Michael Latham & Mike Ewen – Summon at the University of Hull

 

You can watch the video recording of this presentation here.

Hull launched Summon in September 2012, managed by a project team made of up library staff, with a subgroup covering promotion and usability.

Hull went for a soft launch and promoted it heavily during the academic year and were keen to get word of mouth.

Front line staff were given demonstrations and training.

Info Lit delivery was initially cautious, due to staff still getting familiar with Summon. Summon initially presented as an additional service during inductions, including a brief demonstration.

Feedback collected by online surveys, focus groups and usability testing. Survey also provided an opportunity to promote Summon to those who hadn’t used it yet.

Focus groups and usability testing showed that students found Summon very easy to use without much in the way of training.

Mike showing off a word cloud from the survey comments, with words like “library”, “easy” and “ease” standing out.

Negative issues about doing a soft launch included lack of brand awareness.

Mike now talking about 2013/14 promotion…

* much higher exposure for Summon
* lots more promotional materials
* mail shots to academics and workshops
* strong focus on info lit teaching for 1st yr students
* drop in sessions
* teaching on postgrad modules
* LibGuides, with Summon heavily promoted
* important to also promote native database interfaces too!

Hull are looking to find the sweet spot between Summon and other search resources.

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Sandy Buchanan – Using Summon with Engineering and Maths students

 

You can watch the video recording of this presentation here.

Sandy covers an eclectic range of subjects at Sheffield Hallam (SHU), with each usergroup having different needs and requirements.

SHU library home page has the Summon search box and links to LibGuides subject guides.

I’ll add a link in here to Sandy’s slides, but he’s covering how teaching is tailored to the different subject areas, e.g. Art & Design students are much more “hands on” and like to handle materials.

Sandy’s looking forward to the Topic Explorer pane in Summon 2.0 and the move to discipline facets.

Summon requires very little teaching, even to supposedly “non-techie” groups of students. Sandy has found that students share and help each other.

Journals dominate the results and provides an excellent opportunity to introduce them to 1st yr students, even though they maybe won’t really need them until 2nd or 3rd yr.

Summon provides a great introduction to other databases and provides a good way of highlighting the strengths and weaknesses.

Sarah Brain – Impact of Summon at UWE

 

You can watch the video recording of this presentation here.

UWE have branded Summon as “Library Search” and have embedded it prominently on their library home page.

UWE have excluded book reviews and newspapers by default, and moved A&I without subscriptions to beyond the collection. The database list highlights which databases are covered by Summon.

impact

* UWE have implemented a new information literacy framework
* UWE tend not to demonstrate Summon during 1st year inductions and instead just let them loose on Library Search
* UWE have more time to cover critical evaluation of resources

challenges

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Matt Borg – Cultural Changes

You can watch the video recording of this presentation here.

Matt awarded some chocolate to the delegates who travelled the furthest!

Sheffield Hallam (SHU) had a 4 month beta period Summon.

SHU thought a lot about the discovery journey students take.

Prior to Summon, SHU had to teach students umpteen different interfaces — they were expert tools for expert searchers!

Librarians love to help, but we need to stop helping so much!

Initial feedback from some librarians was that they had issues with Summon, but this was down to their use of hyper-stylised searches rather than Google style searches used by students.

SHU have hidden their OPAC and Summon is the primary search interface.

Matt says we need to move to intuitive interfaces and feels that Summon helps that process.

“Librarianship should be about everything for everyone, but sadly there is sometimes an arrogance that seems creates barriers”

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:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kukQB7392zp_dZL3h6fYJl_M1UrNUCesUIJK2noCiSs/edit?usp=sharing

Catch you soon!

P.S. Don’t forget the pub session after the event in The Salutation nearby (http://www.salutationmanchester.co.uk/about.php)! 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 dls@mmu.ac.uk to register your interest.

Registration

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: http://summonil2013.eventbrite.com/

See you there!

Call for speakers

We would like to take this opportunity to put a call out for speakers. If you want to talk to attendees about your thoughts and experiences regarding Summon and  information literacy then we’d love 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 dls@mmu.ac.uk to register your interest by 16:30 BST on 3rd July 2013. 

*Edit* We still have space for speakers so check out our updated post here and get in touch!