News from the University of East London

New Library at Stratford Campus
Plans for a new library at Stratford are progressing well. Recent consultation with the four academic Schools at the campus and with students and library staff have shown that there is great enthusiasm for this new development which will bring a contemporary and inspiring new learning environment to the campus.

Successful Conclusion of CEDAR Project
The JISC funded Clustering and Enhancing Digital Archives for Research (CEDAR) Project will finish on 28th February. This project has successfully embedded theatre archives into teaching and learning at UEL as well as within 3 partner institutions – RHUL, University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham. To find out more, please visit our website: http://www.otha.org.uk/

Info Skills Web site due for launch
Our new Web tool to support information literacy training, ‘Info Skills’, will be ready for launch in February. This new tool aims to provide an engaging and fresh approach to the development of information literacy skills, using a blend of materials such as video, online demonstrations, downloadable guides, quizzes and useful links to additional sources of learning support. The aim is to contextualise the acquisition of information skills, making the link to successful assignment completion and improved academic achievement. We have used a range of ‘voices’ including academic staff, librarians and, most importantly, our students to help learners understand the value of information skills. Following a final evaluation stage in January the completed tool will be freely available online later in the semester.


Extension of Ask a Librarian service

From January 17th we have extended our Ask a Librarian online chat service into evenings and weekends. The service is now available every weekday from 1pm – 7pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 5pm. A recent online satisfaction survey showed that 90% of students who have used the service have found it ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ and our off- campus students in particular have found it a helpful means of getting support for library issues .

Primo 3
We have been running Primo 3 since the start of this academic year and are now offering our users a range of enhancements and new services, including a redesigned and enhanced user interface, full integration of Aleph with Primo, the bX article recommender service and incorporating MetaLib’s Find Database functionality.

We are currently also implementing the BibTip book recommender service and Primo Central to provide our users with access to an aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources. Our users will be able to search this index and the index for our local collections simultaneously.


Cathy Walsh
Associate Director (Services)
University of East London