Celebrate Spring with our new Library books this month

Although it is officially Spring, I’ve chosen a couple of books about decay for books of the month – I particularly love the cover featured below. Our new Library books this month for the Lincoln International Business School includes the beautifully titled ‘Curated decay: heritage beyond saving‘ by DeSilvey (2017) and ‘Dirty Secrets: How tax havens destroy the economy‘ by Murphy (2017).  Please find the time to read these books before the end of April (we’re still 24/7), because we’ve got loads more interesting books on order that we should all investigate in May.




Need Lincoln International Business School revision books?

Do you need  Lincoln International Business School revision books for the forthcoming exam period?

We are developing a small collection of core text books – please ask at the Library desk for details. These are borrowed for a 2-hour period.




Blackwell’s Bookshop – offers & services


Blackwell’s Bookshop will be returning to the ground floor of the Library the week commencing September 18th 2017. The following offers are available for staff and students, and include details of the additional services that departments may wish to take advantage of for their students:

Student Price Match Guarantee

The Student Price Match Guarantee will be continuing for the next academic year.  To make Blackwell’s the most cost effective place for students to buy course books, all titles are price matched against other retailers including Amazon. If a student finds a title cheaper at another retailer they simply need to show this price in the shop and the lower price will be charged.  

 10% discount for University of Lincoln Staff

All University staff are entitled to 10% discount in the Book shop on full priced items.   Just show your staff ID card in the shop.  This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or SPMG.

Reading Lists

If there is a particular book which is a core title for the new Semester and you wish to ensure it is in stock at the bookshop, please e-mail Katie Chapman, the Bookshop Manager at katie.chapman@blackwell.co.uk with the following details:

  1. Title, Author, ISBN
  2. Module name and number
  3. Year of Study
  4. Estimated student numbers

Book Bundles

Where more than one book is recommended as a compulsory book for a course, Blackwell’s may be able to put together a book bundle, which would then be further discounted for students, and offer a more convenient way for students to purchase all of their books.  Bundles are dependent on student numbers and the titles included, so please contact Katie Chapman directly if you wish to discuss a bundle for your course.

E-Book multi-buy

E-Book multibuy offers students a flexible approach to studying with print or eBooks.  Students purchasing the printed textbook have a choice to add the eBook for just a few pounds extra. Multi-buy allows students to use their books at home, then load the eBook onto a tablet or laptop to conveniently take it to and from lectures.  E-Book multi-buy is only available on selected books, so again, please contact Katie Chapman directly if you would like your course book included. 

To find out more information regarding Blackwell’s eBooks please visit www.learn.blackwell.co.uk 

More than Books

Blackwell’s also stock and supply Stationery, lab coats, molecular sets, Art Materials – if there is a particular product outside of books which your students need please let Blackwell’s know and they will try to source it.

Pre-arrival communication, e-flyers, and flyers for welcome packs

Blackwell’s are able to supply e-flyers for core books which can be sent out as pre-arrival communication, helping students prepare for their course, alternatively these can be shown during lectures or sent out when students arrive at University. Flyers are available to give out to departments about the shop and price match offer. 

Department orders

University departments receive 19% discount on department orders.  We currently also have an offer on Study Skills books with additional discount of up to 30% and free branding of books with your departments logo.  If you are looking to supply books for your staff, or fund books for your students, contact notts.cpi@blackwell.co.uk  for a quote

Lecturer information

Lecturer information packs are also available which give full details of Blackwell’s services, and include case studies and feedback from customers.  Please e-mail Katie Chapman if you would like one posted to you.

If you have any further questions regarding any of the above please contact Katie Chapman, the Blackwell’s manager Katie.chapman@blackwell.co.uk

What’s your favourite textbook from this month?

My favourite book from the latest arrivals for the Lincoln International Business has got to be Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg and John Tower’s (2016) Marketing national parks for sustainable tourism – what yours? This gem is located at Main 363.68068 WEA on the 1st floor of the Library.


New Library Books & The Big Short DVD

Amongst our notable additions to our library collection this week is the Big Short (2015), a film about the sub-prime housing market in the US and the fall from grace of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) when the takeover by U.S. Treasury split the financial world.

PowerPoint slides on getting started with Refworks

I’m running a Refworks session for the Academic Subject Librarian for Psychology, Oonagh Monaghan, on Monday so I’ve embedded this PowerPoint presentation in advance. As an introductory overview about the main features of Refworks, albeit using the APA referencing system, rather the the Lincoln International Business School’s chosen Harvard referencing style, I hope it will help those interested in exploiting this labour-saving device.

Introductory presentation on using Refworks by Daren Mansfield

Learn Refwork in 20 minutes

20 minutes to learn Refworks? For anyone who has never used Refworks before it can save a lot of time. Two questions you may pondering at the moment: What is it? and Why are you mentioning it today? Refworks is online referencing software that holds all the references you need for any size of assignment from small group project, a 2000 word assignment to PhD thesis. There’s no limit. Secondly, I’m running a Refworks session on Monday and need to prepare (the slides will appear in the next blog post via Scribd, the file sharing platform). If you want to use it, the Refworks software can save you hours of combing returned library boxes, sourcing weblinks, or scraps of paper for lost references.

Spring arrivals

We’re often asked about strengthening our print book collection by purchasing more copies and make them more available, such as placing them on short-loan or supplementing a title by acquiring an ebook. I use a New Library Books for Business School Talis reading list as a news bulletin to keep students and staff aware of our latest additions, either as new titles or as additional copies.  It is interactive containing the past three months’ worth of newly acquired books that support the Business School, and is updated every week to illustrate what new titles and additional copies are available in the Library, so it’s worth checking out the Business Librarian blog regularly.




Understanding copyright and photocopying

Capture cla

The CLA Higher Education Licence permits the copying of extracts from books, journals and magazines in print or digital format including copying content from some free-to-view websites. The licence is issued annually and provides easy access to millions of copyright works. The following is an abridged section of what can and cannot be copied from:


What can be copied?

Our CLA Higher Education Licence provides you with a wide range of permissions to help support teaching and learning at your HEI and allowing you to make full use of your print and electronic collections.  The CLA HE Licence does this by allowing you to:

  • Photocopy books, journals and magazines published in the UK and 33 other countries giving your HEI access to a wide choice of published information.
  • Make digital copies by scanning for distribution to students from titles published in the UK and 17 other countries.
  • Make copies of content from a wide range of digital material such as online magazines, eBooks and certain website materials.
  • Use copies with digital whiteboards, VLEs and Microsoft PowerPoint programs.
  • Copy photographs, illustrations, charts or diagrams where they are included in an article or an extract.

How much can be copied?

You can reproduce extracts of up to one chapter or article, or 5% of the whole (whichever is the greater); where proportions can’t be identified (e.g. websites), estimate an extract of a fair and reasonable length.

Indemnity is also included as standard, provided an HEI has acted within the Terms and Conditions of their Licence, so HEIs have peace of mind that they will be covered to copy from any title (books, journals, magazines) except those that are specifically excluded.

Digital Material Publishers

The HE Licence covers the re-use of digital original material and these rights are granted by publishers on an ‘opt-in’ basis.

Please refer to the list of Participating Digital Material Publishers for the Higher Education Licence to check whether copying from a particular publication is permitted.

International Territories

Current agreements permit CLA licensees to copy titles published in certain countries outside the United Kingdom.

Search by title

You can simply check permissions for a title (or ISBN/ISSN/web domain) to know if you are permitted to copy from a particular publication.

What can’t be copied?

The CLA Licence covers millions of titles encompassing printed books, magazines and journals as well as digital original material such as electronic, online publications and certain website material, but there are some categories and individual works which are excluded and therefore cannot be copied at all under the CLA Licence.

Excluded categories

There are particular categories that are generally not covered by CLA Licences. Click on the list of categories below for a further information about where to get a separate licence or permission

  • Printed music (including the works)
  • Maps, charts
  • Newspapers
  • Newspaper Licensing Agency
  • Workbooks, workcard and assignment sheets (you will need to contact the publisher directly)
  • Any work which the copyright owner has expressly excluded

Excluded Works

Some categories of published works, as well as some specific works by individual authors, artists and publishers, are excluded.


New Library system to be moving to a cloud

We will be launching a new library management system to be hosted by Capita in order to improve the student experience. We will be moving our library services to a cloud enabling students to locate resources in different systems from a single search box (see screenshots below). A web-based interface from Capita, known as Soprano, will support staff in the library and may be used for stock management, reservations and general library tasks, such as quickly responding to student enquiries. University librarian Ian Snowley noted that the user satisfaction is critical if the university wants to attract students: “Capita’s LMS will enable the library to deliver a great experience for our students by making it easier for them to search for and find the resources they need” ….“it will also equip staff with the tools to deliver excellent customer service.”





Search results can appear colourful, clear and much like the functionality employed by a famous American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.


The following links are examples of other university libraries using Capita (Prism):





















Steampunk Tea Duel in the Library

We had about 25 attendees at the Steampunk  Tea Duel (competitive biscuit dunking, with rules) on Saturday and it was great fun. Our motive for holding the event was to entice Lincoln Steampunks onto campus so we could take studio photographs to add to the archive. The Tea Duel champion was Martyn Balmont  (no 19) and the youngest combatant was Henry aged 8.










Be inspired! Finding Library dissertations & the marvel of EThOS

It’s at this time of year when students start browsing the dissertation collection to find out more about structure, particular topics, useful bibliographies and general layout; how contents pages and appendices are managed are also typical enquiries.  Half way down the ground floor of the Library is our dissertation collection, just past the binding area, with undergraduate  dissertations located on the right-hand side of the entrance and postgraduate dissertations on the left.  So, if you’re looking for a particular subject just type ‘BA management‘ or another award into the search box of the Library catalogue; a list of  University of Lincoln dissertations will then appear in date order. The dissertations are arranged by subject and then by surname on the shelves.


Promoting dissertations gives me another chance to eulogise the merits of another great source of information, the database called  EThOS  which contains over 400,000 doctoral theses. You can download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily. I’ve found EThOS extraordinarily helpful at supporting students at all levels of study. It saves time in the long run to use these resources, plus you don’t have to read the whole document.

Blackwell’s Bookshop – price match promotion

Blackwell’s bookshop has just re-opened for the New Year and is guaranteeing to price match textbooks against our cheapest competitor (please note that this does not apply to third-party resellers). Blackwell’s bookshop is conveniently located near the Library entrance, open from 10am-4pm from Monday – Friday.


2nd edition of Harvard Referencing guide


Following feedback from students and academic staff, the all new 2nd edition now features:

  • extended guidance on how to reference
  • all new examples
  • additional annotated diagrams
  • an index to help you locate sources.

Print copies of the Harvard referencing guide are freely available for students to collect from the Library.