Steps to Academic Success 2013

Steps to Academic Success is back due to popular demand. Learning Services are again running a series of workshops to support all students in their academic work. One hour workshops will take place between January and June 2013 on subjects such as:

exam techniques, essay planning, Harvard referencing, annotated bibliography and employability.

Please go to  to find details of each session, and to book in if you feel inspired.

Zoe Clarke (Academic Liaison Manager) ext.4829

Reading Promotions

The Learning Services’ EHU Loves Reading campaign came to a close just before Christmas with over 100 people telling us why they love reading. Lindsey Blackhurst won an e-reader and runner-up Amanda Tarbox won a £20 book token. Congratulations to both of them.

For those who love reading please note that the Costa Book Awards 2012 category winners were announced on 2nd January 2013. Copies of all the winning books, plus all books on the short lists, are now available to borrow from the University Library. The successful authors, who will now compete for the 2012 Costa Book of the Year (to be announced on 29th January 2013), are:

• Husband and wife team Mary and Bryan Talbot, who jointly win the Costa Biography
Award for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, an interweaving of two father-daughter
relationships (that of James Joyce with his daughter Lucia, and that of the author
with her father, a James Joyce scholar) and the first graphic work ever to win a Costa
• Hilary Mantel, who takes the Costa Novel Award for Bring up the Bodies, which won
the 2012 Man Booker Prize
• Journalist, critic and writer Francesca Segal, whose debut novel The Innocents, set in
a tightly-knit Jewish community in north-west London, is modelled on Edith
Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, wins the Costa First Novel Award
• Poet Kathleen Jamie whose book The Overhaul, is described by the judges as ‘the
collection that will convert you to poetry’
• Writer-illustrator and dyslexia campaigner, Sally Gardner, who as a child was once
branded ‘unteachable’, and now takes the Costa Children’s Book Award for Maggot

So pop into the University Library and browse the Costa books displayed on the ground floor to see if any of them take your fancy as a new year read.

Zoe Clarke, Academic Liaison Manager (ext 4829)


Red (sweatshirt) Alert!

Have you noticed our student assistants, resplendent in their red sweatshirts who are based at the Ask desk on the first floor of the University Library, Ormskirk?

Research at other universities has shown that students can benefit from ‘peer to peer support’, hence the move to introduce student assistants into the library.

Students themselves have indicated that if they have got a query they would prefer to ask their peers first before they would approach a member of staff.

According to The University of Manchester,
‘There is strong evidence that Peer Support has a positive influence on students’ experience of their time at University, both academically and socially.’

The student assistants are trained in the use of library and learning resources, study skills and basic IT functions. They can also help students to understand the physical layout of the library.

The student assistants offer an additional layer of support to complement the work of the staff at the Ask desk and the flexible IT support staff.

Next time that you are in the University Library say ‘Hello’ to our student assistants and if you have a query, don’t be afraid to ask.

For more information please contact

Discover Free to Use Software

In today’s climate when the cost of things seem to be on the increase, it can be a relief to hear about something with the potential of making your studies more affordable.

We all know how software can help us with our studies.  Occasionally we need to purchase specific software to do a particular task, such as word-processing to write an essay or editing software to develop a project…

…but do you know about Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) that you can download and use?  Software that may do exactly what you want and more to help with your studies.

We’ve taken a look at some software and believe it can benefit most people in a number of situations, software that is affordable, accessible, assistive and flexible.

Programmes assembled in to portable collections so that you can use them with almost any computer anywhere.

In certain cases you can handpick from several items tailoring the software bundles to your individual needs.

All this including technical support, guidance and regular updates from reputable software developers and providers within the freeware and open source communities.

Discover more about free software by visiting us here:

Martin Baxter - LTD Officer

Martin Baxter

(Learning Technology Development)

Exciting new editing software from Avid

Avid is here!!. Our new editing software has now arrived and is up and running.  For those of you who don’t not what we are promoting…It’s the latest industry standard professional editing systems designed and built by Avid, there was a slight delay in getting these installed as we were holding out for the latest software.

The new software has been built from the ground up, and for the technical among you…. this is based on a very powerful PC, with a Windows 7 operating system, running a 64 bit architecture, with Avid Media Composer v. 6.0 software. This allows for multi-layering of complex effects, with added colour correction, with minimum rendering time.

These new systems are based with our other editing booths, 2nd Floor in the LINC building.  Avid media composer has been around in industry for a very long time, and is an established editing platform for media industry editors.  It is packed with high end tool sets that allow professional finishing to be accomplished.  Our systems also have an internal 1Tb media drive, separate from the operating system hard drive, so it’s capable of handling large media projects. It also allows imports of Pro-tools projects, allowing you to finish in surround sound 5.1 or 7.1.

Avid has some amazing opportunities for collaborative working.  Within industry, the large broadcasters have Avid and Pro-tools sitting on large shared media networked storage solutions, for example, the Avid ISIS solution.  Here is an example of how they pull it all together…one or more editors can be working on the same project, while the audio dubbing editor sitting on the pro-tools system, finishes the audio.  When the project is finalised, it can then be colour graded for transmission, and all this is achieved within the Avid ISIS network.

In broadcasting, they will use a totally file based work flow and nothing has to leave the system, unless the customer requires a tape copy.  Media that needs to be kept is then placed into deep archive for retrieval at a later date.  These systems can handle up to 640 Tb of raw storage.

So for the budding editors amongst you, why not come along and take a look at these new systems, and if you want to hone your skills on the latest offering from Avid, the Media Development team based in the LINC, will be able to support you in using our new Avid systems.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at






Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager


Give us your feedback! We want to know about your experience of using the library…

Learning Services are committed to continuously improving our facilities and services and one of the ways we do this is by listening to your feedback.

Please take a minute of your time to answer some questions about your experience of the library.

Complete our 60 second survey here:

Your feedback will help us to improve our services to you.

Entries will be entered into a prize draw to receive one of ten funky USB wristbands.


Helen Jamieson, Customer Services Manager

Exam techniques: Steps to success

Exam technique

24 April 2012 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff Development Room 2nd floor LINC building

Exams are intended to test students as individuals under controlled conditions so that they can demonstrate their abilities.

There are a number of techniques that can help to improve exam performance.

This session will look at:

Note taking
Revision skills
Time management

To book a session please go to:

The University Library…a place for study

We are working hard to ensure that the study spaces within the University Library are meeting your needs….but we need your help!

This is a very busy time in the Library with students studying for exams and trying to complete assignments, so we would like you to think about what type of study you need to do, choose an appropriate area, and abide by the rules within that area.


For Silent Study

Use the Silent Study Room on the 2nd floor of the Library


For Quiet Study

Use the 1st and 2nd floor of the Library


For Group Study

Use the ground floor of the Library and the Library group rooms


For Social Space

Use the 1st floor of the HUB


If you do experience inappropriate behaviour from other students, please report this immediately to a member of staff.


Helen Jamieson
Customer Services Manager

Steps to Success: Help with Harvard

Come along to the session on Monday 26 March if you would like help with using Harvard referencing in your assignments. This is one of a series of sessions called Steps to Success which have been designed to help you to improve your academic skills.

You can find out how to reference some commonly used (and some less commonly used!) sources in your assignments including books, journals, reports and websites and you can also learn more about different ways to reference by using direct quotations and paraphrasing.

You can book a place at:

Monday 26 March 2012  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Development Room S7, 2nd floor, LINC building



Woodlands Library invites you to drop in

On Thursday 22nd March, the staff at the Woodlands Library will be hosting an open event between 12 noon and 2.30 pm.  Come along and meet colleagues from:

  • Learning Technology Development – eBooks and Learning Edge on your mobile device.
  • Academic Skills – eResources the easy way with Discover More.
  • Student Services – financial help for part-time students.
  • Students’ Union – membership and benefits.

There will be an opportunity to enter our prize draw and browse our latest titles. For more information on how to find us check out the Woodlands Campus map on the corporate website.

Do visit us, we’ll be delighted to meet you.

Woodlands Library Team