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Library Last Month – May 2015

Loans across all sites – 2,184

  • May 2014 – 1,199

More books, DVDs and equipment were borrowed last month compared to the same month last year

Active borrowers – 429

  • May 2014 – 405

Slightly more students and staff borrowed resources compared to the same month last year

Reservations – 4

  • May 2014 – 10

E-book page views – 4,541

  • May 2014 – 6,722

A slight decrease in ebook usage compared to the same month last year

Most popular e-books:

  • BTEC Level 3 Business Book 2
  • BTEC Level 3 National Business, Book 1
  • Early Childhood Studies : A Multidisciplinary and Holistic Introduction (3rd Edition)
  • Storytelling in the Classroom

ClickView (streamed video)

users – 11

ClickView (streamed video) titles accessed last month – 27 (188 views overall)

  • May 2014 – 80 (471 views overall)


Most popular programmes:

  • Timeshift: Mods, rockers and bank holiday mayhem
  • Match of the Day Live – World Cup Final
  • Cyberbully
  • Poor Kids


And more…

  • Homelessness display for the College Homeless Awareness Week.
  • Books of the week display at Nuneaton (updated weekly).
  • We received book art from our book suppliers Coutts (see blog).
  • Display on exam revision & past exam papers in the library


Library Last Month – April 2015

Loans across all sites – 1,767

(Nun – 1,320/HC – 447)

  • April 2014 – 1,347

Slightly more books, DVDs and equipment were borrowed last month compared to the same month last year.

Active borrowers – 429

  • April 2014 – 495

Fewer students and staff used the library to borrow resources compared to the same month last year.

Reservations – 4

  • April 2014 – 7

Fewer reservations were placed for library items compared to the same month last year.

E-book page views – 5,225

  • April 2014 – 6,216

Decline in e-books use compared to the same month last year.

Most popular e-books:

  • BTEC Level 3 Business Book 2
  • BTEC Level 3 National Business, Book 1
  • BTEC Level 3 National in IT (2nd Edition)
  • Ethical Issues in Youth Work
  • Key Facts Contract Law, Fourth Edition

ClickView users – 26

  • April 2014 – 132

ClickView allows recording of TV programmes, and streams them to classrooms and home on demand.

ClickView titles accessed last month –57 (327 views overall)

  • April 2014 – 34 (267 views overall).

Most popular programmes:

  • Indie game: the movie.
  • Mary Portas secret shopper: Programme 01
  • Life after suicide.
  • Secret world of Haute Couture

And more…

  • Deborah Cairns – will be our new systems Librarian from 1st June
  • Zaheda helped with henna painting in the refectory for E & D which was a huge success.
  • We have had a number of new books in the library.
  • New display highlighting various travel resources.
  • Juliet Simm – has volunteered to come in on Wednesdays to do some work experience in the Library.





National Libraries Day – Saturday 7 February 2015!

Love Libraries? Show it

National Libraries Day will hit Britain on Saturday 7 February 2015, with the message that we love our library and information services and the professionals behind them.

With an emphasis on fun and creating a buzz around libraries of all description, Saturday 7 February will round off a week of special celebrations held in local, public, academic and workplace libraries up and down the country. It is a chance for people to organise a local event or visit their library and interact with the vital work carried out by their library and information professionals, reminding decision-makers that our libraries and librarians are valued.

The National Libraries Day campaign is designed to say a national thank-you for the unique contribution made by library and information professionals and their institutions to personal and professional prosperity; from sparking a lifelong love of books and reading, to accelerating literacy and learning and connecting workers with the different kinds of information they need in their workplace; providing a home for social relationships and inclusiveness and a safe place for any member of the community to gain help and essential access to information and the internet.

For National Libraries Day 2014, thousands of people took part in over 600 events in libraries across the country, including author visits and performances, with highlights from a mad hatter’s tea party in Chester, to a 1940s dance in Bournemouth, to a Harry Potter themed event in London and stories and songs in Glasgow. The first National Libraries Day ambassador, author Lesley Pearce, appeared on BBC Breakfast TV to talk about the campaign.

Join in by visiting http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/, organising an event, contributing to our forums, following @NatLibrariesDay on twitter, tweeting with the #NLD15 hashtag and visiting your local Library.

More information on local Libraries can be found at the following links:




(Taken from National Libraries Day website)

UCAS Drop-in in November and December

The deadline for UCAS applications is Friday, 7 December. The college is hosting a number of drop-in sessions in Nuneaton and Hinckley. The careers guidance team will be here to help answer any queries you may have about applying to university.

Nuneaton (eduLab, Library):

  • Wed, 21 Nov, 2-4 pm
  • Mon, 26 Nov, 10 am – 2 pm
  • Tue, 4 Dec, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Wed, 5 Dec, 2-4 pm

Hinckley (reception):

  • Wed, 21 Nov, 2-4 pm
  • Wed, 28 Nov, 2-4 pm
  • Tue, 4 Dec, 2-4 pm
  • Wed, 5 Dec, 2-4 pm.

Now Flickr Adopted by Learners

The library has been instrumental in launching and encouraging use for learning of a number of social media in the college, e.g. blogs and Facebook.

Just recently the college librarian worked together with a photography class on starting a comminity,  NWHC Photo Freaks (alas, the librarian had no power over the name selection!) on Flickr, a photo sharing platform. It is great that the project has taken off, the creativity and success are on display and shared!

See a few more Flickr groups which originated at the college.

College Book Club

The Library is now running a College Staff Book Club: Friday 25th May at 3.30pm–4pm (eduLab, Nuneaton College Library) will be our next meeting. The meetings will be held once every two weeks.

You don’t have to read a novel a fortnight; you can include anything from magazine/journal articles, samples from e-books, graphic novels, poems, Quick Reads: anything you like.

Whatever you’re currently reading for pleasure can be included.

You would just need to mention what you’re reading, what it’s about, what’s good about it, what could be done to improve what you’ve read etc.

Please feel free to join us!

Blogs – do you have one?

The library here at NWHC has had an active blog since February 2010. Along with our Facebook page, we find it a useful method of communicating with learners, disseminating information and sharing news.

Blogging is growing in popularity and is now a recognised communication tool utilised by many; it is incorporated in various courses taught within the college (HND Art and BA Early Childhood Studies) where learners are expected to create and maintain blogs as part of their portfolios. In addition to this, the library facilitates an information skills session entitled ‘blogging for teaching and learning’, as well as offering a similar staff-only session as part of the college’s annual staff conference.

Several members of the library team maintain personal blogs relating to libraries and information science. Please feel free to browse them and leave comments:

College Librarian Ihar Ivanou – iLibrarian’s joys and toys
Systems Librarian Cara Clarke – Behind the bookshelves
Graduate Trainee Sam Philips – Blogging to success

Need help with Harvard referencing, online research or e-books?

The library now has a range of information and research skills sessions available. If you’re having difficulties with any of the following topics, or would simply like to know more, please ask at the enquiry desk about booking a session. They are available at all campuses and can be tailored to suit your needs (small groups or one-to-one).

  • Heritage and Google Inside OutOne-To-One Leaflet
    Effective searching techniques for printed and online content
  • Blogging for Teaching and Learning
    Blogging for learning is most effective when a teacher is involved with the practice alongside with learners. Hence, this session is addressed to both learners  and teachers. It will help to start blogging from scratch.
  • Harvard Referencing
    The session covers the basic rules of Harvard style referencing.
  • E-books
    Where to find them and how to use them both on and off-site. The session covers the e-books provided by the College and those available elsewhere.
  • ClickView and Video
    How to make the best use of video resources available to learners and staff.

For more information, or to book a session, please drop-in or contact the library:
Tel: 024 7624 3000 ext 3263 / 3705
Email: library@nwhc.ac.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/library.nwhc

The Guardian Series on Blogging

This year as never before, many tutors have been enquiring about blogging and how it may be used for enhancing the learning experience of their students. The Library offers a session, Blogging for Teaching and Learning, – book it if interested.

Also, the Guardian is promising an interesting series about earning living by blogging. It is available online, new instalments will appear fortnightly and can by followed via an RSS subscription.