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Goings and comings Over the summer we said goodbye to quite a few staff, and said hello to some new ones! Say hello to… Chris, Matt, Jackie and Katie @ SBSA

The Learning Resource Centres’ Newsletter No. 16 (Winter 2010-11)

Becki, Robyn, Sophie and Harriet @ CG

eBooks – online to knowledge! We now have 3,229 eBooks available for you to use in or out of College, 24 hours a day. The range of subjects is vast, so if you need some information for the important assignment that’s due in tomorrow, give them a go! They’re fully searchable, never out on loan and can’t be late back – just a few reasons why they’re even better than real books!

Laura @ Parkway

Sue @ Orpen Park

Take our online tour! Did you miss your LRC induction? Blown away by our multi-media presentation?

Just log in to Blackboard and go to ‘Subject Resources’, or simply search the LRC catalogue.

1 2 1 workshops Need some help with finding your way round Blackboard? Flummoxed by eBooks? Bugged by Excel? Our LRC staff can book you in for a oneto-one session to sort you out! Just @sk at your LRC desk.

What we did in the holidays.. Remember last year’s LRC survey? You gave us ideas for making your LRCs even better. Well, we’ve managed to do the following: You said…

We did…

Not enough books!

We have bought eBooks where available (see above).

Not enough PCs!

We have invested in many more laptops (see below).

Open before 9.00

All LRCs now open at 8.45

You can watch the video on Blackboard – just go to our LRC page. Now with subtitles!

New-look LRC catalogue Our catalogue has had a makeover! Take a look. You can do all the usual things, and a few more – search for books, journals, DVDs; find and access eBooks; reserve items; renew your items. All online, from the LRC page on Blackboard!

Your Top 10 eBooks

More… Flip cameras

These books are the most popular with CoBC students so far this year:

The handy Flip video cameras are a doddle to use and have been a real hit with teaching staff. So we're buying another 50 for teaching staff to borrow from all the LRCs. LRC staff can always give you a short demo of how to use them.

1. Light and heavy vehicle technology 2. Plumbing: NVQ & Technical Certificate level 3 3. Aircraft engineering principles 4. ProActive Food and Drink Service Level 2 5. Higher Engineering mathematics 6. Teaching and training in post-compulsory education 7. Engineering mathematics 8. BTEC National Health and Social Care book 1 9. Counselling and the life course 10. BTEC National Engineering: core units That’s an enormous 16,760 eBook pages viewed from Sep-Nov 2010.

Brand new LRCs This year we've opened two brand new LRCs, which are going down a treat. At SBSA the large, open LRC is at the heart of the building - spread over two floors, with over 200 laptops and the very popular peagreen ‘pods’ with plasma screens for group work. The new LRC at Orpen Park specialises in Transport Technology, and is already well used by aero and other students. The relocated and tastefully refurbished Soundwell LRC has attracted much admiration. As well as PCs, books and study facilities, there are also 20 new laptops for students to use.

More… LRC laptops At SBSA laptops are a way of life, with 59 for student use and 180 (one hundred and eighty) for staff to take into classrooms. At College Green too, students love our laptops, both for individual study and for groupwork. So we've now made them available at other LRCs - Soundwell, Ashley Down and Orpen Park have ten each for students to use. We’re also getting ten more at College Green due to demand!

Staff - don't forget our LRC workshops... Help your students to gain the skills they need to become independent learners - book them into the LRC for an information skills workshop, tailored to your subject. Make the most of eBooks, with an eBooks workshop. And a referencing and plagiarism workshop will help them avoid the dangers of plagiarism.

Intered Child care students! We know you love these magazines…

Now you can access them (and more) online! Search and access articles from the last 10 years – no more photocopying blues! Check out eJournals on Blackboard, or just go to – you’ll need to log in if outside College.

Issues? Quick! Need some quality info on social issues for your project? You need ‘Issues’, our reliable eResource on Blackboard. Here are the latest topics: Responsible Drinking Alternative Medicine Censorship Issues Living with Disability Sport and Society Self-Harming and Suicide

Some of our favourite eBooks… Dealing with bosses Third hand When babies read Eating right in the Renaissance

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