Hillcroft LRC

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Book shelves and journalsOver the next two weeks we have students in for our Start Your Own Enterprise course. As part of the induction the LRC team gave a session on using the new Dawsonera ebook platform. We demonstrated how you can download a PDF of an ebook then use Read Write Gold to have the text of the ebook read back to you. Great for dyslexics and  for reinforcing what you’ve learnt as well as bed time reading. Our students and staff can access our ebooks through OpenAthens. Here’s a selection of the business ebooks we have.

On Thursday we did a session on business websites. We’ve put  these so students can get to them easily on the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The list includes gateway sites for setting up a business from scratch, sites to help with funding your business, online business magazines and libraries like the City Business Library and British Library Intellectual Property (IP) Centre which provide free seminars and access to market research and databases. Today we’ve added a number of women’s business networks to the list too.

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.

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.


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