Bradford College Library: a place of diversity, equality and inclusion

By Asif Rashid, Library Assistant

The role of the academic library is to create a place of study where students and staff can work independently to achieve their academic goals. Bradford College Library is playing an important role to achieve these goals by collaborating with different departments, and supporting the vision and mission of Bradford college towards its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

How we are helping out?

1.Library Induction

Our Library induction programme supports students and staff to build up their confidence, and contributes to retention and achievement, especially for students attending Bradford College for the first time.

2.Inclusive Learning

The Library team is keen to ensure that all students have equal access to Library resources. There are two Library sites; one is situated at 2nd Floor in David Hockney Building which is the main Library, and there is a second library at Trinity Green.

The Library team support students both studying at the college or from home. There is a team of specialist Librarians and dedicated Library assistants to help out with their information needs.

If students don’t visit Library regularly, there are many ways they can access library material and support for their studies online. Students can contact us on askalibrarian@bradfordcollege.ac.uk, through Teams or via our Library Chat service. More information on ways to contact us can be found here  library.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/contactus

For up to date information about the Library Service you can visit our Library News page where you can find latest information about our Library.

Bradford College Library seeks to ensure that it complies with the Bradford College Statement on Equality of Opportunity and Diversity in all areas of its operations, through good practice, anticipation and practical adjustments.

3.Library’s displays

The Library supports events promoting equality of opportunity and diversity. Examples include displays on Windrush, Black and Ethnic Minority authors, famous Black people, support for learning difficulties, mental health issues and celebrations of cultural and religious events. There is a dedicated page on our Library Online page which provides links to resources supporting events in the Library, College and the wider environment. You can access this page via the link https://library.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/unitedvalues

4.Great selection of Physical and Online Resources

We offer a great and diverse selection of physical and online resources in the form of books, e-books, online journals, and databases. All these are available via our Library Online pages  https://library.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/homepage

5. One-to-one Support

Passionate Academic Liaison Librarians are always willing to welcome any student to help and identify relevant resources, offer refresher or advanced sessions on using library catalogue, databases or e-books, help using journals, and help with study skills. You can email them at askalibrarian@bradfordcollege.ac.uk or phone on (01274) 08 8257 to book a one-to-one session or group session for any help.

6.Best selection of Entry Readers

In collaboration with ESOL tutors, the ESOL Librarian has procured a great selection of easy read books for Entry 1 through to Level 2. These are in the form of physical books and also a good selection is available online via Moodle. Dedicated Library Assistants are helping ESOL students in their reading to improve their reading skills through reading groups, either online or in college.

 

At the end, the Head of ALS, SEND and Library Chris Thornton, and Senior Academic Librarian Laksh, our dedicated Academic Liaison Librarians, Senior Library Assistant and Library Assistants are very passionate to increase the literacy rate at Bradford college and are always willing to help student and staff to achieve their teaching and learning goals.

About

Any student or staff at Bradford College is welcome to use the Library facilities. There is no additional process or payment required to join the Library. All you need to do in order to borrow an item from our collection is to have your College ID card and the items you wish to borrow.

If you are in need of any advice, help or guidance using Bradford College’s Library please feel free to email us at: askalibrarian@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

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