If you been on the 2nd floor of David Hockney Building over the last few months, you’d have noticed that the library team has carried out another one of our increasingly annual book moves.
We’re really pleased with the result.
Taller shelving allows us to create more space for studying
We’ve upgraded about a third of the shelving from 3 to 4 high, allowing us to remove our older wooden shelves and create a new reading area. We’ve moved our shelving to be closer together to create more of a library feel and make book searching more straightforward for library users.
New reading area with comfy sofas and a bookshop feel
Our new reading area brings together our Graded Readers with our Reading Collection. We’ve got comfy sofas for anyone wanting to curl up with a book, as well as quiet group study tables. You’ll also find our film collection here, and we are creating a new collection of graphic novels.
New Study Skills collection to aid browsing and discovery
We’ve still got a quiet individual study area which is next to our new collection of Study Skills books. This will allow students to browse our generic study skills books rather than having to find these books which were scattered throughout the library collection.
The Library is running a Big Read Challenge and we hope we can encourage as many members of the College community to join in and read.
At the heart of the challenge is the hope that the perception some people have towards reading will change.
While we hope those participating in the challenge will be willing to write reviews of the items on the Library Catalogue, the focus of the challenge is to expand on their current reading preferences and hopefully motivate them to discover something new.
Reading for pleasure has been identified as a great way to improve confidence in writing and expression, as it exposes readers to new themes, styles, techniques and vocabulary.
In May 2012 the Government’s Education Standards Research Team published a document called “Research evidence on reading for pleasure that researched the “evidence on the trends and benefits of independent reading”.
Identified in the report are “a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on reading assessments” and that benefits also included increased “text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge”.
The Library received numerous postive comments from readers about how much they had enjoyed the blind date with a book and the idea for the next display planned to maintain the popularity of this idea.
One reader stated “I have started reading it and I am half way through reading it already. It has proved to me that sometimes you should not take a book at face value and delve in to a couple of pages before you make a decision whether it is your type of book.”
The “don’t judge a book by its cover” display took the idea of readers being willing to take a leap of faith in what they were borrowing.
Instead of totally covering the book we used a wrap which featured the opening line of text from the book as a teaser.
We crated a number of flamboyant and colourful teamplate designs to use as a wrap around the books and then these were personalised for each title we chose at random to include.
The self-service kiosks the readers use to borrow items from the College Library would give an indication of the item title and hopefully this would build the anticipation of what they had ended up with rather than disappoint.
The general premise of this library promotion is simple, you can find love in the most unlikely of places and we wanted our readers to take a leap of faith and borrow a book without any idea what they are getting.
So that a reader ended up with unpredictable book, we wrapped the items in the display to provide them with anonymity.
As all the books were covered up the reader would have no idea about the cover decoration, title, genre, or any other indication which may sway them when picking a book up to read.
As Valentine’s day fell during the promotion we also added a chocolate heart to each wrapped book.
To participate all a reader needed to do was pick up a book from the display and issue it to themselves.
The book blind date brings together the romantic and literal interpretation of not judging a book by the cover.
As the College Library uses self-service kiosks to issue books there was initially a teaser of what the reader may have picked up as the title is revealed, much like the first sight of a blind date through the window of a restaurant or fast food outlet.
We then hoped our role of cupid was complete as the reader would then take the book away and hopefully enjoy the time they spent with the book.
Obviously if they didn’t get along we did not really care if they came back and took another book out, or even take two books out at the same time.
Reading has never been so rewarding with prizes for meeting the challenge of reading six books in six months (January – June 2016).
Bradford College Library has a collection of over 76,000 items, the majority of these are available from the Library on the 2nd floor of the David Hockney Building but some material will be housed in the Lower Ground bookstore, and for the first time in the College’s history there is a single Library available for all student’s to access.
In order to promote the College Library Collection being housed on a single floor, and linking in with the BBC’s reading campaign, the Library is encouraging Staff and Students at the College to participate in our very own reading challenge.
With so many items to choose from it really should not be difficult to make a New Year’s Resolution of identifying six items to read before the end of June.
The books included in the challenge are not even wholly determined by the library as all we ask as part of any participant’s pledge is that at least 3 of the six items chosen be works of fiction and that at least 3 of the items be from the Library’s collection.
An aim of the challenge is to hopefully encourage College members to not only read more for pleasure (possibly even selecting a title or two which they usually would not entertain ever reading), but to also feedback using the library catalogue, twitter, or facebook any books they enjoyed and wished to recommend to others.
If the allure of personal development was not enough then additionally all registered participants who complete the challenge to read 6 books in 6 months will be eligible to be entered into a Prize Draw in June.
Currently prizes include :
Vouchers for the Library’s affiliate online bookshop Wordery
Vouchers to be used at the College’s hair and beauty salon
Wacom Bamboo fun pen and touch (CTH-461)
Voucher’s for Blackwell’s
Reading has never been so rewarding
If you would like to participate or would like more details about the Challenge then visit the Library Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the David Hockney Building.