Welcome to Semester One!

DSC_0099Welcome to Semester One of the 2016/17 academic year, which started this week. The Offsite team has already been contacted by lots of distance learners, both those beginning their studies just now, and those returning after the summer break. It’s great to hear from all of you.

Many of you will be busy looking for resources for your studies – don’t worry, the Offsite team and all Leeds Beckett Library staff are here to help you! Here’s a few snippets that you might find helpful:

  • MyBeckett – this is the university’s virtual learning environment where you will be able to accessmybeckett-screenshot online course materials, online assessments, your student email, the Library and much, much more! Remember that the sign-on system is slightly different this year, with students logging in via the single sign-on option. Why not take a look at our information on accessing MyBeckett. If you have any difficulties in logging on, please contact us. You can also phone the Library 24/7 for a password reset.
  • Discover – this is the Library’s search engine, which searches over 90% of resources available from Leeds Beckett Library. Please check out the Discover pages on the Library website for help in using Discover.
  • Subject Support – each course has an assigned Academic Librarian who liaises cloSubject Guidessely with course teams and who specialises in resources for their subject area. The Subject Support pages  give contact details of all the Academic Librarians. If you are ever in Leeds, you could book an appointment to see them, or contact them by phone or by email.  The Subject Support pages are also fantastic sources of information about your subject, as well as where to search for resources.
  • Skills for Learning – Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills, ranging from academic IT skills to academic communication such as writing and referencing. They have several really useful publications, some of which are available online and you can also book a workshop place or an individual tutorial if you live locally. For those further afield, there are several recorded Skills for Learning sessions.

We do hope you’re all settling in to the new term and remember, please do contact us if you have any queries.

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Welcome to 2016/17!

We hope you’ve all had a relaxing and reviving summer.

Monday 19th September is the start of Welcome and Induction Week, greeting new and returning students to the academic year, with the new Semester starting in earnest on Monday 26th September.

The Offsite team, and all of the Library staff, are ready and waiting to help you settle in, and would like to welcome you whether you are a new or returning student.

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For those of you who occasionally visit the Library in person, you may have noticed that there is some refurbishment work underway. The first floor of the Library is currently closed, though it is due to re-open soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postal loan book allowance update!  Great news for all members of Offsite, you are now entitled to borrow 15 items with a loan period of 4 weeks.

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Changing your MyBeckett password

If you are being prompted to choose a new password (see below), please ensure you follow these rules.

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Please do get in touch if you need help logging on, or if you have forgotten your password, or if you need a quick refresher on how to check your student email, or indeed if you have any other queries. Our contact details are shown on the Offsite homepage – you can email us, phone us, chat with us or check out our blog.

We’re looking forward to supporting your learning!

Come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Please get in touch with the Library Offsite team if you have any questions.

New & Improved Offsite Website

We have been busy over the summer updating our website for Offsite and Distance Learners, please have a look here:

http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/using_the_library/distance_learners_offsite

You can find this from MyBeckett ‘Library’ tab or via the also updated Library homepage:newhomepage

We implemented a new FAQ system to answer common queries and new list of Offsite eligible courses list that gives a direct link to subject specific resources and help from your Academic Librarian.

Please do get in touch directly with the Offsite team with any questions or queries regarding the library/resources or IT problems, or feedback about our refreshed website!