Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Rachel Chavez
Rachel Chavez's posts

Post has attachment
The Challenges of Obtaining Student Feedback in a Single-Staffed, Silent Setting
Below is a copy of the article which I have just had published in COLRIC's Quality Impact journal. 'Effective management is only possible with effective evaluation.' So says The CILIP guidelines for secondary school libraries . (Shaper, 2014, p.80) and The ...

Post has attachment
Building a Library to Fit its Users
Below is a copy of the article that I recently had published in COLRIC's November issue of Quality Impact . Building a Library to Fit its Users Last summer I left Surrey after nine years of supporting approx.
10,000 students in an FE/HE college and moved to...

Post has attachment
Library Training
It is the first week back after the May half term and I am about to take on a new Library volunteer. She has approached me as she is keen to pursue a career as an academic librarian and would like to gain some relevant experience for the rest of this term a...

Post has attachment
Including Library provision in Ofsted ratings
CILIP recently published a news item in their May issue of Update entitled, ‘Plea to include
library provision in school ratings’. In the article it explains how the
Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ALT) has called upon inspectors to look
at the quali...

Post has attachment
Getting back into teaching
Almost any academic librarian nowadays will tell you that
teaching is part of their role, usually delivering study skills or research
skills sessions to their students. In my previous blog post (The reality of
downsizing) I discussed how I’m hoping to build...

Post has attachment
The reality of 'downsizing'
I have been in my new post now for five months having moved from a large FE and HE College to a small Sixth Form College overseen by the two local High Schools. There have been a few changes that I'm having to get used to. Resource and service provision The...

Post has attachment
Student Views - running the Library Questionnaire
During two weeks at the end of November I ran the first of a new, annual Library Questionnaire with our students. At the moment our students don't really engage with the Library beyond using it as a study space. Few resources are borrowed, very few informat...

Post has attachment
A Period of Change
I have been out of social media in a professional context for a while. My last Tweet and blog post were both in July 2014! There have been a couple of reasons for this. During the first year we saw significant changes with regards to staffing in the LRC tea...

Post has attachment
to Our Family History. The purpose of this blog is to publish the stories of
our ancestors and bring the names on our family trees to life. I am continually adding to
the blog and expanding existing posts as I acquire more information. I have
Wait while more posts are being loaded