Thursday, 26 September 2013

MELSIG Smart Devices in Learning event- an update

It's a bit late but I did say I'd report back on the MELSIG event on smart devices in learning event that I attended earlier in the month. Well, it's a busy time here at ScHARR Towers, so I've struggled to find time for blogging, but in the meantime, here's a really useful resource I learned about that day, Kathy Schrock's clever site that maps iOS and Android apps to Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning:

The above is a screen shot but you can find her page at:

It's a great resource if you want to make sure you are using the best app for any kind of teaching!

Posted by Claire on Thursday 26th October 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Cloud busting: Demystifying the ‘Cloud’ and its impact on libraries - Panibus Magazine

Andy Tattersall has co-authored an article with Leo Appleton which is the lead article in this month's Panibus Magazine. Following on from their presentation as part of the MmIT Committee at this year's CILIP Umbrella conference the article is titled: Cloud busting: Demystifying the ‘Cloud’ and its impact on libraries. The article explains the Cloud concept how it applies to searching, library management and enterprise systems. The article also looks at how library and information professionals can apply the Cloud to their own development.

The latest issue of Panibus can be accessed here:

Friday, 20 September 2013

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

Tempting technophobes: top tips - Information Today Article

In preparation for next month's brilliant Internet Librarian International 2013 where myself and Claire Beecroft will be delivering a session on how to get staff and students to drink from the technology waterhole we revealed three of the tips for Information Today. 
Find Champions
Get Visual
Find a 'Twin'

As for the other seven you will have to come to our session at Internet Librarian International (ILI) in Session A202 -New ways to promote services, hopefully we will see you there.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

ScHARR Snack Size - Digital Copyright - Staying on the Right Side of the Law with Creative Commons and Beyond - 25th September - 12.30-1pm - Eric Wilkes Room

Did you hear about the student who was asked to leave his
institution after heavily plagiarising content?
Conversely did you hear about the academic who caused his
University embarrassment and lost important library content
after sharing licensed materials?
Whether you learn, teach or research, copyright law watches us all,
and in a digital age the chances of breaking that is greater than ever.
This session will look at how to stay safe

on the Web without compromising on content.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Hi Ho to Huddersfield!

IR's Claire Beecroft is off on a jolly today to #MELSIG's 'Smart  
 Devices in Learning' Event. I've got my iPhone, iPad, Nook, headphones, a portable speaker and two chargers:

What could possibly go wrong?...(I'll blog a full report later :0)'


Thursday, 5 September 2013

New Paper in Health Information and Libraries Journal by ScHARR IR

After 70 sessions, numerous versions on our campus and much further, four conference appearances and a few articles and workshops, the ScHARR Bite Size model reaches the heady heights of academic publishing in a journal paper. Learn something new in 20 minutes: Bite Size sessions to support research and teaching authored by Andy Tattersall, Claire 
Beecroft and Jenny Freeman is in the latest issue of the Health Information and Libraries journal.

Hear more about the paper from the authors

  • education and training;
  • instructional design;
  • knowledge transfer;
  • professional development;

  • teaching

  • Abstract

    The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at The University of Sheffield run an innovative series of informal 20-minute Bite Size sessions to help staff and students teach, research, collaborate and communicate more effectively. The sessions have two clear strands: one focused on teaching and the other on research. The remit is not to teach people how to use something in their work or study, but to let them know why they should use it and how they can employ it. By introducing participants to the possibilities and how they can apply ideas and technologies in their work and study in an enthusiastic manner, it is possible to send them away with at least the intention to explore and experiment. The evidence shows that this organic approach is working – staff and students are starting to use many of the tools that Bite Size has covered. Any kind of widespread change within organisations can be hard to deliver, but by bringing champions on your side and delivering sessions in a convenient, informal and timely manner; good practice and ideas can spread naturally.

    Wednesday, 4 September 2013