Library News

December 2011

Self-service borrowing

15 December, 2011 - 09:12

The UL is upgrading the servers which host the library management software used across the University this week (12-16 December). We cannot offer self-service borrowing while this is happening, so please fill in a Green Manual Loan Slip with the details of any books you wish to borrow in the meantime. We expect that normal service will resume on 19 December. With apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Wolfson Contemporary Reading Group

15 December, 2011 - 09:09

The WCRG next meets on Wednesday 1 February (8.00pm, Plommer A) to discuss Irene Nemirovsky's The Wine of Solitude. All welcome!

November 2011

Borrowing for the Christmas vacation

27 November, 2011 - 12:07

Vacation loans/renewals are now available. Items newly borrowed or renewed since Friday 25 November will next be due back on Monday 16 January. All students may borrow up to 10 books for the vacation. Recall requests remain available until Wednesday 30 November. Any book recalled before that day must be returned by Friday 2 December. N.B. The College Library remains open 24/7 for most of the vacation (closed on 25-26 December & 1 January only).

Vouchers/prizes for your thoughts

27 November, 2011 - 12:02

Your voice is needed to contribute to a study into how students in Cambridge want to access books for their course. Would you like to have less competition for core books on your reading lists? Would you like to have access to easier library tools and spend less time on finding reading materials? Would you like to have a clearer picture of what to read and when? Just some of the questions the research hopes to address. Interested? Follow the link for more information, and find out how you can win a Kindle.

Managing your academic life online

23 November, 2011 - 17:52

How well do you use the internet as a research tool? At this week's Thesis Writing Group session, Wolfson Librarian Anna Jones will look at some tools and offer some tips for managing your academic life online. Thursday 24 November, 6.00pm, OCR. All welcome!

Wolfson Contemporary Reading Group

21 November, 2011 - 09:33

The WCRG next meets on Wednesday 14 December (8.00pm, Plommer A) to discuss Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011

Get cited - how open access publishing can help you

16 November, 2011 - 09:49

The Thesis Writing Group will address an important issue this week with a presentation by Elin Strangeland, Repository Manager for DSpace@Cambridge at the University Library, called 'Get cited: publish your thesis with DSpace@Cambridge'. Elin will consider a variety of issues relating to open access publishing, IPR, DSpace@Cambridge and show how the UL supports data management. Thursday 17 November, 6.00pm, OCR. All welcome!

Costa Book Award shortlists

16 November, 2011 - 09:37

The shortlists for the Costa Books Awards 2011 have been announced.

Critical thinking - what's it all about?

14 November, 2011 - 09:39

Confused by what's expected of you and your writing at Cambridge? Wish there were some clearer guidelines for what you're trying to do? Wolfson Tutor, and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Dr David Frost, will offer some answers at a special session on critical thinking skills on Tuesday 15 November at 5.30pm in the Gatsby Room (Chancellor's Centre).

Keeping organised online

11 November, 2011 - 16:57

Ever found a really interesting webpage, moved away from it and then struggled to find it again? At the last of this term's Lee Library Lunchtime workshops, we'll be looking at some ways to track significant stopping points along your journeys online, and make sure they're well organised for when you need them again. Tuesday 15 November, 1.00-2.00pm in the OCR. Please bring a laptop if you can. All welcome!

Cambridge Bibliographical Society

11 November, 2011 - 16:49

The first talk in this year's Cambridge Bibliographical Society series takes place on Wednesday 16 November, when Dr Nick Hopwood, of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science will speak about 'Icons of evolution: from alleged forgeries to textbook illustrations'.

Wireless keyboard found

9 November, 2011 - 10:47

A silver wireless Apple keyboard was left in the Library last week. Please email library@wolfson, or call into the Library office if you think it might be yours.

Do you collect books?

9 November, 2011 - 10:44

The Rose Book-Collecting Prize is offered annually by the University Library to a student (undergraduate or graduate) book collector with an imaginative and coherent book collection. The prize is worth £500, and entries should reach the University Librarian by Tuesday 17 January 2012 to qualify. Full details of how to apply...

Backing up

9 November, 2011 - 10:04

It's anyone in academia's worst nightmare - months of work lost forever because you didn't back it up somewhere safe.

Referencing without tears

2 November, 2011 - 15:41

This week's Thesis Writing Group tackles a topic relevant to all students writing dissertations and long essays. Dr Emma Coonan, Research Skills Librarian at the University Library, will look at the nuts and bolts of referencing, from correct citation practice to choosing referencing software. The session is most useful for those starting out on their research, but Dr Coonan will also discuss the end-phase of reference management: how to create a bibliography "when you're living on black coffee and getting 3 hours' sleep per night".