Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Congratulations Suzanne, MSc(Econ)!

We’re sending huge congratulations out to our colleague Suzanne Taylor, who this year achieved her Masters in Information and Library Studies. Well done Sue! We’re all really proud of you.

Suzanne found out that she’d passed this summer, but we thought we’d wait until the start of term to share the news as we’re sure a lot of you out there will want to offer some congratulations too. Suzanne will be familiar to those of you at Townhill Campus as the librarian for Psychology and Counselling, Performing Arts and Educational Studies, and regular visitors to Townhill Library will recognise her smiling face! This year, Suzanne has moved to Mount Pleasant Campus to support the staff and students of FACE (Faculty of Architecture Computing and Engineering). Her smiling face remains, so do pop to say hello and ask any questions you may have. She didn’t get that MSc for nothing, you know!

Those of you who’ve been following Suzanne’s story will know that she’s been working hard to complete this Masters as a distance learner with Aberystwyth University whilst working full-time here at UWTSD. As many of you will know first-hand, time-management can be a real challenge when you’re juggling studies with work and other commitments, so last year we ran a series of helpful hints and advice from library staff members who have managed it successfully. We naturally asked Suzanne for her advice, and got some really good tips from other members of staff too!

We’ve also got lots of books in the library that can help you with your study skills such as note-taking, assignment writing, referencing, time-management etc. We’re sure Suzanne would agree that it’s hard work, but definitely worth it in the end! She’s certainly still up for a challenge – Sue is currently working towards Associate Fellow status with the HEA (Higher Education Association) and Chartered status with CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). What a clever clogs! Go for it Sue!

Assistant Librarian Suzanne Taylor proudly showing off
her certificate in MSc(Econ) in Inforamtion and Library Studies

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Come and meet Simon Pridham, author of Freaked Out: The Bewildered Teacher’s Guide to Digital Learning

We’re freaking out with excitement (see what we did there?) that Simon Pridham will be visiting Townhill Library tomorrow (Thursday 25th September) as part of the launch of his new book, Freaked Out: The BewilderedTeacher’s Guide to Digital Learning. Simon will be speaking to education students at UWTSD Swansea and Carmarthen campuses all day, so we’re delighted that he’ll be finding time to pop into the library too.

Simon will be in Swansea speaking at student lectures in the morning and will be available in the library between sessions. Please pop in to see him if you have any questions for him, or would just like a chat! He will be around at approximately the following times:-




Copies of the book will be on sale for the special price of £15 (RRP £20), so well worth calling in! In the meantime, you can follow Simon on Twitter - @Simonpridham123 – to see what else he’s up to.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Avast, land lubbers! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrr!

There really is a day for everything! This might be one of our favourites, though. International Talk Like a Pirate Day was established by a group of friends (or should we say shipmates?) in 1995 and since then has become something of a worldwide phenomenon. You can find out all about it, and get some ideas of how to join in, on the official website. Here at UWTSD Swansea libraries, we think it’s a perfect excuse to share our favourite pirate books with you!

Class Three All at Sea, Julia Jarman
Definitely the best story about pirates there’s ever been! In this rhyming picture book, class three’s school trip out to sea with Captain Keith takes a turn for the worse when they’re captured by pirates. Good thing there’s a friendly octopus around to help!

Pirates ‘n’ pistols, Chris Mould
This is a beautiful collection of pirate stories, old and new. It was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s illustration in 2013, and it’s easy to see why – the pictures are so full of life and colour.

Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
OK, so the pirates in this book are actually two young girls, Nancy and Peggy Beckett, but this is still a rollicking good read and a classic from the golden age of children’s literature.

The Gardening Pirates / Môr-Ladron yr Ardd, Chris Glynn and Ruth Morgan
Times are hard on the bad ship Ych-y-Fi, but Cabin Girl Gwen has some seed which will make the pirate crew shipshape in no time! This lovely story is available in Welsh and in English.

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The ultimate pirate story! Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, Captain Flint (the parrot)… Need we say more? The Muppet film version is great, but no substitute for Stevenson’s original.

Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
We had to include this one! Captain Hook is surely one of the most fearsome fictional pirates. His only fears are the sight of his own blood and the clock-swallowing crocodile who once took a bite of his arm and has pursued him ever since. Tick tock…

Peter Pan in Scarlet, Geraldine McCaughrean
The sequel to Barrie’s classic, endorsed by the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital who own the copyright, this book sees Wendy and the Lost Boys (now the Old Boys!) return to Neverland to follow Captain Hook’s treasure map. A must for anyone who wants to know what happened when they all grew up!

Captain Pugwash books, John Ryan
Better known by our more mature students as a TV series, we have a number of Captain Pugwash books in Townhill Library which are well worth a look.

William Dampier: Buccaneer Explorer, Gerald Norris
A bit of real-life swashbuckling here! Dampier led the expedition which saw Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, marooned on an island in the Pacific. He circumnavigated the globe three times, but his reputation was tainted with accusations of drunkenness and brutality. The Folio edition on our shelves brings together tales of his adventures.

Pirate the Seal, Brenda Jobling
A bit of a cheat this one as Pirate, as the title suggests is a seal, not a buccaneer! However, this is too beautiful a book to leave off the list on a technicality. It follows the friendship that develops between a lonely boy and his animal playmate. Just lovely!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A big library welcome to our new PGCEs and GTPs!

Yes, whilst most of you new students have got a week or so to go before you start your new university life, our trainee teachers have already arrived, and in some cases have had their library induction! This week, we’ve welcomed the Primary PGCEs, full-time PCET (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) PGCEs and GTPs (Graduate Teacher Programme) to Townhill Library. We hope you enjoyed your visit round the library. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of you over the next year! If you need a reminder of what we’ve got to offer, here’s a little video of some of our best bits, including your friendly librarian, Philippa Price, who will be happy to answer questions and offer a helping hand as you find your way around.

Townhill Library / Llyfrgell Townhill

Secondary PGCEs, don’t worry! We have library inductions scheduled for you over the next couple of weeks. See you soon!