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

Hello to the new library catalogue


We launched our catalogue on Monday 1st June after a period of almost 12 months planning and testing.

The new catalogue is just part of a suite of changes you will see over the coming months but if you have any questions or you can’t find what you need in the catalogue or our tool ‘Discover More please tell us so we can help you.

Please take a look at the Ask us service for help, support and ways to get in touch.

We hope you like the many new features of the catalogue, here’s some information about what’s new:

  • A powerful search tool for all print and electronic resources resulting in more resources at your fingertips
  • Seamless access to your library account from within the VLE so no need to leave the Blackboard environment to view your checked out items
  • Fairer fines for all and an automatic book renewal service – the library will renew items for you so you can get on with other things, fines will only be charged on items reserved by other borrowers

For more information about the changes or your resources in Blackboard, please contact your subject librarian.

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager Quality, Marketing and Communication



Read all about it …….

…… check out the newly acquired phonics collection at Edge Hill’s library at the Woodlands Centre, Chorley.

The government is keen to promote high quality teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics in primary schools so the library at Woodlands, a centre for education resources, has invested in a whole range of phonics materials.


Education trainees can evaluate these new phonic resources at Woodlands or borrow them for 1 week.

The collection includes:-

  • Phonics Bug – Pearson
  • Jolly Phonics – Jolly Learning Ltd
  • Project X – Oxford University Press
  • Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters – Oxford University |Press

Don’t forget Woodlands Library has books, journals and DVDs related to teaching. Students can also use study spaces, PCs and laptops

The library at Woodlands is open to all. Please get in touch if you would like more information about our phonics collections or Woodlands Library

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Deputy Site Librarian, Woodlands Library


Learning Services at Christmas

We are aware the January exam period is looming, as is the start of a busy time for those undertaking dissertations, so the next few weeks may be the only time you may have to get some extra work done.  Learning Services will be here for you if you need some quiet study time.

Our additional opening hours at Christmas are always well used and this year we are pleased be able to offer more vacation opening than ever before.

The University Library will be open for 3 days during the Christmas vacation.

As well as being open Monday 23rd December, 9am – 5pm, we are open Christmas Eve, 9am – 3pm, Monday 30th December, 9am – 5pm, and New Years Eve, 9am – 3pm. You can come in and see us, find resources, get some help, use a PC, bring your books back and take out some more! As the Library is now home to the media equipment, media students are also able to access kit during the Christmas vacation, for the first time.

Our online help tool – Ask Us – is available 24/7 throughout the Christmas period for you to check our bank of answers, get in touch via email or text and, during our opening hours, use live web chat to get the help you need. Our telephone helpline is available during opening hours on 01695 584286

24/7 access to PCs in the LINC building will operate throughout the holiday period if you need a PC.

Of course you don’t have to visit us in the library, you can use us online. All our eResources will be available via our website and library catalogue so why not give them a visit. You can access 24/7:

  • 97,000+ eBooks
  • 40,000+ eJournals
  • specialist subject web pages to sign post you to the right resources for your subject

For more details about our opening hours please check the website

Merry Christmas, Learning Services

Download ebooks to your Kindle Fire, iPhone, iPad, Android or Sony eReader

Did you know you can download an ebook, or a section of an ebook to read offline?

Two ebook providers, Ebrary and Dawson, offer this option, allowing you the convenience of downloading and reading information for when you haven’t got an internet connection.


You can create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range: 

  • Same page limits as for printing.
  • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle.
  • Files do not expire.

Learn more:

You can download an entire document as an ebook:
  • Accessible on most computers and devices.
  • You can have up to 10 documents at a time.
  • Documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days. (Single-user-only documents can be full-document downloaded for 7 days.)
  • There is no need to return items: they will auto-delete after 14 days.

You need to install Adobe Digital Editions (free online). For a guide, go to
For a guide on reading on your smartphone go to

NEW! Download to your Kindle Fire find out how at


You can download an ebook from the Full Title Display of the Reader portal:
  • Read the ebook offline utilising Adobe Reader© controls.
  • Navigate through the ebook using the nested Table of Contents on the left-hand side.
  • During the download period, you can make annotations and highlight text.
  • Please note it is not possible to print or copy offline.
  • The book will auto-delete after the chosen loan period (1-3 days).

Learn more:

Resources special!







Over the past few months, staff in information resources and our academic librarians have been working together to produce a newsletter dedicated to resources.

We wanted to share with our colleagues important information about our collections and how they are being used.  We have also highlighted some of the work we have been doing around reading and reading for pleasure. There is a short interview with one of our researchers in English and History where they talk about the key resources and what is important to them in terms of research resources and help and support from Learning Services.

The back page of the newsletter is dedicated to an article written by Lisa Mclaren which is entitled ‘Forbidden resources?’ and provides a very well researched and interesting look at the role of Google Scholar (GS) and Wikipedia.  Lisa looks at some of the advantages GS has over more traditional databases, and then asks the question about how can librarians address the rise in usage of GS by academics undertaking their research?

In the next resources newsletter, we might have to include a letters page based on the response we get to Lisa’s look at forbidden resources!

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and you will share with colleagues and students information about our excellent eResources and Discover More.  If you would like to look more closely at how students are using your subject resources (both print and electronic), please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.

If you would like to get involved with the debate around GS or comment about strategies to embed resources, please leave us a comment.

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication


Exciting new way to find out about resources

Learning Services staff in our Information Resources and Academic Support divisions  have been working closely with our colleagues in the web team to develop a way to keep people up to date with all the new books as they arrive.

This is a busy period for us as we buy books at the start of the academic year – this can include books on reading lists, items suggested for wider reading and research and any reading list items which are available as eBooks.

We have so far this academic year already spent £192,500 on books (print and electronic).

This new book feature on our subject web pages is part of the strategy to expose our collections – both new books and extensive eResources.  The subject pages allow our users to find out about new stock, discover what eJournals and databases we have for that subject, provide help and support in using resources and importantly, the details of the subject librarian – so if you need more help or have any queries about resources, you can contact them direct.

Have a look at your subject page – it will give you details of the stock arriving each week (up to 10 titles on the subject home page) but you are just one click away – click ‘new arrivals’ and you will see what we have purchased this term for your subject.

Please let us know what you think of this new service, this is new area for us so your feedback is very welcome.

Rachel Bury Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Communication and Marketing

Started to think about your reading list?

Wondering where to find information for your first assignment? A good starting point is your reading list. All the items on your reading list have been chosen by your tutors and they work closely with Learning Services so that the books and journals are available for you to use. What’s more we’ve made it easy for you to access your reading list in the catalogue. Just-


  • go to the Learning Services webpages
  • go to the area labelled Search Catalogue
  • type your module code into the search box
  • select Module Code from the drop down list to the left of the search box
  • Click on Search


You will see all the items that are on the list, which will be a mixture of books and journals in electronic and print formats.

If you need help finding your reading list the staff at the Ask desk on the first floor of the library will be happy to help you, or you can email

University Library welcome to International Students.

We have been able to update our self-issue machines in the University Library to allow some of our International Students to access the menus and functions, of these machines, in their own language.

After liaising with the International Office we have added the options of choosing Arabic, Korean and Chinese.

We have welcomed a number of International Students on Campus over the summer and we will be able to vary these language options as other International groups arrive during the year

Cathy Carey – Learning Spaces Coordinator

University Library Open Day 18th August 2012

The University Library at Ormskirk will be open tomorrow (18th August ) during the University open day 10am until 3pm.

More information on the University Open Day can be found here.

Please come and see us and have a look around at your leisure, or join one of the scheduled tours available. There is full access to the facilities, and the helpdesk will be available. Our helpline is also available during these hours on 01695 584286 or e-mail us

Learning Services staff are also available  in the Faculty of Health and Social Care foyer to answer any questions you may have about the Learning Technologies on offer at Edge Hill.

Cathy Carey – Learning Spaces Coordinator