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  • Caring for Metadata: Taking a Strategic Approach

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    Friday, 19th November 2021

    As digital collections have been created and have grown to the large corpus that they form today, libraries, archives and other repositories have (hopefully) taken great care to look after them. The disciplines of digital curation and digital preservation have established an extensive set of protocols and techniques as a means...
  • One Tool, Two Uses: A Consistent and Economical Approach to Facilitating Critical Thinking

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    Thursday, 28th October 2021

    One of the most challenging tasks for any teacher seeking to develop the independent learning skills of their students lies in instilling a critical attitude to both the information they access and their own work.

    Given the prevalence of low grade material on the web today, the need to appraise information rigorously has never been more...

  • School Librarians: Learn To Be Playful

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    Tuesday, 19th October 2021

    After nearly two years of closure and lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school libraries are beginning to emerge from the dark days and open-up again to the wider education community. But are we simply returning to the 'same old' or is this the springboard to a new approach to teaching and learning and promotion of our services?

    Certainly,...

  • 10 tips for Sixth Formers on working independently

    Thursday, 16th September 2021

    Posted by Andrew Shenton

    The Sixth Form is a time of transition for young people. Although many remain based in schools that have become familiar to them over several years, the balance of their timetables shifts and they find that independent work, to be undertaken outside the classroom, is becoming increasingly important and onerous. A lot...

  • Promoting Effective Independent Learning

    Thursday, 9th September 2021

    10 tips for educators on promoting effective independent learning

    09 September 2021

    Posted by: Andrew K. Shenton

    In recent years, the task of finding and using information successfully has become ever more complex for students in schools. There is now so much published material, in so many different forms, from so many originators and of such...

  • Re imagining Library Marketing and Engagement – Six Insights

    Monday, 14th June 2021

    Marketing is pretty much common sense. It has enduring values and ideas. Occasionally these are given a change of vocabulary, particularly when new consultancies come on the scene to re-imagine its key concepts. Having something worth telling your users about, a pretty clear message about the value they will receive from engaging with you and...

  • Develop Your Understanding of Library Leadership During Uncertain Times

    Tuesday, 20th April 2021

    The publication of Bold Minds: Library leadership in a time of disruption is a timely work; it offers new insights into leadership during our changing times. Why do we need yet another book on library management?... you might wonder…and how is this one different? Is it worth reading? We think so and we hope that you do too! 

    When Leo and I (we...

  • An Author’s Experience of Preparing an Index: A Case Study

    Tuesday, 30th March 2021

    I have recently had the very great pleasure of publishing with Facet – my professional text, The Academic Teaching Librarian’s Handbook, was finally published in January 2021 after a two-year period of hard work, one repetitive strain injury, and of course the COVID-related upheaval that complicated the final months of the project. Those of you...

  • The Distanced Researcher: How Visual Methods Can Support Our Work in the New Covid World

    Wednesday, 17th March 2021

    In our latest blog post, Jenaya Webb and Shailoo Bedi consider the current Covid landscape and how researchers are turning to visual research methods (VRM) as a valuable tool for exploring social phenomena – at a distance.


    Like many researchers, we are currently thinking about what our research practice looks like in the context of the COVID-19...

  • Reflections on the Libraries' Responses to Coronavirus, Resource Discovery and the Future

    Tuesday, 8th December 2020

    The events of recent months have had a huge effect on people’s lives across the whole world. In my workplace, physical library services have stopped completely, with no readers and no staff permitted to access buildings. The fundamental purpose of a library is to provide information to its patrons, and giving up the physical space and physical...

  • The Mapping and Re Mapping of Information Landscapes

    Monday, 7th December 2020

    When it was decided last year that my book, Mapping Information Landscapes, was to be published in spring 2020, who knew that this would be a time of such dramatic disruption. Leaving aside (essential) debate about the rights and wrongs of measures taken, it is clear that COVID-19 has caused a profound, immediate re-drawing of boundaries...