When you think of BU’s library you may think of The Sir Michael Cobham Library on Talbot campus, or the new Weston Library in the Bournemouth Gateway Building. But did you know that the on-campus operations only make up a small percentage of the services the Library & Learning Support team offer to students and staff?
Here’s some information to help you make the most of the services that are available to you online:
Academic reading lists
Being able to read effectively for your degree is essential for success. To support BU's blended model of learning and to improve access to Library resources our Faculty Library Teams have worked closely with academic colleagues to create reading lists that contain resources that are fully accessible online. Reading lists can be accessed via unit areas in Brightspace or via Talis Aspire.
Peer Assisted Learning
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is run by the Library & Learning Support team and promotes peer-to-peer support between students on the same programme. Students in their first year of study will usually receive regular PAL sessions with their designated PAL leader from the year above. PAL leaders facilitate discussion, generate activities and tasks to develop your learning and share their experience and knowledge. This year PAL sessions have continued online. You can find out more about PAL on Brightspace or by watching this video. You can also contact the Central PAL team via email at PAL@bournemouth.ac.uk.
Study Skills workshops
The Library & Learning Support team host many online study skills workshops to support you during your studies. These bookable workshops are designed to enrich your learning and include Academic Writing, Critical Thinking, Time Management, Literature Searching, BU Harvard Referencing, Using EndNote and Revision and Exam Techniques. You can view all the upcoming workshops and book your space on Brightspace.
Shorter versions of these workshops have been pre-recorded and are always available on the library’s Study Skills area in Brightspace for you to browse. There is also a dedicated guide to support you with studying online. More information about these resources, including a full list of workshops and further links to Language Skills, IT Skills and English Language Support is available on the library’s Study Skills area in Brightspace.
Library & Learning Support also provides English language support for students whose first language is not English. This includes workshops, 1-2-1 appointments with the Language Adviser and a range of online resources.
Languages@BU offers independent foreign language learning for students who would like to learn a new language or brush up their existing skills in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. We run Conversation Clubs facilitated by students who are native speakers of the languages on offer.
Chat and email enquiry service
BU’s subject specialist librarians can support you with research and you can book an online appointment for 1-2-1 help with discovering library resources or enhancing your study skills.
If you want to book a virtual 1-2-1 meeting or have a question for the library team you can contact them online via the Library chat service or email Librarysupport@bournemouth.ac.uk. These services are staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm during term time. The library FAQs may also help you with any queries.
The library team have continued to work hard during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure you can continue to access support during your studies. Chris Fowler, Head of BU Library services shared:
Our visible on campus operations are a very small part of our entire activity. We have been interacting with students online, continuing with PAL sessions, running interactive study skills workshops and expanding our chat and email enquiry services. Most of this work is delivered from home and we are now running a very large library and learning service online. This is a fantastic achievement as we started doing this in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to support users online in this way until we are able to make more of our physical service available in the future.”