The McClay Library Expansion Project – December 2019 Update

This is the final in a series of regular updates to keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

This project delivers a significant number of additional PCs and study seats in the library and many of these are now in place: 

  • The courtyard area on the ground floor provides over 100 PCs and 9 additional study rooms (individual and group)  
  • The student lounge on the ground floor has been doubled in size
  • Additional study seats and PCs have been added to floors 1 and 3   
  • A new group study room has opened on floor 1

The project is nearing completion with outstanding work in the following areas:

Special Collections

Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.   

Ground floor atrium area

A new silent study room with 67 seats is being created at the bottom of the atrium (opening December 2019)

While we do our utmost to minimise disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise. 

If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk

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13 months until RefWorks is cancelled

Remember: the Library at Queen’s is cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of December 2020. 

In its place, the Library has subscribed to EndNote.

Other, free reference management tools are also available, such as Mendeley and Zotero, though the Library’s capacity for supporting these tools is limited.

Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them.

For more information , and links to Library Help FAQs about transferring your RefWorks references to EndNote, please visit the Library’s dedicated EndNote LibGuide: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/referencing/endnote

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Trial: ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Black Newspaper Collection.

The library is running a trial of ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Black Newspaper Collection.

This historical newspaper collection provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

The trial will run from 21st November until 31st December 2019 and may be accessed here.

Please send your comments on this resource to: deborah.sherlock@qub.ac.uk

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My Library, My Space

With a 218% rise in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) enrolling at QUB over the last 5 years, the Library needs to be a welcoming environment for them and asking some students to make a film about the most important elements of the Library for them seemed to be a good start. ‘My Library, My Space’ was a collaborative project between Library Services, Video Production and Disability Services, working together to facilitate the making of the film. More importantly, it was a student-led project, as four students decided topics to cover and either acted or filmed the whole process. The result is a very natural and engaging introduction to the Library which will benefit both current and potential students whether they have ASD or not.

Check out the video here.

And here is the crew after the wrap party!

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Restricted Access to Special Collections Materials: for 3 weeks from Monday 11 November 2019

Due to  the installation of the new fire suppression system at Special Collections & Archives we must modify service operations (retrieval and re-shelving ) for the next 3 weeks.

Staff at Special Collections & Archives will not be able to offer the usual on demand service (retrieval of materials from the Store). There will be timed retrievals scheduled at 10.00 – 10.30 and 13.00 -13.30 and 17.00-19.00 Monday to Friday. These times will be strictly observed in order to facilitate the work and have it completed as quickly as possible. Saturday service will not be impacted by the building work.

The requirement to provide at least 24 hours advance notice for manuscript requests will have to be strictly enforced.

The restrictions starts on Monday 11 November 2019. We will alert you to the completion of work and revert to normal on demand services for print materials.

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – November 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates to keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

This project delivers a significant number of additional PCs and study seats in the library and many of these are now in place: 

  • The courtyard area on the ground floor provides over 100 PCs and 9 additional study rooms (individual and group)  
  • The student lounge on the ground floor has been doubled in size
  • Additional study seats and PCs have been added to floors 1 and 3   

The project is nearing completion with outstanding work in the following areas:

Special Collections

Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.   

Ground floor atrium area

A new silent study room with 67 seats is being created at the bottom of the atrium (opening December 2019)

While we do our utmost to minimise disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise. 

If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk

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14 months until RefWorks is cancelled

Remember: the Library at Queen’s is cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of December 2020. In its place, the Library has subscribed to EndNote, though other, free reference management tools are also available, such as Mendeley and Zotero.

Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them.

For more information , and links to Library Help FAQs about transferring your RefWorks references to EndNote, please visit the Library’s dedicated EndNote LibGuide: 

https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/referencing/endnote

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QUB Library Student Environmental Survey

Do you use the Queen’s libraries? Are you passionate about climate change and sustainability? We need your help to identify areas for improvement and develop new ideas on how we can reduce our environmental impact.

Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey about the green initiatives in Queen’s libraries – http://go.qub.ac.uk/LibrarySurvey

All students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a reusable coffee cup and a £10 voucher for Hope/Clements.

Closing date is Wednesday 23rd October at midnight.

Good luck!

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QUB Library Open Access Quiz October 2019

To celebrate Libraries Week, we are promoting, via a short quiz, how Open Access is connecting communities and disseminating research.

Would you like to win a £20 Amazon Gift Voucher?

Then test your knowledge on Open Access at http://ow.ly/MGZo50wFHtl 

All entrants must be current, valid QUB students. 

Closing date is 14th October 2019 10.00am. 

Good luck!

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – October 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates to keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

This project will realise a significant number of additional PCs and study seats in the library and involves the following key elements:
• The courtyard area on the ground floor provides over 100 PCs and 9 additional group study rooms (now open)
• The student lounge on the ground floor has been doubled in size (now open)
• A new silent study room with 67 seats will be created at the bottom of the atrium (opening December 2019)
• Additional study seats and PCs are being added to floors 1 and 3 (the additional seats are now in place and the additional PCs will be available from late October 2019)

The project is nearing completion with outstanding work in the following areas:

Special Collections
Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.

Ground floor atrium area
The IT Service Desk has been temporarily re-located to the other side of the atrium.
While we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise.
If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk.

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