Safer Internet Day – 11th February 2014

Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on 11th February 2014, with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet.

Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Activities are held across the UK by Safer Internet Day supporters. Go to the official website for more information.

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Library webpages explained – new display at Leamington site library

Come into the Library at the Leamington site to see the great display explaining what information and resources you can find on the Libraries webpages – there’s a wealth of information on there!

If you need any help finding what you need online, just ask Library staff – we are here to help!

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Revising for exams? We can help!

The ‘exam tips’ display at Leamington site library, near the main help desk

If you have exams coming up soon, remember, the libraries are here to help!

There are study skills books at each of the six site libraries, including books on revision and exam techniques; at Leamington and Rugby they are at 001 in the sequence, at Moreton Morrell you can find them at 378.1, at Pershore it’s 378.1 and 300, at Trident it’s 371.3 and at Henley you can find these books at 378.1 and 371.3.

You can also access study skills books 24/7 online – click HERE to take a look at our e-books on study and research.

There are some useful free resources available for students on the web too, such as Remember the Milk, which lets you organise and prioritise lists, revision sessions, reminders and tasks. For essays and assignments, try the Research Project Calculater, which enables you to plan out your assignment and gives you a time frame for every step of the way. Why not also have a go at creating an essay map to get you started.

Finally, when it comes to revision, don’t forget to take regular breaks and treat yourself every now and again to reduce stress… click HERE for some light relief!

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7th March is World Book Day!

Click HERE to visit the official World Book Day website and find out how you can celebrate! The site has loads of information on events in your area, plus there are plenty of free downloads, games and resources for you to enjoy.

There isn’t a better day to make your way over to a site library and have a look the great selection of Fiction books we have!

posted by Sophie Careers Advise – inspiration for your career! is about inspiration, encouragement and discovery. The idea is to help you make the most of your potential and talent, by showing how others have used theirs. Thinking about work can be exciting, confusing, daunting and just plain scary. Opportunities may also appear scarce, especially at the moment with the doom and gloom messages about the recession. This is why inspiration and encouragement are particularly important, so you can act positively, creatively and with optimism.

The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search,varied career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. From landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where they are and their hopes for the future, as well as the times when they’ve messed up and had set-backs. There are a few stories from well-known people too. The video stories – as well as articles – also talk about real issues, such as problems at home, taking a year out, failing exams and coping with redundancy. You can also search by employment sector or by life decision – for example, whether or not to go to university. Finally, you can use the tag map, to search across all of the themes.

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to work, try the search facility or maybe start with one of the icould quizzes, such as The Buzz Test.

Don’t forget, there will be plenty of careers related events to get involved with during Get Set Progression Week here at the College, 11th-18th March; more info coming soon…

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National Libraries Day – 9th Feb 2013

Saturday 9th February is National Libraries Day, a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK. The day itself, and events running up to it, celebrate libraries and librarians, and highlight the importance of reading. There are lots of ways you can get involved, whether it’s attending an event, joining the online community of people who support libraries, tweeting with the #NLD13 hashtag or simply visiting your local library on the day and finding out more about what they offer.

Find events near you

Use the events map to find out what libraries in your area are doing to celebrate National Libraries Day. Simply click on the Google Map to see what’s happening at a library near you.

Get involved!

Click HERE to visit the National Libraries Day website for more information.

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Safer Internet Day 2013

Tuesday 5th February is Safer Internet Day, which is organised by Insafe every year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones – this year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. The theme for 2013 is Online Rights and Responsibilities, with the slogan “Connect with Respect”. If social networking is a big part of your life, it is important that you are aware of the various challenges you could face relating to your privacy, reputation and safety online. Visit the Safer Internet Day site for more information and make sure you are aware of the dangers of the digital world.

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Introduction to UK Copyright Law

Check out this short video explaining the basics of UK copyright law, introducing key concepts and issues for consumers.


Currently, the UK government is considering making some changes to the existing Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA 1988). This video explores those proposals and the arguments on both sides of the debate.

We are all users of copyright material in our everyday lives, so it’s important to know basics.

The video is created by Bartolomeo Meletti, with support from the Department of Law at Bournemouth University.

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Starting a Business – Is It For Me? Find out at a free Enterprise event, Saturday 3rd November

Have you got a great idea for a new business? Would you like to work for yourself?

This is a FREE 3-hour workshop on Saturday 3rd November 2012 for anyone thinking of starting a new business or becoming self-employed for the first time.

The event is hosted by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership in collaboration with the Library Service and will provide an opportunity to explore the basics and network with other budding entrepreneurs.

This workshop is running at the Central Library (Abington Street, Northampton) where you can also access a range of excellent online and print resources to help you develop your business idea.

Places are limited so booking is essential. For more information, visit the website.

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