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The “subject savvy” librarian?: making IL skills relevant at Kingston University Lyn Porteous Gill Sims Kristy Widdicombe

The “subject savvy” librarian?: making IL skills relevant at Kingston University Lyn Porteous Gill Sims Kristy Widdicombe

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  • The subject savvy librarian?: makingIL skills relevant at Kingston University

    Lyn PorteousGill SimsKristy Widdicombe

  • Collaboration with Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

  • Setting the contextTeaching FellowshipBuilding confidence early in coursePresence in first year designated academic skills moduleParity across all fieldsContribution to independent learning

  • Phased Information Skills1

    Initial Induction

    - Interactive workshop in induction week

    FindingInformation leaflets

    2

    Academic Skills Modules at Level One

    - Subject approach to IL skills

    - Workbooks

    3

    Embedding IL at all levels

    From pre-sessional to post-graduate

    As easy as one, two, three

  • Making it relevantEmbedded into the subject areaBecoming subject savvyBuilding bridges the importance of collaboration

  • Case study 1: Film StudiesCalling the Shots Library WorkshopShow and tellIntroducing subject keywordsBeginners guide to searchingAssessed self-guided workbookFeedback & evaluation

  • Speaking to them in their own language?

  • From the general

  • To the specific

  • Subject savvy?Be introduced alongside teaching staffAttend lectures and become more aware of the curriculumCollaborate with academic staff and attend meetingsBe aware of current research interestsFamiliarise yourself with the key terms of the discipline

  • Library Skills Workbooks

  • Case study 2: Key features of Politics approachSelf-guided workbooksBased on essay questionShort answersNot just multiple choice

    Compulsory part of assessment portfolio

    Online submissionInstant and tailored feedback

  • Embedding IL skills into the VLELibrary Skills Button

  • Case study 3: PsychologyIndependent research early in course

  • How are we developing this?Further collaboration between library and academic staff:MasterclassesLiquid liaisonsInduction Podcasts

    Compulsory assessment

    Consult students

    Prior learning of students

  • Questions?Discussion points:

    Examples of being subject savvy? What does this mean for your institution?

    How do you make IL skills phased and relevant?

    How do you collaborate with academic staff?