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eXperience eXchange 2021 – bookings now open

Angela Young15 April 2021

eXperience eXchange – what happens?

experience exchange logoLibrary staff come together to share ideas and good practice about library skills training and academic engagement activities through short presentations or other activities.

How does it work?

Colleagues from across Library Services are invited to give short presentations (5-7 mins) to exchange their experiences, feedback from events, or ideas relating to library skills training and academic engagement activities. The event will be delivered using Zoom. If you have not presented using Zoom before, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out with peers as your friendly and supportive audience. You may find our guidance on using Zoom for live online training helpful and we can provide individual support and guidance on presenting online if you wish.

If you’d rather not present, you can attend as an attendee only.

Is there a theme?

This year we invite contributions relating to any aspect of library skills training and academic engagement activities, but we particularly welcome contributions relating to delivering or supporting these activities in and beyond the pandemic.

How do I sign up?

Simply complete the registration form and we will send you the link to join.

eXperience eXchange 2020 – bookings now open

Angela Young21 April 2020

Join experience exchange logoour first ever online eXperience eXchange on Wednesday 20 May 2020, 10.00-11.30am.

eXperience eXchange – what happens?

Library staff come together to share ideas and good practice about library skills training and liaison activities through short presentations or other activities. For the first time this year the eXperience eXchange will be taking place completely online, with no limit to the number of library staff who may attend.

How will it work?

As usual we invite colleagues from across Library Services to give short presentations (5-7 mins) to exchange their experiences, ideas or feedback from events relating to library skills training and liaison activities. The event will be delivered using Blackboard Collaborate. If you have not presented using Blackboard Collaborate before, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out with peers as your friendly and supportive audience.

If you’d rather not present, you can attend as an attendee only.

Is there a theme?

This year we invite contributions relating to any aspect of library skills training and liaison activities, but we particularly welcome contributions relating to the online or remote delivery of these services. Ideas for presentations include:

  • Something new you have tried to implement, or that you would like to try out in an online environment.
  • A report back from a training event or conference you have attended.
  • A review of an interesting article you have read.
  • How you have been working to develop your own teaching or liaison skills.
  • Using new technologies in training or liaison.

How do I join the event?

Full joining instructions will be provided. You will need:

  • A computer / mobile device with Internet access and sound (speakers or headphones).
  • If presenting you will also need a microphone (internal laptop / mobile device microphone or headset microphones are sufficient).

How do I sign up?

Simply complete the registration form and we will send you full joining instructions.

30 Day Get Searching Challenge – winners announced!

Angela Young23 July 2018

Many congratulations to the winners of the 30 Day Get Searching Challenge virtual trophy. This year’s challenge has 8 winners: Katie Abranson, Sandra Bamborough, Sandra Blaj, Heather Chesters, Katarina Homolova, Chris Li-In-On, Alicia Lucas Garcia and Sui Jing Ly. All winners managed to complete the challenge by undertaking 30 days of online activities within a six week period, which ended at midnight on Sunday 22nd July 2018.

The challenge is an online course for UCL Library Services colleagues, which took place over six weeks this summer. Participants could choose to follow one of two pathways:

  • Pathway A: to learn about or refresh skills in searching library resources
  • Pathway B: to explore and learn about different ways to present and deliver online library skills material

Gold, silver and bronze virtual badges were awarded for completing 25, 20 and 15 days respectively. Congratulations to the following colleagues who achieved badges:

  • Gold: Kate Brunskill, George Finnigan, Gillian Mackenzie, Yuriko Nakano, Robert Seymour, Danny Williams
  • Silver: Sharon A James, Rachel Perrins, Nadia Van Der Westhuizen

Well done to everyone else who attempted the challenge.

Now the challenge is over, it remains available on the UCL Library Services Staff Summer School Moodle course as a training resource for any member of library staff to access and has now been opened up so you no longer need to complete one ‘day’ before moving on to the next, but can dip in wherever interests you. If you have difficulties accessing the course or have any questions please contact library.skills@ucl.ac.uk.

LILAC Conference 2014

Debs M Furness13 January 2014

Early bird booking is now open until 21st February 2014 for the annual conference of CILIP’s Information Literacy Group. For details visit the website:

http://www.lilacconference.com/WP/bookings/