Library goes green!


Nuneaton Reception

Nuneaton Reception

It was great to see so much interest in the upcycling displays that library team made for Green Week. How exciting to see just what amazing things can be made from items that would normally be discarded and possibly end up in landfill.

Cara and Fran reused old books, maps and magazines to create the pieces that are on display in the reception areas of Nuneaton and Hinckley campuses.

Items on display at Hinckley

Items on display at Hinckley

Thanks to the members of College staff at both sites who helped us organise these displays, and thanks for all the positive feedback we’ve received too! It’s been a pleasure contributing to the college’s Green Week in this way.

More images of our folded book art are available at the college’s Pinterest library board. If you’d like to make some pieces of your own, please see our previous post about the library’s Green Week display.


College Library supporting Green Week

1College Library Crafters have been at it again! This time it’s to support the college’s Green Week (31st March – 4th April 2014).

Cara and Fran have been busy making all sorts of interesting items by recycling out-of-date maps, old books and magazines.
Take a look at the exciting displays in reception at the Nuneaton and Hinckley Campuses where you will find folded book art, bowls and flowers.

Here are some links to various sites and blogs to get you started if you’d like to have a go yourself:

Book Art
Sly booka rama jamma
Kate’s creative space
Frugal upstate

2Paper Flowers
A law student’s journey
Dream a little bigger

Paper Bowls
Crab and fish

Crafts journal
Looking through the March issue of Crafts journal, I noticed an article, The Book Club, on page 41. It features several artists who are taking part in an exhibition Beyond the Book and shows some inspiring pieces based on print. Worth a look if you get the chance! (Crafts journal is kept at Hinckley campus library and back issues may be borrowed for one week.)

A day in the life of the library: part 4

This is part of a series of posts offering a behind-the-scenes look at library work. A day in the life of the library team!

Name: Fran Heap

Job Title: Learning Resources Assistant

Well it’s just half a day for me! I’m Fran and I work part time across three sites; Nuneaton, Hinckley and Atherstone.

It’s Tuesday, so I’m at Hinckley today. I’m on the Help Desk for quite a bit of the afternoon. I get the chance to help some students with locating books on specific artists and other general enquiries.

It’s busy in the Library today but not too noisy so I get to do some other tasks in between queries. One of my ongoing roles is to look after the equipment we loan out to staff and students at Hinckley and Nuneaton, for example, laptops, headphones and iPads. I check if new labels are required and if anything is missing, broken etc. If we acquire new equipment I also label it up and record it on the library system ready for loaning out.


Updating iPads in Hinckley library

Today I notice that we have some iPad minis that are not out on loan – I grab them quick! This is a rare chance to look at what needs updating on them and see if I need to make any changes. I update some of the Apps that have been previously installed and add some new ones. Looking after the iPads has given me a chance to interact a bit more with members of staff by finding out how they are using them and which Apps would be useful for them to use with students.

In my break I check out the magazines to see which I haven’t yet browsed through. My favourites are Selvedge and Elle Decoration. I think we have some amazing art resources here in the Library at Hinckley and try to make use of them whenever I can – arts and crafts are a big hobby of mine along with gardening and cooking. If any new copies of fashion or photography magazines have appeared since last week then I photocopy the covers and put them on the noticeboard to highlight them.

Whilst I am working in the back office I start working on a new task. When members of staff leave the College I currently update our library systems but from now on I am also going to be sending emails out to new staff members. This will let them know that they will be welcome in the Library and make them aware of what we have to offer them.

Well that’s about it for today. I hope to see you at one of the sites soon to give some help or just for a chat!

The fifth post in this series will be published in two weeks, and will be written by Helen Ambrose (Senior Learning Resources Assistant).

Library Staff Help Decorate Church Christmas Tree.

Church Tree

Photo by Jackie Kowalewski, taken from the College Facebook page with permission of the Marketing Department.

Earlier in December, Systems Librarian Cara Clarke and Learning Resources Assistant Fran Heap made handmade Christmas decorations to give to Hair and Beauty Quality Performance Leader, Jackie Kowalewski. Jackie submitted a tree on behalf of the College for St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, in Hinckley.

Cara made baubles and Fran made bunting (upcycling pages from an old paperback). The decorations were much admired and the tree was among 60+ others on display at the annual event.

Sustainable Library Christmas tree

CaptureThe Library team have had their crafting caps on again and decorated a Christmas tree in the Nuneaton staff lounge. College Sustainability Officer Lucy Kimberley helped myself and Fran Heap put up the tree. Lucy gave the decorations a big thumbs up (thanks Lucy!)

The handmade decorations are pages from old paperbacks – they are various shapes and very easy to make. We’ve also left some presents under the tree, so next time you’re there for lunch please help yourself.

The tree in the staff lounge complements the Gift Tree in the library (Nuneaton campus), which also has sustainable decorations handmade by upcycling old paperbacks.

The Library team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂

Staff Conference

Some of the team tuck into samosas and pakoras from a local delicatessan

The Library team spent the college’s Staff Conference days doing various activities:

There were several peer-led sessions for the team including chapatti making by Zaheda Dadabhai, origami cards by Katie Hayes, Turning Point by Fran Heap and Hama beading by Cara Clarke. The team also had a guided tour of the library at De Montfort University which generated lots of new ideas.

The highlight of the library team’s Staff Conference activities was an equality and diversity themed tour of Leicester’s Golden Mile. Members of the library team had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture by browsing fabric and jewellery shops, eating locally produced cuisine and also trying on Asian style outfits.

Librarians Ihar and Cara model Asian outfits