Karen Hans, School Librarian in a London school, talks about her induction work with sixth form:
During our year 12 induction we give each student a USB pre-loaded with useful information and resources such as careers / university websites, finance and time-management tools. As well as providing journals, books and other physical resources we invest in online subscriptions and also point students towards resources provided by others, for example INTUTE; our local libraries personal members’ online subscriptions; our local university’s scheme for 6th form access to books and online resources and, being in London, the resources of the British Library. We educate students about the importance of scholarly sources, of good referencing / anti-plagiarism habits and it is a pleasure to be involved in the new extended project qualification where students undertake a piece of individual research. We also try to engage students in debating issues and meeting expert speakers and authors via our Heritage Group.
Sue Bastone, from Licensed Victuallers’ School, writes about her sixth form induction work
Each Year 12 student at LVS has a compulsory induction session in the LRC. It is only half an hour but we can deliver what we need to and it is followed up by longer sessions in subject lessons to deliver more in-depth topics such as referencing, plagiarism etc.
The induction session concentrates on stressing the importance of independent study skills in preparation for university. We have a 5 minute exercise to see what the students remember about using the library. We then share the answers. This leads into showing our Oliver Home Page which has links to all our online resources. Students are given a bookmark with all the online passwords.
We also give each Year 12 student a memory stick (very popular!) which has a pre-loaded folder of study guides and templates, specifically written by the LRC to help with independent learning i.e. how to write bibliographies, copyright and plagiarism, writing guides and more.