Beyond the Bookshelves

May 2016

An update from your Curriculum Liaison librarian

Can you believe it's May already? April was a busy month, with World Book Night, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and most importantly of all, the Line of Duty finale (did you see it?!).

Unfortunately it will be another year before the next series of Line of Duty, but in the meantime, we do have lots of exciting things to take your mind off the wait. Sadly none involve Ted Hastings.

This issue of Beyond the Bookshelves includes:

- Winners of 'The Book I Love' competition

- The World Book Night book sale

- Changes in the Learning Centre

- Sarah's latest displays on 'Books that make you feel good' and this month's diversity and equality theme: LGBT

- Resources of the month: ExamTime (GoConqr) and Lexipedia

- Our new literacy and numeracy posters

- Drop-in sessions for GCSE English and Maths students

- My recent visit to London to see The Complete Walk (and Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl!)

- Our Shakespeare400 displays

- Florence Nightingale's birthday and International Nurses Day

- Our recent visit to the Academic Skills Hub at the University of Southampton

- Jose's new role as a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Information Literacy

- Sarah's new art exhibition: The Keepers

Winners of 'The Book I Love' competition

Last month we ran a poster competition to celebrate World Book Night. Many thanks to all who entered.

Congratulations to all our winners:

Demi Van Toor ( Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care Programme)

Rimi Ali (Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care Programme)

Tom Coulson (Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

Chantal Jackson-Tosswill (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

India Lawton (Lecturer in Graphics, Contextual Studies, Art and Design)

Heather Davies (BITT - Vocational Assessor (Business))

Special congratulations to our overall winner, Owen Cressy (Learning Through Leisure)!

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Book sale to celebrate World Book Night

On Wednesday 27th April 2016, students on our Life and Living Skills course held a book sale in the Mall, in celebration of World Book Night.

Many thanks to all who supported this event. All money raised will be donated to the National Literacy Trust, a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK.

Changes in the Learning Centre

In order to make our resources more accessible, we have made the following changes:

ICT books

These have been moved next to the Business and Management books.

Documentary DVDs

These have been moved into their subject areas, so art DVDs are now in the art section, counselling DVDs are now in the counselling section etc.

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Sarah's latest displays

Sarah has put together a new display of 'books that make you feel good'. The books below have been chosen by us, but we would love to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to recommend books that we can add to this display.

In addition, Sarah has created a PowerPoint presentation to celebrate this month's equality and diversity theme: LGBT. This presentation is displayed on the screen behind the Learning Centre desk.

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Resources of the month

ExamTime (also known as GoConqr)

ExamTime (GoConqr) is a learning platform that allows you to access thousands of teaching and learning resources, including flashcards, mind maps, quizzes, notes and slides. Once you have signed up (for free), you can also create and share resources.


Lexipedia is a visual thesaurus and dictionary, which presents synonyms and antonyms as mind maps.

New literacy and numeracy posters

We have put up some new literacy and numeracy posters around the Learning Centre.

Drop-in sessions for GCSE English and Maths students

We will be holding drop-in sessions for GCSE English and Maths students in order to demonstrate electronic resources such as ExamTime(Goconqr), Corbettmaths and Lexipedia.

Sessions will be taking place in the Learning Centre AV room on the following days:

Tuesday 17th May 2016 @ 3:30pm

Monday 23rd May 2016 @ 9:00am

Wednesday 25th May 2016 @ 3:15pm

Friday 27th May 2016 @ 9:00am

Alternatively, students can book a one-to-one or group tutorial by emailing

Adventures in Londinium

Last month my friend Alice and I went up to London to see Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre (it was absolutely amazing!). Coincidentally, our trip coincided with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, so we decided to walk along Southbank and watch some of the Shakespeare performances that were being screened as part of The Complete Walk. I was hoping to see Henry VI Part 1 (admittedly because it starred Tom Burke!), but unfortunately there were some technical difficulties and we didn't have time to wait. We did manage to catch Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus and Henry VI Part 2, all of which were brilliant. I am hoping the performances will be put online - watch this space!


Have you seen our Shakespeare displays in the Learning Centre?
In addition to Shakespeare, we are also celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Florence Nightingale's birthday and International Nurses Day

Thursday 12th May 2016 Florence Nightingale's birthday.

From the Florence Nightingale Museum website:

Famous for being the 'Lady with the Lamp' who organised the nursing of sick and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale's far-sighted ideas and reforms have influenced the very nature of modern healthcare.

Her greatest achievement was to transform nursing into a respectable profession for women and in 1860, she established the first professional training school for nurses, the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas' Hospital.

She campaigned tirelessly to improve health standards, publishing over 200 books, reports and pamphlets on hospital planning and organisation which are still widely read and respected today, including her most famous work "Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not".


Due to her influence on modern nursing and health care, Florence Nightingale's birthday was chosen as International Nurses Day; a day to celebrate the incredible work our nurses do each day, often without the appreciation they deserve.

Ebrary has a number of e-books on Florence Nightingale, health reforms and nursing. You can access Ebray via the Learning Centre page on Citybit, or by clicking the button below.

Visit to the Southampton Academic Skills Hub at the University of Southampton

On Wednesday 20th April 2016, Jose and I met with Nicola Hunt and Barbara Dorward, Learning and Skills Librarians at the University of Southampton. Nicola and Barbara kindly took us on a tour of the Southampton Academic Skills Hub, and shared their experiences of teaching academic skills.

Jose and I were really impressed with the services and support offered by the Southampton Academic Skills Hub. Initially the Hub was set up to help students interpret and apply feedback from their tutors, but it has developed into a service that offers guidance on a wide range of academic skills including referencing, critical thinking, academic writing and research skills. The focus is very much on encouraging and supporting students to become independent learners. Jose and I use one-to-one tutorials to teach academic skills, whereas the Southampton Academic Skills Hub is more of a 'sign-post service'; staff direct students to resources that will help them to 'teach themselves'.

The visit left us with lots of ideas on how to improve and develop our own services in the Learning Centre.

Jose has been appointed Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Information Literacy

Congratulations Jose! The Journal of Information Literacy is one of the most important international journals on the field of information literacy. This is a fantastic opportunity for Jose to engage with the wider library community and to help promote the importance of teaching information literacy.

Exhibition : The Keepers

As you know, my colleague Sarah isn't just a Learning Centre Adviser - she is also a talented artist. Her work is going to be displayed as part of a new exhibition showcasing work by artists at the Dukes Keep Studios.

The exhibition will be rotated around the three Mettricks Cafes in the city centre from 18th May - 2nd September 2016.

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