University of Central Lancashire Site Report: January 2013

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University of Central Lanc
ashire Site Report: January 2013

It’s been another hectic year at UCLan and these are some of the projects we’ve been working on:

Satisfaction surveys

We’ve been absolutely thrilled with the results of two recent surveys. In the
N
ational
S
tudent
S
urvey, our

score

increased by 5% to 87% which takes us into the top quartile
of all university
libraries. Also

in our in
-
house
U
CLan
S
atisfaction
S
urvey which surveys 1
st

and 2
nd

year students,
the
LIS

score increased
by 3% to 95% which i
s 10% above our target for 2017 in the UCLan Medium Term
Strategy! Champagne all around!


Collection moves

During

summer 2012

the whole collection was moved around
to reintegrate the sequences on the
1
st

and 2
nd

floors.

Feedback from users has already been

very positive in enabling them to locate
items much more easily.


e
-
ILL

UCLan are working closely with Capita

(our LMS provider) to create an inter library loan interface
which provides electronic
templates from

within the library catalogue Prism
which
automatically
searches the catalogue and other
data sources including Discover, then submits

them as a workflow
request. It is early days for this development at
present;

we will soon
however
begin to beta test this
service.
The Electronic

Inter Library lo
ans project should significantly streamline and automate the
current Inter Library Loan process.


P
atron
D
riven
A
cquis
i
tion of ebooks
using ebrary and EBSCO

Our trial of

PDA with ebrary

was very successful. Unlike

other libraries
where

the money
disappear
e
d very quickly, we found that it was spent steadily and some subject areas were more
popular than others. Analysis of statistics showed that the usage of items purchased with PDA was
much greater than those which came as part of our bulk subscription

which

has given us food for
thought
. We have deposited a further sum with
ebrary

and this will go live any day. Our trial with
EBSCO went live last semester and is still underway

but is showing a similar pattern to the ebrary
trial
.


Library Catalogue

Last week
, we introduced a new

feature

to the library catalogue “people

who
borrowed this

title
also borrowed”

which is displayed underneath the search results title detail.

This feature utilises
loan data from a number of academic institutions and displays other t
itl
es which will help students
find

alternative titles when doing their research or when their particular titles is unavailable.
We
hope it will address the perennial problem of ‘not enough books’ by highlighting to students that
there are alternatives.
Watch this space!


We
have
also
introduced

a
Mobile Catalogue
which

work
s

on smartphone interfaces such as iOS
(iPhone and iPad), Android, Windows Phone 7 Mango and Blackberry devices. It is also optimised to
work with the Opera mobile and Opera mini brows
ers. All functions are available,

such as

renewals,
reserve items, view your Library account and link to e
-
Resources.


Self
-
service visitor passes

We are in negotiations to trial a self
-
service visitor pass system which would enable students who
forget th
eir cards to issue themselves a temporary pass without needing to speak to a member of

staff. Our reception staff currently issue an average of 300 passes a day

so this system would ease
their workload significantly. If successful, it could be extended to
other visitors such as the Valnow
User Group who would be emailed a code before the meeting with which to issue yourselves a pass.


Foster Learning Zone

The University invested £1 million in reshaping Foster Refectory and FB025 to provide a new
multifuncti
onal space which combines study, social and eating zones with areas where staff and
students can use a PC, get LIS support from a service desk, buy software and stationery or just relax
with food and drink.

Funding permitting, a similar area will be create
d in Greenbank building next
summer.
We are hoping this will enable us to reclaim the Library as a quieter study area by
encouraging the rowdier elements to use these other learning zones!


Computer Availability
app

LIS have developed an app
-

the UCLan Locator App
-

so th
at students can

check the location of PCs
and Macs immediately available for use across the UCLan campus
, with the information updated
every 5 minutes
.

The app is available for

both

iOS and Android d
evices.


Real
-
time timetable screens

LIS has been involved in a project to improve signage around campus with real time timetable
displays in building foyers. This is currently being trialled in Greenbank building where a large screen
displays which classe
s are taking place in which rooms. If successful, it will gradually be rolled out to
other buildings across campus.


The Queen visits Burnley




As part of the Jubilee celebrations, our Burnley campus was delighted to welcome the Queen and
Prince Philip.
Our library overlooks the main foyer so was a prime position to view the activities!


Cyprus Campus

UCLan’s first overseas campus situated in Pyla village near Larnaca opened for business in October
last year. The builders only broke ground in February 201
2 so it was a massive undertaking to have
everything completed on time. But they did and the first cohort of students are now studying on
courses in accounting, business, hospitality & tourism, law and computing.

Plans to offer courses in
Psychology and CE
Ps are underway for next Sept.



Plans are now well underway for other campuses in Thailand and Sri Lanka which are due to open in
2014.