Library Update for Science Summer 2013 All change We are committed to providing you with access to high quality information resources. During the spring we had a trial of a set of resources from one of the major database providers (Proquest); we ran some training days and spent time comparing the coverage and value of the trial product against our current provision. We are pleased to say that the move to Proquest will happen during July and August. Full-text coverage from Proquest Central is similar to Academic Search Elite, and we will also have the following additional resources ProQuest Computing™ ProQuest Science Journals™ ProQuest Biology Journals These collections include additional titles from the Nature publishing group, Nature Methods, Nature Genetics and Nature Cell Biology. Our subscription also includes access to Ebrary Academic complete providing access to 80,000 full text e-books across a range of disciplines. I will offer training some updating sessions at the beginning of the next academic year.
Summer opening hours From Saturday 15th June vacation hours begin Monday—Thursday 8.30-17.00 Friday 8.30-16.30 Saturday and Sunday Closed
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org tel.01473 338700 Or Sarah Robinson s.robinson@ ucs.ac.uk tel. 01473 338703
Do I need to do anything? You only need to do something if you have set up an account with any of the following Ebsco databases, *Academic Search Elite * Business Source Elite * Criminal Justice Abstracts * Or *Academic Onefile* Instructions for exporting and saving your references can be found here http://ucseresources.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/e-resources-at-ucs-delivering-the-best-databases-to-you/
Self-service If you have been in the library recently you might have noticed staff sticking new labels into books. This is all part of the background work for self-service; each book has to have its own RFID (radio frequency identification) tag in order to work with the self service machines. The machines are being installed at the start of the summer ready for the system to go live in August. Self-service will make a huge difference to the library and we know that is something students have been asking for and expect to see in an academic library. One of our new self- service machines waiting to be installed.
What’s new? Never miss a new book again! To alert you of new printed material coming into the library we have set up Pinterest boards for each subject area. You can access the boards from the relevant library subject page. Simply select the See on Pinterest link and you will be taken to the board. The boards contain the covers of new books— underneath each cover you will see a link to the library catalogue— use this to find out more about the book. We are aiming to update the boards once a month, although during times when there’s a lot of stock arriving it might be more often. I will alert you when we have updated a board. If you have a Pinterest account we would love you to follow us!
Making ebooks easier to find The use of our ebook collection is already high, but to make the availability of key ebooks even more apparent we have created dummy covers for the shelves. Each cover includes a QR code that can be scanned to access the book directly; alternatively you can use Summon or the catalogue to see the book. If there are titles that you would like a dummy cover made for then let me know and we will set one up.
Planet eStream developments We are in the process of creating specialist pages for each subject—find these in the media and Images section of your subject guide. Each page shows recent content recorded on eStream At the moment we have pages for Computer Games Design Film
History You will find the link on the Media and Images pages at the top of the page under find out more and watch recent recordings
More eStream pages coming soon
Reading lists — we need your help! The tangled web of reading list management I will soon send out a request for your new course handbooks and module reading lists. Earlier this year the students union highlighted reading lists as one of the key areas of concern for our students, highlighting the following issues; • Students feel confused between what they should read and what they should buy • They are annoyed when things that are on lists are not in the library • They are equally confused if the lists are not up to date—should they read an edition indicated on the list if a later edition is on the shelves? As illustrated below we are sometimes faced with students who have been advised to consult material that we don’t have in the library, we want to work with you to make sure this doesn’t happen. We are implementing a number of initiatives to help you manage your lists and move towards a standard template across UCS. Reading list guidelines and the template can be found on the library website https://my.ucs.ac.uk/Library/Reading-Lists.aspx
Make one change In our experience one of the greatest inconsistencies across reading lists at UCS is the range of terminology used. If there is one edit that you make to your lists this year please make it this Change the variety headings used below •
Basic Class reading
We also need to make sure we have all the material on the reading list—so please send us the list and information about any material you make reference to during your lectures. If we haven’t seen or heard about it, it might not be here!
First Steps During the year we have made your lists more visible to students by making them available on the library catalogue. This is the first step in developing a strategy to manage lists—ideally we would love to be in a position where we can offer you reading list management software There are many benefits to these systems: •
Management of lists is quick and easy though linking to the library catalogue and other resources.
Reading lists become more visible to students as links to the software can be added anywhere it’s required.
They provide useful statistics on usage of items on reading lists, so we can quickly order more copies of a book when required, or you can remove a book if it is never used.
Lists become far more dynamic than the static lists we have here at UCS— you can add urls and links to articles Some systems enable students to like or dislike an item and see related material of interest .
What happens to your list? We are committed to making material available to library users as quickly as possible. When we receive a reading list it is: •
Checked against the library catalogue for number of copies, loan periods and ebook versions.
We then order new (and additional copies of existing titles if necessary) from our library supplier (Dawson books), we specify the length of loan, and check that the class number fits our needs.
If a book is unavailable from our suppler we will search Amazon or Abe for copies.
The reading list is then added to the library catalogue. These can be found via the reading list link on the first page of the catalogue.
If the list is already on our system it will be checked against what has been sent. Finally a QR code is generated that can be added to your module hand book or given to students. This will take students direct to the list on the catalogue. Please contact me if you would like to add these to your lists.
Assignment planning toolkit The Library, Learning Development and Elevate Teams are working collaboratively to develop a web-based assignment planning toolkit aimed at supporting UCS students facing the challenges associated with successfully completing their first assignments and other related tasks at university, and easing the transition into an academic environment with higher expectations and standards. It is going to be launched as a contribution to support the developing Information Literacy Strategy at UCS, which aims to create graduates who are technologically, digitally and information literate. This tool will break the whole assignment task into smaller, more manageable steps and help students with their planning and time management. Not only will this toolkit provide students with support in regard to formatting, structuring and the layout of their assignment, it will also direct them to sources of research information which they may not be aware of and should therefore improve the quality of their research and final assignment work. We are beginning with the essay section as this is pertinent to the greatest number of students, additional sections will follow including: •
Analysis of Research
Look out for Becky’s poster at the Learning and Teaching day
Next year.... I will soon be in touch about Induction and Information Literacy sessions for your students for the 201314 session. I will outline what we can offer during these sessions and how we are developing the sessions in line with the Information Literacy Strategy mentioned above. If you would like to get things moving and book some sessions please contact me.
Finally.... It is nearly the summer break, whatever you are doing enjoy the break!