Systems upgrade 26-27 June: some services disrupted

Fire extinguisher hung on wall behind grinning, balding man.

Library Systems Manager Sam is ready to fire-fight any possible blips after the Library systems upgrade, overnight on Tuesday 26 June.

Next week we are upgrading our Library Management System to give us a more robust, reliable system. During the upgrade on Tuesday 26 June, between 17:00 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 to 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.

But you won’t be able to …

The upgrade is planned to have finished by Wednesday 27 June, but we will still designate the system as ‘at risk’ on that day as the Systems Team test the upgrade.  We will be sure to inform you if there are any other changes to the service that may occur.

Ian Chilvers, Systems Administrator

MarketLine trial – industry reports and case studies

MarketLine Advantage is an online database which includes various types of content such as industry and company reports and case studies.

Trial access for a short time only

Access to the platform is available until Friday 22 June, from on-campus only.

Help us to decide

Please send any feedback or comments you have to Liaison Librarian Gordon Connell, g.connell@reading.ac.uk

 

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team

 

Library refurbishment: latest news and progress

Image of refurbished University Library surrounded by seating, trees and hedges.Work on the University’s major refurbishment of our University Library is progressing well, with the project currently on track to meet its target completion date in late 2019.

Much of the work over recent months has focused on the Library’s exterior, in addition to the basement, Ground, 1st and 3rd Floors. Work will continue in these areas and other floors over the coming months, which will inevitably include periods of noisy work. Over the next few weeks, noisy works are expected around the Ground Floor and the exterior of the Library, with a cherry picker on site to carry out important works.

Books on shelves, purple pillar, grey carpet

You’ll find your books on the 3rd and 2nd Floors now, allowing contractors to refurbish the 4th Floor.

One of the biggest phases of work recently has been the move of books from the 2nd and 4th Floors to the 3rd Floor (which was reopened in early May). The moves were completed ahead of schedule on Wednesday 6 June, with the Library catalogue updated daily to show the correct locations for moved books. The 3rd Floor is not currently furnished with study space while refurbishment work continues but Library staff are available on this floor to help with any enquiries about finding books, using the catalogue, or subject queries. With the books now removed from the 4th Floor, it is now closed for refurbishment.

Much of the work taking place over the summer vacation has been designed to meet our goal of reopening the refurbished Ground and 1st Floors in September 2018, including some study space. This will be a key milestone for the project ­– however, please note that work will continue on these and other floors, and will include periods of noisy work. The URS building will therefore continue to be used in its current capacity for the remainder of the project. (See the University’s ‘Study space across campus‘ page regarding overall space strategy.)

For the latest information and updates, please visit the Library refurbishment webpage and Library blog.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator
for University Communications

Latest round of book moves complete

As of 6 June the latest round of book moves are complete. All the books and other materials have been moved to the 2nd and 3rd Floors so that work can start on refurbishing the 4th Floor, which is due to close on 11 June.

Where are items now located?

2nd Floor

  • 000s – computer science
  • 300s – social sciences, law
  • 800s – literature
  • 900s – history, geography, archaeology
  • Journals in all subjects

3rd Floor

  • 100s – philosophy, psychology
  • 200s – religion
  • 400s – languages, linguistics
  • 500s – science
  • 600s – technology, business, typography
  • 700s – arts
  • European Documentation Centre (EDC)
  • Music CDs
  • Teaching Practice Collection

Need help finding something?

If you need help locating an item or subject in the new arrangement please ask at the Information Desks.

More information

There are a few works to be completed on the 3rd Floor, but these won’t restrict access to the books and are due for completion on 1 September 2018.

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Katie Moore, Trainee Liaison Librarian

Library website changes coming soon!

We are making some improvements to the Library website in the coming weeks.

Restructured homepage

Firstly on Monday 11 June we will be launching a new version of the Library homepage. After consulting with students in a recent focus group we’re making some changes to:

  • Preview of the new homepagebring key links to the top of the page;
  • make it shorter by reducing the number of links on the page;
  • changing some of the terminology to make it easier to understand.

As part of this we’re introducing a new ‘Support for your studies’ section on the homepage which brings together links relating to subject support, study skills, and study space. We’re re-labelling the Enterprise and Summon search boxes to make it clearer what you find with each. The ‘Libraries beyond UoR’ section of the site will be renamed as ‘Other libraries & inter-library loans’ so that it is more self-explanatory.

Relaunching many of our guides

Early in July we will be relaunching a number of our guides in a new format. These will be more attractive and easier to navigate and will include new content in many cases. This will bring our general guides into line with the subject guides and the study advice guides, which have been successfully using the new format for a couple of years.

What do you think?

If you have any comments about these changes please contact Library Web Manager, Jackie Skinner by emailing jackie.skinner@reading.ac.uk.

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager & Liaison Librarian

Server maintenance 12th June – some services at risk

Computer keyboardOn the evening of Tuesday 12th June some of our servers are undergoing essential maintenance.

During this time, access to e-resources from off-campus will be at risk. If you find that you are unable to access an e-resource, please try again later or the following day.

Access to Enterprise, your online Library account and on-campus links to e-resources will still be available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Night demolition noise 5-8 June

Demolition works late in the evening this week  will enable construction of our new Library café.

Please be aware that if you are in the Library building late in the evening this week, you could experience some loud noise.

In preparation for constructing our new Library café, the former Ground floor female toilet-block will be demolished. Contractors will be working throughout the night this week (Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 June) in order to get urgent work done, though the noisiest work will be restricted to 20:00 – 22:00 so that residents in Halls or surrounding areas are not disturbed. Anyone using the study spaces in URS in the evening should be mindful that some noise from the Library may be audible from 20:00 – 22:00.

Alternative toilets

During works you can use unisex/gender-neutral toilets on the Library’s Ground Floor, south side – these were converted from the former male toilet-block. The nearest single-sex toilets are located in the URS Building. Please ask Library staff at the Ground Floor Help Point for directions if you need help finding them.

Gender-neutral and single-sex toilets will be permanently available in the Library building once the refurbishment is complete.

More Information

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Robin Hunter, Facilities Manager

Summer Vacation Loans

Summer Vacation Loans

From Thursday 31 May the standard loan period for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students is extended until Tuesday 2 October or until the end of your course, whichever is earlier. Standard loan periods for other Library borrowers remain unchanged.

All other loan periods and fines for late return remain the same! So please take care when borrowing 7-day loans, Course Collection items and journals. Make sure you check your University account regularly for due dates.

Remember

  • Standard loans – yours all summer if you are an undergraduate or Masters student!
  • 7-day loans – remain the same so keep renewing! If an item cannot be renewed or is recalled, be prepared to post it back to us.
  • Course Collection items and journals – remain the same so keep checking your account!
  • Fines – pay online via the Campus Card Portal or call us.

Summer Vacation Opening Hours

From Saturday 9 June until Sunday 23 September, the Library Building and URS Building will be operating summer vacation opening hours. But wherever you are this summer, there are still a number of Library services and resources available for you. Check out our tips for searching and accessing a wide variety of e-resources from off-campus. You may even be able to study at and borrow from a university library nearer to you by registering with the SCONUL Access Scheme.

 

Holly Thomas, Library User Services

 

Book moves continue: 28 May

On Wednesday 9 May, books began moving from the 2nd and 4th Floors to the newly reopened 3rd Floor.

This week

This week, Call Numbers in the 300s, the Folio 300s and 900s and the Journals will be moving from the 4th to the 2nd Floor. Call Numbers in the Folio 100s, 200s, 400s and 700s will also be moving from the 4th to the 3rd Floor. So if you’re looking for books about social science, law, philosophy, religion, languages, linguistics, arts, history or geography, they may have moved. Look out for signs on the shelves to point you in the right direction and please ask our friendly Library staff for help at the Information Desks or Ground Floor Help Point if you get stuck. The Library catalogue will be updated to reflect the new locations, usually within a day.

Last week

Last week moves were completed on the normal size 900s, which are all now on the 2nd Floor, and the Folio size 500s and 600s, which have moved to the 3rd Floor. Moves also began on the normal size 300s and the Folio 900s, with normal size 330-338.174 and Folio 900-942 VIC now on the 2nd Floor.

More information

You can read more about the book moves here. We’ll also provide weekly updates on what is moving via this blog, Twitter (@UniRdg_Library) and Facebook (@universityofreadinglibrary).

Katie Moore, Trainee Liaison Librarian

Introducing new words and colours – making the Library easier to use

Plan of the new 3rd Floor showing the new, bright coloursAs part of the refurbishment we have taken the opportunity to review the words and colours we use to designate each section in the Library. We have gathered feedback from students and will be trying out some new approaches over the coming months to see if we can make it easier for you to find the items you need.

As part of the latest set of moves we are making the following changes.

New words

We have found that some of the terminology we use is no longer understood. For instance, the word ‘Folio’ for describing the size of book is no longer commonly used, so having a ‘Folio size’ book section meant nothing to our users. To remove this and other jargon we will be changing the names of our sections to the following:

  • Folio will become Large Books
  • Periodicals will become Journals
  • Middle Folio will become Oversize

We are still investigating the best way to display this information in the Library catalogue. Watch this space!

New colours

At the same time we will be introducing new, brighter colours for each of the sections to make them more noticeable so that you are less likely to end up in the wrong place:

  • Books –  bright blue
  • Large Books – bright pink
  • Journals – orange
  • Teaching Practice – bright green
  • Oversize – dark grey

These colours will be used on the latest versions of the floor plans (currently in preparation) and on the labels on the end of each shelf. On the 3rd Floor we will be introducing a new style of shelf label that incorporates the section heading with the numbers, to see if it helps our users find the correct location. On the 2nd Floor we will also be introducing the new colours by changing the section heading labels to the new, brighter colours.

Tell us what you think

During the coming months we will evaluating how well the new words, colours, and shelf label design work for you. We’ll be employing various User Experience (UX) techniques to test them, but we would also like your feedback. If you have any comments about these changes please email signage co-ordinator Jackie Skinner, jackie.skinner@reading.ac.uk.

Jackie Skinner
for Paul Johnson (Associate Director, Collections, Research & Space)

Library toilets

During the construction phase for the new café in the Library, the existing female toilet-block will have to be demolished. A new replacement block will not be built until later on in the project. In the meanwhile, the current male toilet-block will be converted to unisex/gender-neutral, having been designed to accommodate this change. This will come into effect from 3 May.

The nearest single-sex toilets to the Library are located in the URS and Edith Morley Buildings. Please ask Library staff at the Ground Floor Help Point who can point you in the right direction.

Gender-neutral as well as single-sex toilets will be permanently available in the Library once the refurbishment is complete.

More Information

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Katie Moore, Trainee Liaison Librarian for
Robin Hunter, Facilities Manager

3rd Floor book moves

What’s changing?

Work on the 3rd Floor of the Library is progressing. The next phase involves moving stock from the 2nd and 4th Floors onto this floor to prepare for the 4th Floor closing for refurbishment.

When will it start?

The anticipated start date for this is between Wednesday 9 May and Friday 11 May, with a timeframe of 7-8 weeks. This is subject to approval from Building Maintenance. We’ll keep you updated on this blog and on Twitter (@UniRdg_Library) and Facebook (@universityofreadinglibrary).

Can I still access my books?

Yes! In keeping with our strategy to maximise access to stock throughout the Refurbishment Project, all books will remain accessible as far as possible throughout the move. Each shelf will be unavailable for around thirty minutes whilst the stock is being moved. The Library catalogue will also be updated to reflect the new locations, usually within a day.

Where will I find my books after the move?

The stock will be split by Call Number as follows:

2nd Floor

000s – computer science

300s – social sciences, law

800s – literature

900s – history, geography, archaeology

Journals

3rd Floor

100s – philosophy, psychology

200s – religion

400s – languages, linguistics

500s – science

600s – technology, business, typography

700s – arts

EDC

Teaching Practice

Where can I get help?

Library staff will still be available at the Information Desks and Ground Floor Help Point – please contact them if you can’t find what you’re looking for. The 4th Floor Information Desk will  move to the 3rd Floor from 14 May.

More information

Work will continue to take place on the 3rd Floor, which is anticipated to be due for completion on 1 September 2018. The work will not impact access to books.

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Katie Moore and Caitlin McCulloch, Trainee Liaison Librarians