beaumont at 1pm, 22nd June.

Edge Hill University staff can book by clicking here.

If there are technologies you’d like to see covered in future sessions of this series please suggest them in a comment.

Mark Ayton

Learning Technology Development Manager

Hidden Gems

If you are studying education and are unsure as to which databases to use, here are details of five “hidden gems” to get you started:

Education Research Complete
This database is recommended if you are looking for journal articles related to education as all the journals in the database relate to education. It covers all educational levels and specialism’s and contains over 2,300 journals, of which 1,400 are full-text.

This database contains books, and articles from journals, published by MA Education Ltd. It is fully searchable or journals can be browsed by age group and it covers early years, primary and secondary education.

A database which provides information on legislation, policy and practice concerning children, young people and families. Childlink contains information on a number of different topics, including education.

Education Image Gallery
This is a database of over 50,000 copyright cleared images which has been designed for use in Higher Education. The database is fully searchable and images can be downloaded free of charge for use in learning, teaching and research with appropriate accreditation. Images from a large number of subject areas are available, including geography, sport, music, plus many more.

British Education Index
This contains information on articles from over 300 education journals, as well as reports and conference papers about every aspect of education. Although it is an index, full-text is sometimes available. It is especially useful if you are conducting a research project.

All these databases can be accessed from the library catalogue and further information is available from our education resource pages. http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/resources/education/

Did you know… We’re keeping up with Emerging Technology

We’ve been using technology in teaching for years, some of it for so long that we don’t even think of it as technology any more. Keeping up to date with delivery techniques helps ensure a good experience for our students.

Here in the Learning Technology Development team we look for up and coming ideas that are attracting the interests of academic staff and students. Although new technology is sometimes seen as the answer to a question that was never asked, after a while someone will attempt to use it to help learning. By following the experiences of these early adopters we are able to assist the uptake of new technology, and the development of techniques to use it for a wider audience.

So where does technology emerge from and how can you keep up to date?

There are many web-sites, and social / professional networks that can provide insight into what’s happening now and what’s coming up…

The Learning Technology Development team have recently been delivering sessions to showcase Emerging Technologies. The first covered applications for QR-Codes, the second shared experiences with Professional Blogs, and we have a third planned for 20th May on using the iPad (Edge Hill University staff can book here). We also have ideas for future sessions including Cloud Computing, Creative Digital Technologies, Assessing On-line and Staying Technology Aware, but what we’d really like to know is…

Are there Emerging Technologies that you’d like a closer look at? Let us know in a comment.

Alternatively contact us directly at [email protected]

Mark Ayton

Learning Technology Development Manager (ext. 7758)

E-asy does it!

Did you know that Learning Services provides 60,885 electronic books and 16,304 electronic journals for students and staff across all areas of study?

All our e-resources are easily accessible 24/7 through the Library Catalogue, whether you’re on or off campus – so you can do your research whenever and wherever you like.  And because they’ve been chosen by Edge Hill tutors and librarians, you can be sure these e-resources are high quality and appropriate for academic study (unlike those you might find through Google).

In 2010, our e-books were accessed 1,103,873 times and there were 482,877 downloads of e-journal articles.  So next time you’re researching a topic why not make use of our electronic resources – there’s a wealth of information out there waiting for you.

To find out more about e-resources relevant to your subject, take a look at the Resources section of the Learning Services web pages: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/resources/