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Library Staff Induction

Posted by gazjjohnson on 29 October, 2008

Went to the first meeting of a task and finish group here in the Library today, looking at the library staff induction (as opposed to the library’s induction for student/staff).  Very interesting meeting chaired by Jo Aitkin where I was able to put a few more names to faces (yes, after 8 months I’m still rubbish with about 80% of the staff here – if only we had a staff picture gallery!).

As is the way in these kind of meetings I managed to sit on my hands for all of 20 seconds before starting my ideas brain off.  We had a good long look at the induction booklet which whilst not bad in terms of content, would certainly benefit from a revision in structure and layout.  And as the loudest mouth in the room (Anne C might beg to differ) I’ve come away with a sub-team remit to produce the next version.  Excellent!

We also looked at the old programme of rolling training.  Now I brought with me the insight on the programme we had at York and Warwick where these kind of weekly sessions were an excellent way to demystify working practices, expand on work teams were doing as well as act as training activities for new and long time members of staff.  We’ll be looking at them in more depth at the next meeting.

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Library Inductions

Posted by sarahw9 on 13 August, 2008

Yes its the time of year when all librarians think to themselves, this year lets make the library induction much more interesting, vibrant, exciting, memorable, engaging than ever before. Then you go back to what you did and think ‘eeer well I’ve just got to include those bits, I know I’ll update a few of the pictures’.
… To explain here at the Clinical Library we’ve been doing Cephalonian style inductions for a few years. We have 45 mins to talk to 300 approx 1st year medical students in a lecture theatre. So we hand out questions that some of them have to ask about library facitilies and resources etc and we answer them using some slides and demo a few things live like the library catalogue and finding a electronic journal reference. Its at least better than just talking at them for 45 mins, and as they are new and are being asked to participate, it must keep them slightly more awake.
Somehow it still feels far from ideal. I’m sure if you are a new student already taking in alot of new information, you just are not going to remember most of it. We thought we’d cut down the detail this year when on closer insepction I think its already cut down enough. Any ideas?

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Far beyond the distant shore

Posted by gazjjohnson on 12 August, 2008

Just returned from teaching the last of today’s sessions with the non-English language native overseas students (there must be a shorter term for them that escapes me right now).  Officially the first teaching of the new academic term for me, and a very positive experience.  Lovely students to teach and interact with; very attentive and polite.  Add to that fact that someone else wrote the exercise, corralled them in the room and even sorted out passwords and the like.  And all in our nice shiny DWL IT-Room1.  I could get used to that kind of teaching – so thanks Selina and Evelyn for that.

One of the reasons I came back to the more mundane world of subject librarianship was the chance to do a bit of student interaction again, so I know I’ll go home with a smile on my face today.  Or at least until the rain hits me.

That done and dusted it’s back to some web programming; for once not Rooms2 but rewriting an old page on Geological Surveys to go onto the normal website.  Of course this means I now have to try and remember how to use Contribute…

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