Use DiVA to reach out with your student thesis

The semester is coming to an end and so does the project of writing your student thesis, but when the thesis is done what happens then – who’ll be reading it? Well, that depends on what you as the author choose to do with it. By making it available in the university’s publication database DiVA, the paper can get wings and benefit both yourself and others. For example, you can attach the link to the thesis in your job applications, and let future employers see what you can do. In addition, the thesis will be searchable on the internet and others interested in the topic you wrote about may find and read the thesis.

In order for the thesis to be published in DiVA, you must approve the publication agreement when submitting your thesis.

As the thesis is published in DiVA, it will be searchable in the following fields: name, title, abstract, keyword, language, and subject area. Because both abstract and keywords are something you decide on, it may be a good idea to take your time when writing abstract and choosing keywords, making it easier for others to find the thesis.

If you have any questions about how an abstract should be written, or how to think about choosing keywords, you can get support and help with this at the library’s Search Lab – open every Thursday.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Teaching information seaching

Teachers, now it’s time to book information searching for your students for the next semester. If you know that it is (or should) be a part of the course you are responsible or involved in, then please contact one of our teaching libraries. We have already booked a lot of teaching and it is getting crowded in our schedules.

We who work as teaching librarians are from the left: Lena Wadell, responsible for the business and economic programs and Informatics. Sara Hellberg is in charge of the Care and Health  programs. Karin Süld handles textile programs like fashion design and textile technology. Birgitta Rutberg is in charge of Engineering such as building, resource recovery, chemistry and industrial economics and the library and information science. Åsa Brolund is new here at the Library and is responsible for all teacher programs.

Photo: Klaz Arvidsson
Text: Lena Wadell

WIFI in the Library

From time to time we are told by our students that the internet connection in the Library does not work as one wishes. The IT department is occasionally troubleshooting various wireless network problems, but it is not always easy to find the problem since they need lots of information that we don´t always have.

One should always remember that there are over 2000 people each day that is connected to the Internet, so it shouldn´t be a surprise that once in a while some of you are thrown out from the net sometimes or that it doesn´t work as fast as you would like.

One should also remember that it is not always the network that is the problem, the error could be related to the computer, for example because it is not updated or it is external interference that affects. The external interference could be from a broken computer nearby or network in neighboring property.

When you want to connect to the net you get two different options. You can either choose HB-guest or Eduroam. As a student you should always choose Eduroam in the first place. HB-guest is foremost for our external users. First time you connect to Eduroam it must be from your home university, after that you can use internet connection when you visit other universities that also have Eduroam. Read more about wifi at the IT departments website.

Please come to the information point and tell us if you feel you have problems with our wireless network.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphoto

Hello Åsa Brolund!

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers – who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! Here you got to know Åsa, new librarian, a little bit. 

Åsa, what did you do before you started to work here?

I have mostly worked in high school libraries and enjoyed it. Learning and information seeking in combination, helping and guiding in the learning situations is so rewarding!

What are your main duties?

I will be teaching information literacy to students mainly in pedagogy, so I will guide future preschool teachers, teachers, as well as educational professionals teachers and immigrant academy. In addition to teaching, I work at the information point.

What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?

To be involved in and develop the student’s information skills in various ways, within the framework of the library, attracted me! The university is multifaceted and so does library activity, to suit all programs.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

When I do not work, I devote myself to my family and the animals at home on the farm. It’s a challenge too, haha.

What are you most curious about within the Librarian role according to development?

One thing that interested me since I studied library and information science here in Borås, is the conversation that takes place at the information desk, or in learning situations when a question is asked for a librarian and what kind of answers follow and how the question and the questionnaire become treated. How do you do the best in these situations as a librarian? A close interest in me is also how we best educate in information literacy.

 Do you have any book tips you want to share?

Att tro på Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones -about the book and the power of fantasy in a war-torn environment where the written word is barely accessible.

Jonathan bortom all kontroll by Meg Rosoff – smart and somewhat screwed novel about relationships and applicants.

Det finns ingenting att vara rädd för by Johan Heltne – a novel about faith, shame and sickness, adult and love …

Text: Åsa Brolund & Lena Wadell
Photo: Lena Wadell

Academic ceremony and scientific publications

Friday 4th of May the University is celebrating the annual Academic ceremony – a ceremony where research is at the center when new professors are inaugurated and a doctoral degree conferment ceremony is held. A fundamental part of research is the scientific publications, the texts in which the research is described and communicated to the world in general and research colleagues in particular.

For the PhD students who, with their dissertation, completed their postgraduate studies and thus can be said to be finished researchers, it is the doctoral thesis that is the great crown of their work. It is the publication with great P, the goal that is sought throughout the entire postgraduate program. Doctoral theses may differ from each other, but there are two main forms – compilation thesis or monograph thesis.

In the compilation thesis, there are a number of previously published scientific articles that are combined into a whole by writing an introductory to the thesis. A monograph thesis is instead a single coherent text – much like a regular book. However, both types of theses have in common that the content must be so new or revolutionary that it could be presented in international research context.

Once you have a doctoral degree you can start your career as a researcher. Now there is no longer the obvious goal, the doctoral thesis that has to be completed. However, you still need to publish. Now, the researcher is constantly working to publish reports on the research being done, whether the research is done in joint research project or solely on his/hers chamber.

How this is done, and what different types of publications are used, depends to a large extent on the subject area the researcher is active in. There is a difference between how a researcher in chemistry and a researcher in sociology publishes. In science, medicine and nursing, for example, the scientific article is the focus, while in the humanities it is much more common for research results to be presented in books or reports.

At the university, all research published must be registered in the university’s publishing database DiVA. There you can find the research published by the people who are in focus at this year’s academic ceremony, but also research published by all other PhD students, doctors, lecturers and professors at the university. If there is any special research you are interested in, but you cannot the find full text, you are always welcome to the library and we will help you locate the text.

Text & Photo: Katharina Nordling

What is spring?

According to Wikipedia spring is: One of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. 

Spring is also the season associated with renewal and rebirth. The Persian New Year  (Nouroz) is for example, on Equinox. The celebration is about arrival of the sun and spring. This feast has been celebrated since ancient times and is derived from Zoroastrianism.

When do one know that the spring is here? Unfortunately one can not just go for the weather, as some years we have snow in April. According to the meteorological spring, the daily average temperature for seven constructive days should be above 0 degrees (Celcius) but below 10 degrees.

Other spring character can for example be when the spring flowers begin to appear, the birds sings higher than usual, many animals wakes up and allergies begins. During modern times, Spring has also meant seasonal start for colony lots and gardening, tire change and spring cleaning witch means going through wardrobes and cleaning the windows.

In Sweden, spring can also be associated with Valborg, which actually originates from Germany and Saint  Walpurgis, who was an abbot and proprietor of a monastery within the Catholic church. She became sainted in the 1400 centuray, First than the Germans began celebrating Valborg (Walpurgistag).

Then we have the cultural interpretations of spring, such as Prague 1968, which emerged when  former Czechoslovakia tried to introduce a more open political system in the country. We also have the Arab Spring which is a series of political protests to overthrow the dictatorship and increase liberalization. The Arab spring began in Tunisia and then spread to Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Syria where it is still in progress.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos

 

 

 

Automatic renewals – here’s how it works!

When you borrow a book at the library, the loan will be automatically renewed if it’s possible – here’s a description of how the procedure works.

An automatic renewal is a renewal that’s made by the system. No one has to do anything, nor you or a librarian. However the system is stopped from doing a renewal of the loan if someone else has made a request for the book, or if the loan period has reached the maximum limit.

It all works like this:

You borrow a book at the Library; the loan period is either 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book). When it’s two days left of the loan period the systems checks to see if it’s possible to renew the loan, then one of the following scenarios happen:

  1. No one has made a request for the book – the loan is renewed and you get a new loan period for 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book).
  2. The loan cannot be renewed; you will be notified by e-mail and the original due date remains.

If scenario 1 happens, the same procedure will repeat two days before the new loan period ends.

In practice this means that you can keep the book until you get notified by e-mail that it’s time to return the book. But if you are going to use that practice – you need to check your e-mail address regularly, because in the end it’s you who are responsible of returning your books on time.

Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling