Monday, 20 September 2010

Reaching out to new students

Today I held my first information session for our new Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) students.

I've been concerned in previous years that they have missed out on the whole college/library induction process through the fact they operate to a different timetable from students on other courses. Naturally, they are tied into the school year rather than the academic year.

So our library take up has been little, and I've often felt vaguely guilty when one of them popped in, for not knowing them as well as our other students.

Our three new PGCE students were lovely, and I aimed not to overwhelm them with too much information. I concentrated on familiarisation with the separate screens for book/journal/article searching. We can go into the Boolean stuff later!

For now my focus is to make them feel welcome and listened to, so that they feel they can come back to me and the library at any stage for any further help and not be afraid to ask what migh seem like a daft question.

I think the coffee and biscuits also provided a mild energy boost, and fortunately we are a food-friendly library. Within reason.

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