New library podcasts for students

Friday, 30 March 2007

The latest addition to the Wheatley Library podcast is an interview with Laura Spira, Professor of Corporate Governance at the Business School.

 The library at Oxford Brookes’ Wheatley campus began offering downloadable podcasts in October 2006 to help students find their way around the library. But the service has now been extended to include podcast interviews with lecturers and librarians, providing students with advice and tips on getting the best out of their studies.

"Using podcasts is a way of drawing students into the library and making sure they know the full scale of the resources on offer," says Deborah Lenihan, Assistant Subject Librarian for Economics. "We are trying to encourage students to move away from relying on the internet and search engines and to ensure that they can make full use of the electronic information to which the library subscribes such as online academic journals, market research reports and financial databases."

"...good textbooks provide references to the under pinning material...we encourage students to follow those's a bit like a detective story...

In the latest podcast, Laura Spira, Professor of Corporate Governance at the Business School, advises students how to effectively manage their learning, and stresses the need for reading around a topic and critical information gathering. "References are like signposts," says Laura. She explains that students can interpret the reading lists that they are given by their tutors as an outline map.

The podcast series has also featured an interview with Andy Kilmister, Senior Lecturer in Economics, and the next interview will be with Berry O’Donovan, Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning at the Business School.

The podcast series is available at:

Students and staff can download the podcast onto their MP3 players or computers.