Ciaran and I presented at the 2014 Northern Collaboration conference last week. The title of the conference was “Engagement & Audiences” and our host was Teesside University, the event was held at their Darlington Campus.
Our presentation focused on Eureka! and the “BookedIn” library game ; two of the key projects powered by the University of Manchester Library’s Innovation Group. Both seek to engage with students and enhance the Library experience in exciting new ways. I detailed how the ‘Eureka! Library Innovation Challenge’ competition encourages students to submit their ideas to improve the Library experience. We showed how ideas were shortlisted and how finalists were asked to pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges in a tense 5 minute presentation. Ice-cream featued heavily too as the audience in 2013 were able to testify in our videos as they enjoyed a scoop or two of the cold stuff whilst watching the event in The Manchester Museum.
It was great to share with other academic libraries how Eureka! has enabled us to promote student driven innovation and also boosted the status of the Library as a driver for positive change across the University as a whole.
Spinning off from Eureka, Ciaran presented on the BookedIn project. In collaboration with the University of Glasgow and software developers Running In The Halls, he discussed how BookedIn is seeking to gamify users’ library activities. Via the project students will gain points for visiting libraries and borrowing books, whilst achieving badges for particular challenges. We shared also how the social element of the game provides a platform for students to rate, review and recommend resources to friends whilst viewing and sharing all these activities.
Our session was the most highly attended for its afternoon slot and the feedback for the session was very positive with lots of twitter activity going on throughout the day.
Other break-out session included “Mobile First: The Library in your pocket” from the University of Salford, “Research cafes at Liverpool John Moores University” and the use of “roving student assistants at Edge Hill University”.
Twitter images of the day: