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Below are the 9 most recent journal entries recorded in leedsinfolit's LiveJournal:

Monday, January 29th, 2007
3:11 pm
Communications Policy session
Please give 1 thing that you would like to achieve or cover in this Library session by using the anonymous comment facility.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
9:09 am
Learning and Teaching Conference
Please could all delegates attending the Blogs session give 1 aim or objective that they would like to achieve in this session. You should do this by clicking on the "Post a new comment" link.

You will be required to then go back to your entry at the end of the session and indicate whether this has been met.

Thank you
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
9:32 am
Poll Results
The poll was good for engaging the students, and making them understand information about the library in a more dynamic way. Many commented that it was a useful and interactive way of presenting the information. I did a presentation after they had completed it, running through the answers and this meant that they understood why they were in the session.

The results were also very interesting and confirmed that the students had a basic searching knowledge, but were heavily reliant on search engines and had not been introduced to the concept of Boolean searching whilst at school. This will undoubtedly change as more schools realise the value of such training, but for the moment, it appears that this session is offered at the right level.
Thursday, September 21st, 2006
11:28 am
On Monday 25th Sept, I am teaching a group of 1st year Communications Studies students about library and research skills. When I have taught on this module in the past, the students have said that there is not enough opportunity for interactivity, and that they know most of the information already.

Therefore this year, they will all have to complete an online poll about library skills at the start of the session. This will hopefully make them realise that they don't know as much as they think they do!

I am also going to ask them to work in groups of 10 to evaluate Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica in relation to information on Sergei Eisenstein.

We'll see how it goes!
Friday, May 19th, 2006
9:13 am
I used the Library's e-voting system for the first time yesterday, with 70 + 90 Design dissertation students.

I covered the following issues:

  • What is an Athens password?

  • How to search for a journal article

  • What Web of Science enables you to find

  • Boolean logic

  • Harvard Referencing

I have to say that a number of students did not know how to search for a journal article using the library catalogue - most thought that you should search by author or article title, rather than journal title.

The question about Boolean logic also met with a mixed response, but I think that the question was not very clear, and will therefore try to revise this next time.

Overall the voting met with an enthusiastic response. The students had to sit still for 30-40 mins, with their lecturer providing information on what was expected of a dissertation. To then have a librarian with zappers to play with, provided a bit of light relief. It was interesting to note the dynamics of the second group, which had a higher proportion of males than in the first group (almost entirely female). The males would murmur "Yes" every time I asked for audience participation, and a further "Yes" if they had then got that question correct.

I will certainly use this method again with large groups as it does encourage interaction and makes students pay attention. It also enables me to have knowledge of what they do know, and what they don't, which can be incorporated into future training sessions.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
9:05 am
Evaluation of Comms Policy session
Aims and Outcomes
All the aims were met, although there was insufficient time to cover all the databases and Harvard referencing.
Students greatly enjoyed the interactivity of forming a search statement and were happy to experiment with it in the databases.
Learning Outcomes
All students happy with constructing a search statement.
All happy to change their search statement and able to apply principles to do so.
Harvard system raised but not really followed up due to time pressures.
Learner interaction
The blog worked brilliantly in engaging the students. By making the students submit keywords on the blog prior to the session, I was able to give them these keywords ready-prepared to construct a search statement with. By making them work in groups, they came up with some extremely good search statements and were prepared to revise these.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
11:53 am
Students aims
Please give 1 thing that you would like to achieve or cover in this Library session by using the anonymous comment facility.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
12:25 pm
To all Communications Policy students:

I would appreciate it if you could think up keywords that cover any ONE of the following topics. Go to the Comments section, and give an indication which topic you are doing, and which keywords you think might cover it. All comments can be added anonymously. I have given an example comment myself to give an idea of what I am after.

1) Freedom of expression and free press

2) Pornography: obscenity acts in UK

3) Audiovisual policy EU UK : OFCOM, ownership rules UK, Television without frontiers EU

4) Public service broadcasting: licence fee, content and programming, BBC world as enterprise

5) Information Society: UK acts and EU
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
9:26 am
Communications Policy
I am devising materials that should help 2nd year students studying Communications Policy.

These are the the subjects they will be expected to cover (with regard to UK and European Policy):

Freedom of expression and free press: where can they get info on UK laws that protect and restrict it? D-Notices, Libel law, human rights, new anti-terrorism laws, privacy law plus EU and UN conventions

Pornography: obscenity acts in UK, US Internet regulation

Audiovisual policy EU UK : OFCOM, ownership rules UK, Television without frontiers EU

Public service broadcasting: EU Treaty of Amsterdam, BBC in UK, issues of licence fee, content and programming, BBC world as enterprise

Information Society: UK acts and EU

My knowledge of these is limited, so I have asked a colleague about which databases could be used.

I am planning to split the class up into groups, dependent on which essay they are doing. They will be asked to think of keywords,which they will submit on this journal beforehand.

I will teach them about defining their information need, and strategies for searching for it effectively. I will help them devise a search strategy in the class, using group discussion.

I will demonstrate a database, using a generic topic, and then ask them to apply their search strategy to this database. They will then be expected to refine it as appropriate. I will give hand-outs reminding them how to access the databases, but no clues about how a search strategy might work, other than the generic example.

They will be asked to submit feedback on the class using this journal.

I will liaise with the lecturer to ask if the students could put a * by 5 items in their bibliography that they found after my teaching, and if I could see these bibliographies. This would prove that the class and information literacy is effective.
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