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Happy New Year!

The theme of this blog post is short and sweet: getting the most out of reading and learning in bite-sized chunks.

Short stories

We’ve been building our collection of books from around the world in Hillcroft LRC because we want to give a taste of reading to suit everyone and to resonate with all kinds of readers. There’s a new literary prize set up to illuminate the works of black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors. It’s really exciting to hear about more diversity in publishing. There are so many more stories that we can hear.

Have a look at the short stories on The Asian Writer website for quick hits of new perspectives and universal feelings.

Apps

On a list of the best apps to keep you on track with new year’s resolutions are two notables. One is Pocket Cast to organise and find podcasts, a great way to learn on the go and when your eyes are tired. The second app that I am keen to try out is Lrn, which promises to teach the basics of code with fun quizzes and short lessons.

First News

In the LRC we’ve subscribed to a new newspaper called FirstNews. This is the news in short, with lots of engaging pictures and graphs. If you don’t have time to read a whole article take a moment and grab First News. You can learn something on a single page.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store has lots of add-ons (extensions) to customise internet use. All of the browsers will have similar online stores. There are lots of free ways to make research more fun such as adding a kitten picture to every new tab. There’s a goal setting, note taking, procrastination busting homepage from Limitless. More health benefits also include extensions to remind you to take a break or drink water. Check out the web store and reinvent your internet experience.

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We are looking at making our FAQs on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) available for listening. It will still be available in text format too, but hearing our LRC team explain things makes things more personal. We answer common questions about LRC services, resources and equipment.

We’re trying out AudioBoom which is a service where you can listen and create audio files/podcasts. It is fun and easy to use.

Alongside listening straight from the VLE. You will be able to follow our podcast posts by visiting us on https://audioboom.com/HillcroftLRC. Everything we publish will also be tweeted out on our Twitter feed @HillcroftLRC.

Let us know what you think of having more to listen on your courses.

Trois Femmes Puissantes Three Strong Women by Marie NDiayeHillcroft students have commented in their feedback surveys that they’d like to learn about other cultures. BBC Radio 4’s focus on European literature can help them and you learn more about European nations’ fiction through their Reading Europe set of programmes.

On Sunday 8 February @ 1500 you can catch Radio 4 turning contemporary European literature into radio plays. The first one is France: Three Powerful Women by Marie NDiaye who was the first Black woman to win the French literary prize the Prix Goncourt. This is an inspirational tale of 3 different women grappling with their lives. Nora who’s forced to go back to her father in Dakar to help him when he abandoned her as a child. Fanta who’s left her life behind in Senegal is abused by her husband Rudy. Khady leaves Africa to find Fanta having lost her husband who has died. Her husband’s family send her to on a journey to find Khady.

If you are keen on world literature then you might to take a look at the BBC World Service’s World Book Club. There are highlights from programmes on current day authors and podcasts.

 

Listening cat (Dave Morris 2005)Having books read aloud can really bring them to life. Many audiobooks and podcasts on the subject of books and reading are possible to download for free online. For example, BBC Radio 4 has ‘Book at Bedtime’ with dramatised versions of famous and great books. They divide the stories into 15 minute episodes that air on weekdays at 22.45. You can listen online to episodes for free for up to 4 weeks after they have been aired. You can find them on the iPlayer radio, there’s a mobile app for that or you can listen to it on the computer.

The next book reading (22nd December) is going to be ‘The Diary of a Provincial Lady’. It’s a comedy written by EM Delafield set in 1930s Britain and according to this review it is a real hoot (despite it’s age and fusty-sounding title).

Previous books they had broadcast include ‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell and ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton. Both of these books have been highlighted on a number of prominent lists looking back at the best books of the year. So the books chosen are leading-edge and in high demand, getting them for free and often read by famous actors makes subscribing to their newsletter worthwhile. The LRC team are putting together a poll on which award-winning fiction books to buy in paperback copy in the New Year – so watch this space!

Books on shelf Do you struggle citing references in your course work at college or university? Then our Learning Resources Centre team’s favourite book Cite them Right is the book for you. Written by Richard Pears and Graham Shields it’s just come out with a new ninth edition.

It doesn’t matter if you college or university uses the Harvard, Vancouver, MLA, OSCOLA or MHRA style – they’re all included in the book.

The book gives you examples of citations in text and in a reference list. Our team members never fail to tell their students referencing was a doddle when they were students – because there were only magazines and books to cite! But this book will help you reference ebooks, blogs, wikis, lecturer notes, podcasts, television programmes  and justout  in this edition graffitti. Long live Banksy!


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