Free training sessions January- March programme

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All of our online training sessions are completely free and open to NHS staff, academics, researchers and students as indicated.

Booking is easy- identify a time below you can attend and visit our calendar at https//sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills to sign up. Or, to arrange a bespoke departmental, group or 1-2-1 session, email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Finding the evidence (NHS staff and placement students)January: Tuesday 18th 11:30am – 1:00pm, Thursday 27th 12:00pm – 1:30pm  

February: Wednesday 9th 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Thursday 17th 1:00pm – 2:30pm  

March: Friday 11th12:00 – 1.30pm, Tuesday 29th 11:30am – 1:00pm
Introduction to Web of Science
(Students, academics or research staff)
March: Wednesday 9th 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Literature searching for your dissertation,
review or research project (Students, academics or research staff)  
January: Thursday 20th 11:00am – 12.30pm

February: Wednesday 23rd 11:00 – 12:30pm

March: Tuesday 22nd  11:00am – 12.30pm
NHS Library Induction
(NHS staff and placement students)
January: Thursday 20th 1:00pm – 1:30pm

February: Wednesday 16th 12:30pm – 1:00pm

March: Tuesday 22nd 12:00pm – 12:30pm
RefWorks (Students, academic or research staff)February: Thursday 24th  12:00pm – 1:00pm
March: Tuesday 15th 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Systematic reviews: finding
and managing the evidence (All)
January: Wednesday 19th 1:00pm – 3:00pm

February: Tuesday 22nd 11:00am – 1:00pm

March: Wednesday 23rd 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Visit https//sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills to sign up to any of these sessions

Christmas 2021 Closure Dates

In line with the University closure dates, the Library will close at

5pm on Thursday 23 December and reopen at 8am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

The computer rooms will be accessible with a valid ID card during this period.

Wishing all library members a peaceful and safe time with your family and friends.

Your ‘On-Call Librarian’ is at hand…

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Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new ‘On-Call Librarian service’ where library users can get on the spot help with finding information and using library resources. No need to book, just come to the library helpdesk between the hours of 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday and ask to speak to a librarian for help with literature searching, referencing and more. This service replaces our now closed Research Enquiries desk – we hope you like it- email your feedback to library@sgul.ac.uk

Welcome video 2021

If you are joining us this autumn, have a look at our Welcome video.  

We give you our top five tips on making the most of the library, our services and resources while you are studying at St George’s. 

And…there might even be a bonus tip! 

Induction Quiz 

Don’t forget to do our library induction quiz on Canvas. It is part of your Getting Started module and you can also find it here

If you have any questions about using the library, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing liaison@sgul.ac.uk 

The library working environment: study break passes and texting service

Maintaining a pleasant working environment for everyone who uses the library is one of our main concerns. To ensure that it continues to be a great place to study, we have introduced, or rather reintroduced for those of you  who have used the library for a few years, two new schemes.

Study break scheme

We are still operating at reduced capacity and we’d like to make sure everyone has access to the study space they need. A study break pass allows you to take a break of up to 30 minutes during which time you can leave your belongings unattended. While we don’t take any responsibility for unattended personal stuff, with our study break scheme you can make sure that we don’t move your things to make space for other library users during the 30 minutes. After that time or if you choose not to use a study break card and you are away from the desk, other library users or staff are able to move your belongings to the side to make space. Find out more here or email library@sgul.ac.uk with any comments you might have.

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We have also introduced a texting service, so you are easily able to alert us to noise in the library or other issues affecting your study space. Text us, with your location, on 07562901543 and we will ensure you can study in peace and quiet. This service is available between 9am and 9pm Monday through to Sunday. Again, if you have any comments about this, please email library@sgul.ac.uk.

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We hope that these schemes allow us to continue keeping the library a pleasant working environment for all library users.

Holiday Library Update

Wherever you’re planning to spend the next few weeks, we hope you’ll have as peaceful and relaxing a time as possible. We know that lots of you will also be thinking about revision and assignments at some point over the break, and with that in mind we wanted to remind you of some of the help and resources that are always available from the library, no matter where you are.

1. Find useful tips in our How-to videos

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy adding to our collection of How-to videos. We hope these short videos will give quick, clear answers to a range of questions, so you can get help whenever you need it.

A few of our recent videos focus on referencing. If you’re new to referencing, then our How to use Cite Them Right video can get you started. Or if you’re ready to start using reference management software, we have a series of videos on RefWorks, starting with a RefWorks Overview. Other videos include:

…and lots more. See the full collection on our YouTube channel here.

2. Explore e-books in Hunter

This year we’ve also been rapidly expanding our e-book collection, which now includes over 3000 titles. This means that even if you’re not able to come into the library in person, it’s now more likely that you’ll be able to find the books you need to support your study online.

There are two ways to find e-book material in Hunter:

  • You can search for whole e-books by selecting Books and more in the dropdown menu, then choosing Online Resources from the filter options on the left.
  • You can also search for individual chapters – a useful option if your topic is a bit more specific. Search under All Resources, then choose Book Chapters from the options on the left.

Read online

When you first sign in to view an e-book, you’ll usually be offered options to read online or download the book. Opting to read online will allow more SGUL users to view the e-book simultaneously.

3. Study resources

We have many resources available to students to help you prepare for exams and do your assignments. You can find out more about what resources we recommend for your subject by checking your Libguide. Whatever your subject, we have got you covered; medicine, biomedical science, paramedic science, radiography and many more. Access all our learning resources via the Databases A-Z list. JoVE Science Education is popular among our visual learners and suitable for different subjects. Long-standing favourites are Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy and BMJ Learning. New this year are LWW Health Library, for medicine and Occupational Therapy students and AccessMedicine for medicine students. As mentioned above, we have produced a range of how-to videos on Youtube. If you have any questions about these resources or if you are looking for personalised recommendations, email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

4. Literature searching

If you are spending the holidays preparing an essay or another written assignment such as a dissertation, have a look at our literature searching guide and our video series on how to use Ovid (Medline). We also have a collection of books around doing systematic literature reviews, dissertations and report writing. Get in touch via liaison@sgul.ac.uk to get help from your liaison librarian.

5. Christmas closure

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The library closes at 11pm, Tuesday 22nd December and reopens at 8am, Monday 4th January. The computer rooms will also close during this period, but you can still return books via the the return slot. Please note that the library team will be on holiday and will respond to your queries on their return in January. Should you have any questions about opening hours or book loans, email library@sgul.ac.uk. In January, our opening hours will be 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.

From everyone at St George’s Library, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Welcome to St George’s Library 2020/2021

A very warm welcome to those new to St George’s and welcome back to those returning to their studies. As we won’t be meeting most of you face-to-face for a while, in this blogpost you can find all the information you need to get started with the academic year.

If you are joining us this year, be sure to complete your library induction quiz which forms part of your online induction.

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Help and support

Your Liaison team is here to support you in your learning and research. Most of you will meet your liaison librarians for training  sessions as part of your course. We will show you how to use the resources we have, how to research an essay topic and how to get to grips with Harvard, the referencing style used at St George’s.

New for autumn 2020, we are launching daily, weekday Library Research drop-ins online for anyone to get help on the spot with things you might find tricky. If you are unsure of where to start or are looking for some tips and tricks on how to make the most of the databases we have, you can meet us via Microsoft Teams (available to everyone at St George’s). No need to book – just click on the relevant link in our events calendar, between 12-1 on the day you want help.

You can also get in touch with us about any questions you might have about finding information for your assignments or referencing using our dedicated email address – liaison@sgul.ac.uk. We can support you via email or a 1-2-1 appointment via Microsoft Teams so you can get specialised help from your liaison librarian. 1-2-1 appointments are online meetings, you will need to be in an appropriate study space, you cannot take calls or have conversations in the library.

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If you have a more general question about the library or need help with passwords or book loans, the library team can answer all your questions via email, so there is no need for you to come in. Email library@sgul.ac.uk with any questions you might have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Online resources and library guides

You can access library resources online through your SGUL username and password 24 hours a day from the library homepage.

The library has invested more than ever this year in enhancing our e-book collection with hundreds of new titles added in the last 6 months, and access to new collections including AccessMedicine, and LWW Health Library collections. We also provide access to e-resources such as healthcare databases and study skills resources like Cite Them Right Online. You will be using most of them during your studies at St George’s. The infographic below highlights a few of the resources available to you, including Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiments and Science Education) and BMJ Learning.

Infographic. A list of some the e-learning resources available at St George's.

To find out more, take a look at these how-to videos on a variety of topics, we are expanding this collection over the coming months. The videos offer a quick introduction, in the case of BMJ Learning, or more detailed guidance on Hunter – Library Search , and Cite Them Right for example. You can watch them all on YouTube.

If you are new to St George’s, have a look at our Library Essentials Libguide, which covers everything you need to know to get started with using the library. We have many more Libguides, including general ones on literature searching and printing at St George’s, as well as subject specific ones for courses taught at St George’s.

The library has a dedicated module on Canvas. This will be developed further to provide self-directed units on finding information for your assignments and referencing essentials, so keep a look out. Depending on the course you are doing, we also have dedicated subject pages within your course modules where you can find information on your library training sessions.

In-person services

Over summer, we started a ‘Click and Collect’ service for physical books. It allows you to reserve books via Hunter – Library Search, and come in to pick it up when it is ready. To find out more about this service, please visit our Covid response page. We are working on restoring our ‘Browse and Borrow’ service, which will allow you to pick books up from the shelf yourself. More details on this service will be made available soon. Check our website or social media sites for updates.

Throughout September, the library is open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with library staff on hand should you need help. We will be extending these hours from October to include weekend opening. Please check our website for updates.

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In line with St George’s policy, we ask you to not come on campus or use the library unless it is essential that you do so. All spaces available are for individual, silent study only and you must wear a face covering in the library. It goes without saying that you need to keep a distance of 2 metres from library staff and other library users, including your friends! Disinfectant sprays and paper towels are available throughout the library. It is your responsibility to wipe down your study space and PC before and after use.

Stay in touch

To stay up-to-date with library services and opening hours, please visit our Covid-19 response page. We are active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where you can also get news and service updates.

Finally, we would like to welcome you again to St George’s and wish you a successful year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any library-related questions.


Phone: 020 8725 5446

Email : library@sgul.ac.uk

Web: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/library

Library in Numbers 2019

With the Christmas and New Year break almost upon us, we’ve reached that time of year where it’s helpful to take stock and reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the past year. The Library is always a busy place and this year has been no different – have a look at our infographic below to see our 2019 in numbers:

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What else have we been up to?

Getting out and about:

Throughout the year members of the Library team have been taking our services and resources to you. In 2019 we’ve held ‘pop-up libraries’ throughout the university and hospital to mark the release of new resources or to celebrate events like World Book Day. We’re also always on hand at Fresher’s Fayres to get new students acquainted with the Library and to give away our all-important freebies (our sticky notes were gone in a matter of hours!)

Members of our Research Support Team also held pop-up stands to mark World Digital Preservation Day (thanks to our Principal Jenny Higham for snapping the photo below!) and our Research Publications Librarians produced an excellent poster for Research Day, demystifying the language around Open Access.

Keep an eye out for us in and around St George’s in 2020: whether you have a pressing Library-related question or just fancy a free pen, we’re happy to meet you all.

Creating our home in Canvas:

Our Liaison Team have been busy this year developing the Library module in Canvas – St George’s virtual learning environment. Students can check their individual course pages for details of what to expect from their scheduled Library sessions, find teaching and learning resources and try their hand at our referencing quiz. There’s plenty more in the pipeline for 2020, so watch this space for more interactive resources and support.

The Library module also became home to our first ever online Library induction. New students were presented with a scenario in which they needed to control an infection outbreak by finding evidence-based information in the Library. The induction quiz then takes students on a tour of different Library resources and services and tests their knowledge along the way.

Everyone who completed their induction was automatically entered into our prize draw, which featured lots of exciting prizes provided by the Library and local businesses. There were 21 prizes up for grabs – here are a few of our lucky winners!

 

New for 2019/2020:

At the tail end of 2018 we welcomed our Careers Team colleagues to the Library – keep your eyes peeled for careers-related guest posts from them in 2020! You’ll find their information stands opposite the Library Helpdesk and detailed support and guidance on the Careers module in Canvas.

The new academic year kicked off with a flurry of new initiatives in the Library. We were thrilled the help facilitate the arrival of The Big Read at St George’s and our staff book group got together to read this year’s pick: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. We also started the year by introducing new Study Break Passes to help combat desk hogging and promote fairer use of the Library study spaces. At the end of August, the University began trialling a pilot year of free printing for students in response to student feedback and in October launched a brand new website to make it easier to find important information for staff and students alike.

As ever, your feedback remains vital to the development of Library services and resources. We held a series of focus groups in November and as we head out of 2019, our focus group team are still working away on the final report and action plans arising from your feedback which will help shape our service in 2020 and beyond.

What else have we improved as a result of your feedback? Have a look at some of these Library-focused changes below or visit the You Said, We Did pages on the University website for more.

The above is only a snapshot of what Library staff do behind the scenes to support teaching, learning, research and practice in the University and the Trust. If you’d like to know more about what we do, have a look at our Libraries Week posts from October that celebrate the work of our various teams and our Archives and Special Collections. We’re looking forward to continuing all of this hard work in 2020, but with the Library closing over the Christmas break we’re also excited about putting our feet up with a mince pie (or two).

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Donate your old coats to WrapUpLondon

Bring your old winter coats to the Library for WrapUpLondon by Thursday 21st November and the Library team will take them all to a drop off point for you.

Have you got an old winter coat (or two) at home you no longer wear?

As the temperature is dropping, we are all wrapping up warm for winter and perhaps you even got yourself a new winter coat for the start of university. Not all of us are that fortunate though and many people are left without proper clothing for the winter.

To help tackle that issue, WrapUpLondon collects your old, unwanted coats and gives them to charities that support people in need. You can find out more about their amazing work here.

This year the Library team has thought we would make it even easier for you to contribute by organising our very own drop off point. You can bring your old jackets and coats to the Library help desk. Please bring your coats in by Thursday 21st November and we will take them to the drop off point in Clapham for you.

If you are based elsewhere, WrapUpLondon have many other drop off points across London. Find out more about the drop off points here. They also have Safestore Locations available from Monday 11th to Sunday 24th November in Chiswick, Clapham, Notting Hill and Kings Cross.

WrapUpLondon will redistribute your old coats so they have a second life, keeping the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence warm this winter! According to the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) around 14.3 million people are living in poverty in the UK, that is about 22% of the population and many people struggle buying warm winter clothes.

If you have any other unwanted winter clothes (i.e. hats, scarves, jumpers, etc.), they can be left in the box in the social learning space where the ISoc is collecting for SPIRES, a charity running a day centre in South London to help homeless and disadvantaged people.

Do your part, reduce the amount of unwanted clothing going to landfill and help keep some vulnerable people warm and toasty this winter.

Celebrating Libraries Week: 7th-12th October 2019

If you didn’t already know, next week is Libraries Week! This year’s campaign is focused on celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world. Whether they are helping individuals, local businesses or community groups, libraries are at the forefront of developing information skills, encouraging digital inclusion and supporting health, wellbeing and education.

Between the 7th-12th October, Libraries across the country will be showcasing the ways in which they support people of all ages to get connected, get creative and learn new skills. But why are digital literacy skills so important?

Public Libraries help to reduce inequality by providing safe, civic spaces open to all: part of this offer is access to computers and the internet. Communities that have access to timely and relevant information and to the internet are better positioned to eradicate poverty and inequality and support people’s health, culture, research, and innovation.

The critical importance of libraries in supporting digital inclusion and skills development continues to grow, with nearly half of public libraries reporting an increasing number of customers request this kind of help. 

St George’s Library is no different – we play a vital role in identifying and supporting the information needs of our complex and diverse user base. From students to academics and researchers to NHS professionals we offer a variety of training, support and resources centred around digital inclusion and information skills.

So, to celebrate Libraries Week and mark our contribution to our community, over the course of the week we’ll be publishing a series of blog posts featuring different teams across the Library and Archives services.

Each post will introduce a different team and explore what they do to support our users and how they use technology to do so.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes, or see how we support the University and Trust beyond the Library Helpdesk, our featured posts this week will give you a closer look at what Library staff do.

You should also join us over on Twitter next week, where we’ll be sharing local Libraries Week events and our favourite celebrations from Libraries across the UK. Follow us @sgullibrary or keep up with the conversation here: #LibrariesWeek

As October is also Black History Month, we’ll also be sharing our favourite reads from our BHM Book Collection over on Instagram: follow us @sgullibrary for great book recommendations.


Inspired to explore other libraries? If you live in London, you’re spoilt for choice!

A top-tip for medical and healthcare students is to check out the Medical Museums website as several member museums have library and archive collections that are accessible to the public. Terms of use will vary, so make sure you check with the institution before you visit.

If you are local to Tooting, why not join your local library? See the Wandsworth Libraries website for a list of their locations.