Reading behaviour project report 2016 : ‘Digital Magpies’ - the academic reading habits of undergraduate students

Savage, JM, Vickers, RW, Forbes, SA and Sherwin, AL 2016, Reading behaviour project report 2016 : ‘Digital Magpies’ - the academic reading habits of undergraduate students , UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Engagement with the Library is essential in delivering a successful student experience. A previous Library Impact Project found that students who use the Library more tend to achieve better academic results. However, analytics from library systems indicate declining book borrowing and electronic resource usage. Are students really reading less? Student academic reading patterns have adapted to the increase in digital resources. As a result they may be “reading smarter’’. Feedback indicates they expect to find and use information quickly, synthesising information from a variety of sources. As part of a commitment to improve retention and completion figures, the Library has initiated a Reading Behaviours project at the University of Salford, focused on the reading habits of undergraduate students. It explores what motivates their academic reading; whether reading patterns vary according to purpose or source, academic discipline, status, or age and what this means for our role in helping students to find resources. In light of findings, how should we tailor classroom training, e-learning and collaboration with academics to support the student journey? Several key issues have emerged during this project: 1. Synthesizing information for an academic purpose 2. Embedding information literacy as a flexible learning habit 3. Supporting students as they adapt to new learning contexts

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Findings from this report were presented at The Northern Collaboration Conference, Liverpool, 15th September, 2016
Schools: Schools > No Research Centre
Depositing User: RW Vickers
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 12:58
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 12:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42136

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