Creating virtual exhibition space using LibGuides

Libraries as exhibition spaces

Libraries have always created physical displays of their collections, to promote resources and engage users. Bradford College Library uses book displays, noticeboards, signs and posters to encourage library users to pick up a book, flick through a magazine or try a new database.

Since the development of web technologies, we have also created virtual displays -curating galleries of book jackets on the library catalogue, tweeting photos and grouping together online databases to support national and local events and celebrations. More recently, our library has been encouraging users to contribute. Student reviews are displayed along with the books; we tie in our displays to student activities such as the climate change protests; and library users are encouraged to post pictures of themselves with the different collections onto our Instagram pages.

ESOL Students under lockdown

The ESOL classes in Bradford College are creative places. Enter any classroom and students are busy writing poems, creating Animoto videos, discussing current topics, reading stories, acting out plays. They organise talent shows, bake cakes for charities, go on trips, attend concerts. Students are encouraged to use the library – particularly the Graded Readers collection, but also textbooks, workbooks and dictionaries. Students take part in reading campaigns such as the Big Read, write reviews, and book discussions. Under lockdown, teaching staff wanted to maintain this energy while asking students to explore their own experience during this strange time. As Seima, a lecturer in ESOL, explained:

During these difficult times, we as ESOL lecturers realise the importance of continuing with our online teaching and learning, using a variety of remote learning tools. It is vital to engage and challenge our ESOL learners in their work; empower them to become autonomous learners; foster remote learning skills; harness the skills of all learners; and keep them motivated during lockdown“.

Capturing authentic voices

ESOL tutors asked their students to continue writing, reading and using IT. Students contributed to blogs, padlets, prezis. Some students created professional looking recipes using free applications, or wrote their own newsletter – learning skills such as report writing and design. However, the students were also going for walks, cooking, taking photos, drawing, recording videos, and making crafts. We wanted to capture all these activities to gain an authentic picture of how each student was experiencing lockdown. Seima and I discussed how to bring everything together into one place, to showcase not only the different experiences of each student, but also the variety of media that they had chosen to use to tell their stories.

Introducing LibGuides

LibGuides is a content management system designed specifically for libraries to organise and make accessible relevant resources for a subject or course. LibGuides can be easily created and updated, and URLs can be renamed to make them memorable. For example, our ESOL libguide is called library.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/esolhelp. Librarians use LibGuides to guide students in using library resources, which can include contact details, images, video, links, search boxes, galleries of book covers with direct links to the catalogue, helpguides and so on. However, we have started to realise the potential of LibGuides to act as a showcase for student work – not only collaborating with teaching staff, but also with students.

Creating a virtual exhibition space

The Inspired By ESOL showcase we have created is as exciting as any exhibition that could have been displayed in the library. LibGuides allows us to create moving galleries of images and recipe cards, embed the blog, Padlet and Prezi into the page, listen to mp4s and read diaries saved as PDFs. Students feel proud to have their work on display publicly – the pages are open to anyone who wants to view them. The page is vibrant, colourful, interesting and interactive. Galleries of images move on a carousel, and you can scroll down through the padlets or flick through the prezis without leaving the page. The project is already catching people’s attention. It’s been reported in the college news , will be shortly mentioned in the NATECLA newsletter, and is soon to be discussed in a JISC podcast.

The ESOL team and the Library have already collaborated on a number of projects . This use of LibGuides opens up a lot more possibilities!

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Are you brave enough to tackle the Big Read Challenge 2020?

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 Big Read is a reading challenge which is being run in conjunction with the Reading Agency, World Book Day (5th March) and World Book Night (23rd April).

To participate in the Big Read Challenge all you need to do is read six books and complete the sections of the booklet to record your progress.

The only caveats we include are that the books have to be available from Bradford College Library and that at last four are from our Reading Collection.

To start the challenge just collect a booklet from the Library Information Desk and start reading.

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The initial perception of a bibliographic work should not be made based on the aesthetic of the exterior.

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.

      

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Looking for love, will settle for text.

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.

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Academic Liaison Librarians

Do you :

  • Need help with where to start researching for your assignment?
  • Require advice on finding the books and journal articles you need for your research?
  • Want assistance searching for information using electronic resources?
  • Find yourself stumped by referencing?

Did you know there is a specialist professionally qualified Librarian on hand to offer individual and group support?
You are welcome to contact your course librarian to discuss what library support they can provide you.

Librarian Supported Academic Areas Email Address
Lakshmi Banner ESOL
Early Years, Health & Social Care
Early Years & Youth
Health & Social Care
Business & Accountancy
Sport, Uniform Public Services and Law
l.banner@bradfordcollege.ac.uk
Haydn Clark Applied Sciences and Computing (FE)
Allied Medical & Digital – Tech (HE)
Arts and Creative Industries (FE & HE)
Distance Learning
Community Learning
Forster College: English & Maths
Adult & Community
h.clark@bradfordcollege.ac.uk
Deborah Duffy Access to HE
Sixth Form and 14-16
d.duffy@bradfordcollege.ac.uk
David Porter Education and Professional Studies
Teacher Education (Primary & Secondary)
Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Engineering
Construction
Catering, Hair & Beauty and Travel
Progression to Learning and Work
d.porter@bradfordcollege.ac.uk
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Staffed Library hours (Term-time)

 

David Hockney Library (2F-Lib) Trinity Green Library (1.29)
Monday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
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The pleasure of reading

It may not have escaped the notice of students and staff that a number of exciting changes have taken place to the College’s Library’s over the past few months and one of the key areas which has been focussed on is the Reading Collection.

The collection not only includes standard works of fiction but biographies and graphic novels. There are examples of nearly all Literary genres and titles which should appeal to any taste.

The relocation of the Reading Location presented an opportunity to merge it with the Junior Fiction from the Teacher Training Collection. This not only increased the number of the items available but also the range of genres.

All items in the reading collected are availabe on a term-loan. This means that rather than being issued with a book for the standard two weeks it will be on loan until the end of the current term. This means that if you take an item out at the start of term you get it for much longer than if you take it out towards the end of term. Not to worry though as you still benefit from the item being automatically renewed.

For more information about the Reading Collection you can read our Library guide.

The Library will also be running a reading challenge in 2020 which all students will be welcome to participate in. More details will be revealed in the next few months, but what we can reveal is that it will involve prizes.

The Library includes a number of winning and shortlisted titles for the following Literary awards :

While the Librarians have always been keen to promote a highly varied selection of fiction and non-fiction titles within the Reading Collection we are eager to hear which titles you would like to see included in the collection. You can submit a suggestion to the library about any title you think we ought to consider adding to our collection. Click here to complete the suggestion form.

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Emerald is changing… and we like what we see!

Emerald is moving to a new interface on the 30th June, which we think will provide an even better experience for our students and staff.

 

New features include:

  • Clean and uncluttered interface, with new fonts and colours that make it easier to use.
  • Persistent search box at the top of the screen (even when you move to different screens).
  • Easy to sort results by relevance, date and title
  • Type of content (article, case study) clearly displayed at the top of each record so you can quickly scan your results to locate the content you need.
  • Filters on the right menu bar to easily sort your results.
  • Less information on the results screen.  We like the summary and detail button which you can click when more info is needed.
  • Your terms highlighted in the results list

 

 

 

From the results screen you can easily find:

  • Bibliographic detail of the journal article, citation and keyword links
  • Useful content map of article to aid scan-reading.  This also helps students understand how a scholarly article is structured.

 

Your Emerald

If you already have set up alerts or other personalised features, don’t worry – these will be migrated over to the new interface.

If you are on campus, you can see the new site here: https://beta.emerald.com/insight

We’d be really interested to know what you think!

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Westlaw is changing how it will look in July.

One of our key legal databases is having a face-lift, and in this case we like what we see!

New Westlaw

There are some good things for students:

  • Greater promotion of Topic pages (the new version of Insight) as the way to start a search for content
  • More current awareness features (‘commercial awareness’)
  • Easier to find help on search terms and connectors
  • Easier to set up folders and alerts, and save favourites
  • Cases are marked ‘Significant’ and also if they include legal or procedural ‘Guidance’

Topic page in Westlaw

There are some new good things for staff

  • Easier to create links to cases / legislation / journal articles to put into Moodle courses
  • Easier to create alerts via Insight pages on topics, so you are emailed when there are new cases or journal articles on your topic.

If you want to know more, there’s a good introductory video here: https://youtu.be/BhGXg7gkK8k

We’ve added the Westlaw – New Platform link to the A-Z list of databases so students and staff can preview it, and will fully swap over from the old Westlaw in July.

Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Stay up-to-date on all the latest in business and technology with our new online resource

The O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform (formerly Safari Technical Books Online) gives students and staff access to a variety of formats including online training courses, interactive tutorials, books, videos, and case studies.
Subjects covered include: design, gaming, software development, programming languages, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science, engineering, team management & leadership, business, health & fitness and employability skills.

The platform includes more than 35,000 book titles plus 30,000+ hours of video, including early release titles and case studies from leading organizations. The learning paths and interactive tutorials are easy-to-follow, and allow you to learn at your own pace, enabling you to extend and improve your knowledge and develop new skills.

Easy to access using your college email.  With the option to create an account, students and staff have access to personalization features including: playlists for easy retrieval; tailored content recommendations; and content syncing across multiple devices, including notes, highlights, and bookmarks.

Why not give it a try and see for yourself?

O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform 

For more information please visit the Library Help Guides or email askalibrarian@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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