Jewellery Quarter Festival 2018: Unearthing BCU’s gem!

The wonderful annual JQFestival is fast approaching, celebrating all that is great about Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Well, did you know Birmingham City University, (BCU) has a School of Jewellery right in the heart of this area? It is located on Vittoria Street, No’s 82-86, not too far from the Golden Square. A recent visit to the School’s library, to become more familiar with the service and its stock, enabled me to unearth some gems of information on the rich educational history of the building.

During the late 19th century Birmingham’s jewellery trade grew. Consequently there was a demand for technical education in craft skills. In response, in 1888, the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association and the Municipal School of Art began delivery of classes at the Ellen Street School to the west of the Quarter. It proved so popular that in 1890 oversubscription meant a move to the current Vittoria Street premises. Built in c 1865, on the former rear garden of No. 30 Frederick Street, the Venetian Gothic building had been acquired by William Randle for his goldsmith’s manufactory. Over time the building has been extended to meet need, most notably in 1911/12 and 1992/3.

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LIKE event Spring 2018

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Back in April we held another of our LIKE events, aimed at library staff who would like to share experiences of events or courses they have attended, or projects they are working on. Staff at all levels are invited, including those who are there just to listen and learn.

Highlights included:

Visits to Coventry and Wolverhampton University Libraries, where a number of staff from the Customer Services team were interested to see similarities and differences in opening hours, roving and use of portable devices, and rotas/staffing. We really enjoyed these visits and are keen to continue exploring other university libraries, not just to see where we think we are doing well, or where we could do better, but also to steal their brilliant ideas learn some new things! Our doors are always open for a reciprocal visit as well, and we’ve even been known to bring out the posh biscuits for the occasion…

A colleague demonstrated a new dashboard that he has been working on which will collect together a number of library metrics that are of interest to staff. This was fascinating stuff and we were all really impressed with how the data is displayed in a way that we can use to improve services (the rumours are true – library nerds like us love spreadsheets, statistics and fancy ways of visualising data). We’re currently undertaking space usage research which will feed into this project as well.

We also had a good discussion about promotion of resources, which is something else many of us are passionate about! We want to make sure that everyone is aware of the huge amount of resources that are available to them via Library & Learning Resources – we say it time and again, but there’s SO MUCH STUFF available, that you maybe didn’t even know you wanted! Did you know that you can view the entire Vogue US archive and check out those 1892 fashions? Watch loads of plays being performed on stage via Drama Online or Digital Theatre Plus? Read popular music journalism since the 60s via Rock’s Back Pages? You can see all of these and more via our A-Z of Resources.

We’ll be organising the next LIKE event shortly.

 

^Laura

How to… get started at Seacole Library

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You may have seen that Kenrick Library at City North Campus is closing it’s doors for good Friday 1st June and students from the School of Education are moving to City South Campus.

To welcome and help familiarise School of Education students with Seacole Library, Customer Services staff are running three drop in sessions. These are planned for the week commencing 4th June.

Pop along to find out:

  • what services we offer at Seacole Library
  • find out where things are
  • meet the staff who are on hand to help you

Drop ins are scheduled for:

Monday 4th June 11am – 12noon

Wednesday 6th June 11am – 12noon

Friday 8th June 11am – 12 noon

Meet staff opposite the library helpdesk.

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

How to event: Mental Health

This month’s “How to…” event is on raising awareness about Mental Health.

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We are running a series of drop in sessions at each of our campus libraries (details below) where you can learn to how …

  • Find books  and further information on mental health
  • Find out who can help you within the University
  • Use the ‘Big White Wall’ 

Workshops on the ‘Big White Wall’ are also available on Tuesday 15 May 3pm-4pm and Friday 18 May 11am-12pm, both sessions are in both in Curzon room 317. No need to book just turn up.

You can also book on free massage sessions at City South. These sessions are offered by BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy students and can be booked here

Details of when and where the “How to…” event is happening:

Date Location Time
Mon 14th May School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 15th May Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 16th May Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 17th May School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 11.00 to 12.00
Fri 18th May Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

Image reproduced with kind permission of Getty Images UK under the terms of an exclusive license agreement between BCU and Getty Images.

How to … event: Stress

As the university’s main exam period fast approaches we thought we would focus April’s  ‘How to …’ events on Stress.

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Staff will be visiting each of our campus libraries where there will be the opportunity to learn how to …

  • Cope with exams
  • Organise your assignments
  • Find books on relieving stress
  • Get some useful tips on tackling stress
  • Find out who can you help within the University

 

Pop along to one of the sessions detailed below:

Date Location Time
Mon 16th April School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 17th April Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 18th April Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 19th April  School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 20th April Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

 

Image reproduced with kind permission of Getty Images UK under the terms of an exclusive license agreement between BCU and Getty Images.