Beyond the Bookshelves

June 2016

An update from your curriculum liaison librarian

This edition of Beyond the Bookshelves includes:

Helping our students to shine

  • Changes in the Learning Centre
  • 'Using a dictionary' tutorials
  • Which resources do you recommend to your students?
  • Curriculum Liaison section on Citybit
  • Jose and I write an article on our one-to-one tutorials... and it gets published!
  • The importance of qualified library and information professionals in further education

Events and displays

  • Sarah's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history display in the Mall
  • Books for sale

During the summer

  • Summer opening hours
  • One-to-one and group tutorials
  • Summer borrowing
  • Summer reading

Plans for next year

  • Regular drop-in sessions for students
  • Learning Centre promotion and communication

Resources of the month

  • E-resources
  • Teaching and education books
  • E-books
  • Fiction books
  • Interesting articles
  • Topical resources
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Changes in the Learning Centre

We have created a new 'Skills for Life' section, next to our fiction and Quick Reads.
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'Using a dictionary' tutorials

Do your students need to develop the skills and confidence to use a dictionary?

Jose and I can deliver group and one-to-one tutorials (within and outside the Learning Centre) on how to use a dictionary and thesaurus.

Please email me to book a session, or feel free to pass on my contact details to your students.

You may enjoy this video by Rap Teach (you will need headphones or speakers):

How to use a dictionary - Key Stage 2 Literacy

Which resources do you recommend to your students?

Our Citybit page has links to useful electronic resources

(e-books, websites, learning platforms, databases etc.), organised by subject area. However, it would be helpful to know which of these resources are most useful for your students.

Please can you email me the details of any electronic resources that you recommend to your students?

Are there any resources that you would like your students to use more regularly?

Many thanks to those who have already got back to me about this.

Curriculum Liaison section on Citybit

I have been updating the 'Curriculum Liaison' section of Citybit. At the moment, this area includes:

  • The PowerPoint presentation for staff inductions
  • Previous issues of Beyond the Bookshelves
  • Information on teaching services offered by the Learning Centre
  • Guides to referencing (in-text citations and bibliographies)
  • Step-by-step guides to CityTube

I will continue to develop this section over the summer.

If there is any information you would like me to include (e.g. step-by-step guides to specific resources, additional resources on referencing etc.), please let me know.

Jose and I have an article published in CILIP Update magazine!

Jose and I have written an article for CILIP Update magazine, the leading publication for the library, information and knowledge management community.

The title of our article is:

Exploring new horizons for information literacy in further education:

one-to-one tutorials at Southampton City College

if you are interested in reading it, please let us know.

The importance of qualified library and information professionals in Further Education

The Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals (CILIP) has put together a document explaining how qualified library and information professionals can benefit further education.

You can read the document here. Alternatively, the diagram below summarises the key points.

The one-to-one tutorials that Jose and I have introduced this year have already had an impact on student grades and retention. Please do take advantage of our services and let us help you to support your students.

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Sarah's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Display

Sarah has created a beautiful display in the Mall to celebrate this month's equality and diversity theme: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history.
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Books for sale

You may remember that back in April, students on our Life and Living Skills course held a book sale in the Mall, in celebration of World Book Night. A few weeks before, our Learning Through Creative Activities students held a book sale in celebration of World Book Day.

We now have a trolley with books for sale, located in front of the Learning Centre counter. We are asking for a minimum donation of 50p per book.

All profits will be donated to the National Literacy Trust. So far, Learning Through Creative Activities and Life and Living Skills students have raised over £30.

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Summer opening hours

Monday - Thursday

9:00am - 5:00pm


9:00am - 4:30pm

Bank holidays and weekends


One-to-one and group tutorials

Jose and I will continue to offer one-to-one and group tutorials over the summer.

We can support students in areas such as:

  • Academic writing (including how to use academic language, write introductions/conclusions, structure their assignments etc.)
  • Harvard and APA referencing (in-text citations and bibliographies)
  • How to search for resources (within the library and using electronic sources/databases)
  • Critical thinking and evaluating resources
  • Spelling and grammar
  • Microsoft Office

If you think any of your students would benefit from this service, please let me know.

Please feel free to pass on my contact details to your learners.

Summer borrowing

If you would like your learners to be able to borrow resources over the summer, please let us know.

As soon as we receive confirmation from you by email, we will update their library records.

Summer reading

If you would like some inspiration for summer reading, you may be interested in Penguin's reading lists.

There is a wide selection of reading lists, covering different genres and themes. For example:

  • Five books inspired by oceans
  • The essential LGBTQ library
  • What books would Beatrix Potter characters be reading today?
  • Books inspired by nature
  • Inspiring reads as chosen by a prison librarian
  • Books for mindfulness
  • Unromantic reads
  • Ten books to cheer
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Regular drop-in sessions for students

Last month, I ran drop-in sessions for GCSE English and Maths students in order to demonstrate electronic resources to support their studies and revision.

In addition to one-to-one and group tutorials, I am planning to offer regular drop-in sessions from the start of term next year. These would be short sessions, focusing on specific skills or resources.

Is this something that would be of value to your students? Are there any skills or resources that you would like me to cover?

Learning Centre promotion and communication

Part of my role as the 'curriculum liaison' librarian is keeping you up-to-date with changes, resources, events and services etc. in the Learning Centre.

In addition to communication in person, I use this newsletter, emails and the Staff Intranet. However, it would be helpful to know if you would be interested in additional modes of communication using social media, such as blogs, Facebook or Twitter.

If you would follow the Learning Centre on social media, or if you have any preferences for how you would like to be kept up-to-date about the Learning Centre, please let me know.

We have lots of exciting plans for the Learning Centre in 2016/17. Watch this space for more information!

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Enhance your teaching and learning with the following resources:

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British Library Sounds

Listen to the British Library’s extensive collections of sounds, which come from all over the world and cover areas such as:

  • Accents and dialects
  • Arts, literature and performance
  • Classical music
  • Environment and nature
  • Popular music
  • Oral history
  • Sound recording history
  • World and traditional music
  • Sound maps

Click here to access British Library Sounds.

BFI InView

Over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. InView is easily searchable, comprehensively catalogued and clearly organised under six main themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.

Click here to access BFI InView.

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Key perspectives on dyslexia: an essential text for educators by David Armstrong and Garry Squires (371.9144 ARM)

This book critically sets out the skills and knowledge required by a specialist educator for students who present with dyslexia. The British Dyslexia Association Professional Criteria (BDA, 2012) provides an anchor throughout for this book’s content and chapters are explicitly mapped to specific professional criteria.

Find out more about this book here.

Teaching with technologies: the essential guide by Sarah Younie and Marilyn Leask (371.33 YOU)

This book provides a baseline for effective technology practice, offering a comprehensive overview of theory, research and practice. The authors bring together research findings to provide an evidence based approach to using technology in the classroom, highlighting effective practice and providing an understanding of how technologies can, and should, inform teaching and learning

Find out more about this book here.
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Special Educational Needs by Janice Wearmouth

Available through Ebrary

This book is an ideal starting point for all those with questions about what constitutes special educational needs and how individuals can be supported in practice. It is also essential reading for trainees, teachers and all others working with young people who experience difficulties in learning and behaviour, or who have special sensory or physical needs.

Find out more about this book here.

An Exact Mind: An Artist with Asperger Syndrome by Peter Myers, with Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright

Available through Dawson Era

Peter Myers' intricate and ornately patterned drawings serve as a rare window into the precision and exacting creativity of the Asperger mind at work.

Find out more about this book here.

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The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

In a land torn apart by conflict, an orphan boy has come of age. Raised by the Vikings, deadly enemies of his own Saxon people, Uhtred is a fierce and skilled warrior who kneels to no-one.

Alfred – Saxon, king, man of god – fights to hold the throne of the only land still resisting the pagan northerners. Uhtred and Alfred’s fates are tangled, soaked in blood and blackened b the flames of war. Together they will change history…

Find out more about this book here.

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows she is just not the adventurous type. But, when her boyfriend doesn't turn up for their romantic mini-break, Nell has the chance to prove everyone wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell meets the mysterious moped-riding Fabien and his group of carefree friends. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life?

Find out more about this book here:

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Students and staff are free to access all our collections - not just those related to their course. We encourage all library users to do this.

You may find some of the resources below useful for tutorials on topics such as equality, diversity and democracy.


This year is the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte's birth and the start of Bronte200. Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) was a teacher and novelist.

Bronte200 is a "five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of each of the Brontë siblings: Charlotte in 2016, Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020. In 2019, we will be commemorating Patrick and the 200th anniversary of his invitation to take up his post at Haworth Parsonage" (Bronte Parsonage Museum, 2016).

Click here to learn more about Bronte200 and the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

If you've never read any Bronte novels before, find out where to start.

Read Jane Eyre, watch Being the Brontes or listen to Charlotte Bronte: A Life by Claire Harman.

View Branwell Bronte's portrait of the Bronte sisters and visit the Celebrating Charlotte Bronte exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

4th June 1913: Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is trampled by the King's horse at the Epsom Derby

Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913): a teacher and militant suffragette who fought for women's suffrage.

Listen to the radio documentary 'Who was Emily Davison'?

Watch 'Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette'.

View the front page of the 'Daily Sketch' newspaper on 5th June 1913.

View an online exhibition about Emily Wilding Davison, created by the LSE Library.

Find out more about gender equality by watching The Ascent of Woman. Alternatively, you could read Equality and Gender Roles by Lisa Firth (305.3 FIR) or Equality and Diversity in Further Education by Sheine Peart and Susan Wallace (374 PEA).

9th June 1870: Charles Dickens dies

Charles Dickens (1812-1870): an English writer, journalist and novelist.

Do you know your Dickens? A Dickensian who's who.

Find out more about Dickens' life and works by reading the Student Companion to Charles Dickens by Ruth Glancy (823.8 DIC)

Read Dickens' novels: Little Dorrit, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.

Watch adaptations of Dickens' work: A Christmas Carol and Nicholas Nickleby (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Watch short videos on the gothic in Great Expectations and class mobility in Great Expectations.

19th June 1214: King John signs the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta (Great Charter) was a peace treaty between King John and his Barons. By signing this charter, King John formally agreed that he was subject to the law and could not rule autocratically. The Magna Carta has helped to shape modern democracy.

Read an introduction to the Magna Carta, watch a video summarising its importance and view the original documents here.

Watch The Last Journey of the Magna Carta.

Find out more about how the Magna Carta has shaped modern democracy by reading Democracy: 1000 Years in Pursuit of British Liberty by Peter Kellner and John Humphries (321 KEL) or Political Philosophy: a Beginner's Guide for Students and Politicians by Adam Swift (320.01 SWI).

23th June 1903: George Orwell is born

George Orwell (1903-1950): an English writer, journalist, novelist and critic.

Find out more about George Orwell's life and works by reading George Orwell: A Literary Life by Peter Davison (823.9 ORW) or George Orwell: A Political Life by Stephen Ingle (823.9 ORW).

Read Orwell's works:

- His novels Nineteen Eight-Four and Animal Farm.

- Homage to Catalonia: Orwell's account of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War.

Watch adaptations of Orwell's work: Nineteen Eight-Four and Animal Farm.

See and read George Orwell's original notes for Nineteen Eighty-Four.

28th June 1919: The Treaty of Versailles is signed

The Treaty of Versailles was the peace treaty signed by Germany and the Allies to officially end the First World War. The 28th June was the the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife; the event which sparked the outbreak of the First World War.

Find out more about the causes, battles and outcomes of the First World War in The Longman Companion To Britain In The Era Of The Two World Wars 1914 - 1945 by Andrew Thorpe (942.082 THO), Death's Men: Soldiers of the Great War by Denis Winter (940.3 WIN) (940.3 WIN) and Europe and Ethnicity: World War One and Contemporary Ethnic Conflict by Seamus Dunn and TG Fraser (940.5 DUN).

Watch The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars or listen to the radio drama In the Summer of 1918.

Read poetry inspired by the First World War in the Penguin Book of First World War Poetry, edited by Jon Silkin (821.908 SIL).

Read a novel set during the First World War: One Good Turn by Chris Ryan. Or read accounts from people who were there: One For Grandad: Really Really Real Dads Army - 13 True War Accounts by Bill Mills (940.53 MIL).

16th June 1944: The Normandy Landings (D-Day)

Normandy Landings: the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France and the start of the campaign to liberate North-West Europe from German occupation.

Watch The Science of D-Day, D-Day: The Ultimate Conflict or World War Two: A Timewatch Guide.

Read poetry inspired by the Second World War in The New Oxford Book of War Poetry, edited by Jon Stallworthy (808.909 STA).

Discover a local history perspective by reading Hampshire and D-Day by Martin Doughty (914.227 DOU) or by visiting the D-Day Museum in Southsea.

Watch footage of the D-Day landings here.