St George’s Library in 2016

As 2016 draws to an end, we bring to you the highlights for St George’s Library.

Supporting RAG Week

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This year, the Library supported St George’s Students’ Union’s Raising and Giving Week by donating fines for a day and raised £137.45. The supported charities were Equip Africa, MACS and St George’s Hospital Charity.

App Swap

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We’ve been continuing with our App Swap events. where staff and students get to talk about the apps that they have used, or have been involved with. Response has been great from student and staff who have attended, include Learning Advocate Ele Clancey. We aim to run more next year.

Supporting 10 Days of Wellbeing

June was the month for peace and relaxation in the Library, not least because it saw the St George’s Staff Development team launch its first “10 Days of Wellbeing” programme. We supported the new initiative by putting out a book swap trolley in the library foyer, where students and staff were encouraged to pick up or drop off books to share with others. We also added a selection of Mood-Boosting Books to the library collection.  To date, the most popular title of the Library’s 2016 Mood-Boosting collection is The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain.

Library Refresh

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Regular library users might have noticed a few changes to the look of the library, especially the main Quiet Study Group area; this year we replaced all our chairs, brought in round tables, and then brought back rectangular tables due to student demand. We also added screens to create a more flexible study space and help reduce noise. We’re always looking for ways that we can make the space work better for all our users and are open to feedback – let us know if you have any thoughts by speaking to staff or filling in a feedback form at the Library helpdesk.

Extended Opening Hours

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In response to student feedback and after running some successful trials, this July we were pleased to announce that during the 2016/17 academic year we would once again be offering extended opening hours.

We’re now open longer than ever before; offering 24 hour access to the Library from 8am on Monday mornings to 9pm Saturday evenings and 9am-9pm on Sundays.

Library Treasure Hunt

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The start of the new academic year is always very busy for library staff and this September/October was no different as we welcomed all our new undergraduate and postgraduate students – we hope you are all now well settled in to life at St George’s! Alongside our busy programme of induction sessions, we ran a Treasure Hunt featuring a number of clues and activities to help new students find their way around the Library and its resources.

Fresher’s Fayre Winners

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our Social Media competition by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. Our lucky prize draw winners went away with Honest Burger vouchers, Blossom tote bags and a St George’s teddy among other prizes. We also gave away a £20 Amazon voucher in our Treasure Hunt prize draw. Best of all, everyone who took part in the Social Media Competition can now get useful Library updates straight to their Twitter and Facebook feeds!

New Book Display

In September we introduced a book display to showcase various resources that we think you will find helpful.  Previous displays included our best books on study skills, and online resources recommended by the Learning Advocates.  Come and take a look to see what delights we have in store for the New Year!  You’ll find the display near the Library Helpdesk.

Children in Need

On 18th November we raised £100 for BBC Children in Need’s annual fundraiser by raising money through our staff sweepstake and donating fines. Pudsey was spotted all over the library waving hello.

Explore Archives

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In November we also participated in and celebrated Explore Your Archive week, a campaign organised by the UK National Archives and the Archives and Records Association. We ran two handling sessions where selected objects were taken from the archives and displayed.  The history of each object was shared by the archivist Elisabeth. It was enlightening to find out more about our history and wonderful to share in the positive reactions and interest from staff and students at St George’s who attended.  The sessions were supported by a series of daily hashtags showcasing photos from our archives. We loved taking part in Explore Your Archives and learnt more about the fascinating history of St George’s’.

Christmas at St George’s

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We end our blog with an original photograph from the archives showing St George’s Hospital at Hyde Park Corner at Christmas time in the mid-20th century.

In 2017 we are looking forward to working with all our users and the Students Union to continue to improve the study environment for everyone.

St George’s Library in 2015

As 2015 draws to an end, we bring to you the highlights of this year for St George’s Library.

App Swaps

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This year we started running  App Swap events. These are events where St George’s staff and students come together to share useful apps that are on the market as well as apps that have been created by staff and students themselves. Feedback for the events have been great, and we aim to run more in 2016.

Assignment Surgery

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In March we started running Assignment Surgeries – 2 hour drop-ins where students can get help with their assignments including:

  • finding useful articles
  • managing references
  • formatting documents in Word
  • structuring essays

Students who attended found it very useful, and we already have Assignment Surgeries planned for March 2016.

Red Nose Day

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Library staff dressed in red for Red Nose Day, and we donated all Library fines paid on that day and the following Monday raising £232.62 for Comic Relief.

New PCs in the Computer Rooms

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In April the IT team installed all new PCs in the computer rooms. Then in August the main computer room was refurbished and we now have an extra bank of 10 PCs installed for you to use.

Freshers Fayre

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Our freshers fayre competitions featured more prizes than ever this year – from our Blossom Tote Bags to delicious meals from Honest Burgers and ace stationary from the lovely people at K and K Stationers. And of course more prizes meant more winners – it took a little time, but all prizes have now been collected. Congratulations again to all the lucky winners, and thank you to everyone who took part!

DynaMed Plus

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Made available to St George’s NHS Trust staff this year, DynaMed Plus an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care.

New resources for 2015 that are available to all St George’s staff and students include: Acland’s Video Atlas of Human AnatomyASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts), and the Mark Allen Healthcare Collection of Journals (which contains titles such as the Journal of Paramedic Practice and the British Journal of Nursing) available via SFX. Other new journals include Nature Methods and Nature Biotechnology. See our full list of new purchases for 2015.

Online resources can be accessed from our Databases list and Journals A-Z page.

Children in Need

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Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not it seems for Pudsey this November, thanks to Library users donating their outstanding fines and Library staff contributing to a staff sweepstake we raised £162.50 for the 2015 Children in Need appeal.

Extended Opening Hours

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After popular trials of extended opening over exam periods earlier in the year, we were happy to launch extended opening hours in November seeing an increase to our weekday opening hours of almost 50%. In case you missed it, a reminder of our new opening hours:

  • Monday -Friday 8am-6am
  • Saturday – Sunday 9am-9pm

Full opening hours details available.

A busy December

While some things are winding down as the end of the year approaches, we are still busy busy busy this December.

We were happy to take part in St George’s Research Day to highlight the specialist services that we offer to support Researchers here at St George’s, in particular the work we do to support Open Access and Research Data Management.

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We are busy reviewing all the feedback we have received through the Library Survey we ran in November. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their views and help improve the Library service.

One of our Library Christmas traditions is to support a charity in place of exchanging staff Christmas cards – this year we are donating to My Body Back a charity that Beth Jackson, currently our NHS Liaison Support Librarian, volunteers with. Find out how St George’s has also been involved in supporting their work in Beth’s blog post about their work.

Christmas Cake

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We end our post with a photo of the lovely cake that Library staff member Louise made.
We hope you have a lovely break and look forward to 2016, one thing to keep an eye out for is our new monthly resources promotions, rumours are that there will be cupcakes involved for the January promotion…

 

St George’s Library Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Closure Dates

The Library will close: 1pm Thursday 24 Dec 2015
The Library will re-open: 9am Saturday 2 Jan 2016

Library opening hours for  Sat 2 Jan and Sun 3 Jan 2016:
9am – 9pm (self-service only)

Research Enquiries Desk:
Closed from 21 Dec 2015 – Re-opens 4 Jan 2016.

Normal hours resume Mon 4 Jan (8am – 6am)

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

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Extended Library opening hours from 2nd November 2015

In response to student demand, the Library is delighted to announce that opening hours will be extended.

From Monday 2 November 2015 the Library will be open as follows:

Mon-Fri 8am-6am
Sat/Sun 9am-9pm

Please check our website for bank holiday opening times and periods of closure (over Christmas, for example).

The Computer Rooms beside the Library will remain open 24/7.

We look forward to receiving any feedback you may have about our opening hours, or any other Library matter. Do contact us at: library@sgul.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter.