CoLRiC presents three best practice awards

Three FE/College library and learning resource centres rewarded for excellence and impact.

CoLRiC (the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. It has announced the presentation of three prestigious library and learning resource centre awards. The winners are as follows:

The Library at Northampton College has been awarded the CoLRiC 2018 Best Practice Award for demonstrating excellent practice in engaging students in numeracy skills. 

'Maths Magician' is an original and innovative 20-week numeracy scheme developed by library assistants at the College in support of the Government’s agenda to improve literacy and numeracy in the UK. The aim of the scheme is to embed numeracy skills by inviting students to continually practise their maths skills through completing a weekly maths puzzle. Northampton College's Librarian Amy Harnaman says: 'Maths Magician has raised awareness of the role of the Library as an indispensable service in the promotion of learning. Above all it breaks down the barrier of the general fear of maths in society and makes maths magical, not menacing.' 

The Learning Resource Centres at Exeter College have been awarded the CoLRiC 2018 Best Practice Award for demonstrating excellent practice in digital implementation and innovation. 

The LRCs responded to the increasing importance of student digital literacy skills and their parity with traditional information literacy skills by evolving the traditional subject librarian role into a new Information and Digital Practitioner role. The IDPs have designed and delivered new courses on topics including fake news, the opportunities and pitfalls of social media and professional online identity. Tammy East, LRC Customer Experience Manager says: ‘Winning the Best Practice Award in Digital Implementation and Innovation is a wonderful recognition of more than a year’s hard work developing a contemporary digital literacy provision and reaching more students than we ever thought possible.’ 

‘For Your information’ (FYi), part of the Learning Resource Centre at Blackpool Sixth Form College, has been awarded CoLRiC's Jeff Cooper Quality Assurance Award 2018 for demonstrating excellent practice. 

FYi is fully integrated into strategic planning and the operational process of the College with the full support of the Senior Leadership Team. The Service is seen as integral in meeting the academic, vocational and employment needs of the students. The FYi is at the heart of the College’s steer to support independent learners and the development of independent learning. Staff engage with, and cultivate, productive collaborative partnerships with curriculum and student services managers. Helen Crowther, Library Manager at Blackpool SFC says: ‘FYi demonstrates a clear desire to change the lives of students through raising the awareness of information and empowerment through gaining knowledge.’

CoLRiC Co-Chairs Mirna Peach and Corinne Walker conclude: 'These awards celebrate the very best practice taking place in FE and sixth form college learning resources services. Libraries play a critical role in supporting organisational goals and strategies. Our resources and services have demonstrable value and impact helping create and sustain an institution-wide lifelong learning environment.'

You can read more about CoLRiC here.