Ig Nobel Prize 2018 – research that make you laugh

In a few weeks this year’s Nobel Prize winners will be announced, but last week the ceremony for an alternative Nobel Prize was held: The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. The Ig Nobel Prize honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think, with focus on unusual and imaginative research.

You can read a summary of all ten prizes if you go to the Ig Nobel Prize blog, but here we name three of the ten prizes that were handed out:

The prize in anthropology went to research conducted at Lund University; research on monkeys where three researchers collected evidence of zoos showing that chimpanzees imitate humans to the same extent, and at least as well, as humans imitates chimpanzees. Here you can find the article describing the research: Persson, T, Sauciuc, G.A. & Madsen, E. (2018) Spontaneous cross-species imitation in interactions between chimpanzees and zoo visitors. Primates 59(1), ss. 19-29.

The prize in literature goes to research that illustrates how users use certain literature, namely manuals. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have studied users’ use of manuals for complicated products, and among other things conclude that younger people tend to be less likely to read the manual. Here’s a small piece of the abstract to the article (which unfortunately is not openly available, or available through library subscriptions):

We found that manuals are not read by the majority of people, and most do not use all the features of the products that they own and use regularly. Men are more likely to do both than women, and younger people are less likely to use manuals than middle-aged and older ones. More educated people are also less likely to read manuals. Over-featuring and being forced to consult manuals also appears to cause negative emotional experiences.

The price in medicine goes to research on methods to get kidney stones to pass through the body. In the current research, the effect of a rollercoaster ride on kidney stones has been studied. And it was found that a rollercoaster ride can be a way to get kidney stones to pass, and the best results are given if you take a rear seating position in the train.The article describing this research can be found here: Mitchell M.A., Wartinger D.D. (2016). Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 116(10), ss. 647-52.

Now are we just waiting for the announcements of the winners of the real Nobel Prize. The first winner will be presented at 1 October 2018.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo– chimpanzee: Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash
Foto – rollercoaster: Multa Media, Unsplash

Print document from the university’s computers – here’s how it works!

Do you need to print a document, but you’re not sure how to do it – then this is what you need to read! This instruction explains how you print from the computers at the university. If you want to print a document from your laptop – please read this blog post instead.

At the computer

The most important part when you’re about to print, is to select the right printer. And that’s not very hard – you should ALWAYS select the printer called Print-and-Collect.

How the printing dialog (the frame where you manage your prints) looks depends on which program you are printing from. Here are two examples, the print dialog in Microsoft Word and in Adobe Acrobat (program for pdf-files):

utskriftutskrift2Click on the pictures if you want to see them better!


Make sure that the right printer is selected, that’s Print-and-Collect (it is usually right, so you probably do not need to change) – then you click at the button Print (in Swedish Skriv ut). Done!

At the printer

Okay, so far so good. The document has been printed. Now what? Where do you go to get it? The thing is that you can now go to any printer – at the whole university – at the printer you get your printed document. At the Library, we have printers on each floor (except floor 2.5). The printers are quite big, and looks like copying machines (in fact, they are coping machines as well as printers and scanners). When you found a printer, here’s what you do:

  1. Log in to the printer, using your black chip or your S-number and password.
  2. Select Release by pressing this “button” on the touch screen.
  3. Select the document you want to print by pointing at it at the touch screen. The document will be marked with a yellow line when you’ve selected it.
  4. Press the blue button (it’s a real button – not on the touch screen).
  5. Voila! You document is printed!

If your document won’t print, it might depend on that you don’t have enough printing credentials left on your printing account. Contact the Information Point for directions on how to refill your printing account. When you have done that, you just return to the printer, and get you document (no need to print from the computer again).

If you have any questions – please contact the Information Point by the entrance to the Library. We can help you to print!

Text & pictures: Katharina Nordling

Find your course literature

You may wonder how the library has sorted the course literature and how you can easily get hold of your books.

In this blog we go through how to find the right book on the shelf. We also give you tips on different ways to get hold of your course literature.

The library buys at least 2 copies of each book. One for loan and one course reference copy for use in the library. If the course book is available as an E-book, we buy it in the first place, but we make sure to also have a physical copy for borrowing.

As mentioned before course reference is not for home borrowing, but you can read it anywhere inside the library. All our course references, are on floor 1 (at the bottom) and are sorted in alphabetical order with a yellow dot on the back.

It is not certain that the book always can be found on the author’s surname as many believe. It may as well stand on the title. Therefore, it is important that you look in the library catalog Primo first before going down to look for the book.

The loan period for course books is 7 days. If no one reserves the book, it is automatically loaned up to 4 months. You will receive an email when it is time to return the book. Therefore, it is important to check that you have registered the correct email address. You can check it through My Library.

As mentioned earlier, a course book can also be available as an e-book and read both here at the university and from home. It is your regular UserId that you use at login. To see if the current course book is available as an e-book, you can search in Primo.

Here’s how it can look when searching for a course book in the Library catalogue:

The top specimen is the course reference that is on floor 1 and the bottom specimen is on its subject shelf, in this case, floor 2.5. If the loan specimen had been lent, it would have stood 0 available instead of 1 available in the parenthesis.

It happens that the course reference is not in place on floor 1. This can be either because someone sits with it somewhere in the library or someone has taken it with them to another floor and left it on a gray cart there. What you can do is go around and check among the carts or come back later to see if it’s back in its place.

You might wonder why we don’t have class sets of everything. We do not have the opportunity to do so, partly because we do not have enough room for it, the library has to hold a lot of other literature and other things than course books.  And partly, we cannot afford it. The library has a media budget that must be followed every year and it is within its framework that we are allowed to keep. We must also ensure that our book stock is filled with good books that can be used in essay writing and other schoolwork.

If you want to buy your course literature, the student bookstore at Allégatan has much of the university’s course literature for good prices. You can also buy your course literature through online bookstores such as Adlibris and Bokus, which often have a large range of course literature. On the university’s bulletin board, there are often ads about sale of used textbooks and on the sites kurslitteratur.se and bokbörsen you can search for used books. It may happen on occasional occasions that the student union in Borås has course book sale somewhere at the university.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Suss Wilén

Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome all of you new and old students and researchers!

It’s time for a new semester and today is the first day, and for many of you this a familiar environment you come back to – but for some of you the University of Borås is a whole new experience. Maybe new accommodation, new city, new student buddies and new courses. Here on the Library blog we want to give you a few tips that can help you, new or old student, regarding library services:

  • Library opening hours are displayed on the website.
  • A reference copy of all required textbooks are available on the 1st floor – these books can not be borrowed and are only for use in the library.
  • All textbooks for loan stands on each subjectshelf in the library. Many textbooks are also available as e-books.
  • Most of our materials can be found by searching in Primo (our discovery tool). You find the searchbox on our website.
  • Your tag is your library card and also a copy / print card.
  • Photocopying is mainly available the 1st floor.
  • Multifunction printers are available on all floors (except 2.5). Instructions for printing can be found here.
  • The library has many study rooms – you book the rooms through Kronox.
  • All books in the library are in numerical order – from 000 on level 2.5 to 999 on the 4th floor.
  • The library has printed journals on level 1 but also on level 2. But the majority of our journals are electronic, and you can find them through the website.
  • Adjust the sound level to a normal conversational tone, this is a place of work for many people. A good idea is to put your phone in silent mode.
  • There is a quiet study room in the library, you find it at the entrance floor.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat in the library. Drinks with lids, fruit and candy are OK; but for eating – please visit the café or the lounge with microwave ovens outside the library.
  • If you need help with information seeking just come ask the librarian at the Information point, we will gladly help you.
  • The Library Search lab has drop-in hours if you need further help with your information seeking. In addition, the Language lab is open at the same time in the same room, so you can also get help with linguistic questions.
  • If you have questions about your user account, problems with Microsoft Word or other questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you are a new student – please read more on our website with helpful information for you as a new student.

P.S. Feel free to follow us in social media!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Suss Wilén

Printing from your own computer – here’s how it works!

Here’s a quick instruction for you who want to print documents at campus using your own computer – just follow these instructions and you’ll soon have the document in your hand.

You can print from a personal computer to the university’s printer no matter where you are (here at campus or at home on the couch), but when it’s time to collect the printed document, you obviously have to be at campus. The documents you print are available for pick up at the printer for 48 hours after you pressed Print at the computer.

When you want to print something from a computer that is not one of the university’s computers, you start by signing in at the university’s Print Portal – PaperCut. You can reach it from the Student page on the web – click Common Tools, or from the Library web page – under Quick Links.

Nota bene: It’s not possible to print in colour with this method. If you want colour prints you have to print from one of the university’s computers.

Please click on the pictures below, and it will be much easier to see what it says.

Once you have logged in (with your S-number and password), click Web Print in the menu on the left and then click the Submit a Job button:

In the next step, choose the printer called Print-and-Collect, then click the button with the text Print Options and Account Selection:

In the next step, choose how many copies you want of the document:

Then it’s time to choose which document you want to print. You can drag files to the box to upload them, or you simply click the button Upload from Computer:

Now you can see which document you have chosen to upload, please note that it’s possible to upload several documents at the same time. When you have chosen which document(s) you want to print, press Upload & Complete:

Your documents are now uploading to the university’s print server. And when the text Klart för utskrift appears in the list of documents, you just have to go to one of the printers at the university to pick it up:

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to ask the librarians at the Information Point right by the entrance to the library.

Text & bilder: Katharina Nordling

The Library wishes you a happy summer!

The spring semester is coming to an end and we at the library know that soon it’s time for summer holidays. It feels a bit empty when you leave, but we know that many of you will be back in autumn together with new students!

The library is open during special times during summer and you can see current times at the web. New for this summer is that we close for two weeks when we notice from previous years that the number of visitors is minimal. This applies to v. 29-30.

Meanwhile, the digital library is open 24 hours a day via the web, where all databases , electronic journals and e-books are available. You can also get tips on reference management, loans and purchases and much more.

This week, the summer loan is also up and running, which means that all books you borrow, you can keep all summer until September 6th. Be sure to borrow some good summer reading, if you want some tips you can get in the library’s exhibition at the entrance.

We at the library wish you a happy summer!

Text & picture: Lena Holmberg

Meet the Library in Balder!

Today, Tuesday between 11:00 and 13:00, the Library is available in smaller scale in Balder. We help you to borrow great books for summer holidays and provide some good book tips. The library has summer loans even this year, which means that the books you borrow now you do not have to return until September 6th.

The Library is taking a tour on campus a few times during each semester, which means we are in the right place to inform about current issues. In the spring, it’s usually about scholarly writing and information about the Search Lab. This time, before summer vacation, it’s a lot about recreational reading instead. If you can´t come to the Library, the Library can come to you!

So welcome to visit us outside the red dining room during lunch today!

Text & image: Lena Holmberg