Be a Steampunk in the Library!

Steampunkery in the Library! Between 1pm and 3pm as part of Welcome Week students can try on Steampunk costumes; top hat, bowler, pith helmet, corsets, waistcoats, braces,  lace and frippery etc. on the ground floor of the library. Join us next to the new display case on the ground floor. Our model is Oonagh Monaghan, the Academic Subject Librarian for Psychology, Sport & Education captured earlier in the week on her way to work. By sheer coincidence, Lincoln hosts Europe’s largest gathering celebrating Steampunk culture, an annual event collectively known as ‘The Asylum’.

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Blackwell’s bookshop @ Lincoln

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The Blackwell’s Bookshop is now open on the left-hand side of the Library when you enter the building, before the turnstiles. In some bundles (part 1 0r part 2) students receives as much as 25% discount, whilst other books are sold at 5% discount.  There are also copies of David Gray’s much sought after Financial Update 2015/16.

Their opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.

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Library induction news

  • New entry gates which will make access a lot easier;
  • New improved thin client PCs with updated software and much better processing power so they can handle video at full screen;
  • Twelve replacement Macs;
  • Increased budget – additional £30k for Reading List books;
  • More 24/7 opening – starting 5th October;
  • A better organised and more up-to-date stock (thanks to extensive weeding and stock moves);
  • Permanent display case on the Ground Floor – coming soon ‘Steampunks’;
  • Online 3D Maps – currently under development;
  • Better water fountain on the Ground Floor (+ possibility of water on upper floors too);
  • Office 2016  (the mac version of 365) has already been rolled out to the Macs on the 1st floor;
  • More ‘user friendly’ Eating and Drinking policy.

2015 Library induction video with narration

Courtesy of the on-screen recording software Camtasia, I’ve recorded a presentation with an embedded video which includes my overdubbed narration. This presentation will be rolled out during the Freshers’ Week in a few days’ time to various subjects I support.

Why not borrow a laptop from our self-service machines?

Do you know that our self-service machines which are located in the Library wing to the right of the turnstiles contain some 48 loanable laptops. Students can borrow them up to four hours. Why not borrow a laptop and use our flexible learning space on the ground floor?

Space: Inventions proclaimed for the new library frontier

It is a scenario familiar to all those working in the higher education sector. Space is the new, and certainly not the final, library frontier as highlighted by The University of Manchester Library’s insightful blog post on this key library priority.  It is a peculiar conundrum in the digital age where electronic information was meant to reduce the need for physical spaces. Not true. There is continued demand for ‘learning spaces’ where creative spaces are available for group discussion, presentations, etc:

“Academic Libraries are amidst a sea of change and challenges. Open Access, new publishing models, self-publishing models, research data management, local systems moving to the cloud, big data, competition from Google, mobile apps, therapy dogs , linked data, restructures; a mix of opportunities and ideas through which the Library is striving to support students, staff, research and the community as best we possibly can using the resources available. But for all we might think we’ve found the Next Big Thing, there is one thing which still rides high in every survey, consultancy or conversation in the queue for coffee”:

Our stats at the University of Lincoln show that whilst e-books and e-journals are extremely popular, loans of physical books attract comparable stats. Surveys consistently show how important libraries are to study, they are recognised as safe and encourage a studious environment. Even though the University of Manchester have recently opened the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons in October 2012 they found  students wanted even more study space. They innovatively opened more rooms  to deal with their busiest period, calling it ‘Exam Extra‘. Other ideas they have promoted include the marvellous live webpage called Book a space, that shows which rooms are available in the library.

https://libraryinnovationgroup.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/2015-a-space-odyssey/

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 The University of Manchester Library.

Further analysis is required. Other universities like Birckbeck, University of London, are trying to find solutions to the Space Issue via OccupEye. The University of Stirling posted this video about maximising their library space using some interrogative software.

Library’s eating and drinking policy – have your say!

#YourLibrary invites you to a discussion about the Library’s eating and drinking policy on Thursday 28th May, 4pm, The Library, Ground Floor 1.5. This is an open meeting for all Library users, which of course includes staff and students, and is your chance to discuss and influence current policy.

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Remember to update your Inter Library loan user details

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If you are registered for our free Inter Library Loan service it is always recommended that you update your personal details just to make sure the Library knows your existing address, current email address, etc.  Users can do this by logging into  Inter-library loans http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/resources/inter-library-loans/ choosing the ‘Edit Personal Details’ in the left hand menu, updating their address and clicking update.  This is especially important if a user is requesting a photocopy journal article.

Users can also  track and view recent/current requests by choosing  ‘View your Requests’ and using the drop down menus.

http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/resources/inter-library-loans/

Perhaps the most frequently asked question is how many requests you can submit per academic year:

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Why not follow @GCW Library on Twitter?

Twitter is amazing facility where you can keep up to date with the latest news about anything you’re interested in (without saying of course, but I had to start somewhere). But do you know that you can follow the Library @GCWLibrary on Twitter to catch up with our news? Real-time. Recent posts cover the More Books service, pertinent exam support, 24 hr opening which lasts until 15th May,  and the #JustAsk enquiry service. There’s also a Twitter feed on this blog too.

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More Books for UGs ends on 15th May

Just to let you know that our More Books service for undergraduate students will be closing on the 15th May, so if you want a book to be added to the library collection please submit your request before this deadline. More Books for Research will remain open for postgraduate students and researchers and is available at http://lncn.eu/pu57.

The More Books service for undergraduates will return in the Autumn.

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 http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/more-books/

Introducing our new international library blog

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Josh Zhang, our Library International Co-ordinator, has launched a blog aimed at improving the international student experience at the University of Lincoln. Today, Josh has published his first post outlining his role and his hopes for further supporting the library and research needs of international students.

欢迎大家来关注 (‘welcome to follow our blog’ in Mandarin).

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http://internationallibrary.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2015/04/08/library-support-for-international-students/