We’re getting excited about the JISC Summer of Student Innovation! JISC are running a competition to fund students who have bright ideas about using technology to improve student life. The closing date is 30th May 2014, so get going!

If you have an idea, get in touch with education@cardiff.ac.uk for help and advice. Then write a 300-500 word summary of your idea, create a 2-5 minute video, and finally a 120-character description. More information is available at the JISC Summer of Student Innovation website: http://elevator.jisc.ac.uk/sosi14/

We can’t enter ourselves (we’re a library), but we can’t help thinking how we’d enter if we could. How’s this for technology to help students:

LibrarySearch – Find and manage the items you need to study!

 

LibrarySearch (http://librarysearch.cf.ac.uk) is Cardiff University’s online library catalogue. It does more than just help you find books and other items: you can read items online; save items and searches; tag items; and even rate items and write reviews!

Here’s an example: Dylan is writing an essay on dragonology. He uses LibrarySearch to search for the keywords relating to his essay, and gets lots of results. He saves the search so he can come back to it later. He starts saving the books he wants: so he can find them when he gets to the library, and generate a bibliography to include at the end of his essay. He adds tags to some of the items to remind himself what they’re about. Finally, he has a cuppa and reads some of the eJournal articles and eBooks, and rates them so other students know which ones to read (or avoid!). Dylan saves loads of time and effort, and can now write an even better essay!

 Key deliverables
  • Library catalogue that does more than just find books
  • Includes features like saved searches, saved items, user tagging and user reviews
  • Available online (http://librarysearch.cf.ac.uk), in the libraries or on your own device
 About Cardiff University Library Service

We’re not really a student: we’re more a giant collection of libraries serving the students and staff of Cardiff University. So we’re not allowed to enter JISC’s Summer of Student Innovation, but if we were, this is the kind of thing we’d come up with! If you’re a Cardiff University student, and you have an idea for a technology that could help people at uni, get in touch with education@cardiff.ac.uk .

NSS 20140414

69% of Cardiff University students have now made their mark in The National Student Survey. Thanks everyone!

Our goal is to make it to 80% by Easter. Not long to go now!

If you haven’t had your say yet, go and tell thestudentsurvey.com what you think about your course at Cardiff University.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey of final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. The survey needs students to give honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution. To tell them what you think, go to thestudentsurvey.com.

Thanks to foofurple.com for their CC thermometer!

Information Services would like to hear from staff and students about their use and awareness of Assistive Technology. We’re running a short online survey until Friday 25 April to gather your views.

https://www.surveys.cardiff.ac.uk/assistivetechnology

Please take a moment to complete the survey to help us improve our services. 

If you would prefer to receive this survey in an alternative format or would like further information, please contact Vicky Stallard (StallardV@cardiff.ac.uk).

NSS 20140408

65% of Cardiff University students have taken their opportunity to comment in The National Student Survey. We’re getting there!

At the same time in 2013, 72% of students had completed the survey. Can you help beat last year’s score? Our goal is to make it to 80% by Easter!

If you haven’t had your say yet, go and tell thestudentsurvey.com what you think about your course at Cardiff University.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey of final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. The survey needs students to give honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution. To leave your mark, go to thestudentsurvey.com.

Thanks to foofurple.com for their CC thermometer!

Some of our items can be borrowed for longer over the Easter recess.

All items with a loan period of 1 week or longer (for example 4 week, 2 week and 1 week loans), issued or renewed from Monday 7th April 2014 onwards, will be due back on Wednesday 7th May 2014. This applies to items from all Cardiff University libraries.

Loan periods for other items (for example, 1 day loans) may differ between libraries, so be sure to check.

Renew your books online at http://librarysearch.cf.ac.uk/

Opening hours for the Easter recess will differ between the libraries. Opening hours for all the libraries are available here: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/opening/

These details may be subject to change, so always check with your library.

NSS 20140401

62% of Cardiff University students have now had their say in The National Student Survey. Thanks to all of you who have taken part so far!

This time last year, 68% of students had completed the survey. For next week, let’s see if we can beat last year’s response rate!

Our goal is to make it to 80% by Easter, so if you haven’t had your say yet, go and let them know what you think about your course at Cardiff University.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey of final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. The survey needs students to give honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

To leave your mark, go to thestudentsurvey.com.

Thanks to foofurple.com for their CC thermometer!

NSS 20140327

58% of Cardiff University students have had their say in The National Student Survey.

Let’s make it 80% by Easter!

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey of final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. The survey needs students to give honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

To leave your mark, go to www.thestudentsurvey.com .

Thanks to foofurple.com for their CC thermometer!

The Library has recently invested in a range of new journal packages to help support the work of the University’s students, staff and researchers. Alongside the University of Chicago Press there are new titles from:

  • Brill – 208 titles
  • Duke University Press – 42 titles
  • University of California Press – 40 titles
  • Institute of Physics Press – 103 titles
  • Project Muse Social Sciences – 100 titles
  • Project Muse Humanities – 183 titles
  • Sage – 680 titles
  • Springer – over 1200 titles

All of these new titles are now available on LibrarySearch.

If you would like to see a list of the new titles available from one of these publishers, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Cardiff University Libraries are celebrating eBook Week, from World Book Day on Thursday 6th March, until Wednesday 12th March.

eBook Week coincides with the launch of our new eBooks on Demand service, which allows Cardiff University users to rent 25,000 new eBooks free of charge. If an eBook is rented enough times, we’ll buy a permanent copy! http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/library/ebooks-on-demand/ eBook Week Image

Visit your library during the week and find out more about using the eBooks available for your subject.

There’s a range of activities taking place across the University Libraries during the week, including:

  • Displays in libraries of the eBooks available and QR codes for easy access
  • Sweets and prize draws
  • Information and feedback posters
  • Demonstrations
  • Training sessions on how to access eBooks and get the most from them

As well as visiting the libraries, you can also tweet your comments and feedback about eBooks using #eBookWeek.

Follow @CardiffUniLib on Twitter for regular updates: https://twitter.com/CardiffUniLib

Find out more about the eBooks available in Cardiff University libraries: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/eresources/ebooks/index.html

Read more about our eResources: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/eresources/index.html

What is it?

EBooks on Demand is a Cardiff University trial of Patron Driven Acquisition or PDA which will run from Thursday 6th March for a limited period.  This is a method of allowing library users to create a library collection that is relevant to them. Librarians select the range of materials included in Librarysearch, after that the users determine which eBooks are rented and which are eventually purchased from University Library funds.

During this trial, there will be an additional range of eBooks  on Librarysearch which you will be able to rent for one week, free of charge.  This will include access to over 25000 eBooks published in relevant subject areas between 2011 and 2014 provided by the University’s main eBook supplier Dawsonera.

How do I use it?

When you have found an eBook that you want to read there are 2 options available – 5 minute preview and Rental. You can use the preview option to check the books suitability before you decide to rent the book.

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When you click on the Rental button you will see a pop up box which asks for your Cardiff University e-mail address and barcode from your ID card.  Click Submit.

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The rental is automatically approved and you will see a pop up box and get an email which reads:

Your request for title Accounting for Worker Well-Being (eISBN 9781849502733) has been approved for rental period of 1 week

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You will be able to read this book for one week,  either via the email link sent to you, or by going to the ‘My Accounts’ section on the Dawsonera site and clicking on ‘Rentals Available’.

How do books end up being purchased for the library?

Books in the rental scheme can be rented on up to two occasions, a third rental request by any user will cause the book to be purchased from library funds. After purchase all users can then access the eBook from Librarysearch in the normal way.

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, the views contained within this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Cardiff University.