Extreme Reading Competition and Badged Open Courses (BOCs) this summer.

Don’t forget to send us your Extreme Reading Photos for the summer holiday competition. Here’s a very late entry Hannibal extreme reading Towners copyfrom last year.   It’s Mr Townley on the Hannibal Alps trip. We’re hoping for some good ones from this year’s Classics trip walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall.

Email your entries to: library@wellingtoncollege.org.uk  or tweet them to @welly_library.


The Open University is now offering Badged Open Courses for anyone wanting to try online courses, starting anytime.  Learners can work at their own pace, signing up any time and on completion gain a digital badge which can be shared with employers, UCAS etc. Each course takes 24 hours to complete. Try something new like forensic psychology or develop your Maths skills with two levels of courses.  Accounts are currently available to age group 16+

There are over 800 free courses including many introductory courses  (without badges) – some of which only take 5 hours to complete. See the full list here

Royal Society of Chemistry – New free Chemistry online resource

Here’s a great new resource for Chemistry teachers and learners.

“Hundreds of open-access resources including experiments, worksheets, videos, simulation and games for all levels of learners. The content relates  to everyday life and real-world  challenges such as pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, energy, and more.

The RSC’s Visual Elements Periodic Table features  history and alchemy pages, and podcasts, videos and data trends across the periodic table.”

Teachers can share ideas through “Talk Chemistry” section. (JCS Online Resources)

Access Learn Chemistry via the e-library and let us know what you think!


E-libraries and e-learning Conference at Wellington College in December.

Here is Sarah Pavey’s presentation to our e-Learning and e-Libraries Conference in December. Sarah is Senior Librarian at Box Hill School in Surrey and is a passionate user of new technologies in Libraries.

We had a very exciting and inspiring day – challenging our established ways of thinking. Plenty of food for thought from a number of speakers. See  Wellington Learning blog for a full write up of the day – “Reflections on a conference on learning & libraries in a digital age” 11/12/2012


New e-resources: NewsVault – Historical electronic newspaper archive.

News Vault

This vast electronic newspaper archive is an extensive collection covering over 400 years of content and comprising over 10 million digitized pages. You can cross-search the following databases or search them individually.


It includes:

  • Times Digital Archive
  • Sunday Times Digital Archive
  • Economist Historical Archive
  • Illustrated London News
  • The Picture Post
  • FT Historical Archive
  • Times Literary Supplement
  • 17th – 19th Century British newspapers
  • The Listener 1929 – 1991
  • 19th Century US newspapers

Access these excellent historical primary sources from the e-library on the Intranet.

The Week (also accessed from the e-library)

We’ve also recently obtained a site wide licence for the digital version of  “The Week” magazine. This is a very readable weekly news digest. You can read the latest edition or browse the archive dating back to 2009.

The archive is subject searchable which makes it a useful research tool.


We are in the process of developing our MFL resources on the iPads. Please let us know if there are newspapers/magazines you would like to read on the iPads in the Library.

You can read Le Monde online and we now have “Science et Vie” French magazine.

For students of the German language Ms Bushell recommends Tagesschau in 100 Sekunden (also available on the iPads). German news in 100 seconds with subtitles.

iPads for Learning – try one in the Library today

Here’s an excellent ScoopIt page of weblinks on the topic of iPads for Learning

It includes suggestions of the most useful and interesting educational apps and ways of using ipads during lessons.

We have 12 ipads in the Mallinson Library – available for use within the Library. Come and experiment with one today or read a newspaper on an ipad – The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian all available in full colour with added features.

The National Geographic has spectacular photos and animations.

We’ve just added apps for Khan Academy (3,000 + educational videos) and Shakespeare – full text of all the plays, Sonnets, Poems and includes a Concordance.

WolframAlpha – available for Maths.