Welcome to the start of another academic year!
From 1st September 2017 I will be working part-time, so email will be the best way to contact me. The numbers of hours allocated to support the Research School won’t be changing, and I will work as flexibly as possible to accommodate meetings and other commitments. Although I will continue to be based on Level 2 in The Hive, I am more than happy to meet you at any of the university’s locations. My time on the askalibrarian desk on Level 3 of The Hive is advertised on the Researcher Guidance Webpages.
As ever, Library Services have been negotiating access to new resources over the summer. This has also included upgrades to some existing databases. A summary of the new resources can be seen here.
These collections have finally moved from their scattered locations on St John’s Campus to The Hive. Most of the collection is now searchable from the catalogue. Do contact the team if you want to view something specific, or if you have an idea of using part of the collection during your time at the University. You can also visit their office on Level 2. Watch out for the various displays that are being set up around the building.
The Hive at Five
We celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of The Hive in July. How the time has flown! So many activities have gone on in the building since we opened, and it has been particularly pleasing to see the University’s research community highlight their activity through Professorial lectures, Image of Research exhibitions, the Research Student Conferences, Academic Book Week events etc.
I am always keen to encourage active engagement with The Hive, so do please get in touch if you have ideas to explore.
What’s On at The Hive is published quarterly; there’s something for everyone!
“Shut up and Write!” Sessions
I continue to organise with Charlotte in The Hive. Get away from the normal distractions, find a quiet space and just write! This year we are trying something a little different, by advertising the dates as part of the RDP. This should give you plenty of notice to plan your attendance.
But don’t forget, even if you can’t make one of the planned dates, there is plenty of opportunity in The Hive to just find a space suitable for your style of working. Many PGRs find Level 4 particularly useful, especially if you want to consult the print journal holdings, or browse the thesis collection during your visit. (Remember that the nearest photocopier is on Level 3).
A date for your diary
23rd-27th October 2017 is Open Access Week, and we have a series of special events planned. Watch out for details. Come along and ask any questions you may have about depositing your publications in WRaP.
Support when you need it
Do remember that I’m available to support any library-related resources you need to use, so get in touch if you want any information about anything mentioned here. I can also advise about aspects of Research Data Management, the use of referencing and bibliographic software, and how best to build your researcher profile through social media tools.
Your academic liaison librarian is also available to help, so do introduce yourself. They particularly welcome suggestions of resources to add to the collections. We can’t promise to purchase everything, but if there is something you think would enhance the resources for your subject, then do speak to them about it.
And finally, if you will be leaving the University this year, or have friends that may already have done so, then do remember our services for Alumni. These allow you to continue to borrow books from The Hive, and have access to some e-resources. All of which may come in handy if you are job-hunting, or leaving academia altogether.
Research Support Librarian