Christmas and holiday season is approaching and with that also some closed days at the University Library. We know that many of you are working hard with your home exams and other assignments during this time
Please keep in mind that you can access most of our resources electronically even if the Library is closed. You can search in Primo, access all our databases, browse magazines through BrowZine, get help with reference management, use our Subject Guides (in Swedish), and much more.
In order to use all of the library services when you are outside campus, eg at home, it’s important that you always start from the library website, thus you get the “right way in” to all our resources and material. To access some resources, such as databases, articles and e-books, you need to log in with your S-number (the same as to Ping Pong) to verify that you are our student and have the right to access the resources. If you are using Google Scholar, you can also customize so that you can access the Library full texts that way (go to settings and choose library links and add Borås University).
You can of course e-mail us even if we are closed – we will respond to you as soon as we are back. Our opening hours for Christmas and New Year are available on our web.
Take care of yourself and do not forget to rest a little during your Holidays!
Text: Christel Olsson
Halloween is here and for us at the library this is a day we all long for a little extra. Our fantastic colleague Johanna always sneaks in to work extra early and turn our lunch room into a wonderfully scary place with everything from ghosts, cobwebs, vampire blood and hooting werewolves to pumpkins and fun (but scary) sweets.
Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Retired journalist Gustav Mahler in Stockholm receives a call from an old contact at Danderyd Hospital who claims that the dead is waking up. A heartbreaking horror novel of classical incision.
Text: Christel Olsson
Photos: Signe Wulund
Styling: Johanna Persson
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 staff! We asked Lena a few questions.
What are your main duties?
I work at the Department Collection Services here at the library, and I would say I have three main tasks. I help students who, for various reasons, are in need of recorded literature. I also work with Interlibrary Loans, i.e. I send books and articles to other libraries. Furthermore, I help our distance students to get the material they need sent home from the Library.
Since it is the European Dyslexia Week this week I would like to pay attention to the help offered here at the university. If you feel that you have a reading disability, you have the right to have your literature recorded.
For how long have you worked here?
The University has been my employer since in 1989. I worked at the Financial Department for a few years before coming to the Library in 1992. For 27 years I have been working in three different library systems and if I have calculated correctly, my current Library Director is the sixth in order.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I like to cook and have dinner with good friends. Training, creative activities, travel, Wordfeud, Sudoku and reading are examples of what I would like to do when all other household work is done.
Do you have any book tips you want to share with us?
Elakt spel by Jan Mårtensson is a really good detective story. To get a little different perspective on life, I can recommend Armlös, benlös men inte hopplös by Mikael Andersson. For me, Linda Olsson’s Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger really challanged my patience. I had to start over a few times before I coluld read it. Now, I like it very much! Linda’s style of writing is a bit special, I think.
What do you like most about your job?
To meet all wonderful people and to search for articles.
Text: Christel Olsson & Lena Svenson
Photo: Klaz Arvidson
When looking for books, articles or other material, a good way to start is with the library’s search engine Primo. It is the big search box on the first page of the library web site. In Primo you will find most of the books, articles, essays, reports, dissertations, etc. which are available in the library collections – both printed and electronic.
Everyone who has a library account, also has an account in Primo. When you are logged in you can, for example, do this:
- See your loans and reservations
- See information and settings for your loan account
- See any delay fees
- Save your searches
- Monitor searches
It is good to always log in before you start searching in Primo, this makes it easy for you to keep track of “your things”. For example, if you want reserve a book, you must be logged in for this to work.
We have made three short instructional films on how to use Primo in the best way. They are in Swedish but you can still get an idea on how to search yourself.
See your borrowed books in Primo
Searching for books in Primo
Searching for articles in Primo
If you need help searching, can’t find what you’re looking for or have other questions, remember that we are happy to help you at the information points on level 2.
More information about Primo can be found on the library web page.
Text: Christel Olsson
Movies: Sara Hellberg