Hillcroft LRC

Archive for December 2016

Christmas DVDs and Home: a Very Short IntroductionIt’s only a few days to Christmas so why not get around the fire and watch some of the Christmas classic films:-

White Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Love Actually

If you cannot borrow them from us then look out for them on television. Love Actually has several slots listed on the Radio Times website. It’s just been voted the favourite Christmas film. As does It’s a Wonderful Life.

When you  watch either of these films the theme always brings you back to being at home for Christmas which is where the latest in the series of A Very Short Introduction by Oxford University Press comes in. This new one is entitled Home by Michael Allen Fox and looks at how we define home – not just the place or dwelling itself – but also how it’s meaning has changed over time. In addition it encompasses our identity, homelessness and migration. An interesting one to mull over at Christmas…

 

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In our last week in the mini library (Phoebe Walters Room) I thought it was a good chance to reflect on the culture and ethos behind the LRC at Hillcroft.

Librarians have high ideals which explains why there are so many rules and strategies:

  • always use the self-checkout machine,
  • return books on time even if there isn’t a fine,
  • don’t make notes in the margin of books,
  • search by surname of author,
  • don’t rely on Google.

Nancy Graham (a librarian from the London School of Economics) brought up the important point back in a summer workshop. It might appear that we are trying to turn students into mini-librarians. Using the LRC shouldn’t be a chore or restrictive. You don’t need to wear a librarian’s hat all the time (except if you’ve a wish to become a librarian). We’re here to provide and help you find good information. Say you want to find a productivity tip or a more informed research method. Bingo! LRC to the rescue!

There are times and places to think more librarian-y. Evaluative, investigative, organised, caring, responsible, imaginative. But don’t take our word for it. What words would you use to describe thinking more critically? Does the LRC help you get in the right mindset and find information?

 

Black and British Season BBC WebsiteOver the past month the BBC has been running a series of programmes on black history as part of its Black and British season looking at the lives of black women and men in the United Kingdom in the past and present.

We’ve used our ERA licence to record a number of programmes from the season for our learners. To match in with our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences students who are studying the slave trade we’ve recorded David Olosuga’s series Black and British – a Forgotten History which comes in four parts; First Encounters, Freedom, Moral mission and Homecoming. The series goes back to Roman times and takes you up to the present day.

Black is the New Black is also a four-part piece looking at the lives and family history of famous black Britons from the arts, sport, comedy, politics, business, design, fashion, science and architecture.

We’ve also recorded Black Nurses: the Women Who Saved the NHS and Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?