Digital Tools for Learning

If you’re on campus next week, why not visit our ‘Digital Tools for Learning’ stands in the Library, James France and the Student’s Union between 12-2pm. Come and tell us what your favourite digital tool is and give us feedback about your experience with Learn – don’t forget to grab a freebie from us too! Below are the details of the dates and locations for the Digital Tools for Learning stands:

  • Monday 23rd – Library
  • Tuesday 24th – Students Union
  • Wednesday 25th – Library
  • Thursday 26th – James France
  • Friday 27th – Library

If you can’t make it to any of the stands, you can still contribute by answering a simple question here about your favourite online resources.

That’s not all! The library is hosting a workshop on ‘Learn Smart with Lynda, Digital Tools and Apps’ on the 27th April from 12-1pm. Click here to book now.   This session will introduce you to a range of web tools and apps which will help you with your studies:

  • Learn about the free online video tutorials available from Lynda.com
  • Discover a variety of apps which will help with all sorts of tasks from communicating and collaborating to problem solving and analysis

Learn Smart with Lynda, Digital Tools and Apps

Have you met Lynda yet? Why not acquaint yourself at our introductory session next week.

Lynda.com is a learning platform which has over 5000 video tutorials used to develop creative, software, technology and business skills for learning and teaching. Available to all students and staff, Loughborough University has purchased a subscription from Lynda.com to enhance your digital skills and personal development. Normally costing £250 for an individual annual subscription, you can use Lynda.com for free right now.

This session will introduce you to a range of web tools and apps which will help you with your studies.

  • Learn about the free online video tutorials available from Lynda.com
  • Discover a variety of apps which will help with all sorts of tasks from communicating and collaborating to problem solving and analysis

The session will be taking place next Friday, 27th April, in Library Seminar Room 1, between 12-1pm. To book your place, log in to Learn module LBA001.

Database Trial – Archives of Sexuality & Gender

Our latest trial comes courtesy of the Gale Group, and will likely be of great interest to humanities, media and politics students.

With material drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organizations and local, grassroots groups, the documents in the Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond. The archive illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as well as publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis.

The archive also contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals, among others. The archive includes gay and lesbian newspapers from more than 35 countries, reports, policy statements, and other documents related to gay rights and health, including the worldwide impact of AIDS, materials tracing LGBTQ activism in Britain from 1950 through 1980, and more.

To begin searching go to:

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/loughuni?db=AHSI

Access is via IP address and the trial is available until 9th May 2018

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

Database Trial – Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online

Art students and art lovers alike will find our latest database trial of great interest, as we take a trip through the archives of Oxford Art Online’s Grove Art Online.

This trial provides access to the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner, the content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture.

To begin searching go to: www.oxfordartonline.com/groveart

No need to sign in as access is via IP address.The trial is available until 21st March 2018

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

Remote Working Service Upgrade (Off-Campus Access)

IT Services will be carrying out an upgrade to improve security on the Remote Working Service – also known as the VPN service – a service that provides staff and students with secure access to resources when working away from campus.

As part of this change, IT Services will:

  1. Upgrade the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service2
  2. Retire the web link Remote Working Portal (https://vpn.lboro.ac.uk) service

These changes are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 11th April 2018.

Remote Working Service (VPN)

  • There will be a brief outage to users connected to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service (between 7am – 8am) while the upgrade occurs.

Remote Working Portal

  • IT Services will be contacting users of the web link Remote Working Portal service (https://vpn.lboro.ac.uk) to recommend they move to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service.

For further information please visit Staff / Students or alternatively contact the IT Service desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk, or visit the PC Clinic based in the Pilkington Library.

Help Us Test the Library Website – *All Volunteer Slots Now Taken*

We’d love to know how you use the Library website, to test if it is structured in the most helpful way, and you are able to access the information you need effectively.

We’re running some user testing on the Library website in the Pilkington Library on Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 1st March.

  • Tuesday 27th February at 11am or 12pm
  • Thursday 1st March at 1pm or 2pm

Thank you to everyone who has offered their time to help us – all volunteer slots have now been taken.

Database Trial – Gale Reference Complete

This month we’re trialling a multifaceted electronic reference platform courtesy of Gale/Cengage.

Gale Reference Complete enable users to access millions of pages of primary sources, e-reference and periodical content on Gale’s superior platforms designed to streamline the student and researcher workflow. The sheer breadth of the package – combining proprietary e-reference content form Gale. JCR-quality periodicals, literary criticism and full text literary works as well as rare primary source content from the vaults of the world’s great libraries – means that every student and researcher will find a rich store of relevant information to enhance their learning and research.

To begin searching go to http://www.galepages.com/loughuni – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 16th March 2018.

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

Important Notice for Library Catalogue e-Shelf Users

If you have stored records on your e-Shelf in our previous catalogue you will still be able to access them for a short time. If you continue to need these references you will need to download them or move them into a reference management system such as Mendeley. You will no longer be able to access your references after 27th February.

 To find your eShelf references please visit the previous Library catalogue via this link, login to your account, and select eShelf. Please see our video (above) with instructions on how to do this and if you have any questions please email us via library@lboro.ac.uk or contact your Academic Librarian for advice.

New Semester, New Library Catalogue (Plus Borrowing Changes)

In the switch over between semesters, the Library introduced its new Library Catalogue and library management system.  This has brought a few changes, which are detailed below.

New Library Catalogue Plus:

1. Clearer search tabs:

As well as having a cleaner interface (as appreciated by students in our pre-launch user testing), there are now only two search tabs – Catalogue and Articles Plus.

 

Catalogue searches for books, journal titles, DVDs and other material held by the Library and all items from the Loughborough University Institutional Repository.

Articles Plus provides access to online full-text journal articles and conference papers accessible at Loughborough University.

2. Better filtering

When you get your results, you can now specify whether you want results from the Loughborough or London libraries and can even narrow down to just e-resources.

 

3. Access to subject specific databases:

Subject guides provide access to the key databases for your subject area and can be found from the Library Catalogue Plus screen (see below) or directly from: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/subjectguides/  

Borrowing Changes

1. Longer high demand loan periods
These will now issue until 23.55 on the next working day instead of 2.30pm (e.g. if you issue a book on Friday, it will be due in at 23.55 on Monday). It is no longer possible to book high demand items for a specific date but users can request them on the catalogue if they are on loan to other users. The fine for high demand books is now £3 per day rather than 50p per hour.

2. High demand books now renewable

As long as no-one else has requested them, high demand books are now renewable.

3. More renewals
Following user feedback, these have been raised. Week loan, long loan and high demand items can all be renewed 10 times by users. Staff/researchers can now renew long loans 3 times and week loan/high demand items 10 times. You can renew books on the catalogue by logging into the My Account section or on the self-service machines in the Library.

4. Courtesy notice emails

We will send out the usual courtesy notice 4 days before a book is due for return and a second reminder email on the actual due date. Because of this, we are not fining on the day a book is due for return – the fine would start the following day. The emails are now called “Library books due for return” as some users had problems with the reminders going into spam folders because they contained the word “loan” in the title.

5. Weekends

Books are no longer due on any weekend. If a week loan is issued on a Sat/Sun it will be due in on the Monday after a week has passed e.g. if a week loan was issued  on Sunday 4th Feb it would be due on Monday 12th Feb not Sunday 11th.

Further information and feedback

If you need any help using the new system or have any feedback– simply email library@lboro.ac.uk, pop into the Library to talk to the staff on the Information Desks or contact your Academic Librarian.

Database Trial – Harper’s Weekly 1857-1912

We’re trialling another venerable and much respected news resource for the start of Semester 2.

The Harper’s Weekly collection gathers the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century into a convenient online resource. The carefully indexed and rekeyed database provides a convenient, user-friendly way to access the full content of this quintessential historical publication.

  • For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
  • For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.

To begin searching go to http://harp.alexanderstreet.com – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 3rd March 2018.

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