Your library never sleeps! Improvements at Curzon.

Here at Curzon Library we’ve spent the summer looking at ways we can improve the student experience.

The biggest single improvement we’ve made to the library itself is to install a brand new printing system. Extensively trialled, the HP Multi Functional Devices that can be found throughout the library are quicker, easier to use and even better at processing a high volume of jobs than the system they replaced.

We’ve also made changes to the layout of the library. Cash loaders, for adding credit to printing accounts, are now available next to the printers on the ground floor and near the atrium on the first. In addition, we’ve responded to feedback from students and replaced the café area on the ground floor with yet more study spaces suitable for both individual and group learning. And don’t forget, all of this is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Lastly, we’ve been working hard on improving the user-friendliness of the library website. It is now possible to search the Summon database of electronic resources (ebooks, journal articles etc) at the same time as looking for books that we hold in the library: simply choose the ‘everything’ tab on the library’s homepage. This is just one of the improvements we’ve made to the website – to find out more, please ask at the Helpdesk, or take yourself on a virtual tour!

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The changes we have made to the library complement perfectly the first class facilities of the recently opened Curzon B. These include study spaces designed to fit the individual learning needs of all of our students, an increased number of PCs and printers and areas for relaxation as well as study. Not forgetting a well-earned coffee and slice of cake at Starbucks of course!

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The result is a City Centre campus that has one of the best student-Study Space ratios of any university in Birmingham and enhances BCU’s reputation as one of the most student-friendly institutions in the UK. Why not come and give it a try?

National Libraries Week – Your Virtual Library

With so much available electronically, the virtual space occupied by library resources is huge! Today’s blog is going to focus on the gateway to these resources: our new library website.

We launched this new site in September 2018, and it is a hub for you to find all of your library resources, your library account, and information about borrowing and visiting the library. We also highlight services for disabled users, researchers, and those studying away from campus.

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Searching for books, journals and other resources

We’ve tried to make it easier for you to find resources.

The basic search on the homepage does what it says on the tin! Enter your search term and select an option.

If you’re confident with searching, or want some more advanced options, the ‘more ways to search’ section underneath gives you access to our A-Z lists of Databases, eJournals and the Digital Library, as well as a direct link to Advanced Search via Summon.

Use the ‘Find Resources’ menu to find out more about these resources, as well as some of the specialist ones, such as printed music.

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Managing your account

On the home page you’ll find quick links to your library account and paying charges.

Under ‘services and support’ you’ll find information about borrowing, including how to reset your PIN.

Supporting you using the library

On the home page you’ll find a link to our referencing guides, including the full Harvard guide which you can use online or download. We’ve also supplied one for screen readers.

There’s also links where you can book a tutorial with a subject specialist librarian, as well as a link to book a study room in Curzon Library.

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We hope you enjoy the new site!

^Laura

Golden Ticket Hunt 2018

Welcome to the new academic year. It’s time to go on a Golden Ticket hunt!

Starting Monday 17th September for 3 weeks, Golden Tickets will be hidden in our BCU Libraries. Each Golden Ticket found wins a prize!

Each day check for any photo clues posted on our social media sites, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to help you find out where each Golden Ticket is hidden!

The competition runs from Monday 17th September to Friday 5th October.

You’ve got to be in it to win it…so follow our social media sites today to be ready to get hunting from the 17th!

Good luck.

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Digimap updates

From Wednesday 1st August 2018 all the Digimap Collections (except Aerial & Lidar Digimap) started new licences.  This means that the first time you log in to Digimap after this date you will need to agree to the new licences before you can access the service.

This is a standard process that happens only once a year. It is a simple additional step to the login process and does not involve re-registering any of your details. Login to Digimap as usual and follow the prompts. You will need to agree to new licences for each Collection.

All your saved maps and data download history will remain accessible and unaffected by this process.

Jewellery Quarter Festival 2018: Unearthing BCU’s gem!

The wonderful annual JQFestival is fast approaching, celebrating all that is great about Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Well, did you know Birmingham City University, (BCU) has a School of Jewellery right in the heart of this area? It is located on Vittoria Street, No’s 82-86, not too far from the Golden Square. A recent visit to the School’s library, to become more familiar with the service and its stock, enabled me to unearth some gems of information on the rich educational history of the building.

During the late 19th century Birmingham’s jewellery trade grew. Consequently there was a demand for technical education in craft skills. In response, in 1888, the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association and the Municipal School of Art began delivery of classes at the Ellen Street School to the west of the Quarter. It proved so popular that in 1890 oversubscription meant a move to the current Vittoria Street premises. Built in c 1865, on the former rear garden of No. 30 Frederick Street, the Venetian Gothic building had been acquired by William Randle for his goldsmith’s manufactory. Over time the building has been extended to meet need, most notably in 1911/12 and 1992/3.

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