IET Digital Library Downtime, Saturday 25th March

Here is an advance warning that the IET Digital Library will be offline for the day for an important system upgrade on Saturday 25th March, so all IET titles will not be available that day.

Service should be restored in the morning on Sunday 26th March. For further details visit the IET website: http://digital-library.theiet.org/

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

World Poetry Day

March 21st is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, not only a celebration of the poetic forms of literature in all its infinite variations, but also to encourage learning and teaching of poetry across the globe.

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

Mendeley Workshops and Drop-In Sessions

Anticipating the switchover in referencing software from RefWorks to Mendeley, the Library is running a series of workshops and drop-in sessions during March and April to support the migration.

The workshops aim to introduce users to Mendeley, while the drop-in sessions are aimed at those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:

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

Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:

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

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Library Catalogue Plus Downtime, Saturday-Sunday Evening 18-19th March

Library Catalogue Plus will be temporarily unavailable Saturday evening (18th March), from approximately 10pm, through until 2am on Sunday morning (19th March), for essential maintenance by Ex Libris. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Referencing Software Update – Workshops Available

As part of a Library and IT Services review of referencing software packages, the Research Committee has endorsed the recommendation that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

In the fast moving environment of referencing software there have been ongoing concerns within Higher Education about the long term stability of the RefWorks package and problems regarding the latest version of plugins. The decision to move to a more established package, Mendeley, was taken after rigorous assessment.

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:

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

Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:

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

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Latest News About RefME

As previously communicated RefME has been acquired by Chegg, and will become Cite this For Me (CtFM). The switchover date is now March 7th. After this date you will be able to access your projects on CtFM up until June 1st. At that point, you can subscribe to CtFM’s premium service to continue accessing your projects. If you don’t subscribe after June 1st, you have the option of the free version of CtFM where you can build a bibliography for free for seven days.

To access your work on or after March 7th, just go to:

http://www.citethisforme.com/premium/login

Note that your account may not migrate immediately, and the process can take up to a day for inactive users, so please plan accordingly.

We would also recommend that you backup your work to another reference software package or, as a minimum, to Word. Before March 7th you will be able to export your references from RefMe as a Word or .ris file. After March 7th you can export from CtFM as a Word or bibtex file.

Changes to RefME

We have recently been informed that the company producing the referencing software tool, RefME has been taken over and that from 28th February 2017, RefME accounts will be transferred to their own citation product Cite This For Me. For some time Library staff have recommended RefME as a referencing software tool for undergraduate students.  Following this news, Library staff have assessed Cite This For Me and unfortunately, many of the freely available features of RefME will become paid for features in Cite This For Me. More details about the transition from RefME to Cite This For Me are available via this link:

https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000823509

The loss of functionality in the free version of Cite This For Me is clearly very disappointing for RefME users and since Cite This For Me only offers individual subscriptions, the Library will not be able to offer support for the new product. We are currently assessing other freely available referencing software products but until we have identified something suitable we would recommend Mendeley as alternative tool as it offers a sophisticated array of functions. More information about Mendeley is available on our referencing software Learn module below:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/enrol/index.php?id=3539

Database Trial – Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Those interested in fashion and fashion design are very likely to find our latest database trial of enormous interest. The Bloomsbury Fashion Central is the new site for fashion educators, students, and professionals.

The site comprises of textbook site open to all and three subscription products as follows:

  • Fairchild Books: Over 130 Fairchild Books textbooks with student/instructor resources.
  • Berg Fashion Library: Scholarly articles, eBooks and 13,000 images on world dress and fashion.
  • Fairchild Books Library: All Bloomsbury Fashion Central textbooks and student/instructor resources, available on subscription.
  • Fashion Photography Archive: 750,000 images, supported by hundreds of articles, designer biographies, audio and video.

To begin searching go to https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/  access is via IP address and the trial runs to 27th March 2017.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn –   s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

January 24-7 Opening

Our January 24-7 Opening period begins when we open for the start of term on Monday 9th January at 8.30am and will run until 2am on Thursday 2nd February. As is customary, we’d like to issue a few gentle reminders about 24-7 etiquette…

Firstly, please respect your fellow users by considering what behaviour is (and isn’t!) appropriate in the Library by studying our guide to Library facilities on our homepage.

Space is ALWAYS at a premium during exam time, and sadly there are always a few who feel the need to take up more space than they actually need – even when they’re not actually in the building! So please, be kind and considerate and don’t leave your stuff lying about when you’re not there, as you’re depriving other people of a much-needed place to study. We WILL be removing any items left unattended for 30 minutes to free up space (assuming someone else doesn’t help themselves to your stuff first!).

Also please remember to keep your ID card with you at all timeseven when you go for a break. Any attempt to enter the Library without your card will count as one of your three strikes. Quite apart from the fact that you need it to gain entry to the Library, it is a University regulation that you keep your ID card with you at all times while on campus – if you lose it, you must report it and buy a replacement. And don’t lend your card to your friends – that’s against regulations too, and if we catch you, we will report you.

Levels 1,2 and 4 are intended to be areas for quiet study – please remember to keep the noise levels down to an absolute minimum on these floors, or you will be asked (nicely, by us, probably not so nicely by your fellow revisers!) to desist. If you want to chat – or have a snack – Level 3 is the designated social area.

Our designated Silent Study Area is on Level 4. When we say SILENT, we do mean SILENT! If you cannot abide by this, you will be asked to leave the area if you persist in causing disruption to your fellow users. We genuinely don’t like telling people off as much as they don’t like being told off, but for the sake of those genuinely wishing to study, we cannot tolerate bad behaviour or disrespect towards other users and staff. We appreciate that at times like this the stress levels rise, but though there are plenty of places on campus to let off steam the Library is NOT one of them! This applies just as much to use, or indeed misuse, of social media – think before you post anything, however witty you may think it is!

Our bookable study rooms, carrels and pods are pretty busy even off-peak, but during exam periods they’re especially popular. Please remember that you have to book them first before you can use one – don’t just turn up and sit down assuming the space is available, because it probably isn’t! And if you do book a space, please remember to actually come and use it. We give people 15 minutes to claim their reservation, otherwise we will allow someone else to use it – it’s simply not fair on other students to leave rooms unclaimed & unused. We try to monitor room bookings daily and update availability via our dedicated Twitter feed – it might be worth keeping an eye on it if you need to book a room at any point.

Please use the bins and recycling containers to keep the Library clean and tidy. Please remove all rubbish from your desk when you go – leave it as you would expect to find it!

If you’re a smoker, please remember that you cannot smoke directly outside the Library entrance – you must use the smoking shelter in the Library car park opposite. Some of you are probably getting as tired of being told this as we are of telling you, but get used to being nagged (or worse) if you continue to ignore this rule – it is a University regulation, and subject to the same disciplinary procedure if you break it.

Although the Library is open 24-7, the Library Enquiry Desks are only staffed between 8.30am – 10pm. During the evening, the Library is supervised by security staff. If you need printer credit, remember that you can buy it online. Please remember, though, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask any member of staff, or contact us through our Ask a Librarian email service or our Twitter and Facebook feeds – we’re here to help you as best we can.

Best of luck!

Busy End of Term! Alternative Study Spaces Available

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The New Year Exam period seems to have come early, if the occupancy levels in the Library have been anything to go by over the last couple of weeks! We’ve been exceptionally busy for the time of year with most of our study areas full to over-flowing at times, and our Group Study Rooms booked two-three days in advance.

If you can’t find a suitable space in the Library, don’t fret – there are plenty of other places you can go on campus to study, including tailor-made Learning Zones at the James France and Brockington Buildings, not forgetting the PC and printing facilities in the Haslegrave Building.

Full details of all the alternative study spaces can be found via the link below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/corporate/learning/learning/