We’ll renew for you! Changes to renewals and fines for 2017

We’re always working hard to make it as easy as possible for you to get the resources you need and help make using the Library as easy as possible. For 2017 we’ve made some changes to the way resources are renewed and fines charged:

  • We’ll renew for you so you don’t need to (excluding Laptop Loans, Short Loans and automatic renewal of Interlibrary Loans).
  • We’ll keep renewing for up to 6 months unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course.
  • We’ll email your University email account to tell you if you need to return your items.
  • You’ll need to return requested items within 7 days. Offsite students and those registered with Disability Services have different arrangements – please follow the links for more information.
  • Fines have increased to £2 per item per day but you’re only charged if someone else needs the resource and you don’t return it on time.
  • If you want to borrow something that is already on loan you’ll need to put a Hold on it so that it is recalled for you to use. Please ask staff if you need any help doing this.

 

A160627-1_Library profiles_100 cropWhy are you doing this?

We’ve talked to the Students’ Union about this and you’ve also told us that one of the things that really annoys you is when someone hangs onto a book when a hold is placed on it.

Lots of other University libraries have changed their loan and fines system and their experiences show that if the fine is higher on a requested item it’s more likely to be returned on time and that there are far fewer fines charged overall.

We hope this will make it fairer for everyone to get the resources they need and not having to pay unnecessary fines.

We’ve increased the fine rate to £2 per day but remember you’ll only need to pay this if you don’t return a book on time that is needed by someone else. For all your other loans you will no longer need to remember to renew.

As always, ask Library staff if you have any queries and please tell us what you think about this new system.

 

 

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If you want it, request it!

HoldWe introduced our new automatic renewal system in October, meaning that we’ll keep renewing for up to 6 months unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course. So if you want to borrow something that’s already on loan you need to request it by putting a Hold on it.

But what happens when you place a hold on something?

If the item is already on loan an email is sent to the University email of the person who has it asking them to return the item, as it has been requested by another user. They then have 7 days to return the item (Offsite students and students with disabilities have slightly different arrangements – see their web pages for more information).

Once the item has been returned our Hold teams step in! They process the item and put it on the shelves for you to collect. If you’ve requested to collect your book at another Leeds Beckett Library, they put it in a box ready to be delivered.

Once your hold has been processed by the team, you will receive an email notification to your student email account to let you know that the book is ready to be collected!

If you’re not sure how to place a hold, there is a handy step by step tutorial available that allows you to place a hold on something you need as you work through it. Or, you can watch our Library Short: How to place a hold.

 

If you have a queries, speak to Library staff and please tell us what you think about this new system.

The value of embedded Library sessions

We hope you all enjoyed the Library Inductions that Library staff delivered in September (and if you didn’t attend one, please talk to your module leader to see if one can be arranged!) These induction sessions are very much intended as a welcome and there is so much more that the Library can help you with.Karen F and Catherine 2017

One very effective way that you can benefit from Library expertise is by attending “embedded sessions” delivered by Librarians at appropriate points throughout the year.  Students find these sessions very relevant as they are timed to take place when they will be most useful, and the content is carefully chosen to closely tie in with students’ assignments.  Academic Librarians delivered many of these sessions in 2016-17, including:

A 1 hour presentation to MSc Accounting and Finance students from Academic Librarians Jennie Winterburn and Catherine Parkin. This focused on using the FAME database to find and analyse data on company financial ratios, and how to compare companies within a peer group. This helped students when completing their Financial Reporting assignment as they learnt the importance of using subscription databases for the information they needed, rather than relying on information found on the web, to ensure the information was accurate and up to date. They also found out how to properly cite financial resources in their assignments, in the Harvard style.

Level 6 Law students rated the “finding journal articles” sessions delivered by the same Academic Librarians very highly. These students worked together in small groups to evaluate the literature they were using for their dissertations and learnt how to effectively search databases using search terms and subject headings, in order to find high quality journal articles.

Level 6 Dance students undertake a final year module called “Publishing Project” that is focused upon the development of the students’ academic skills in reading, writing and independent critical ability. The module is designed to enable students to develop their research skills in order to produce an extended piece of academic writing. Academic Librarians Alison Park and Karen Fisher deliver a session every year as part of this module, showing the students the research process, helping them to select an area of interest for their extended essay, and assisting them in conducting their own research and enquiries.

Journals

Level 5 Architecture students were set a short critical review assignment in Semester 2, which required them to research a building allocated to them. Students were asked to research their case study in books and architecture magazines, and submit their research in the form of printed and digital copies of plans, elevations, axonometrics, collages and other visual and technical information, as well as excerpts collected from relevant sources. The aim of the assignment was to develop independent research skills by using the Library and the main printed sources of architectural knowledge, and to familiarise and practice writing critical analysis and commentary on a project/building.

Every subject has an Academic Librarian, and sessions can be delivered for all subjects throughout the year. If you are unsure who your Librarian is, check the Library Guide for your Subject.

 Catherine Parkin, Academic Librarian for Law, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Analytics and International, Leadership, Governance and People Management.

Celebrating Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place 9-14 October and is a chance to showcase some of the amazing things that your Library offers such as:

And if you decide to take a break from studying why not listen to our latest Spotify playlist “The Great Library Songbook” full of library and literature related songs! Or come along to Leeds Beckett Book Club’s meeting on Wednesday 11 October to discuss The Famished Road by Ben Okri.

 

 

 

Positive about Dyslexia

This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017, and this year’s theme is ‘Positive about Dyslexia’. The Library has a wide range of support available for students with dyslexia to help you succeed at University.

If you think you might have dyslexia but you have not yet been diagnosed, you can complete QuickScan – an online questionnaire which identifies whether you have any indicators of dyslexia and provides advice on the next steps to take. This is accessed via the Support tab in MyBeckett (under Disability Support).

Students who have dyslexia can register with our University’s Disability Advice service who arrange tailored support on an individual basis. When you have registered with Disability Advice, you can use the Disability Resource Areas in the Libraries. These are comfortable silent study spaces for students with disabilities or dyslexia which contain a range of equipment, including larger desks and PCs with dual monitors.

IMG_20170925_132111595The Library has a wide range of books and eBooks about study skills and disability in higher education, including dyslexia. Look out for some of these on our Dyslexia Awareness Week book displays. There is also a collection of reference books on these topics in each Disability Resource Area.

Students registered with Disability Advice can borrow books for longer and place 10 items on hold at once instead of the usual 5, so you can use the Holds system to have books retrieved for you if you have difficulty locating them on the shelves.

We have an ever increasing collection of eBooks. If you find eBooks difficult to use due to dyslexia, we have information on how you can customise the settings to make them more accessible. This includes changing the text size and colour, changing the background colour, and listening to eBooks in audio format. Eligible students can also have their reading list titles obtained in accessible format through the Library’s Alternative Formats service.

A variety of assistive software is available, most of which is installed on all PCs in the Library. This includes Read & Write, which has tools for reading on-screen text aloud (text-to-speech), advanced spelling and grammar support and applying a digital coloured overlay to your computer screen. You can access a web-based version of Read & Write for Google Chrome off campus. There is also software for mind mapping to help you organise your ideas visually, and we have recently subscribed to Pro-Study software which helps you to collect, categorise and organise research from various different sources. We particularly recommend this for students with dyslexia. You can also use SensusAccess to convert documents into more accessible formats, including audio, so you can listen to them rather than reading. If you’d like to know more about the assistive software available in the Library you can come to a workshop – see our Software page for further details, and if you are looking for free software and apps we have several recommendations.

If you prefer to read printed text on a coloured background, coloured paper for printing is available on request free of charge at the Advice Point on the ground floor of each Library. You can choose from six different colours.

For help with study skills including academic writing, Skills for Learning offer online resources, workshops and tutorials.

Photo of SueStudents with disabilities or dyslexia can book a one-to-one appointment with the Library’s Learning Support Officer (Disability and Dyslexia) for help with a wide range of disability related issues in the Library, including using Library resources, assistive software, equipment and more. You can also contact Library staff for advice by phone, email and online chat.

Have you discovered the Library yet?

A161122-2 Library City Campus-296 cropOur two University Libraries, Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building at City Campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building at Headingley are open 24/7 365. They have different types of study space so you can choose to work in silence or in a group study area, or book a Student Meeting Room.

We also have over 140,000 electronic resources including eBooks and journals, available on and off-campus, easily accessible via our Discover search engine.. 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.

Our Skills for Learning team offer workshops and tutorials in academic communication, IT, maths, research and referencing. They are also running a peer mentoring scheme so you can get support from experienced students to help build your confidence.

Hopefully you will have already met your Academic Librarian for your course and have started to find your way around but there’s lots more help available for you. Take a look at the Get Started tab in MyBeckett and on our Library news pages.

You can also Phone Us or Chat with Us 24/7 – just see the Contact Us page on our website. And follow us on Twitter (@BeckettLibrary) for all the latest information.

Languages for all!

For European Day of Languages, we’re highlighting all the beautiful language books we have in the Library. The majority of language books can be found at Headingley Library, but there is also a selection at the Sheila Silver Library. Also, remember that you can place a hold in order to have books from Headingley sent to City Campus for collection if that is easier for you

Starting a part-time language course over the next few weeks? You may well be in need of some grammar and vocabulary books or text books to ensure that you can learn as effectively as possible.

arriveLa conjugaison pour tous : dictionnaire de 12000 verbes is very useful if you are learning French

We also have a wide selection of dictionaries which will be an important addition to any textbooks and online resources such as Collins Russian dictionary

 

 Why not try some easy fictional reading to stretch your foreign language reading skills. bibliotecaLa biblioteca by Isabel Marijuán Adrián

Or if you need listening practice, some of our resources include audio packs which are great for listening to on the way to uni.

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Try  Talk Italian : the ideal course for absolute beginners.  We’re loving the scooters on the front!

If you’re jetting off for a city break, grab a phrasebook before you go such as the Collins Dutch phrasebook.

 

japaneseAnd to finish our recommendations we’re going further afield because we think The Usborne First Thousand Words in Japanese has to be one of the cutest books in the Library! And highly informative at the same time.

What’s new for 2017?

As always we’ve been busy over the summer improving our services to help you make the most out of studying in the Library. So, what’s new for 2017:

  • From October 2017 we’ll renew any books that you borrow to save you having to remember to do so. You’ll only have to return them when someone else needs them; see our news item for full details about how this works.
  • The changes to accessing Sheila Silver Library that we introduced in response to your feedback during the May exams are now permanent. This means you’ll need your Campus Card most of the time to enter the Library and at some times of the year, such as exams, only Leeds Beckett Card holders will be able to come in. You’ll also still need your Campus Card to access Headingley Library from 19:00-08:30.
  • We’ve introduced a peer mentoring scheme to enable new students to become more confident in their academic work with support from an experienced student.
  • MyBeckett has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.
  • You can access the full Microsoft Office 365 suite including free copies of Office Online and up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive. You can download up to 5 copies onto PCs and MACs and also have access to the mobile apps.
  • Your University email account is now available via Outlook rather than Google with 50GB of storage. We’ve moved all your files and contacts across though so you don’t need to do anything. And you can still access Google Drive.
  • Turnitin’s new Feedback Studio makes it easier for you to find and navigate your originality reports, online marks and feedback. View our new guides for more info.
  • PebblePad has been redesigned with a clean, modern look and feel so that you can easily create great looking portfolios and blogs to evidence and reflect upon your work. Again, take a look at our guides for more info.
  • We’ve added Pro-Study software to all our PCs to help you collect and manage your research.
  • You no longer need to confirm your booking when you book a Student Meeting Room although the first time you do so this year you’ll need to log in.

As always if you need any help using any of our services just Contact Us.

Welcome back to the Library

We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer. Please see below for information about some of the key changes for 2017:

  • MyBeckett has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.
  • You can now access the full Microsoft Office 365 suite including free copies of Office Online and up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive. You can download up to 5 copies onto PCs and MACs and also have access to the mobile apps.
  • Your University email account is now available via Outlook rather than Google with 50GB of storage. We’ve moved all your files and contacts across though so you don’t need to do anything. And you still have access to Google Drive.
  • From October 2017 we’ll renew any books that you borrow to save you having to remember to do so. You’ll only have to return them when someone else needs them; see our news item for full details about how this works.
  • The changes to accessing Sheila Silver Library that we introduced in response to your feedback at the end of the last academic year are now permanent. This means you need your Campus Card most of the time to enter the Library and at some times of the year, such as exams, only Leeds Beckett Card holders will be able to come in. You’ll also still need your Campus Card to access Headingley Library from 19:00-08:30.

Take a look at What’s New for 2017 for details of more changes to support you whilst you study.

Your student email is changing

On 7 September your University email changed from one provided by Google (Gmail) to a new Microsoft Outlook email.  You can access your new Microsoft email account via MyBeckett.  Your email address and password remains the same.

There is no need to move your old Gmail emails as the University has used a service to move all of your content (including contacts and email categories) to your new account.

You can still access your old Gmail account until 15 December 2017 (and we’ll send you emails reminding you of this) but from 7 September all new emails will be in your new Microsoft Outlook email account.

You will need to update your own devices to ensure they access Outlook rather than Googlemail/Gmail. Our IT support pages provide instructions on how to do this and if you encounter any problems please ask Library staff for help. Our FAQ “I have added my student email to the Outlook app – why am I not receiving any new emails” should help.

You can still access Google Drive using your University email address and password or via MyBeckett.

Please note that the use of email, software and apps provided by Leeds Beckett University must be used in accordance with our data protection and IT policies. Don’t open any attachments or follow any links that you think might be suspicious.

 

Access Microsoft Office 365 for free!

As a Leeds Beckett University student you can access Microsoft Office 365 for free for as long as you are studying with us.

This gives you:

  • Full versions of Microsoft Office 2016 (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote) on up to 5 Windows and Mac PCs
  • Unlimited access to the online and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office, Sway and Forms
  • Up to 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive
  • Access to your University email address with 50GB of mailbox storage

Log in to the Office 365 portal with your University username and password to access this.

Our IT Support pages include information about downloading the software, systems requirements and frequently ask questions and you can also Contact Us if you need more help.