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Book shelvesThis week we’ve been busy ordering new material in for the library before our learners return in September.

For our Diploma in Massage Therapy students we’ve added a new dvd Health and Beauty: Aromatherapy Massage to our collection of resources.

We’ve been busy ordering in more from one of our favourite series entitled Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press. Why do we like them? They are great for getting to know a new topic in an easy to read and succinct format. Plus they look at the latest research in the topics too. They are brilliant for linking in with equality and diversity issues as well as academic subjects from Access to Higher Education/A-level and beyond. Plus they are a great way of swotting up on a topic for a debate or dinner conversation! A number of these are now available as ebooks from Dawsonera. This has an added benefit for learners who can use them when they are offsite. Here’s what our collection of these looks like so far – though there’s more yet to arrive!

Plus for a bit of inspiration for learners doing documentary film making there’s a new DVD Les Invisibles directed by Sébastian Lifshitz which  spotlights the lives of gay women and men who were born between World War I and World War II. It charts their experience of living as individuals/couples in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s when there was less acceptance of homosexuality.

 

Most students in higher education are now watching videos both in the lectures and as additional learning. Often this means going to Google or Youtube but libraries also give students access to film and other media.

To prepare for university-level learning, Hillcroft long course students have subscription access to eresources like BFI InView. This is a website with videos about British history. It includes Panorama TV documentary footage and archived party political broadcasts.

Why search the library’s eresources when Google seems so easy? Let’s have a look at features of streaming BFI Inview videos:

Advantages of BFI inview over YouTube:

  • Curated lists of videos under themes designed for students like documentaries with a range of perspectives (see different sides to history).
  • Short introductory essays to topics written by academics who have authority in their fields (impress your tutor with your references).
  • Rare footage not available on other video-sharing websites (information that you haven’t heard before).
  • Tells you how long each video is (manage your time effectively).
  • Less distraction from off-topic videos/no advertisements (manage your time effectively).

How to log in to OpenAthens:

Go though the Hillcroft VLE. Log in. Under the ‘Library and Learning Resources’ course page (enroll if this is your first time) go to  ‘LRC eresources’ and there are links to all the resources we are subscribed to under ‘Eresources Using OpenAthens’.

or

You could go directly to http://www.bfi.org.uk/inview/ and follow the button ‘log in via your institution’.

Hillcroft CollgeThis week BBC 2 started a two-part series on Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter presented by Dr Pamela Cox. Shown on Tuesday 24 June at 2100 the programme charts how women first become involved in shop work and the conditions they worked under.

When it was originally set up in 1920 Hillcroft College  included shop assistants from Debenhams department store amongst its first cohort who were sponsored by Debenhams to improve their education and skills. Our LRC team is recording the programme to add to our archive on women.

Hillcroft is based in the house which belonged to Wilberforce Bryant the owner of the famous Bryant & May matchstick factory in east London where the matchgirls went on strike. 5 July next week marks 126 years since the strike and there is a series of events taking place at the second Matchwomen’s Festival at Hamilton House in London. It includes talks on the strikers, walks and also examines working conditions today. Tickets are £2 and the under 16s go free. Louise Raw author of Strike a Light will be speaking and Kate Connelly on her book about the suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire. Our team will be adding both of these books to our collection.

 

 

 

 

Look Back in Anger play, DVD and literary criticismOur Access to Higher Education students are  studying John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger as part of their literature course.

We’ve got two DVD versions of Osborne’s play which students can borrow from the Learning Resources Centre ( LRC ) directed by Judi Dench and Tony Richardson. The Judi Dench TV film is available on YouTube. As is the Tony Richardson version split into two parts; 12, 3 and 4. There is an interview with Osborne broadcast in 1957 on ITV. You can also watch a Tony Palmer programme on the playwright John Osborne – The Gift of Friendship.

We’ve also got copies of the play to borrow and an audio CD of the LA Theatre Works production of the play directed by Rosalind Ayres and the literary criticism by Aleks Sierz called John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. On the Internet you’ll find a literary guide on GradeSaver.

If you fancy a trip to see his first editions, uncorrected proofs and ephemera related to the launch of his films visit the British Library’s John Osborne page and you’ll also find a link to his papers in the Harry Ransom Humanities Center in Austin, Texas.


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