5 months until RefWorks cancellation

Are you still using RefWorks? Please be aware that the Library is cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of 2020.

After December 2020, members of Queen’s University will no longer have access to Legacy RefWorks or ProQuest RefWorks, and the Library will no longer support the use of either of these tools.

Please make sure to transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote (available via the Library) or to another tool before the end of December 2020, if you wish to continue using them.

Information on how to transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote is available on our RefWorks guide.

If you would like to find out how to get started with EndNote, please refer to our EndNote guide.

If you have any questions, please contact your Subject Librarian.

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Our Marketing and Communications Intern, Emily, explains what she has been up to and how you could be in with a chance of winning a £20 Hope Café Voucher

I really can’t believe that I am officially half way through my Marketing and Communications Internship with Information Services, the time really has flew by. There has been one major update since my last blog – I have finally returned back to Belfast from Liverpool after what was a very exciting time for Liverpool with the big LFC win.

I am extremely grateful for everyone who participated in the survey, which was posted in the last blog. It was really insightful and has been extremely valuable for my research for the Information Services.

Although, I am still working from home, I have still had so many valuable opportunities to meet different staff members across the Information Services and get an insight into the different departments and the work they do. I have been really lucky to be able to experience the behind the scenes communication preparations that have taken place for the McClay Library’s reopening.

I am sure you are all aware that the McClay Library has now reopened, and we would really like to know your feedback on the Library’s communications regarding the reopening and the safety measurements that have been put in place to ensure social distancing. 

I will be at the entrance of the McClay asking people to participate in the survey by scanning a QR code or via a URL link. The best part is – all participants have the opportunity to be entered into our prize draw to win a £20 Hope Café Voucher!

You can answer the survey via the URL link here – http://go.qub.ac.uk/covidstudentsurvey

Once again, I can’t thank all of the Information Services staff for being so helpful, supportive and encouraging throughout my research. I can’t wait to see what else I will learn in the last half of my internship.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you have any questions regarding my research, internship or are seeking advice regarding a MSc programme please do not hesitate to get in touch my email is – ebrumskill01@qub.ac.uk

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Biomedical Library Bookable Study Space

The Biomedical Library will be open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, starting on Monday 3rd August. There will be no Saturday opening at this time.

Due to the limited number of study spaces available in the Biomedical Library, you will be required to book a study space. The Biomedical Library Study Space booking system is available under the Services /Administration heading in Queen’s Online.

Study spaces can be booked for the following two time blocks, Monday to Friday:

  • 9am – 12pm
  • 1pm – 4pm

You will be unable to book consecutive study blocks and study space can only be booked for the current week. You will receive a confirmation email when your booking is successful. Please retain this email as you may be asked to show it on entering the Library.

Please use the cleaning stations to sanitise your study space before and after your timed study slot. Hand sanitising stations are also available in the Library for your use. We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

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Biomedical Library Reopening 3rd August 2020

Library Services is pleased to announce the reopening of the Biomedical Library, MBC from Monday 3rd August 2020.

The safety of everyone is our greatest priority so we have made some changes to the way we work and our service will look a little different to usual.

The Biomedical Library will be open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, starting on Monday 3rd August. There will be no Saturday opening at this time.

When we first open, it will be for:

  • Queen’s staff and students
  • HSC members of the Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place including:

  • A limited number of bookable study spaces
  • A book collection service for Medical and Biomedical Library items
  • Cleaning stations with hand sanitiser
  • Contactless issuing
  • No walk-in use of the Library including printing facilities
  • No group study room available
  • No laptop loans so please bring your own device if possible
  • Book quarantine for 72 hours when returned
  • A ‘Keep Left’ directional system will be in place
  • You can enter and exit the Library using the main doors as normal but priority will be given to those people leaving the Library

Due to the limited number of study spaces available in the Biomedical Library, you will be required to book a study space. We are currently in the process of setting up this booking system and further details will be released when available.

From 3rd August, a book collection service will be in place for items located in the Medical and Biomedical Libraries, and is available to both QUB staff and students and HSC members of the Healthcare Library. Please note that at the present time, items on loan cannot be requested.

QUB staff and students can request items from the Medical and Biomedical Libraries by completing the Book Collection Form: https://raptor.qub.ac.uk/qubrequest. You will need to login with your normal QUB credentials and you will be informed by email when the items are ready to collect. Once you have collected the items, you should issue them to yourself using the self-issue machine. HSC members of the Healthcare Library should refer to the blog item on the Healthcare Library website for further information of the process, including a link to the HSC book collection form.

Library Services are continuing to work on plans to safely reopen the Medical Library and a further announcement will be made about this later in the summer.

We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

If you need advice or assistance with any other Library queries you can talk to us using Library Chat (click on the blue box on the right of the Library homepage).

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McClay Library Reopening 20th July

Following the latest advice from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Public Health Agency regarding COVID-19, the McClay Library has worked closely with colleagues across the University, to ensure we can safely open our doors again from Monday 20th July.

The safety of everyone is our greatest priority, so we have made some changes to the way we work, and our service will look a little different to usual.

Please take the time to view the video about using The McClay Library before making your initial visit so you are aware of the changes within the building.

We’ll open from 10am- 4pm, Monday to Friday in the first instance.

When we first open it will be for:

  • Queen’s staff and students
  • Access to books (self-service borrow and return), study space and some PCs

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place including:

  • A limited number of people allowed in the building at any one time
  • A one-way system
  • Cleaning stations with hand sanitiser
  • No access to the water fountain
  • No laptop loans 
  • Book quarantine for 72 hours when returned.

Due to the limited number of seats in the building, you may be required to queue. Please use the hand sanitiser as soon as you enter the Library. Please remember to bring your own water as the water fountain is not available.

A new one-way system has been put into place with separate stairways for entering and leaving the upper floors of the building. Please refer to the floor plans to inform yourself about the one-way system (see below).

We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

Special Collections will reopen to staff and all students from 5th August by appointment only. Further information can be found here:  https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/SpecialCollections/

We are working on plans to safely reopen the Medical and Biomedical Libraries and announcements will be made about this later in the summer.  

Individuals considered to be at highest risk from COVID-19 who have received letters from their GP or hospital care team advising them to shield can be provided with a scanned chapter from books that we have in the Library. Please contact your Subject Librarian for further advice on this.

If you need advice or assistance with any other Library queries you can talk to us using Library Chat (click on the blue box on the right of the Library homepage).

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Introducing our Information Services Marketing and Communications Internship – Emily Brumskill

Did you know that Information Services offered a Marketing and Communications Internship this year? Read on to hear Emily talk about the project and how you might help:

I am absolutely loving my time working for QUB Information Services. I started in mid-June and I have learnt so much already. It wasn’t quite the situation I expected as I am currently working remotely from home in Liverpool due to COVID-19, but I am planning on returning to Belfast soon.

The purpose of the internship is to undertake an action research project as part of my final semester. The project I have chosen is to produce an internal communications plan for staff and students to enhance their knowledge of the current services that the Information Services offer.

I would be really grateful if you could take the time to fill in a quick survey about your understanding of the Information Services at Queen’s to help facilitate my research (Please see link here)

During my first three weeks I have already had Microsoft Teams meetings with all of the Information Services Assistant Directors to introduce myself and gain an insight into their division and upcoming projects. It really is fascinating what goes on behind the scenes in the ICT and Library departments. I have been extremely lucky to be invited to join the monthly social media meeting. I found it so valuable and interesting to see the planning and organisation behind the campaigns.

I cannot thank all of the staff enough for being so helpful and making me feel so welcome and part of the team from day one. I look forward to continuing my Internship and expanding my marketing knowledge further.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you have any questions regarding my research, internship or are seeking advice regarding a MSc programme please do not hesitate to get in touch my email is – ebrumskill01@qub.ac.uk

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University Press Scholarship Online – trial access until 7th August 2020

The Library now has trial access to University Press Scholarship Online. This will run until 7th August 2020

Please access the trial here

University Press Scholarship Online is “a vast and rapidly-expanding online research library providing full-text access to the best scholarly publishing from around the world, making disparately-published scholarship easily accessible and fully searchable on a single online platform.”

In numbers …
31 subject modules
32,000+ books
Thousands of authors from over 100 countries

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6 months until RefWorks cancellation

The Library is cancelling its RefWorks subscription so you will no longer be able to access Refworks from December 2020 onwards.

The replacement for RefWorks is a reference management software package called EndNote. Instructions for installing EndNote and transferring your RefWorks references into your EndNote account are available.

If you would like training or advice on using EndNote please contact your Subject Librarian.

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Trial Access to Wiley Digital Archives

QUB staff and students have trial access to Wiley Digital Archives. To access follow this link:

http://queens.ezp1.qub.ac.uk/login?url=https://app.wileydigitalarchives.com/

Please note access ends on 31st July 2020.

Wiley Digital Archives restores, digitizes and catalogs the archives of some of the world’s most influential academic and scientific societies and universities, connecting the brilliant minds of the past with the researchers shaping the future.

Content includes the archives of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Royal Geographical Society, and the just launched British Association for the Advancement of Science, still on demo mode.

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McClay Library Book Collection Service

Attention Academic Staff and Postgraduate Students

The Library is pleased to announce that we are introducing a book collection service in the McClay Library for academic staff, research postgraduate students and taught postgraduate students

Requested books will be made available for collection on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the Library reopens on 3rd August (NB. there will be no collections on Tuesday 14th July).

Items which can be requested:

  • McClay Library items only (we do not currently have access to the Biomedical and Medical Libraries)
  • Standard loan items which are not already on loan
  • Short loan items which are not already on loan
  • DVDs which are not already on loan

Items which cannot be requested:

  • Theses
  • Special Collections items
  • Journals
  • Scanned journal articles
  • Reference items

Books can be requested by email to mcclay.issue@qub.ac.uk. Please give the following information:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Edition
  • Your name
  • Staff/student number.

Requested books will be issued to you until September 25th and you will be informed by email when they are available to collect from the McClay Library Reception.

Collection will only be possible between 12pm and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Books which have not been collected within the one week will be discharged and returned to the Library shelves.

Please note, only one person at a time will be admitted to the Library to collect books.

Library staff will be using personal protective equipment when handling book stock and packaging them for collection.

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