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Books from Reading Agency's Reading Well list on stress and self-esteemWe’ve been adding some more of the Reading Agency’s Reading Well book list for young people to our collection.

The latest batch gives you advice on how to boost your self-confidence:

Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik

and how to overcome stress in your life:

Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp

The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan

The Anxiety Survival Gide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry & Panic by Jennifer Shannon

The stress guides help you handle problems with friends, family, eating, exams, bullying, cyber bullying and social media. As well as issues with drugs, alcohol and self-harming. If you are not a student at Hillcroft College. You can find copies from this collection in your local public library.

Freebooting and Facebook sitting in a tree, piracy is rife and woe be we. In all seriousness though there are reasons why watching videos on Facebook or other social media website might be aiding the wrong people. “What is freebooting?” I hear you ask. This article on Social Media Examiner says it is a form of video piracy, usually taking someone’s else’s Youtube video and uploading it to Facebook without asking permission or saying whose work it is.

You know about academic copyright from being in college, but how about the copyright implications of sharing cat videos?The internet expands the ability to create and share information with millions of people. Copyright law impacts not just in the academic setting but in the everyday setting too – people need to give permission to share their work and have their work attributed to them. Smartereveryday uses a metaphor with sheep and rich men to explain how Facebook don’t care about video piracy and how Youtube video creators’ livelihoods are affected (with some insights from some very smart kids). Watch the video below to find out more about freebooting and what you can do to help creators:

We were talking with librarians from Sixth Form colleges yesterday and Twitter came up in the conversation. They reported that pupils are no longer using Twitter or Facebook as much because their parents are on there. Also I don’t know about you but it feels like they are becoming more and more commercial. It’s hard to find hard evidence of this but it’s about time people would want to start looking for new virtual environments in which to share stories, listicles and pictures with friends. But where are they going?

Perhaps it could be Pinterest? The visual bookmarking website where you can swipe through beautiful photographs to your heart’s content.

Might it be Tumblr? A lot like Pinterest really. A collage of interesting pics and GIFs.

How about Google + … only joking it will never be Google + (‘the unsocial network’)

My bet is on Snapchat. Although it is only the 9th biggest social networking site, that might be part of the appeal. It still feels (relatively) new and undiscovered. Plus as each short video or photo is deleted after 24 hours it feels more private. You can add your own drawings to the pics which makes it fun and creative.

It all depends how you use social media. If it’s something just between you and friends or you keep up-to-date with news and take advantage of offers. Most people use it for lots of reasons. For example, you could join Hillcroft College’s Facebook group to hear what’s happening and join in the community online. You can follow the LRC on Twitter to get more specific news around the resources and goings-on in the books, digital and learning resources worlds. But these networks are only valuable once they reach a certain number of people; so that’s why we are so keen to have more followers, because it only makes it more fun for everyone.

if you’re not keen on Twitter and Facebook but are trying something new out – don’t leave us in the dark, we want to be in the know too! We don’t want to end up looking like digital dinosaurs.

Vote for books new booksReading for study and development is probably taking over most of our time in and outside of college. Yet we wanted to let you know about the new books available that might not directly go into essays, lessons or CVs but help in other ways by taking our mind of things and being inspiring.

At the beginning of the year we had a vote on the VLE about which of the best books of 2014 to order in for our library. So your voices have been heard and here is a selection of the new offerings in biography/fiction:

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

Penelope Fitzgerald: a life by Hermione Lee.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Next we are looking at mind-boosting books. Which you would like to see in the LRC?

This year the books on the list were chosen by people who are affected by cancer who found them good reads in difficult times.

I have picked up The Humans, which I find is a humorous addition to my train journeys. You can suggest your own mind-boosting books on social media by adding the #moodboosting to the public status update or tweet. For example, I found the memoir Love with a Chance of Drowning when it was first published after reading Torre de Roche’s blog. She really is an inspiring and down-to-earth woman whose adventures at sea took me out of everyday life and gave me back my propensity to dream.

There is also other books shortlisted for awards that would be great for the LRC. There’s the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction for instance. Let us know what you think of any of these possible books to buy by commenting, email, on Twitter or Facebook or in person.

Have a good bank holiday weekend!

Catalogue displayLike most Learning Resource Centres (LRC) in colleges and university libraries we promote our services and material to our students using social media  through our WordPress blog and Twitter. Many of our students are new to social media so we are building up their digital literacy knowledge by using these tools to promote our services.

This week we read in the Wikiman blog about a handy tool the Student Guide to Social Media created by the libraries of the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and York. It’s under Creative Commons licence so you can share it with others. The tool explains what social media is and why the different tools are important and explains how you can use different social media tools. This will help our students understand what social media is and how they can get the most from different social media tools.


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