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December 2013

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Library open 8am - 2am for revision and exams!

From Saturday 30th November, we have increased our opening hours to 0800-0200, 7 days a week! These hours will run until we close at 2am on the night of Thursday the 19th December. When we are closed, you can use other study facilities. Click here to check for the nearest 24 hour PC classroom. If you have any questions, let us know. Email:

600 Years of Book Collecting

We have recently launched the sale of a publication created by the Library to celebrate the University's 600th birthday.

You can buy individual issues of our 6-part series from the University Library Helpdesk and Special Collections. The publication explores 600 years of book collecting by highlighting an item from each decade of the University's life. So far Issue 1 (Divinity & Politics), Issue 2 (The Natural World) and Issue 3 (Language & Literature) are available. Issue 3 can be picked up for FREE from the Main Library, Special Collections, St Mary's, Martyrs and JF Allen Library! Please come along to the Main Library to have a look through the issues. They are available to buy for ÂŁ3 each. You can now also buy the box set of all 6 issues from the online shop.

600 Years of Book Collecting box set The limited edition box set costs ÂŁ60. It contains all 6 issues including the last 3 issues (Astronomy & Mathematics; Geography & Exploration; and Arts) which you will be able to buy individually from next semester.

Academic staff - please send us your reading lists for Semester 2 Teaching in semester two? If you plan to use short loan/scanned readings or if you would like to have an online reading list set up for your module, please let the Library know by Monday 6 January. Click here for full information on how to notify us of your reading requirements. For more information or to send us your reading lists, email: -Colin Bovaird Academic Liaison Officer

Open Access support continues to grow During this year's Open Access Week we added new pages to our Libguide on open

access about Creative Commons licences and open access monographs, and we celebrated some of the fascinating content in Research@StAndrews:FullText by creating a new range of bookmarks:

Image from Byrne, RW, Bates, L & Moss, CJ 2009, 'Elephant cognition in primate perspective' Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, vol 4, pp. 65-79.

Image from Jaeger, A, Selmeczy, D, O'Connor, AR, Diaz, M & Dobbins, I 2012, 'Prefrontal cortex contributions to controlled memory judgment: fMRI evidence from adolescents and young adults' Neuropsychologia, vol 50, no. 14, pp. 3745-3756.

Image by Tiago Marques, fieldwork for: Aars, J, Marques, TALO, Andersen, M, Belikov, S, Boltunov, A, Buckland, ST & Wiig, O 2009, 'Estimating the Barents Sea polar bear subpopulation size' Marine Mammal Science, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 35-52.

We also published the University's new policy on open access: "With research funding now being utilised to develop the Open Access agenda, it is important for us to have a shared vision as an academic community on the means as well as the ends of the publication of research by this University. Our new Open Access Policy provides a statement of that shared vision." John MacColl. Read the full policy here. We continue to develop our open access services, and look forward to supporting the widest possible access to research. -Jackie Proven Repository Support Officer (Research publications and Open Access)

Our Photographic Archivist sends news from the Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists conference

Marc Boulay, Jamie Allen (third from the left), and other photographic curators from Canada and the USA. This November I had the pleasure of contributing to the inaugural conference of the

Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists (ARCS) in Chicago Illinois. A motley crew of over 530 collection managers, registrars and curators from 28 countries gathered to listen to 60 presenters over 3 days. The purpose was to discuss the finer points of the administration of exhibitions, acquisitions, loans, shipping, accessioning policies, copyright, and the application of new technologies in the workplace. In my role as presenter I teamed up with Jamie Allen, an American colleague who is the Assistant Curator of Photographs at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester NY. Here is a summary which underlines the impetus for our talk: 'Managing Historic Photographs in the 21st Century': A Case Study of Two Prominent Collections Whether accumulated consciously as acquisitions, as part of institutional workflows or as the product of business processes, photographs are a pervasive medium of visual communication found throughout cultural heritage institutions. Traditionally, photographs have been treated as secondary resources, rarely benefiting from the standards applied to museum and archive collections. Thankfully, the progression towards effective management and preservation of photographs has developed concurrently with their increased cultural and market value. However, a legacy of neglect is strongly felt by those charged with making these resources available for research, exhibition and discovery. In our talk we highlighted practical issues surrounding the adoption of progressive management strategies of photographic holdings and addressed approaches to: developing infrastructure, administrative support, preservation/access, copyright, exhibitions, social media, digital humanities, online resources, funding, and facilities development. The two parallel presentations underlined commonalities as well as differences in the application of contemporary solutions within our respective established institutions. As a member of the audience or at any of the numerous corporate sponsored meals and evening events there were great opportunities for building awareness about University Library Special Collections Divisions. The talks themselves were fascinating too and in a few cases very useful! Marc Boulay -Photographic Archivist

Library drop-in sessions

Want help finding information for an essay or with how to get the most out of SEEKER? Come along to one of our Library drop-in sessions. The drop-in sessions are held every week; book for a session or just come by. We are also holding EndNote sessions, but as these are more structured, you will need to book in advance. You can book an EndNote session and have a look at the times for the drop-ins here. -Academic Liaison

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Library newsletter December 2013  

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