The Library wishes you a happy summer!

The spring semester is coming to an end and we at the library know that soon it’s time for summer holidays. It feels a bit empty when you leave, but we know that many of you will be back in autumn together with new students!

The library is open during special times during summer and you can see current times at the web. New for this summer is that we close for two weeks when we notice from previous years that the number of visitors is minimal. This applies to v. 29-30.

Meanwhile, the digital library is open 24 hours a day via the web, where all databases , electronic journals and e-books are available. You can also get tips on reference management, loans and purchases and much more.

This week, the summer loan is also up and running, which means that all books you borrow, you can keep all summer until September 6th. Be sure to borrow some good summer reading, if you want some tips you can get in the library’s exhibition at the entrance.

We at the library wish you a happy summer!

Text & picture: Lena Holmberg

Meet the Library in Balder!

Today, Tuesday between 11:00 and 13:00, the Library is available in smaller scale in Balder. We help you to borrow great books for summer holidays and provide some good book tips. The library has summer loans even this year, which means that the books you borrow now you do not have to return until September 6th.

The Library is taking a tour on campus a few times during each semester, which means we are in the right place to inform about current issues. In the spring, it’s usually about scholarly writing and information about the Search Lab. This time, before summer vacation, it’s a lot about recreational reading instead. If you can´t come to the Library, the Library can come to you!

So welcome to visit us outside the red dining room during lunch today!

Text & image: Lena Holmberg

Ingmar Bergman 100 years!

2018 is the year when Ingmar Bergman would have celebrated his 100 years birthday and it is honored in many parts of the country. He is considered Sweden’s biggest filmmaker and has inspired and touched many film lovers worldwide. Bergman’s films are almost exclusively set in Sweden and also specially on the island of Fårö north of Gotland. He produced around sixty films, over one hundred and seventy theater sets and wrote about hundreds of books and articles. Some of his most famous works are the films The Seventh Seal, Wild strawberries, Persona and the autobiography Laterna Magica.

 

Although it is within the film that Ingmar Bergman is most famous, he worked a lot within the theater where he put up several of the most famous writers and dramatics of literature, such as, for example, Strindberg, Ibsen, Shakespeare and Goethe.

For his last years, he lived at Fårö, quite isolated from the outside world, but this year it is time to put Bergman back in the spotlight.

In our showcases at the library entrance we have collected books on and off Bergman so make sure to borrow his autobiography or perhaps a drama like The best intentions or Fanny and Alexander!

Text and collage: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Bengt Wanselius (http://www.ingmarbergman.se)

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

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

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

What is spring?

According to Wikipedia spring is: One of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. 

Spring is also the season associated with renewal and rebirth. The Persian New Year  (Nouroz) is for example, on Equinox. The celebration is about arrival of the sun and spring. This feast has been celebrated since ancient times and is derived from Zoroastrianism.

When do one know that the spring is here? Unfortunately one can not just go for the weather, as some years we have snow in April. According to the meteorological spring, the daily average temperature for seven constructive days should be above 0 degrees (Celcius) but below 10 degrees.

Other spring character can for example be when the spring flowers begin to appear, the birds sings higher than usual, many animals wakes up and allergies begins. During modern times, Spring has also meant seasonal start for colony lots and gardening, tire change and spring cleaning witch means going through wardrobes and cleaning the windows.

In Sweden, spring can also be associated with Valborg, which actually originates from Germany and Saint  Walpurgis, who was an abbot and proprietor of a monastery within the Catholic church. She became sainted in the 1400 centuray, First than the Germans began celebrating Valborg (Walpurgistag).

Then we have the cultural interpretations of spring, such as Prague 1968, which emerged when  former Czechoslovakia tried to introduce a more open political system in the country. We also have the Arab Spring which is a series of political protests to overthrow the dictatorship and increase liberalization. The Arab spring began in Tunisia and then spread to Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Syria where it is still in progress.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos