Monday, September 26, 2016

Downtime: MyiLibrary

UPDATE: 27/09/16 - Access to MyiLibrary has been restored.  Please contact the library if you continue to experience any problems.

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eBooks on the MyiLibrary platform are currently unavailable today, Monday 26th September 2016, due to problems being experience by the platform provider, Coutts.

Coutts are currently investigating the issues, and hope to have access restored as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TRIAL: Very Short Introductions

University of Liverpool staff and students have trial access to ‘Very Short Introductions’ from Oxford University Press until 27th October 2016. Take a look at this resource, and let us know what you think.

Access Very Short Introductions from:
https://liverpool.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.veryshortintroductions.com/
 (University login required off campus)

Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

After trying Very Short Introductions, please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments. Do get in touch; we really want to know what you think about this resource.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TRIAL: American Periodicals Series

University of Liverpool staff and students have trial access to American Periodicals Series until 19th October 2016. Take a look at this resource, and let us know what you think.

Access American Periodicals Series from:
https://liverpool.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/americanperiodicals?accountid=12117
 (University login required off campus)

American Periodicals Series chronicles the development of America across 150 years.

89 journals published between 1740 and 1800 offer insights into America's transition from colonial times to independence; Titles include Massachusetts Magazine, which published America's first short stories, and Thomas Paine's Pennsylvania Magazine, which reported on inventions.

1800 to 1860 became the golden age of American periodicals, with general interest magazines, children's publications, more than 20 journals for women, and many publications reflecting on the growing debate over slavery.

118 periodicals published during the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction (1865-1877) eras reflect the nation in turmoil and growth, and titles from the 1880s through 1900 capture the settling of the West and the emergence of modern America. Early professional journals, including Publications of the American Economic Association and Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences develop in this period.

American Periodicals Series contains the digitized images of periodical pages, so you can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published.

After trying American Periodicals Series, please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments. Do get in touch; we really want to know what you think about this resource.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NEW RESOURCE: Detail Inspiration

University of Liverpool staff and students have access to a new Architecture resource called Detail Inspiration.

Access Detail Inspiration from
https://liverpool.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.detail-online.com/inspiration 
(University login required off campus)

Detail inspiration is an architectural image and reference database that uses precise, relevant visual inspirations to support architects in their search for construction solutions. It contains around 2,400 projects from the past 30 years with reference photos, sketches, technical product information, and is regularly updated with all the projects of current DETAIL magazine issues.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Fairer Fines


Good news - we are changing our fine policy effective Monday 5th September.

There has been much debate about university libraries charging fines, with the discussions focussing on the issue of fairness and whether it is an effective deterrent to holding on to books.
Fines are unpopular with students and not consistent with the welcoming and customer focused services the library offers. 
Over recent years our fines income has reduced dramatically due to a number of successful initiatives that we have been put in place; courtesy notices reminding students to renew their books, improved access to your library account online, and an increase in the number of and ease of online renewals. These initiatives were introduced in response to student feedback to help you manage your library account, avoid incurring fines and crucially to foster a positive relationship with the library. 
However we wanted to do more to improve the student experience and decided to take an overall look at our fines policy.  It was very important that we heard what students thought of the idea and in December 2015 we ran a fines and fees survey which received nearly 2000 responses. 

Thanks to everyone who took the time to feedback their views, this is what you told us.

  • Only charge fines on reserved items that are overdue
  • Do not fine students because at the end of the day, we are only human and sometimes people forget that they've taken out a book and that it is overdue
  • Make it so that only short-term items are fined and not long-term loans
  • The fine is too low and doesn't make anyone feel like they have to bring back the books on time
  • I think fining students so much is ludicrous; you should only get fined if the book has been reserved as many students just simply forget to return
  • People should not be fined for books which no one has reserved, so there is no urgency to return them.
  • Have to have a bit of a bigger fine for books that are reserved and overdue. It is not fair on other students
  • £1.00 per day is enough to convince students to be on time with books

As a result of your feedback we have taken the decision to only impose fines on items reserved by another user, so in effect if an item is not required by anyone else, it can be kept out on loan, a much fairer arrangement for students.

New fines policy


From Monday 5th September 2016 fines are only payable on overdue reserved items. 

  • In your feedback you told us that £1 a day is a fair charge for the late return of items reserved by other Library users. 
  • There will be no fines on standard or 7 day loans that are returned late, (as long as they have not been reserved by another user). 
  • Short loan, laptops and equipment e.g. headphones cannot be reserved, so fines will remain on those items, but we have reduced the initial fine from £2 on short loans down to £1.


My Library Account
We would still like you to continue to renew your items and return any that you no longer need, so please check your library record regularly to make sure that nothing you have on loan has been reserved by another user.  This will also ensure you don’t incur any fines.   

Courtesy notices
You told us you would like to receive your courtesy notice the day before your item is due, rather than 3 days before.  We will still send reminders that your items are overdue, even if no fines are due.    

Existing fines
In fairness to those who have been paying their fines, all outstanding fines will need to be paid, however they will not increase from the 5th September 2016. 

Feedback welcome
We hope you will like our new fines policy and see it as a really positive step towards improving your student experience. 

Let us know what you think.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Downtime: Cambridge University Press Online platforms

The following Cambridge University Press Online platforms are currently unavailable:

Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge Books Online

Cambridge Companions Online

Cambridge Histories Online

Shakespeare Survey Online

University Publishing Online

We apologise for any inconvenience caused; Cambridge University Press are working to fix the underlying problem, and hope to have access restored as soon as possible.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Planned Downtime: eBooks on Dawsonera Platform

Due to scheduled maintenance, access to eBooks on the Dawsonera plaform will be unavailable from 5.30pm on Friday 12th August 2016 until 5am on Saturday 13th August 2016.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Planned Downtime: ProQuest Databases

ProQuest will be performing scheduled maintenance on Sunday 21st August, from 3am until 11am.

This will affect access to multiple databases, including:

Ancestry
British Periodicals
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Ebrary
Hospital Premium Collection:
Family Health Database information
Health & Medical Collection information
Health Management Database information
Nursing & Allied Health Database information
Psychology Database
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
The John Johnson Collection
Literature Online (incl individual modules)
Periodicals Archive Online‎
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland‎
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global‎
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Baltimore Afro-American‎  
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Guardian and The Observer‎   
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times‎
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Amsterdam News‎
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index‎
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Times of India‎  
RefWorks‎  
The Vogue Archive

On attempting to access these products during the downtime, you will be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.

ProQuest thank you for your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Alternative Library Catalogue - please test!

An alternate version of the Library Catalogue has been created, with changes made to improve both the interface and functionality.

Click here to access the Test Library Catalogue

Please do take some time to visit the test site and have a look around, run a few searches and tell us what you think (the good, the bad and the ugly).

There is a link to a short survey on the Demo Catalogue homepage, but it can also be accessed via this link:  https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/test-catalogue 

You can also leave comments below.  (You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but you if you wish include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments).

NEW RESOURCES: JSTOR Arts & Sciences V & VI Archive Collections

University of Liverpool staff and students have access to two new JSTOR archive collections:

JSTOR Arts & Sciences V Archive Collection
JSTOR Arts & Sciences VI Archive Collection

Access both collections via:
http://liverpool.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.jstor.org  
(Login required off campus)

The Arts & Sciences V Archive covers subjects such as History, Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy, and Classics.  For more information about this collection, including title lists, go to http://about.jstor.org/content/arts-sciences-v

The Arts & Sciences VI Archive covers subjects such as Political Science, Education, Linguistics, Economics, and Area Studies. For more information about this collection, including title lists, go to http://about.jstor.org/content/arts-sciences-vi 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Refworks – important update (when you export a reference from DISCOVER or other databases)


Please note – when you “export” a reference from a database such as DISCOVER or other locations such as Google Scholar to Refworks, you will be directed to the following screen, please choose “legacy Refworks”.

You can also check the box shown on-screen “Don’t ask me this again” to avoid this choice during your browsing session.













Your exported citation should be shown in Refworks as normal.  If you have any difficulties, please contact your Liaison Librarian for advice.

Friday, July 22, 2016

PLANNED DOWNTIME BoB: Box of Broadcasts

BoB (Box of Broadcasts), is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education.

BoB is being redeveloped over August 2016 to improve the service it provides.

On 1 August the new BoB will go live, with a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities.

From September, BoB will deliver a whole host of improvements, such as:  

  • A platform working across desktop, iOS and Android devices
  • Media records based on our TRILT metadata, supporting more powerful searching capabilities    
  • Better programme coverage and a permanent archive of content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 /  More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • Better thumbnail previews on search results
  • Preview clips before saving
  • Label your own clips
  • Personalised email alerts when programmes are ready to view
  • More detailed citation data

Be aware, there will be limited content and functionality during August over the upgrade period.
   
During August you won’t be able to access your saved clips and playlists, but don’t worry these will be accessible again in September. You may not be able to access some archive content broadcast before 1 July. There will be some programmes in the archive available before this date, but not everything.

Learning on Screen ask users to bear with them throughout August, as they upgrade the system. Archive content and enhanced functionality will be restored in September, along with all the exciting new features.
Learning on Screen apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.

What a short video highlighting all the exciting improvements 

NEW RESOURCE: World War One Centenary Archive

University of Liverpool staff and students have access to a new resource; World War One Centenary Archive.

Access this resource via:
http://liverpool.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.officialpublicationsonline.co.uk/publications/browse?subject=15-07-100
(Login required off campus)

To mark 100 years since the beginning of World War One, TSO has produced a carefully selected collection of official documents relating to the war. Dating from 1914 to 1927, the bibliography lists 100 key military, political and strategic documents published by the British government throughout this period. It includes original reports of key events and Gazette notices of awards and commemorations.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

RESOLVED - Discover and EBSCO Databases Intermittent Technical Difficulties 20/07/16

EBSCO are experiencing intermittent technical difficulties and this might affect your use of Discover and/or EBSCO databases. Their engineers are working to restore stability as priority and hope to rectify the situation soon.

UPDATE
EBSCO have reported that these technical issues have now been resolved.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

TRIAL: Cambridge Law Reports

University of Liverpool staff and students have trial access to Cambridge Law Reports until 11th August 2016. Take a look at this resource, and let us know what you think.

Access Cambridge Law Reports from:
https://liverpool.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://ebooks.cambridge.org/clr/home.jsf
 (University login required off campus)

Cambridge Law Reports are the essential law resource that includes content from the International Law Reports (ILR) and the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Reports

The database provides extensive search options and a unique browse feature to quickly find required content using variables such as keyword, the parties involved, judge's name, court or year of case.

After trying the Cambridge Law Reports, please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments. Do get in touch; we really want to know what you think about this resource.