The Vogue Archive – trial access now available

The Vogue Archive is a complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, every page of every issue has been digitised and reproduced in high-resolution color images. The Vogue Archive constitutes a searchable treasure trove of work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists, and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Rich indexing enables you to find images by garment type, designer and brand name.

The resource provides valuable primary source material for students across many disciplines. Fashion design and photography students can find inspirational images. Business students can research the history of a brand identity by viewing brand advertisements between specified dates. Researchers in cultural studies and gender studies will be able to explore themes such as body image, gender roles, and social tastes from the 1890s to the present.

The Library currently has trial access to this resource up until 17th September 2014. Search ‘Vogue Archive’ on the library catalogue to access.

posted by Sophie

Sports Talent by Jim Brown… new in at Henley Library

Sports Talent: how to identify and develop outstanding athletes by Jim Brown.


What attributes separate average recreational athletes from high-achieving competitors in organized sports? What characteristic is common to great athletes? Whether you are a student studying this area of sport, an aspiring athlete, the parent of a potential star, a coach who works with athletes 8 to 20 years old, or  a scout looking to refine your assessment criteria, this book will tell you what to expect in the development process and how to overcome obstacles.

New Library Catalogue

For those of you who are returning to College for another year, you may notice that the library catalogue has changed. We are currently working on creating an all new library search engine that, when you enter a search term, not only searches the library stock at all six site libraries but also searches almost all of the libraries online databases and e-journals! This will make doing your research a lot quicker and easier. Hopefully this new search engine will be up and running in the next few months.

In the meantime, we hope you will agree that the current library catalogue is easy to use. Once you have run a search, you can refine your search results by material type (e.g. books, e-books, DVDs, etc) or location (only a particular site library or libraries) using the options on the right of the screen.

When you run a search and have a list of results, click on an item’s title to see the location and availability details. From this screen, you can also reserve the item if it is out on loan or only available at another site (in which case it will sent over to a site of your choice for you to collect). To reserve an item, click on ‘Reserve this item’.

You will then need to enter your ID number and library pin (also necessary when renewing items on your account online), further details can be found on the How to place a reservation page. Once you have set up a login, you can then manage your library account, reserve and renew items online using the My Account page.

posted by Sophie

Wi-Fi Network at the Leamington and Henley sites

As part of an on-going major project to replace the Wi-Fi network at all sites, the current Wi-Fi network at both the Leamington and Henley sites will be replaced on the dates below:

LEAMINGTON: Monday 19th August – Friday 23rd August

HENLEY: Wednesday 21st August – Friday 23rd August

What will this mean?
During the above dates, there will be limited or no Wi-Fi network available across the entire site. If you wish to ‘risk’ being connected to Wi-Fi during this time, please do not perform any critical work, you may be disconnected without prior warning.

Any desktop computers that are physically wired into network sockets on the wall will be unaffected. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, this is essential work that will improve the Wi-Fi coverage and available bandwidth in time for the start of term.

posted by Sophie

World Book Night – 23rd April 2013


Production Arts students Sheri Clarke-Blackstock and Charlotte Figgitt receive their free World Book Night publications at our Henley-in-Arden site, from Library Assistant Julie Hands, who was chosen to be a giver this year.

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Members of the public sign up to be givers, applying to give away a particular title with information on where, to whom and why they want to give their books. Applications are vetted by World Book Night and the original publisher and suitable givers are chosen based on their ability to reach those who don’t regularly read.

Posted by Julie.

Get Set Week at the Libraries!


Take a look at our informative Careers and CVs display or book a place on ‘The Library Experience’ – a work experience opportunity we are offering consisting of 4 tasks:

  • Plan and film a 3 minute video letting new students know what the Library can offer them and how it can help them achieve;
  • plan and describe how you would spend £100 to enhance the fiction, cookery and DVDs sections;
  • look at the Library Behaviour Code and draft a revised version of this contract;
  • post a blog about your library experience on our Library Homepage.


An exciting week of activities for students at Henley, including: a careers event in the Atrium from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday; FdA progression talks; work shadowing; Dress to Impress on Wednesday in the Lecture Theatre from 12pm to 12.30pm; Sport and Public Services Careers Fair in the Sports Hall on Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm; CV tips and workshops/competitions being held in the Library all week.

Update: Tuesday’s event was very well attended by both students and exhibitors, and also visitors from Alcester Academy, Alcester Grammar School and Henley High School. CVs and job applications were left with exhibitors and school students attended workshops to give them a taste of College life.

Moreton Morrell:

In the Library there is a top ten interview tips display, with a vintage theme inspired by Rupert Snoddlethwaite himself! Stop by the Library counter to watch Rupert’s short infomercial with advice on how to behave in an interview situation and you could be in with a chance of winning a £20 Amazon voucher!

Also running in the Library all week is the Top Tips competition. Do you have a top money saving tip that you would like to share? Enter your best tip to be in with a chance of winning a £20 Amazon voucher.


Two displays have been assembled at Pershore Library to promote this week. The first highlights the availability of e-books on CVs and Interview technique and the second shows how the LANTRA  website can be used to aid job searches.

Other events organised by Student Services included: ‘Wired for Success’ –  seminars about the psychology of success, and opportunities to review career planning with a ‘Careers MOT’.

The libraries have lots of resources (books, e-books and more) on careers, covering everything from writing a CV to how to answer interview questions, so why not pop in to your nearest site library and take a look!

posted by Sophie