Improvement works in Curzon Library Summer 2018

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Over the summer we’re going to be making some changes to Curzon Library.

During June we will be working in the central area of level 1 (near the entrance/exit), removing the seating areas, PCs, and printers to make way for new shelving and study space.

The printers, top-up machines and library catalogues will move to new locations on level 1. The self-service machines will remain near the entrance/exit gates.

New shelving will be installed upstairs, providing us with some much needed room for expansion of the library stock.

By the end of July we will have installed the seating/tables on level 1, and we will be getting ready to reinstall the PCs downstairs on level 0.

 

We expect there will be some noise disruption whilst furniture is dismantled and rebuilt, and some of the equipment (self-service, printers etc.) will be out of use for a short period whilst it is being moved. We have duplicate equipment on the ground floor, and staff will be on hand to help you find what you need.

 

^Laura

 

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

Collection Spotlight: Scopus

A collection spotlight

Scopus has been added to our portfolio of databases.

It is one of the largest databases of abstracts and citations of journals, books and conference proceedings from more than 5000 publishers.

Scopus

It is multi-disciplinary and it’s coverage includes research from:

*science

*technology

*medicine

*social sciences

*arts and humanities

To access this resource, go via the A-Z of Resources on our iCity pages.

^Trudi

BCU Harvard Style in EndNote

Library staff have worked with colleagues in IT, Centre for Academic Success and staff at Clarivate Analytics to add the BCU Harvard Style to EndNote reference management software.

This means students and staff can now select BCU Harvard as an output style from within the desktop and web versions of EndNote. An EndNote plugin for word processing software will then allow users to produce reference lists and bibliographies automatically in the format used by the University.

If you want further information about BCU’s referencing guidelines visit here.

If you want training on how to use EndNote Web, IT offer workshops, check out their schedule for further details.

 

 

How to…contact the library

 

Library Help

We are running our How to events next week.

Library staff will be visiting all 5 of our campus libraries to show you how to get help from the library and the various different ways to contact us.

The timetable for the sessions is below:

Date Location Time
Mon 5 March School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 6 March Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 7 March Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 8 March School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 9 March Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.