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Great Expectations: how libraries are changing to meet student needs

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  • In this breakout session Liz Waller and Sarah Thompson of the University of York gave an overview of the initiatives taking place at York, Durham and Newcastle University Library Services to meet the increasing expectations of students. There is now a lot of work being done in this area as students have to pay fees (£9,000 pa in 2012/13) and students needs are changing. Increasingly, students believe that course costs should cover things like travel between campuses, software and course booklets, etc. At the University of York there are a number of surveys undertaken, including the National Student Survey (NSS) which is a big driver for change.(There is actually only one question in this survey which specifically mentions library services!)

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