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Tim Leonard – Information Skills at UCO using Summon


You can watch the video recording of this lightning session here.

In this lightning session, Tim set the scene by talking about University College Oldham (UCO) itself and its partnership with the University of Huddersfield, focusing on how organisational factors impact on the way information literacy is taught at UCO. He then went on to describe how they use Summon as a starting point for most of their students and to detail how they teach Summon, basing  information literacy sessions around specific assignments, emphasizing the importance of refining searches and giving students the time to explore Summon for themselves.

David Jenkins – Finding Full Text in 5 Minutes


You can watch the video recording of this lightning session here.

This presentation was part of the lightning sessions, delivered to delegates as it would have been to library users. It is aimed at students at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and looks at how to use Library Search, MMU’s branding of Summon, to find full text resources online in five minutes. The emphasis was very much on quickly giving users the basics they need to get up and running with Library Search themselves rather than going into information literacy skills in any particular depth.

Information on the venue, agenda, speakers, wi-fi, accessibility and general arrangements

Yes,  the 2nd UK Information Literacy & Summon Day is nearly upon us!

It should be a great day and we very much look forward to seeing all of you. Please find information on the venue, agenda, speakers, wi-fi, accessibility and general arrangements here:

Catch you soon!

P.S. Don’t forget the pub session after the event in The Salutation nearby (! It’ll be great to hang out and have a chat after a hard day’s discovering…


Join the event online!

We will be streaming and recording parts of the 2nd UK Information Literacy & Summon Day live online as a webinar, consisting of two sessions:

  • 10:10 AM – 1:00 PM BST – The first session consists of the main presentations, where speakers present their ideas and experiences regarding Summon and information literacy to an audience in the usual way. Please note, there will be a comfort break during this session from 11:30 AM – 11:40 AM BST.
  •  1:30 PM – 1:50 PM BST – The second session consists of the lightning talks, where speakers quickly demonstrate how they teach Summon, treating the audience as they would their library users.

You can register for the webinar here.

If you would like to attend just one session, then please feel free! Simply register as normal and just attend the session you want to be part of. There is some unhelpful automatically generated-wording on the booking form that reads “You are expected to attend all 2 sessions” but please ignore this.

We will provide details on how the recordings will be made available after the event.

As well as videos, we’ll hopefully be liveblogging the sessions and you can follow the Twitter hashtag #summonIL.

Interested in speaking at the 2nd UK Information Literacy & Summon Day?

We still have space for speakers at the 2nd UK Information Literacy & Summon Day. Speaking at the event offers a great opportunity to share ideas and approaches, spark discussion and contribute to the development of information literacy practice. It may also help you develop your public speaking skills and build your CV to boot!

So, if you want to talk to attendees about your thoughts and/or experiences regarding Summon and information literacy then it’d be great to hear from you!

We are also looking for people to share their expertise by actually teaching attendees information skills using Summon (i.e. treating attendees as you would your library users) as part of a series of lightning sessions.

Please contact us at to register your interest.


We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the 2nd UK Information Literacy & Summon Day. The event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) on 25th July 2013 from 10.00 –16.00 (tea/coffee and signing in from 09.30).

Attendance is free and you can register for tickets here:

See you there!