Read a New Book Month

Did you know there are nearly 130 million printed books in existence? Did you also know that it would take 60,000 years to read all these books? That’s a lot to choose from…

To celebrate Read a New Book Month, I have created a list of book suggestions for you to read over the Christmas period. All the books mentioned are available via the Edge Hill University library!

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (2nd floor 823.914/ROW)

Did you know that Harry Potter is among the three most read books in the world? If you haven’t read the series already, then grab the first installment from Catalyst. Forced to live in a cupboard under the stairs by his Aunt and Uncle, Harry leads a very unremarkable life. But on his eleventh birthday, Harry is introduced to the magic of the wizarding world.

  1. Fen – Daisy Johnson (2nd floor 823.92/JOH)

‘Fen’ brings together a collection of short stories inhabiting the English fenlands. English folklore and a contemporary eye, sexual honesty and combustible invention – in ‘Fen’, these elements have come together to create a singular, startling piece of modern fiction. Daisy Johnson infuses her stories with magic realism. This collection is great for those who love extraordinary elements in their everyday lives.

  1. After Dark – Haruki Murakami (2nd floor 895.6/MUR)

Did you know that less than 3% of English language books are translated from another language? This is remarkably low compared to other countries, Turkey stands at 40% and Slovenia at 70%. Why not read a translated novel over the Christmas period?

‘After Dark’ is the novel written by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. This novel is great for those who love mysterious and enigmatic narratives.

  1. My Friend Dahmer – Derf Backderf (1st floor 364.1523/DER)

‘My Friend Dahmer’ is a graphic novel that tells the story of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer before he committed his crimes. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, Dahmer was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. This book is great for those who are visual readers and love to read the real.

  1. Citizen – Claudia Rankine (2nd floor 811.6/RAN)

Claudia Rankine’s book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in 21st century daily life and in the media. The book is made up of essays, poetry and images that create a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, ‘post-race’ society. This one is great for poetry readers!

There are hundreds of more books to choose from within Catalyst. Why not go and check one out before you head home this Christmas?

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

3rd Year Creative Writing Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

A Day in the Life of a Student Advisor

Hi, I am Jade and I am currently in my 3rd year studying Nutrition and Health. I am one of five Student Advisors, working for Library and Learning Services in Catalyst. We work from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and we are here to help students along their academic journey. We can help by providing support with Harvard referencing queries, searching for physical or virtual books and navigating around the Virtual Learning Environment.

I have created a preview of a typical day for us but we may be able to help with your other queries too!

11:00 am – Welcoming students and pointing them in the right direction of all the services in Catalyst…

11:20 am – Guiding students on how to use the Virtual Learning Edge

12:00 pm – Attending Uniskills workshops with students, on varied subjects such as; Proofreading Strategies or Developing Academic Writing

1:00 pm – Break for lunch / coffee at 53.3 North

1:30 pm – Writing blog posts to inform students about upcoming events and to provide academic tips and techniques

2:00 pm – Walking around Catalyst helping students find books, CDs, DVDs, Teaching Resources and assisting with checking them out

2:20 pm – Directing students to the free television service called Box of Broadcasts or the UniSkills online toolkits

3:00 pm – Providing one-to-one appointments to assist students with:

4:00 pm – Leave Catalyst thinking about how diverse the job is and how the next shift may be completely different!

1-2-1 Appointments

We offer 15-minute appointments with a Student Advisor, during term time between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Book your appointment here.

Written by: JADE KAUR

3rd Year Nutrition and Health Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

Educational Resources – What is available to you?

What is a resource? It’s more than you may initially think, and there are many different resources available to you here at Edge Hill University. It is something that can help aid you in doing a specific job, writing an assignment or your dissertation.

The resources available to you throughout Catalyst are more than you may initially think. So, let’s take a look…

The Printing Hub

The printing hub is the place for all of your printing needs. The printing hubs are located within the “landmarks” which are the black circular structures on each floor of the Catalyst building. Every student at the start of each academic year is issued with printing credit. Black and White printing is 2p/sheet and colour is 5p/sheet. Once your printing credit has ran out you may top it up via cash or card at the Catalyst help desk located which is located on the ground floor.

Stationary and Binders

Also, you may not know but located within each Printing Hub are stationary tools such as; a hole puncher, staplers, cello tape and paper binders. These are all completely free to use, all we ask is that once you have finished that you please return them to the Printing Hub for the use of other students.

Newspapers

Newspapers are a great resource especially when writing assignments. There are range of newspapers covering a variety of topics and stories. These are free to use, read and reference however we do ask that you do not remove these from Catalyst as they are on a “No-Loan” policy as they are fragile and irreplaceable. These are located on the 2nd floor of Catalyst by the spiral staircase.

Magazines

Magazines are the perfect resource when writing assignments and dissertations. They also cover a range of topics and academic areas. Again, they are completely free to use, however the University pay a lot of money for these publications and they are on a “No-Loan” policy. These can be found on the 2nd floor of Catalyst by the spiral staircase.

 

 

Journals

Journals are a fabulous resource when writing assignments and dissertations. They are reliable academic resources, and really help boost your assignment grades with accurate academic resources. These can be located on the 2nd floor of the Catalyst by the spiral staircase, opposite the Magazine and Newspaper section.

Teaching Resources and Books

These are the perfect resources for students who are studying education related degrees. These resources are perfect for when students go out on placement and have to take classes and teach. There are boxes of classroom activities and fictional books such as Harry Potter. So, whether you are teaching or want to read one of the many fictional books, they are available to loan. They can be found on the 1st floor by the bottom of the spiral staircase.

DVDs and CDs
Finally, there are hundreds of DVD’s and CD’s available to students and staff too. They are also available for loan! They are the perfect resource for media or film students however if you fancy a movie night or want to be “old school” and listen to a CD because you’ve ran out of your free month from Netflix and Spotify then these are amazing. They are free to take out and are located on the 2nd floor of Catalyst by the toilets. From Disney classics to Horror there is something for everybody.

So, next time you are struggling to form an assignment or perhaps are having trouble finding reliable academic resources visit the Catalyst building and check out one of our many books or view one of the available journal or newspaper articles. Or why not borrow one of the many CDs or DVDs, whether it’s for academic use or personal use and you just fancy a movie night with your flat mates, feel free to check them out. There are also many other hidden resources within Catalyst like the Archive Room on the ground floor and you can borrow webcams for video interviews etc. These can be borrowed from Catalyst help desk.

So if there is something you might need then pop down to Catalyst, because you never know we might just have it.

Written by: SHELBY LUND

2nd Year International Business Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

DIY Library: Create your own Catalyst

How can you make the most of Catalyst and all it has to offer? Follow this step-by-step guide below to create the beginning of your very own Catalyst experience.

Step 1: Find your time

At Catalyst you definitely won’t be short for time – the building is open 24/7 during term. This means whether you’re up nice bright and early for the day ahead, or a night owl, Catalyst has you covered. Just bring along your UniCard past 8pm to enter the Catalyst doors.

Step 2: Find your space

Catalyst has no shortage of space. Split into four floors, Catalyst has catered for its various types of students, offering a groupwork space to work collaboratively, quiet study zones and a silent floor for those who prefer no noise at all. With computers based on every floor, and bookable individual or group study rooms, students can find their preferred working space at ease. One hundred laptop loans are offered on the ground floor too, where students can borrow laptops at the swipe of their card and find their perfect study space.

Step 3: Find your resources

Whether you need books, ebooks, journals, online journals or audio-visual resources, Catalyst has your back. With over 200,000 available resources you are spoilt for choice with material to help you with your assignments.

Needing to use an online journal? Edge Hill’s Discover More page locates any materials, both online and in the library, that are available to you, all easily accessible. Use these resources to create your own collection of information.

Step 4: Find your taste

Catalyst are proud to offer you 53.3° Café on the ground floor. With an array of hot and cold drinks and food to be tasted, why don’t you find your favourite bites from the new café?

Step 5: Now enjoy

Now enjoy! You have created your very own library experience where all that Catalyst has to offer is at your fingertips.

Need help?

Catalyst is home to three different services: Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers. These three services have been merged into the same building to provide a central point for all students to access the help, support and guidance they may need. Catalyst helpdesk is your first point of call for any queries, no matter how big or small, with any of the services.

We also offer UniSkills workshops for starting or developing your academic writing and 1-1 appointments with Student Advisors to ask about locating library resources, accessing the VLE and referencing.

However you may need it, Catalyst is here to help.

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

3rd Year Creative Writing Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

 

Meet our Student Advisors

This year we welcome five new Student Advisors to our team: Dylan, Claire, Shelby, Rachel and Jade.

The Student Advisors are based in Catalyst and they are here to support you. The role of a Student Advisor is to provide help, support and guidance to other students on a peer to peer basis. The team are all current second, third year or Masters students and between them they bring a great variety of subject knowledge and experience, using all of that to support other students on their own University journey.

The support they provide revolves around getting the most out of your Library. They can help with searching the Library Catalogue for books and eBooks, using Discover More to find online journal articles, navigating Learning Edge, Harvard referencing and finding and accessing UniSkills academic support. They can also help you to develop a range of introductory academic skills and can introduce you to more specialised support where necessary.

Find out more about our Student Advsiors below and what they can help you with.

Name:

Dylan

Course:

3rd Year Creative Writing

Dream Job:

Poet

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

As a Student Advisor I support students in numerous ways. Students can book onto a 1-1 appointment with me to help find electronic and physical resources, with referencing, Discover More and with any general enquiries they have about the VLE. In the Catalyst we are available to help students with any enquiries they may have about printing, study spaces or general information about the Catalyst itself. If you see us, don’t hesitate to approach!

Name:

Claire

Course:

MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing

Dream Job:

Teaching / Supporting students with mental health difficulties

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

I work in Catalyst supporting students in accessing the resources they need, either by helping them search Discover More or the Library Catalogue. We also offer 1 to 1 appointments where we can support with assignment planning, note taking and referencing. I am always happy to share my experiences and coping strategies with other students.

Name:

Shelby

Course:

BSc (Hons) International Business

Dream Job:

Educational Development at Microsoft or Apple

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

As a Student Advisor I am based in the new Catalyst building which is made up of the Library and Learning Services. My role is to support students. I can help and assist students with several things such as:

  • Helping student access the online library catalogue (Discover More)
  • Help students find learning materials E.g. Books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, Teaching Resources.
  • How students can access a free television service called Box of Broadcasts and a free online course site called Learning with Lynda.
  • Helping student access and use the online Learning Edge.
  • Hosting 1-2-1 sessions on things like Harvard Referencing, Microsoft Office Basics, Learning Edge and many more.

There are many roles we under go as Student Advisors, but most of all we are here to share our knowledge and first hand experience as students ourselves. I personally enjoy my job and being able to help others in any way I can.

Name:

Rachel

Course:

3rd Year Early Childhood Studies

Dream Job:

CEO of a nursery chain

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

My role is to support students in making the most of all the learning services available to them in Catalyst and online. I help students find books, improve their referencing and navigate online resources through ‘Getting Started’ workshops as well as much more. I really enjoy offering students peer to peer support and helping them thrive!

Name:

Jade

Course:

3rd Year Nutrition and Health

Dream Job:

Within the Food Industry – Sourcing Food Ingredients

What do you do as a Student Advisor?

I work in the new Catalyst building for Learning Services, to assist students with all things to do with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). I can help students with Harvard referencing or searching for journal articles on Discover More.

My job as a Student Advisor also involves:

  • Delivering peer to peer support to other students
  • Helping to locate physical and virtual resources within the library
  • Providing individual help with Harvard Referencing

The best part of my job is helping to make students feel welcome in an unfamiliar environment. I can point you in the right direction of all the services in Catalyst, just ask!

Book Spine Poetry

If you are struggling with starting a creative piece of writing, wanting to get into poetry writing or just like the idea of creating your own poem then book spine poetry might be a great activity for you! In the wake of National Poetry Day, I invite you to take part in creating your own book spine poem.

Book spine poetry is an easy and accessible activity for everyone, those with little or a lot of poetic ability. All you need is a bit of time and your mind and all you have to do is locate your favourite book titles in the Library and put them together to create a poem.

(Hint: The best book titles are those in the fiction section, around 800! Or, if you prefer, use the University’s Library Catalogue to find your favourite titles.)

We want to see the book spine poetry that you have created! Follow us on our social media, post your favourite book spine poems along with the caption ‘#bookspineEHU’.

Facebook: @EHULearnService

Twitter: @EHULearnService

Instagram: @EHULibrary

Keep an eye on our social media for our own book spine poems throughout the year. With thousands of resources, your creative mind can take over in Catalyst, and you might even discover books you didn’t know about before!

 

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

3rd Year Creative Writing Student

Student Advisor for Library & Learning Services

Introducing our Student Advisors

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new team of Student Advisors: Dylan, Claire, Shelby, Rachel and Jade!

The Student Advisors are based in Catalyst and they are here to support you. The role of a Student Advisor is to provide help, support and guidance to other students on a peer to peer basis. The team are all current second, third year or Masters students and between them they bring a great variety of subject knowledge from their individual disciplines together with a wealth of experience from studying at Edge Hill, using all of that to support other students on their own University journey.

The support they provide revolves around getting the most out of your Library, locating and using physical and virtual resources for your studies. They can help you to develop a range of introductory academic skills and can introduce you to more specialised support where necessary.

They can help with:

  • Searching the Library Catalogue for books and eBooks
  • Using Discover More to find online journal articles and other online resources
  • Navigating Learning Edge and your subject specific ‘My Library’ Tab
  • Harvard referencing
  • Finding and accessing UniSkills academic support material
  • Turnitin assistance
  • Locating books

Catalyst Tours

Catalyst tours are taking place weekdays from Monday 17th September to Friday 28th September. Tours start at 10am and are taking place every half an hour, with the last tour meeting at 3:30pm.

The tours are being led by our current Student Advisors’ who will show you around Catalyst, giving you the opportunity to see all of the fabulous facilities, learning spaces and student support available!

For more information click here.

Getting Started

Getting started sessions are peer to peer support sessions with our team of Student Advisors. Get started with your key resources, including: how to log in to Learning Edge, your My Library tab, Readings Lists Online, Library Catalogue, Discover More, accessing UniSkills support and much more.

Getting Started sessions will take place:

Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October 12pm-2pm

Monday 8th October to Friday 12th October 12pm-2pm

Drop in sessions will take place in Willow Training Room, 1st floor Catalyst. There is no need to book so just drop in and speak to one of our knowledgeable Student Advisors for peer to peer support and guidance on how to get started with your key resources.

Drop in sessions will take place at the following times:

12:00pm – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:00pm

For more information click here.

Book an appointment with a Student Advisor

During term-time you can book a 15 minute appointment with a Student Advisor, between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Get help with:

  • Searching the Library Catalogue for books and eBooks
  • Understanding the Dewey decimal system of shelving (shelf mark) and how to find books on the shelf after you’ve searched
  • Using Discover More to find online journal articles and other online resources
  • Navigating Learning Edge/Blackboard and your subject specific ‘My Library’ Tab
  • Finding and using the Harvard referencing guide
  • Finding and accessing UniSkills academic support material online

Book an appointment with a Student Advisor here.

 

 

World Book Day Fun

To celebrate World Book Day we are bringing you a fantastic Golden Ticket competition in conjunction with Wally of Where’s Wally fame. #WBDGoldenTicket

In the run up to World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March we will be posting two images per day of Wally somewhere in the University Library with a book. In each of the books we will conceal a Golden Ticket, which can be exchanged for a fabulous literary chocolate prize at the Welcome Desk

How to enter…

From Monday 27th February to Thursday 2nd March, we will be posting 2 separate images per day, at randomly generated times, across all three of our social media platforms.

Use your skill and knowledge to search for the book on the library catalogue, obtain the class number to locate the item on the shelves, run to the shelf (making sure you don’t trip and hurt yourself 🙂 ) and claim the Golden Ticket.

Bring the Golden Ticket to the LS Chocolate Factory (i.e. the Welcome Desk on the ground floor) and we will exchange it for your super prize.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Only EHU Students and Staff are eligible to win the prize.
  2. Learning Services staff are not eligible to win a prize (that would be cheating!)
  3. There are 8 prizes. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  4. Golden tickets will only be accepted at the Welcome Desk in person
  5. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  6. You can Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of yourself with the Golden Ticket and book for extra brownie points. #WBDGoldenTicket

 

Coffee and a good book…

The Costa Book Awards launched 45 years ago (previously known as Whitbread Book Awards 1971-2006) to encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.

Today’s awards don’t require you to be British but you do have to reside in the UK or Ireland for at least 6 months a year, of each of the previous three years, and your book submission must have been published initially in the UK.

Uniquely, the Costa Book Awards celebrate five different categories independently: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Books. From these category awards an overall annual winner is selected to receive an additional £25,000 prize and the coveted title of Costa Book of the Year!

Over the past decade we have seen winners in the form of novels, poetry and biographies and this year a children’s book has been crown the Costa Book of the Year 2015.

Costa Book of the Year Winner – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
The Lie Tree - Costa 2015 Winner

This gripping dark tale of murder, lies and secrets can be borrowed from the University Library.

Be sure to check out our Costa Book Awards display in the University Library foyer (next to the returns machine) for other Costa shortlisted titles.

Category Winners

 First Novel Award Winner – The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Novel Award Winner – A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Biography Award Winner – The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf

Poetry Winner – 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

Children’s Book Winner – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Man Booker Prize Winner 2015

On Tuesday 13th October an author, who only 10 years earlier considered giving up writing all together, was awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction – congratulation Marlon James!

The Jamaican born winner endured almost 80 rejections of his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, before it was published in 2005. Three novels later and A Brief History of Seven Killings has won Marlon £50,000, a designer bound copy of his book and a phenomenal increase in readership!

So it just goes to show if you have passion inside you – never give up!

A Brief History of Seven Killings is not for the faint hearted, indeed it comes with a warning to his own mother – “maybe my mother should stay away from part four of the book” – but the detail and imagination set him worlds apart from your standard murder mystery!

The story is a fictional version of events that take place over three decades (70s, 80s and 90s) around Reggae superstar Bob Marley. Set initially in Jamaica the story travels across time, and continents, during a treacherous and unstable period of history delving into the darkest depths of drugs, guns and the changing history of his hometown.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is on order and will be available to pick up from Ormskirk University Library shortly…

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings

The Man Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and has been awarding annually ever since. If you are interested in finding out more, or even entering your own work for submission, the criteria is as follows…

“Any novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of their author. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.”

The runners up in the 2015 awards were:

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

The Fishermen by Chigozie John Obioma

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota