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Autology – Student Prize!

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 25, 2011

Autology Award

 Jenna Jefferson a BTEC Science student has received a merit award for her effective use of the Autology online resource, for the month of November 2010. 

She has made excellent use of the over £3000 worth of resources that are available to each student who has access to Autology.

Jenna said ‘She has found the Autology resource very useful for her course work”. Jenna is pictured below receiving her certificate and prize from Library Manager Dr Andrew Eynon.

  Autology is the world’s first ‘Sat Nav for Study, created for students aged 11-18. It is used by students in College and at home, at their own pace, to improve their results – helping with coursework and revision.

Autology combines a unique Online Library, filled with thousands of high-quality resources for students with intelligent, pro-active Research Assistant Tools that help students instantly access all the relevant information they need


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Llandrillo Library – Grand Designs (OK, not quite)

Posted by LibeRaCe on September 13, 2010

A warm welcome to all our new and returning students this year!

We’ve made a few changes to the library since you’ve been away – all designed to make it a more accessible space and easier for you find what you need.

Finding Resources 

New Quick Reference Shelf Signage

(includes the main shelf number and some cover art of the recommended texts from your reading lists)

Keep an eye out for these little beggars popping up around the library. These are QR codes and if you have a smart phone and the right app, you can take a photo of the image and it will lead to you the catalogue or a book review or a website or ….. well you never know.

New Study Layout


Canny observers will notice that we’ve moved the study section lock, stock and carell to the other end of the library. Now you’ll be nearer the enquiry desks, resources and catalogue (and, ok fair enough, we’ll be able to keep a better eye on the messers. I know, we spoil all your fun)

New Information Point


We have been blessed with a new fancy schmantzy TV and we’ll use it to screen library induction information, answers to your FAQ’s, advtertise new stock and all manner of other useful info. We’ve also added a lot of new graphic novel and manga titles this year and you’ll find them in this area too. All the books aren’t just on the shelves to make the place look pretty – they are for you to read and borrow, so get in there an make a mess.

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From telegrams to SMS – teachN yr studnts 2rite

Posted by LibeRaCe on July 26, 2010

The Digital Ethnography group at Kansas State University highlighted the above paragraph from a reflection on teaching in 1898. How things have moved on ….. or have they?

Fast forward over 100 years and instead of telegrams, what about (SMS) text messaging, (IM) instant messaging and Twitter posts – can you harness these everyday technologies to get your students to think about how and what they are writing? Can they write a story synopsis, a one line review, an emergency announcement or an online advertisement?

If you want to know more, contact your library on ext.342 or to find out more practical uses for Web 2.0 technology in the classroom.

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Find New Llandrillo Library Stock as it Arrives!

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 14, 2010


We have added a new RSS feed to the LibeRaCe blog homepage to help you keep track of all the new stock being added to the college library collection. This service is linked to, which is a great way to record, review and share your reading lists!

Click on this icon on the right of the screen to read the list of new stock.

Hold your cursor over the item to get more details

Please save the library blog to your favourites menu to keep up to date. You can also access the Library Blog through links in Moodle, TALIS Prism and from the College Website.

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Blog Off and Read – Rave, Rant, Review!

Posted by LibeRaCe on April 26, 2010

Calling all Coleg Llandrillo Students!

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You now have your own online book group on Moodle.

Login and follow the links to Blog Off and Read

Here you can get updates on the latest book group news

Take part in special promotions like the current Aur Pur/Pure Gold collection

Rave about what your reading now

Rant about the book you love to hate

If your class is reading a title for group work or you need to write a Review, why not join in the online forum to see what others think of it?

Contact Pat or Gina for more details.

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6 Book Challenge Winners!

Posted by LibeRaCe on February 11, 2010

Congratulations to three Coleg Llandrillo Denbigh students for winning the reader development competition. Niame Traore is an ESOL student and used our Oxford Bookworms collection to practice her english reading skills. Mathew Thomas McDonald and Helen Williams are both on the STEPS program and have been reading as part of their classroom activities. Niame and Mathew both won an MP3 video player and Helen has won £20 worth of book tokens!

Niame Traore receiving her challenge prize!

All three students took part in the Six Book Challenge 2010. The challenge was to read and review six books. Students could choose any six books they liked (at any level) to enter the challenge and needed to send in all six reviews to the library. Coleg Llandrillo Rhos winners to be announced shortly!

Over half of adults (56%) have literacy skills below the level of a good GCSE (NAO, Skills for Life: Progress in Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy, 2008). “Our stubborn national skills problems show we need new ways to tackle literacy issues,” said Miranda McKearney, Director of The Reading Agency. “We launched the Six Book Challenge in 2008, and I wish we’d started it years ago! It’s a deceptively simple, motivational scheme that has a tremendous impact on people’s lives.’

9,000 adults took part in the Six Book Challenge in 2009, up 25% on 2008. 70% of library services across the UK ran the scheme as well as colleges, adult and community education centres, workplaces and prisons. 90% of participants said they feel more confident about reading after taking part, and tutors say that the Challenge improves learners’ confidence, increases their motivation and helps them develop a reading habit.

Author Mike Gayle, who is Patron of the Six Book Challenge and a keen supporter of adult literacy initiatives, said: “Anything that encourages adult learners to get stuck into a good read has got to be a good thing in my book! I’m proud to be involved in this terrific initiative that is making a real difference to those who have felt excluded from the world of books.”

National Book Tokens

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Open Culture

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 22, 2009

Open Culture explores cultural and educational media (podcasts, videos, online courses, etc.) that’s freely available on the web. They sift through all the media, highlight the good and jettison the bad, and centralise it in one place.

Download free audio books, videos and podcasts.


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College Scores Top Marks from Estyn!

Posted by LibeRaCe on April 7, 2008

See the BBC News Report here

Coleg Llandrillo Cymru based in Rhos-On-Sea, Conwy scored straight grade ones by the education inspector. The college received top marks for its teaching, student success and curriculum provision in a number of subject areas.


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New Historical Drama/Fiction in the Library

Posted by LibeRaCe on March 27, 2008

Kindly donated ………………………………


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New Ian Rankin Books in the Library

Posted by LibeRaCe on March 27, 2008

Kindly donated ……………………


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