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


Archive for September, 2008

Anna says goodbye

Anna Di Iorio26 September 2008

Anna Di IorioThank you and goodbye!

My secondment in the position of Subject Librarian for Medical and Biological Sciences ends on 30th September. Lisa Flint, the post holder, will be back in early November.

In the interim, please direct any queries, comments or suggestions to Kate Cheney, Joint Academic Support Manager for Biomedicine, at k.cheney@ucl.ac.uk.

Alternatively, you can still email me, as I will remain at UCL Library Services in a different role.

NESLi2 deals news

Anna Di Iorio26 September 2008

NESLi2 (Copyright © NESLi2)

Last June UCL Library Services launched a consultation on NESLi2 deals for purchasing e-only journal packages.

 Thank you to all those who responded and contributed their views.

We are now pleased to let you know that we are going ahead with e-only subscriptions for Springer, Nature Publishing Group and Cell Press titles from 2009.

In addition, further to faculty feedback, we are retaining the print versions of the following journals:

  • Cell
  • EMBO
  • Nature
  • Nature Cell Biology
  • Nature Immunology
  • Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

Cambridge University Press ebooks

Anna Di Iorio26 September 2008

MyiLibrary (Copyright © MyiLibrary Ltd., An Ingram Digital Group Company)UCL and Cambridge University Press are currently participating in an ebooks project, which gives us access to over 700 titles in various subject areas including medicine, psychology and zoology.

The ebooks are hosted on the MyiLibrary platform, where you can browse and search the titles that are part of the project.

In addition, all the ebooks appear on the UCL Library catalogue.

UCL Library Services presents the Learning Laboratory

Anna Di Iorio17 September 2008

The UCL Learning LaboratoryAfter a summer of building works, UCL Library Services is pleased to introduce the Learning Laboratory,  offering better access, new services and new spaces on the ground floor on the Science Library.

The entrance lobby has been widened and improved with a new Membership Desk and a separate Security Office.

New glass walls and doors give a clear perspective of the space for users entering the building. Wheelchair users benefit from a fully automated gate to access the library.

Three self-service ‘Issue & Renew’ kiosks and two automatic ‘Book Returns’ have been introduced. These simplify book circulation, enabling users to issue books from the library, access their library account and return books.


Cell and Developmental Biology backfile

Anna Di Iorio16 September 2008

Cover from ‘Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton’ (Copyright © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company)The Wiley-Blackwell Cell and Developmental Biology backfile collection is now available to UCL students and staff:

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Anna Di Iorio12 September 2008

UCL students and staff have now access to the Wiley reference work Current Protocols in Neuroscience.

Select the link to the archive on the publication home page to view the core publication, from 1997, and all subsequent supplements.

New ejournals service – firewall settings

Anna Di Iorio12 September 2008

UCL ejournals serviceSome users are experiencing problems related to local firewall settings when accessing the new ejournals service off-site. The errors vary depending on the specific firewall and browser, but can generally be characterised as ‘Access denied’ messages.

The solution is to make sure that the addresses metalib-a.lib.ucl.ac.uk:9003 and metalib-a.lib.ucl.ac.uk:8331 are explicity permitted for traffic through your (or your organisation’s) firewall.

If the problem is to do with your firewall at home, you’ll need to consult the documentation for whichever package you use (F-Secure, Norton, ZoneAlarm etc.)  The section will probably be called ‘Firewall’.

There should be something like a set of ‘Rules’ or a ‘Trusted Zone’ that allows you to specify sites and port numbers that should be allowed through the firewall.

Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience

Anna Di Iorio9 September 2008

IOS Press (Copyright © IOS Press)IOS Press have offered us an e-only deal for 2009.

We currently only subscribe to five of their titles in print, including the Medical Sciences periodical Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any concerns, comments or suggestions about cancelling this title in print for 2009.

New ejournals service

Anna Di Iorio9 September 2008

UCL now has a new ejournals service.

This comprises an A-Z list with SFX links to full text, much improved search functionality, subject lists, links to major ejournal collections and lists of journals by publisher.

Users who like browsing for a title can click to go to a particular start letter and its subsets. Alternatively, select the ‘Starts with’ radio button and enter the first word(s) of the title (Nature, for example) to narrow your browsing. 

You can add journals to your list of favourites, using the plus button next to titles. This makes it easy to find journals that you use frequently.

Please note that if you want to browse the contents of a journal, you should not enter any year, volume, issue or page information in the SFX box. Simply click ‘Go’ next to the full-text link and you will be taken to the journal home page.

UCL ejournals service

Borrowing Science Library journals

Anna Di Iorio9 September 2008

NewspaperAs a consequence of the self-service implementation at the UCL Science Library, we are planning to introduce a no-loans policy for journals from the start of the new academic year.

 This means that UCL staff members will not be able to borrow journal issues on a regular basis.

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any concerns, comments or suggestions regarding this change.