Chichester College Group library scoops national award

Written by Eleanor on 29th June 2019

The library team at the Chichester College Group have won a prestigious national award.

The team picked up the CoLRic (Council for Learning Resources in Colleges) Best Practice award in the marketing and social media category, in recognition of the outstanding content they have been producing through the @CCGLibrary Twitter account.

The account – which was set up at the start of the year – has gone from strength to strength, as it highlights the resources available for students and staff in a variety of imaginative ways.

From encouraging readers to share picture of their pets with books, to advocating literacy through five word story telling – the team have seen their presence at both Chichester and Brinsbury Colleges grow, with more students using the service.

Jo McKenna-Aspell, Library Resource Assistant, has been spearheading the group’s presence on social media.

She said: “We were over-the-moon to discover we had won this award – it means a lot to the team across all of our libraries.

“We started the account as a way to promote the library service internally initially – with the growth of the college group, there was a concern that the service could become increasingly invisible. We couldn’t let that happen.

“And thanks in no small part to our social media presence and host of engaging activities in the libraries, we have seen the service grow – but we couldn’t have predicted the way people have responded to us.

“We are very lucky to have a four-legged librarian (William, our library therapy dog), who has shamelessly posed for many of our promotional campaigns – and staff and students have responded with so much positivity.

“We really feel that we are actively contributing to the Chichester College Group’s mission of ‘changing lives through learning’.”

In it’s award citation, the library service was praised for ‘exemplifying the very good practice taking place in FE and sixth form college learning resources services to improve outcomes for students’.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive of the Chichester College Group, said: “This is a wonderful honour for our fantastic library teams at our Chichester and Brinsbury campuses.

“We are lucky to have such a passionate team of people working for the group to deliver this vital service to our students and who promote this with such fervour.

“It is always a delight to see their posts appear on Twitter, in their imaginative and inimitable style – they are a positive example of using creativity, proactivity and imagination to engage with students and staff on a daily basis.”

A spokesperson for CoLRic added: “Congratulations to the Chichester College Group library team on receiving one of our prestigious CoLRiC 2019 best practice awards.

“Their brilliant case study showcased how social media can be utilised in a library and learning resources context. A brilliant team!"