Posted in Intern advice, Written by Arinola

SPOTLIGHT: University Library Workshops

Most of us only think of the library in relation to which one we prefer whether that may be by virtue of proximity, or in my case, the quality of latte I can get from the cafe. No, it’s not all the same and the IC wins. Just in case you were wondering.


It may surprise you to know that the University Library runs workshops that can also reflect on to get the Academic Skills Certificate. They are called Information and Digital Literacy Workshops and can be great if you’re looking to develop skills beyond those covered in the academic skills workshops we run here at 301.

Having attended the Commercial Awareness workshop myself, I can attest to how helpful it was in helping me better understand a skill that is very well sought after in graduates. After the workshop, I was better informed on what I could do to improve my commercial awareness from working part time on campus. Now, I know how to demonstrate commercial awareness during a job application process.


The other workshops on offer are quite varied and are divided into 6 categories:

  1. Discovering – useful if you are interested in finding information and images for various academic purposes
  2. Understanding – for you if you want to learn to use e-books productively
  3. Questioning – having found information, this aims to help evaluate its usefulness
  4. Referencing – suitable for those seeking to master referencing for a thesis, dissertation, coursework essay or research project
  5. Creating – will help you make better presentations
  6. Communicating – whether this means improving your commercial awareness, finding out how to make info-graphics or starting a blog!

If any of the categories I have described sound interesting to you, make sure to check out the dates and times these workshops are available and book a place to attend them!




We are 301 Academic Skills Centre and we give academic skills advice to our students at the University of Sheffield. We offer workshops and 1:1 appointments.

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