New Physical Spaces
Level 1 Quiet Study Room
The official opening of the Library’s new Level 1 quiet study area took place on the morning of Wednesday 12 September 2018.This space has been completely transformed from our old, archive journal store’s dense rolling stacks, to a bright, comfortable and modern study space with 115 individual desks – each with twin power and USB charging sockets. Acting Vice Chancellor Bernie Morley formally opened the space with University Librarian Kate Robinson, SU Officers and invited guests in attendance. A lot of hard work has taken place to bring this planned development to fruition and we are delighted that we can now provide over 1,500 individual study spaces throughout our building.
The transformation began back in Spring 2017 with the start of a major project to rationalise our print journal holdings. The focus was to remove print materials duplicated by journal archives and stable subscriptions, as well as materials no longer matching our teaching and researching or otherwise not fit for purpose. We needed to slim the collection by 20% to empty the L1 store. Retained materials were then moved to the relevant subject floors.
Building work was conducted apace over Summer 2018 to ensure the room was ready for the new Semester. For more detail on the process, watch our Library transformation slideshow video.
The flooring, ceiling and lighting were replaced, with additional work to enhance the heating, insulation and ventilation on the floor. Power was supplied via dado rails to each new desk.
A new paint scheme inspired by the original 1970s ‘Bamboo’ Terence Conran curtain design, featuring greens and mustard, brightens the walls. This colour scheme is extended to the new chairs and desks installed in the space. A OneLan Plasma screen display for news and alerts, as well as directional signage and Archive image wall decorations will be added as finishing touches.
Since 2014 the total number of seats in the Library has risen from 1,271 to 1,577. An increase of 22.2% (306 seats). Alongside the various Learning Commons and Graduate Commons (on and off campus) which provide another 630 seats, there has been a significant boost in flexible study spaces.
We hope you enjoy making use of this new space. Please let us know what you think in the comments below or contact us using our email address or help form.
New digital spaces
Libguides launched this week!
You may have noticed the Library gradually rolling out new look web pages using the University’s new web content management system. To compliment these and make the most of our guidance and resource heavy pages, this afternoon we are launching our new and improved subject guides, referencing and research services pages using Libguides.
Libguides is a product specifically designed to allow librarians to create their own websites. It’s used by many hundreds of academic and other libraries and is optimised for curating knowledge and sharing information, organising subject specific databases and assets.
Libguides ensures mobile accessibility, for a friendly ‘Library in your pocket’. Not just for showcasing resources and facilitating ease of use, this platform will help enhance our e-learning provision in various file formats, whilst offering a complete refresh of the look and feel of our site.
Library Lists update:
Last year we piloted our new reading list management software with the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering & Design. These new Library Lists provide live information from our catalogue on availability of books in print and links to full-text online. We are now updating the content in these lists with the help of academic staff, further promoting their use, and exploring how they may be used in other departments.
We are now in the process of enabling seamless delivery with Moodle implementation via LTI. This supports Curriculum Transformation with easy to edit lists and list managers. It also helps us to store and provide scanned content using our CLA license and generates data to improve Library processes such as targeted book ordering.
Students can still access Library lists for recommended reading outside Moodle, using the magnifying glass to search for their unit code or title. These lists are accessible using single-sign on.
It is also possible to create lists that are not associated with a particular unit and also make these publicly accessible. For example, the new list for popular works in the Library.
Please let us know what you think about enhancements to our website and also Library Lists in the comments below, or contact us using our email address or help form.