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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.

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Sharing ideas and meeting others with similar experiences has been what the internet has enabled since its beginning. Twitter and Facebook and other social networking sites have taken this to a new level. However the humble internet forum still thrives to bring together communities online. There are forums for everything you can think of, from mental health and business women.

Their aims are to be supportive and informative. However, posting to a forum will require the same level of responsibility and care as posting anywhere on the web. More practical tips about e-safety can be read on this website.

On the Hillcroft VLE there are also opportunities to take part in discussion forums on different courses. Your views really are heard, so don’t be shy with voicing your opinion and reflecting on it. It is great practice for developing an argument for an essay or to be more assertive in everyday life.

Tuesday 25 November’s Guardian has an interesting article Woolf is for Women – and Mailer’s for Men? How Readers Favour Authors of Own Gender on research done by the website Good Reads about their readers reading habits. The survey found most women and men on their website read fiction where the author matches their gender. Any surprise to you?

However mostly their readers didn’t make a choice to read a male or female author from the start but just chose a book according to how interesting it seemed them.

Good Reads was inspired to run the survey having followed the Twitter campaign #Readwomen encouraging people to read books by female authors. This year a Twitter group @Readwomen2014 has been dedicated to getting female authors’ output read.

Today there’s a chance for libraries to register as a giver for World Book Night 2015. We’ll be selecting the books which we’d like to give out and you can view them on their website too. It’s your chance to be a volunteer and give out books. Plus if you register as a volunteer you can give out books you own that you want to give away free yourself. You will need to register by 30 January 2015.

 

 

 

Padlet what we like reading and whyWe’ve created a Padlet wall about what and why we like reading during our World Book Night event on 23 April. Take a look at our Padlet wall and let us know what you think about reading and what you like to read.

Our students who are keen readers of Quick Reads were asking what books they should move onto next when they’ve moved up from graded readers and Quick Reads. The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge website’s  Find A Read helps you find books you might like to try by genre and according to your reading confidence levels. Which Book allows you to find books according to your interests and mood levels.

Our students enjoyed doing word searches and quizzes and talking about what they like reading. We sent a link to our Padlet wall on Twitter and tweeted to #worldbooknight. We’re busy compiling a list of recommended reads to share with students and staff.

 

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.

Shelf of books with ebook markedThis week our Learning Resources Centre team were showing our Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) students how to access electronic books (ebooks) on Dawsonera.

The Dawsonera ebook platform has recently been redesigned. You can now let your friends and other readers know about which ebooks you like by tweeting using  the Twitter feature or posting your recommendations on Facebook.

Our students can access Dawsonera through their OpenAthens accounts.


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