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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Elsevier ScienceDirect Negotiations

Background

UK Universities are coming to the end of 5-year agreement with Elsevier which provides Edge Hill staff and students with access to more than 1,800 journals on the Elsevier ScienceDirect platform. Edge Hill are part of a UK-wide consortium that is working in partnership with Jisc to negotiate a new deal for 2022 and beyond after the current agreement expires on 31 December 2021. The negotiations are aiming to secure a transformative journal agreement, otherwise known as a ‘Read and publish’ (R&P) deal that seeks to constrain costs and ensure full and immediate open access to UK research published by Elsevier.

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Welcome (back) to Catalyst!

We know it has been a funny couple of years, and those of you who have been here before may not have experienced the building in its full potential. To our new students joining us this academic year, let us tell you all about Catalyst.  

Catalyst opened back in Summer 2018 and although we’ve been functioning for 3 years now, we’re still very much a shiny, new, flagship space on campus and we’d like you to feel welcomed and at home when you visit us.  

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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

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Or it will be once your assignments are handed in and you make a head start on that January revision!

To help you on the way to success the University Library is open non-stop right up to midnight on Friday 18th December and we only close for Christmas on the 24th December.

During the festive period we will be offering additional opening hours to ensure you have somewhere peaceful to escape the leftover turkey and have some quality study time.


Closed: 24th – 27th, 31st December and 1st – 3rd January – for more information visit our opening hours pages.

Visit us between Christmas and New Year to take advantage of all we have to offer…

  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and free eduroam Wi-Fi
  • Access to 200,000 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 – staff will be available at the welcome desk
  • 24/7 access to PCs in the LINC – available 365 days a year!

Of course if you aren’t ready to face life outside your pyjamas just yet you can always visit us virtually…

  • eResources are available via our Learning Services web pages and Library Catalogue – you can access 97,000+ eBooks, 40,000+ eJournals and specialist subject resources 24/7.
  • Contact Learning Services via our 24/7 Live Chat
  • Search our Learning Services knowledge base Ask Us for the answers to many common queries including using Turnitin, Harvard Referencing and much more.
  • Get support with academic writing, assignment planning, critical thinking and much more via our Uni Skills offer.
  • Give us a call 01695 650800 during our opening hours.

The University Library normal opening hours will resume 8am on Monday 4th January straight into midnight opening and our 24/7 hours begin again Monday 18th January – what more could you ask for this Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Learning Services 🎄

 

Try the RefME app for help with your referencing

Please note: we are no longer promoting this resource.

LS0390 RefME PlasmaCompiling a bibliography can be a daunting prospect – one way to help you get the hang of what’s required is to download the Reference Me app (RefME). It captures the citations of the resources you have used and will create a bibliography for you.

If you are interested in using this app here’s what to do next:

  • Install the app onto your device, either through Google Play Store or iTunes
  • Or go directly to the  Reference Me  website

Now create an account and then you’re ready to start.

To create a reference, hold your device over the barcode of a book or journal article, your device camera takes an image shot of the barcode (see image below) and then generates the reference as it would appear within a bibliography. You are given the option to add a citation and to do this you simply add the page number (s) and the citation will appear!

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One added bonus is that the app now includes the new Edge Hill Harvard style for you to use. Try the app out and if you have any questions please see staff at the AskDesk in the University Library, Aintree or Woodlands.

Zoe Clarke (Academic Liaison Manager)

Please note: we are no longer promoting this resource.

Did you AV a good classroom experience?

Classroom Audio Visual Support Brochure

ClassroomSupport2Did you know that Learning Services manage the audio-visual (AV) technologies in the University’s 212 teaching spaces? Installing, maintaining and future-proofing classroom and lecture theatre AV is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge – the job is never completed, however, almost all of EHU’s teaching spaces are now equipped with a high standard of audio-visual equipment such as data-projectors, speakers, Blu-ray players as well as wall or desk mounted control panel with an input socket for laptop if required.

As well as managing the high-quality AV kit in classrooms, Learning Services also provides a classroom support service for colleagues. Amazingly, calls for classroom support have fallen year-on-year since 2010 despite a 50% increase in the number of classrooms supported! See Fig 1.

Fig 1.Classroom support calls 2010-2014

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While this is a good news story, we are not resting on our laurels, being very mindful that every call to classroom support represents a delay in teaching and that any delay on our part in resolving issues has an immediate, highly visible and often emotional impact upon the student and staff experience.

While classroom and lecture theatre control panels have become more intuitive and the AV technology more robust, using them can be a daunting experience for new staff.  To this end, Learning Services have produced a classroom support brochure, which contains helpful information about the audio visual technologies in classrooms and lecture theatres and who to call on for support when it is needed.

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We think this information will also be of interest to academic colleagues who have been here a while so will post a booklet out to all.  Copies will also be made available at the Welcome desk on the ground floor of the library.

There is an electronic copy of our new booklet available in eShare.

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Donald Moffatt  – Media and ICT Development Manager

 

Study Skills Support for Students

Learning Services have a variety of study skills support available for students. The new bespoke resources tab in Learning Edge automatically gives students easy access to study information tailored for their subject area. Our assignment help web pages also contain help and signposting to information and resources. Students can also access Ask Us to find answers to their study related questions.

One to one support for students

Any student can book a 30 minute session with a Learning Services academic skills adviser for advice on any aspect of their studies. We can help them to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies and skills to use as they plan and write assignments.

Students can also book a 30 minute session with one of our librarians for advice on any aspect of searching for information, using eResources, or managing information (RefWorks). We can help them to identify areas for improving their search skills as they carry out research for assignments.

Steps to Success

Learning Services are also offering students the opportunity to attend one hour workshops on assignment planning, referencing, academic writing and dissertations. Students need to book to attend a session. More information is available on the Steps to Success workshops web page.

Zoe Clarke (Academic Liaison Manager)

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