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Teaching and Learning Masterclasses

CILIP ARLG NW are pleased to announce a day of presentations aimed at developing yourself and your service.

Date: Thursday 10th Jan, Manchester Methodist Central Building which is right in the heart of Manchester and only 10 minutes’ walk from either Piccadilly or Victoria train station.

You can attend either the morning session or afternoon or both!

Morning- Digital Development Masterclasses (Registration from 9.15am, 9.30am start)

A series of talks and exchange of experience from staff involved in digital skills development from Further Education Libraries, CILIP and Jisc.

Confirmed Speakers: Paul McKean & Karla Youngs  (Jisc), Corinne Walker (Oldham Sixth Form College), Tracey Totty (Middlesbrough College) and Daniel Livesey (CILIP).


  • Paul McKean & Karla Youngs, Jisc.  The digital capabilities of a FE college workforce.
  • Corinne Walker, Oldham Sixth Form College. Going Digital : Developing a Digital Team.
  • Tracey Totty, Middlesbrough College. Developing digital skills for libraries / LRCs.
  • Daniel Livesey, Candidate Support Officer, CILIP North West. CILIP Professional Registration

Finish 12.30pm.

Afternoon –Learning Development Masterclasses (Registration from 1.15pm, 1.30pm start).

A series of presentations by practitioners who have gained HEA Fellowship from Fellow to National Teaching Fellow discussing how they attained the accreditation and the projects which they have been involved in to achieve them.

  • Mary Barden, SFHEA, University of Bolton. Achieving Senior Fellowship – a case study approach. 
  • Louise Minta, FHEA, University of Liverpool (Formerly Bury College). Gaining FHEA in FE: blowing your own trumpet, even if it is tiny and fell out of a Christmas cracker.
  • Sarah George, NTF, University of Bradford. Sweat, Tears and postnominals.

Finish 4pm.

Cost will be £30 per session or £50 for the full day (refreshments provided but not lunch).

Bookings can be made via the following link:

To Book

Please note the prices on the CILIP website do not state VAT which needs to be added. The prices above  (£30 per session or £50 for full day) are the full cost of the event (including VAT) and should be stated as CPD costs for invoicing etc.

We look forward to seeing you at our event!




A Day in the Life of….the Head of Library in Holy Cross College Sixth Form and University Centre

Jaqueline Ponka, our ARLG NW Committee Treasurer and the Head of Libraries at Holy Cross College and University Centre in Bury, has agreed to share her experience of a day in the first week back of the new academic year.

Jacqueline’s day:

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This is the first week of teaching time in a new year so we welcome returning students and lots of new, nervous level 2 and level 3 students. Today I am updating the induction presentation that each new student will see in tutorial next week. Photos from the induction day, with our theme of journeying, are included and the script updated from last year. We have made a few changes to numbers of loans and the content of our on-line provision so all these slides need the narration re-recorded.

Then I am working on the library desk for the rest of the morning and most of my time is spent out in the library talking to students. Coming from a school environment most students are not entirely sure what they are allowed to do in our library and so they need a lot of guidance in when and how they can use the study facilities. We are really busy and it is enjoyable to be talking to the new students and getting reacquainted with upper sixth. Queries can range from how to print a timetable, where am I allowed to sit, to in depth queries about resources to use for an EPQ topic. I also proofread a statement that a student is putting together for her application to a university outreach programme.

In the afternoon I have an hour in the office which gives me time to put together a timetable for the Teaching and Learning Meetings during the year, where I and the librarian meet formally with the staff of each subject area. These are really important for ensuring that we are fully aware of the curriculum needs of staff and students and for us to demonstrate our resources, particularly to new staff. This gets sent out with an explanation for new staff about the importance of them attending these meetings. The EPQ tutor arrives to discuss the talk I am going to give to the teachers supervising the projects as well as the research skills sessions for the students. Meanwhile one of our university partners has sent a number of scans that need to be uploaded to our VLE for the undergraduates to access and another has sent the updated slides for their students’ inductions later this month.

Back on the desk for the last part of the day I also manage to order some books to support Libraries Week which has a theme of well-being and libraries supporting good mental health.

At the end of my day I attend a pastoral meeting for the new progress tutors where I am able to talk about the library, the induction, and invite them to bring their tutor groups up to the library for a visit.

It’s been a busy day and I’m ready for home.

Like Jacqueline’s day and would like to share your own? Get in touch with the ARLG NW committee by commenting on this post or tweet us @ARLGNW

ARLGNW Peoples History Museum Trip

We’ve still got some places available for next month’s trip to the Peoples History Museum on Monday 25th between 3-5pm, if you’d like to come along to this FREE event contact Jacqueline Ponka via email:   by June 11th 2018 to avoid disappointment.




Upcoming Event: CILIP ARLG NW Visit to the People’s History Museum

CILIP ARLG NW Visit to the Peoples History Museum.

Monday 25th June 2018, 3-5pm.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act and CILIP ARLG NW have arranged a visit to the Peoples History Museum [] to celebrate this.

The visit will encompass opportunities for a tour of the main galleries and the Represent! Voices 100 Years On Exhibition which starts in June 2018.

Represent! Voices 100 Years On reflects on those who campaigned for better representation; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes.  The recently acquired Manchester suffragette banner will be displayed for the first time alongside sashes, brooches, photographs and cartoons, helping to paint a picture of what representation meant in 1918.

For more information see here:

The visit also includes an introduction to the Peoples History Museum archives by one of the team.

The event is free but places are strictly limited, if you would like to book a place please contact Jacqueline Ponka by email:

Deadline for bookings is Monday 11th June.

CILIP ARLG North West visit to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Thu, 27th Apr 2017 – 2:30pm

Details of our event and how to book are available here:

Look forward to seeing you there!


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