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

Key Christmas dates for Inter-Library loan requests.

Key Dates:

Fri 15 Dec 2017

If your Inter-Library book loan is due for return by Fri 15 Dec, please ensure you return it promptly, or request a renewal. Remember that renewals are not always possible, and you may still need to return the item.

Mon 18 Dec – Thu 21 Dec 2017

  • We will be offering a limited service during this time.
  • We are very unlikely to be able to process book loan requests, as most of our suppliers suspend their loan service the week before Christmas.
  • We may be able to source limited journal articles/ book chapters (document supply)

Fri 22 Dec 2017 – Tues 2 Jan 2018 

  • The Inter-Library Loans service will be closed from 2pm on Fri 22 Dec, and we will reopen on Tues 2 Jan 2018. No requests will be processed during this time, and the office will be closed.
  • We will not be able to process any renewal requests during this time.
  • We anticipate a backlog of requests upon our return, so delays in processing will be likely, with the aim to be back to our normal levels of service from Mon 8 Jan.

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 … Carry on studying through the vacation

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Following on from the success of our two previous “How to …” pop up events (Getting Started and Finding more than books on the library shelves)  we are running a third  to highlight the following:

  • How to access resources when you are not in University
  • Use the library during vacation
  • Get help when Library’s closed (FAQs)
  • Use other University libraries (SCONUL)

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

Monday 4 December 10am to 11am
Tuesday 5 December 11am to 12pm
Wednesday 6 December 12pm to 1pm
Thursday 7 December 1pm to 2pm
Friday 8 December 10am to 11am

Location of the “How to…” events

Curzon Library: meet library staff on the ground floor opposite the Help Desk.

Seacole Library: meet library staff by the library office door, near Printer/Photocopiers.

 

Look forward to seeing you there.

^Trudi

Collection Spotlight: Drapers Online

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Attention fashion and textiles students! We’ve now got access to Drapers Online.

Register with your BCU email address to get access to fashion news, retail information, product and trade shows, jobs, events and more!

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To access this resource, check the ‘journals & databases’ tab of the fashion or textiles online subject guides, or go via the A-Z of Resources on our iCity pages.

 

^Laura