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WHELF HE in FE Collaboration event

Posted by andrewey on June 30, 2009

At today’s Collaboration event at University of Wales, Newport there was a very informative double presentation from University of Bath.

The first presentation looked at the University’s use of social space in it’s recent redesign. This included the use of informal seating and furniture coupled with a relaxation of rules on eating and drinking (I liked the definition of their permissible eating policy = ‘sucky sweets’).

There were educational features incorporated in the redesign such as provision of movable whiteboards to encourage group work.

Furthermore the library has been promoting reader development through an ‘around the world in 80 books’ initiative where international students have recommended fiction titles which reflect their homelands for other students to read.

The second presentation looked at the library potential of QR codes. These are barcodes which can store information to provide links between physical and virtual resources.

Apparently this technology is already widely used in the Far East. The barcodes are read by mobile phone cameras which incorporate this technology. The software can also be down loaded to your phone if it is not already provided.

The QR code, once read, could contain a URL or digital information such as the catalogue record of a book you have just scanned (both uses were included in a JISC project undertaken by the University).

You should be able to see the QR codes for book stock on the University’s OPAC.

For more details see University of Bath blog

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FE library update – March 2009

Posted by andrewey on April 6, 2009

FE learning resource toolkits

The hard copy of the English toolkit is still awaiting distribution but the events promoting it are continuing. The next one is on 20 April in the south west at Exeter Central Library, details on the CoFHE website.

The 2nd edition of the Welsh toolkit will not be publicly available on the fforwm website but is instead on their VLE. If anyone outside Wales is interested in a copy then I will be bring some to the CoFHE conference in Edinburgh in June or alternatively if you contact me I’ll put you in touch with the editor.

I believe the 2nd edition of the Scottish toolkit is also nearing completion and should be available via the SLIC website when published.


There are still places available for the 2009 CoFHE conference in Edinburgh in June. I will be doing workshops on the use of Web 2.0 in FE and on the Welsh and English (with Steve Cropper, Wirral Metropolitan College) toolkits.

There are also still places available for the free CoFHE Cymru conference on 24 April in Cardiff. I will be talking about the use of web 2.o tools in FE.

There will be an FE/HE strand at Umbrella which is the cross sector library conference held every two years. In 2009 the conference will be held at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield in July. CoFHE are sponsoring a full delegate place at the conference (closing date 17 April).

The 2010 joint CoFHE/UCR conference has been confirmed as 21-23 June 2010 at the University of Exeter.

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Library Web Quest week 4 flickr

Posted by andrewey on July 10, 2008

I can certainly see the use flickr as a way of promoting special collections. As a practical example storing photos from our recent Library awards event would be a good use of this tool.

The transfer of files to/from Flickr (and directly into a blog) is straightforward and it is useful to have the option to download photos in different sizes.

I’m still building up my collection of bookmarks on and have now created a virtual reading list for every unit on the Applications of ICT in Libraries course that I deliver/co-ordinate. This will hopefully save myself and the students much time in the future in terms of finding and sharing good online resources.

As regards blogging, in addition to my weekly Web Quest blogs, I’m going to add regular posts on Library 2.0 issues and the use of Web 2.0 technologies relating to FE libraries.

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