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ILS News – Feb 27


FINAL YEAR STUDENTS – Free offers and lots of help from ILS

We’ve launched a couple of offers for final year students which we hope will be helpful as you work to complete your Independent Study…

Simply collect a leaflet entitled ‘Final Year Students Guide’ from Peirson or any of the social learning areas and inside you’ll find vouchers for

Free Document Binding and a Free Referencing Guide as well as lots of useful tips to help you in your final year.

There’s information about getting hold of resources, getting support and advice, ICT access and storage, additional InterLibrary requests, and lots more.

Congratulations to Ilkka Alasalmi, Lisa Preece, Li Xi and Emma Reeve (not in photo)STUDENTS & STAFF – SURVEY Congratulations & Thanks


On Tuesday we presented the winners with their HD TV and Amazon Vouchers… congratulations to Ilkka Alasalmi, Lisa Preece, Li Xi and Emma Reeve (not in photo),

We’d also just like to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to the record number of over 2000 students who completed the survey.

Overall satisfaction remains high with 90.3% of students highly/mostly agreeing with the statement that Information and Learning Services provides a good service to them. The highest rated services were, provision of different study zones: helpfulness of staff and Library opening hours.

We’re just working through the many helpful comments and suggestions before we make the full survey results available.

Watch this space for further survey results and information.


In association with Waterstones University Bookstore many key text books recommended by tutors are now available at the University branch of Waterstones for students who wish to purchase their own copy to keep.

Whenever possible here in ILS we make important or heavily used material available as e-books and online journals to maximise the number of students who can use them at any given time. We’re now digitising heavily used book chapters which we deliver to you in Blackboard in partnership with your module leaders. We’ve also invested heavily in our print collection too, so make sure to use all the quality resources available to you online through Summon, the Library Catalogue and Blackboard.

These are just a few of the measures undertaken as part of our reading strategies initiative to maximise student access to key reading. If you would like to know more about the reading strategies initiative, please visit our webpage, or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

STAFF – New version of Blackboard

A new version of our VLE software is being introduced and there are some significant differences between the old and new versions that staff need to be aware of. For a quick overview of the new system please watch this two minute clip:

If you’d like more information about the up and coming changes we’ve got lots to offer… the introductory workshop on 22nd February was well attended and further information can be found at or by emailing  or

Key Dates:

Semester 2 2011/12
Pilot Groups using New Blackboard

March – July 2012
Ongoing weekly training sessions – look out for more

Easter 2012 onwards
Semester 1 2012/13 courses available for development

August/September 2012
New Blackboard goes LIVE – old Blackboard no longer available.

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