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Libraries Supporting Education at Cambridge

Libraries supporting online learning

Library Space: case studies of good practice

Read more about Student Experience which informs our practice

Students like Library spaces. And we hope that they can use spaces going forward, even if not quite in the same way as before. They frequently use library space for studying and this may not look and feel the same for some time. Consider options of how to encourage them to think of alternative ways of creating that 'space' online - whether it is for developing a community of practice, or a way of focusing on studying.

Space not opening this coming term?

  • Set up bookings in LibCal for appointments
  • Group sessions online with a theme
  • Office hours
  • 1-2-1 sessions booked for all members of the cohort (or in groups)
  • Peer (2nd year leading) inductions

Creating an online presence

Case Studies and Tools

Examples of activities which Cambridge Libraries have adopted in lockdown

Running online writing and study sessions: Shut up and Write

Creating Virtual Library Backgrounds for students to use on zoom/teams meetings

Reading Groups facilitated by library but 'owned' by students

Using information zoom or teams meetings to chat with students

  • Judge Business School Information Services (Katie Hughes)

Building community through tea breaks and coffee mornings

Students studying together - study buddies arranged and facilitated by libraries

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