#ISEWLib2014 Staff spaces

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Marja’s presentation about changing staff working spaces at Viikki Campus.  When redesigning staff working spaces, information on workplace function and design was sought from an employee survey, usage info, and workshops.  Questions included topics such as primary working space, meeting rooms, acoustics, ventilation, and ease of keeping spaces clean.

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One of the workshops where employees shared ideas about their needs & wishes for their future workplace

3 different working profiles were identified:

30 3 diff working profiles Type 1 were called ‘anchors’; maybe 2 could be ‘coracles’, and Type 3 ‘clippers’?

I like how @HULib have spent time, effort, money on design of staff areas as well as the main library environment.  Details like these cheerful owls on an office wall…

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Owls on the wall of a meeting room in the staff offices

… and these fun ways to unwind away from your desk must make it a pleasant place to work!

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Katarina (Ms Sweden) demonstrating good way to get moving after sitting at your desk!

19 KipukoukkuKipukoukku ‘pain hook’ for releasing tension on your back.


#ISEWLib2014 Information literacy

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We all recognise the problem of trying to deliver training at just the right moment when students ready to take it in and use it!

At the University of Helsinki they have their own ICT Driving Licence course:

58 ICT driving licenceSuggestion from Monica (Ms Norway) about camouflaging information literacy training by getting PhD students to deliver it.  The message can be better received if delivered by someone the students consider their peer, or at least close to them in terms of age and experience.

Katarina (Ms Sweden) told us about the Socrative student response system, which is like Flinga and free.

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My presentation about Skills for Learning at Sunderland University Library. Photo credit Maija Paavolainen.

I (Ms England) told the group about Skills for Learning at @UniOfSunLib.

When resources are tight, or structures changing, think about what you can *stop* doing.

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@veeris: Customer only cares about what’s in it for him, not about #library. Challenge to switch the message to answer that question.

Study circle cards (Kristina) – these lovely cards can be borrowed from enquiry desk:

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Study circle cards

Kristina’s presentation about study circle.  The cards give an introduction and activities on a range of information literacy and study skills themes.  Students can work through them by themselves or in a group.  More info in FinnishMore info in English.

Maija’s presentation about getting feedback on info lit sessions.

Problems with feedback are (a) students’ motivation to give it, and (b) [librarian] teachers’ willingness to receive it.

Solutions for (a): short MCQ form at end of session, give examples of what you’d like to hear in free-response section.

Solutions for (b): reduce sensitivity to criticism by doing it every session; not personal; constructive; good feedback is motivating.

Examples of feedback Qs (I liked emphasis on ‘apply in practice’ rather than enjoyment):

23 Maija feedback QsWhat was the most important thing you learned? (Also helps reinforce the learning points):

24 Maija most important

#ISEWLib2014 Research data management

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Visibility services at Helsinki University Library make research outputs known to the world.  Terkko Kudos increases impact & visibility of published articles from Helsinki Academic Medical Center:

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Terkko Kudos

The Scholar Chart lists Finnish medical scholars across a number of institutions.

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Terkko Scholar Chart

See also the equation for calculating Terkko Factor!

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How to calculate Terkko Factor

Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products—from traditional ones like journal articles, to emerging products like blog posts, datasets, and software.

See Terkko Library on ImpactStory.

List of metrics sources used by @PlumAnalytics

42 List of metrics sourcesHere’s the full list of metrics used by Plum Analytics

41 Plum Analytics metricsWe all share experience of difficulty in getting humanities & social sciences academics engaged with metrics, compared with those in science, technology, engineering & medicine.

From Mari Elisa Kuusniemi’s presentation on getting started with research data management training systems, here are some examples of assignments for library staff on RDM training programme:

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#ISEWLib2014 Social media

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Katrin (Ms Germany) gave a presentation about how social media is used at the University Library of Regensburg.

See the @UniOfSunLib 7-step marketing toolkit for libraries.  I also told the group about how we encourage library customers to use social channels to report noise in the library, so that we can send a member of staff to come and help promptly.

Within the group, we talked about reach, impact, conversations.  Interaction is the most important impact metric for social media across our libraries, and often the most difficult to measure.  It’s important to experiment with different social media platforms, and not be afraid to stop doing things which aren’t working, or abandon platforms your customers no longer use.