January 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the JCS newsletter...

In this month's edition:

Welcome back to a new term, a new year and a new JCS newsletter! We hope you have all had a restful break and are now ready to hit the ground running in 2013.

With many of you in starting to prepare bids for this year’s budget, it is worth bearing in mind the value for money from online resources (not to mention the educational benefits). With so many young people using tablets and portable devices, subscriptions to online resources are a great way to engage learners and give them ready access to information in and out of school.

All subscriptions through JCS Online Resources allow institution-wide concurrent access to the resource with no restriction so unlike a single copy of a book or magazine which can only be used by one person at a time, the online resources can be accessed by all. Subscription rates for all resources available through JCS are discounted so offer great value for money, making your budget stretch further.

The full catalogue is available on the JCS website and you can get a quote quickly and easily by emailing the team or completing this form.

The brand new National Geographic Virtual Library now available through JCS...

JCS is delighted to announce the addition of a fabulous whole-school resource to the JCS portfolio - the National Geographic Virtual Library. A licence has been negotiated for all UK schools and sixth form colleges and subscriptions are now available with higher discounts for regional consortia.

The offer available through JCS Online Resources includes 3 outstanding collections as one unique package for your library. National Geographic Virtual Library combines the complete archive of National Geographic magazine – every page of every issue which date back to 1888 – together with a vast multimedia collection of National Geographic books, images, maps and videos plus National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

The National Geographic Virtual Library is fully searchable with keyword and advanced searches which allow the user to refine the search by entry type, while the user-friendly interface and full text facsimile allows easy reading. The National Geographic Virtual Library is an essential resource for any school online library.

Request a free 30 day trial here or get a quote here.

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JCS Publisher Workshops for the spring term...

So far two workshops are confirmed for the spring term but more are in the pipeline. If your school would like to host one of these extremely popular events please phone Joyce Martin on 01865 399462 to find out what’s involved.

Wednesday 27 February: Raynes Park High School, Bushey Road, London, SW20 0JL

Wednesday 13th March: Long Eaton School, Nottinghamshire NG10 3NP

The programme for each of these workshops will include demonstrations of several of the resources including those new to the portfolio, time to try them out, and discussion about why schools should be investing in online resources from trusted sources as well as ways to get them taken up by students and staff.

To book your place on either of these workshops, just fill out this form.

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JCS welcomes David Zawada to the team...

As our portfolio and customer base continues to grow, so too does JCS. This month we were extremely pleased to welcome a new member of the sales team, David Zawada. David is a recent graduate in History and Politics from the University of Kent and found online resources invaluable for his studies. We’re really looking forward to working with David and he is already proving to be a real asset to the team.

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Where do your students start their research?

Which of these responses match your experience?

a. “Online, though I worry about where online.“

b. “Via the library. My students have a most impressive understanding of online resources!”

c. “I can't say for certain, but I wish I could say that it is through reputable sources.”

If you answered "a" or "c" you should seriously consider joining Credo Reference for one of their 30-minute webinars. The online session will provide a brief overview of this comprehensive, cross-curricular resource which offers quick and easy access to the full text of over 500 reference books from 70 highly regarded publishers. Each webinar will focus on best practice for engaging your students with authoritative sources by exploring search capabilities and content available through Credo Reference. Choose one of the online sessions listed below and sign up today:

Thursday 31 January 2013 - 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT. Click here to register.

Tuesday 5 February 2013 - 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT. Click here to register.

Wednesday 6 February 2013 - 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT. Click here to register.

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Rock’s Backpages has a makeover...

The music journalism archive, Rock’s Backpages, has recently received a makeover which means that users now get responses to their searches much more quickly and access to a lot more content. One great new facility is Backpages 365 which allow you to find out what happened on this day in music history.

If you’re not yet a subscriber to Rock’s Backpages, it is a cross-curricular resource which can be used to help the teaching and learning of music, social sciences, media studies, English and creative writing, history, and even politics. It is guaranteed to engage students and staff alike.

Take out a free 30 day trial here or get a quote here.

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Test your knowledge of British history with eChalk...

eChalk contains a wealth of curriculum-mapped interactive activities and educational games suitable for learners from KS2-KS4 and you can now test your knowledge of the main events of British history during the last 2000 years with this beautiful new picture quiz.

Request a free trial of eChalk or get a quote here.

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Discover Burns Night through Scran...

Discover more about Burns Night on 25th January. The search term ‘Burns Night’ in Scran returns over 200 results including this image of the poet by Alexander Nasmyth. Alongside the image you will find information about the poet and the origins of the painting itself. The portrait was commissioned by the publisher William Creech, to be engraved for a new edition of Burns' poems. Apparently Nasmyth never quite completed the portrait, preferring to leave it unfinished rather than take the risk of losing his likeness.

Request a free trial of Scran or get a quote here.

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National Libraries Day 2013 – don’t forget your online library...

National Libraries Day is being held on 9th February and will be a great opportunity to exhibit what your school library has to offer which shouldn’t just be access to printed books but also online reference resources and e-books. So please don’t forget to show off the full range of resources and support that your library and its team has to offer your students!

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Wellington College e-resources conference...

Sarah and Joyce were pleased to have the opportunity to be able to share information about the JCS online resources with delegates attending Wellington College’s e-resources one-day conference held last December. The organisers provided packed programme with speakers addressing a wide range of issues relating to the use of e-resources and e-learning in schools. Sarah Pavey provided the views of the librarian/learning resource community in terms of the school librarian as an e-learning facilitator. Her excellent presentation is available on her area of the AuthorStream website.

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JCS publishers at BETT 2013...

The JCS team will be visiting the BETT show which is taking place at the ExCel exhibition centre between 30th January and 2nd February and we are looking forward to seeing many of our publishers and maybe even finding some new resources for our portfolio!

If you are attending BETT this year, make sure to stop off at the Cengage stand (B357) to talk to their representatives about the resources available through JCS. As well as being entered into their raffle to win £500 off a subscription, you’ll be able to see demos of the Times Digital Archive (one of the historic publications available through Gale NewsVault) and the brand new National Geographic Virtual Library. Visit on Wednesday 30th January at 11am or Friday 1st February at 10am for demos to both products – each session starts on the hour and lasts for 15 minutes. Please let them know if you will be able to attend one of these demonstrations by emailing them at emea.galereply@cengage.com and they will ensure your name is added to the raffle.

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Sector news...

Launch of national poetry anthology for teenagers...

The poems of John Donne, Lord Byron and Sylvia Plath are among those included in an anthology for a new national poetry competition – Poetry by Heart – just launched in schools and colleges by the Department for Education.

The body of work will give students and teachers the opportunity to study a coherent range of poems from different periods, and will provide a foundation for exploring poetry over time.

Schools taking part in this competition will find EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center an invaluable tool to help students to understand the context of the poetry. The resource includes access to more than 88,000 literary criticism articles and essays, nearly 180,000 author biographies, and 450 full-text literary journals.

Many of the historic newspapers and periodicals available through Gale NewsVault (eg The Times, The Sunday Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Listener) will not only provide context but also reviews and criticisms published at the time many of the poems were written, and features about the poets.

Credo Reference also provides a great starting point for research when finding out about the history of texts. Credo offers students and teachers access to over 500 reference books, and counting!

To request a free trial of these or any of our resources, please click here.

Essa Academy: bookless school where everyone has an iPad...

A school in Bolton is pushing the boundaries of education by putting away pens and paper and giving all pupils and teachers their own iPad. You can watch the full BBC report here.

School libraries 'under threat' due to funding cuts...

School libraries are under growing threat because of concerns over the closure of vital support school library services run by local councils, new research suggests.

Read the full article here.

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