Hillcroft LRC

Archive for June 2013

Library display at Northampton CollegeLast week the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team attended the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) roadshow on Information Literacy at Northampton College. As well as having a tour of the Beacon award winning Library we took part in some practical sessions on referencing material.

Back in the day of the LRC team referencing was easy – books, journals and newspapers. These days our students need to reference not only their tutors notes but also blogs, images on the Web, wikis, discussion forums and more!

Our session by Abigail Cuthbertson from Huntingdonshire Regional College  on Using Xerte for esafety and information literacy got us being the students working our way through how to reference and avoid plagiarising material. Abigail put us on to Anglia Ruskin University Library’s Harvard System – a handy web page guide to referencing your research. Find out more about the work Abigail has done on information literacy on her Slideshare presentation Huntingdonshire Regional College’s Journey with Information Literacy and  E-safety.

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Using the catalogue display

Like all college Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) we produce displays to promote use of our services and to raise our students’ awareness of cultural events.

Our current display is promoting our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) as the gateway to all of our resources.

Why is the OPAC a gateway? Because we add to it not just books, CDs and DVDs but also online reports and websites. Because it’s what the LRC staff choose then it closely matches what our learners need for their course work. Whereas if you start from an Internet search you’ll be inundated with material to the extent that you need fine-tuned search skills and a strategy to narrow down your search.

By selecting the material and adding it to the OPAC the LRC staff save our students and staff time. And the OPAC is available 24/7 on and offsite so you can search any time and any place.

Much Ado About Nothing and Buffy the Vampire slayer graphic novelsEarlier this academic year our Six Book Challenge students took part in voting for books they’d like to see us stock to count towards the Challenge.

One of them who has recently completed the Challenge told me how she’d loved reading the Manga Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing edited by Richard Appignanesi. Since she finished the Challenge we’ve added Romeo and Juliet to our stock too. If you’re into graphic Shakespeare then why not try Macbeth by William Shakespeare edited by John McDonald?

If you’re a fan of Manga then you’ll also like these graphic novels:

Adamtine by Hannah Berry

Fables: Rose Red by Bill Willingham

Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham

Buffy the Vampire Slayer- Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon

Graphic doesn’t necessarily mean it only applies to plays and novels. We’ve got some graphic books for students studying for Access to Higher Education:

Introducing Psychology: a Graphic Guide by Nigel C. Benson

Sociology in Pictures: Research Methods by Michael Haralambos and Wendy Hope

 

DVD stand close upLast week BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme broadcast Goodbye to 35mm Cinema  focusing on three cinema projectionists’ reflections on the death of 35mm film and the move to digital film.

If you’re a film fan then there’s no film that encapsulates the 35mm celluloid story better than Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.  Set in Sicily the film tells the story of Tornatore’s childhood where he befriends the local film projectionist.  Read the review and full cast on the Internet Movie Database’s Cinema Paradiso page.

As a student or staff member at Hillcroft College you can borrow this DVD from our Learning Resources Centre for free.