NTLN’s 2019 Winter Social

Brewdog. Escape Games. Great company. Want to be there?

Come and join us for a night of (not necessarily library related) fun – all library people and partners welcome.

NTLN winter social poster


Wednesday 4th December, Brewdog, Norwich, NR2 4SG.

We’ll be there from about 5.30pm onwards. Escape games will be played in teams, so you can come as a team or you can join one when you arrive, and we’ll start about 7pm. We aren’t planning to pre-order food but Brewdog has a great menu (including yummy veggie and vegan options) so you can grab a bite to eat if you want. Please come and join us to celebrate the end of the year!

Online Resources for Data and Marketing

Learn about the Business and IP Centre and its resources at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

About this Event

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the types of resources institutions are using for students to access data and marketing information, including tips and tricks for teaching them! Please do come and tell us about your resources and how you teach them – we’d love to hear from you.

Rough outline for the day:

2pm Welcome and questions from members – what do you want to know about the resources people are using and how they are teaching them?

2.15pm Introduction to the Business and IP Centre

2.45pm Attendees sharing session

3.15pm(ish) Refreshments

3.40pm back to the questions at the start of the day – members sharing how they solve problems and their tips and tricks for teaching resources

Join us! Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-resources-for-data-and-marketing-tickets-76009878593 



Disruptive Formats in Teaching

Come along for an afternoon exploring the use of different formats and technologies in teaching.

Speakers include:

  • Stephanie Aspin (UEA) on the UEA education e-zine
  • Grant Young (UEA) Digital humanities – innovative use of familiar platforms for teaching and learning
  • Craig Martin (UoS) Using zines in University inductions
  • Lindsey Crush and Kirsten Pairpoint (NUA) The NUA Zine collection

The afternoon will be informal, with the opportunity to ask questions of all the speakers, and for sharing practice amongst us all. There may even be a little hands-on activity to get the creative juices flowing!

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please get in touch if you require any particular arrangements.

Join us:




NTLN’s 2018 Winter Social

What could be better than fish & chips and a pub quiz?

Nothing at all! Come and join us for a night of (not necessarily library related) fun – all library people and partners welcome.

NTLN'sWinter Social


Thursday 22nd November, The Birdcage, Norwich, NR2 1DS.

We’ll be there from about 5.30pm onwards, with quizzing due to start around 7pm. There’s no strict rule on team size but try to keep it to max. 6-7 to keep it fair – and if you don’t have a team then come and join ours! We’d love to see you to celebrate the end of the year in style.

UEA Lake-day

Amy Straker from Norwich University of the Arts shares her notes from the 25th July 2018, when NTLN Librarians met at the UEA Broad to discuss all things teaching…

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Happy librarians enjoying the hot, hot sun.
  • Boolean – Kate discussed an example of teaching paramedics Boolean in the style of a “who’s who” game, eg. a woman, with brown hair AND glasses….
  • Referencing (used with an EPQ group) – take photos of each group’s referencing jigsaw to display on whiteboard. Ask the groups to evaluate each other’s answers. Craig mentioned using tools such as Chromecast to mirror what is on your phone onto a display screen
  • “Decide now” app – Craig uses this to give the class random choices about which task they want to do next
  • £s – tell students how much a resource costs – this often gets them to see the value of a resource, plus they have in effect paid for it!
  • LeanLibrary – a browser extension that can highlight available resources: https://www.leanlibrary.com/what-we-do/item160
  • Wellbeing Activity- making badges using UEA picture archive. Jigsaws, zentangles, crochet.
  • Reading lists – all UoS reading lists contain links to their Subject guides pages. Includes suggested keywords and phrases and a link to Summons.
  • UoS teach how to pick apart a question to find keywords, and teach students not to be afraid to try different keywords.
  • We discussed using “predatory publishers” as examples of unreliable articles.
  • Webinars – Craig uses Padlet to ask people for questons in advance of the webinar, and also to follow up on questions to make sure he has covered everything.
  • Podcasts – no-one is using these yet but an interesting idea.

Thanks Amy! If you’d like to contribute to the NTLN blog we’d love to hear from you – please get in touch.

Game on! Enhanced engagement, interaction and reflection in library workshops.

Guest post by Jenny Williams, Assistant Librarian at Norwich University of the Arts, reviewing our recent masterclass with Adam Edwards and Vanessa Hill.

What a great afternoon we had at the “Game on” workshop! I think the key thing to note was Adams and Vanessa’s joyful enthusiasm for their work. Their jovial manner was infectious, and I’m sure rubs off on their students. Their presentation style was relaxed, and they jumped straight in sharing their expertise openly and freely with us all.

The exercises that Vanessa and Adam shared where simple to create; mainly printed sheets laminated, which was why they are so accessible and easy to replicate. However they were all tools to aid discussion of the key themes from their sessions. One example was an exercise to generate keywords by looking at and describing a photograph of a Market stall covered in fruit. This would help students think about how many different word there are to describe something.

Images were often used as a starting point for their games, all of which put the learning in the student’s hands, creating the space for them to explore ideas and resources rather than being talked at or given a demo. When a demonstration was required Vanessa and Adam advocate displaying instructions for students to follow themselves, giving them the power to discover the resources for themselves. I think everyone in the room hoped that they would never have to give a demo again! As a librarian teaching Art students, I felt how powerful using images as discussion points could be, being able to use visual language to discuss information literacy could help break down the barriers that some student might feel about this subject matter.

The second half of the workshop Adam and Vanessa, talked about their DProf by public work. They explained that because they had shared all of their teaching plans and lesson resources they were able to write a statement summarising what they had done, this would formalised their work so they could receive their joint PHD.

It felt that the whole room was inspired by this workshop. It has certainly made me rethink the way that I will teach in the future. No more DEMO’S!

To find out more about Adam and Vanessa’s work visit their libguide: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/MDXGames  


NTLN ‘Active Learning’ Teachmeet

Following on from the recent Active Learning workshop with Adam Evans and Vanessa Hill, NTLN are pleased to host a follow-up (outdoor!) teachmeet by UEA’s beautiful lake.

Want to know how others plan to use Active Learning in their teaching? Come along to this low-tech meet-up to share ideas and find out more if you missed the workshop in May.

Teach meets are an informal opportunity to share ideas and attendees are encouraged to bring a short (5-10 minute) presentation that they would like to share with the group. We will be outside so no need to prepare presentation slides – this is a low-tech meet-up.

Get in touch with us at norfolk.tln@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Date and Time

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 14:00-16:00


UEA Library (and then the UEA lake), Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ

Book now

Everyone is welcome but please do book on our eventbrite page.