Library News – Digitisation, OA, Easter Opening Hours, and More

The Hive Easter opening hours

The opening hours for The Hive at Easter are:

  • Up to, and including, Thursday 24 March 2016: normal service hours 08:30-22:00
  • Good Friday, 25th March: Closed
  • Saturday 26th March: 08:30-22:00
  • Sunday 27th March: Closed
  • Monday 28th March: Closed
  • Tuesday 29th March: normal service hours resume

The askalibrarian enquiry service will be available as normal on days when The Hive is open.

 

Open Access seminars

Library Services will be running workshops to support staff with the Open Access requirements for the next REF.

Sessions are:

April 14th: 12:15-13:15 in EE1062:
“This session will introduce the idea of Open Access Publishing and how to use WRaP, the University’s Institutional Repository, to benefit your research profile and be compliant with HEFCE’s requirements for the next REF exercise.”

April 21st: 13:00-14:00 in EEG169:
“This session is aimed at researchers who have something to deposit in WRaP. It will cover the steps you need to take to deposit an article. It will also consider  how to get the most out of Open Access publishing; where to publish; what to consider when entering into agreements with publishers and how to measure impact.”

Sign up via the Staff Development Workshop portal.

 

Requesting digitisation in Aspire

Don’t forget that it may be possible to digitise a chapter of a book to make it available to your students online. Library Services provide this service via the Copyright Licensing Agency and aim complete digitisation requests within 5 working days. To request digitisation, the book must be on your Aspire Resource List.

For full details on how to request digitisation, please visit the Digitisation page of the Library Services website.

 

Requesting digitisation in Aspire

Don’t forget that it may be possible to digitise a chapter of a book to make it available to your students online. Library Services provide this service via the Copyright Licensing Agency and aim complete digitisation requests within 5 working days. To request digitisation, the book must be on your Aspire Resource List.

For full details on how to request digitisation, please visit the Digitisation page of the Library Services website.

 

ProQuest Central trial ending – feedback needed

Back in November, we began a trial of ProQuest Central, a collection of over 21,000 journals. Articles from these journals were made available in Library Search, and directly through ProQuest’s platform.

You’ve told us that broken links are a major source of frustration with Library Search, and the main culprits are links to our large database subscriptions, such as Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete.  We arranged a trial to a competitor of these two databases to see if it improved your experience of broken links and also if you preferred the content.  We’re nearly at the end of the trial, and we’d like to know your thoughts.  Please provide your feedback via our survey.

More details about what will happy to any ProQuest content on your Resource List is available on the Library Services blog.

 

How do you find information?

Library Services are running a study to explore how you discover, access and use information.  We’d like to learn about your processes so that we can develop Library Search to better benefit you.

We’ll be running a focus group on 30/03/2016 at 13:15 in EEG168.  The session will take 2.5 hours and will involve a few interactive tasks.  Refreshments will be provided.

If you’d like to take part, please contact Madalene George and Vee Collins.

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