Susan Baker, Library Operations Manager and Pip McDonald Learning Technologist, explore how to make the most of the library in a remote capacity using learning technology. This is a collaborative blog post to bring together the Library and Learning Technology at RAU. The Library plays an important role in your student journey and the digital studuent experience. Due to the impact of the global pandemic, accessing the Library off campus has become important. The Library itself is always changing and evolving to embrace digital tools and has been argued to be a “virtual destination” (Campbell, 2006).
What do we really know about how students use learning resources?Kernohan, 2021
At the RAU, Learning Technology can help to engage with the Library when you are not on campus. It is important to acknowledge that “The role of…libraries in our digital age is one of the most pressing concerns of humanities, scholars and citizens worldwide” (Mizruchi, 2020: p2). In this blog post, we explore four key ways to do this.
RAU Resource Lists
RAU Resource Lists enable students to access a list of resources for each module, many of which are available online. As the RAU Library say, RAU Resource Lists “…are full of ideas of what to read, where to start and have links to relevant online books and articles” (RAU Library, n.d.).
Login to Gateway – https://gateway.rau.ac.uk/ and scroll to the bottom of the page. RAU Resource Lists are located on the menu on the bottom left-hand side of the page. Click on ‘RAU Resource Lists’. Login to the RAU Resource Lists by using the same login as you use for Gateway.
Type in a module title or topic or key work into the search box. A list of modules will be shown below. Click on the module to view the list of resources.
Click on a module to load the online resources.
It is possible to view the online module resources on each individual module page. You can also download the resources list by clicking on ‘View & Export’.
Find IT @ RAU
Find it @RAU is a dynamic way to search for a wide range of resources including e-books, journals, databases and the library catalogue.
It is possible to view Find it @ RAU at the top of the ‘Access and Search the E-Library’ tab of the Gateway pages for the Library.
Access Find It @ RAU directly here or copy and paste the following URL into an internet browser:
In order to create a successful search, type your search into the box. You can then narrow down your search results. Access the results of your search. Ensure that you sign in, in order to customise your results. Enter your search terms. It is possible to also use the Advanced Search feature.
Library Catalogue – Heritage
The Library Catalogue Search or copy and paste the following URL into an internet browser:
Click on ‘Enter Library’.
Type text into the search box such as a key word, title or author. Use the right hand drop down menu to narrow down the research for example example to ‘book, ‘e-book’ or ‘dissertation.
Library Pages on Gateway
There six main tabs on the Library Pages on Gateway including About the Library, Access and Search the E-Library, How to Guides, Suggestions and Requests, Library Policies and Copyright Guidance.
It is possible to find information on library opening hours, Click & Collect service and contact details for the library on the About the Library tab.
You can find the Library Pages on Gateway here or copy and paste the following URL into an internet browser:
Login with your RAU username and password.
You can access the ‘How to Guides’ here or copy and paste the following URL into an internet browser:
A White Paper was published that identified the existence of “digital estates” in higher education (Manifesto, 2021). Is the Library part of the “digital estate?” (Manifesto, 2021). Using both the RAU’s Library and its learning technology are fundamental to making the most of your studies and to ensure you have a positive student experience. It is possible to acknowledge a “worst-case scenario” where students suffer “the worst of both worlds” – those enjoying the online component being forced to participate in web-based communication, and those happier communicating online having to attend classes” (Sharma & Barrett, 2007: p8). As a student during challenging times, it is critical to make the best of both worlds. We encourage you to make the most of the Library remotely using Learning Technology.
From 8th March the Library is open Mon – Fri 9am-5pm by appointment only. Appointments are needed to collect a reservation or to book a limited number of study spaces via firstname.lastname@example.org Online support is available from 10am to 5pm Sat – Sun via email@example.com
Make an appointment in order to collect reservations ordered via the Click & Collect service.
Online support is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm Saturday to Sunday.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Check out the Library blog here.
A related blog post exploring accessing the Library remotely can be found here.
This blog post has also been cross posted on the Library blog here.
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Kernohan, D (2021) What do we really know about how students use learning resources? https://wonkhe.com Higher Education Blog [blog] (Online) Available at: https://wonkhe.com/blogs/what-do-we-really-know-about-how-students-use-learning-resources-2/? [Accessed: 4 NovemberNovember 2021]
Manifesto (2021) Digital Estates within Higher Education. [pdf] (Online) Available at: https://pages.manifesto.co.uk/higher-education-guide [Accessed: 18 February 2021]
Mizruchi, S, L (ed) (2020) Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age [e-book] (Switzerland: Springer Natre)
Sharma, P & Barrett, B (2007) Blended Learning Using technology in and beyond the Language Classroom (Oxford: Macmillan Education)
Royal Agricultural University (n.d.)Top tips for students using the library remotely. https://raulibrary.wordpress.com Library Blog. [blog] Available at: https://raulibrary.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/top-tips-for-students-using-the-library-remotely/ [Accessed: 20 February 2021]