Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HCL Refurbishment - 28 May Update

More news about the refurbishment, which officially starts this Friday, 30 May, at 10.00 pm.

First, a reminder that the Harold Cohen Library will be closed this weekend, and each weekend till the end of the work. See Opening Hours.

Two of our Self Service PCs have been dismantled, including the one on the 1st floor. There is now just one available, in the ground floor Service Desk area. To prevent queues building up, books can be borrowed and returned at the staffed desks. Fines need to be paid at these desks too, as the remaining Self Service PC does not accept fines payments. 

The Walk-In access PC for Library customers without an MWS login has been removed. The Sydney Jones Library has facilities for Walk-In access.  

The photocopy card machine, also for Library customers without an MWS login, has been disconnected – cards can now be bought at the Service Desk.

The change machine has been removed. Please ask for change at the Service Desk - we will try to keep enough coins in the till to meet demand, though at times this may not be possible.

All parts of the Library are now accessible by the normal routes, though the ground floor Disabled toilet remains closed and the Women's toilets in the basement will still be closed overnight because of a lack of lighting.

Further information about what is planned for the summer, can be found on the HCL Refurbishment website.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

'Historical Texts' to replace JISC Historic Books

JISC Historic Books is being replaced by a new platform called ‘Historical Texts’ on 1st June 2014.

Before then, you can visit www.jischistoricbooks.ac.uk and link to the beta site for Historical Texts (requires login on and off campus; sign in with your University of Liverpool username/ password).

The name of the resource is changing to reflect the fact that new content will include more non-book material.

On 1st June 2014 Historical Texts will replace JISC Historic Books

  • A link to JISC Historic Books will be available in Historical Texts to enable you to access saved searches and records, and replicate search results on the new platform, while adjusting to using the new system.  

On 23rd June 2014 access to JISC Historic Books will be switched off, and it will no longer be possible to access JISC Historic Books.

For full details see http://www.jischistoricbooks.ac.uk/images/banners/Flyer-ss.gif

Friday, May 23, 2014

HCL Refurbishment - 23 May Update

The enabling work prior to the summer Refurbishment continues. The north corridor leading from the entrance towards HCC1 has now been re-opened. This means that access to HCC1, HCC2 and the Women's toilets in the basement is back to normal.

The ground floor Disabled toilet remains closed because the lighting has not been restored; alternatives are on Stack 5 and 6, accessible via the Refreshments room and the lift in the Stacks.

The Women's toilets in the basement will continue to be closed during the evening as there is still no light on the staircase leading down to them. Alternative toilets are on Stack 6.

There are two new short-term closures in the area of the north staircase. There is no access from this staircase to Stack 4 or to Stack 6, but both can be reached via the central or south staircases. Work here also means there is no access from HCC6 to the stack floors.

Further information about what is happening right now, as well as what is planned for the summer, can be found on the HCL Refurbishment website, and particularly the FAQ page

Friday, May 16, 2014

HCL Refurbishment - 16 May Update

The work in the Photocopier Room is now complete and the room is once more open as a Group Study Zone. Exam papers from this area have been moved up to Stack Floor 6, south end.

The entrance and exits are back to normal - functionally if not in appearance!

The south corridor from the entrance towards the Refreshments/Group Study room has been reopened today. This means the Gents' toilets in the basement are once more available.

The north corridor leading from the entrance towards HCC1 is now closed for the next phase of the enabling work.

Access to HCC1, HCC2 and the Women's toilets in the basement is temporarily through Stack 2 and the Photocopier room. It's well signposted!

Because the power has been switched off in the north corridor, we have had to close the Disabled toilet. There are alternatives on Stack 5 and 6, accessible via the Refreshments room and the lift in the Stacks.

There is also no light on the staircase leading down to the Women's toilets in the basement. We will therefore have to close these toilets during the evening before it gets dark. Alternative toilets are on Stack 6.

Further information about what is happening right now, as well as what is planned for the summer, can be found on the HCL Refurbishment website, and particularly the FAQ page.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

HCL Refurbishment - 15 May Update

We're pleased to say that work in the Photocopier Room is now finished and the room is once more open as a Group Study Zone.

It was closed as part of the essential enabling work before the main HCL refurbishment starts on 2 June.

Further information about what is happening right now, as well as what is planned for the summer, can be found on the HCL Refurbishment website, and particularly the FAQ page.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TRIAL: Eighteenth Century Journals

We have trial access to Eighteenth Century Journals until 11th June 2014. Take a look at this resource and let us know what you think.

Access Eighteenth Century Journals from:
http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.18thcjournals.amdigital.co.uk (University login required off campus)

The collection brings together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.  Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion.  A highlight is the inclusion of the full run of The Lady’s Magazine, 1770-1832.

NB. Please note that PDF download options are not available during this trial access period.

After trying Eighteenth Century Journals 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, May 13, 2014

TRIAL: SAE Digital Library

The Library has obtained a trial of SAE International's Digital Library until 12th June 2014, and encourages staff and students to review this new resource. Let us know whether you find this resource useful.

Access this resource from
http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://digitallibrary.sae.org/quicksearch/  (University login required off campus)

SAE Digital Library provides students and researchers in aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle engineering access to:

SAE Technical Papers - more than 94,000 papers dating back to 1906.

SAE Standards - 27,000 standards relating to processes, practices, and products throughout the mobility industry.

SAE eBooks – 130+ technical books written by experts in fields such as Brakes, Electronics, Engine & Powertrain Systems, Engine Testing, HEV, Lightweight & Advanced Performance Materials, Safety, Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis.

SAE Magazines – magazines such as Automotive Engineering International, Aerospace Engineering and SAE Off-highway Engineering, which chronicle a century of advancements in the mobility industry.

After trying SAE Digital Library 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.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Preparatory work for the HCL refurbishment

During May some essential work has to be undertaken ahead of the main building refurbishment. Some areas will be temporarily closed to enable this work to take place. We will try to keep closure time and disruption to a minimum and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Keep up to date with what's going on by checking out the HCL Refurbishment website
http://hclrefurb.liv.ac.uk/

TRIAL: Phaidon Atlas

The Library has obtained a trial of new online architectural database Phaidon Atlas until 4th June 2014, and encourages staff and students to review this new resource. Let us know whether you find this resource useful or not?

Access this resource from
http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://phaidonatlas.com/university-liverpool/register 
(University login is required off campus).  You will need to register individually with Phaidon Atlas in order to access the trial.

Based on the Phaidon Atlas of Architecture books, the new website features a growing list of over 3000 examples of contemporary architects work, built since the year 2000.  Search and browse for architecture by building type, location, materials, building environment, structure and more.  Each project is accompanied by technical drawings, sketches and photographs, and the site includes information about the architects behind the buildings.

After trying Phaidon Atlas 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.