Forever Green

Spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our gardens.

We’ve chosen some items from our special collections with a garden theme.  All of the items are from our collection of art treasures.

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This delightful image is of a design for Attingham Park, Shropshire by Humphrey Repton.  Repton was a landscape gardener in the eighteenth century, widely considered to be the successor to Capability Brown. He produced a series of Red Books to show clients what he envisaged for their park. The books are beautifully illustrated with watercolours and explanatory notes. The pictures have overlays to show ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the park.

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How to… Employability

 

Each month Library staff put on a drop-in event and this month’s theme is Employability.  

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As a BCU student you are working towards becoming a professional graduate at the end of your degree and beyond. The library has many resources for your course and those relating to knowledge transfer, coaching, mentoring, leadership, health and wellbeing to enhance your employability skills.

Come and find out more at one of the drop-ins below:

Day Location Time
Mon 18 March Curzon Library 12pm to 2pm
Tue 19 March Margaret Street Library 12pm to 1pm
Wed 20 March Seacole Library 10am to 12pm
Thu 21 March Vittoria Street Library 12pm to 1pm

 

Take a look at the university Career+ pages too for information on careers and employability.

 

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

LIKE event – January 2019

We had another LIKE meeting on Wednesday 30th January. This is an informal get together of library staff, where we share visits, conferences and any other information that might be of interest to the team. We were joined this time by our former colleague Alison, who now works for the NHS library service. It was great to see her and hear the goings on in NHS library world!

We talked about lots of topics over the course of two hours, but briefly:

Space!

A hot topic in the university at the moment, we touched upon it when discussing visits to Nottingham Trent University, University of Birmingham, and a conference attended about digital and physical library spaces.

We talked about the different ways universities are using, monitoring and evaluating space, as well as how library space is used by different people.

We were also interested in seeing space monitoring solutions in action – systems that can tell if a space is being used, which can also then display that information on screens for library users.

We enjoyed Nottingham Trent’s roof garden and thought we could look at promoting our own for the University’s Go Green initiative.

Resources for health students

It was great having Alison in from the NHS. Health students on practice are usually able to register with their trust library, and get access to physical and electronic resources in addition to what they get with the university. Alison updated us on what students have access to, and we discussed how we can promote these services more to our placement students. We also talked about the impact various different changes to resource access within the NHS might have on the services we provide.

Presenting data

One conference attended was about statistics and stories. One thing we’ve often mentioned doing is following up some of our queries/sessions to get a sense of their usefulness in practice, and this is what Public Health England have done to assess the impact of their service on users. Another is using images to present data in a more visual, manageable way, which might be a good way of helping a wider audience digest some of our service/collection statistics.

And finally…

The library contributed to International Women’s Day on 8th March (but celebrated throughout the month) – this was discussed at the LIKE event.

How to … start your research

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Every month Customer Services staff put on a pop up “How to …” event visiting each of our four libraries and provide students with information and support about various different topics. Past How to events have covered getting started in the library, where to find study spaces and using our libraries over the vacation.

This month’s theme is “How to … start your research” and library staff will be on hand to show you how to search the library’s resources, book a tutorial with a librarian, and find out how Centre for Academic Success and Personal Development Department (PDD) (City South) can help you too.

Research from the University of Huddersfield has found there is a statistically significant correlation between library usage and final degree result.

Learning how to use the library and search can potentially help you gain better marks, and save time too so pop along to one of our sessions below:

Day Location Time
Monday

25 February

Curzon Library 12pm to 2pm
Tuesday

26 February

Margaret Street Library 12pm to 1pm
Wednesday

27 February

City South Library 11am to 1pm
Thursday

28 February

Vittoria Street Library 12pm to 1pm

 

^Published on behalf of Janet Fox and Huizhe Jin, Customer Servcies Librarians

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