Thursday, September 29, 2016

TRIAL: Investment Arbitration Reporter

University of Liverpool staff and students have trial access to IA Reporter (Investment Arbitration Reporter) until 23rd December 2016. Take a look at this resource, and let us know what you think.

Access: IA Reporter
(University login required off campus)

Investment Arbitration Reporter is a news & analysis service tracking international arbitrations between foreign investors and sovereign governments. It has a particular focus on the investigation of unreported cases, and comprehensive review and discussion of legal documents and important policy developments.

After trying IA Reporter, 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.

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 Introduction
 (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
 (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
(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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