Test a chair at Sheila Silver Library!

We will soon be undertaking some reconfiguration and decoration of the ground floor of the Sheila Silver Library.

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Before we start the work and buy new study chairs we need your help!

There are currently samples of the some of the new chairs clustered round one of the tables on the ground floor.

If you’re coming into the library why not have a sit on some of the chairs and tell us what you think?

All of the chairs have been labeled with their names so you know which chair is which. The names include; “Bethan”, “Joy”, “Flex”, “Hitch” and “Max”. There is a whiteboard next to the table awaiting your comments.

The board will stay on the ground floor for a couple of weeks, so please do tell us your views. You can also tweet us @BeckettLibrary #librefurb.

 

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Library closure Sunday 27 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:

 

Sunday 27 August

06:00 – 13:00 sheila Silver Library, City Campus closed. Headingley Library open

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

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

Change of date – MyBeckett upgrade

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We recently publicised that we were due to carry out an upgrade to MyBeckett starting on Monday  31 July.  Unfortunately a technical issue with the new version has meant that we have decided to postpone the upgrade until early January 2018.

Even though we are unable to carry out the full upgrade we will still be making some changes to the system:

New / updated tabs for students

Jobs

The new Jobs tab gives students access to Jobs, Placements and Opportunities resources and key contacts. It’s been redesigned and replaces the current Employability tab.

Support

Replacing the current Help tab, the Support tab brings together Academic Support and ‘Student Life’ Support options and contacts e.g. Money, Accommodation, Wellbeing etc.

New / updated tabs for staff

Staff Home

Last year, we developed the Course tab for students – a personalised homepage on MyBeckett containing some key Course related information.

This year, staff will have access to a Staff Home tab, giving access to key information when you log in. This tab will replace the current Home and Groups tabs.

Research

Staff will be given access to a new Research tab to complement a similar tab that is already available for Research Students. It will help you to get involved in Research, find information about resources, manage and update your information, and provide links to Library Research support.

Other changes

The scheduled Turnitin and PebblePad upgrades will still go ahead as planned, as part of this upgrade Turnitin will be unavailable on Saturday 5th August between 15:00 and 21:00.

The existing Blackboard App “Mobile Learn” will be unavailable from 1 August and will be replaced with a new updated App available on all iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Just Graduated? Some final things you need to know…

Congratulations on your recent graduation!

We’ve added a handy countdown to the Alumni tab in MyBeckett as a reminder of things you need to do now that you’re a Leeds Beckett Alumnus:

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  • Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30 September 2017.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and 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!

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.