LIKE event – 12th December 2017

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Today we held our first LIKE event in a long while! These events are really good to bring staff from across Library & Learning Resources together, to informally talk about conferences, courses and visits we’ve been to, or new things we’ve come across.

Despite the snow providing some difficulties for staff getting into work, the promise of Christmas treats lured a few of us in!

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Highlights of experiences shared included:

A visit to Aston University Library which was really interesting to compare how we handle payments, reservations, room bookings, social media and signage. Our staff were particularly impressed by the helpful colour-coded dewey signs and leaflets, and by Cyril the Squirrel, the social media mascot! There’s definitely a lot we learn from taking part in these visits, so a big thank you to the Mercian Collaboration who organise them throughout the Midlands.

Another member of staff visited The Library of Birmingham, in particular to look at the employability and entrepreneurship centre, as well as the black history archives. She was impressed by both places – there are some amazing workshops run each month for budding entrepreneurs, and the archives are an incredibly rich resource that would enhance the research of our Black Studies students.

One of the difficult things when you’re in a fast-paced environment such as an academic library is keeping up with the HE sector itself, and one person in the group recommended the Wonkhe Monday Briefing email as a snapshot of new things happening in the sector. We all agreed that this type of resource is really important for our service development.

Lastly, we talked about using Twitter to our advantage. One of our Collection Management Librarians uses Twitter to see what our academics are reading, which is a brilliant way of finding out what they’d recommend we buy for the library. I use Twitter to follow other librarians from all sectors, and learn a lot from their experiences and ideas. We highly recommend it as an easy form of horizon scanning!

Thank you to L&LR staff for sharing!

^Laura

How to…find more than books on the library shelves

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This is the second of our ‘How to…’ pop up events.

Last time we concentrated on Getting Started using the library, this month we are helping you find what else the library has beyond the books on the shelves.

Come along to one of our ‘How to’ sessions and learn more about:

  • Using Summon to find books, journal and newspaper articles
  • How to get the books you need, when another students has them out on loan
  • How to get books that are on the catalogue, but at a different campus
  • How to get books and articles that your library does not hold
Date Times @ Curzon Library Times @ Seacole Library
Mon 6th November 12noon – 1pm  10am – 11am
Tues 7th November 10am – 11am  11am -12noon
Wed 8th November 11am – 12noon  12noon –  1pm
Thurs 9th November 1pm – 2pm  1pm -2pm
Friday 10th November 10am – 11am  11am – 12noon

 

Location of the ‘How to…’ events

Curzon library: meet library staff opposite the entrance on the first floor of the library

Seacole library: meet library staff by the comfy seating area next to the self service machines

Look forward to seeing you there.

^Trudi

 

 

Collection Spotlight: Trial of Faculti

A collection spotlight

We are running a Trial of Faculti until mid November.

Faculti is an online academic research video library which hosts over 1000 videos aiming to make research more accessible.

The video library is multi-disciplinary and covers:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Art, Design  and Architecture  and many more.

Below is an example of some of the videos currently available:

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To access Faculti log in to iCity and go through our A-Z of Resources.

We’d love to know what you think so send us your feedback to: elibrary@bcu.ac.uk

 

^Trudi

Getting started: Familiarise yourself with our library

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Are you new to libraries? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all?

Come along to one of our ‘HOW TO’ sessions and learn more about:

  • Locating the books you need
  • Finding out what your Library PIN is
  • Using the self issue machines to take books out
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning ….. and much, much more

The Customer Services team will be running these sessions at both Curzon Library and Mary Seacole Library on:

Monday, 2nd October                          10:00-11:00

Tuesday, 3rd October                          11:00-12:00

Wednesday, 4th October                    12:00-13:00

Thursday, 5th October                         13:00-14:00

Friday, 6th October                           10:00 – 11:00 (Curzon )  14:00-15:00 (Seacole)

The sessions at Curzon Library are being held opposite the Help Desk on the Ground Floor.

The sessions at Mary Seacole Library are being held at the comfy seating area by the self service machines.

See you there!

^Trudi

Library Customer Services team – Who are we?

Hello!

We thought we’d stop by and introduce ourselves. We’re the Customer Services team within Library & Learning Resources. You’ll find us at each Library Helpdesk, roving within the larger libraries, and also answering your emails and live chats.

Customer Service Librarians

The Customer Services Librarians at Curzon Library – Bernadette, Laura, Keith and Janet

Our Advisors are the first port of call if you need any help with your library account, finding and borrowing items, using the equipment within the library space, and all general ‘how do I use the library?’ queries.

Our Librarians are here when you need help searching for books, journal articles, statistics, company information… anything which you might need for your assignments and research. We can help you with literature searches, database access, referencing, evaluation of resources, and plenty more!

In addition to our Helpdesks, we run a 24/7 virtual enquiry service! We have an extensive list of FAQs for you to search, as well as 24/7 live chat. We staff this service ourselves during core hours, and our partner libraries from around the world take over out-of-hours. In addition to contacting us via chat, you can phone, text or email us, or message us on social media. All our contact details are on the Library Help site.

We’re passionate about libraries, learning, and helping you get the most out of university. The Customer Services team works together with our library colleagues to make sure you have access to the resources you need, and the tools to use them effectively. Library & Learning Resources are the first department at Birmingham City University to have achieved the Customer Service Excellence standard, which we hope demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best possible service we can.

So, if you have any questions, or would like to find out more about how we can help you, please stop by your BCU library and have a chat with one of our friendly team, or send us a message online. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

^Laura