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Michaelmas Round-up

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It’s been a busy Michaelmas Term for the Wodehouse Library.

Over the summer a new Library Management System came on stream so there was a fresh look to the Library Catalogue and, at half-term, the new security system was switched on. Gradually all the items in the Wodehouse collection will be RFID tagged so, please, do return to the Issue Desk if the alarm goes off as you leave – you’ll hear a beeping noise if you have an item that hasn’t been issued and deactivated.

Pupil Librarians and Library Prefects have worked hard to help staff sort all the items which have been withdrawn from the collection during the tagging process. All the removed items will eventually go to charity or be recycled where possible.

We’ve been encouraging all Library users to make good use of the resources, including space, in the Wodehouse Library. This means that we are prioritising PC and table spaces for boys who want to get on with prep or quiet reading. Likewise, in the Periodicals Room we have been asking anyone not reading the magazines or newspapers to make way for others.

There have been a number of exciting author visitors to the school since September including Alex Wheatle, MBE, Matt Haig and Stewart Foster. For Stewart, this was a return to Dulwich College where his novel Bubble Boy won the TSBA Award 2017 earlier in the year.

Junior School boys visited the Wodehouse Library for a Shakespeare Tour. Groups were shown around by Mrs Lucy, the Keeper of the Archives, Mrs Cerio and Mr Fletcher.

Back at the start of Michaelmas, boarders spent an evening in the Wodehouse with Mr Fletcher and Year 9 boys took part in a Library and Archives induction. This offered a chance for boys to learn about the resources available to them in the Middle School. Working in groups the boys completed a quiz and listened to a brief talk on Library procedures.

Mr Fletcher presented the non-fiction collection and e-resources that will support Upper School boys, particularly those undertaking CREST Awards or EPQs, in their studies and all Wodehouse Library staff have tried to keep the Upper School study area a peaceful working environment. Specifically aimed at the Upper School we also introduced ‘Readaxation’ as a way of helping boys understand the benefits reading for pleasure can bring despite the various pressures of deadlines and preparing for the future beyond Dulwich College.

Many classes have also come to the Wodehouse with their English teachers to take a closer look at the 42 Reading List books and all have been encouraged to borrow from the fiction collection as part of our ongoing promotion of reading for pleasure in the school.

The Wodehouse Library staff took that reading for pleasure message out and about with our pop-up libraries just after half-term. Popping up in the PE Centre, Lord George Building, The Laboratory and the Christison Hall we were really pleased to speak with so many boys and staff about reading and loans for the week were encouragingly high. If you’re ever stuck for inspiration for what to read next, themed displays appear throughout the Wodehouse and staff are always on hand with suggestions.

We hope the long Michaelmas term has been successful for you all and wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we look forward to many more good reads in 2018.

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Pop goes the library

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The Wodehouse Library got out and about last week, popping up in different parts of the school.

With the aim of encouraging boys and staff to #readmore we gathered up a small part of the Wodehouse Library collection (based on recommendations from tutors, reading lists and popular loans) and took it into 4 different locations around the school campus.

Books could be borrowed, renewed, reserved and returned and it was heartening that so many browsers and borrowers stopped by. We had some good chats about what people are currently reading and what they’re looking forward to reading too. A lot of smiles as well (sometimes after an initial ‘huh?!’ moment to see us in unexpected places!), which was great.

Many thanks to everyone who supported us last week, to all the pupil librarians who helped out and happy reading to all our borrowers!

 

Lucky dips, tutor recommendations and the 66 spinner
Lord George Building
The Laboratory

 

Pop-up library week

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The Wodehouse Library is hitting the road this week!

With a carefully chosen selection of titles from the collection, you will find us in pop-up form at morning breaks and lunchtimes in various locations around campus:

  • Tuesday = PE Centre
  • Wednesday = Lord George Building
  • Thursday = The Laboratory
  • Friday = Christison Hall.

You will be able to borrow, renew, return and reserve items as normal. The pop-ups will have a member of library staff and some volunteers helping out so do come and take a look, say hello and choose a book.

#readmore #popuplibrary

…completely detached from the syllabus

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A new voice for our blog today. Harry, one of the Yr 13 boys, shares his thoughts on the library:

The knowledge that can be found in books is the primary source of their appeal, novels are important too but my interest is more often than not directed towards the non-fiction shelves. The library is valuable not only for reading around syllabuses, especially as a first point of reference for individual studies such as history coursework (the stock of Very Short Introductions in particular), but also as a place to generally broaden horizons in a way completely detached from the syllabus. Tim Marshall’s ‘Prisoners of Geography’ for example provides a fascinating interpretation of geopolitics based on a geographic determinism that, while dubious at times, is rather illuminating and certainly thought provoking. The reference section is also important, feeding a fondness for apparently useless facts and obscure information, dictionaries of quotations or subjects as esoteric as the burial places of famous people are always wonderful diversions. Building a wider knowledge and understanding of the world, with history as a main focus, has therefore been the biggest influence that books have had on my life from a young age to now and in the future.

116!

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This year’s jolly book tree in the Wodehouse Library was made up of 116 items.

The winner is Alexander Poli of 6R – many congratulations to you, Alexander!

Last minute entries at the Pupil Librarians' Christmas Party
Last minute entries at the Pupil Librarians’ Christmas Party

Reference and Study Skills Sections

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There have been a few changes in the Wodehouse Library this Michaelmas term.

Most noticeably, the Reference Section has been reduced and some shelving removed. We know that for some of you the leisure to browse some of the more obscure dictionaries whilst awaiting your printing will be felt keenly and we offer as an alternative the headlines from The Day which are posted each day on the Issue Desk, or why not chat to the merry librarians!

Our second exciting change concerns the Study Skills collection, which has been moved into the newly freed up space in the Reference Section. We hope that this move will raise awareness of the many useful items which support teaching and learning at DC.

One of the key things to remember about the Study Skills collection is that you don’t have to read any of the books cover to cover. Simply dip into relevant sections and learn what you need. Along the way you can pick up some decent advice about how to overcome obstacles and gain some reassurance that you are not the only one to have struggled to write or plan an essay or craft the most persuasive argument ever.

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And here it is! Many thanks to Charles Bird, Arthur Cheung and Percy Chan for the help moving the books and creating the display.

Know more

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There’s something for everyone on the shelves of the Wodehouse Library’s Periodical Room.

During Friday break Nadzirul, a Year 12 boy, reviewed an article about the positive and negative effects of video games in the February 2014 issue of Psychology Review:

Recently, debates comes out hugely regarding how video games impact the social and healthy lifestyle of youngsters. Does video games bring solely negative impacts? Is there any positives that comes out from video games? This article answers all the doubts that adults have regarding whether or not video games only bring negative impacts to the society.

Break and lunch times are ideal opportunities for boys and, indeed, members of staff to catch up on articles like this and all curriculum areas are represented as well as leisure activities like soccer and yachting.

Back issues of many titles, including the Review series, are kept in the Reference Section of the Wodehouse Library whilst other titles are distributed to academic departments. Keeping up to date with what’s in the newspapers and in periodicals like The New Statesman, The Economist and The New Yorker is a great way to boost your learning. Additionally, along with our print subscriptions online access to extensive archives for many titles is included and you can see these via the e-resources menu on your MyDulwich homepage.