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Ute Manecke

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2020

Biography

After finishing her PhD in English Literature and teaching in Modern Languages Departments at UK Universities, Ute Manecke did an MA in Librarianship at Sheffield University in 2008-09. After qualifying, she worked as a clinical librarian for a few years before returning to the academic environment and working in academic librarianship posts. Her position as Information Skills Adviser at London South Bank University, where she worked between 2014 and 2018, built on her previous teaching experience and developed her skills in responding to student enquiries and face-to-face teaching in groups of varying sizes and skills levels as well as in providing one-to-one support. During this time, she gained her FHEA. Since starting work as a Learning and Teaching Librarian at the Open University in January 2018, Ute has been involved in teaching and advising students and staff on aspects of information literacy in a distance learning context. A large part of her role consists in ensuring that academic staff strategically integrate digital information literacy into the curriculum by including appropriate information resources and activities that develop digital information skills. Her favourite aspect of distance librarianship is advising and teaching students in synchronous learning environments by making use of platforms such as Adobe Connect for training sessions and using webchat as part of the OU’s Enquiries service. Ute enjoys the challenge of continuously seeking new ways of reaching and engaging learners and improving their information literacy in the distance learning setting.

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