Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Librarians must defy stereotypes to advance careers

A recent report from the Society of College, National and University Libraries (Sconul) claims that library staff need to think in terms of the whole university if they want to advance their careers. The report "Leading Libraries: The View From Above" is based on 12 in-depth interviews with vice-chancellors and other senior Librarians from UK universities and while it points to “threats to the future of librarians within universities”, it also claims that there are "significant opportunities for reinvention” for librarians if they are “prepared to take on non-library challenges and think of university-wide solutions”. The authors claim that rightly or wrongly, many senior managers seemed to buy into traditional stereotypes about librarians, so it is up to librarians to prove them wrong. Read more in the Times Higher Education by following the link below or log into the journal through the library catalogue. 


Librarians should defy stereotypes

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Putting the search into research

This blog 'Patter' by the prolific author and academic Pat Thomson is an excellent source of information and advice on all things pertaining to research. This particular post emphasises the importance of a finely honed information practice especially the art of searching for information. Thomson observes that it doesn't matter what source you are using, whether it's a scholarly database or a library catalogue, the information you get is only as good as the question you ask. Read more by following the link below.


Putting the search into PhD

Friday, 29 September 2017

Academics offer tips for publishing

In the Times Higher Education this week, 16 academic scholars offer their top tips for publishing, including pitching, editing, writing and dealing with negative peer reviews. Shane O'Mara from Trinity suggests the process of editing is how we discover what we really think while another academic suggest writing for a variety of audiences in a variety of forms. To read more access the journal through the library e-journals or follow the link below.

Academic writing desk

Top Tips for publishing

Monday, 18 September 2017

New ScienceDirect Topics platform

In a move that aims to challenge Wikipedia and keep users on its ScienceDirect platform, the publishing giant Elsevier has launched a new service that provides encyclopedia-style entries on key scientific topics. The Topics platform will offer a quick definition of a key term or topic, details of related terms and relevant excerpts from Elsevier books. The publisher argues that this service will provide 'breadth, depth and currency of knowledge'. Some academics have questioned the need for the service and have argued that ScienceDirect Topics is merely leveraging off the expertise and authority of academic authors. Read more by accessing the Times Higher Education through the library e-journal portal or follow the link below. 

Man reading Wikipedia page on desktop computer (PC)

Elsevier takes on Wikipedia with new Topics platform

Friday, 15 September 2017

A moral panic over student cheating?

A respected academic has recently spoken out about ending the 'moral panic' over cheating students claiming that the phenomenon has been blown out of all proportion. While acknowledging that academics have never entirely trusted students not to cheat, Bruce Macfarlane argues that institutions need to stop the witch-hunt and trust in the capacity of students to learn. Citing the ubiquitous use of plagiarism detection software as one symptom of the panic he queries whether there is any evidence to show that students are any less trustworthy than in the past. Read more by accessing the Times Higher Education through the library e-journal link or by following the link below.

Student and invigilator in exam room

A moral panic over student cheats?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Should students be allowed to take phones into exams?

Eric Mazur, a Harvard professor and father of the ‘flipped classroom’ has recently said that he allows his students to take phones and laptops into exams to encourage them to look up whatever they want, whenever they want with the aim of testing their creative and analytical skills, as opposed to their information recall. He believes that academics need to rethink assessment to make it more meaningful and much more representative of testing the 21st-century skills that institutions require students to develop. Read more at the Times Higher Education by following the link below or accessing it through the library e-journals.

Eric Mazur speaks at the World Academic Summit

Allowing students to take phones into exams