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ILS News – September 24


Information & Learning Services News for Week Commencing 24th September 2012


Information & Learning Services (ILS) provide Library, ICT, E-Learning, Social Learning spaces and print services across all University sites.

For a quick catch-up on what we’ve been up to over the Summer, check out our ‘Welcome to ILS’ leaflet, you can pick one up from around the campuses or find it online:


This summer we opened Europe’s first joint University and Public Library.
Visit ‘The Hive’ webpage for more information about your new Library and History Centre:

You’ll find a welcome desk for University students in the foyer of The Hive with lots of Guides and information.  If you need any help or further information just approach a member of staff (black tops, gold lanyards) and they will be happy to assist you.  Alternatively you can contact University Library staff through any of the contact details listed at the bottom of this post.

Peirson Redevelopment and Open Access PC Arrangements

The Peirson Building is currently closed whilst it is undergoing redevelopment as a Student Advice and Guidance Centre.

This new facility will include over 250 PCs, print and copy facilities, social learning space and space for laptops, group presentation equipment, Apple Macs and ICT help and advice, as well as Registry and Student Services.

Peirson will be reopening in October for PC, print and copy access as the first part of this redevelopment programme.

Whilst work is taking place in Peirson alternative open access PC arrangements are as follows…

Open access PCs are available at City Campus, Riverside and The Hive. On the St Johns Campus quick access PC and Mac rooms are available each day; details of which rooms are available are published daily on the ILS website, Facebook (, the screens in main reception and on the SOLE page.

A quiet study area in the EEG021.

STAFF – E-Learning News 

Introducing Blackboard 9.1

Modules for the 2012/13 academic year are now available in the new Blackboard system, you can request access to these by completing the Blackboard Access webform on the logged in staff portal page.

All modules are automatically set up and available with a default template which can be amended to suit individual needs. No further new modules will utilise the old Blackboard system and this will be decommissioned by December 2012.

Students who have completed their online registration will start to be enrolled onto the modules they have selected from 15th August 2012.

Video Streaming with Uniview

Uniview is the new video server which replaces the old Release system. You can request a workshop from the LTTU team if you would like training on how to upload a video file, create chapters and playlists, and link or embed the video into Blackboard.

Drop in Surgeries

These are open for anyone to call in for troubleshooting and “just in time” training sessions. There’s no need to sign up for these however it would be helpful if you could ensure you have requested access to the modules you are teaching on prior to attending via the staff portal.

Dates and locations for drop in surgeries:

Tuesday 25/9/12 15.15-16.15 EE 1101
Wednesday 26/9/12 11.15-12.15 CH 1001
Wednesday 26/9/12 15.15-16.15 EE 1101
If you can’t attend one of the surgeries above but would still like some training, contact the team at

STUDENTS – 24/7 ICT Support

This summer we’ve launched a brand new service that means getting help for an ICT-related query couldn’t be any easier.

Simply call the normal ICT Helpdesk phone number: 01905 857500

This service runs out of hours, which is 5pm – 9am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

STAFF & STUDENTS – International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature 

Professor Lissa Paul from Brock University in Ontario will be leading a Guest Seminar at the University titled “Hunting for Mrs. Fenwick’s Writings” or The Case for a Literary Biography of Eliza Fenwick (1766 – 1840).

The Seminar will be held on Tuesday 25th September at 17:15 in EE G020.

For more info:

Everyone is welcome to this event.

STAFF & STUDENTS – Research Collections Have Moved…

The Research Collections have now moved to Woodbury 23.

Anybody who would like access for use or simply a visit to see where we are please contact Rachel on 01905 542093 or Janet 01905 855535 or email

We would love to see you.

STAFF & STUDENTS – Digital Literacy Support

Tim Johnson works within ILS as an Adviser in Digital Literacy.

Tim provides support and advice to staff and students regarding digital literacy skills and can be contacted by email in the first instance

The following links hold information likely to interest a wide range of people…

Digital Literacy @ University of Worcester blog:

Digital Literacy Services web pages within ILS:

Calling all Lecturers site:

The Second Life island for use by all

The blog and the site provide up-to-date items of interest whilst the web pages hold information and documents such as the guidelines on Creative Commons Licenses and the Informed Consent Form (General use).  The Second Life island is available for meetings and classes as well as informal get togethers.

STUDENTS Keep in touch with ILS

For more information, regular ILS updates, or if you an ILS related question or want to voice a concern we’re easy to contact. Use one of the links below to get information and help when you need it:

For any ICT enquiries, contact the ICT Helpdesk on:

For any library enquiries, contact staff at The Hive or ILS via email:

For all other ILS contact information see the ILS website.

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