Maintenance Work in the Library During August

IMGP7883The Library will be undergoing some more general maintenance work this August, beginning this week.

On Thursday 6th August University Facilities Management will be replacing the flooring in the entrance lobby. These works are planned to performed over a day and will be done in such a way as to keep one half of the entrance/exit area open at all times.

Beginning Monday 10th August for approximately 5 weeks FM will be installing new exit ramps on both of the Level 1 fire escape doors. Unfortunately it is anticipated that these works may be a little noisy at times.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Points of View – You Said, We Listened!

suggestionEvery year we publish details of the comments we received via our special suggestion boxes sited throughout the Library. This year we received a record 45 suggestion cards on a wide variety of matters.

All users get a reply from a relevant member of Library staff within one working day of submitting their suggestion card. We have also compiled a summary of all the comments and replies on our suggestions and feedback webpage.

We welcome all comments/feedback from our users as they help us develop our services. Thank you to everyone who posted a suggestion last year.

The Scores on the Doors – KPI Performance Targets

Library staff groupThe fourth full year of measuring our KPI performance pledges to you have just been released. So how did we do?

Well, we’re happy to report that we’ve scored 100% across the board for all of our scores this year, meaning we’ve kept completely up with our targets in areas such as returning and shelving books, inter-library loan receiving and processing, and opening times and hours.

If you would like to see a full summary of our targets and performance levels, they are available on our website. Please feel free to give us some feedback – it would be great to hear from you.

Database Trial – Sage Research Methods

lWymAW36_400x400Until 31st August we are running a trial of Sage Research Methods, an online tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.

SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods‘ robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and “Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.”

We have trial access to Sage Research Methods, Sage Research Methods Cases and Sage Research Methods Data Sets.  To begin searching please go to: – access is via IP address.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – about this trial. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Scheduled Service Interruption for Elsevier Research Platforms on 1st August

logo_ELSEVIERThis Saturday, 1st August, access to certain Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT.

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

To stay up to date with any developments, follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Additional Building Work in the Library This Week

Pilkington library after refurbishment

In addition to the work being performed in the Quiet Study area on Level 4 this week, work will also begin on replacing all the desk units in the Study Carrels on Levels 1 & 2. We will also be replacing many of the chairs on Level 2 with new ones.

This work will involve some noise and disturbance and will necessitate certain facilities being out of use while the work is being done. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Roald Dahl – Top of the Form!

6142946853_49c55033ed_mRoald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory has been voted top of a list of books teachers consider that all children should read before they leave primary school in a new poll conducted by the Times Educational Supplement and the National Association of Teaching English.

500 teachers compiled a list of what they considered to be the best children’s stories, resulting in the following top ten:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Those nostalgic to reclaim a little of their lost youth may be delighted to hear that we have copies of all but one of those stories among our stock – sadly, The Gruffalo was just a bit too big and rowdy to keep on our shelves!

Roald Dahl portrait by Sally, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

E.L. Doctorow 1931-2015

15213777537_345c43d100_zThe award-winning American historical novelist E.L. Doctorow has died, aged 84.

Born in 1931, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow began his literary career as a script-reader for Columbia Pictures, and his first novel, Welcome to Hard Times, published in 1960, was inspired by the many western stories he had to read in this time.

He gained widespread critical acclaim for his fourth novel Ragtime, which won him the first of three US National Book Critics Circle Awards in 1975. Billy Bathgate (1989) and The March (2005) also received the award. In total Doctorow wrote ten novels, four of which were filmed. Ragtime was also successfully adapted as a stage musical in 1998.

We have copies of several of Doctorow’s novels in our literature section on Level 2, including Ragtime, of which we also hold a copy of the 1981 Oscar-nominated cinema adaption among our DVD collection in the High Demand section.

You can also find out a lot more about his life and works by visiting Literature Online, our popular English & American literature database which covers over 300,000 works of poetry, prose and drama from the 8th to the 21st century.

E.L. Doctorow at the PEN American Centre Literary Awards 2014, courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Extended Library Opening Hours – You Said, We Listened!


We’re very pleased to announce that, following a great deal of constructive discussion between ourselves, the University and the Students Union, the Library will be extending its opening hours from the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

From the end of September the following extensions will take place:

  • During term time, the Library will remain open until 2am every day, rather than closing at midnight as before.
  • Opening times during the 2016 Easter vacation will be extended from 5.30pm so that the Library will remain open until 8pm Monday-Friday.
  • Our 2016 New Year 24-7 opening period will now begin on the first Monday of term (4th January) rather than starting midweek as before.

We’ve been working very closely over this issue with the Students Union, especially Amy Ward (VP Education), and we have been guided by student comments and opinions that you’ve made through our surveys and feedback forms. So these improvements are very much the result of Amy’s hard work and your feedback – and we are delighted that we have the resources to implement these enhancements to our service. We hope you find them useful.

And if you have any other comments or feedback you wish to make regarding any aspect of the Library’s services, don’t hesitate to let us know – we’re always happy to receive the views of our users.

Summer Elevenses in the Library

IMG_0044We’re running another series of our popular Elevenses range of bite-sized training sessions for staff and post graduates in the Library this summer.

This the schedule for the weeks ahead (click on the link for more information and booking details):

During these sessions you will have the opportunity to learn more about the research related topic listed above, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. Experts from the Library, Careers and Employability Centre and Research Office will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

All the sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room 1 and start at 11am, and will last approximately half an hour. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Refreshments will be provided.