Posts Tagged ‘induction’

Library induction slides: Welcome to Riseholme 2011

Posted on September 23rd, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

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.

Couple of reasons why I like working here

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Last year, in freshers’ week, we handed out these ‘flying book’ ink-transfer temporary tattoos to new students when they came to the Library.

Fake tattoo Fake tattoo

This year, we’re giving people free coffee when they visit the GCW. Lincoln’s a nice place to work, sometimes :-)

Free coffee poster

Smartening up the catalogue for September

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

We’re making a few changes to the home page of our library catalogue in time for the new academic year. Changes include:

  • Reduced ‘tabset’ browsing to only the most important elements of the catalogue.
  • Use of the newest version of the University’s Minerva logo and colour scheme.
  • Home page used for ‘top 10′ (…ish) links to Library services elsewhere on the web – these are served up using an RSS feed via Feed2JS (so that we can display the same links in other environments such as Blackboard). All placed in one of HiP’s lovely XSL stylesheets.

Very many thanks to the new LNCD intern Jamie Mahoney for help with styling this!

Here’s the current, ‘old’ front page:

Screenshot of the old catalogue home page

And here’s the new, redesigned page – still in development!

Screenshot of the new catalogue home page

You can have a look at it, if you like, at:

This isn’t intended as a long-term solution for the question of the Library’s web presence. There’s a lot more we need to do to consolidate and simplify the information we present to users across different environments (open web, intranet/Portal, Blackboard VLE, etc.). But it’s a good short-to-medium-term fix which makes the most of the tools we have available at the moment, and recognises the value of establishing as the home of our ‘primary’ presence on the web. If nowt else, that’s the address we’re printing on our induction materials :-)

We also had to work out a way of testing this on one of our public-access OPAC kiosks. I was particularly proud of this little MARC hack which allowed us to navigate to the test version of the home page without having to use the browser navigation bar (which is disabled on the kiosks).

September already?

Posted on September 8th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp

<Wilhelm scream>: it’s student induction season in the Fens again.

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.

(Explanation: even though I haven’t really been a subject librarian for a couple of years, I’ve kept up my relationship with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach. I’ve spent a bit of time this summer working with colleagues to improve the University of Lincoln’s small campus library there. Next week’s will be an interesting induction: for the first time, all of the students beginning foundation and full undergraduate degrees this year will be studying via distance learning online.)