Autumn 2017 presentations available

On 30th November 2017, a very lively USTLG meeting looked at Understanding postgraduate STEM users, hosted by Cranfield University.  We enjoyed tours not only of the library, but also of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre and got to see (from a distance) Cranfield’s very own airport.

Our excellent speakers captured different viewpoints on supporting postgraduate researchers and many interesting discussions ensued.

Presentations are now available from the Past meetings pages and you can capture the atmosphere of the day by looking through the Storify.

Thanks very much to our inspiring speakers and to the Cranfield librarians for giving us such a warm welcome.  Thank you to ACM for their sponsorship, mediated by Content Online.

The next USTLG meeting will take place on 16th May 2018 at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield.  The theme hasn’t yet been decided, so if you have a good idea of something you’d like USTLG to cover, please contact Carole Rhodes.

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USTLG meeting 30th November 2017 full programme

The next meeting of the
University Science and Technology Librarians’ Group (USTLG)
will be held on:
Thursday 30th November 2017

Venue: Cranfield University
Room SC3 (first floor)
Stafford Cripps Learning and Teaching Centre
(Building 41 on the campus map)

Theme: Understanding postgraduate STEM users
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Attendance at the meeting is free.
The usual charge for lunch is waived thanks to
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM.) 

PROGRAMME

10.00am – 10.30am: Tours: 1) Kings Norton Library, 2) Management Information Resource Centre or 3) Aerospace Integration Research Centre (limited numbers.)  10.30am – 10.55am: Arrive and register (tea/coffee.)
11.00am – 11.05am: Welcome.
11.05am – 11.35am: Mandy Smith, Jessica Goff & Ruth Knowles, Cranfield, “PG STEM support at Cranfield Defence and Security”
11.35am – 12.05pm: Kerstin Treder, Aston, “Supporting new PhD researchers at Aston University.” 
12.05pm – 12.35pm: Julia Stockdale & Richard Illingworth, Content Online, ACM – 10 things you didn’t know….”
12.35pm – 1.30pm: Lunch – sponsored by ACM.
1.30pm – 2.00pm: Anita Wilcox, University College Cork, “Graduate information literacy skills @ UCC Library: supporting our PG STEM researchers.”
2.00pm – 2.30pm: Adam Edwards, Middlesex, “Researching the researcher:  improving research student support at Middlesex University.”
2.30pm – 2.50pm: Tea/coffee.
2.50pm – 3.20pm: James Soderman, Queen Mary University of London, “Research it! Views and habits of our PhD students.”
3.20pm – 3.30pm: Closing remarks
3.30pm – 4.00pm: Tours: 1) Kings Norton Library, 2) Management Information Resource Centre or 3) Aerospace Integration Research Centre (limited numbers.)

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USTLG meeting November 2017

The next meeting of the University Science and Technology Librarians’ Group (USTLG) will be held on Thursday 30th November 2017.  We will be hosted by Cranfield University.

The theme will be Understanding Postgraduate STEM users.

We will update the Next meeting page with booking details soon.

Call for speakers: How does your library support postgraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – could be Masters students, PhD researchers or anyone asking more complicated questions?  What do you consider to be the key resources for STEM students?  If you would like to speak, please contact Carole Rhodes.

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Spring 2017 presentations available

The USTLG meeting on 24th May 2017 was dynamic and interactive!  Our excellent speakers guided us through a range of new techniques to try in our teaching.  We learnt how to teach students Digimap by encouraging them to look for (fictional) dead bodies and we played Top Trumps with information formats.  We got hands-on with some visual learning strategies, learned useful tips for video production and explained the concept of referencing by building Lego models.

The slides are available from the Past meetings pages, together with a Storify of the day’s tweets.

The meeting was a breath of fresh air for our professional practices and we enjoyed a very warm welcome from our hosts at De Montfort University.  Thanks as well to our sponsors, IOP Publishing.

The next USTLG meeting will take place on Thursday 30th November 2017 at the Shrivenham campus of Cranfield University.  Please send your ideas for a theme and/or offers to speak to Carole Rhodes.

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USTLG meeting 24th May 2017 full programme

The next meeting of the
University Science and Technology Librarians’ Group (USTLG)
will be held on:
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Venue: Queens Building
De Montfort University, Leicester

Theme: Teaching – trying something new

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Attendance at the meeting is free.
The usual charge for lunch is waived thanks to IOP Publishing.

 PROGRAMME

10.00am – 10.30am:  Tour of the Library – optional, no need to register, just meet in the foyer of the Kimberlin Library (next door to the Queens Building.)
10.30am – 10.55am:  Arrive and register (tea/coffee.)  (Queens Building Foyer.)
11.00am – 11.05am:  Welcome.  (Queens Building 1.10.)
11.05am – 11.35am:   Sarah George, Bradford, “Where the bodies are buried: enquiry-based learning for forensics students.”
11.35am – 12.05pm:   Emily Stock, Sheffield, “Introducing formats of information: a Top Trumps style game.”
12.05pm – 12.35pm: Helen Ellis, Institute of Physics, “An introduction to IOP.”
12.35pm – 1.30pm:  Lunch – sponsored by IOP Publishing.  (Kimberlin Library KL2:04.)
1.30pm – 2.15pm:    Liz Martin & Carol Keddie, De Montfort, “Visual learning strategies for information literacy.”  (Queens Building 1.10.)
2.15pm – 2.45pm:   Oliver Bridle, Oxford, “Play, pause, repeat: using video tutorials to teach information skills to Biochemists.”
2.45pm – 3.15pm: Tea/coffee.  (Queens Building Foyer.)
3.15pm – 3.45pm:   Michelle Bond, Coventry, “Using Lego to teach referencing.”  (Queens Building 1.10.)
3.45pm – 4.00pm: Closing remarks.
4.00pm – 4.30pm:  Tour of the Library – optional, no need to register, just meet in the foyer of the Kimberlin Library (next door to the Queens Building.)

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USTLG meeting May 2017

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th May 2016 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

The theme will be Teaching – trying something new.

We will update the Next meeting page with booking details soon.

Call for speakers: if you would like to share your experiences of teaching sci-tech students with a friendly and supportive audience, please contact Carole Rhodes.

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Autumn 2016 presentations available

Thank you to everyone who attended a great USTLG meeting on 30th November 2016 at the University of West London. In a packed programme we heard from some excellent speakers, showcasing the many different ways in which the library supports STEM students’ journey.

The slides are now available from the Past meetings pages, together with a Storify of the day’s tweets.

Thanks very much to our inspiring speakers and to our hosts at the University of West London. Thank you to Elsevier for their sponsorship, which enabled us to provide a free lunch.  It was rather delicious, due to the talent of UWE’s catering students!

The next USTLG meeting will take place in May 2017 at de Montfort University in Leicester. Please send your ideas for a theme and/or offers to speak to Carole Rhodes.

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USTLG meeting 30th November 2016 full programme

The next meeting of the
University Science and Technology Librarians’ Group (USTLG)
will be held on:
Wednesday 30th November 2016

Venue: The Paul Hamlyn Library, Ealing campus
University of West London

Theme: How the library supports STEM students’ journey

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Attendance at the meeting is free.
The usual charge for lunch is waived thanks to Elsevier.

PROGRAMME

10.00am – 10.30am:  Tour of the Library – optional, book in advance.
10.30am – 10.55am:  Arrive and register (tea/coffee.)
11.00am – 11.05am:  Welcome.
11.05am – 11.35am:   Edyta Krol, UWL “Keep calm and go to the library: how UWL Library supports students in the School of Computing and Engineering.”
11.35am – 12.05pm:   Kirsten Lamb, Cambridge, “Navigating a blank slate: what we learned from Engineering students in a refurbished library space.”
12.05pm – 12.35pm: Andrew Dodd & Susan Watson, Elsevier, “Elsevier’s Engineering and Geosciences solutions – supporting you and your users”
12.35pm – 1.30pm:  Lunch (sponsored by Elsevier.)
1.30pm – 2.00pm:    Laura Woods, Huddersfield “Using online interactive resources to reach students at point of need.”
2.00pm – 2.30pm:   Emma Stuart Edwards, Bath, “Not all ‘chalk and talk’: how the library supports Maths students with their placement year.”
2.30pm – 2.45pm: Tea/coffee.
2.45pm – 3.15pm:   Raj Harrison & Fiona Durham, Open, “Supporting STEM students at a distance: integrating skills and training at the OU.”
3.15pm – 3.45pm:  Angela Goldfinch & Ann Brew, Imperial “Referencing support for LaTeX users.”
3.45pm – 4.00pm: Closing remarks.
4.00pm – 4.30pm:  Tour of the Library – optional, book in advance.

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USTLG meeting November 2016

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at The Paul Hamlyn Library, Ealing campusUniversity of West London

The theme will be How the library supports STEM students’ journey.

We will update the Next meeting page with booking details soon.

Call for speakers: if you have something to say about how the library supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students’ journey – could be in terms of the skills they need to learn or how they use the physical space … please contact Carole Rhodes.

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Spring 2016 presentations available

USTLG delegates enjoyed their visit to  University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park – it was quite an experience to hold our meeting in a library building originally designed to resemble a Lancaster bomber!  We heard lots of different perspectives on engaging students with the physical library, its services and its electronic resources.  As always we picked up plenty of tips to apply in our own roles and enjoyed meeting colleagues from across the country.

The slides are now available from the Past meetings pages, together with a Storify of the day’s tweets.

Thanks very much to our hosts from University of Chester and to our inspiring speakers. Thank you to Altmetric for their sponsorship, which enabled us to provide a free lunch.

The next USTLG meeting will take place on 30th November 2016 at the University of West London. Please send your ideas for a theme and/or offers to speak to Carole Rhodes.

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