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We tweet therefore we are…..

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 12, 2017

At the moment it’s easier for us to share our interests, news and relevant information with you on Twitter and Scoopit.

You can find and contact the library @LlandrilloLib on Twitter.

You can find, comment and share library, esafety and digital footprint headlines at 

Our new online catalogue is now here  but you can only include all the Grwp Llandrillo Menai campuses in your searches at the moment.

If you need us for anything we also have real live people at the end of the phone on

(01492) 542342.




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Blended Learning Weeks 4 & 5

Posted by LibeRaCe on December 11, 2015

Where to start? Well, with a planning hat on. Key message is to use technology solution in the area that you want most improvement, not just shoe horn it in for the sake of it….

Week 4

Curriculum planning, learner needs, teacher pedagogy (need to get myself one of those), assessment and feedback. What is the best fit and where will I use technology to its best advantage? Who are my learners and what are the learning outcomes I need/want them to achieve? These are questions I need to ask, even if I am just doing a parachute session for study skills! I had never heard of the ADDIE or DADDIE framework for creating courses and had been using OTARA without realising (as part of the scheme of learning we need to use to map our teaching sessions) In some ways I know more than I think and in other far less! Or maybe it’s just terminology? I did feel that I am putting a  lot of the tips into action already with using Twitter, Linkedin and other platforms in my teaching sessions but I am sometimes unclear as to the how and why I do it – other than I know that it works 🙂

Week 5 – and the last

The main message that has stayed with me from this week has been enabling learners to have a “belief in their own capacity to achieve”. They should be at the heart of everything we do and that blended learning can give the flexibility to enable those most at risk of exclusion to participate. It takes a department-wide agreed change to embed a blended learning approach – but there are small steps you can take for your individual courses and to suit your learners. Managing your own time as a tutor is just as important and must be included in your planning – how and when do you expect to be contacted and by what time must you reply?

This course really helped to me to see that the steps we have taken here towards blended learning have definitely been in the right direction. The ideas and questions posted by participants have been very helpful in vocalising the issues we have had, as well as highlighting things we never considered. The sharing of teaching ideas and resources has been excellent and we have kept a list open on shared Google Doc for staff here all doing the course to share and amend.

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Blended Learning Essentials Blog 1

Posted by LibeRaCe on November 5, 2015

Here at Llandrillo Library we are always trying to keep up to date with new teaching technologies and resources to support our learners and tutors. Some of the librarians are tutors too, so we are always updating our own pedagogies and skills. As part of this we are taking part in the Blended Learning Essentials MOOC with Future Learn and the University of Leeds. For this we also need to create a learning journal and we’ll host it here – to share ideas, content and future plans we’ll have as we work through the course. This will be especially relevant to the online delivery guidelines that will be implemented in FE from next year in Wales and the digital practitioners building their skills in the college now. You’ll also learn a lot more about what we can support you with in the library and see how we can best work together to support the college aim of inspiring success by proving excellent education and training.

For our first week on the MOOC we’re

  • meeting the other participants on the course (over 700 I think!)
  • taking a look at the changes that going digital is making to teaching and learning
  • working through what blended learning actually means
  • making a record of Really Good Ideas (RGI’s!)
  • Reflecting on what it means for us, our teaching and the support we provide.

This was a great blog post by JISC that was shared in week 1 talking about why it’s so important for teaching staff to go digital. But the discussion forums also stressed that there is no point in just talking about digital resources in a classroom – you must use them, embed them and collaborate with learners to make the most of the learning experience.

The discussion also related very much to other work we are doing in the library to support the HEA Distinctive Graduate stream with our Digital Footprint for employability seminars and workshops. Going digital supports learners to develop transferable skills that employers need, as well as engage more with their course work and stay motivated. It also links in well with the teaching practice that already exists in the Library FDa programme which is delivered online and via video conference. We talked about how we use social media and online resources to support sharing info, current awareness, reflective practice, group work. It also means there is flexible access to content and also out of hours contact with tutors.

We used Typeform to give suggestions on blending learning activities and thought of practical examples – like asking learners to choose audio visual resources to support the class. This helped me to reflect on the value of using blended learning in a classroom to help with embedding concepts, increased preparedness and progression. The section on social learning was a point that really stood out – independent study is hard work! You need support and interaction to help and blended learning provides that.

This week was all about reflecting on the value of blended learning for tutors and learners. One thing I felt that wasn’t mentioned was the benefit to learners of peer support and creating a motivating learning community. This type of peer support increases learners confidence and encourages people to contribute to their best ability – not just providing something that’s ‘good enough’.

Next week will be about evaluating and delivery – which I’ll be thinking about now having watched the video in advance! #flippedclassroom 🙂

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Digital Library (on paper)

Posted by LibeRaCe on July 9, 2013

Digital Library (on paper)

That’s the summer reading sorted! Watch out Library Foundation Degree and ICT in Libraries classes of 2013 🙂

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Foundation Degree Tweet-up!

Posted by LibeRaCe on February 14, 2013

Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Glyndwr University Love Twitter

Monday 18th February – Set your Twitter accounts to Stun!

Learners on the Library Foundation Degree courses in Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Glyndwr University are linking up for the whole week through Twitter – sharing, advising, supporting and ultimately helping each group explore the possibilities of Social Media for collaboration and professional development.

Using the hashtag #FDLIB Glyndwr learners will be completing their ‘Group Work in a Week’ project to develop a marketing campaign for World Book Night. You can also follow contributions from @LlandrilloLib and @glynlib

This is hopefully the first of many Tweet-ups Library Foundation Degree course learners can take part in to link across the region and work collaboratively to see the benefits of Social Media for study, work and life! We’ll be keeping track of the conversation here and on Storify, so if you can’t access Twitter during work you can still contribute.

Good luck out there!

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*NEW* Reading Group for STAFF

Posted by LibeRaCe on October 5, 2012

link to bookclub image

Do you recognize these famous quotes?

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ……”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wife. ”

Heathcliff!  Cathy!”

“My dear, I don’t give a damn!”


“He thought that orcs, unlike human beings, were simple and uncomplicated creatures” 

If you do – you need to join a reading group!
If you don’t – you definitely need to join a reading group!
Join the Book Buddies!  

This  fun, friendly  staff reading group will first meet after Ocober half term.   Come and talk about books you like …  or even books you don’t like!
Contact Zoe Pinder the Bookmeister by Friday 19th October to express interest.
This reading group comes to you courtesy of the Library at Rhos Campus ……
See you there!

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*NEW VENUE, NEW TIME* Film Club – K33 – 4th October @ 12pm

Posted by LibeRaCe on October 2, 2012

**New for Term 1**


image from spirited away film

Get your FREE tickets for the first screening of the new lunch time film club in Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos Site.

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER @12.00 in K33, Bodnant Building

Miyazaki’s Spirited Away – Part2

Ask at the main Library issue desk for more details. Limited numbers of tickets available. 

ID cards & tickets for Part 1 will be valid for the Part 2 screening on 4th October!

See reviews of this film here

See a trailer on YouTube here

Learn more about the creator here and here

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Film Club – Spirited Away – Pt.1 – Thurs 27th Sept

Posted by LibeRaCe on September 21, 2012

image linkimage from spirited away film

**New for Term 1**

Get your FREE tickets for the first screening of the new lunch time film club in Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos Site.

Thursday 27th September @12.00 in K18, Bodnant Building

Miyazaki’s Spirited Away – Part1

Ask at the main Library issue desk for more details. Limited numbers of tickets available. 

ID cards & tickets for Part 1 will be valid for the Part 2 screening on 4th October!

See reviews of this film here

See a trailer on YouTube here

Learn more about the creator here and here


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Welsh Information Literacy Project – Spreading the word one buffet at a time …..

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 8, 2012

A bit of an international feel to the project teams recent conference and advocacy activties, with visits to Cardiff, England and Denmark!

Project Manager Andrew Eynon attended the ‘Information Literacy: A way of life’ conference in Nyborg, Denmark on the 10th– 11th May. Many questions were asked about the Welsh project and attendees were very impressed with the advances made already with regards to embedding information literacy across different sectors in Wales. It was interesting to see the similarities faced in both Wales and Denmark with regards to raising awareness of information literacy issues outside a library audience. Drew Whitworths keynote address can be found here.

Project Officers Pat and Gina attended the CILIP in Wales conference on 18th May in Cardiff – Alyson Tyler also blogged about the conference here . One of the sessions our project officers attended was Caroline Roche’s “Speaking from the Heart – a voice to school librarians” in which she gave an enlightening insight into the situation of school libraries and librarians within England. Caroline also demonstrated a blog that she had created called “Speaking from the Heart” which sets out to show the professional work that school librarians carry out and showcase best practice. Pat also attended a very useful session delivered by Lori Harvard in which she described the Love Your Library Day at Swansea University. The event was used as a way to gather  feedback from customers about their library service in a way which was fun and engaging. Text and tweet walls (and cakes!) were used to gather feedback as well as the more traditional methods that libraries regularly use.

Project Officer Síona attended the RSC North West training day on Independent learning in Stockport. A great, collaborative day sharing insights and challenges with an enthusiastic group of librarians, learner support staff and tutors. It gave us LOTS to think about and there’s more detail here.

More dates lined up over the next few months, with project visits to the Gregynog Colloquium (Mon & Tues for all you poster junkies), CILIP in Scotland and the CILIP IL Executive briefing due before August. We’ll keep you posted and hands off the hors d’oeuvres – the mini pizzas are ours!

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Welsh Information Literacy project – Reflections on the Hwb

Posted by LibeRaCe on April 17, 2012

screen shot image of the front page of the find it make it use it share it report from welsh assembly

The 29th of March was a very significant day for the Welsh Information Literacy project –  being mentioned specifically in the Digital Classroom task and finish group report , as one of the core features of success for supporting the recommendations of change to drive forward the digital learning agenda in Wales. It is testimony to the success of the project team in Phase I and II to have the Information Literacy framework highlighted again in such a defining report, but it also has the new project team thinking about how we can positively contribute to this process. This blog post is very much a reflective piece concerning this question.

The scale of change as detailed in the Digital Classroom report is extensive – for those of you who haven’t had the chance to read it yet, the review sought to answer the question posed by Leighton Andrews in 2011 – ‘Which digital classroom delivery aspects should be adopted to transform learning and teaching for those aged 3-19’? The report concentrates on two main themes – that of supporting the learners and teachers in developing skills/sharing knowledge and also of creating a dynamic virtual learning cooperative of best practice learning and teaching resources. These themes would be supported and guided by a new public body called ‘Hwb’ and a network of e-coordinators, Learning Technologists and teacher champions. Learners and teachers would have access to a life long learning portfolio and resource dashboard that would grow and adapt through their learning journey.  The online resource space suggested gives the impression of an amalgam of current activities in the JISC Regional Support Centres, National Grid for Learning Cymru, National Library public collections and local VLE systems – but utilising the best features of them all.

The WILP project team can contribute to these goals in a number of ways – not only through advocacy activities to introduce and promote the importance of IL in schools, but also by contributing to the learning resources needed to help teachers embed IL within the curriculum. Providing practical support at PGCE and training level will also be vital to the successful adoption of new digital learning strategies. We hope that the professional experience of the Phase III team in providing support to teacher trainers in their alternate roles within Grwp Llandrillo Menai means we are well placed to support this outcome.

This striving to improve practitioner skills also has resonance with the Welsh Public Library standards, as highlighted by Libraries Inspire Framework.  Here too the Welsh Information Literacy project is specifically mentioned (section 4b!) as being crucial to public libraries being able to support their users. Sections 1e (health & wellbeing), 2h (staff toolkits), 3b (improve use of technology) and 4d (adult, community and multigenerational learning) can also all be positively influenced by the project aims. It is section 5 – Investing in people where the objectives of the WILP, specifically the Agored Cyrmu unit development, is complimented by the practical experience of the Phase III team. This is most notable through direct staff involvement in the delivery of Library qualifications such as the ICTL and Foundation degree. Having several years experience of supporting public librarians and front line information professionals throughout Wales gives the project team a unique insight into current developments of libraries in Wales and the motivations, concerns and aspirations of it’s staff. The project officers involvement in the creation and delivery of course content in relation to digital technologies to support learning and collaboration also underpins the team’s understanding of the ‘digital competencies’ highlighted in the Digital Classroom review. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on many of the cross cutting themes highlighted in the Delivering a Digital Wales framework. Likewise, the involvement of project team members in JISC and CyMAL activities to facilitate the development of communities of practice and peer support networks within HE, FE and Public Library groups brings an awareness of the importance of collaboration and professional networks in supporting planning, advocacy and new skill development.

It is very important for us that the aims and objectives of project Phase III are informed by these cross-sectoral strategic development plans in Wales and that delivered project outcomes provide practical support to the Information Literacy agenda. This approach, in addition to the guidance provided by the established project steering group and the professional experience of the team members, will give us the best possible start to Phase III. Project team members will be contacting stakeholders across Local Authorities – schools and public libraries – to develop the central themes as highlighted in our first Welcome post.

If you would like to get involved or get in touch with the project team, please contact or follow us on Twitter @welsh_info_lit !

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