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.

Library behind the scenes…meet one of our Academic Librarians

Hello, my name is Laurence Morris, and I am one of the two Academic Librarians for Health and Social Sciences, looking after the Library services for staff and students of Biomedical Sciences, Physiotherapy, Sports and Exercise Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Youth and Community Development, Social Work, Playwork, Mental Health, Art Therapy, other Psychological Therapies and Nursing.

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Essentially, my job is to ensure that the students, researchers and academic staff of these subject areas have access to the library resources which they need. In practice this makes my role enjoyably varied – it involves lecturing large groups of students on how best to use the Library, one-to-one appointments to assist individuals with their specific work, maintaining subject-specific support pages on the Library website, providing referencing tuition, supporting researchers, advising on open access publishing, allocating the acquisition budget for the subject areas I support, and – most importantly – extensive liaison with staff and students, both to see what they want from the Library and to ensure that they are aware of everything that the Library can do for them.

In practice, cliché as it might be, this means that there’s no such thing as a typical day! Usually, though, I come to work expecting to teach for two or three hours (whether one-to-one or to large groups), attend one or two liaison meetings, and then spend the remainder of the time working on any ongoing tasks from the list above. In reality, my plan for the day rarely survives first contact with email or voicemail – there’s usually something happening to react to! If I find that I have six emails from students on one course, all asking for help with the same topic, then that’s a good sign that I should speak to their tutor and arrange to provide additional support to their whole class ASAP, rather than spending my free time ordering a couple more textbooks!

The variety is definitely what I like most about the job. The diversity of the Academic Librarian role enables me to use all of my past professional experience to help students – and there’s usually a real feel of doing something useful. At the end of the day, I can always go home thinking of something tangible I’ve done to assist someone with their studies.

On the basis of common questions I receive, there are two tips that I would pass on to any students reading this:

  • Your library subject pages can often be very helpful, providing a range of subject-specific advice and guidance. Rather than working in isolation, this is your chance to benefit from the accumulated wisdom of past students, academics and librarians!
  • If I’m ever not round, you can still contact the Library – and have your questions answered 24/7.

Finally… when not in the Library, I’m a keen hillwalker and mountaineer, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society earlier this year. Some of the photos from my outings to places like Lapland, Hong Kong and the Sierra Nevada are viewable online.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

In a deep, dark corner….

Well, hopefully it’s not deep or dark – but you do need to follow the signs to get to a corner of Headingley Library to find our School Practice Library!

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Like a Matryoshka doll, School Practice is a Library within Headingley Campus Library.  The School Practice ‘collection’ is aimed at Leeds Beckett students working towards a teaching qualification.  While teacher-development resources: learning theories and other academic texts are kept in the main collection, resources that can be used directly with children are kept in School Practice. These include books, big books, story sacks and more.

And to celebrate World Book Day (3rd March 2016) there is a display of prize winning books in our School Practice collection – look out for these local, national and international awards:

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Blue Peter Book Awards Book Trust

Carnegie Medal Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Information Book Awards School Library Association

Kate Greenaway Medal Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Leeds Book Awards Leeds School Library Service, Leeds City Council.

National Book Award National Book Foundation [US]

Roald Dahl Funny Prize Book Trust

UKLA Book Award UK Literacy Association

LGBT History Month – events, Library resources and more…

February is LGBT History Month: a national event that celebrates and brings to light the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is marked nationwide and provides an opportunity to start conversations, raise awareness and learn about history that has previously been denied, unacknowledged or erased. This year’s theme is “Religion, belief and philosophy”, a topic which aims to open up much-needed dialogue between LGBT and faith communities and raise awareness of the ways in which they intersect.

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The Library has plenty of resources to help you celebrate, raise awareness or learn something new this February, including book displays in each Library. On our website we’ve put together a selection of books, ebooks, journal articles and online resources, including a playlist of films and TV programmes that you can watch from home with Box of Broadcasts. You can also check out our LGBT History Month Pinterest page for even more inspiration or find out about the research our staff have done in this area.

And to celebrate being in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index for the second year running our Rainbow Rose LGBT staff & student network were asked to chose their favourite tracks for inclusion on a specially prepared Spotify playlist. Follow the list ‘Rainbow over the Library’ – we’ll update it later in History Month with your requests of your favourite LGBT tune/artist/icon too if you let us know what you’d like to hear!

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A programme of events is running throughout the month at the University, launched by “In conversation with Stephanie Hirst”, a chance to hear the BBC Radio Manchester DJ talk about her experiences as a trans woman. Other events an after-work drinks meetup for staff and students hosted by the Rainbow Rose forum and an LGBT lunchtime walk, uncovering the hidden LGBT histories of sites around Leeds city centre.

There are lots of events taking place around the city and events are also taking place around the country as part of the National Festival of LGBT History. Our local hub is York, which is hosting a day of talks about LGBT history on Saturday 6th February, as well as over 40 other events throughout the month. Check out their full programme if you fancy a day trip!

It’s snowing …. well, it was!

If the first snow and cold weather of the year means you don’t want to move from your room and a constant supply of warm drinks…you can still access a huge range of resources and all you need is an internDSCF0006et connection!

Many of your academic resources are available online. Discover allows you to get going with your research, and searches most of your online resources for you. Need an introduction to Discover? Check out our videos on our YouTube Channel. There are lots of other useful tutorials on there too.

The Resources section of the Library website has quick links to online resources such as eBooks, research databases and journals.

Need a print book? You can access the Library Catalogue online, so you can place a hold on books for next time you’re in the library, and renew any loans you already have.

Want to catch up with the news? PressDisplay has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.

If you’re looking for a film or TV show for a ‘snow day’ or relaxing evening in, Box of Broadcasts and Leeds Beckett Media Player have over 1 million programmes.

If you have need help with accessing resources, you can contact the Library 24/7. Phone us on 0113 812 1000 or Chat with us. If you prefer to email us, we’ll respond within 3 hours between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday-Friday or within 24 hours overnight and at weekends.

Dark nights but we can illuminate your studies…

Now that the clocks have gone back and we are heading into the winter months we thought it might be worth reminding you about how you can access Library services and resources without leaving the comfort of your bedroom!  Not that we want to discourage you from coming in to the Library (and of course we’re open 24/7 so if you find you’re missing us you can pop in at any time)!james graham night1

Over 100,000 of our resources are available electronically eg journals, databases, ebooks and newspapers and can be easily searched via Discover. The subject guides prepared by our Academic Librarians also point you in the right direction for web resources and information linked to your subject. If you need more help from them you can book an appointment online or on a Skills for Learning workshop as well as booking Student Meeting Rooms for the next time you’re on campus.

If you’re working on your assignment at home make sure you’ve downloaded Microsoft Advantage for free and you can also access SPSS statistical analysis software via MyBeckett. Once you’re ready to submit you can submit online in MyBeckett (if your lecturer has set this up for your module) or send your document to print on one of the Library printers and collect it when you come in.

The Library Catalogue is available online, letting you search for resources, place holds, renew and pay fines. MyBeckett provides access to your modules, resource lists, timetables, university email, library resources, careers and employability information, Campus Card top up and much more.  And Skills for Learning lets you keep your academic skills in shape, check those referencing queries or listen to a podcast on topics such as time management. *

Or take a break from studying but still use Library resources! Box of Broadcasts and Leeds Beckett Media Player provide access to thousands of TV and radio programmes.

And of course there’s help available from the Library 24/7.  You can phone us on 0113 812 1000 or chat with us. If you send an email we’ll respond within 3 hours between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday-Friday or within 24 hours overnight and at weekends. Just Contact Us for more information.

 

* please note that the Catalogue is unavailable between approximately 02:00 and 02:30 on Tuesday-Saturday for essential backups and MyBeckett is also unavailable 01:00-05:00 on Friday mornings.