State of Nature report

The State of Nature report for England has today been published by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations. 

Scientists from 25 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of UK native species. The report reveals that 60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing altogether.

Read the report here.

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Starting blocks series

A programme of short lunchtime training sessions with the aim of improving skills in finding and referencing information.  These sessions will be of particular benefit to 1st and 2nd year undergraduates.  Further sessions on the library catalogue, e-books and advanced search techniques are being developed.

Ready for referencing?
Thursday 18th April, 12.30 – 1.00, Library study room 1

How to reference a range of resources, from journal articles to online images.

Get on track with searching – introducing the Discovery service
Thursday 25th April, 1.00 – 1.30, Library study room 1
Thursday 2nd May, 12.00 – 12.30, Library study room 1

How to find the information you need quickly and effectively using the new one-stop shop for searching.

To book a place on any of these sessions log on to the library section of Moodle and click on ‘Research & Assignment Help’.  Sessions will only run with a minimum class size of 5.

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Workshop to improve searching skills: Thursday 7th March

As part of Employability Week the library is running an interactive workshop on Thursday 7th March at 10.30 am in the upstairs library computer room.

If you reguarly need to search for information for assignments or your dissertation, the workshop will help you:

  • Plan your search
  • Select relevant resources to search
  • Use advanced features on databases and search engines

Please bring any search topics or queries with you.

Places are limited to 12, so to book a place please leave your name with the staff at the library counter.   You can also phone us on 01245 424245 or send an email.

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Workshop to improve searching skills: Thursday 7th March

As part of Employability Week the library is running an interactive workshop on Thursday 7th March at 10.30 am in the upstairs library computer room.

If you reguarly need to search for information for assignments or your dissertation, the workshop will help you:

  • Plan your search
  • Select relevant resources to search
  • Use advanced features on databases and search engines

Please bring any search topics or queries with you.

Places are limited to 12, so to book a place please leave your name with the staff at the library counter.   You can also phone us on 01245 424245 or send an email.

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Library survey winner announced!

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the library’s annual survey.

Ross Edgar, a first year conservation student, was the winner of the prize draw – a £30 Amazon voucher kindly donated by the Marketing Department.

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Win a £30 Amazon voucher by completing the library survey

All staff and students are invited to take part in the annual library survey.  We use your feedback to improve and prioritise the services that we offer.

As a result of the last survey, library opening hours have been extended, and an IT helpdesk is now available for two hours a day during term time.  Also in the past year, the careers department has moved to the library, and two new Academic Liaison Librarians are in post.

The survey consists of a series of multiple choice questions with space for optional additional comments.  It should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete.  We would like to hear from you whether you are a regular, or occasional, visitor to the library.

All responses will be treated anonymously.

Click here to access the survey.

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Exhibition of photos by former Writtle student

College_exhibits_photographs_after_their_appearance_at_RHS_Autumn_ShowEight hand-coloured photographs of cottage garden plants are being exhibited in the library following their appearance at the RHS Autumn Show.

Former Writtle College student James Walker took traditional black and white photographic prints, measuring 16ins by 12ins, and each of these was hand coloured using traditional techniques.

James, from Hatfield Broad Oak, said: “The RHS Autumn Show mainly consists of flower and vegetable displays but it also exhibits photographers’ work.

“To exhibit, I had to submit photographs to a panel which assessed whether the standard was high enough to show. A few photographers were picked and given exhibition space to show a series of photographs, which had to be garden-related and show a common theme.

“I decided to photograph cottage garden plants in the traditional way – using film and printing these in black and white. I then hand-coloured the prints using photographic dyes directly onto the silver gelatin print.

My idea was to give an impression of the traditional botanical prints by using this method. Medals are awarded at the show and I was pleased to receive a bronze at my first show.

“Previously, I had done lots of book covers which tended to be black and white photographs which I then hand-tinted. It was this style that I loved doing, so – having always had an interest in flowers and plants – it was a natural decision to produce a series of hand-tinted still life images.”

We value the support of former students to help enhance the opportunities for those now studying at the College. James … offered us a unique opportunity to appreciate these hand-tinted photographs in the style of Victorian botanic images and we are very pleased that they will be exhibited in our Library. Dr Jill Raggett, Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

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