“The Library Research Skills Framework is a welcome approach to improving students’ information literacy and awareness of library resources and support. This aligns perfectly to the approach of the Enhancing Academic Transition Support project, where we are keen to move away from overloading students with information during induction and move towards support at the point of need throughout the academic journey. The framework enables academics to work in partnership with Engagement Librarians to identify appropriate opportunities to deliver support that are linked to the curriculum – for example embedded in modules and assessments that motivate students to engage with the learning. The pilot of curriculum mapping and support delivered within SBS has shown that this is an effective and efficient way to support students across programmes of study and avoid duplication between modules.”
~ Neil Ford, Principal Teaching Fellow, Education Development, Southampton Business School
“We were delighted to pilot the Library Skills Framework in Psychology. It was great to see a framework that was tailored for each cohort. The sessions given by the Library complemented perfectly our sessions on transition and expectations for each year, given by our Year Leads. Feedback on the sessions from our course representatives at our last SSLC was very positive, with students in their final year stating that the resources were especially useful for their Literature Review module and that they wished that they had been given the information earlier in the degree. Recordings from the sessions have been uploaded to our Employability Blackboard sites to enable the students to watch the presentations again whenever needed. Signposting to these valuable library resources will also be made more salient on these Blackboard sites, with regular reminders from module leads to make use of the helpful services and resources.”
~ Dr Claire Hart, Programme Lead, Psychology
“The content for MANG1003 was very helpful in directing the students and getting them to engage with useful and relevant information. In particular, we worked, over two weeks, on citing and referencing, how to use the library website (Webcat and DelphiS), and then evaluating that information. These are vital skills for students to learn in their transition to undergraduate study. Just signposting these and having a framework to use was a relief for me and improved the overall content. now, every student in the Business School has had this introduction. I certainly found that their overall research was better as was their referencing.”
~ Dr David Cross, module lead for MANG1003 and Faculty Academic Integrity Officer (UG)
"Curriculum mapping has ensured that I teach the library session at the appropriate time and align it with the learning outcomes of the course. Using the Library Research Skills Framework enabled me to pitch my training session at the right level, and its flexibility means that I can choose the relevant elements according to the experience of the students. Having the lecturer co-present with the Engagement Librarian and being embedded in the module sends the students the message that this is an integral part of their course. We have been fortunate that the lecturers in Psychology have engaged so well with this pilot and their input has been invaluable."
~ Kate Walker, Engagement Librarian