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Library information for the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, Division of Bioscience


Archive for April 3rd, 2008

24-hour opening

Anna Di Iorio3 April 2008

24-hour opening at UCL Main and Science libraries

UCL is pleased to announce that UCL’s two largest campus libraries – the UCL Main Library (Wilkins Building) and the Science Library (DMS Watson Building) – will open for 24 hours in the run-up to, and during, the exam period.

From Wednesday 26th March until Saturday 24th May 2008, the UCL Main and UCL Science libraries will open at 08:45 on Mondays, remaining open continuously until closure at 21:00 on Saturdays.

On Sundays, they will be open from 11:00 until 21:00.

 Full details of opening arrangements, plus issue desk hours, for all UCL libraries can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/opening.shtml.

Building works

Anna Di Iorio3 April 2008

UCL Science Library, DMS Watson building1.  UCL Science Library

Over the past year, UCL Library Services has been working on a proposal for the implementation of self-service technology within the Science Library.

The aim of this project is to modernise the existing issue desk service by installing self-service machines which use radio frequency identification (RFID). The service will allow for borrowing of books, renewals and returns during periods when the issue desk is closed.

This project will be implemented over the next few months and finish in the autumn. A project website will be ready soon, with a link from this blog.


Library exhibition

Anna Di Iorio3 April 2008

Charting China collage

The current exhibition on the Main Library staircase is Charting China: early views of China through European eyes, which was opened by Professor Moira Yip on 7 February. 

The exhibited works from Special Collections reflect a long-standing fascination with Chinese culture and traditions, and include engravings from the first illustrated book on Chinese Medicine to be published in Europe, Specimen medicinae Sinicae, edited by Andreas Cleyer in 1682. 

A Chinese lantern from the Galton Collection, part of UCL Museums & Collections, is also on display.

The exhibition is available online at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/exhibitions/, or as part of the Library’s Digital Collections.

Guidelines on acknowledging funders

Anna Di Iorio3 April 2008

Research Information Network (Copyright © 2007 RIN.ac.uk)The Research Information Network (RIN) has released guidelines on how funders of research should be acknowledged in any publications resulting from that research. For full details see http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement.

The RIN is a UK partnership set up in 2005 by the four Higher Education funding bodies, the three National Libraries, and the seven Research Councils. It undertakes research into information and data relating to professional researchers, and develops policy, guidance and advocacy.

ERC position on Open Access

Anna Di Iorio3 April 2008

European Research Council (Copyright © ERC)The Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) has released its Guidelines for Open Access.

The ERC Scientific Council has established the following interim position on Open Access: 

The ERC requires that all peer-reviewed publications from ERC-funded  research projects be deposited on publication into an appropriate research repository where available, such as PubMed Central, ArXiv or an institutional repository, and subsequently made Open Access within 6 months of publication.

The ERC considers essential that primary data – which in the life sciences for example could comprise data such as nucleotide/protein sequences, macromolecular atomic coordinates and anonymized epidemiological data – are deposited to the relevant databases as soon as possible, preferably immediately after publication and in any case not later than 6 months after the date of publication.

The ERC is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. It governs approximately 15% of the €50 billion EU FP7 research budget.

Digital Collections

Anna Di Iorio3 April 2008

Idea of a new anatomy of the brain, Charles BellUCL Library Services has established a Digital Collections service. Digital Collections uses Ex Libris’ DigiTool software, which supports a great variety of digital formats, from still images and text documents to moving images, sound recordings and podcasts. 

The service currently holds 1000 images taken from UCL Library Services Special Collections including the Main Library’s staircase exhibitions, and UCL 2007 exam papers. Digital content owned by other UCL departments is also being added to the service.