St George’s Library Prize Draw!

Every year St George’s Library welcomes our new undergraduates and postgraduates with a Library induction: this year we’re changing things up… we’re moving our Library Inductions online!

As well as meeting your Liaison Librarians at your welcome lectures, all new starters will be enrolled onto the SGUL Library module in Canvas, your VLE at St George’s. Here you’ll be able to access course-specific information about Library resources, teaching and learning materials and most importantly for now, your Online Library Induction. You can also find a link to it here (SGUL Login required).

As keen new St George’s students, we hope you’ll be interested in exploring the Library module regardless, but appreciate that an incentive or two might entice you! Therefore, any student who completes their online induction will be automatically entered into a very generous prize draw…

Local businesses have come out in force to show their support for St George’s, so you could be in with a chance of winning the following:

Prize list:

To enter the draw, make sure you complete your online Library induction before Monday 14th October 2019.

Entries received after this date will not be eligible for prizes.

You can also get a bonus entry if you follow us on social media:

@sgullibrary on Instagram
@sgullibrary on Twitter
SGUL Library on Facebook

The Library uses social media to give you the latest information about Library services, as well as drawing your attention to relevant news items and articles relevant to the medical and health field.


Terms and Conditions: St George’s Library Prize Draw

  1. The competition will run from Tuesday 27th August 2019 until Monday 14th October 2019.
  2. The prize draw is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.
  3. Entry to the prize draw is restricted to one entry per student, per channel. Multiple entries from any participant will be disqualified.
  4. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries once the competition has closed on Monday 14th October 2018.
  5. Winners will be contacted via their SGUL email address, or via the social media channel they used to enter the draw. Please be sure to check your emails / direct messages.
  6. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.
  7. Prizes must be collected within one week of notification.
  8. Prizes are not exchangeable, nor are they redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library social media channels.
  11. One prize draw will take place, unless the prizes are not collected by the deadline, in which case uncollected prizes will be redrawn (once only).
  12. Prize list is subject to change, depending on availability.

*Approximate value. Vouchers are for 2 x burgers, 2 x sides and 2 x drinks per voucher.

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Filming in the Library: Thursday 18th July

This Thursday 18th July, there will be a film crew recording a promotional video in the Library between 9.30am and 5pm.

While we’ll aim to keep disruption to a minimum, please be aware that the film crew and Library staff will be setting up equipment, recording interviews and moving throughout the study spaces and computer rooms throughout the day.

Expected disruption will include the closure of some spaces/services. Please note that:

  • The smaller Silent Study section will be closed to users between 8am – 10am
  • Printers in the main computer room will be switched off and unavailable for use between 11am – 12pm

Should you not wish to appear in the photographs or recordings, please ensure you sit in an area that is away from the view of the cameras. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to a member of Library staff on the day, or email Robert Harris, the Head of Digital Services on rharris@sgul.ac.uk

Important: St George’s Library will be self-service only on Wednesday 17th July

Due to a staff training day, St George’s Library will be self-service only on Wednesday 17 July 2019. The Library will be monitored by our security staff.

If you are planning a visit on this day, please ensure you have your ID badge with you to gain entry to the Library and to borrow books.

You will also need your login details to logon to our computers because our security staff will not be able to provide you with assistance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

St George’s Library Summer Opening Hours

Until mid-September the Library will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 9pm

The Library helpdesk will continue to be staffed from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. 24 hour opening will resume in the autumn.

If you have any questions about this change in service, please email library@sgul.ac.uk

IT Training is recruiting – Microsoft Teams Champions

220px-Microsoft_Teams_logoIT Training @SGUL is now recruiting a committed team of students from a cross section of courses to support Microsoft Teams adoption.

We are seeking dynamic Microsoft Teams Champions to train, support and give guidance to staff and students on various devices using Microsoft Teams. This will be rolled-out across the University on various activities in education and research projects which in turn will support your employability.

Champions will not be recruited solely on digital capabilities, we are looking for individuals that have the ability to work as part of a team and the confidence to teach and support others, coupled with promoting the usage of Microsoft Teams across the University.

 

Job title: Microsoft Teams Champion

Requirements

Essential:

  • Technology and Microsoft Office confident
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Must be keen to champion change and enhance the student experience through learning technology, using Microsoft Teams
  • Enthusiastic and forward thinking
  • Good customer service skills
  • Able to communicate effectively to help users apply Microsoft Teams to their situation

Desirable:

  • Familiar with PC and Mac

 

Responsibilities

  • Train staff/students on Microsoft Teams
  • Attend a two hour workshop on how to use Microsoft Teams and input into how it could benefit the University
  • Identify where Microsoft Teams can be used
  • Actively use Microsoft Teams to help drive adoption with peers
  • Assist in welcoming new users, by providing guidance and best practice
  • Request feedback to improve support and guidance
  • Collaborate with project lead and other Microsoft Teams Champions using Microsoft Teams hub to share ideas and give feedback
  • Build Microsoft Teams awareness and engagement across the University with peers and staff

 

Rate of pay: £10.55 p/h

Time commitment: 9 hours consisting of:

  • 2 hour workshop on how to use Microsoft Teams plus a 1 hour follow-up meeting to answer questions and agree training schedule
  • 6 hours of delivering training to new users, divided into small sessions – 1 hour per session delivered at different times.

 

This link will take you to the application form

 

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd March 2019 and interviews are expected to commence the week beginning: 1st April 2019

If you have any questions, please email fgraham@sgul.ac.uk

St George’s Library in Numbers: 2018

2018 was a year of change for St George’s Library. We introduced a new library management system, which underpins the circulation of library items. In the summer, we upgraded Hunter’s interface for a more intuitive search tool. Alongside these changes, we introduced automatic renewals and additional loans. This means our users can now borrow more books for longer.

As well as improving access to resources, we continued to offer support to our users. Our new Subject Library Guides provide targeted online support to students and our refreshed information skills training sessions offer face-to-face workshops on a range of topics. Our institutional open access and research data repositories have continued to expand.

It’s not just the library staff who were busy in 2018. Our users made great use of the library: there was more footfall in the library, searches in Hunter and downloads of e-resources than in 2017. The info-graphic below shows some stats from the library in 2018. Click on the link underneath to download the PDF.

Resources

We developed our collection throughout the past year. We purchased 2246 new books which were added to the library shelves. After a successful trial of JOVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) we added this resource to our subscribed databases. Library members ran 353,069 Hunter searches 2018 – that’s 29, 422* searches every single week! Well over half a million journal articles were downloaded, 691,858 to be precise, and 26,784 books were borrowed.

Services

Footfall was high last year and 45,000* of you visited the library every month. Over 1000 new students attended library inductions at the start of the year and many more students attended further library sessions throughout the year. The NHS Liaison team conducted 88 Cares searches to support clinical activity and decision making.

Research

St George’s Data Repository, powered by figshare, was launched in 2017. Last year, it gained 24 new public deposits and had 661* monthly views. St George’s Online Research Archive (SORA) had 2325* downloads per month and 2980 full-text items publicly available.

We’ve enjoyed looking back on 2018 but we’re also excited for what 2019 will bring. It’s not even mid-way through January and already we’ve seen the arrival of new self-service machines. These machines will make it easier to borrow multiple items – simply stack your books on top of each other and they will all be issued. As we increased the number of items that you could borrow last year, this new feature should come in handy!

*approximate average based on 2018 figures

New Self-Service Kiosks in the Library

self-service

We’re pleased to announce that in the new year, the Library will be installing new self-service kiosks which will make borrowing books quicker and easier. We’ll also be installing new book detection gates at the library entrance.

The works to install these new features will be carried out between 7th – 9th January 2019 and we anticipate that there will be some disruption during this period.

On Monday 7th January there will no entry to or exit from the Library through the main entrance – an alternative route through the main computer room will be available and signposted on the day.

Library users shouldn’t expect any disruption to borrowing or returning items during these works.

If you have any comments or questions about the, please email the User Services team at library@sgul.ac.uk