Library closure Sunday 28th August

Every year we have to implement Library closures in order to carry out essential electrical maintenance on some of our University buildings. This year the work is taking place over Sundays in August.

This essential work helps to ensure the smooth running of the Library and also help us to maintain our 24/7 opening. To help minimise disruption we never close both Libraries at the same time. This year we plan to close as follows time:

 

Sunday 28th August

07:00 – 19:00 Headingley Library closed. Sheila Silver Library open.

On this day the following services will also be unavailable between 07:00-19:00

  • Access to P Drive (file store)

Don’t forget our Library website always gives you access to over 140,000 quality online resources!

We are very sorry for any inconvenience these closures may cause.

 

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!

MyBeckett upgrade 2016

It’s not just the Library that’s improving over the summer – MyBeckett will be undergoing its annual upgrade, which means new features and functionality for you!

Work to upgrade the system will take place between Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th August 2016.

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What does this mean?

This means MyBeckett will be taken down between the 3rd and the 4th August 2016 and will be unavailable during this time. This is necessary to complete the upgrade and test it to ensure MyBeckett is in full working order for when it comes back online on Thursday 4th August

What if I need to access links I normally get through MyBeckett?

You won’t be able to access your Modules and their content during this time, but there are still plenty of University Services which will be fully available so you can still gain access to important links and other information you would usually get through MyBeckett:

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What happens after the upgrade?

When upgrade period is over, the normal login page will be displayed and you will be able to log in and access MyBeckett as normal.

 

Temporary closures on the second floor

Starting on Monday 18th July,  areas of the second floor of the Sheila Silver Library will be unavailable.  This is to allow sections of the floor to be lifted whilst new cabling is installed in the ceilings on the first floor.

The main book room will be partially closed for approximately four weeks. This may cause some issues in accessing some of the study areas and some of the book stock.

If you require access to book stock that is temporarily unavailable, please speak to Library staff who will be able to collect the item for you.

Leeds Beckett students and staff are also able to place a hold on book stock on this floor.  Please ask Library staff for help if you’ve not done this before or take a look at our web page and video.

The Print hub on the second floor will also be closed from Monday 8th August.  Alternative printing and binding facilities can be found in the following locations:

  • Black & White, Colour printers and Binding facilities – Third Floor Print area
  • Black & White, Colour printers – High Demand Area, Ground floor

The rest of the floor will remain open as usual.

We will try to keep disruption to a minimum whilst all this work takes place and we are very sorry for any inconvenience it causes.

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.

Update on the First Floor

Work is now well underway in the refurbishment of the first floor of Sheila Silver first floor 2Library.

All the old fixtures and fittings have been removed, the internal walls have been pulled down and the main demolition works have been completed.

Over the next few weeks the new partitions and walls will be erected ready for the first part of the electrics and other services to be installed.

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For more information about what is planned for the first floor have a look at our transforming your library page on our website, which also includes a set of FAQs.

We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary. 

 

Alumni tab on MyBeckett

Blue Alumni tabKeep a look out for the blue Alumni tab in MyBeckett, which will appear within five days of your award being confirmed.

This will help you make the transition from student to alumnus, linking you to everything you need to know and do before you leave us, and before your accounts expire.

You can prepare for graduation, download your data and documents, convert your student accounts into alumni ones, and make use of the continuous support we provide after you have left Leeds Beckett University. You can also find out about postgraduate study with us if you don’t want to leave!

Remembering the Somme

You may have seen the exhibition of photographs and objects from our University’s Archive and Special Collections on display on the ground and first floors of Headingley Library commemorating the centenary of the First World War. These have been selected to call attention to the relationship of this very particular space and the historical events of 100 years ago and on the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme our Archivist, Keith Rowntree writes of two former students who lost their lives:

We were two years in the making and ten minutes in the destroying’.[1]

The Somme Offensive began on 1 July 1916 perhaps one of the bloodiest battles in history. Many perished within the first few agonising minutes shortly after emerging from the relative safety of their trenches. At 07.30, that morning, heavy machine gun fire met the Leeds Pals as they took part in the offensive moving towards the village of Serre.  As a result 15 Officers and 255 other ranks died, with many others wounded and maimed. Among those killed were Sergeant Robert Bland and Acting Sergeant Matthew Mossop. They had been students at the City of Leeds Training College around 1912-14 and keen sportsmen who played for the college rugby team. Both had enlisted in the 15th Battalion (1st Leeds), The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) in Leeds probably around late 1914, early 1915.

Robert Bland (15/1045) was born 1892, in Torpenhow near Aspatria, to Wilfred Bland, a Coal Miner, and his wife Annie Peat. In 1911, Robert and his family lived at Brayton Road in Aspatria. His older sister Mary Jane was also a teacher. Although his body was not recovered, Robert Bland is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument and on the City of Leeds Training College War Memorial.

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Matthew Hudson Mossop (15/1027) was born 1890, in Seascale, to Isaac Mossop, a Joiner, and his wife Ann Hudson who died the year after her son was born. Matthew Mossop was a schoolteacher in Cleethorpes before he attended the City of Leeds Training College. At his death, he was an Acting Sergeant, and posthumously awarded the Military Medal. Mossop’s gravestone bears the legend, ‘One of the Original Leeds Pals’ at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 1, Pas de Calais.

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Further information about the Archive and Special Collections can be found on the website, including articles and digital images.

[1] Private A.V. Pearson, talking about Leeds Pals at Serre in Martin Middlebrook, The First Day On the Somme, Penguin Books, 1984, p 270.