Tuesday, 23 November 2010

New books display

It's been a long time coming but we now have a new books display here in the East Wing of the LRC.

Unlike some of your more traditional libraries, if one of our new books catches your eye as you walk past, you don't have to wait to be able to borrow it...just pick it up and check it out on one of our self-issue machines.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Access to the College of Radiography Document Library

We are pleased to announce we have access to the College of Radiography's Document Library. It contains a selection of documents from the Society of Radiographers relating to all aspects of the education and practice of Radiography.

Access is seamless when you are on campus or logged in to Remote Access. Find it on the Subject Resources page for Radiography or the Databases A-Z list.

Friday, 17 September 2010

"You said, we said"...further comments from the 2010 Student Survey

This blog entry relates to your comments on our Resources. 60% of respondents were either very or fairly satisfied with the range of book stock, ebooks, print journals and e-journals. Satisfaction levels increased to 72% when asked about the range of databases. We understand that our users like to have full-text whenever possible. We are working with our academic colleagues to ensure that our range of material covers the whole of the QMU curriculum as closely as possible.

72% of our respondents were very satisfied or fairly satisfied with the availability of IT. However this falls to 58% when the same is asked of the availability of the MFDs. We have found that there is sometimes a queue for the MFDs nearest the Self-Service machines in the LRC and it may be this that is causing the lower response. We have lots of other MFDs elsewhere in the LRC, so please ask at the Service Desk if you are unsure of the nearest set of machines. The Self-Service machines themselves seem to be very popular – over 75% of respondents were very or fairly satisfied. We’ve just installed some new software on them this summer – if you have any concerns as to the operation of the new software just let the staff at the Service Desk know.

Monday, 13 September 2010

New catalogue - new look - login changes

Some of you may have noticed that our library catalogue has changed over the summer. We waved goodbye to iLink on the 31 August and said hello to the new library catalogue on the 1st September. We don't have a new name for the library catalogue - it is what it is and that is what it's called. You can find it on our quick links toolbar on our homepage or clicking here.

The first thing you will notice when clicking on the link is that you are taken directly to the catalogue and not a log in screen. You can start searching for Lynch's Corporate strategy or Polgar's Introduction to research in the health sciences or whatever you desire to see if there are any lendable copies available straightaway.

You can still log in to your own library account to keep track of how many books you have checked out, renew books and cancel holds. The great thing about the new library catalogue is that you log in with your network username and password - the same one you use to log in to WebCT etc! Click on the My Library Account button or the more discreet login link on the top right hand side of the screen.

We understand that the new catalogue may take a bit of getting used to. We've added a few drop-in sessions to our workshop timetable in the first week of October to help get you started with Using the library catalogue.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Library Management System switch-over

We are launching our new Library Management System on Wednesday 1 September. In preparation for the switch-over, the self-service units will be unavailable from 1630 on Monday 30 August until the morning of Wednesday 1 September. If you visit the LRC during staffed hours (0900-1700) during the switch-over process you will still be able to borrow/return items if you come to the Service Desk. However no renewals will be available at this time either in person, by phone or online. In addition, our online catalogues will also be disabled. However access to our electronic resources (either in the LRC or via Remote Desktop) will be unaffected.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but hope you will bear with us during the implementation process.

If you have any questions, please let us know and contact us by emailing lrchelp@qmu.ac.uk, by phoning 0131 474 0000 and asking for the LRC when prompted or in person at the Service Desk.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

"You said, we said" - further comments on the LRC Survey 2010

This blog entry relates to your comments on our Services. 90% of respondents were either very or fairly satisfied with the helpfulness of the LRC staff. 23% were either fairly or very dissatisfied with the physical environment within the LRC (the temperature, lighting, ventilation etc). We are very aware of the issues with some of the areas, and have started to address them where we can – for example we have put opening windows into the main IT area to aid ventilation, and have asked Estates to close/open some of the floor vents in the group study rooms (as appropriate).

45% of respondents were either fairly or very satisfied with the range of workshops available, with another 33% neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. If you feel that we are not running the workshops that you need, please let us know and we will try to accommodate your preferences. Some workshops are very popular, and get booked up very quickly. Keep an eye on the workshop bookings page to see when a session is being held.

Check back soon for the next blog entry.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Comments from the LRC Survey 2010

When asked about their space usage in the LRC Survey 2010, 116 respondents had used the Group Study rooms; 168 had used the Quiet Study/Quiet IT rooms and 77 had used the Silent Study room. Comments included that there were too few quiet study areas with IT and comments regarding the temperature in various rooms.

There were many comments on the levels of acceptable noise in the LRC. We know we can't please everyone on the noise issue - there have been some who have asked for the whole of the LRC to be made silent and others who think it's great as it is. All we can do is ask users to respect the quiet and silent areas and think of your neighbours. If you're in a Quiet Study room and need to make a call, please go to the Phone Zone or to the terraces. We're asking the LRC staff to be even more vigilant and if groups are spotted using the Quiet Study rooms, we'll ask them to move to another area. Likewise, we ask our users not to leave bags and coats on a chair at a terminal all day, even when you're in classes.

87% of respondents thought our term-time staff hours were just right. Comments included a lack of staff support through the night and asking for additional rooms to be made available such as the Post-grad room. We've listened to your comments and where practicable, we will open the Post-grad room during the night in term-time. Please note there is an additional fire exit in this space. We cannot, however, do the same with the Quiet Study rooms as there are no additional fire exits from these areas.

78% of respondents thought our vacation staffed hours were about right with only 9% saying they were too short. One person suggested that staff also needed to be present at the weekend in the summer. The LRC was staffed last summer at the weekends but the low number of users coming in to use the facilities meant that it was not cost-effective - especially now that we have 24/7 opening.

More feedback to follow soon so watch this space...

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

We really want our books back!!!

We're launching a new library system in September. To help us prepare, we're holding a loan amnesty for the entire month of July.
This means you can return all your items - no questions asked, no fines charged - between Thursday 1st July and Saturday 31st July to qualify.
Please note: the amnesty applies to returned items only so any unpaid bills will stand. As we physically want to see the books returned - we've got shelf space waiting - the amnesty will not apply to phones or online renewals.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Springer eBook trial

We have trial access to over 17,000 eBook titles from the publisher Springer Verlag which complements our existing journal access to their content in the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library.

All the books have been added to iLink, the library catalogue and can also be searched via the publisher's platform.

I've just done a quick search on the publisher's platform/website for 'interprofessional education' and limited the search to book chapters and got an impressive 23 hits. Please test it out for yourself and let us know what you think using our feedback form. The collection covers many subject areas including Business, Economics, Humanities, Social Sciences and Medicine and the trial lasts until 31 October 2010.

NB: Please note off campus access is possible via the Remote Desktop.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Headline news from the LRC Survey 2010

Many thanks to everyone who completed our LRC Survey 2010. We had just under 180 responses. Here are some headline figures:

87.6% of you are students
88.6% of you are full-time
45% are from the School of Health Sciences but only 4% were from the School of Drama and Creative Industries (DCI)

The majority of respondents come in to the LRC to either borrow or renew books or to use a terminal. 42 respondents came to use a quiet study space, whilst 53 respondents came in to use a multi-functional device (MFD).

We'll post further analysis from the survey over the coming months so watch this space.

Friday, 4 June 2010

A new journal linking the chemistry and physics of food with health and nutrition

It was announced last month, that a new journal is coming our way - Food & Function. RSC Publishing describe it as 'a new and exciting journal which will bring together high-impact research linking the chemistry and physics of food with health and nutrition'.

We are acquiring free access to this title so look out for it on our eJournals A-Z list soon. Their inaugural issue is due for publication at the end of 2010.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Vacation time!!!

The glorious weather today can only mean one thing - it's Bank Holiday Monday! We're open today so for the studious ones amongst us, this means you can come in and pick up a few books for your dissertation, check out a Thin Client laptop for four hours from the Service Desk and enjoy the cool breeze on the decking outside Food for Thought.

We're very pleased our 24/7 opening has generated such a positive response. The good news is that 24/7 opening will continue over the vacation. However, since the end of the academic year, the times LRC staff are available has changed. During the vacation, the LRC will be staffed on Monday to Fridays from 09:00 to 17:00 only.

Normal service will recommence on Saturday 10 September.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Free trial to journals published by Mary Anne Liebert Inc

We're currently running a free trial up until the end of 2010 to all journals published by Mary Anne Liebert Inc.

Titles are listed on our A-Z of electronic journals and include:

Alternative and complementary therapies
Diabetes technology and therapeutics
Journal of palliative medicine
Journal of women's health
Telemedicine and e-health

and many more!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

LRC survey 2010

It's that time again - survey time! We'd like to know more of what you think and we really do value your opinions on the services and facilities we offer. It helps us enable change where it's necessary.

10 lucky respondents will be drawn at random and will win a £10 Amazon e-voucher.

Click on the link to get started: http://surveys.qmu.ac.uk/lrc before saturday 22nd May.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Printroom help point

For those of you not already aware, if you need to print something in colour or get your dissertation bound then you need to email your request - along with your attached file - to printroom@qmu.ac.uk. You can collect your print jobs and bound dissertations from the LRC Service Desk because the Printroom is housed in the basement on campus and not easily accessible.

Previously, if you wanted to know how much it would cost to print x number of pages in colour or to have three copies of your dissertation bound, you'd need to email the printroom and wait for a reply. Now, on weekdays between 11.00 and 12.00, you'll be able to come along to the LRC Service Desk and ask in person.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Coming soon - opening hours extended to 24/7

We're pleased to announce that as of Monday 19th April at 08:30, we'll be opening 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During our advertised opening hours, staff will be able to assist you with your queries and questions. Outwith these hours, the LRC will be monitored by security who are there to ensure your security only. There are lots of interactive tutorials on our website and we are in the process of updating our FAQs if you need pointing in the right direction out of hours.

Please remember to bring your smartcard with you as you'll need it to swipe into the LRC and on the way out. We will be monitoring and evaluating the 24/7 hour opening so if you have any comments, suggestions or feedback then please get in touch.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports now available

Thanks to JISC, you can now access the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports either directly from this link or on our Databases page.

FBIS covers the period 1974-1996 in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. The JISC selection of the daily summary includes a wealth of transcripts of broadcasts and news from around the world translated into English.

NB: Access is seamless if you are on campus or logged in via Remote Access. Off campus access outside of Remote Access is authenticated via Shibboleth.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

New eJournal titles available via SHEDL

In round two of the SHEDL negotiations, 288 eJournal titles from Berg, Edinburgh University Press and Oxford University Press have been added to our eJournals A-Z. Discover these titles and many more:

Dance research: the journal of the society for dance research

Enterprise and society

Fashion practice: the journal of design, creative process and the fashion industry

Food culture and society

Japanese journal of clinical oncology

Journal of British cinema and television

Occupational medicine

There is something to suit everyone!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Top 10 most borrowed books in the LRC

I recently read an article in the Guardian by Simon Rogers who listed the top 250 most borrowed library books in the UK. It got me wondering who would top our charts in the most borrowed categories here at the LRC. My guesses of 'Corporate Strategy' by Richard Lynch and 'Gray's anatomy for students' by Richard L. Drake didn't make it into to the top ten.

So far, in the current academic year it appears that the Occupational Therapy students have been the busiest:

  1. Hagedorn's foundations for practice by Edward A. S. Duncan 615.8515 HAG
  2. A user's manual for the occupational circumstances assessment interview and rating scale (Version 4.0) by Kirsty Forsyth 615.8515 USE
  3. Model of human occupation: theory and application by Gary Kielhofner 615.8515 KIE
  4. Sociology and occupational therapy edited by Derek Jones, Sheena E. E. Blair, Terry Hartery, and R. Kenneth Jones 615.8515 JON
  5. Occupational health and mental health by Jennifer Creek 615.8515 CRE
  6. Introduction to the health sciences by Stephen Polgar and Shayne A. Thomas 610.072 POL
  7. Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods by John W. Creswell 300.72 CRE
  8. Event studies: theory, research and policy for planned events by Donald Getz 394.2068 GET
  9. Promoting health: a practical guide by Linda Ewles and Ina Simnett 613.07 EWL
  10. Fundaments of strategy by Gerry Johnson, Kevan Scholes and Richard Whittington 658.4012 JOH

Saturday, 23 January 2010

CLA Survey starts on monday

This monday sees the start of the Copyright Licensing Agency Survey which will run for six weeks. For the period of the survey, every time you make a photocopy from a book or journal in the LRC, a CLA Data Collector will record on a log sheet various details of the item being copied:

Number of pages
Number of copies of each page

Please co-operate by passing the book/journal to the Data Collector so they can record this information.

The survey period is Monday to Friday 09:00 to 18:00 and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 15:00 and will cover all the MFDs in the LRC. The MFDs on the Terraces and on Levels 2 and 3 are not part of the survey.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Refworks trial

We've arranged a trial to see what RefWorks has to offer. RefWorks is an online research management writing and collaboration tool - similar to Reference Manager - and is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Access information and links are on our Trial Databases page. Help is available from an online tutorial and quick start guide. Users are required to self-register to create an account first. Please remember that this is a trial so the Shibboleth logon has not been activated.

Let us know what you think - email bhouston@qmu.ac.uk or snoble@qmu.ac.uk.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Come along to an LRC workshop and get a head start in the new semester

Get a head start for the new semester and learn how use our databases, ebooks and ejournals as well as basic referencing.

Click here to discover the full timetable and how to book a place.

We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Access to new eJournal titles coming soon...

We're increasing the number of eJournal titles you have access to thanks to Phase 2 of the SHEDL consortium. Over 200 titles from Oxford University Press, Edinburgh University Press and Berg will be visible on our eJournals A-Z list shortly.

New titles include:

Culture and social history - Berg
Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine - Open University Press
Health policy and planning - Open University Press
International journal of quality in health care - Open University Press
Journal of British cinema and television - Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh University Press and Oxford University Press are Shibboleth compliant - which means you can access them anywhere that has an internet connection with your network username and password. Titles from Berg - such as 'Culture and social history' - are not compliant and therefore will only be accessible on campus or via Remote Access.

Access to the new titles has been enabled so click on the above links and check them out. We will keep you posted on when they are added to the eJournals A-Z list.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and you are all well rested.

We're open again as usual and are surprisingly busy. We understand that there are some exams scheduled for next week so if you want to do some last minute cramming, don't forget our Silent Study Room in the East Wing is quietest room in the LRC!