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Library Newsletter – Summer 2016

As term draws to a close we say farewell to some of you and au revoir to others but we wish you all well over the Summer. We’ll still be here though so get in touch if you have any queries or need help with your research, and if you’re a postgraduate don’t forget to contact our expert librarians for specialist advice whether you’re staying with us over the vacation or going away. If you are returning in the Autumn but spending the Summer working on your dissertation elsewhere we have guides and films to help you wherever you may be, and if you’re using lots of e-resources you can ask the team for advice if anything goes awry.


UCL Alumnus Christopher Nolan directs Leonardo Di Caprio, Michael Caine and Ellen Page in his film Inception

We always get lots of enquiries about access to e-resources for alumni at this time of year so see the Alumni Online Community’s web page for details of all benefits offered to ex-students. These include ongoing access to our libraries just like Christopher Nolan as pictured here with a few film stars in our Flaxman Gallery.

What’s inside?

In this issue we want your votes on a new name for our newsletter, and we have news on improvements made to our services in light of your comments, inspiring colleagues, inspiring leaders, a staff profile, a history of our Institute of Archaeology Library, the latest exhibition at Queen Square, a new acquisition for our Art collection, a report on a staff/student collaboration, and a list of activities from our Special Collections.

Debs Furness, Head of Enquiry Services

We Want Your Vote.

We’d like a new name for the newsletter. So we’ve made a shortlist and you can vote for your favourite.

See suggestions for our new name and how to vote…

You said. We did.

UCL Main LibraryWe’re always happy to hear your feedback on our services, as well as suggestions for improvement, and over the last few years we’ve made some changes based on your comments and requests including 24/7 opening and providing more study spaces.

Read more about how we have made improvements based on your comments…

Nominations & Commendations

Women at UCLA number of UCL Library Services staff have recently been commended for their  work within UCL in both the exhibition “Women at UCL: Presence and Absence” and the Student Choice Teaching Awards. Our Information Skills Trainer, Angela Young, was selected as one of just twenty four inspirational women from across UCL.

Read more about all those nominated and why their colleagues find them inspiring…

Leading the Way

Outstanding20Library20TeamThe UCL Library Services Leadership Team has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016, for demonstrating best practice during the 2014-15 academic year.

Read more about the award and the work of the Leadership Team..

Behind the scenes with an E-Resources Librarian

Anna SansomeI am an E-Resources Librarian, part of the team that looks after UCL’s access to e-journals, e-books and databases. Managing the huge range of e-resources that UCL Library Services provides access to is really interesting – there are always new developments to get to grips with!

Read on to learn about Anna Sansome’s work as E-Resources Librarian…

History of the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library

UCL Institute of ArchaeologyFounded in 1937 as part of Mortimer Wheeler’s ground-breaking institution for the practical training of archaeologists, the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library is one of the foremost libraries for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the world.

Read more about the library’s history…

Queen Square Exhibition

ExhibitionQueen Square Library’s recent exhibition was A Letter in Mind – a unique art event with all proceeds to the National Brain Appeal. The exhibition showcased 30 anonymous works, including those by high profile artists and celebrities.

Read more about the appeal and a forthcoming exhibition…

Box in a Suitcase

DuchampOne of the many key roles of a Subject Liaison Librarian is collection development. In Art, things are often published in small editions and go out of print very quickly. I was therefore pleased to get my hands on a copy of this new reconceptualisation of Marcel Duchamp’s legendary book-object Boîte-en-valise.

Read more about Duchamp’s ‘Box in a Suitcase’…

The Life of Moses Gaster in 10 Objects

Moses Gaster presentationAs part of the Connected Curriculum, UCL Geography students have the opportunity to research and write about objects from UCL Special Collections. Last year, one student, Gabriel Pogrund, selected some items from the vast Gaster Archive, the papers of Rabbi Dr Moses Gaster (1856-1939), an important Jewish and Zionist leader and scholar.

Read more on the presentation telling Gaster’s life using 10 objects from the collection…

What’s on at UCL Special Collections

North LodgeLast term saw Special Collections being used extensively in projects pursuing the Provost’s Connected Curriculum initiative aimed at introducing taught-course students to learning through research. Related public events included ‘The Life Of Moses Gaster In 10 Objects’, described above in this newsletter, on the fascinating Anglo-Jewish Gaster Archive.

Read more on Connected Curriculum projects we were involved in and find out about events coming soon…