Review of 2015

Happy New Year 2016! Another year has passed, and now seems like a good time to reflect on the Library during 2015. It has certainly been a busy and varied year.

During 2015, we have been busy making more items available to borrow for all students and staff. At the last count, we have added over 500 books to the library collection covering all subject areas and from a wide range of reading lists.

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Speaking of ‘new additions’, as we have now added a book suggestion form to our blog and on the Homerton intranet (Nexus), we are now receiving even more book recommendations from staff and students. As a result, we have been able to quickly respond to new requests and so far 65 books have been purchased due to requests.

We have spent time listening to your suggestions (and acting on them too!). Coffee and cake with MPhil Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature students in February led to the number of books they were allowed to borrow being increased from 5 to 10.

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Our feedback wall

Our feedback wall in May proved very popular with new suggestions and ideas posted daily. Some suggestions were simple to introduce. You can now access Smartboard software and Read & Write Gold on all computers in the Library and trolleys for returned items are now situated on every floor. Other proposed ideas (tables, beanbags, desk lamps) have been discussed and budget requests completed – you will have to watch this space!

After a brief trial period, Easter term saw the permanent introduction of hot drinks to the Library (in covered containers only) which has proved very popular. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice soothing cup of tea whilst reading?coffee-830422_640

During exam term, we also added some colouring pages and simple origami to our library relaxation materials. You can also now access some helpful study tips and more copyright free colouring sheets online throughout the year on our new Pinterest boards.

During September, Homerton Library organised a large exhibition in association with the Lewis Carroll Society celebrating the many varied editions of Alice in Wonderland. For the delegates of the ‘Alice Through the Ages’ conference, it was an opportunity to view editions from our Children’s Rare Book Collection alongside other rare editions mentioned by the speakers and quirky Alice ephemera. We also managed to find an edition of Alice from every delegate’s country of origin – over 40 editions were on display! With the President of the Lewis Carroll Society calling the conference ‘the most significant scholarly event in the UK’ during the 150th anniversary year, we hope to build and develop further exhibitions after such positive feedback.

As part of the Academic Skills sessions organised annually by the College, the Library staff developed and led two workshops for students during 2015. These sessions explained how to locate, analyse and reference the best resources for essays in any subject. Due to feedback from participants, this year’s session will have a greater emphasis on referencing guidelines. However, if you have any other ideas for research skills classes or any guidance you would like, please do contact us (library@homerton.cam.ac.uk) so we can take this into consideration when planning future activities.

If you are interested in keeping in touch with library events, join in the conversation on Twitter. @homlib has over 1,100 followers (and counting!).

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