Hillcroft LRC

Archive for January 2016

The six new Galaxy Quick Reads for 2016 have been published. These are special annual series of short books written by bestselling authors across different genres.

We already have 3 copies of ‘I am Malala‘ on the shelves. She is one of the most famous Pakistani women in the world and already has a longer autobiography published. This one is great as a snapshot into her life and activism in girl’s education. There is more information in this interview on The Guardian website.

The other Quick Reads will be joining Malala in the near future so keep an eye out for them in the LRC.

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Biographical Dictionary and Great Speeches books18 January 2016 was Martin Luther King Day in the United States of America. If you want to find out more about King and other well-known figures then the Chamber’s Biographical Dictionary is the best place to start. This key reference book also covers famous people in the fields of literature, arts, engineering, law, science and politics. To search for his famous ‘I Had a Dream’ speech try the Chambers Book of Great Speeches. The book gives a short biography of the speech giver and explains the context in which they delivered their speech. Other entries include Churchill, the feminist Betty Friedan and Malcolm X.

For those of you where English is just one of your languages then we’ve also got a Graded Reader. And if you’re interested in Malcolm X then watch Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film on DVD.

Having read King’s Speech then watch our recording of Simon Armitage explaining how King’s speech had such an impact on the BBC programme Speeches That Shook the World. You can catch clips of the programme on BBC iPlayer.

The Periodic table is the way chemical elements are organised and it is controlled by the InternationPeriodic table imageal Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry whose work it is to standardise naming in this area of chemistry. Earlier this month, the Guardian reported the discovery of four new elements from scientists in Russia, U.S. and Japan in ‘Periodic table’s seventh row finally filled as four new elements are added‘. These are the first new elements since 2011. They belong in the seventh row of the table (super-heavy radioactive elements) and are the elements 113; 115; 117 and 118. They currently have temporary names which will be confirmed shortly.

Scientists are entitled to take five years with their demanding discoveries but let’s hope it doesn’t take book/ebook publishers as long to update this information which is essential for all science students!

Brainstorm on paperIt’s already midway through January 2016! Have you got more resolutions than ever to fulfill but no idea where to start? We’ve got some handy books to help you be more productive and achieve in academic and personal goals.

How about learning better ways to brainstorm or create lists? Check out: ‘How to get your own way‘ by Craig Shrives and Paul Easter. They also look at developing an argument and common fallacies. These ideas would be useful in essay-writing, presentations and everyday life. It is great when you can apply knowledge to different tasks and situations. There is also a good chapter looking at statistics and how numbers can be used to alter our perceptions.

If you want everyday psychological tools you could borrow ‘The Tools‘ by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. They give you methods to combat negativity, worry and lack of confidence. Tips and tricks learnt through self-improvement books (aka ‘shelf-help’) can impact on many aspects of life, not least education.

Psychology for Dummies on DawsoneraThis week we’ve added two ebooks in the Dummies series to our collection. They are:

Sociology for Dummies by Nasar Meer and Jay Gabler

Psychology for Dummies by Adam Cash

Our students requested these two. The Dummies series are a fantastic way of getting to understand a subject which is completely new to you. The books are great as they all come with lots of call-out boxes and diagrams to break up the text and give you tips and reminders.

We’ve got a number of ebooks and books from the series.  Other handy ones in the study skills area are:

Time Management for Dummies by Clare Evans

Writing Essays for Dummies by Mary Page and Carrie Winstanley

Speed Reading for Dummies by Richard Sutz and Peter Weverka

Office 365 and MoodleOur LRC Manager has started using Jing to create a short video on how to set up Office 365 on your Moodle account. Drat and double drat! The video was great but because it relies on Flash it doesn’t work on iPads! As a result she went back to Phil Bradley’s recommendation for Ice Cream Apps in CILIP Update November 2015 and used the screen recorder to make a Windows friendly version. She asked our IT Technician for advice on getting the format of the file compatible with Office 365 so she could load the video onto Office 365’s Video area and so thanks to him she’s converted it to an MP4 file using Zamzar and then uploaded onto the video area. It’s a free piece of kit. Since then she has created two more videos showing:

Having watched Alistair McNought’s two sessions on the CILIP blog post Supporting Library Users with Hidden Disabilities from the Conference of the same name at the University of Portsmouth she’s now created transcripts for the videos to help anyone with disabilities. The transcripts can be used with screen readers like Read&Write or NaturalReader.