Hunter Upgrade: Important Information

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Over the weekend of December 2nd & 3rd 2017, the Library system including Hunter will be upgraded.

Important Information regarding loss of service

What this upgrade means for you:

SGUL Students and Staff

NHS Staff

Important information regarding your e-Shelf


Important information regarding loss of service during the upgrade

Please note that between 18:00 on Friday 1st December and 09:00 on Tuesday 5th December the following services will be unavailable whilst we transition to the new library system:

  • Borrowing books & other items
  • Viewing/renewing your loans
  • Paying fines
  • Hunter & the Library Catalogue
  • Self-service machines

Items due to be returned to the library or renewed between 1st – 5th December will not be fined.

It will still be possible to return books via the Book Returns Slot in the lift lobby next to the Library.


What this upgrade means for you:

SGUL Students and Staff

The look of Hunter and how you search will not change but when logged in to Hunter, using your SGUL log in, you will benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources as the Library Catalogue will be fully integrated within Hunter
  • View and update your loans & holds (i.e. reservations)
  • Place inter library loan requests
  • Review any fines
  • Up to 10 automatic renewals, unless another user has placed a hold on your item

NHS Staff

From Tuesday 5th December your library account can only be accessed by signing in to Hunter, the library’s search tool, where you will be able to renew your books, place reservations and view fines.

To sign in to your library account after the upgrade, you will need the following:

a BARCODE – this will be the 10-digit barcode number on the front of your staff ID Badge or Library Access card

a PASSWORD – this will be your case sensitive surname, as registered with the library

When signed in to Hunter, you will benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources as the Library Catalogue will be fully integrated within Hunter
  • View and update your loans & holds (i.e. reservations)
  • Place inter library loan requests
  • Review any fines
  • Up to 10 automatic renewals, unless another user has placed a hold on your item

Access to the university’s collection of e-journals will still largely remain on-campus only after the 5th December, unless you are attached to an academic programme, have a University honorary title or joint contract.

You will still need an NHS OpenAthens account to access NHS e-resources such as e-books, literature search databases or journals from any computer or device with internet access.


Important information regarding your e-Shelf

Your e-Shelf will function in the same way. However, unfortunately the contents of your e-Shelf cannot be automatically transferred across to the new system.  Therefore, you will need to:

  1. Before the upgrade – keep a separate email list of any items on your e-Shelf that you want to restore after the upgrade eg articles, books; saved searches and alerts, ideally before Wednesday 29th November.
  2. After the upgrade – manually restore the content to your e-Shelf using your list

You can find instructions for performing step 1 here. Further details on performing stage 2 will be posted at a later date.

Closer to the upgrade date we will provide more details of all the changes you will see in Hunter. Look out for more information on the improvements we are making here on the blog, on our social media channels and on the Library website.

If you have any queries please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

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Changes to library doors

DoorDue to the large volume of noise-related complaints received by the Library over this academic year, we have made some alterations to two access routes within the space. Firstly, and most significantly, is the main library entrance. The glass sliding doors have now been locked, and a push panel swing door has been installed to the right of the original doors. We hope this will greatly reduce the noise transference from the area outside the Library to the study areas, and make for a more conducive study environment.

In addition to this, the manual door between the group study area and the large silent study area has been converted into a fire exit only door. Once again, we have carried out this work in order to reduce the noise transference between these two study spaces.

We value your feedback and comments so please do contact us via an email to library@sgul.ac.uk

Hot off the press: My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal

Pick up your own free copy of My Name is Leon today!

This special edition is published as part of the KU Big Read and includes comments about last year’s Big Read and discussion prompts to help you join in the conversation.

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New students starting at Kingston University London this year will receive a copy over the summer, including FHSCE students studying at the joint faculty of Kingston and St George’s, to welcome them to University life. Current students and staff can grab the book for themselves from the library helpdesk at St George’s.

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You can read our staff and student reviews of all of the shortlisted Big Read titles, including Senior Lecturer Joanne Powell’s review of My Name is Leon, by clicking on The Big Read tag.

Author visit to St George’s

Kit De Waal’s first novel has become an award winning best seller and was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award. Lenny Henry, after narrating an audiobook version, has optioned the book for TV, so we’re sure there will be big and exciting things still to come for this wonderful book.

Speaking of exciting news soon to come – Kit De Waal will be visiting St George’s in October. It will be a great opportunity to hear her speak about her book and maybe even get your own copy signed!

Further details will be annouced on the KU Big Read website, or watch this space…

Lunchtime book club

There will be a one-off lunchtime book club in August for staff to discuss the themes in My Name is Leon. Please contact St George’s Library if you’re interested in joining.


Join the discussion. Tell us what you thought of My Name is Leon, or what your favourite Big Read shortlisted book is. Come by the library to borrow a copy.

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26 June – Book swap and new book display

Book Swap

From Monday 26th June – Friday 7th July, we’re putting out a book swap trolley in the Library Foyer. All St George’s staff and student are welcome to pick a book to read for free (initial collection kindly donated by Library staff) and to drop off a book on the trolley for sharing with others.

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Our Summer  2016 book swap trolley.  Pick up a book, drop off a book!

Summer Remix – best of the book displays  2016-2017

Watch out for our new book display in the Library that will go out on Monday 26th June. We’re putting out the most popular books from the displays that we’ve run for this academic year, which includes a selection of fiction and non-fictional titles.

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Library Easter Opening Hours

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Our opening hours for Easter are as follows:

Friday 14 April: Open until 9pm

Saturday 15 April:  9am – 9pm

Sunday 16 April:  9am – 9pm

Monday 17 April: 9am – 9pm

Tuesday 18 April: return to regular opening hours starting from 8am.

Friday 14 April – Monday 17 April the Library will open as self-service only.

The computer rooms will remain open 24/7 throughout this period

See our Library opening hours webpage for more information.

 

New text service for reporting noise

We have introduced a new texting service to enable library users working in the Computer Rooms or Library to anonymously report noise and disturbances by way of a text message to a specified mobile phone number.

You can text: 07856 183309  with the following information: location and description of the problem.

This service will run from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. Texts will be sent directly to a member of security or library staff who will patrol the area and approach users who are behaving inappropriately.

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The rules and regulations for using the Library are available on our website.

 

Library Supporting Mental Wellness Week

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We are supporting the SGSU Mental Wellness week by putting up a book collection that includes celebrity stories of mental illness, meditation CDs, Ten Minute Stress Relief, an anti-stress poetry anthology, and books about depression and OCD. Whether you want to find out more about mental illness, or get a book to help you relax and de-stress, come by the Library to check out the display.

We also have two curated collections you can browse online. Clicking on the book image inside the Wakelet will take you to information about the item’s availability in the Library.

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