New Look! Library website pages – what do you think?

Weve been beavering away at updating our Library website pages and whilst were almost there, we would like to at this stage get your feedback on what you think. We would like to get your thoughts on the usability of the updated library web pages. Briefly – website usability refers to how easy and efficient a website is to use and how you can find what your looking for. It’s important for us to know that our updated pages work for you!

We want to reach out to many of you as possible, you’re welcome to come to a drop-in the library, navigate through the web pages, chat with us and leave your thoughts and for your time we will send you based on your choice either a voucher or print credits. Were offering three drop-ins in KL0.07b – Tuesday 4th December 1pm-3pm, Thursday 6th December 1pm-3pm and Tuesday 11th December 10am-12pm. Could you please register and book your interest if you would like to come along. (We need this so we know that we have enough computers!). Note you don’t need to be there for the full 2 hours, but 20-25 mins should be about right!

Book me on Tuesday 4th December 1pm-3pm
Book me on Thursday 6th December 1pm-3pm
Book me on Tuesday 11th December 10am-12pm

If you can’t make the drop-ins then please would you mind filling in this short anonymous survey. We would advise that you spend some time familiarising with the updated web pages before taking the survey – see the link below.The survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete, your responses will be anonymous.

LIBRARY LINK – Library updated web pages – remember that not everything is finalised yet, but the core content, layout and structure is there.

FEEDBACK SURVEY LINK

Your time and thoughts are appreciated!

CELT student workshop – Find out about iDEA – Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

Decorative imageDo you know about this iDEA?

This session will give you an introduction to iDEA – the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. This free online recognised award allows you to develop a range of digital skills which can assist you with your studies, employability and beyond university.

Come along to an  introductory workshop to find out how to get started and find out more.

Just book here onto a CELT workshop

 

CELT student workshop – Find out about electronic submission of your assignments in Turnitin

Turnitin Guide in User Guide tab in BlackboardSo what is Turnitin? How does it work?

Your lecturers will ask you to submit your assignments in Turnitin in your Blackboard module.  Online help on how to submit in Turnitin is provided in the ‘User Guide’ tab in Blackboard.

Come along to a workshop to understand how Turnitin works, how your assignment is checked against resources – what kinds of matches can be found and how to interpret the similarity report that Turnitin produces. Also how does this link to assignment writing and further support in the library.

Find out more here on booking to a CELT workshop

 

‘Fake News’, ‘Filter bubbles’- what’s it all about?

Fake news icon‘Fake News’ – now many of us may have heard about this in the media, and it’s an important area not only when evaluating, researching and filtering the mass amount of information/news online but also if we share it too (e.g. social media – re post or re tweeting the news).  This online news can be global, national, local and even in your ‘personal circle’ and interests.  As information consumers we also are curators and how such information/news develops can have an impact in many respects especially if we choose to partake in any of the chain of events. The format of this information can take many forms – from text, videos, images,  articles, discussion boards etc. The immediacy of the internet easily allows us to access news online, whilst it’s still developing, happening and post the event. The ‘news’ can therefore be presented as either primary or as a secondary source. Digital critical literacy is a key skill  when dealing with  information, services and media online [Pause 😉 ] What is ‘fake news’ –  well fake news (in its many guises) is online information being in part or completely false or untrue.

See this short video below:

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What is a filter bubble? – “A filter bubble is an algorithmic bias that skews or limits the information an individual user sees on the internet. The bias is caused by the weighted algorithms that search engines, social media sites and marketers use to personalize user experience (UX)” (Whatis.com. reference and self-education tool about information technology. 01 Aug 2018 https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/filter-bubble accessed 01 Aug 2018).

It may be an interesting excercise to challenge your information filter bubble, read outside your bubble and further fact-checking in your ‘bubble’.

See this short video below:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk1o2BpC79g&w=560&h=315]

Why does this all matter – it’s about questioning online sources and how information based on our personal use or preferences (sometimes without us consciously aware) can influence what is being presented to us . Question everything – be it  news, statistical data, articles, internet resources etc – if unsure about its credibility. It’s about applying the critical evaluation skills when developing your assignments, how we articulate and present such  arguments. Its also thinking  and being mindful about the relativity of information, sharing and partaking in online ‘news’ or information and how this reflects on our digital presence or identity on the internet.

Not everything can be covered in this blog post, but look out for a simple Libguide on this topic in the new academic session!

Download the checklist PDF on ‘how-to-spot-fake-news

 

 

 

Library website evaulation

Library Website Evaluation – Have your say!

Were currently evaluating our Library website for usability. Briefly – website usability refers to how easy and efficient a website is to use and how you can find what your looking for. It’s important for us to assess whether our current library website usability supports your search for resources (e.g. books, information) and further support in your course of study. Leave your feedback in this short online survey.