Finally Christmas

Soon it is time for Christmas Holidays. This means that the Library will have slightly different opening hours over the next three weeks, starting tomorrow Friday as we close the library at 14:00. You can read more about the library´s opening hours on our web. 

Take the opportunity to take a break from studying and try to go out and get as much as fresh air as you can. If you don´t want to go out than you can instead catch up with different kind of reading and borrow home some fiction literature.  At the beginning of December we had a crowded library breakfast with lots of great reading tips. You can read about some of the recommendations in the blog. (in Swedish only)

You´ll also find lots of other book recommendations on the main floor in our display cabinet.

For those of you who have assignments or home exams, and still need to access the library´s resources, are we always available electronic. This week we wrote a blog post about how you can use the library´s website from home.

Now the library blog will take Christmas holidays and will be back in January. 
We wish you all MARRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Tandis Talay, Mostphotos

Recorded Literature

What is recorded literature and how can you access it?

If you are a student at the University of Borås and have a reading disability, you have the right to talking books produced by MTM ( Agancy for Available Media).

What does reading disability means, you might wonder? Reading disability means that you have difficulty reading printed text. Read-write disability includes for example, reading and writing difficulties, visual impairment, hearing loss, autism, ADHD and temporary reading impairment.

If you have your native language is other than Swedish, and  you have a reading disability in your own language you can borrow talking books in Swedish or other languages. However, it should be considered that not having Swedish as a native language is not a reading disability.

The state is responsible for the production of talking books according to § 17 of the copyright law, but it is the libraries that are loan intermediaries to people with a reading disability. This means that you as a student can contact us at the University Library if you believe that you are in need of talking books according to criteria mentioned above.

Here at the University of Borås, we have two librarians who work with Legimus and recorded literature. Karin Ekström and Lena Svenson. Contact them for a meeting by phone or email.

To find the titles that have been recorded, search the Legimus database. If the course book you are looking for is not available as recorded book, it needs to be ordered via us at the library for new production. you need to contact the library in good time, because it can take 6-12 weeks to get a book recorded.

Read more about recorded literature on our web.

Text: Karin Ekström, Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos

Rules in the Library – Again

Since the library is a workplace for many students and for us to have a pleasant working environment, we have some rules of conduct that we hope everyone will follow.
When it comes to the sound level and if you get to talk in the library or not, we are not a silent library, which means that it is perfectly OK to sit in the lounge and talk and have discussion in groups, but we ask you to have a low noise level.

If you want to have a little more heated discussions, we have group rooms that you can book and for those who want absolute silence when they study, we have quiet study room where talking is not allowed.
Although it is all right to talk on your mobile in most places around the library, it is mobile free zone in the area around the information point. Think about the sound level even when you talk on the phone, because it is easy to talk loudly without you knowing it yourself.

When it comes to food and beverage, you get to eat fruit, sweets and some sandwiches in the library. sticky sandwiches like tuna or shrimp sandwiches are not allowed. If you want to eat hot food there is a lunch lounge just outside the library with microwave ovens, 2 refrigerators and a coffee machine. All students have access to the lounge with their tag.

Taking a break from studying and walking away to get something to eat can be a good way to clear your thoughts , regaining focus and get new energy.

You are allowed to have beverage in the Library with a lid on. But remember not to bring soft drinks or energy drinks into the library when it can get really messy if you accidentally pour out a bit.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Unsplash

Open Access Week

Once again it is time for Open Access week, an international initiative where issues of Open Access to research are in focus this week. This years theme is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge

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 has to pay a fee for this.

If you want to know what happens here at the university when it comes to Open Access, read our research blog.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos

Rules in the Library

Since the library is a workplace for many students and for us to have a pleasant working environment, we have some rules of conduct that we hope everyone will follow.
When it comes to the sound level and if you get to talk in the library or not, we are not a silent library, which means that it is perfectly OK to sit in the lounge and talk and have discussion in groups, but you should have a low noise level.

If you want to have a little more heated discussions, we have group rooms that you can book and for those who want absolute silence around when they study, we have quiet study room where talking is not allowed.
Although it is all right to talk on your mobile in most places around the library, it is mobile free zone in the area around the information point. Think about the sound level even when you talk on the phone, because it is easy to talk loudly without you know it yourself.

When it comes to food and drink, you get to eat fruit, sweets and some sandwiches in the library. sticky sandwiches like tuna or shrimp sandwiches are not allowed. If you want to eat hot food there is a lunch lounge just outside the library with microwave ovens, 2 refrigerators and a coffee machine. All students have access to the lounge with their tag.

Taking a break from studying and walking away to get something to eat can be a good way to clear your thoughts , regaining focus and get new energy.

You are allowed to have beverage in the Library with a lid on. But remember not to bring soft drinks or energy drinks into the library when it can get really messy if you accidentally pour out a bit.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Unsplash

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

WIFI in the Library

From time to time we are told by our students that the internet connection in the Library does not work as one wishes. The IT department is occasionally troubleshooting various wireless network problems, but it is not always easy to find the problem since they need lots of information that we don´t always have.

One should always remember that there are over 2000 people each day that is connected to the Internet, so it shouldn´t be a surprise that once in a while some of you are thrown out from the net sometimes or that it doesn´t work as fast as you would like.

One should also remember that it is not always the network that is the problem, the error could be related to the computer, for example because it is not updated or it is external interference that affects. The external interference could be from a broken computer nearby or network in neighboring property.

When you want to connect to the net you get two different options. You can either choose HB-guest or Eduroam. As a student you should always choose Eduroam in the first place. HB-guest is foremost for our external users. First time you connect to Eduroam it must be from your home university, after that you can use internet connection when you visit other universities that also have Eduroam. Read more about wifi at the IT departments website.

Please come to the information point and tell us if you feel you have problems with our wireless network.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphoto