‘Promote Your Library’ competition at Pershore site

DSCF1506Congratulations to Harry Yarrow and Dain Orr from our Pershore site who won the ‘Promote Your Library’ competition, which ran during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Here, they are being presented with their prize of Amazon vouchers by Jenny Whitworth, Pershore’s Librarian.

We had some great entries, thank you to all those who took part. Look out for the winning entry soon.

Posted by Liz Perry

Winners announced at Pershore and Leamington Libraries!

Congratulations to Dan Spencer and Richard Upstone who each won an Ipod Shuffle as part of competitions run at Pershore’s Fresher’s Fair and Enrolment in Leamington Library. Lucky guys!

Student Dan Spencer receives his prize at Pershore Library

Richard Upstone receives his prize at Leamington Library

posted by Jue & Sophie

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

Open Day at Pershore!

Staff at Pershore library created several displays for the Open Day. One was a celebration of 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show featuring a range of books and dvds on the subject. The second was a showcase for our floristry department who were proud to be chosen to arrange the flowers for the Royal Barge during the Diamond Jubilee festivities. Last but not least there was an ever-popular display of archive material highlighting six decades of Pershore College as a precursor for our 60th anniversary next year. Amongst the display items was an original 1954 college uniform – imagine our students in blazer and scarf now!!!

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

Pershore Student ~ Douglas Mackay ~ Appears in Gardens Illustrated

Douglas was chosen as the Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2012, he is in the March 2013 edition of Garden’s Illustrated, answering questions such as ~ Who has inspred your career the most?, Dream plant destination? and Most embarrassing moment regarding a plant? …among others.

Find this month’s edition in the Library at Pershore.GI195%20cover

New e-book available for Landscape Design

Landscape: pattern, perception and process by Simon Bell is ideal for anyone studying landscape design. This second edition updates and refreshes the original with added sections and new photos, particularly making use of the developments in satellite photography.

Landscapes evolve and develop over periods of time. Bell investigates the processes such as climate, geology, ecology and culture that shape the structure of the landscape. Over time patterns emerge ranging in scale from the distribution of small plants to the sculpture of a huge canyon. By understanding these patterns and processes we can develop our awareness of the landscape and our place in it as inhabitants and shapers thereby affecting the design process.

All of our e-books are available to access via the library catalogue. Alternatively, to browse the e-books we have on offer, visit the E-Library and click on E-books under the relevant subject area.

If you need help accessing these or any other online resources please ask the library staff.

posted by Michelle

New entrepreneurial books at the Libraries

  • Go Global: how to take your business to the world by Emma Jones

“International trade has moved into a new phase… You can now start a company on Monday and be trading with the world by Wednesday. The web has made this perfectly possible and… after all, a connection to the internet is a connection to over 1 billion potential customers.”

  • Turn your talent into a business: a guide to earning a living from your hobby by Emma Jones

“There’s never been a better time to turn your talent into turnover. Written in plain English, this book, written by small business guru Emma Jones, takes you step-by-step through the process”.

Find these books in the business section of the Libraries (658) or place a reservation on a title that is out on loan via the library catalogue.

posted by Sophie

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.

posted by Sophie