As we are approaching the final couple of weeks before we open the doors and meet new students, this is my opportunity to explain a little about the work which has been done in preparation relating to library support and induction at UCL East.
Over the past few months, we have been busy preparing resources to support students, with the exciting new postgraduate programmes that will be launching. UCL East will initially have a ‘Click and Collect’ Service, for the first year with no physical library until 2023, when the Marshgate building opens, which Igho discussed in his blog post a few weeks ago. This has led us to think creativity about resource provision for students.
I have been working closely with Course Programme Leads, Acquisitions, e-Resources and TLS to ensure we have as many online materials as possible to support items on reading lists – if these are eBooks, journals, databases, or digitised resources, as well as establishing links with Special Collections about the support they can provide. Working with TLS, we have run information sessions to support new colleagues at UCL East to curate their reading lists, and to understand some of the features of Reading Lists@UCL.
The Library will be having a presence at the induction fair at UCL East on 30th September to meet and greet new students and advise them about the services available to them, so please do come along and say hello if you’re on campus. Induction sessions have been planned for the first few weeks as well as the start of integrated library skills support, woven into programmes to support students throughout their studies. We have spent time, as part of the Induction Working Group to ensure webpages have been updated, to incorporate UCL East to help students feel they are fully part of the UCL community. With so many of the programmes being uniquely multi-disciplinary, this has involved collaboration with other Subject Liaison Librarians and Site Librarians to draw upon their expertise and specialist knowledge.
Subject Liaison Librarian, UCL East