Posts Tagged ‘slideshare’

Ain’t here, neither

Posted on July 12th, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp

Gone FishingMore tidying up of accounts & profiles on websites that I no longer use [publicly]. I’ve removed all of the links below from the sidebar of my website. If you can find a profile at any of these addresses, it’s not me.

  • CiteULike (
  • LIS New Professionals Network (
  • Mahara (
  • Mashed Library (
  • Mendeley (
  • RefWorks RefShare (
  • Slideshare (
  • Talis Aspire Reading Lists (
  • Zotero (

Gotta love those profile IDs. Lovely, readable URLs.

Current e-resources problems: what to advise users

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

Slides from a recent workshop for Library staff at the University of Lincoln, on a number of current bugs in our access to electronic resources and software – how to identify and diagnose problems; what to suggest to users; the cause of the problem; and if/when the problem will be fixed.

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.

Library staff training: web browsers available in the GCW

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m doing a short staff training session for library colleagues this morning, about the various web browsers available to users in the GCW at the University of Lincoln, and some of the pros & cons of each. With slides. See also this blog post.

UKCoRR are getting social

Posted on July 15th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

This is a copy of a post that I wrote for the UKCoRR (UK Council of Research Repositories) blog, at:

While UKCoRR’s “official” web presence is in the shop for repairs, we’ve been taking tentative steps to securing UKCoRR a space on some of the big social websites. In no particular order, we now have profiles on:

Rather than obsess and worry about whether to engage with these (or any other social sites: Google+, anyone?), the committee are taking the time-honoured “just do it” approach, and assuming hoping that our fellow UKCoRR members—inherently social creatures all!—will naturally gravitate to using those sites with which they’re most comfortable.

…none of this is intended to replace in any way the existing tools for UKCoRR networking which have already proved themselves so useful: the events and the members’ mailing list.

Q. Where else on the open web should UKCoRR plant its flag?

Next up: news of what we have planned for the main UKCoRR web site.

Paul Stainthorp
UKCoRR Web & Publicity Officer

QR codes AWAY!

Posted on July 7th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

It was the annual University of Lincoln Library staff away day on Tuesday. I performed my turn: a 20-minute presentation on QR codes in academic libraries: the culmination of our (JB, PC, CL, MN, PS, EV) little internal mini-project. (There were two other mini research projects which reported on Tuesday: one group looked at improving the student experience; the other at the best ways of promoting new library resources.)

Then we broke off into groups to consider various questions arising out of the work of the project groups. My question was this:

How could we support and encourage the use of mobile devices in the Library?

We talked around this for a while: should we be supporting their use? (We certainly support and encourage the use of desktop PCs as tools for accessing library resources and services: so why not mobiles? Part of the problem, I think, is that we’ve not reconciled our historic library-y attitude to mobile phones with the possibilities of mobile computing. Whatever: we need to come to terms with them once and for all, decide on a position, and stick to it!)

Even given that we should be prepared to support mobile devices: do we need to encourage people to use them in the Library? (People seem to be adopting smartphones perfectly readily without the need for encouragement from libraries…) Perhaps what we need to encourage is not the use of mobile devices per se, but for students and academic staff to re-consider the use of them as valid devices for learning.

We also need to remember that ‘mobile devices’ ≠ just phones, but also mp3 players, tablets (e.g. iPads), e-book readers, netbooks, etc. etc.

After a while, we narrowed it down to six recommendations for the Library: three things we could do now, with no additional money, to support the use of mobile devices – three further things that we can plan to do in the future, which would require a bit of funding.

Do now with no extra money:

  1. Add QR codes to print journal box labels, to link our print holdings to the corresponding e-journal record (c.f. this photo);
  2. ‘Soft launch’ the mobile version of RefWorks (RefMobile) to our users;
  3. Ask colleagues within the Library who are already smartphone enthusiasts (they know who they are!) to demonstrate their toys to the rest of us.

Do in the future with a bit of funding:

  1. Run a marketing campaign to encourage people to re-consider their mobile phone as a useful academic tool (“the classroom in your pocket“?);
  2. Systems development – make sure as many of our systems as possible have a valid mobile user interface, and target development at those systems which are lagging behind;
  3. Purchase tablet devices for library staff to use when ‘roving': providing support to students away from the help desk (“…you don’t need to log in, I can show you on this!“).

I’ll be making an impact in Leicester tomorrow

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m at De Montfort University in Leicester tomorrow, giving a presentation at the CILIP UC&R East Midlands members’ event: Making an Impact. My presentation is about our involvement in the JISC-funded Library Impact Data Project (LIDP) with the University of Huddersfield. My slides are online.

If you want to skip the monkey and head straight for the organ-grinders, my presentation borrows fairly heavily from two documents produced by the LIDP project team at Huddersfield:

What’s it worth? EMALINK event in Lincoln on Wednesday

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

There’s an EMALINK (East Midlands Academic Libraries Information NetworK) workshop taking place at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday – the theme being collection management and development.

A colleague (Acquisitions Librarian, Di Walker) and I are giving a presentation about how we’ve used e-resources usage data to help make collection decisions about ‘Big Deal’ databases. Our slides are online.

We’re hosting this EMALINK workshop jointly with Bishop Grosseteste University College and Nottingham Trent University.


University of Lincoln

The Library

EMALINK event on 29th June 2011, 2pm

Meetings room 1, 1st floor, enterprise@lincoln building (adjacent to the University Library)

2.00                             Introduction, arrangements – Lys Ann Reiners

2.05                             All change at NTU:  new ways of building and managing collections           Helen Adey and Heather Shaw

2.20                             Is the library collection fit for purpose?         Philippa Dyson

2.35                             What’s it worth?  Getting value for money from e-resources

Di Walker and Paul Stainthorp

2.50-3.30                     Breakout and refreshments

Discussion topic:  “What information do we need to support collection management decisions”

3.30-3.45                     Feedback from groups

3.45                             Green disposals          Susan Rodda

4.00                             Disperse


Options for reading list management: LIG

Posted on June 18th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

InnovationAt our Library Innovation Group (LIG) meeting this coming Monday (20 June), we’re going to be taking a fresh look at how we support the use of online reading lists in the University of Lincoln.

At the moment, we use a reading list product called LearnBuild LibraryLink, which integrates nicely with our Blackboard VLE and allows subject librarians to keep on top of multiple lists. However, it’s fair to say it’s not always the easiest software to use. Here are my instructions on maintaining reading lists in LibraryLink [PDF].

When I gave a presentation about our experiences of using reading list software at the second ‘Innovations in Reference Management‘ event last year (#irm10), Owen Stephens the event organiser liveblogged our situation quite nicely:

Paul reflecting that Lincoln only partially successful in implementing ‘reading lists’.

University of Lincoln – bought reading list system, funds were only available for short period, so had limited time to assess full requirements and how far chosen product met their requirements.


  • filled a void
  • improved consistency
  • gave library an ‘in’ on launch of new VLE (Blackboard)
  • hundreds of modules linked in by 2000
  • students are using them – have usage stats from both LearnBuild and Blackboard
  • some simple stock-demand prediction

Unfortunately there were quite a few areas not so successful:

  • not intuitive; time-consuming
  • software not being developed
  • no community of users
  • competing developements (EPrints, digitisation, OPAC, RefWorks)
  • too closely linked to Blackboard module system
  • Subject libraries don’t like it, but lack of uptake from academics means that it is the subject librarians who end up doing the work.

However, unless library can demonstrate success, unlikely to get money to buy better system… So library putting more effort into make it work.

So: on Monday, I’m hoping to kick off a discussion by giving a quick run-through of the various online reading list management options available to UK Higher Education libraries. These screenshot slides (which are a visual aid / aide mémoire rather than a proper presentation) list the various products and approaches to reading list management. Some are commercial software projects; others are Open Source projects; still others are being developed in-house at various universities (and are not necessarily available for the University of Lincoln to use – e.g. the University of Huddersfield’s MyReading Project); there are a couple of wildcard solutions in there too.

Here are the slides:

JISC #rdtf meeting, Birmingham (Jerome)

Posted on March 1st, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m in Birmingham for the JISC Infrastructure for Resource Discovery start-up meeting. We’re here to get to know the other 7 projects that JISC has funded. Here’s what we’ll be talking about:

The objectives for this meeting are:
  • To introduce the bigger picture of the resource discovery taskforce work and all of the projects that are involved
  • To share approaches and knowledge on the key issues for the programme – technical approaches, licensing and aggregation.
For this session each project will need to prepare a 5 minute overview of their project. We would like your overview to address the following questions
  • What content and metadata are you working with?
  • How will this data be made available?
  • What are your use cases for the data?
  • What benefits to your institution and the sector do you anticipate?
12.30 Discussion of technical approaches
  • Each project will be asked to briefly outline the biggest technical challenge they face in their project. We will then look for common issues and opportunities for projects to collaborate.
  • What technical approaches and tools are you using?

And here are my slides for the 5-minute presention on Jerome: