Hi Signe Wulund!

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 Lena a few questions.


What are your main duties?

Since about 6 weeks ago I work with research support in the Digital Services function. This means that I (when I get a bit more experience) will be the person to help and inform researchers, PhD students and administrators about issues regarding for example the publication database DiVA, Open Access and research data management. I’ll naturally also be available at the InformationPoint and do a lot of other things behind the scenes – it’s going to be exciting to see exactly what my roles develops into eventually.

What where you doing before you started working here?

That’s a good question. I’ve done a lot of random stuff! The last five years I’ve been living in Cambridge where I had a research support role at the University. Before that I was a children’s librarian at the fantastic public library in Nynäshamn south of Stockholm. I arrived there from Japan, where I among other experiences managed to study Japanese and teach Naval English at a coast guard headquarter. I did my Masters in Library and Information Science at Uppsala University, and they had an exchange program through which I ended up in Japan the first time.

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

Right now I’m furnishing a brand new rental apartment, and trying to get to know Borås. I’m completely new here, and I came from England with two suitcases and nothing else. We have boxes of books (and other stuff too) coming eventually, but as we had rented a furnished place in Cambridge there’s a lot of IKEA and running around Knalleland going on right now. I really miss hanging out in the couch with my wife and our two cats, but fortunately they are also moving here to Borås from England in the beginning of December. And I look forward to getting back out in the Swedish nature!

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

I had set up a notification for jobs in Sweden with keywords like “open access”, and when I saw that the University of Borås was looking for a digital services librarian it felt like an amazing chance. After all, this is the heart of Swedish library studies, and I couldn’t imagine a better combination than a work place where I could use the specialist knowledge I’d gained at the University of Cambridge and at the same time learn a lot of new things in the field. And that proved true the very first day, when I got to listen in on a lecture to Library and Information Science students some of my colleagues gave.

Did you know from the beginning that you wanted to work with researchers and publications?

Not at all – this has really happened by pure chance! I started as a temp in Cambridge, and pretty early I ended up in various administrative departments where I helped out with exactly research support and publications. I quickly became involved in questions regarding the open access of publication and research data, and that’s how I ended up here. I feel that it’s a very exciting area that is also developing extremely rapidly, at the same time as it’s important for libraries and higher education institutions to keep up and communicate everything it means to those who are directly affected by the relevant requirements and policies.

Do you have any book tips you want to share?

I like everything from NK Jemisin, but the just-completed broken Earth trilogy is probably the best she’s written so far. It is crude and majestic fantasy in the borderland to SF where she confronts many difficult questions. No wonder that the first two parts won each Hugo. Yoon Ha Lee has so far two books out in the series Machineries of the Empire, where the first part was so good that I read it again after six months just to get to experience it again. He writes SF that feels like watching a colourful animated film. Ada Palmer won the John W. Campbell Award in the category of Best newcomer with her future vision Too like the lightning, which I can really understand-. It also doesn’t resemble anything I’ve read before. I’m now waiting tense for her The will to Battle that’s coming out in December.

Text: Tandis Talay and Signe Wulund
Picture: Tandis Talay

Do you have the right e-mail registered?

Given that you get late fees on books you return too late, it seems like a good idea to keep track of what email address the library is using to send out reminders – here’s how you find out what address the library has registered for you.

When you have borrowed a book at the library, it is always your responsibility to keep track of what you borrowed and when it has to be returned. If a book is returned late, you will get a fee. To help you keep track of all different dates of return, the library has the service to send out reminder by email just before it is time to return a book. In order for you to receive the emails the library sends, and thus remind you that it is time to return the book, it is important that you have the correct e-mail address registered with the library. With the correct e-mail address we mean an email address that you check daily.

It is easy to check which email address is registered for you at the library. Log in to My Library, under the PERSONAL DATA tab you will see your e-mail address.

If you want to change email, you do it using Ladok under My Pages. Do you think it’s difficult? Come to the library and we will guide when you’re doing it.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos

Open Access

This week there will be a lot of focus on the 10th International Open Access week. This years theme is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.

What is Open Access?

According to Wikipedia it refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access. Mainly it is a matter of scientific articles and theses but books, research data and meta data can also be included.

To have free access to scientific information means that the author gives everyone the right to read, download, copy and distribute the work in digital form. It has been proved that if you publish your work with Open Access, it will spread faster and is cited more often.

The main methods of Open Access are:

  • Green Open Access or self-archiving as it is sometimes called. It means that the researcher, as soon as the publisher allows can make a refereed and published publication freely available in full text on the Internet.
  • Gold Open Access means that the researcher publishes her/himself on an Open Access publisher. The article or the thesis will then be immediately open and available on the Internet. Sometimes it happens that the publisher charges a fee for this.
  • Hybird Open Access means that articles will be freely available immediately upon publication. The author hase to pay a fee for this.

Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Dyslexia- what does it mean?

Dyslexia, or reading and writing difficulties, means that you have difficulties with reading and writing and is a permanent disability.

Reading and writing difficulties can be caused by many different factors. Among other things it can be caused by visual and hearing problems, any type of language disorders, emotional problems or cultural and/or linguistic under-stimulation.
Dyslexia can be an inborn trait or have incurred by a injury or illness.

Today you can, from an early age, detect dyslexia and get help. In Sweden it is speech therapists, special education teachers or psychologists who perform reading and writing difficulties investigations.

Once one has been diagnosed, one can through training and adaption tackle the problem.

Some brief facts about Dyslexia:

  • A common assessment is that 5-8% of population in the literate world have reading and writing difficulties of dyslexic art.
  • Dyslexia is more common among men/boys that women/girls.
  • Dyslexia is not related to level of intelligence.
  • Some famous Dyslexics are: Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Pablo Picasso and Selma Lagerlöf.

The cause of Dyslexia is not completely understood and there are several definitions of Dyslexia. The most common definition comes from The International Dyslexia Association. It says:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (2002)

If you want to read more about Dyslexia we have right now, in the context of the European Dyslexia week, an exhibition on the 2nd floor of the Library. We also have books for borrowing in the exhibition.

If you want to know how you can get help through the University, you can contact Susanna Hagelberg who is University Dyslexia Counsellor, or read more at http://www.hb.se/en/Current-Student/Support/Student-Services/Disabilities/

Text and Picture: Tandis Talay

The Library as a meeting place

Where do we sit?

This is a phrase we often hear from students who comes into the Library. We have lots of seats to choose from. More specifically, there are 800 seats at the library.

The first thing you see when you come into the library is our stylish lounge. Lots of people wonder what one can and cannot do in the lounge. There is really no written rules for the lounge. The idea is to be able to sit on comfy couches and read the magazines that are there, or just sit and talk or just sit on the couch and take a break from the everyday life.

The question is what are your needs?

If you want to work by yourself and would like it to be quiet around you, then you should go to the quiet study room which is located on the 2nd floor (main floor). It is allowed to have your laptop with you in there, but please turn off the key sound. In addition to the 30 seats there are 2 comfortable armchairs in the quiet study room.

if there is a group project at issue, we have 31 Group study rooms to choose from. All our group study rooms are bookable. Some group study rooms has computers and some not. When you book a group study room there is information about the room under Room No. It’s fairly small text but it is there.

On the 4th floor we have a room called the Studio.  This room is a resource room with customized computers for students with a disability or illiteracyTo be able to book the Studio, you have to either contact the Coordinator for students with disabilities or the dyslexia educator, since you need a tag with special access. 

There are plenty of computers at the library. It rarely happens that all our computers are taken. We have several computers on the 2nd floor and then there is also a computer room on the 3rd floor with a the printer near at hand.

The positive aspect of our library is that you actually get to bring coffee (with lid) in the library. You may also eat fruit and candy inside the library, but when it comes to food, we have a lunch lounge just outside the library which we refer to.

Text and picture: Tandis Talay

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