The best three months of my life

Internship Report (September-December 2016) at Oxford University Language Centre

I would like to thank Christine Mitchell, Lucile Deslignères and all other members of staff for giving me the opportunity to work with them. For me it was a unique experience to live in the UK and to work with such lovely people. I’m sure that this experience will be capital in my education and in my future career.

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I am a graduate student from Italy. As part of the programme of Foreign Languages and Modern Literatures, I was expected to work for 250 hours as an intern for a company.
I decided to take this chance to go abroad as an Erasmus student instead of working in my country because I wanted to learn as much as possible about British culture and I wished to improve my English skills.
During my stay several activities have contributed to achieve a number of goals.
So I was introduced to all staff members and I had a brief interview with the administrator in order to set specific goals and collect more information about my job.
For three months I’ve been getting an insight into the work of a staff member at the Language Centre, especially in the library.
During my second week I’ve been trained as a library assistant, this was my main job during the internship as well as the place where I’ve spent most of my time.
My job was to provide support to the librarian by giving induction tour of the library to the students and by registering new visitors on the library system. Furthermore, I was in charge of placing back the different learning materials on the shelves and covering the librarian during her lunch break. I also helped students find materials on the shelves, helped the librarian in digitising audio-materials for the VLE (virtual learning environment) and was in charge of periodicals (getting them in the shop and placing them on the periodicals’ table)
I also provided support to the administrator at the Oxford Examination School. My job there consisted in presenting the Language Centre to the students, answering to their questions about our activities and attending conferences.
Starting from the beginning of Michaelmas Term I also took part in English Communication Skills class. This was a great opportunity to improve my English as well as to meet new people from all over the world and make new friends.
In conclusion the internship was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I gained new skills that will be important in my future career, I improved my language skills and my fluency, I learnt how to deal with different people in different situations and I became more responsible.
At last this internship has given me new motivation to pursue a career in linguistic and learning environment. Also, I have discovered a true passion for librarianship and I feel really grateful for this opportunity.

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Daylight lamp

We now have a small portable daylight lamp for you to use if you feel you are not exposed to daylight enough. The lamp is in the librarian’s office on the second floor.

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Caution: do not look at the lamp directly as there is a potential danger of damaging your eyes. Do not use also if you have aphakia or pseudophakia

Do not use also if you have a photo-sensible skin or if you are taking the following medication (there is also a more thorough list in French)

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More training from the Bodleian libraries

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tue 22 Nov 10.00-11.00) Week 7

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: How to find out about research council or funder requirements; How to find out what your publisher will allow; Green route – how to deposit in ORA; Gold route and how to claim for APCs; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; what’s new, including HEFCE policy for next REF, and ORCID research IDs; OA website/ helpline.

Who is this session for? Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.

Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Judith Ames

Venue: Beeson Room, Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital

 

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Tue 22 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 7

An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; accessing e-journals and other online resources; SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services.

Who is this session for? Anyone who would like an introduction to Oxford Libraries.

Presenters: Angela Carritt & Cathy Scutt.

Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Training Room

 

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 24 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 7

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Presenters: Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Isabel McMann

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

 

Bodleian iSkills: E-books (Fri 25 Nov 09.15-11.15) Week 7

The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.

Who is this session for? Anyone who is interested

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

 

Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers (Fri 25 Nov 11.15-12.15) Week 7

Reading on E-Book Readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular, but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.

Who is this session for? Anyone who is interested

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

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Training from the Bodleian Libraries

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Fri 18 Nov 09.15-12.15) Week 6

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.

Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

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Welcome back students!

English

A guide to our EFL learners

French

Here is a presentation for second year students and finalists

one for those using Mais oui fifth international edition

for those using Panorama 3

for those using Alter Ego 5

for those using Alter Ego 2+

and Mobile A2

German

One presentation for the beginners using Lagune 1

for those learning with Lagune 2

German reading for historians

German with Aspekte neu C1

Italian

For the students using Da Capo

and for those using Oggi in Italia

Portuguese

A presentation for our first years

and our second years

Russian

for those using the Penguin course book

and for beginners here you are

Spanish

A presentationfor our beginners with Nuevo Espanol en Marcha Basico

for our finalists

for those using ELE actual B1

those using ELExpres

for those using Vitamina C1

and for those using Espanol en Marcha 4

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Finding stuff

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, using reference management tools such as RefWorks and Mendeley, keeping up to date with research, measuring research impact, Open Access, and Research Data Management.  These workshops are free, and we run approximately 30 a term. Please see our full timetable for Michaelmas Term at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/workshopsbydate.

Our first session of the term kicks off next week with ‘Finding Stuff’ – scholarly literature for your research. Please follow the link to book online:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Fri 14 Oct 09.15-12.15) Week 1

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

Who is this session for?  Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Presenters: Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Isabel McMann

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

In addition to our iSkills workshops we are running the following:

Weekly Open Access & ORA drop-in sessions (no need to book) to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access, Act on Acceptance and ORA.
These will run from Weeks 1-8 at the following times and venues:

Mondays 10.00-11.30 (except Bank Holidays) – Weston Library, Centre for Digital Scholarship
Tuesdays 14.30-15.30 – Cairns Library, ask for Judith Ames

Wednesdays 14.00-15.00 – Social Science Library, ask for Kate Beeby

Thursdays 11.00-12.00 – Radcliffe Science Library, ask for Juliet Ralph

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities? Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills   or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/.

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Summer training

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running the following sessions. Please follow links to book online.

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tues 23 August 14.00-15.00)

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline; what’s new.

Who is this session for? Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.

Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Kate Beeby

Venue: Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Bodleian iSkills: Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you (Wednesday 24 August 12.00-13.00)

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article. Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work. This introductory workshop deciphers the jargon and explains the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.

It covers benefits of retaining copyright, Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) compared with other Licence types (inc. Creative Commons), author rights and sharing permissions, subscription and open access articles, uploading to the web or repositories, University and funder policies (inc. REF), and the support available.

Participants are asked to bring along an example of a publisher copyright agreement that they have signed in the past or from a journal they publish in regularly. There will be time for Q and A but if you wish to send questions in advance please email openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk using subject line: August Copyright session.

Who is this session for: Academics, researchers, postgraduate research students

Presenters: Sarah Barkla, Kate Beeby, Juliet Ralph, Sally Rumsey

Venue: Seminar Rm A, Manor Road Building

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities? Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills   or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/.

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

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