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Student Resources

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Learning Resources Centres are quiet working areas equipped for study and research. Facilities include computers, photocopying, printing, scanning to email and stationery sales. Over 20,000 resources are available including; books, journals, magazines, DVDs and CD ROMs to help with studies and to supplement core texts. Resources are carefully selected to suit BMC courses by direct liaison with tutors and learners. There is also an assignments receipt service.

A team of friendly and experienced Learning Resources Advisors are available to work closely with learners and staff, provide support and help make the best use of the resources. The Centres are overseen by the Learning Resources Supervisor.

Each Learning Resources Centre has a dedicated area for careers development containing the latest prospectuses, books on specific careers, CV and interview technique packs and job directories. You can also book an appointment with the Connexions Careers Advisor or check the notice board to see when they are on campus and available for drop in visits.

What you can expect from BMC Learning Resources

  • Specialist academic journals
  • Electronic databases and eBooks
  • The loan of AV equipment (DVD players, headphones) which can be used within the library.
  • An archive of dissertations from previous BMC learners.
  • The ability to book a time slot on a Learning Resources computer in advance, by request with library staff.
  • Library Moodle pages with forums and areas for HE specific information and feedback.
  • A broad range of competitively priced stationery including 4gb usbs for £5.
  • Specialist reprographics for learners including professionally bound dissertations and competitively priced laminating.

Additional Resources

  • British Library
    Inter-library loans
  • Reciprocal access scheme CULN members
    Access to libraries and centres (individual libraries requirements vary contact Heidi Bird for details & to set up access)

Shibboleth is active for an increasing number of BMC database subscriptions

The college is a member of FAM (federated access management scheme). Shibboleth is a software program which will enable a single log in for learners and staff to access subscribed and free course specific verified E-Resources such as journals, databases, eBooks and other resources.  This means you can use your college log in and password on many of the resources websites that we subscribe to.

High quality service

Your opinions are sought and highly valued. General feedback forms are available throughout the year. A learner feedback board is updated termly with the latest comments from BMC learners. Library forums are open on Moodle. User and impact surveys are used to gain evaluative feedback regarding library services along with a termly survey relating to key topics e.g. Computer Bookings, LRC environment. The computer bookings survey helped towards the installation of a new system that enables better accessibility to library facilities.

Memberships

BMC library is a member of CoLRiC (Council for Learning Resources in Colleges), LIEM (Libraries and Information East Midlands), CULN (Colleges & University of Leicester Network Reciprocal Access Scheme) and ALLCU (Association of Libraries in Land-based Colleges and Universities)

The Learner Voice

Learner opinions are highly valued and actively sought throughout the year. Feedback forms are always available at the issue desk of each centre. Collected feedback is displayed in the Centres and is updated termly. Library forums are also open on Moodle and surveys are used to gain evaluative feedback regarding library services.