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To register on these sessions please contact Penny Dowdney on p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Please send her: 1) your name, 2) your email address, 3) your level (1st year, postgraduate, research assistant, lecturer, etc), and 4) your subject area. Please also feel welcome to add any comments about your level of knowledge, and what you hope to get out of the workshop, and sessions can be tailored to meet your needs!

Thu 10th Sept: Refworks for Beginners: BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Room 013, Deiniol Library, Bangor University

A two hour workshop for beginners, and people who have begun using Refworks but would like some more guidance.

Refworks is an internet based reference manager bought by the university library, which allows you to save your references to books, journals, articles and so forth online; access references from university and home; and use the references to print out reading lists or create bibliographies at the end of essays. Refworks can be used free of charge by university members for as long as they are at the university. This workshop will show you how to register with Refworks, set up folders for references, save references to Refworks from different sources (books, electronic journals, etc), download the Write-N-Cite plug-in, access your references from Microsoft Word, and insert references into an essay and create a bibliography.

Thu 17th Sept: E-resources@Bangor: BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Room 013, Deiniol Library, Bangor University

A two hour workshop.

The Bangor University Libraries subscribe to a range of electronic resources, and this session will give you an overview of some of the things we get, and how to search them effectively. The workshop will look at online newspaper archives, electronic journal databases, which contain a range of full text journals; and at some of the bibliographic databases, which search a number of sources and list a range of useful articles (but do not contain full text articles).

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If anyone is using Refworks (an online reference manager which Bangor University Library buys, enabling all staff and students to use Refworks for free to manage their references), they may be interested in the following free online training sessions in Sept and Oct:

RefWorks Webinars for September and October:

17 Sep 2009   9:30 GMT Four Ways to Create Bibliographies

Register at https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=713776684

18 Sep 2009   9:30 GMT Six ways to Import Information

Register at https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=712692796

07 Oct 2009  9:30 GMT Write-N-Cite III for Windows

Register at https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=712226950

07 Oct 2009  12:30 GMT RefWorks Advanced Features

Register at https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=719706000

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I’m a little late blogging about the LILAC Conference, which I attended in Cardiff a month and a half ago, but I didn’t have a blog at the time, having only started this one last week. The LILAC conference is the Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference, it has nothing to do with the flower, or the colour (although a lot of people, myself included, did wear purple).

So, what is information literacy? Information literacy is a phrase used to describe some of the work librarians (and teachers and lecturers) have found themselves doing in recent years, since the arrival of the internet and the mass of electronic information now available to students and schoolchildren. Along with this rise in available information has been the growth of some of the following problems:

  • difficulties hunting for information (obviously many university students are excellent at this, but many struggle to find their way through the mass of information available, and miss useful sources).
  • issues with evaluating information (people need to be aware of the difference between academic quality journal articles, books and websites, versus opinions and thoughts posted on the internet by people with unknown credentials, and be able to select and use quality information as sources for essays)
  • a rise in plagiarism (e.g. copying and pasting words from the internet into essays, and passing them off as the student’s own, with some people not even realising that this is not considered good or acceptable practice)
  • problems with referencing (knowing how to show clearly in essays that you are basing an idea on someone else’s work, and making sure that you have written down all the books and articles and websites you have mentioned in the essay using the correct referencing style…there are many!)

and many more…

Many people don’t like the term information literacy, and you will not always find the term on resources that are designed to help with the issues outlined above, as it’s not a phrase many people know outside of libraries and teaching, and is often avoided so as not to scare people away from using helpful resources. I think it’s useful mainly as a term which draws lots of ideas together.

Information literacy is important to librarians, as the whole concept is rooted in the kind of work librarians are trained to do, and tend to be good at, such as searching through large amounts of information and selecting the best quality and most relevant sources, and keeping well organized with lists of references, and most of all, teaching other people how to handle information hunting and get the best results back.

For me, information literacy is essentially the everyday work I do, such as showing people how to use electronic resources and find good quality articles for their essays, showing them how to reduce enormous result lists to small ones using cunning tactics librarians know well, and how to find information on a topic when there doesn’t seem to be anything out there…plus of course giving guidance on the dreaded referencing…

Finally, here are a couple of my favourite information literacy resources on the internet, they’re not called information literacy, but essentially, that’s what they are, as they are there to improve the way you find or use information:

Assignment Survival Kit (developed by Staffordshire University)

Ignore the login at the top, look lower down the page, put a date into the assignment due date box, and press calculate assignment schedule, you will get back a useful set of tasks to help you complete the essay.

Referencing @ Portsmouth (developed by Portsmouth University Library)

Help with referencing for a few of the main referencing styles (Harvard, Vancouver, Oscala). Click on the reference style you are using, and then work through the options, for an example of how to reference.

Coming soon: A write up of the sessions at the LILAC Conference…including sessions I attended on both of the above resources…

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