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iPad standingThis week we’ve been digesting all of our data for our Self-Assessment Report (SAR). You may be scratching your head wondering what it is! Basically it’s a review of the impact of what we do on our students. We produce one every six months and this one is looking back at 2014/15. Part of the process is to identify our strengths and weaknesses as well so we can flag up improvements for the next academic year which go into our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) for 2015/16.

Here are our some of our highlights from 2014/15:

Increased audovisual material for learners to borrow by 7%.
Introduced iPads into the classroom for learners to boost their digital skills – included reading apps.
Increased use of eresources by 47.2% – getting more learners used to ereading material and building digital skills.
Improved Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) material – embedded videos to reinforce induction content, new Reading for Pleasure section to encourage reader development and apps to help to hone information/digital literacy skills.
Greater promotion of reading – National Libraries Day, more Six Book Challenge completers, World Book Night and Reading for Pleasure Moodle VLE block.
Extra refresher/consolidation sessions on information literacy skills eg referencing.
Rolled out dyslexic friendly labeling for books to help navigate our material – based on the International Libraries Association Federation (IFLA) Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia.

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Reading Ahead posterOn Wednesday 24 June we passed over Six Book Challenge certificates to our students from Future Proof/Next Level and Dyslexia: Reading at our Diversity and Achievement Day. They’ve done a great job reading 6 items each and reviewing them ahead of the 29 June national deadline for the prize draw. We’ll be entering their names for the prize draw. If they win they will get a free trip to London with a friend. There is also the chance to win Kobo Touch ereaders.

Six Book Challenge helps adults boost their reading skills, gain confidence and read more. This is the end of our third year of the programme and it’s a delight talking to students about their reviews and giving them a sticker of their choice as they review each item.

The Reading Agency who run the Six Book Challenge reading programme have renamed and rebranded the programme for next year. It will now be known as Reading Ahead. Same format – just an emphasis that one of the six items you read can be anything from a website to a leaflet, to a recipe, or a magazine article, poem, email or book. We’ll be getting some of the new promotional material ready for starting it in our autumn 2015 term. Find out what Hillcroft College: courses are coming up at Hillcroft on our website.

If you’ve got a child then look out for local public libraries running the Summer Reading Challenge to keep up their reading over the school break. Kingston Libraries local to our college are running this for kids and for adults.

 

Two students using Kindles with their course tutorThis week we were delighted to receive our certificates for our entries that came 2nd and 3rd in the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Best Practice Awards. An extra surprise was the fact that our entry into the Reader Development category had come out Highly Commended. This entry Kickstart the Six Book Challenge with Ebooks looked at how we’ve been getting students and teaching staff using Kindle ebooks which included Quick Reads and graded readers with Future Proof and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners.

Future Proof students have been reading the 2015 Quick Read Street Cat Bob. Whereas ESOL students have been reading:

Tales of the Supernatural
The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories
Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
One Way Ticket Short Stories

We’ve just been look at Whispercast which Amazon have running currently in the United States allowing schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to get Kindle books includes etextbooks and lend them out to pupils, students and staff on any device. Having had a look on the UK site it’s not here yet but no doubt it’ll be a future development

Caboodle Hidden Books competition

Visit the Caboodle website to play their game

There is much happening online in the reading and publishing communities. Many publishers and reading organisations are eager to hand out free books to those lucky or deserving few in order to get more people reading. Here are a few ways you can enter to win a free book or book token:

1. Six Book Challenge giveaway – Enter by 15 December

Write and upload a review of one of the books that you have read for the Challenge and you are in with a chance to win one of six books published by Barrington Stoke. You need to send the Challenge people a quick email saying that you wish to be entered with your (hopefully) stunning review once you have uploaded it.

If you haven’t signed up for the Six Book Challenge or just need a reminder about what it is all about, feel free to ask us more about it in the comment section, by email or in person.

2. National Book Awards – Enter by 19 December

Vote for your favourite book on their shortlist for best book 2014 and you will be in their draw. There are three prizes: the winner will get £100 in National Book Tokens and two runners-up will receive £50 in book tokens each.

We just catalogued the non-fiction book winner (on the shortlist) in the LRC: Love, Nina. We  are also planning to get a few more once they are published in paperback form.

3. Caboodle National Book Tokens – ongoing

This organisation has lots of competitions running regularly. One that has just been released has you playing a game where you have to guess the title of the book by the visual clue. It is tricky and fun! If we get together and guess them all then we can win a year’s worth of National Book Tokens for the College. Email us or DM us on Twitter @hillcroftlrc with any you can think of!

Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction booksWe added one more book from the the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction nominees to our shelves this week:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Take a look at the shortlisted books as a reminder. We’ve already added this one by Jnumpa Lahiri to our collection from the shortlist:

The Lowland by Jnumpa Lahiri

and from the longlist:

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

We also submitted some of our students for the national prize draw for completing the 2014 Six Book Challenge. Our students could win a free weekend trip to London with a friend or Kobo ereaders. Visit the Reading Agency’s About the Six Book Challenge to discover what it entails.

If you’re like our students and just getting back into reading the Reading Agency’s Find a Read page is handy for choosing books that interest you to suit your reading level.

Foyer of New College Durham LRCOn 16 May the LRC Manager went to the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC)  annual roadshow at New College Durham. CoLRiC Roadshows are great for sharing good practice and learning about what is new and happening in college libraries as well as networking.

The Durham roadshow kicked off with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) session on using Socrative from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College (Ihar Ivanou) included talks on college mergers at Coleg Cambria (Patrick Cox), learning hubs at Dundee and Angus College (David Scott), Higher Education in Further Education at Wiltshire College (Janet Waters) and an update on the Six Book Challenge by the Reading Agency (Genevieve Clarke).

The roadshow also included a presentation on the one of the  CoLRiC Best Practice Award winners Oldham Sixth Form College (Corinne Walker) who had changed their library induction into a television-styled quiz and the CoLRiC Beacon Award Winner for 2013 Northern College (Sean McKernan) on the Effective Integration of Libraries/Learning Resource Centre (LRC) services in the Curriculum.

We also got a tour of New College Durham’s LRC (Mike Dann) – pictured above  and below which had displays showing You Said, We Did based on student suggestions and a special display on stress helping students to reduce exam tension and nerves…

 

You Said, We Did PosterStress display

Six Book Challenge promotional material

Back in October the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team submitted their work with the literacy and English as a Second and Other Language (ESOL) lead tutors and their learners around literacy and the Six Book Challenge (6BC)  for a Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Best Practice Award. This week we heard that CoLRIC had received a large number of LRC entries and we were fortunate enough to gain a Commendation.

The awards were running for the first time  and were open to COLRiC members around the United Kingdom which the team discovered at the Northampton College roadshow. The team had worked with tutors and learners in selecting graded readers and fiction that learners could vote on and suggest which the team then ordered for use as part of the 6BC programme.

The selection was informed from research the team did before the autumn term began visiting London bookshops for graded readers, graphic novels and fiction. The Learning Resources Assistant had created a 6BC scrapbook to help learners on these course understand what type and level of reading could contribute to the six items which 6BC participants could read and review in their reading diaries. Our main focus was to encourage reading and not to put learners off by the level of the material.

Through the challenge the LRC team discussed the reading diary reviews with the learners and found out valuable feedback from them which they could use for future stock selection and how the students rated the material. We introduced stickers to add to the reviews to encourage learners to take part. The feedback from the learners showed how much the programme boosted their reading and one of the learners enjoyed it so much she bought stickers for the students to place in their diaries.

The team also worked closely with the ESOL learners in looking at themes in the plots and characters in the books.