UoR Library Welcome Week Events 2021

We’d like to wish you a great big welcome from all the staff at the University of Reading Library!  Wondering about how to use the Library and what’s available?  We have a variety of events planned for you for Welcome Week and beyond.  Here’s a rundown of what’s going on:

Image show the outside of the Library and the text reads Welcome! We're looking forward to meeting you! Want to know more about the Library, and what's happening this week? Take a look at our New Student Libguide.

 

New student Libguide

An online guide telling you about how everything is working in the library including useful videos, answers to questions, where to get help and all our welcome week events.

Introducing your library

We are running online webinars to guide you through some basics about using the Library, and how we can help you in your studies at UoR.

Self-paced tours

We know there’s a lot going on right now!  So if you want to just take things slowly, at a time that suits you, we’ve created a self-paced tour for you to go through online.  Or you can pick up one of our handy expandable maps in the Library, to take a look around the building yourself.

Virtual Escape Game

We have an online time travel escape game that you can play solo or with friends to introduce you to some slightly usual events in the Library!  Time yourself as you play and let us know how speedy you are on social media!Image shows a locked door surrounded by steampunk clocks and patterns. Text reads how about playing our virtual time travel escape game? You can play online with friends, or by yourself. See the new student libguide for how to play.

UoR Library reading challenge

This year we’ve created a month by month reading challenge including both e-books and hard copy books.  Why not take some downtime from your studies and try something you might not have otherwise read?  Share your favourites with us on our social media channels.

UoR Library virtual crafts

Take a quick 3 minute break to learn how to make an easy origami bookmark!

If you join in with anything don’t forget to let us know on social media!  You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Your Library Team

Self-service borrowing is back!

We’re pleased to announce that we’re taking another step back to normal as the Click & Collect service is no longer required. This means you’ll be able to browse the shelves and borrow via the self-service machines whenever you want.

The Click & Collect service will cease from midnight Thursday 16 September so please make any requests before then. We’ll be open for a final collection between 11:00 and 14:00 on Friday 17 September and any uncollected materials will be transferred to the Holds shelves.

 

Student picking up a book from the shelf

Now Click & Collect is finishing, browse the shelves in person

 

If you’re a member of our Library and wish to borrow books simply visit us and select them from the shelves. We have floor plans available online and in the building to help you find materials and self-service machines so you can check items out securely.

If an item you want to borrow is already on loan, place a ‘hold’ to ensure that when a copy becomes available, it is held for you. You’ll get an email once the item is ready for you to collect from the Holds shelves. These are located on the Ground Floor, in the quiet study area which some of you will know we’ve been using for Click & Collect.

Inter-Library Loans will be collectable from the Welcome Desk. Just come through the gates and show your Campus Card to collect these from our team.

We understand that this is a significant change for those of you who were used to using Click & Collect, so please ask us if you need help or further information.

 

Your Library Team

Library spaces – no booking required

We’re excited to announce that you no longer have to book a study space in the Library. From Monday 6 September onwards you can turn up when you like and sit wherever you choose. Just remember to bring your Campus Card to swipe through the gates. This is the first change to Library services that we’re making since government restrictions eased in the UK and we prepare for the start of the new academic year. We’ll post more information as other changes happen.

Students studying at library desks

Library study areas – sit wherever you choose!

We’re also pleased to be able to offer some group study spaces again. The 1st Floor group study rooms will remain bookable, just as they were before the pandemic. The booth seating around the building and the Study Pods on Floors 2 and 4 will return to group space too.

There may be a few less chairs in some spaces. You’ll also notice some windows open to help provide a good air flow.

Please continue to use the one-way system around the building and we encourage you to wear your face covering when moving around indoors.

Watch this space and our website for more changes over the next few weeks. If you have any queries or concerns, please do speak to us.

Your Library Team

Education students, welcome to UoR Library!

Femail teacher at door of school classroom furniture

Photo by LinkedIn Sales Solutions on Unsplash

Early September, children return to school and we welcome postgraduate students learning to teach them with our Institute of Education. Greetings!

Why not come to meet your Education Academic Liaison Librarians and Study Advisers at the ‘marketplace’ in RUSU’s Cafe Mondial, 10:00-12:30 on Friday 3 (secondary students) or 12:00-13:00 Wednesday 8 September (primary students). We’ll also be around all year to support your studies of course!

Check out our Education subject and referencing guide online to discover online and physical resources – much is online, linked to your reading lists, with printed theory and Teaching Practice Collection resources in the Library building.

You can see what the Library is like right now on YouTube. Do visit the Library on Whiteknights campus once you receive your Campus card. Please note that our opening hours extend in a few weeks time when full term begins. Watch our Library website for changes to accessing collections and our modern study spaces, or follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)!

Your Academic Liaison Librarians for Education

 

Highlighting our LGBT+ resources for Pride month!

Image shows a crochet cactus in a Pride rainbow striped pot.

Moss the Pride cactus (they/them) crocheted by Academic Liaison Librarian, Ruth (she/her).

As we come to the end of Pride month, we just wanted to remind you that our LGBT+ Libguide will be here all year (Library resources for researching LGBT+ related topics).  It’s a really great starting point to learn more about LGBT+ issues.

If you can help us to futher diversify our Library collections, please submit a suggestion for purchase from the Library Diversity Fund. This was created to help us to continue to build and diversify our collections. You can see all the Diversity titles purchased in current and previous academic years on our dedicated Library Diversity fund reading lists.

(If you would like to suggest other items for the Library, please complete our regular book suggestion form.)

Meanwhile, we’re introducing you to Moss the cactus, wearing their crocheted rainbow pot … with great Pride.

Ruth Ng, Academic Liaison Librarian for Henley Business School

World mapping with Global Digimap

You’re probably aware that Digimap will provide you with all types of maps and map data of Great Britain. But are you aware that you can also access maps from beyond our shores?

If you need spatial data or maps beyond Great Britain, you can use Global Digimap, part of Edina’s suite of Digimap services. It includes three datasets:

World Panorama data

Kenya/Tanzania boundary area. Created using World Panorama data. ©Collins/Bartholomew Ltd. (2019)

  • Natural Earth data – small scale open data, created by volunteers, free to use for any purpose
  • World Panorama – small scale data created by Collins Bartholomew (publishers of the Times World Atlas)
  • OpenStreetMap (OSM) data – crowdsourced open data at various scales. This has world coverage, but the detail varies considerably depending on geographic location.  For most urban areas coverage is good, but the more remote a place, the less detail there is likely to be.
OSM data

Beijing. Map data ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Two extra data sources are additionally available. When using Roam, they can be accessed through the Overlays button. They are:

  • World Place Names – OSM is created by volunteers in the local language, so by adding this overlay to your map you will be given the English version of selected cities and administrative districts.
  • WWF World Biomes – This was produced by the WWF to show broad vegetation/ecology groups.

You can also add your own data to Global Digimap by using the WMS Feed option. Search to find suitable feeds, or upload one of your own.

All the usual tools are available as well, so you can measure distance and area, and add your own information by using the drawing tools in the Roam interface.

For more information and support, go to the Digimap Resource Centre and the Digimap YouTube channel.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Store collections to resume

We’re pleased to announce that collections from the Library’s off-site Store will resume from Thursday 24 June.

Store collections will happen once a week on Thursdays, so please submit your request by 08:30 Thursday for the item to be collected that week. Requests submitted after 08:30 will be collected the following Thursday.

For more information on requesting items from off-site Store, see the ‘Requesting items from Store and Closed Access‘ information page on our website.

Library User Services

Get set for dissertations with live and video training!

Young asian girls crouch at running race start lineSet to start your dissertation this summer? No? Get on track by joining this week’s live webinars introducing reference management tools EndNote and Mendeley, or catch up with our new videos summarising topics discussed at last week’s Master’s Dissertation Fayre!

Join reference management workshops

Book through the Actions tab on RISIS to join Extra EndNote and Mendeley reference management workshops:

  • EndNote Online – Tue 15 June 11am
  • Desktop EndNote – Wed 16 June 11am
  • Mendeley – Thu 17 June 11am

View Master’s Dissertation Fayre videos

Showdy figures study in purle background of caption "Masters Dissertation Fayre 2021 Monday 7th to Firday 11th June.Last week all students attending live webinars and giving feedback said they would recommend the sessions to others. One said, “Everything has been helpful; despite writing two dissertations I have not had sessions like these before. Learning to focus my research (‘systematic searching’ and ‘finalising research questions’ were great) and [learning to] plan my study more carefully are the sorts of things I’ve been needing to improve.”

So help yourself to these newly recorded video versions provided by the Library’s Liaison and Study Advice Teams. Aspects covered include:

Ready? Get set. Go!

Rachel Redrup, Academic Liaison Librarian

 

Happy summer vacation!

Today marks the end of the UG academic year and the start of the summer vacation opening hours for the Library. We will no longer be open at weekends, except for three Saturdays on 17 July, 14 August and 18 September.

From Monday 14 June, we will be open 08:30 – 17:00 Monday to Friday for study space, and 11:00 – 14:00 for Click and Collect (loans for continuing students are due Tuesday 28 September). Please remember to make your booking for study space before 16:00 each day and continue to follow the guidance in the Current Library Services LibGuide.

We’re still offering online events for continuing students – see our guide to Reference Management Workshops for further information and if you’re finishing your studies with the University, remember to visit the Library website to find out how you can continue to make the most of the resources as a Reading graduate.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer – we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Library User Services

System upgrade 14 June – some services disrupted

Next week we are upgrading our Library Management System. During the upgrade on Monday 14 June, between 19:00 and midnight, (after the Library buildings are closed) some services will be unavailable.

You will still be able to …

  • Search the Library catalogue, Enterprise.
  • Access all our E-resources – so any e-books or e-journals you find on the catalogue will still be available via the ‘Click here to access’ links.
  • Use Summon for online access to journal articles, book chapters, and much more!

But you won’t be able to …

The upgrade is planned to be finished by Tuesday 15 July, but the system will be ‘at risk’ for the rest of the week whilst our Systems Team make sure everything is working correctly. We will let you know if Enterprise will be unavailable for longer than initially planned. 

If you have trouble accessing e-resources you can contact the E-resources Team on eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or you can fill in a Problem Report Form.

If you want to talk to someone about your account you can contact the Library at library@reading.ac.uk.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

The way you log in to Enterprise is changing

We are updating the way you log in to your Library account in Enterprise to renew loans, place holds etc, bringing it in line with other University systems.

From Thursday 17 June, you will start to see changes with how you log into Enterprise. For University of Reading members it will look the same as the page you see when you log into other University services such as your emails or other Office 365 services. This also means that you will need to use a different username to log into Enterprise. Where previously you only used your two letter and six digit username (e.g. ab123456) to log in, you will now need to add the suffix of your email address (e.g. ab123456@student.reading.ac.uk). This is the same username you will already use to log into services such as Blackboard. Your password will not change. 

University of Reading sign in screen

Logging into Enterprise will look the same as other University systems

If you are an External borrower – this new log-in procedure won’t apply to you. We will contact you by email shortly to advise on how you will be able to log in to your Library account.

As ever, if you have any problems accessing your Library account or would like help with renewing or placing a hold, please contact the Library User Services team on library@reading.ac.uk

 

Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Coordinator
Library User Services 

Masters Dissertation Fayre – final day!

Take up our last training offers to help you produce a great dissertation, this final day of our Masters Dissertation Fayre!

This morning at 11am, our Study Advisers discuss writing your discussion chapter.

Book before 12pm to attend a 2pm session with Academic Liaison Librarians providing you with specialist knowledge and need-to-know advice on getting the best out of:

You can read more about the topics on offer via the Study Advice Webinars libguide https://libguides.reading.ac.uk/webinars/summer-term.