MyBeckett Upgrade 2017

MyBeckett will be undergoing its annual upgrade from 22:00 on Monday 31st July. We expect it to be available again by 17:00 on Friday 4 August but it may be earlier in the week.

We upgrade the system every year to make sure it’s in the best shape possible to support you and we need time to complete the upgrade and to test the system to make sure that MyBeckett is in full working order when it comes back online for you to use.

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

Although you won’t be able to access your Modules and their content during this time, there are still plenty of University Services which will be fully available so that 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 login page will display as normal and you will be able to log in and access MyBeckett.

Library behind the scenes – more than just tidying the shelves!

“In the summer, do you just tidy the book shelves for a few weeks?”

This is a question I’ve been asked more than once. And to be fair, it’s not an unreasonable one.  Exams are over. The libraries and lecture theatres are largely empty. People go home. Many academic and support staff go on holiday –  it’s not surprising that there’s a perception of things slowing down, of taking it easy between the end of one academic year and the start of the next. For the Library Collections and Acquisitions (C&A) team however, summer is one of the busiest times of our year.20170608_150754 - Copy

It really begins in mid-May, when we start to think about two things in particular – the Financial Year End, and the “stock usage reports”.

The first involves a process of chasing-up with our various suppliers any unfilled or outstanding orders, in order to getting the materials into stock quickly, or cancelling orders that won’t be fulfilled, so we can free-up the money and invest it elsewhere before year-end. Ebooks are always a good option, as they are generally accessible within three days of the order being placed, and are always in high demand by both on-campus and distance learners. So year-end (actually July 31st, but in practice, for us, somewhat earlier) is heralded by a period of cancelling and ordering, of re-allocation of funds and of careful targeting of the remaining resources budget.

At the same time, we run the stock reports which show us which items in our Libraries are being used, and which are not. These usage statistics are cross-checked with Reading Lists and double-checked by Academic Librarians. We want a “hard working” Library collection, which reflects the courses and subjects being taught on each campus, and gives access to content in formats our users can engage with. Different subject areas have different needs and preferences – for example, a Law student might need up-to-the minute statutes available to consult on-line; whereas in Cultural Studies, a twenty-year-old classic edition might be the definitive text on a particular topic.

Materials no longer needed, unused works, or those superseded by newer texts and editions, are then withdrawn from stock. We don’t throw them away – the overwhelming majority are sold on to a charity called Better World Books, which in turn generates income for the Library whilst also supporting international literacy initiatives.

Meanwhile, we’re thinking about the new books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, and so on that will fill these spaces and further enhance the usability, accessibility, and relevance of the Library collection. We place approximately 600 orders per month- averaging over 1,000 new items coming into the Library on a monthly basis all year round, with late August and early September the busiest times of all, just ahead of the start of the new Academic Year. We collect and input Reading Lists, identifying stock gaps and order new materials, with over 3000 Lists guiding individual users via their My Beckett page to the right materials they need for their studies. . Each year the module codes change, modules disappear or are added, new courses start…C&A are responsible for administrating this highly complex system.

The summer is also the time when we review our processes and workflow, and trial new approaches and working styles – things like faster, more efficient ways to order; more streamlined methods of receiving stock; new ways of accessing content; reviewing the performance of our suppliers; and looking to see what working practices and technologies are out there which could help us to improve the service we deliver.

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And then, when we’ve done that, we tidy the shelves…

Eric Jackson, Collections and Acquisitions Manager

 

 

 

Team Photo:

Back l-r Eric Jackson, Phil Todd, Paul Scholes, Dawn Elson.

Front – Amy Campbell, Ellie Windle, Sarah Dacre, Donna Easton

Summer support from Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning workshops have finished for the summer but there’s still lots of help available from the team.

We recorded some of the workshops from last year so you can revisit key topics, or visit them for the first time, including critical thinking, literature reviews, presentation skills and reflective writing. Or why not listen on the go to one of the podcasts to develop your academic communication or research skills?

The Skills for Learning website has sflwebsitehundreds of pages of resources on topics as diverse as problem solving, fractions, sampling, and workplace learning. Plus the Little Books series which you can download or buy from the Library with titles including the Little Book of Time Management and the indispensable Quote Unquote guide to Harvard referencing.

And if you need one-to-one support please contact the team to arrange a tutorial.

Staying on for postgraduate study

If you have a place to study on a postgraduate course here at Leeds Beckett after you finish your undergraduate degree there’s help available from the Library to keep your study skills on track:A161122-2 Library City Campus-161crop

  • Access to the Library to borrow books expires as you graduate and you’ll need to return any loans and pay any outstanding charges. However, if you want to borrow resources to help prepare for your new course you can apply for interim Guest User membership.
  • Our Academic Librarians have created a web page for people preparing for postgraduate study. This is aimed at students who have been out of education for a while but you should find some useful hints and tips and reminders of how to get the most out of the Library and continue to develop your academic skills. Each subject area also has its own page packed with links to key resources so take some time to browse these if you’re about to study something new.
  • Similarly the Skills for Learning team has grouped together some of the key resources on their website to support students studying at postgraduate level. You’ll still need your username and password to access these off campus but this should be live until 30th September.
  • The Alumni Tab on MyBeckett will appear once you finish your undergraduate course but this signposts you to lots of resources and information about being a postgraduate student if you’ve decided to stay with us.

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Library once again!

 

 

 

Using the Library over summer?

We’re open 24/7  during the vacation if you want to come in and study.

If you’re at home you can still access your work on your P: drive via the Files tab in MyBeckett and use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals.

You can visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (remember to connect to the Eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).

If you want a break from studying take a look at our School’s Out! Pinterest board or listen to our Summer Spotify playlist  for inspiration.

Please remember to cancel any holds you no longer need so that others can use the stock, pay any fines and renew your books until next year.

If you  need help you can: Visit Us on the Help and Information Points, Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, and Follow Us on Twitter @BeckettLibrary.

Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!

WannaCry ransomware attack

We are sure you have heard the “WannaCry” ransomware attack over the weekend of 13th / 14th May which has affected more than 200,00 computers across 150 countries.  IT Services are working to protect University networks and may mean that services, such as your P: Drive and the internet may be taken down to further update our network.  Whilst we will try and keep you updated with as much notice as possible, the situation may mean that we are unable to warn you of services and/or the network going down.

Please ensure you are saving your work regularly and keeping back-up copies of everything you are working on.  Full details of our advice on saving your work can be found here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/saving_your_work

Please check Twitter for further updates.

Hints, tips, and a bit of cake and wine!

ExamWe asked you for your hints and tips to help survive exams. Thanks to everyone who responded.

There were a few that we’re probably not allowed to repeat (!) but we thought we’d share some of them with you, alongside more information that you might find helpful:

“Ask your teachers for support” – but remember there is lots of help from staff right across the University if you are struggling, such as the Student Wellbeing Team who offer appointments and self-help guides.

“Plan” – sounds obvious but isn’t always easy; you might find mindmapping a useful technique: MindView software is available on all the Library PCs. And remember to make sure you know where and when your exam is!

“Be kind to yourself” / “believe in yourself” – take a look at our Wellbeing Pinterest Board for ideas or pop along to one of the SU #stressless events.

“Prep” / “Remember to read da question” – lots of information and advice is available on the Skills for Learning exam prep pages.

“Reward yourself after a few steps” – Colleagues in the Food Courts have special offers on to help you get through exams – £1 cakes after 2pm!

“Rehydrate (with wine)” – can’t offer the alcohol but there are water fountains in each Library.

Colouring“Take a break every ten minutes” – we have mindfulness colouring to stop you looking at your screens for a few minutes, but if you do take longer breaks remember to take your belongings with you.

“Early nights zzzzz” – we’re open 24/7 but that doesn’t mean you should be revising 24 hours, make sure you get lots of sleep whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. But remember to set your alarm so you don’t miss your exam!

And don’t forget to Contact Us if you need us.

Find your space

A161205-1 Library HC-15cropWe know how busy it gets in the Libraries at the end of the academic year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams so we’re doing all we can to help you find the study space you need:

  • Access to Sheila Silver Library  is limited to Leeds Beckett students, staff and guest users to give you priority in finding study space. Remember to bring your Campus Card with you and also take it with you if you leave the Library for a break as you’ll need it to come back in!
  • We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available so if it is too busy in the Libraries you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City Students’ Union and the Living Rooms on both campuses.
  • We’ve added information to our website to tell you about the most popular times and spaces are in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries to help you choose your study space.
  • Timetables outside the IT Labs tell you when there isn’t any teaching taking place and if they are available for you to use. You can check PC Availability on the plasmas as you come into the Library or on the Leeds Beckett App to find out where there are free PCs.
  • We’ll also check the bookings for Student Meeting Rooms to let you know if there are any free via Twitter #findyourspace.
  • You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – if you’re at Sheila Silver Library please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you.

But please help your fellow students too:

  • Don’t chat if you’re in the silent study areas and remember to turn your phones to silent.
  • Don’t “occupy” spaces with your belongings and disappear for hours on end (we know most of you only take short breaks – and that’s a good thing – but if you do need to leave for more than 20 minutes please take your things with you).
  • Don’t use PCs or laptops just for social networking when others need to use them for work.
  • Remember to cancel your Student Meeting Room booking if you don’t need it.

As always please ask staff if you need any help.

 

Printing and Binding

It’s time to stop re-reading and commit to getting those final pieces of work printed!

But before you do remember to save and back up all that hard work.

A161205-1 Library HC-194The Library web pages have detailed information and videos about how to print your work, including locations of printers (hint, we have them on other floors of the Library so don’t waste time queuing on the ground floor). You can also use ones in the social learning spaces and Student Hub.

And did you know that you can send your work to print from your own device rather than having to log on to a University PC? Our YouTube video shows you how.

Make sure you have enough money on your Campus Card before you start to print – you can top up at the Kiosks on the ground floors of the Libraries or online. But if you’re graduating this year only add small amounts as all credit on your i-Print account will be cleared when you graduate.

Don’t let binding your work become a bind (!) – you can:

  • bind it yourself at the City or Headingley Library. Buy a binding kit (binding comb, black card rear cover, clear PVC front cover) from the Library Help & Information Point for £1, and follow the instructions in our video
  • or, for £2 the Print Room based at Headingley Campus will bind most assignments for you.  Contact 0113 8123510 or Email: theprintroom@leedsbeckett.ac.uk (James Graham Building JG13) for more infoDSC_9026

And, like everything else to do with using the Library just Contact Us if you need any help.