Category Archives: Events

Is it Geeky to use your careers service?

Recently a student was overheard calling another student a geek for talking to Careers staff.  It was probably a lighthearted comment amongst friends but it rather illustrates a PR problem.

It’s just not cool to be seen getting help from Careers, or probably from anyone amongst certain demographics.

Stealth tactics are needed!

This year we were asked to put on an employability week, no problem!
Apart from the fact that the research showed that students don’t like the words employability or careers.  The word future though, was apparently less dull or scary!

The upshot was MyFutureFest, a week of events around looking at future options centred around a giant Teepee.

Cunning isn’t it, no mention of careers and the lure of a festival vibe.  Marketing was primarily done via social media but to be fair you could hardly miss the Teepee!

The Teepee was packed, the freebies went like hot cakes and the lure of free coffee and cake in exchange for a few conversations with the people in the tent seemed to work a treat.

We had a # tag for the event to monitor chatter – though to be fair it was mainly us chatting. We did get a few nice comments though:

  • FREE CAKE 😀 and a cool teepee x
  • HAPPINESS : defined ! @ organised by I appreciate my Careers Service efforts at Uni. 🙂

The fringe events did well too and we saw a steady trickle of referrals up to Careers.

Overall effectiveness, well it’s hard to tell any long-term effects, but we hope the “do something” message came across.

Now we need to apply some creativity to our other marketing to make students take careers information, and even more importantly read it and take appropriate action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library Design and Space Planning for information professionals

Moving boxesSaw this event and thought i’d give it a plug.  I’d love to go but as we move into our new space that week I fear it may be a bit late! ( plus i’ll be up to my neck in cables and boxes!)

Library Design and Space Planning for information professionals

A half day event organised by the Career Development Group North Eastern Division. This event is aimed at library and information professionals from all sectors interested in library design and space planning projects. You will hear from professionals who will outline projects, cover strategic elements in re-developing library space and provide practical hints and tips to implement in the real world.

Date:     Tuesday 17th September 2013
Time:     9.30-13.05 (arrival, registration and networking from 9.30-10.00)
Cost:      £25 plus VAT = total £30

The Division is providing one free place to students, unwaged or members of CDG who live in the North East. Please see details at:
http://www.cilip.org.uk/career-development-group/divisions/north-eastern/cdg-north-eastern-news

Venue: The event will be based in Room 152, Robinson Library, Newcastle University. There is good disabled access to the library and meeting room. (Access Codes – E, W, G). The Robinson Library is marked ’35’ on the campus map http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/maps.htm

Directions to Newcastle can be found at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/travel/

The Robinson Library is 30 minutes’ walk from Newcastle Central Railway Station, or five minutes’ walk from Haymarket Metro.

Booking: To reserve a place, please email the completed details below to elaine.andrew@northumbria.ac.uk

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Library Design and Space Planning for information professionals

Event Programme                           Tuesday 17th September 2013

09:30 – 10:00      Arrival, registration and networking

10:00 – 10:45      Kathryn Armstrong – South Tyneside Council.

Kathryn is Libraries Manager for South Tyneside Library and Information Service. After completing her MA she moved to South Tyneside to be a Young People’s Services Librarian. After various restructures within the Council, Kathryn moved to being “Libraries Development Officer” and then Manager.

In this session Kathryn will highlight the challenges of planning for a new library in the current economic and political climate. She will outline the methods used so far in engaging a variety of stakeholders including work colleagues and the general public.

10.45-11.30                         Dr Richard Pears – Durham University

Richard works with the departments of History, Music and Law as an Academic Liaison Librarian at Durham University Library. He is the co-author of Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Cite them Right: the Essential Referencing Guide’ and recently achieved a PhD from Newcastle University.

Richard will talk about the opportunities and challenges presented by the Bill Bryson Library’s £11 million East Wing extension, which opened in April 2012. He will also discuss the current two year refurbishment project which will improve the infrastructure in the older parts of the building.

11.30-11.45 Break including refreshments

11.45-13.00                         David Errington – Newcastle University

David Errington is Head of Learning Environment at the Robinson Library at Newcastle University.  In addition to his work in the Robinson Library, David has lectured in the Library School at Northumbria University and has been an active member of CILIP at Regional and National level for UCRG/ARLG. He has been involved in a variety of library refurbishments projects over the years. Although David’s role has a wide remit, his real interest is the changing use of space in the modern academic library.

David will be discussing the major Robinson Library 2011-12 refurbishment project as well as highlighting the important role of the Team Valley Research Reserve Storage Facility within their refurbishment project planning process. He will also address ways to engage stakeholders and ensure effect communication with users as well as colleagues in Estates Support Services sections.

13:00 – 13:05 Round up, final questions and close

13:05 – 13:25 Optional tours of the Robinson Library which includes recently refurbished Levels 3 and 4