Hello Kristoffer Karlsson

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! We asked Kristoffer a few questions.

What are your main duties?
I mainly work with publications in DiVA and support to researchers. In the future, I will work more with research data and help with information retrieval.

 What where you doing before you started working here?
After graduating from The Swedish School of Library and Information Science, I worked at Chalmers University of technology library in about one and a half year.
Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami are among the best books I’ve ever read. Everone should read it. The English translation, not the Swedish.
Another tip is The Expanse by James‘s A Corey. The first book is called Leviathan Wakes. It is now also available as a television series on SyFy. Best science fiction series since Battlestar Galactica and Firefly!
What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?
I was homesick. I have been active in the University of Borås between 2009 and 2015 as a student and in the Student Union,I enjoyed it a lot. To get a job at the University Library was like coming home again. In addition, the work tasks seemed fun!
What are you most curious about within the Librarian role according to development?
I‘m very curious to see how the Librarian role will evolve now that we have the problem of alternative facts. Source criticism is more important than ever, and that’s something that librarians are professionals at. I want to see librarians taking place in the media and talk about source criticism and the importance of being skeptical.
Text & picture: Tandis Talay

Think of what you write – make sure not to plagiarize!

Writing an essay or thesis may be perceived as difficult in many ways, one of them might be how to express yourself in a unique way, so you don’t plagiarize someone else’s work. The university has a good anti-plagiarism guide where you get insight into how to avoid, intentionally or inadvertently, plagiarizing. There is also information about what happens if it is discovered that someone has plagiarized.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

Is it time for your student thesis? Use the Library!

We are almost halfway through the spring semester and for some of our students the final sprint approaches – the student thesis needs to be written – here are some tips on how the library can help you when you’re writing your thesis.

One thing that is common for all students who write their thesis is that they need information to base the thesis on. It may be scientific articles, books on theoretical background or on methods used by students. No matter what kind of information you are looking for, it’s important to realize that the information is the foundation for your thesis. And it’s also important to realize that information seeking is often a very time consuming task, filled of setbacks. But if you make sure to structure your search for information it will all be a lot easier.

But do not despair! The librarians at the Library are experts in structuring information searches, and they are more than happy to help. Please, come to the Library and make sure to get a solid foundation to build your essay on.

There are two options if you want help of a librarian in your information search: You can come to our Search Lab – it is open every Thursday between 12:00-15:00. The Search Lab is staffed by one or two librarians who can help you to structure your searches. During this time the Language Lab is open as well. This means that you can ask language questions, or get tips on how to write your academic text at the same time.

Another option for help in your search for information is to come and get Search Support. Please come to the Information Point at the Library entrance, and the librarians manning the Information Point will help you with your searches.

Remember:  Use the Library, and the librarians, to get yourself a good foundation to build your essay on!

We also want to inform you that there are several posts in this blog full of great tips and advice for students writing their thesis. Here are some of them:

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photos: Colourbox

Method books…..again

Most of you will at some point during your education bump into the word METHOD. What is method? why is it so important and why are there so many books on the subject?

There are books on qualitative and quantitative methods, interview methodology, comparative analysis methods, interdisciplinary studies, and much more.

Regardless of what subject you read, there is a relevant method book for your subject. I will not go into the analysis of the word method and its significance, I will instead tell you more about what kind of books we have at the library.

Ett steg till: En metodbok för biblioteksutveckling/ Aleman L.

This book is the result of the project Doublinga- method for library development?It is also a practical guide for libraries that want to work together to achieve business development.

Förhandlingsbart: Metodbok i förhandlingsteknik/ Lempereur A,  Aurélien C & Wetter E.

The book gives you knowledge of the most common pitfalls and dirty tricks in negotiating situations and effective tips to counteract them. you will both learn about Win-Win methods and hard negotiation and how to progressively develop your own personal ability.

Metod & Praktik: Texter om forskning och utvecklingsarbete inom det konstnärliga området/ Lind T.

This book is part of a series of annual publications on the research and development work on the artistic field that is given out by the Swedish Research Council. Last year they released their first book with the title “ArtKnowledgeInsight”. In this book the discussion is about art and science and also problematize or embody questions about artistic research continues. 

Frågor, fält och filer: Kriminologisk metodbok/ Roxel L, Tiby E

In this book, you get to take advantage of both new and established researchers’ experiences, thoughts and methods in CriminologyThe book takes up the question of which or what methods, fits to research question and also the fact that the same research question can give different results when you use different methods.

Text & Photo: Tandis Talay

Hi Alejandro (Alex) Crespo

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! We asked Alex a few questions.

What are your main duties?
At present it is mostly about the implementation of our next library system and our new search engine that will replace the systems we use today. After the launch, I will mostly will be working with system management and usability testing of systems.

What did you do before you started working here?
I worked as Web/IT librarian at University West in Trollhättan.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
I try to go to concerts and try different restaurants.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
If you are interested in use of tests and usability, you should read “Rocket Surgery made easy” and “Do not make me think” by Steve Krug. Anyone who is curious about information architecture should not miss ” How to make sense of any mess” by Abby Covert. It is also available as a website http://www.howtomakesenseofanymess.com/.

Last fiction book I read was “Mary” by Aris Fioretos. A book I can recommend.

What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?
I want to work with something that has a clear link to user benefits. Availability of information is one of the library’s most important services. Systems should not constitute an obstacle for the communication of information and the creation of new knowledge. The ability to make these systems easier to use,  led me to seek the job.

Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Lost Items

Right now we have put all the lost items in the glass cabinet near the entrance floor.

Please look in the glass cabinet and see if there is something that belongs to you.


Maybe you lost your gloves a few weeks ago and wonder where they are?Or are you missing an earring, a sweater, a computer case or anything else that has disappeared that you didn´t even noticed?  Then check out the glass cabinet, you may find what you are looking for.

We will keep lost items out in 1-2 weeks.



Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Heart Books

Tomorrow 14th of February is Valentine’s Day. Originally it was a western Christian Liturgical feast day honoring Saint Valentinus. It was during 14th century that the day first became associated with Love.


As you know, here at the library we like to amuse ourselves with information retrieval and in honor of Valentine´s Day we thought of doing a search for the word Heart. Here are some books related to Heart. The word heart can have different meaning and can be found in all kind of categories.


The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations/ Kotter John P. & Cohen Dan S.

This book is a guide for organization who wants to make a change in their structure and operations and who need to understand that they first have to change people’s behavior.

Heart of Darkness/ Conrad Joseph

This novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. Its also a classic novel which been read and interpreted in literature science for decades.

Casanova Was a Librarian: A Light-Hearted Look at the profession/ Low Kathleen

This book looks at the many facets of the librarian occupation. It covers everything from statistics, enumerates gender divisions, personality types, salaries to requirements of various types of librarians including public, academic, school and special librarians.

Mind & Heart/ Fällman Barbro

This is a teaching material especially for high schools nursing program and children and recreation program students. This book is includes both texts and exercises, and also grammar and recess tasks.


Text and Picture: Tandis Talay