Changes to the Curzon High Demand Collection

We are working on integrating our High Demand Collection stock into the main Curzon library (April 2018):

  • In-demand stock will be changed from a 4 hour loan to a 1 day loan. This will make it easier to access our book stock – particularly for commuter and part-time students who may not be able to borrow a 4 hour loan.
  • As each item is changed, it will be interfiled within the main book sequence and the new loan period will be reflected on the library catalogue. This will make it much simpler to browse the shelves as all copies of the same book will be in one place.
  • Theses from the High Demand Collection will also move into the main library.
  • The reservations awaiting collection will be moving closer to the Library Help Desk.

We anticipate that the stock moves will be complete by mid-May.

^Laura

Don’t just eat your GREENS, work amongst them too!

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We have all heard about the health benefits of green leafy vegetables on our bodies but did you also know that surrounding yourself around green leafy plants can also have health benefits on our bodies too? Numerous scientific studies have shown that just adding some green indoor plants to a workplace environment can bring major positive benefits to workers. Maybe we should consider adding some green indoor plants to our workspace at BCU.

 Here are the top five benefits that ‘Greening Up’ indoor workspaces can bring:

  1. They can decrease stress. The colour green is believed to have a relaxing and calming effect on humans, which can help bring down work related tension, anxiety, anger and hostilities, which all helps to lift workers’ spirits and makes a happy working environment for everyone. https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-green-2795817

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New library room bookings system

From Monday 8th January we have a new room bookings system in place for Curzon Library, which includes the individual/group study rooms within the library, as well as the new study rooms within the Open Learning Zone in Curzon B (available as soon as the area is fully open).

The new form is easy to use – just select up to two hours and confirm your booking within 1 hour by clicking the link sent to your university email.

Room bookings

The new link is available here – please update your old bookmarks!

General rules for study rooms

  1. Please don’t exceed the maximum number of people stated on the door to each room! Sometimes we find 4 or 5 people squished into a 2-person room – asides from being really uncomfortable for you, it’s a health and safety issue. Group rooms are available, plus there’s loads of space in Curzon B for group study.
  2. Remember that most of our study rooms are within the yellow quiet zones. They aren’t soundproof, so if you’re chatting loudly or playing music, you’re potentially disturbing those around you who are trying to study.
  3. No food or drinks allowed! It’s a small space, often with computer equipment present. Spillages, litter and smelly food make it unpleasant for those using the room after you, so we ask that you eat/drink in the designated cafe areas within the building. Plus, it’s good to have a break from studying.
  4. Please don’t leave belongings in the rooms when you’re not in there – we wouldn’t want them to go missing, and it’s not fair to other students who are prevented from using the space because of it. If we find unattended bags/laptops/coats in rooms then we will ask security officers to remove them.

^Laura

How to… events (September to December 2017)

As you may be aware the Customer Services team have started running monthly ‘How to… Events’ based on our most frequently asked questions (FAQs).  We run these events at different times during the week to try and talk to as many students as possible. We try to have a Librarian and Library Advisor on each day and sometimes staff from other sections have kindly volunteered to help out too.  We advertise these events through various means from posters around the library to social media and of course through our Communications Coordinator – Stewart.

 

Getting Started

The first event theme was ‘Getting Started’ where we explained to students what their library borrower number and PIN are, how to use the catalogue to search for books and how to use the MFDs.  Luckily for us at Curzon, Steve Saunders (Uniflow Systems Administrator) kindly volunteered to help too, he proved invaluable and had lots of students asking questions about printing.

Using more than books

The second event was based on ‘Using more than the books on the library shelves’. This was to explain to students that there are a lot more resources available to them, than just the books on the shelves.  Many student browse the shelves and miss out on all the ‘other stuff’.  We explained about searching the catalogue to find books using keywords, how to reserve books that were already out on loan.  We also demonstrated how to search Summon to find journal articles.  Kip (Supervisor, Inter-library Loans) was also there to tell students how to obtain material that they could not access via the library tile (ILL).

Studying over Christmas

The December event was all about ‘Studying over Christmas’ explaining how the library remains open over the vacation for them to be able to come in and study if they wanted to.  We also promoted SCONUL access, so they could use other university libraries, if they were going home for Christmas.  This event was very popular as a lot of our students did not know that the library stayed open over vacations and surprisingly very few knew about SCONUL.

 

I really enjoy running these events and take great delight in engaging with our customers who are always grateful of any information that will help them with their studies.  We need to carry on spreading the word about all our wonderful services, resources and most importantly our staff who are always there willing to help in any way that they can.

We will be running even more events in 2018 from ‘study spaces’ to ‘coping with exams’.  We hope these prove as popular as those already run or even better exceed our expectations.

 

^Posted on behalf of Janet Fox

Problems accessing Westlaw International: resolved

Update 10/1/18: Access to Westlaw International is now resolved.

Since Westlaw made some changes last week, there have been problems accessing Westlaw International. If you get this message you need to scroll to the bottom and click on the ‘sign in with OpenAthens’ option – unfortunately this will only work on campus.

We are in contact with Westlaw so hope to improve this soon.

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^Laura on behalf of the Systems Team