Hillcroft LRC

Archive for November 2016

CoLRic Quality Impact Nov 2016This week our two articles for the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Quality Impact magazine are out in the November issue. You need to be a CoLRiC member to access the journal. We’ve scanned them for you to take a look.

They look back at our CoLRiC Best Practice Awards 2015 entries which gained second prize in the Information Literacy category and third prize in the Customer Service one.

We’ve updated the news on both so the referencing one discusses our championing of RefMe with our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences, Pre Access and Diploma in Massage Therapy learners. The app is freely available and makes compiling a reference list or bibliography a breeze. Our VLE redesign for dyslexia article looks at the integration we’ve made with Single Sign On over the eresources, library catalogue and Office 365 and the Management Information System (MIS).

 

 

book-clip-artThere’s been a campaign running across BBC television and radio to highlight the joys of reading for children and adults.

The dedicated #LovetoRead website is an inspirational goldmine! For example, here’s an article on the life of Sue Townsend, an author who kept her writing secret for years. An obvious parallel is JK Rowling. The author of the Harry Potter books struggled through temporary jobs and unemployment before her books took off.

Writing and reading fiction like these two women’s books is at least an escape from reality for thousands and millions of people. Yet the stories behind their stories speak of the power of positive change, dedication and creativity. Who doesn’t love rags to riches stories? Often ‘riches’ doesn’t just mean money but self-development, success or enlightenment. We have many uplifting life stories in the LRC on the biography shelves. We’ll be back in the main LRC in a week so please come and find out about reading a feel-good book.

If you are a social media keen bee you can use the hashtag #LovetoRead to easily find and connect with other readers around the UK and the world! If you are interested in hashtags, children are using them in stories now!

Student taking a book from a shelfWe’re so excited as we’ve received a Library Literacy Grant from Better World Books to create reading groups at our college this academic year.

Our grant will help us get new books to reflect women’s issues and experiences. We will also buy more ereaders so we can get our students reading on digital devices. During the summer we established links with our local Surbiton library so we can encourage our students to join and borrow from the local library and use their ebooks too. Through one of our team’s connection to Kingston University Library we have been able to set up two groups; a Hillcroft College and Kingston University Group and a Hillcroft College Group. The group with Kingston is targeting more confident readers and runs monthly. Whereas the Hillcroft one is running weekly for the less confident readers.

We’re already in week 2 of our programme. To measure the success of our project we’ve taken and adapted questions from the Reading Agency’s Reading Outcomes Framwork Toolkit. Throughout the project we’ll be asking our participants to give us feedback on the groups and their reading. This will include a UX (User Experience) reading journey as well as video diaries.

The Kingston group started off last week reading Jackie Kay’s Red Cherry Red.

Watch out this year as we chart the groups activities. We’ll be using our grant along with  the National Lottery grant  to create a relaxing reading area conducive to reading for pleasure!

Karen's group are reading from Jackie Kay's collection of poetry 'Red Cherry Red'.

Karen’s group are reading from Jackie Kay’s collection of poetry ‘Red Cherry Red’.

Good news! Two reading groups for Hillcroft students are starting this week. There’s a monthly group led by Karen from Kingston University that met on Wednesday. The weekly reading group is meeting for the first time today led by Kim.

The idea is to increase reading confidence, enjoyment of reading and start new conversations among women with an common interest in reading.

Each reading group’s identity will grow over time shaped by the interests and ambitions of the group. Both groups are yet to be named by their members. In my mind they will be the ‘No. 1 Ladies Reading Groups’ after Alexander McCall Smith’s series.

The “Wednesday/Monthly” group will have childcare options in the future and we’ll let you know about that in further updates.

If you are inspired by the reading groups please join the Reading Ahead Challenge as well. The LRC will give you a diary to think about your reading journey over six reads.

There’s a survey to help us see how the reading groups go. If you haven’t filled one in and you’d like to sign up for the next reading group meeting or the Reading Ahead challenge, send the LRC an email and we’ll try to find space: lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk.

Hope you all enjoyed the reading groups so far if you have been involved. Big thanks to Karen and Kim for their energy and expertise in leading the meetings.