I’m helping out my colleagues at the University’s Riseholme Park Campus Library on Monday, with a library induction for new foundation degree (FdSc Agriculture and Environment / FdSc Equine Management and Training) students.
I used to do | loads of | these inductions | all the time (in the days when I was an ‘Academic Subject Librarian’, with responsibility for HE food and agriculture programmes, as well as for computer science)… these days, not so much.
This is my usual approach to induction slides: pretty pictures, not too much text. I worry that we bombard freshers with far too much information in induction week. I talk over these slides about what the Library does and how people can use our services. But I try not to ram loads of facts, links, and passwords down people’s throats too early on.
The latest quick update from the Repository team meetings, every Friday at 14.00hrs in the Enterprise@Lincoln café!
Staff from the faculty of Art, Architecture & Design are meeting Rosaline Smith in February to discuss the Kultivate project – I’m pleased that Kultivate is opening new lines of communication between the Repository and art/design researchers. Rosaline is also arranging some group training for the faculty of Agriculture, Food & Animal Sciences.
Bev Jones has attended an RSP EPrints training day. The event covered aspects of technical management of an EPrints repository, and focused on maintaining and customising EPrints software.
The Repository Steering Group met on Wednesday, 2 February. University Librarian Ian Snowley is now the chair of the group. Rosaline Smith presented a status report. The Repository team have a number of new actions, including getting a move on with the Steering Group’s long-standing aim to generate dynamic lists of individual authors’ outputs for personal pages on the University’s corporate website.
We’re also going to look at improving the procedures for dealing with users’ requests for copies of articles which are not Open Access.
Library induction presentation for new students beginning foundation degrees (FdSc Food Manufacture / FdSc Agriculture & Environment) at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, south Lincolnshire: September 2010.