Spotlight on… resources for your assignment

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Reality hits as your assignment deadlines approach!  Quality information resources are one of the foundations of highly marked assignments, so come along to the stand to discover how to:

  • identify the sorts of resources you will need for your assignment
  • discover which databases can help you find high quality resources quickly in your subject
  • search the databases or sources effectively
  • evaluate which books or articles would be appropriate for an academic assignment

When: Tuesday 7th November, 12-2 and Thursday 9th November, 2-4

Where: Pilkington Library foyer

Find out more via this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=364CfEeMrmk&rel=0

Problems accessing Mendeley?

Mendeley are in the process of transitioning their log ins to a different server, which means that access via the usual web address: http://www.mendeley.com can be unreliable. If you try to log in via this address and receive a message: “We’re sorry but we can’t sign you in at the moment. Please try again later”, please log in via: https://mendeley.com/sign/in/plus instead. Once the transition process has been completed the usual Mendeley address will be working again. Mendeley apologise for the inconvenience.

Important! Last Chance to Save Your RefWorks References

Are you a RefWorks user? If so, it is important that you act now in order to ensure that you do not lose any of your work.

From the end of October 2017, the University will no longer be supporting RefWorks; so it is vital that you make provision to migrate any references you have in RefWorks to a new platform.

The University is now recommending Mendeley as our chosen referencing software. If you choose to use Mendeley migrating your references from RefWorks to Mendeley is a simple process, details of which can be found on the Referencing Software pages on Learn:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3539

These pages have further details about Mendeley, with videos and guides, informing you about the functionality of Mendeley and how to get started using it.

The Library is also running an introductory workshop on 9th November, 2-3.30pm.

Go to the Library website to book your place:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/

Alternatively contact your Academic Librarian for further details about workshops and Mendeley:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/staff-researchers/about/librarystaff/

Support from the Enquiry Desks during the Vacation Period

During vacation periods, the Enquiry Desks will close at 17.30 weekdays (apart from on Wednesdays when it will remain open until 20.00). During the Easter vacation, the Library is staffed by security until 20.00 but they will not be able to assist with any library enquiries and will refer you to the Library staff the next working day. Please bear this in mind when you plan your visit to the Library.

Library colleagues published in new book

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Matt Cunningham (User Services Manager on left) and Dr Graham Walton (Assistant Director Academic and User Services on right) were happy to receive copies of the recently published book “Quality and the Academic Library: Reviewing, Assessing and Enhancing Service Provision”.

Matt wrote a chapter about using Investors in People and Customer Services Excellence and Graham considered how quality is measured in the Library building. Graham has contributed to and edited a number of books in the past, but this was Matt’s first book contribution. Looking at the overall book Matt comments:

“It is really pleasing that external experts in the field have asked Graham and me to contribute to this book as it recognises the emphasis Loughborough places on customer service standards and how the Library building is developed and shows that we have a positive message about the way we have developed these areas over a number of years at the University Library. Writing my chapter was a great way to review and critically evaluate what we have achieved over the last ten years.”

Borrowing books over Easter vacation

We will be rolling the out the issue dates on all week and long loan items taken out for the Easter vacation on Friday 20th March 2015.

Any week and long loan items taken out ON OR AFTER this date will be issued until the start of the next term (Wednesday 29/04/15 for 1st and 2nd year Undergraduates and Friday 01/05/15 for Finalists and Taught Postgraduates).

The last recall notices for books will also go out on Friday 20th March 2015, so users should continue to check their emails up to that date to make sure they do not have to return books on their record before the end of term. We will not be issuing further recall notices during the vacation.

Please note that if a book reservation is collected AFTER the 20th March 2015 and it has ANOTHER hold request outstanding after the person who it is on hold for, it will only issue for ONE week NOT for the entire vacation period, so users should check the loan status very carefully as fines will still be levied on any book that is not returned by the due date .

High Demand book loans stay the same over the vacation period apart from Thursday 2nd April, when they will be issued until Wednesday 8th April when the Library re-opens after the Easter weekend.

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Library suggestion card – smoking outside the Library

As users may have seen, the University has decided to make the area directly outside the Library a no smoking area.

Despite the A-board and signage that has been added and the construction of a designated smoking shelter across the road, people still occassionally huddle under the canopy to protect themselves from the elements.

Library staff do periodically go outside and inform smokers that they need to go across the road. If you encounter any problems, please either ask a member of staff at the counter or email the Customer Services Manager.

IT Lab Availability during University Christmas Period

snowPlease be aware that the University closes down for Christmas on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th December and will re-open on Monday 5th January.

During this holiday period the only IT labs and printers that will be available are the dual-boot labs N004 and N005 on the ground floor of Haslegrave. You will need your student ID card in order to access the building at this time.

Access to all other IT labs will remain open until 3pm on Wednesday 24th December.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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