From my alternate life as a history librarian …
I was invited to attend a roundtable discussion at De Montfort University – also in attendance were librarians from universities of Loughborough, Nottingham, Northampton and Warwick. The invitation was timely, because our National Student Survey score for learning resources in history fell considerably in 2012. In the last academic year, I have been working with the School of History to improve library resources and student satisfaction.
The Higher Education Authority (Carrigan 2010) found that history students were dissatisfied with Learning Resources (NSS questions 16 (library) and 17 (IT)). This was an experience shared by all (but one) of the librarians at the roundtable. It was heartening (but also saddening), to find that I am not alone, and that our experience is ‘normal’.
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