New Childlink mobile app

Childlink is an online resource that the Library subscribes to, which focuses on legislation, policies, research and practices regarding children, young people and families in the UK and Ireland. Designed for policy makers, academics and those who work with young people, Childlink’s users include Government Departments, Health Sector, and Social Work agencies. 

Members of Warwickshire College can now get full access to Childlink on a smart phone using the new – free – mobile app! Simply go to childlink.co.uk > select Login via your institution > select Warwickshire College > enter your College login details.

From a PC you can access Childlink via the Search the Library Collection link on the Libraries homepage, just search Childlink.

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New First World War Display at Rugby Site Library

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. A display of local information about Rugby at War has been created at Rugby Site Library to commemorate this. It shows several service men who were born in Rugby and made the ultimate sacrifice for their town and country.
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Along with this display, there is a folder showing copies of postcards sent home to Rugby from France by a soldier named Horace Sanderson, to his beloved wife and children. Horace survived the war. A poem called “The Soldier” also accompanies the display material, written by Rugby poet Rupert Brooke whilst on leave at Christmas 1914.
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Winners at Rugby site Library

Tyrannosaurus Text has been chosen as the winning name in Rugby Library’s ‘Name the Baby Dinosaur’ Competition held at Rugby Centre’s Fresher’s Fair on Wednesday 4th September. This was judged to be the best Library/College related name and the winner is A Level student Sarah Wright, whose prize was a Fuji digital camera. In second place was Shannon Pike (Sports Level 3) with Lexisauras.

Another winner at Rugby is Adam Steele, a business and IT Student who won the wordsearch competition.

Well done to both of you.

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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.

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Rugby site library closed on Wednesday 22nd May

On Wednesday 22nd May, Rugby centre will be hosting a student-led event called Employ Ability. This conference aims to develop more effective ways of helping disabled young people into work by bringing together employers, educators and young people. The event will include workshops and presentations from businesses and employment support organisations, and will showcase the skills and talents of disabled young people along with examples of how employers are successfully working with them.

To facilitate this conference the library at Rugby will close at 5pm on Tuesday 21st May and re-open at 8am on Thursday 23rd May.

On Wednesday 22nd May, Rugby’s ‘library service’ will run from room 123 between 9.30am and 4pm.  During this time, IT facilities will be available and students will be able to return and renew books here. Students will also be able to access the library catalogue and Librarian Tracy Dale will fetch any books that are required during this time from the library.

Rugbeians can now take advantage of a second library in the town!

Knowledge-seekers across the Rugby area can now join Warwickshire College’s library and take advantage of the fantastic facilities on offer.

The library, at the College’s centre in Technology Drive, offers people the chance to access more than 80,000 books and e-books, 3,000 dvds, 375 journals, 21 online databases, free computer use, internet access, printing, photocopying facilities, and links with the county libraries service means that people will eventually be able to order and drop-off books from the town centre library at the College site.

The College was officially launched to the public at a special ceremony by Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Kathryn Lawrence and local author, Judith Allnatt.

AuthorJudith, who lives in Northamptonshire, has penned two novels. A Mile of River was Simon Mayo’s Book of the Month on Radio 5 Live in April ’08 and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature, and The Poet’s Wife, was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Awards 2011. She lectures on creative writing for various universities and freelance, and is currently working on her third novel.

Judith said: “I’m honoured to be asked to celebrate with Warwickshire College the opening of this wonderful library. Libraries have supported me immensely during the development of my writing career, from my first experience of using the library van when I lived in a rural area to assisting me with the launch of my book, teaching creative writing workshops and many other events throughout the midlands – libraries have been brilliant for that.”

To join the library, people need to be residents of the borough of Rugby and bring photo ID or their county library card and also something with their address on to the College library. They will need to complete a form in the library and get an ID card, which is activated within 24 hours. People can register between 9am and 7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays. People wishing to enrol on a Saturday can do so but have to return in the week to get their photo ID.

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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