Library life in Christchurch, New Zealand

Well, it’s my last day in the Pilkington Library as I’m heading off to take up a post of Academic Liaison Manager at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.  University of Canterbury is recovering from the effects of the earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 and these photos show the main Library and one of the many tents that have been erected as lecture theatres, cafes and many other purposes to support teaching and research on the campus. Many thanks to all for making life at Loughborough such an enjoyable experience.
Peter Lund
UC Library

Books on the floor

Clyde precinct

New database: Scopus

The growing demand for citation data has been recognised through the purchase a of a subscription to Scopus. Now available at Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with some 41 million records covering 18,000 titles.   Extensive work has been undertaken to design a user interface which makes it easy to use, to track and to analyse research. It will be a major benefit to students and particularly to researchers. As the website explains:

Using Scopus as a researcher you can:

  • Find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received.
  • Analyze citations for a particular journal issue, volume or year.
  • Use this information to complete grant or other applications quickly and easily.
  • Use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • Uncover important and relevant articles that you may otherwise miss.
  • Check out the work and citations of other authors.
  • Click on the cited by and reference links to track research trends and make connections. You can do this within or across disciplines you are interested in.

The interface is pretty intuitive but there’s a demo available.

CrossFire database users should now use Reaxys

Users of the CrossFire databases might need reminding that these databases closed down on 31 December and have been superseded by Reaxys.
 The following information from the Reaxys site explains in more detail:
“Reaxys is a web-based knowledge retrieval system for searching the world’s most extensive collection of  organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistry data. Reaxys enables you to search by structure, substructure, reaction, text, and property data.”  
Originally, Reaxys data came from the following sources 
  1. The Handbook of Organic Chemistry and its corresponding CrossFire database
  2. The Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry and its corresponding CrossFire database
  3. Patent Chemistry Database”
More information is available here
Reaxys can be accessed through the Chemistry category in MetaLib or directly from though you’ll need to use the remote working portal if you are off campus.

e-book readers at the e-learning showcase on 12 January

ipad and books by ownipics taken from Flickr and used under cc licence

Over the last term we’ve been evaluating e-book readers from a Library perspective. The readers/devices which have been investigated are: the Kindle from Amazon, the Sony e-reader, the iRiver Story and the iPad. If you are interested in finding out more about these devices and what they can do, why not come along to the Staff E-learning showcase event on Wednesday January 12th in the James France exhibition area between 11:00 to 3:30 on Wednesday 12th January.  At the e-reader stand there will be the opportunity to see how the devices work, and how they compare with each other. You can also find out more about the project, the findings and the challenges met.

Codebreaker Peter Hilton

The Guardian has a fascinating obituary of Peter Hilton, a mathematician who helped the war effort as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. As the Guardian explains, Hilton developed his interest in maths after being run over by a Rolls Royce.

Localization in group theory and homotopy theory, and related topics edited by Peter Hilton  is available as an e-book from the Library. Remininscences and reflections of a codebreaker an article by Peter Hilton is available on opensource.

Library e-readers project

eReaders comparison by edwc taken from flickr and used under cc licence

With e-readers such as the Kindle, Sony Reader and ipad becoming more popular we have started to look at how library content can be used with these devices.

Over the summer we asked Nick Loakes, a student in the Department of Information Science to evaluate 5 e-readers. Further work on the suitability of e-readers for use with e-books on reading lists, newspapers and interlibrary loans will be continuing this term. Nick demonstrated his work over the summer in James France Building. We aim to develop Library expertise and to produce a report and a web page of advice early in the New Year.

Nick Loakes and poster

Nick Loakes and poster

Training days at the British Library


British Library

If you are a researcher in Art and Design, English, History or Social Sciences you might want to be aware of some of the services offered by the British Library. The BL offer is a series of training days, aims of which are:

  • To introduce you to the range of research materials available in the British Library
  • To offer special curator sessions and workshops in a range of topics
  • To show you how to access the catalogues, and carry out bibliographic research on your topic
  • To introduce you to specialist curators at the Library
  • To give you an opportunity to network with postgraduate students from other universities across the UK
  • The day will contribute to national subject-specific and generic research skills training

The BL’s training days start in October. A limited number of travel bursaries may be available too.

Journal Citation Reports for 2009 now available

by Emdot used under cc licence on Flickr

The Journal Citation Reports for 2009 are now available.  For science, technology and the social sciences JCR sheds some light on  which journals are more prestigious in particular fields by giving a variety of citation data for each journal. Thus you can rank journals in a field by how frequently they are cited or by its impact. There’s various bibliometrics available including:

  •  the impact factor (the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year).
  • the immediacy index (the  average number of times an article is cited in the year it is published).

This year over 1000 new journals are included. So if you want to know which Limnology journal has the highest impact factor (answer: Limnology and Oceanography with an impact factor of 3.545) or which is the most cited polymer science journal (Macromolecules) then JCR is where you’ll find the info.

JCR is provided as an add on to our Web of Science subscription and you’ll gain access via Metalib or here.

Physics of Football

As you may be aware the World Cup is upon us.

Physics of football banner
Physics of football

The Institute of Physics has just published papers on the Physics of football. Two of the papers are by researchers at Loughborough University.  Both ‘An image recognition system for the measurement of soccer ball spin characteristics’ by Paul Nielson, Roy Jones, David Kerr and Chris Sumpter, of Sports Dynamic Ltd., and ‘Beckham as physicist?’ by Gren Ireson, will be included as part of an exclusive collection celebrating the World Cup season. You’ll find them here.

Institute of Physics launch an iphone app

The Institute of Physics have launched IOPscience Express, an app for the iphone and ipod Touch, designed to keep you up to date with the latest articles to appear in IOP-owned journals. The app allows you to download up to 20 articles from IOP journals per month. More detail here.  Library users without iphones can of course access our 38 electronic IOP journals through workstations and laptops.  Titles can be found using the Library catalogue.