Library Newsletter – Spring 2016
The Joys of Spring – Inside This Issue
There’s a lot happening in and around our libraries at the moment to improve services and facilities for all and we’d really like to hear what you think so that we can incorporate comments and suggestions into plans for the future.
Debs Furness, Head of Enquiry Services
Our Strategy in Action: Sustainable Estate
On February 1st the new Research Grid opened its doors to graduates. Already proving to be hugely popular, the new learning space on the 4th floor of the Science Library provides graduates with state of the art study facilities for collaborative research and project work, and areas for more private study.
UCL Library Services Teams Win Excellent Service Award
UCL Library Services staff were centre-stage this week at the UCL Professional Services conference. And rightly so. On Tuesday 2nd February 2016, UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, presented the 2016 UCL Professional Services Values Awards. The award category for Excellent Service was highly competitive with around 20 entries from across UCL contending. We’re delighted that the winners were our very own Main and Science daytime and Evening/Saturday teams.
Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections: The Second Phase
We are delighted to announce that Phase 2 of the Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections project will begin shortly, following a successful grant application. This phase will focus on conserving and digitising our rich collection of Jewish pamphlets, as well as completing the cataloguing of the most significant collections begun in phase 1.
Measure for Measure
UCL Library Services is improving support for researchers in a number of areas of the research lifecycle, in line with the goals of our Library Strategy (2015-18). One of these areas is support for bibliometrics and we are delighted to announce the launch of our new bibliometrics web pages.
Helping You to Help Yourself
Last Summer, the number of UCL libraries offering self-service issue and return facilities using Radio-Frequency technology expanded to include 5 more libraries.
Following the successful launch of the service on the central Bloomsbury UCL campus in 2014, self-service facilities are now available in the majority of our libraries.
Staff at Queen Square Library, Archive and Museum have made a short video to raise awareness of their services and resources. The video includes interviews with Library users alongside footage of the Library environment and Archive materials.
Students! Reading Week is an ideal time for you to catch up on suggested reading and prepare for assignments. Online reading lists offer a quick and easy way to look back over the tailored list of resources your department has provided for your module.
Special Collections News
The Special Collections Team has been busy since the last newsletter, teaching or supporting over 30 undergraduate and graduate classes, running Connected Curriculum projects with BASc, Geography, History and Scandinavian Studies students, and working with our conservators to prepare student-led exhibitions on the history of paper and books for the new Senate House Hub, for which UCL student volunteers have worked alongside conservation interns from Camberwell College of the Arts. Preparations for future events include contributions to exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection and the Globe Theatre, an anniversary exhibition on the Spanish Civil War held in Spain, and our own exhibitions and events programme.