New in at number 1!

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Headingley Library

We have two new book displays currently on show in the Library, showcasing the top 10 most issued books at each Library in 2016.

New in at number 1 at both Headingley and Sheila Silver Library is the ever popular Social Research Methods by Alan Bryman

 

The lists include a number of research books and key texts and reflect the different courses taught at the two campuses, although there are a number of titles that appear on both.

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Sheila Silver Library

All of the books featured, are included in Resource (Reading) Lists on a number of courses. They are also provided as eBooks where an eBook is available.

Feel free to borrow one of the titles from the display – if you’ve not already done so!

 

 

 

 

The Wonderful World of Interlibrary Loans

We work hard with departments to ensure that we have the books, journals and other resources you need to complete your work. But what should you do if you need something that The Library doesn’t have it in stock? In times like these our Interlibrary Loans team is here to help you!

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Sue and Karl are based in Sheila Silver Library at City Campus and (a different!) Sue and Tom are at Headingley.  They manage the service which provides access to resources which are not held by the Library or other local libraries. You can request whole books or chapters, journal articles, reports and many other types of materials. More information about the service can be found on the Library website.

Our 5 top Interlibrary Loan tips

  1. Check the Library catalogue and Discover to make sure we haven’t got it in stock before you request it.
  2. It is quicker and easier to request online via the Library tab on MyBeckett.
  3. Provide as much information on the Interlibrary loan form as possible.
  4. Where possible request a digital copy. In most cases we receive digital copies much quicker than hard copies as they do not have to go through the postal service.
  5. If in doubt, we’re here to help.

Popping up but trying not to scare you!

headingley-1Last week was a week of Library Pop ups!

We ran a spooky Halloween pop up at both campuses asking you whether there was anything you found “scary” about the Library. (Apart from this photo!)

Our Skills for Learning team also ran pop ups telling people about their essay writing week and highlighting their websiteworkshops and publications.

 

So what did you tell us?………………………

You said that you found finding information “scary.”

Deciding where to start can feel overwhelming but there’s lots of ways to make it easier:

  • Use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. We have a number of Discover videos to help you get started
  • Take a look at your subject pages for loads of useful information that will be specific to your topic
  • Make an appointment with your Academic Librarian – book an appointment online from your subject pages
  • Book on a “Finding Information for your Assignments” workshop from Skills for Learning. Or use their online tutorial to help you
  • Come and see us on the Help and Information Point in either Library

You said that you found assignments “scary.”

Again knowing where to start, which topic to choose and writing that first sentence can be hard, but follow our tips to help you get going!

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You said you found finding books “scary.” But don’t struggle and leave the Library empty handed!

You said you sometimes found it “scary” finding a PC or somewhere quiet to study

  • Use PC availability to help you find a free PC when you arrive
  • Have a look at our webpages to help you find the place that’s right for you to study

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Finally don’t forget there’s lots of help available from the Library, please don’t be afraid to ask!

 

 

Assignment Deadline!

You can’t put it off any longer. Your assignment deadlines are looming and it’s time to focus!

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Luckily the Library is open 24/7 so you can avoid all those distractions at home and come in and study whenever suits you best.

Make sure you choose the right study environment, whether you need to work in a group or in silence. We have now have a brand new group study room in LS105 at Sheila Silver Library and you can take a virtual tour of the room before you visit!

If you’re working on a group project you can also book a Student Meeting Room to help you prepare.141201_library-city_dsc_6761

Don’t forget to take regular breaks as well, and keep hydrated (water fountains are in JG250 in Headingley Library and on the first, second and third floors of Sheila Silver Library).

Or if you do study better at home you can access over 140,000 electronic resources from your own laptop; get advice 24/7 via Library Chat and even send your work to a Library printer and pick it up when you come in.

If you need help with formatting, page numbers and generally making your assignments look pretty then take a look at the Skills for Learning resources or book on one of their workshops. 

Please save your work regularly.   If you’re submitting your assignment in hard copy make sure you have topped up your Campus Card with credit and give yourself time to bind your work if you need to. Help on printing and binding is available on the Library website. And remember if you’re graduating this year only top up your print account with small amounts.

MyBeckett have a fantastic “Assignment Survival Guide” to help you if you are submitting online. (Go to the Assessment section and click Assignment Survival Guide). There’s also information about Turnitin if you’ve been asked to submit through this, including a video to guide you through the process.

But whether it’s online or in print please take the Library’s advice (we do have many years of experience!) and don’t leave it all until the last minute (or even hour!).  Skills for Learning’s assignment calculator is a great tool to help you plan your time.

 

 

 

Sheila Silver Library Refurbishment: choices and compromises – responding to your feedback

While we’re really excited about the newly refurbished first floor of the Sheila Silver Library, we know it’s not perfect.  We’ve received a lot of comments on the whiteboards we put out for your feedback asking us why we made the changes we did—many students really liked having the bookstock on the ground floor and the big open study space on the first floor!  So we thought we’d share some background about why we made the changes we did, and what you can look forward to in the future.

To summarise what’s happened: before this phase of the refurbishment, books 001-599 were temporarily located on the ground floor.  During 2015-16, the entire first floor book room was full of study tables and PCs. Now that we’ve refurbished, the first floor is similar to the second and third floors and the book room contains a mixture of bookshelves and group study furniture and PCs. Rooms 104 and 105 are also available for group study.

Why did you move the books back onto the first floor?

Rooms G28 and G29 (which temporarily contained bookstock) had to be turned back into teaching labs for 2016-17. These are some of the only labs on campus large enough to hold the larger student groups of 40 or more. So we had to move the books out of those rooms and replace them with as many PC desks as possible—these rooms are an essential part of University teaching space.

By the way, don’t forget that any time a lab isn’t timetabled for a class, you can walk in and use a PC!  That’s 44 PCs in G28 and 43 PCs in G29, plus a few extra desks in each room if you want to use a laptop.  This is in addition to the other teaching labs on the first, second, and third floors.

But you could have left the books in the area near the entrance and still had some extra study space on first.

Yes, but we are expecting the ground floor to be refurbished in the near future, and that would require the books to move.  Book moves are very costly (that’s your money we’re spending!) and, more importantly, they’re very disruptive for you—every time we move books from one floor to another, those books are unavailable to you for at least some of the time.

Both the temporary location of the books on the ground floor and their recent move to the first floor are part of a larger plan to keep the bookstock available to you (and reduce costs) as much as possible over the course of the larger project in which we refurbish the entire Library one floor at a time.

You could still fit more study tables on the ground floor near the entrance.

You’re right! This phase of the project didn’t include funds to purchase new furniture for the ground floor, so we’ve reused our old furniture that would connect to the floor sockets (so you have more convenient plug points on top of the tables).  We are currently working on getting some more tables to fill in the gaps in this area.

The books take up too much space.

We have to balance between providing study space and providing the resources you need for your coursework—we know both of these things are important to students from the feedback we receive. We do our best to keep the balance right:

  • we buy eBooks and ejournals whenever we can—no shelf space needed!
  • we assess the collection regularly and remove items that are out of date
  • we have a section of compact shelving on the third floor which takes up less space than ordinary bookshelves. However, compact shelving is very expensive and also too heavy to use safely across the entire floor of the Library.

Why do you let college students take up space in the Library?

We need an upgrade to the infrastructure of the entrance gate in order to be able to turn it on all day long without inconveniencing you even more with multiple gate breakdowns. We expect this situation to improve soon and to be able to implement better balanced visitor policies that will prioritise the needs of our students to use study space.  You can help with this by getting in the habit of carrying your Campus Card with you at all times!

Your feedback about needing more study space and more areas with large tables for groups to spread out and study together has been passed along to Leeds Beckett Estates, as they ultimately make the decisions about University facilities.  We will be working with Estates on the next phase of the refurbishment of this Library (fourth floor, Summer 2017) and the ground floor refurbishment.  We’ll do everything we can to increase study space and provide the kind of environment you need as we participate in these projects!

Library behind the scenes: Meet the Library holds team!

At the Sheila Silver Library we have:

Sheila loves Motorsport – NASCAR, Formula 1, touring Cars & MotoGP, travelling on planes and Game of Thrones & The Walking Dead – she’s been to a two day Walker Stalker Convention. She doesn’t like tea, jazz, or being on a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Laura likes knitting (badly), watching Hammer Horror films and books (I work in a library, so I MUST like books). She doesn’t like celery, washing dishes or people who push in to queues.

Joanna loves eating toast, walking in the rain and swimming in the sea. She doesn’t like travelling by bus, waking up early in the morning or spending all day inside.

At Headingley Library we have:

James likes all things football and appreciates a fine piece of knitwear.

Suzy likes watching quiz shows, ten pin bowling and holidays by the sea.

Clare likes painting, collecting tarot cards and is always on the look out for the perfect leopard print coat.

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What happens when you place a hold?

The next morning at 8 o’clock a list is created with all the holds from the previous day. We print this off as early as we can and start searching.

Once we have found your hold, we process it and put it on the shelf in the High Demand Area (near the Help and Information Point). If you’ve requested to collect your book at another Leeds Beckett Library, we put it in a box ready to be delivered.

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

Our 3 top holds tips:

  1. Make sure you choose which Library you want to pick up the hold from – City or Headingley.
  2. Wait till you receive an email before coming to collect your hold! Unfortunately, it won’t be ready immediately and sometimes it can take a while to track books down if they’re being used by others regularly.
  3. When you come to collect your hold, you need to look for it under the first letter of your surname and the last four numbers of your Library ID.

There is lots of handy information about holds on our website  It also includes two videos showing you how to place a hold and collect a hold if you haven’t done that before.

If you have any questions about holds, we’d be very happy to help you. Please email: library@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

 

Access Your Resource List in 3 Easy Steps

Resource Lists, also known as Reading Lists, are available via MyBeckett and provide easy access to the readings and resources recommended for your modules. They link you directly to items on the Library Catalogue, eBooks, journal articles, databases and other online material, making it easier for you to access the resources you need.

You can access your resource list in 3 easy steps:

  1. In the ‘Module’ tab in MyBeckett, scroll down and click the name of the relevant module under ‘My Modules’.
  2. Click on the ‘Resource List’ link located in the left column under Library Resources.
  3. Click on the green ‘View’ button.

That’s it!  Your Resource List for this module will now open.

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We have a handy guide for students if you need any further help and of course you can always ask Library staff.

 

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.

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.

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.