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The SFX outage scheduled for Sunday 11th May has now been cancelled

FrancineWood8 May 2014

Students and staff will have received an email this week from the UCL Explore Team regarding an pending SFX outage.   Please be advised that the SFX outage which was scheduled for this Sunday 11th May, has now been cancelled.

You can email me with any questions at  f.wood@ucl.ac.uk.


FrancineWood4 April 2014

Francine's profile pictureMy name’s Francine Wood and I’ve just started as the new Subject Librarian for Biosciences and Psychology.  Just a quick virtual wave while I settle in to room 109 in the Science Library, and work out how to record a voicemail message…. (020 7679 2868 to hear how I get on!)

This blog was designed to keep students and staff from the School of Life and Medical Sciences up to date with library developments, and I hope to update it regularly with news and articles that you might find useful or interesting.  If you have any questions, ideas or requests for things you would like to be included here, please get in touch.  My email’s f.wood@ucl.ac.uk.

News and information to follow soon…


P.S. I’ll also be tweeting @UCLScienceLib

Welcome to all new students and hello to those returning!

Lisa KFlint26 September 2013

welcomeWelcome to the Biosciences blog! Its been a pretty hectic week all round this week so hope that things are going well. Its great to see the campus buzzing with life again.

For new students there is plenty of help available, to get you started. We’ve created a new library webpage especially called Getting started which will help you with the basics. For new research students and academics there is a useful page on Research support, do have a look at that!

For those returning students we’ve been quite busy over the summer and you’ll notice a few changes. In the Science Library the Psychology/Biology/Botany/Zoology room has had a switch around with a new layout. Now there is a bit more space for books and journals so we’ve spread things out a bit. Other changes have been happening upstairs, on the 3rd and 4th floors, so go and have a look!

Also the Cruciform Library is currently based on the 2nd floor, alongside the Medical Sciences book room. They will be based there whilst the Cruciform building works are continuing and they will be moving to their new hub back in the Cruciform building some time next year.

I hope to update this blog on a regular basis so watch this space! 


Lisa – your Subject Librarian for Biosciences

[Image courtesy of morgueFile]


Confused about Open Access? Help is available!

Lisa KFlint10 September 2013

oa-red-lockThe Open Access Team in the Library can help you to make your research open access. This will increase the visibility of your work, and your citations. It needn’t be difficult: the Team’s goal is to make open access as straightforward as possible for researchers.

UCL has a new open access fund that can be used to pay open access fees on behalf of all UCL authors, and a growing number of publisher memberships to simplify the payment process. RCUK and Wellcome authors may already be aware that there are specific funds available for their articles.

There’s web guidance at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/open-access/

Please contact the friendly Open Access Team with any and all open access queries. The team are also available on Twitter now @UCLOAfunding

New features on Explore

Lisa KFlint29 July 2013

Explore has now been upgraded with many new features.  These include:

–          Browse the catalogue by author, title, subject and classmark

–          New options in Advanced Search

–          Personalised relevance ranking option

–          Link to citing articles in Web of Science

The online help has been updated at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/explore-help-top.shtml. Do familiarise yourselves with the new features.

Just a reminder that we will say goodbye to eUCLid on the 1st August, please use our Explore service instead.


Paper Journals – where have they gone?

Lisa KFlint23 July 2013

Those eagle eyed library users will have noticed that the journal shelves have emptied out over the last week or so. This is because all journals published before 2000 have now been moved to Store. This will include the Biological Sciences journals and Psychology. Medical Sciences are the odd ones out as due to the Cruciform Library moving in there is only the last two years worth of paper journals on the shelves.

To request any books or journals from Store, please use the Store request link which can be found at the bottom of the Explore homepage or follow the link http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/storeform.shtml

Once you have requested the journal, it will be available from UCL Science Library Assistance Desk (Bloomsbury Campus, Malet Place) after 3:00pm the following working day.

Going.. going.. to Store!

Lisa KFlint5 June 2013

From next week, 10th June,  the pre-2012 Medical Sciences journals will all be moving from the second floor of the Science Library to the library Store. This is to make way for the Cruciform Library collections which are temporarily moving in.

Once they are in Store they can be requested using the Store request link which can be found at the bottom of the Explore homepage or follow the link http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/storeform.shtml

Once you have requested the journal, it will be available from UCL Science Library Assistance Desk (Bloomsbury Campus, Malet Place) after 3:00pm the following day.

Current parts from 2012-2013 will stay in the room, but will be unavailable until the beginning of July whilst the moves are taking place.

Apologies for any inconvenience this will cause.

More news on the moves to follow…



News from the ZSL Library

Lisa KFlint3 May 2013


The new look Library online catalogue was launched on 15 April. This includes details of the book and serial holdings, artworks and ZSL’s archives as well as including links to relevant online resources. Other resources can be accessed via the sidebar including links to open access journals, links to useful websites, lists of studbooks and lists of guides and publications about zoos http://library.zsl.org/

 A special collection of books on the subject of  climate change have been moved into the Reading Room so that they are more easily accessible to all.

It is 160 years since the opening of the Fish House at ZSL London Zoo, the first ever public aquarium it opened in May 1863. There is a display on the Reading Room Gallery and a feature on the ZSL website http://www.zsl.org/about-us/library/artefact-of-the-month-may-2013-160-years-since-the-opening-of-the-fish-house-at-zsl-london-zoo-the-first-public-aquarium,172,PS.html

 We are holding a special introductory tour for Student Fellows on Tuesday 11 June at 4pm – please contact ZSL Library to book a place tel 020 7449 6293 or email Library@zsl.org details can be found at http://www.zsl.org/membership/fellowship/library-tours-for-fellows,1540,AR.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ZSL+-+London+Zoo&utm_campaign=2385189_eNews+April+2013+-+Fellows&utm_content=library&dm_i=7U7,1F4F9,1S58J1,4TO3B,1 Later that evening at 6.30pm there is a free ZSL Science and conservation event in the adjacent building on the theme `Invasive species: one of the four horseman of the apocalypse’.

Cruciform Library – all change!!

Lisa KFlint15 April 2013

The Cruciform library is moving!

In 2013 the Cruciform Library, Cluster and adjacent Seminar Rooms will be refurbished to create a welcoming and vibrant space at the heart of Gower Street. During the building works, from June 2013, UCL Library Services will re-locate the Cruciform Library in the Science Library (DMS Watson building).

The books and journals from the Cruciform will be available in the current Medical Sciences periodicals room, on the second floor of the Science Library. The Medical Sciences journals will temporarily move to store, and will be available through Store Requests. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Cruciform Hub will open in Spring 2014, with fantastic teaching and learning spaces including your library and a new computer cluster.

■A modern, attractive Library
■Redesigned teaching areas
■Innovative study spaces
■Blending heritage with cutting-edge design

A new website has been set up to keep everyone up to date with developments in the project, please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/cruciform-hub/



Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics

Lisa KFlint3 April 2013

finger-printsUCL Special Collections is celebrating the launch of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, the pilot phase of the Wellcome Digital Library project headed by the Wellcome Trust. This online resource for the history of genetics research includes more than 80,000 digital images from UCL, as well as digitised archives and books from the Wellcome Library and four other partner institutions. Launched on Monday 4th March 2013, it allows free, online access to important material created by the pioneers of modern genetics and includes the papers of twenty scientists and organisations. Additional features include an interactive timeline which uses selected images from the archives to illustrate key events in the history of genetics from Darwin to the present day.
UCL has contributed the digitised papers of J B S Haldane (1892-1964) and Lionel Sharples Penrose (1898-1972) who both spent a large proportion of their careers at UCL. With 38,000 images, the Haldane collection is the second largest of those contributed by external partners to Codebreakers. The next stage of the project at UCL is to digitise the archive of Sir Francis Galton FRS (1822-1911). Galton was a Victorian polymath who devoted his life to the study of diverse fields, including the physical and mental characteristics in man and animals, the influence of heredity, fingerprints, photography and personal identification, and meteorology. He was preoccupied with counting and measuring, and collected a huge amount of statistical data to support his research.

Although never a UCL professor, Galton worked closely with Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, and established the Eugenics Laboratory at UCL in 1907 with his friend Karl Pearson as its first director. On his death in 1911 Galton left UCL £45,000 to found the Galton Chair of Eugenics with Pearson as its first holder. In 1963 the Chair was renamed the Galton Chair of Human Genetics and the laboratory was renamed The Galton Laboratory of the Department of Human Genetics & Biometry thanks to the efforts of Lionel Penrose. Both were subsumed into the Department of Biology in 1996.

The Galton archive has already been catalogued and includes working papers, family history records and correspondence. This diverse range of material is estimated at around 100,000 images in total, which will make UCL the biggest external contributor to the Codebreakers project.

Alphonse Bertillon was a Parisian police clerk who devised a system for recording information that could be used to identify people in police custody. This involved taking standardised photographs of the person’s face in full and in profile as well as recording various measurements and distinguishing features. These were all noted on cards known as the “Bertillon System Cards”. This card was made for Galton during his visit to Bertillon’s laboratory in 1893.

Galton is known for his work to refine the technique of composite photography – where many photographs of individuals were superimposed onto the same photographic plate to produce a composite of several faces blended together. The aim of this was to create an image of a ‘type’ of face; the item above shows criminal types made from individual portraits of inmates at Millbank Prison.

Galton is credited with pioneering the scientific methodology for using fingerprints for forensic purposes, collecting and classifying around 8,000 samples of fingerprints.