Reading lists – time for a reality check?

Reading lists – time for a reality check?
Hannah Rose and Gillian Siddall

Abstract: In 2011 we were awarded the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) Research Award to fund our research into reading lists.  This project involved working with tutors to develop enhanced reading lists to actively scaffold students’ information skills development.  We conducted focus groups with students and interviews with academic staff to explore their expectations and experiences of reading lists.  This presentation will report our findings so far and focus on the impact of reading lists on the student experience.

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Acknowledgements: The research was funded by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) and has been carried out in conjunction with the URB@N project.

Hannah and Gillian will also be presenting this research at the Improving Student Learning Symposium to be held at  Lund University, Sweden, Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 August 2012.

Presenter: Hannah Rose

Hannah RoseI am an Academic Librarian working with the School of Education. I have worked in Librarianship for six years. I started my professional career as a Trainee Liaison Librarian at the University of Reading, before joining Library and Learning Services at the University of Northampton. In 2011 I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship for my involvement in a collaborative research project exploring first year students’ experience of H.E.. My interest in this project was the use of a ‘scaffolded’ approach to support the development of students’ information skills. I am currently developing this interest through research looking at the potential of reading lists as a pedagogical tool to scaffold the development of information skills amongst foundation degree students.

Presenter: Gillian Siddall

I am an Academic Librarian at the University of Northampton, working with the School of Health. I deliver integrated teaching and learning programmes in information skills for students and academic staff. I have worked in library and information services in Further and Higher Education for five years. I have a BA(Hons) in Comparative American Studies from the University of Warwick and spent a year studying at the University of California, San Diego. I have an MA in Information and Library Management from Loughborough University. I am currently studying for my PGCTHE at Northampton and I am a member of the Libraries for Nursing committee, a subgroup of Health Libraries Group.


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