World Book Day 2019

World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO. The purpose of the day is to recognize the importance of books, authors and copyright for spreading ideas and knowledge, and to contribute to the understanding and tolerance between people. In 1995 the UNESCO General Conference made the following proclamation at their session in Paris:

The General Conference,

Considering that historically books have been the most powerful factor in the dissemination of knowledge and the most effective means of preserving it,

Considering consequently that all moves to promote their dissemination will serve not only greatly to enlighten all those who have access to them, but also to develop fuller collective awareness of cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire behaviour based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue,

Considering that one of the potentially most effective ways to promote and to disseminate books – as shown by the experience of several UNESCO Member States – is the establishment of a ‘Book Day’ and the organization of events such as book fairs and exhibitions on the same day,

Noting furthermore that this idea has not yet been adopted at international level,

Adopts the above-mentioned idea and proclaims 23 April of every year ‘World Book and Copyright Day’, as it was on that date in 1616 that Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died.

Reading books and learning from other people’s stories widen the reader’s knowledge and perception of the world. Unfortunately this is not something that is appreciated in all parts of the world, nor has it always been appreciated throughout history. Books have through all times been censored, banned and / or destroyed because they had the “wrong” content. The book may have contained stories or facts about religion, they may have had too detailed descriptions of sexual acts, maybe they contained rebellious elements or there was another element for “wrongness”. For those who want to read about banned books of all time, please see the books Banned Books – four books about books that have been banned because of political, social, sexual and religious grounds.

Having the ability to read, and in addition having access to all sorts of books should be every person’s right in the world we live in today, but unfortunately it is not so. Hence the need for World Book Day! Remember the famous words from Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2014:

let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.

As you all know, the library is full of books for you to borrow. In the picture you can see some of the books the library has on the topic “reading”. Welcome to the library to borrow a book on any topic to celebrate this years World Book Day!
worldbookdayText & picture: Katharina Nordling

Forward your student mail!

Here’s a tip for you who easily forget to keep track of your student mail: Be sure to forward it – in this blog post we explain how you do it!

The University Library, but also other parts of the University, often use your student mail to send information to you. From the University Library you’ll get reminders, messages that your requested books are waiting for you, or claims (if you have delayed books). Are you having trouble reminding to check your student mail? Then why don’t you forward it to your regular mail?

Here’s how you do it (you can click on the images to make them easier to read):

1. Log in to your student mail – mail.student.hb.se (use your S-number and password to log in).
2. Click the little gear on the right side of the window.
3. Choose Settings – Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Then press the button Add a forwarding address.4. Enter the e-mail address you want to forward your student mail to and press Next.
5. Make sure you have typed your e-mail address correct, then press Proceed.
6. Now you need to check your other mail, to find the confirmation code you need to connect your two mail accounts.

7. In your mail there will be a confirmation code:
8. Copy the code and enter it at the student mail:
9. Then you need to make sure that the forwarding alternative is chosen:

10. And last, but not least, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and press Save Changes.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: rawpixel, Unsplash

Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome all of you new and old students and researchers!

It’s time for a new semester and today is the first day, and for many of you this a familiar environment you come back to – but for some of you the University of Borås is a whole new experience. Maybe new accommodation, new city, new student buddies and new courses. Here on the Library blog we want to give you a few tips that can help you, new or old student, regarding library services:

  • Library opening hours are displayed on the website.
  • A reference copy of all required textbooks are available on the 1st floor – these books can not be borrowed and are only for use in the library.
  • All textbooks for loan stands on each subjectshelf in the library. Many textbooks are also available as e-books.
  • Most of our materials can be found by searching in Primo (our discovery tool). You find the searchbox on our website.
  • Your tag is your library card and also a copy / print card.
  • Photocopying is mainly available the 1st floor.
  • Multifunction printers are available on all floors (except 2.5). Instructions for printing can be found here.
  • The library has many study rooms – you book the rooms through Kronox.
  • All books in the library are in numerical order – from 000 on level 2.5 to 999 on the 4th floor.
  • The library has printed journals on level 1 but also on level 2. But the majority of our journals are electronic, and you can find them through the website.
  • Adjust the sound level to a normal conversational tone, this is a place of work for many people. A good idea is to put your phone in silent mode.
  • There is a quiet study room in the library, you find it at the entrance floor.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat in the library. Drinks with lids, fruit and candy are OK; but for eating – please visit the café or the lounge with microwave ovens outside the library.
  • If you need help with information seeking just come ask the librarian at the Information point, we will gladly help you.
  • The Library Search lab has drop-in hours if you need further help with your information seeking. In addition, the Language lab is open at the same time in the same room, so you can also get help with linguistic questions.
  • If you have questions about your user account, problems with Microsoft Word or other questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you are a new student – please read more on our website with helpful information for you as a new student.

P.S. Feel free to follow us in social media!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Suss Wilén

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)

The book donation by Larsh Eriksson in place

Last year, the library received a donation of a large collection of books in areas such as textiles, fashion and management. The gift came from Larsh Eriksson, teacher of design management at The Swedish School of Textiles for many years. Larsh had a special interest in collecting books on the subject and wanted to donate his collection to the library. After a review at the home of Larsh, about 50 moving boxes came with books to the library and were unpacked in the following year.

Everything has been reviewed and most of the books have been cataloged and moved into the library collections. The last books where placed on shelves by the end of 2017.

The books are now available for lending and may be of great interest for students at The Swedish School of Textiles, but also for other persons. There are many beautiful books in art, fashion, design, decor that can attract everyone. All books are now part of the library’s collection and are searchable in Primo. If you want to know more, please contact Martin Borg here at the library, or else – welcome here to borrow! 

Read more about Larsh Eriksson and the book collection at the university website and in Borås Tidning.

Text & image: Lena Holmberg

Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome all of you new and old students and researchers!

It’s time for a new semester and today is the first day, and for many of you this a familiar environment you come back to – but for some of you the University of Borås is a whole new experience. Maybe new accommodation, new city, new student buddies and new courses. Here on the Library blog we want to give you a few tips that can help you, new or old student, regarding library services:

  • Library opening hours are displayed on the website.
  • A reference copy of all required textbooks are available on the 1st floor – these books can not be borrowed and are only for use in the library.
  • All textbooks for loan stands on each subjectshelf in the library. Many textbooks are also available as e-books.
  • Most of our materials can be found by searching in Primo (our discovery tool). You find the searchbox on our website.
  • Your tag is your library card and also a copy / print card.
  • Photocopying is mainly available the 1st floor.
  • Multifunction printers are available on all floors (except 2.5). Instructions for printing can be found here.
  • The library has many study rooms – you book the rooms through Kronox.
  • All books in the library are in numerical order – from 000 on level 2.5 to 999 on the 4th floor.
  • The library has printed journals on level 1 but also on level 2. But the majority of our journals are electronic, and you can find them through the website.
  • Adjust the sound level to a normal conversational tone, this is a place of work for many people. A good idea is to put your phone in silent mode.
  • There is a quiet study room in the library, you find it at the entrance floor.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat in the library. Drinks with lids, fruit and candy are OK; but for eating – please visit the café or the lounge with microwave ovens outside the library.
  • If you need help with information seeking just come ask the librarian at the Information point, we will gladly help you.
  • The Library Search lab has drop-in hours if you need further help with your information seeking. In addition, the Language lab is open at the same time in the same room, so you can also get help with linguistic questions.
  • If you have questions about your user account, problems with Microsoft Word or other questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you are a new student – please read more on our website with helpful information for you as a new student. P.S. Feel free to follow us in social media!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Suss Wilén