This event continues the Learn IT series of seminars and group discussion networking events hosted by the Digital Literacies Group of the University of Liverpool. The event began with a welcome by Emma Sims from the Guild and Dr Ann Qualter, Director of Academic Development, Centre for Lifelong Learning, outlining the changing nature of libraries education over recent decades and imperative to acquire awareness of digital information sources and techniques.
The seminar proceeded with presentations by Peter Reed (Health and Life Sciences learning technology lecturer), Nor Asikin Tegoh (Management PGR student) and Emma Thompson (Library Learning & Teaching Lead).
Peter’s presentation focused on the Mendeley referencing management application, demonstrating the use of this software to store, import and create reference citations and integrate in-text citations in office documents, this presentation particularly contrasted Mendeley with traditional and comparative approaches for reference management; Peter also drew attention to the Google Scholar search engine for identifying and working with academic or peer reviewed literature, including facilities to assess the research impact of particular journals and articles.
Nor’s presentation described a sense of missed opportunity to effectively use referencing applications when embarking on academic studies; Nor particularly drew attention to the advantages of the Refworks management platform for managing citations via folders and for categorising works thematically within the context of her own academic work.
The presentation provided by Emma outlined digital Library services available, including approaches for use of Google Scholar offcampus, use of multi-source Library platforms and databases (such as Discover, Scopus and Web of Science) and Library support for referencing systems (such as Refworks, Endnote and more recent applications).
The group sessions provided an opportunity for delegates to share their own experiences of using Library resources and to hear tips and suggestions from Librarians, students and staff attending. Some of the themes explored included new online or Library based services or tools which could have benefited individuals at an earlier stage of their research or career and issues surrounding evaluation of digital content; observations included the benefit of advanced searching techniques within online databases, techniques for filtering or ranking articles using bibliometrics or peer reviewed criteria and the need for staff induction support comparative with the student Library induction.
The event provided a forum for staff, students and post-doctoral researchers to network and proved a valuable opportunity to share experiences and new approaches for engaging in study and research.
Paul Catherall, Library
17th February 2015