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May 23, 2013

Spiral top twenty downloads in April 2013

65308586The list of the top 20 downloads from Spiral for April 2013 is now available to view on the Library website.

Spiral, the Digital Repository for research output of Imperial College London, aims to:

  • increase the visibility of the College’s research publications
  • allow free and open access to all material added to it, and
  • provide links to academics’ professional web pages

To find out more about Spiral, click here.

May 20, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

Friday 14 June 10:30 – 12:00, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team), is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

If you have any questions please email Jenny.

If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place.

May 17, 2013

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence

Web 2.0 for researchers programmeThe Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in June 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

This course gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.

The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:

  • blogs
  • multimedia
  • networks and networking
  • online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
  • RSS
  • social bookmarking citation and reference management
  • wikis
  • evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)

The workshop will take place on Friday 7 June (14.30 – 16.00) and the online modules will need to be completed by the end of June. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.

Booking details

If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website

If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.

Workshops aimed at all researchers

Alongside the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers workshop, a Mendeley for Researchers workshop and a Writing for Wikipedia workshop. These will all take place in June. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

May 16, 2013

Writing for Wikipedia: an introductory workshop

This 90 minute workshop, led by John Cummings (Wikimedian in Residence at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum) and other Wikimedia trainers will involve a short general introduction to the Wikipedia projects and a discussion of how they are created and developed, followed by a more in-depth practical session involving learning the basics of editing and engaging with other contributors.

During the session, Dr Steve Cook (Senior Teaching Fellow, Biology, Imperial College London) will talk about how he uses Wikipedia with undergraduate students and Professor Henry Rzepa (Professor of Computational Chemistry, Imperial College London) will also talk about his work with Wikipedia.

This workshop is aimed at academic staff, researchers, postdocs, teaching fellows, learning technologists and postgraduate research students.

Details:

Thursday 6 June 2013

10.00am – 11.30am

Central Library, South Kensington campus, Training Room 1

To book:

If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place. Joining instructions will be sent on booking.

For further information email Jenny Evans.

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May 2, 2013

New books at the Central Library in April and May 2013

24719229Please see the links below for new books at the Central Library in April and May 2013. There is a list of Professional Developement books, which have been purchased to support courses, and an additional list of recreational materials which includes fiction, general non-fiction, films on DVD and music CDs.

New Professional Development Course Books April and May 2013

New recreational items in April and May 2013

Just click on the book title to go straight to the Library catalogue record to see if the item is on the shelves, if it isn’t, you can click to reserve the item.

As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions for titles to be purchased for the Library.

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April 17, 2013

New Science Communication Journals

Documentary filmingThe following two journals to support Science Communication are now available electronically:

Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication exploring on cultural functioning of curating and its relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture.

Studies in Documentary Film is the first refereed scholarly journal devoted to the history, theory, criticism and practice of documentary film.

If you have any questions about accessing this or any or Library resource, please do not hesitate to contact us.

March 25, 2013

Easter vacation opening hours and borrowing

Central Library Easter opening 2012During the Easter College closed period the Central Library at South Kensington will operate 24 hour opening with reduced desk services. For full details see Central Library opening hours.

Opening times at the campus libraries vary, for details see your library’s opening hours.

Borrowing from the Library over Easter:

Short and standard loans will be issued on request from Friday 15 March until Monday 29 April, providing there are still 4 copies available at the Central and campus libraries. If not, they will be issued for 1 and 3 weeks as usual.

Reserved items will be recalled for the due date shown on your record.

A fine will be payable 2 days after this date.

Core texts will be issued from 08.30 on Wednesday 27 March until 11.00 on Wednesday 3 April.

February 6, 2013

Text an attendant

Text_an_attendantText an Attendant is a new service to make it easier for you to report noise at the Central Library.

If you are being disturbed in a quiet or silent study area, let us know and we will do our best to investigate. All you need to do is text your location e.g. level 4 journals or level 2 PCs to 020 7594 8883.

The service will run on a trial basis throughout February 2013.

Look out for posters around the Library.

February 4, 2013

New books at the Central Library in January 2013

Please see the links below for new books received at the Central Library for January 2013. There is a list of Professional Developement books, which have been purchased to support courses, and an additional list of recreational materials which includes fiction, general non-fiction, films on DVD and music CDs.

New Professional Development Course Books January 2013

New Recreational Reading, CDs & DVDs January 2013

Just click on the book title to go straight to the Library catalogue record to see if the item is on the shelves, if it isn’t, you can click to reserve the item.

As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions for titles to be purchased for the Library.

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February 1, 2013

Lunchtime training sessions Spring 2013

Subjects and supportThe Library runs workshops in databases, study skills and reference management software. Our workshops are open to all students but are aimed especially at undergraduates and taught postgraduates. The programme provides a supplement to the library-run courses offered through your department.

To make a booking, click here.

This term’s programme includes the following workshops (workshops will take place in either Training Room 1 or Training Room 2,Central Library, South Kensington campus unless otherwise stated when you book):

Study Skills

Academic Writing

28/2/13 12:00 – 13:00

This workshop will show you techniques for improving your academic writing skills. You will learn how to understand essay questions, look at different academic writing formats and gain some tips to help in those all-important exams. This workshop is aimed at those who are relatively new to writing at degree level.

 

Intelligent use of the internet

07/03/2013 12:00 – 13:00

We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This workshop will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

 

Presentation skills

14/03/2013 12:00 – 13:00

This workshop will provide you with general advice and tips on preparing a presentation, including how to plan a presentation, and what to do when you are a presenter.

 

Reading and note taking

21/02/2013 12:00 – 13:00

This course will show you techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills. You will learn how to read efficiently and effectively and how to make clear and useful notes.

 

Writing a literature review

26/02/2013 12:00 – 13:00

This workshop will help you to understand what a literature review is, and will provide advice on how to start preparing your literature review. You will learn about effective reading, evaluating your sources, and organising your literature review.

 

Databases

Google Scholar

21/03/2013 12:00 – 13:00

Google Scholar is a service which uses the Google search engine, but searches only scholarly resources. This workshop will cover search tips, what Google Scholar can do for you, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Google Scholar.

 

Web of Science

19/03/2013 12:00 – 13:00

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine, social sciences and statistics.

 

Reference Management

RefWorks

14/02/2013 12:00 – 13:00

RefWorks is a web-based package that is particularly useful for undergraduates preparing projects and dissertations, and taught-course postgraduates who don’t use the same PC all the time.

 

Further information

For more information click here.

All courses are booked via Connect 2.0, the Library’s booking system.

Please note that for workshops with two dates listed, these are not two part courses: the same workshop is run twice.

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