Welcome back to the Library

We hope you all had fantastic summers and are ready for your next year of studies. We thought it might be useful to give you a quick update on what’s been happening in the Library and let you know about changes for 2016-17:

The first floor of the Sheila Silver Library is being refurbished and will be reopened fully by October. This also means that the books on the ground floor and in G28 and G29 will move up onto the first floor,  with the labs available for teaching once again.

DSC_0210 aAt Headingley Library there is new adjustable seating at all PC study carrels and group study tables as well as a clearly defined social seating area, which includes a newspaper stand and book displays.  Quick reference has been streamlined to ensure core texts are easily accessible and moved nearer to the student study space. The Student Meeting Rooms also have whiteboards to help you with your group work.

In response to your feedback we’ve extended our “overnight” hours so that only Leeds Beckett staff and students can use the Library from 19:00 (instead of 21:00). This means that you will have to have your Campus Card with you if you’re using the Library between 19:00 and 08:30.

Library PCs now have Windows 10 installed and the wi-fi across the campus has been upgraded. This may mean that you’ll need to reconnect but there will be plenty of staff on hand to help with this.

We’ve worked really hard alongside your lecturers to get as many reading lists as possible into MyBeckett so that material for your course is just a couple of clicks away. Select Resource Lists from the left hand side menu once you are in your module.

The Home tab on MyBeckett has been replaced with a Course tab containing all the SU tabinformation you need for your course and School, including key contacts and access to key Library resources and there is a new tab for information from the Students’ Union. Access to your timetables is no longer via Google Calendar; we’ve got a new system called CMISGo which lets you sync your timetable to your smartphone calendar.

Oh, and you can now pay by Contactless if you’re buying a binding kit or paying Library fines and charges.  And, as always, if you need any help just Contact Us!

Sheila Silver Library – reminder about refurbishment

Work is continuing on the redevelopment of the first floor of the Sheila Silver Library with construction due to be completed by mid-October 2016. The completed first floor will include space for group study, printing, book stock 001-599, three IT teaching labs, and four bookable Student Meeting Rooms. The ground floor of the Library will also see changes in October, when the book stock will be moved to the first floor and replaced with a group study area, and IT labs LSB G28 and G29 will be returned to teaching.

Books within the 001-599 range will be unavailable for brief periods in October whilst it moves from ground to first floor. You can put a hold on anything you need during this time and Library staff will be available to retrieve books for you.

We’re looking forward to seeing the newly refurbished floor and hope you are too.

What’s new in MyBeckett

MyBeckett has now been upgraded which means new features and functionality for you!  Here are the changes you need to know about:

New Tabs and Content:

  • Get Started:  Use this tab during the first few weeks of term to access and download everything you need to get you started at Leeds Beckett University.

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  • Course: The Home tab and Groups tab have been replaced with the Course tab, which contains all the information you need regarding your specific Course and School, including who to contact for what, social media, jobs, Library resources and course evaluation tools.
  • Students’ Union:  The new SU tab will help you find out about upcoming events, get involved with campaigns and volunteering, join or set up clubs and societies, get confidential advice, and rate or submit student Bright Ideas.
  • Academic Integrity Tutorial: this is now located in the Assessment section of your modules, explaining what plagiarism is and giving advice on how to avoid it.

A New Timetabling System:

  • CMISGo: you can sync your timetable to your smart phone calendar using a new system called CMISGo, or view it on a PC.

System Tweaks:

  • Emails you receive via MyBeckett now display the name of the sender rather than ‘VLE Notification’.
  • MyBeckett is now fully supported by Microsoft Edge
  • Discussion threads now allow you to navigate easily from thread to thread

Help and Support:

  •  The student guides produced by the Learning Systems team have moved and are refreshed and ready for the new academic year. The new MyBeckett Support pages contain guides to MyBeckett, Turnitin, PebblePad, Google Apps and more.

Welcome to new students

Welcome to the Library to all our new students. We look forward to meeting you at your Library induction, Freshers’ Fairs, out and about around campus and, of course, in the Libraries!

We have two Libraries, open 24/7, every day of the year: Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building at City Campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building at Headingley. We have been refurbishing the first floor in Sheila Library over the summer and this will re-open in October. The books currently on the ground floor of the Library will move there and more study spaces will be available as you come into the Library.

Both Libraries offer different types of study space so you can choose if you want to work in silence or in a group study area, or book a Student Meeting Room online.

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We also have over 140,000 electronic resources including eBooks and journals, available on and off-campus. And it’s really easy to find the books and journal articles recommended for your course. Just click on the Resources List link alongside your modules in MyBeckett.

We’ve got lots of ways to help you Get Started with using the Library and studying at University:

  • The Get Started tab in MyBeckett enables you to learn how to use MyBeckett, access free Wi-Fi, set up your email and timetable, download the apps you need, and prepare for your studies.
  • The Library’s YouTube channel has lots of quick videos showing you how to use our key services or you could come along to our demonstrations in the Library.
  • If you follow us on Twitter(@BeckettLibrary) we’ll be posting lots of #getstarted hints and tips.
  • And we know that getting all the passwords and PINs you need to access our systems can be a bit confusing at first but staff are on hand to get you through the early days. Although you created a password for the Welcome System you may need to change this when you arrive on campus.

As a Leeds Beckett University student you can also install Microsoft Office 365  for free for the duration of your studies so you don’t need to buy it. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own device, we have over 900 PCs with a PC Availability service to make finding a free one easy or you can borrow a laptop to use in the Library.

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Please don’t be afraid to ask Library staff if you need help in using the Library. The Help and Information Points on the ground floor of each Library are open 08:30-19:00 Monday-Friday and 11:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays during term. Staff will also be out and about in the first few weeks of term to help you with any questions you have.

You can also Phone Us or Chat with Us 24/7 – just see the Contact Us page on our website.

Get Started with using the Library

To help you Get Started with using our services staff will be running 10 minute demonstrations at 11:30 and 15:30 starting on 3rd October.

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Monday – Finding books and other resources on the Library Catalogue
Tuesday – Borrow and return resources via the self service machines
Wednesday – Top Up your Campus Card for printing and copying
Thursday – Borrow a laptop to use in the Library

There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Meeting Point in either Headingley or Sheila Silver Library. If you can’t make these times please ask a member of staff at the Help and Information Points and they will show you how to use the services or answer any other questions you have.

Changes to overnight access to the Library

If you are a regular user of either Headingley or Sheila Silver Library in the evening or overnight you need to have your Campus Card (also known as your staff or student card) with you from 19:00-08:30 from 1st September 2016.

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This is a slight change from the previous card access hours of 21:00-08:30 in response to student feedback and increases the hours when the Library is only available to Leeds Beckett users. The Library is still open 24/7 to all Leeds Beckett students and staff. Please note you will be breaching student regulations if you lend your Card to anyone else.

However, just because the Library is open 24/7 doesn’t mean you should be studying in it all the time!  Why not take a look at our Skills for Learning pages on Time Management to develop techniques for using your time productively?  The pages include links to apps, a time management podcast and more.

Just Graduated? Some final things you need to know…

We’ve added a handy countdown to the Alumni tab in MyBeckett as a reminder of things you need to do if you graduated this summer:

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  • Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30th September 2016.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails & contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos.  See the Alumni tab in MyBeckett for more information.
  • Creating a free PebblePad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account.
  • Our After Leeds Beckett web page directs you resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations that can help you in your professional practice or in securing that all important first job.
  • As a Leeds Beckett alumnus you can apply for Guest User Library membership at a reduced rate.

And remember you can still ask Library staff for help if you need to.

Good Luck from us all!

It’s shaping up…

We donned our hard hats earlier this week to get some photos ofsome specific areas of the first floor.

As on the second and third floors, the largest space will contain group study and part of the book collection (Dewey numbers 001-599). Right now it makes a handy staging area for lots of bits and pieces for the project.

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Room 104 will provide a flexible study space where students can move the furniture around to take advantage of different layouts and user the power sockets provided along the walls.

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Instead of silent study, we’ll have additional group study with a variety of furniture on this floor in room 105.  It’s not as big as the book room, but you can see that it’s still a pretty sizable space.

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This floor will also include student meeting rooms and a Print Hub, as on the second and third floors, but we haven’t had a chance to photograph those yet!

As always, keep up to date with all the news on the Library refurbishment at#librefurb.

Work on the first floor continues

We’re eight weeks into the refurbishment of the first floor of the Sheila Silver Library and a lot has happened!

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All the demolition work is now complete and the new walls have been erected and plaster boarded.

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The electrics and other services are being installed including some new chilled beams. New ducting is also being put into place.

 

Our trusty book collector;  Terry has been helping us out again by collecting the books from the second floor as sections of the book stock have been unavailable due to the ongoing works.

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We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.

Library cats on World Cat Day!

Monday 8th August is World Cat Day and to celebrate we are embracing the stereotype that everyone who works in a Library must have a cat!

CatIt’s true to say that many Libraries do have resident cats – and not just so we can make endless bad cat / cataloguing puns.

We also have the World famous (probably) Carnegie Cat. He even has a namesake at Brazil Public Library (In Indiana, USA).

 

A quick poll of staff at Leeds Beckett Library showed that quite a few of us did have cats, but not as many as you might think! Here are just a few……

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First up we have….Handsome devil Bailey, he is around 7 years old. A former tramp, he was plucked off the mean streets of Leeds and  now lives a luxurious life with hot & cold running cat biscuits.  He enjoys prowling around,  glaring at the dog over the road and chasing wheelie bins. He dislikes THE VETS! He can often be found posing on Instagram.

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Next we have Pilchard who was adopted from the RSPCA 9 and a half years ago, when she climbed up the wire mesh of the pen and screamed loudly indicating that she was definitely going home with her new family. Her hobbies include bird watching, chasing spiders, and crime/murder mystery dramas.

 

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Then we have Flossie aged 12 who is a haughty tortie.  Her favourite food is anything, and her favourite person is whoever is currently serving her.  She rules her household with an iron paw minus the velvet glove.  She is allowed to stay because she’s the best bit of the interior decoration. And she goes with the sitting room curtains.

 

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Next up is Moglet, failing to understand how to sleep in a basket! She is the most non-destructive cat ever created – ‘clawing’ at furniture consists of gently rubbing her paws on the side of the sofa. She currently enjoys taking up most of her owner’s pillow when they are trying to sleep, looking adorable, and demanding food immediately by squeaking.

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Keeping a watchful eye out on the world we have Ozzy, who is  7 years old.  He is lover not a fighter, especially if you have salmon.

 

 

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Finally we have our “elder statescat” Pumpkin who is 20! She was adopted when she was 6 months old and has left her jumping and hunting days behind her. She finds life all a bit too much and likes to sleep, a lot!