Daren’s new subject guides

As Martin and I are splitting our subject responsibilities on 1st June this year I have published six new subject guides which cover my areas. These guides will shortly be added to the a-z list via http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ .

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Daren Mansfield

(new) Academic Subject Librarian for  Accountancy & Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events management, International Business, Tourism 

 

 

 

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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Business School subject split – 1st June

Although this message was originally posted in March this year, I thought it was important to re-announce that from 1st June 2015 subject support for the Business School will be split along the following lines:

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Daren will support…Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events Management, International Business, Languages, Tourism, Lincoln College.

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Martin will support…Business, Business & Management, Management, MBA, Professional Development, North Lindsey College .

Our (amicable) separation is not divorce though, as both Daren and Martin will continue to work closely together as we remain part-time and unable to cover the week individually. A range of libguides will shortly be published to support these various subjects.

National UK Blog Awards

The Business Librarian blog has been successfully up and running since August 2011 and at that time we looked for inspiration from a range of blogs, which included Judge Business School at Cambridge University and the University of Exeter’s business librarian blog. I found that their sophisticated use of information, graphics and selected feeds was definitely the way to go, but it’s a good idea to notice what blogs exist further afield.

Blogging is such an important phenomenon that the top bloggers from across the UK assemble for the National UK Blog Awards where the Virtual World is recognised. It’s worth checking out some of the nominated blogs to gain an insight into this form of social media and perhaps acquire some inspiration if you’re interested in the design, content and ideas behind some outstanding blogs. Though not on the list of nominations my personal favourite blog, or rather daily addiction, is Ian Dunt’s splendid politics.co.uk . From the nominated list it is worth looking at Kate Russell’s blog on ICT who was voted top blog in the individual digital and technology category this year.

http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/

The Library is still open 24/7 until 15th May

Ever wished there were more hours in the day to study in our Library? Well, this is a reminder to all those students completing their dissertations and assignments, and starting to revise for exams, the Library is still open 24-7 until 15th May.

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http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/customer-information/opening-times/#247

Setting up a Refworks account

Have you ever wondered how to make referencing a a whole lot easier? Refworks is an online bibliographic tool that organises and then formats your references and all it takes is a few moments to set up an account – see below for a quick tutorial. Plus the University of Lincoln’s version of Refworks has a full range of referencing styles which also incorporates our very own Harvard Referencing guide:

easy tips on expanding your vocabulary

How do you learn new words and especially use academic language suited to a university? Expanding your vocabulary can make writing assignments easier and more enjoyable.  Here are a couple of tips:

  1. Firstly it is important to read as extensively as you can; absorb the language used in a scholarly journal article. Get into the ideas the author (s) is expressing and learn how to convey an academic argument.
  2. When searching a scholarly database like Science Direct take note of the language used and how the paper is written. Investigate the themes and how they are threaded together to deliver a convincing argument, or not (!).
  3. Buy a good quality dictionary and an extensive thesaurus to identify synonyms and antonyms. Remember to always keep them at your side when you are drafting your assignments.
  4. Read a quality newspaper like the Guardian or Independent regularly.  Newspapers are subsidised at the SU shop in the Main Building.
  5. For the slightly more ambitious reader fine literature penned from literary masters like Donne, Faulkner, Montaigne, Tolstoy, Zola or Flaubert to name just a few would be worth delving into, and get inspired to write more fluently.
  6. For anyone interested in the power of the written word it is certainly worth regularly visiting Maria Popova’s well-crafted Brain Pickings blog and particularly her piece on Kurt Vonnegut called ‘How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word‘.

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screenshot of the most renowned thesaurus available….

1st June subject split

From 1st June 2015 subject support for the Business School will be split along the following lines:
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Daren will support…Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events Management, International Business, Languages, Tourism, Lincoln College.

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Martin will support…Business, Business & Management, Management, MBA, Professional Development, North Lindsey.

Both Daren and Martin will continue to work closely together as they remain part-time. A range of libguides will shortly be published to support these various subjects.

 

New library books

Several new books and additional copies have arrived in the Library to support Business School students. I add them to a talis reading list which is a tab on this blog (see below) and includes the past three months of recent additions. If you would like any more books then please visit our More Books page.

http://lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk/lists/B265CE16-325F-E59A-9290-4D9FEEE7D94A.html

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Businesslibrarian email no longer available

As part of the transfer process of Martin and I splitting subject support on the 1st June we have discontinued the businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk email. If anyone wants to contact us please email dmansfield@lincoln.ac.uk for Daren Mansfield or mosborne@lincoln.ac.uk for Martin Osborne. We continue to share our subject support until the transfer date when we take on separate subjects within the Business School.

Announcing our new International Co-coordinator

Josh Zhang has recently started at the Library as the International Coordinator having completed an MSc Computing Science at the University. His first job will be to identify the library needs of international students in order to enhance our services and strengthen our library community. Josh will be visiting seminars to say hello during Semester B.

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Using a thesis as a model of academic writing

I was so impressed by  Gary Ramsden’s fluently structured PhD thesis that I regularly recommend it to students as an example of good academic writing. Students can visit the core collection in the Library to use the thesis as a valued resource as an example of a well written, well argued, thorough critique. Each paragraph clearly argues a viewpoint, discusses it, summarizes and looks ahead to the next theme or discussion point. For me, it demonstrates that Gary knows his subject inside and out, and is able to persuasively express himself without hesitation as a result.

We are often asked how to write academically, how to respond to a question academically, using references to support and argue a particular viewpoint, so why not use it as a valued resource if you are interested in improving your academic critique?

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Gary’s thesis Managing the Humanitarian Supply Chain – a Collaborative Approach? is available through the Lincoln Respository, the Library catalogue and Ethos from the British Library’s digitised theses collection.

 

 

 

 

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Subjects that Business School Academic Subject Librarians support

These are the Business School courses which the Academic Subject Librarians support at the University.

Martin Osborne and myself, Daren Mansfield, support the Business School, incorporating Accountancy, Advertising, Business, Events Management, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, MBA, MSc, Modern Languages, Recreational Management and Tourism.

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Helen Williams (below) supports all the distance learners (Aerospace Engineering and Airworthiness Management, Business Management, Communications Management, Communications Engineering Management, Engineering Management, Logistics Management).

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Tracey Newby (below) supports the MSc HRM /D course.

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New Library chat service – Just Ask!

#YourLibrary has officially launched a new service – Just Ask!

Just Ask allows students to find answers to questions using our FAQ list, talk to a member of staff using live chat* or submit a question about Library services.

Anything from questions about ebooks to opening times to printing! Just Ask!

The website can be found on ask.library.lincoln.ac.uk

*Please note: Live Chat will operate between 10am-5pm, weekdays only.

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Subject responsibility for MBAs and distance learners

Just to let you all know that Martin and I are now supporting both the part-time MBA and full-time MBA with Helen Williams supporting the needs of all distance learners in the Business School. This distinction will make it easier for everyone to know that Martin and I support campus based students and Helen supports those students studying off campus. Our email, as always, is businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk and Helen’s is hewilliams@lincoln.ac.uk or distancelearners@lincoln.ac.uk.

I work from Mondays – Wednesdays, while Martin works from Wednesday to Friday, and Helen is full-time.

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Below is a list of the distance learning courses Helen supports (select the image to enlarge):
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