Hello Karin Ekström!

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 Karin a few questions.

What are your main duties?

I work at the Department Collection Services and purchase material in the Library and Information Science area, Informatics and fiction. I also work with interlibrary loans, some cataloging, book mending and I meet students who, for various reasons, are in need of recorded literature. Of course, I also have scheduled time at the information desk. I am very pleased with what I do and find it a challenge to help students and researchers with what ever it is the are asking for – it’s so exciting. I have taken on what a guest lecturer said at the Swedish School of  Library and Information Science once: Learn to read references! It may seem so obvious, but I have had the pleasure of that urging. I have encountered many lost students who are uncertain of what kind of source they are looking for.

For how long have you worked here?

A long time! There has been so much in the profession so it almost feels like different jobs. Even though the computerization was in full swing when I started, I still have handled a printed card catalog, written inter library loan orders on typewriter, and loaned books through the Detroit system. I’m  happy to have that experience actually. However, I hope I don´t have to go throw more changes within library systems. We had Voyager for 16 years and if we keep Alma/Primo so long I recon I have been able to retire long ago.

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

My free time usually consists of some training at Friskis & Svettis. Now I hope for a nice winter because I love cross country skiing and Borås has plenty of places for that. I have been singing in Caroli Church’s Choir for a number of years and now we have a fun time in front of us with advent and Christmas songs. I spend much time in the garden and growing up my own summer flowers has become a bit of a sport.

Do you have any book tips you want to share?

Yes, I would like to talk about everything that Vibeke Olsson has written.The latest series is about the sawmill girl Bricken at Svartvik in the late 19th century. Vibeke Olsson really lives a piece of Swedish working history in a worthwhile way. She has also written novels about World War II, the Roman Empire and Biographies.
The story of her sister Elisabeth, a successful sports journalist, is very moving. She portrays her sister’s creeping alcoholism and misery in a care way. No one notices anything at first and when it’s finally gone too far, the community is not there to support neither Elisabeth or her closest. A sharp criticism of today’s society and social disarmament that engages.

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

When I joined Swedish School of  Library and Information Sience 1991, I lived in Gothenburg and there were not many jobs to apply for. Then there was a vacancy at the University Library in Borås. I applied and the job was mine. After a year I got a permanent job and thats how it started.
After a while, I thought there was enough commuting, so I moved here in 2000. Now I can ride my bike to work almost all year. With studded tires and hot mittens, you can manage the whole winter.

Text: Karin Ekström &  Lena Wadell

Picture: Lena Wadell

Welcome to our Language & Search Lab!

Did you know that you can get help with your difficult searches, reference questions or help with the difficult academic language? Every Thursday between 12 pm and 15 pm there is a language teacher and one or two librarians who usually work with information search in room J441.

Long time ago we had a language lab and a search lab in the library, but since many questions slip into each other, it felt practical and beneficial to be able to help with both search and reference questions while at the same having a language pedagogical supervision. So in 2016, we merged the language and the search lab and have it once a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s only the language lab in room J441.

You do not need to book in advance. It is Drop-In. Many students visit Language and search Lab time to time and sometimes we have many students at the same time, witch means that you may have to wait for help. You can log in to a computer in the room and work while you are waiting.

Text: Lena Wadell

Foto:  Dmitry Ratushny,  Unsplash

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

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

Reference management with software EndNote.

When writing a paper or essay, you need to keep up with a variety of references. Do you want help organizing the work  with the citations in the text references and source listings? If the answer is yes, then you can use the EndNote reference management software.

The program is free for students, staff and researchers at the university. You can collect all the references in different subject libraries and when writing in Word, you will get help citing correctly. There is a web version of EndNote called EndNote Basic, which you can use wherever you are, but if you want some more advanced functionality, then download the client to your computer. Download here. From this page you can also read and download our style templates that you need to write according to the recommendations in the Library’s Guide to the Harvard system. These templates are Harvard_HB (English) and Harvard_HBsv (Swedish) and are available from the menu if you use the EndNote web version and when using computers in the university network.

Karolinska  Institutet University Library Online guide to EndNote Basic.

Karolinska Institutet University Library  guide to the clientversion EndNote X8 .

Good Luck to use EndNote!

Text: Lena Wadell
Picure: Mostphotos

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

Information seaching is a process that takes time.

The information-seeking process

Searching information for tasks and thesis in school requires a lot, information retrieval is a process. You usually illustrate the information-seeking process as a wheel. The following figure illustrates the information process and how it is a constant movement between the different parts of the wheel.

Query

The information process begins by formulating a query. What is the information you are looking for? What aspect? Is there any particular group of people? Women? Men? Children or adolescents?

Keywords

Based on the question, you start looking for meaning-bearing words  that you use when searching. Take all unnecessary words and concentrate on nouns.

Sources

Then choose where to search. Examples of a source may be a subject database, library catalogue or a search engine on the Internet. It depends on what material you need. Do you want books on the subject first maybe? Then you start searching either in our local library search Primo or in the national library catalogue Libris. If you need a scientific article, go to one of our subject databases to get the material. You can also start searching in Primo. But to do specific searches, it is better to choose a subject database within the subject. Begin here.

Seeking and Retrieve

After the source selection, it is time for the seeking procedure itself.  Enter a keyword and then narrow down with more words. You look through your hit list and see what you got. Something useful? If you have advanced a bit in the information search process, you may be using a more advanced searching.

Evaluate

Now you reached the last box in the wheel where you evaluate your information and then you start over again with new words that you may have found among your searches. If you have found an article that is reasonably good, you can search for the subject Headings. Subject usually appear as link text and are slightly different in the different databases, but search for words such as Subject, Subject headings, Identifier, DE. Etc. These words are controlled vocabulary unlike the author’s keywords and are found in subject lists also called Thesaurus. Topics are found in the databases to highlight the articles so you know that you get everything about a particular subject if you search using the topic. It is not rare that the subject consists of a phrase.

Yes, as you can see, information retrieval is an art that you learn through exercise and do not forget that it must take time.

Text: Lena Wadell
Foto: Mostphotos,