The UDC Library (BUDC) offers this year the seventh session of its Training Courses Programme. It arises from the necessity of making known the products offered by the Library to the University community, with the main objective of getting users to employ these resources more and more. By doing so, both student learning and the research capacity of academic staff (PDI) will improve to a great extext.
The new courses are part of the projects developped by the 'Training work group' of the BUDC; a new step aimed at reaching the goal of including the training programmes offered by the library into the nuclear and transversal competences of the University. This academic year we offer four different courses: "Information resources and tools for the final degree project (TFG)" -with sessions for students and PDI-, "Information resources and tools for writing theses and other academic works" -focused on doctoral students and PDI -, "ISI vs. Scopus: the metrics of information "-of great interest for the PDI- and" Scientific networks: types and measures ". The physical class attendance will take place in the Library Service (Central Library, Xoana Capdeville Building, Campus of A Coruña).
Each course lasts 10 hours: 6 classroom hours and 4 virtual hours.
Within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), it is possible the granting of one free elective credit for the development of activities related to the university services. Accordingly, since the beginning of the library training programme, the Vice-rectorate for Research has decided to grant one of these credits for every 20 hours of effective training. Thus, people who complete two courses (20 hours) may request a certificate of equivalency to 1 ECTS credit.
In addition, attendants will also receive a 10 hour certificate of assistance for each course taken.
Besides this more specialized training, the libraries of the faculties and schools carry out presentation sessions at the beginning of the academic year, aimed mainly at new students, although the rest of the students can also attend. These sessions include, among other things, a brief guided tour of the library, tips on how to use the catalogue or an explanation of the services offered by the library.