Engaging with Academics (Edge Hill University - Manchester Campus)

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Edge Hill University - Manchester Campus - Room 1

St James'

Oxford Street

Manchester

M1 6FQ

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This Exchange of Experience event will be of interest to those involved in engaging and developing relationships with academic staff

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This event will cover activities and events carried out with the aim of engaging and developing relationships with academic staff.

So far, the programme for the day is as follows:

09:45 – 10:15 Registration and Welcome - Room 1 in St James Building.

10:15 – 10:45 Edge Hill University - Sonia Edwards and Olwen Pennington – Academic Engagement Team - Developing annual reports for academic teams to highlight student support, resources and engagement.

10:45 - 11:15 University of Chester – Jenny Warren - Subject Librarian - Going ‘on tour’, to raise our visibility and working relationships with academic staff, reducing barriers between us in a more natural conversational way.

11:15 – 11:45 Lancaster University - John Barbrook and Lesley English, Faculty Librarians (Science & Technology) - Approaches used to ‘Embed the Library’ in areas traditionally not featured in a strong culture of close co-operation with the library.

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:30 Edge Hill University – Sheila Murphy and Laura Riella, Academic Engagement Team - The planning and delivery of a programme of events for “Staff Development Fortnight” for academics.

12:30 – 13:00 Cumbria University - Linda Moses-Allison and Sally Frost - Library and Academic Advisor - Sharing both formal and informal strategies used while working in a blended role mix of librarian and academic skills, working closely with academic staff.

There may be an additional speaker - details will be confirmed asap.

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There is more information here on what each speaker will be talking about on the day.

Cumbria University: Sally Frost and Linda Moses-Allison work as Library and Academic Advisors at the University of Cumbria. This blended role of subject librarian and study skills support requires close collaboration with academic staff. We employ a range of both formal and informal methods of communication and collaboration with our academic colleagues. The need to improve the student experience can be a key driver in effective collaboration (Cameron and Siddall, 2017). We would be happy to share our success stories together with some of the barriers to communication and other issues we encounter.

Lancaster University: Engagement or Embedment? Lesley English and John Barbrook are Faculty Librarians for Science and Technology from Lancaster University. Embedded librarians are found in fields such as Medicine (Clinical Librarians), Engineering (CAD/CAM Librarians) and Education (Teaching Librarians) where they not only service the aims and goals of the library service, but benefit the academic institution directly, leading to considerably greater engagement. We will talk about some of the approaches we have been using to ‘Embed the Library’ in areas traditionally not featuring a strong culture of close co-operation with the library.

University of Chester: Jenny Warren - Subject Librarian. Over the last year my team trialled pop-up “Library on tour” desks/events to increase visibility in our academic department buildings and reach students who might not normally come into the library etc… We were hoping to see lots of student engagement with learning resources as a result of this, but due to timings etc. this didn’t really happen. However, we did notice it was really helpful for us to engage with academic staff in a way we haven’t really managed to before.

Edge Hill University: Sonia Edwards, Olwen Pennington, Sheila Murphy and Laura Riella, Academic Engagement Team. The Academic Engagement team established in 2017 brought together Library and Learning Services subject and faculty liaison Librarians into one team, whose aim it is to develop, promote and support engagement with Library and Learning Services. Methods of engagement include the production of annual reports for academic teams to highlight student support, resources and engagement and the planning and delivery of a programme of events for “Staff Development Fortnight”.

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