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Online training sessions

Library Services offers a programme of live online training sessions to all OU students and staff.

The online training sessions are 30 to 45 minutes long and provide an online alternative to face-to-face training while still allowing you live access to a librarian. To find out more about the tool we use and to access a room to test your audio, please see the Online rooms guidance (login required).

Recordings of the live training sessions are available underneath the 'Join Room' link on the session pages.

A list of recent and upcoming events is also available.

The Library is award winning. The prestigious Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding UK-based individual or team who demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in raising the profile of IL within an organisation or sector.

Online training sessions

Jan 20

Improving your experience accessing online resources

Wednesday, 20 January, 2021 - 19:00

Wednesday, 20 January, 2021 - 19:00

If you experience difficulties in reading some full text formats this session will show you how to make adjustments to improve accessibility.

Jan 26

Introduction to Library Services

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 12:30

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 12:30

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.

Jan 28

Assessing the reliability of information for your assignment

Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 19:00

Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 19:00

Learn how to evaluate information and why it is important to look critically at online information sources.

Feb 01

Reference management tools - an introduction

Monday, 1 February, 2021 - 19:30

Monday, 1 February, 2021 - 19:30

Learn how reference management tools work and the benefit and risks of using them.

Feb 03

Introduction to Library Services

Wednesday, 3 February, 2021 - 21:00

Wednesday, 3 February, 2021 - 21:00

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.

Feb 09

Managing your digital footprint

Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 - 13:00

Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 - 13:00

Learn how your digital footprint is created and how to create a positive online identity.

Feb 18

Smarter searching with library databases

Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 19:30

Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 19:30

Learn how to access library databases, take advantage of the functionality they offer, and devise a proper search technique.

Feb 22

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 22 February, 2021 - 19:30

Monday, 22 February, 2021 - 19:30

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.