Fines Amnesty in aid of SGSU Rag Week

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On Friday 9th and Monday 12th February 2017, all overdue fines* paid at the Library Helpdesk (between 8am – 6pm) will be donated to SGSU’s RAG week.

So come along to the Library, pay your fines and do your bit for charity!

More information about RAG week events can be found on the SGSU RAG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SGSURAG/

*Excludes invoice payments for lost or damaged library stock.

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Taylor & Francis Medical Library – free journals trial

We now have a 2 month trial of over 200 peer-reviewed academic journals from Taylor and Francis, ending 31st March.

For more information on titles available, access routes and how you can feedback your views on the collection, see our Resource trial page: http://library.sgul.ac.uk/resources/resource-trials

Confused about Creative Commons licences?

Creative Commons licences offer a range of options for licensing your work, allowing you to share your work on your own terms. They’re intended to be straightforward, making it easy for you to control how your work is used and to understand what you can do with other people’s work.

The following graphic explains the different variations available:

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The most permissive license available is the CC0 license, which allows anyone to copy, publish, modify or adapt the work, or change the license, without requiring that the original work be attributed.

The CC-BY license allows other people to copy, publish, modify or adapt your work, as long as you are credited – this is the license you’ll probably need to publish under if your work is funded and you’re publishing with immediate open access. (There’s more information on the library website about publishing open access and paying the fees for open access publication.)

The CC BY license can also be modified with one or more of the following terms:

  • ND (“No derivatives”): this prevents the work from being modified or adapted without permission from the copyright holder.
  • NC (“Non-commercial”): this prohibits commercial use of the work without permission from the copyright holder.
  • SA (“Share Alike”): means that any new works created using the work must be under the same licence as the original work was.

Making your work open access under licenses such as these benefits the research community by making knowledge accessible to everyone, enabling greater participation in research, and using Creative Commons licenses helps other people understand how they’re allowed to use your work.

To see some examples of what open research is enabling, take a look at SPARC’s website Open In Order To… And if you want to know more about open access at SGUL, email openaccess@sgul.ac.uk or visit our open access webpage.

Jennifer Hughes

Research Publications Assistant

New Year Review

The Library in Numbers: 2017

With 2018 underway, we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the past year. Here we present a roundup of activity from the past 12 months in our New Year Review infographic. Throughout 2017 we supported NHS, SGUL and FHSCE researchers, staff and students, developed our collections and introduced exciting changes to the Library:

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On the 4th of September the Library opened its doors for 24/7 opening hours, meaning that users could use the space whenever they needed to. In October we launched St George’s Data Repository – a digital archive where users can store, share and discover research output produced at St George’s. Just weeks before the New Year we upgraded Hunter and the library management system. This brings with it many new features, including automatic renewals.

Throughout the year the Library has been very busy. We recorded 524,522 visits in 2017 – that’s over 1437 visits on average per day! We purchased 2,388 books and e-books to add to the Library collection and you, the user, borrowed books 117,231 times.

We were also on hand to support you. As well as our host of information skills training workshops, we saw 831 new students in September for inductions and helped 542 attendees at IT training sessions.

We were also engaged with supporting NHS and University researchers. SORA, St George’s Open Access repository, has 2210 freely available full-text items and 1,823 average monthly downloads were recorded. Our librarians conducted 113 Cares searches to support research and evidence based practice. You, our users, were also busy. You downloaded 615,538 e-journal articles last year – that’s an average of over 50,000 articles every month!

Happy New Year from the team at St George’s Library.

Holiday Checklist

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Wherever you’re going to be over the next few weeks, our online resources and other services can help you keep studying. Here are three quick steps to consider before you leave SGUL to make this as straightforward as possible.

  1. Reset your SGUL password
  2. Bring books to the library to renew
  3. Register to study in a library near you

1. Reset your SGUL password

With your SGUL login and password, you can use our journals and e-books, and online resources such as Acland’s Anatomy from anywhere with internet access.

We recommend you reset your password before you leave as this ensures you won’t need to change it again for 3 months.

If your password expires or you’ve forgotten it, you can usually reset it from offsite. Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.

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For a refresher on finding online resources, have a look at our Hunter FAQs.
We also have a step by step guide to accessing e-resources from offsite [PDF].

2. Bring books to the Library to renew

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Return and reissue your books to extend your renewal limit

Books and other items you have borrowed from us will now be automatically renewed 10 times, unless another library user has requested them.

To make sure you don’t reach your 10 renewal limit while you’re away from SGUL, we recommend bringing items into the Library so you can return and reissue them on our self-service machines before you leave.

3. Register to study in a library near you

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SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL scheme, which allows our users reference access to around 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.

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To use the scheme,  follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

Like SGUL, many academic institutions in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If  you are near a university and have WiFi enabled on phone or laptop, you should immediately pick up the network. If you are using Eduroam for the first  time, remember to enter your full SGUL username (including @sgul.ac.uk) and password.

Our website library.sgul.ac.uk is a great jumping off point for accessing the services and resources mentioned in this post.

Hunter Upgrade – New Features

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Information for SGUL students and staff
Information for NHS staff

 

Information for SGUL students and staff

Hunter has now been upgraded and the search function is the same as the previous version, except that on the drop-down menu the option to search for books, previously called Library Catalogue, has changed to ‘Books & more’.

Although Hunter can still be searched without signing in, SGUL students and staff need to sign in to Hunter using your normal SGUL username and password in order to benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources, including all books
  • View and update your loans and holds
  • Review any fines
  • Place interlibrary loan requests

You can sign in by clicking on the sign in option on the top right hand side of the screen.  Select SGUL staff and students from the options on the next screen then type in your SGUL username and password when requested:

New Features

Automatic renewals
The items that you have on loan will be automatically renewed 10 times before you need to return them.  The exception to this is if someone else has reserved the item, in which case you will need to return it by the due date.  You will receive a notification by email if this is the case.

My Account – display settings
You can change your display settings via My Account (the option to the right of your e-Shelf) so that you can display more than 10 results per page. Select My Account > Personal Settings > Display Settings.

For further information, please see the Hunter FAQs

Information for NHS staff

Hunter has now been upgraded and the search function is the same as the previous version, except that on the drop-down menu the option to search for books, previously called Library Catalogue, has changed to ‘Books & more’.

Although Hunter can still be searched without signing in, NHS staff need to sign in to Hunter in order to benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources, including all books
  • View and update your loans and holds
  • Review any fines
  • Place interlibrary loan requests

You can sign in by using your Library account. If you do not know the sign in details for your Library account, this can be obtained by contacting the Library at library@sgul.ac.uk.

Click on the sign in option on the top right hand side of the screen.  Select NHS staff from the options on the next screen then use the username and password of your Library account.

New Features

Automatic renewals
The items that you have on loan will be automatically renewed 10 times before you need to return them.  The exception to this is if someone else has reserved the item, in which case you will need to return it by the due date.  You will receive a notification by email if this is the case.

My Account – display settings
You can change your display settings via My Account (the option to the right of your e-Shelf) so that you can display more than 10 results per page. Select My Account > Personal Settings > Display Settings.

For further information, please see the Hunter FAQs