Hello Katharina Nordling!

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 Katharina a few questions.

porträtt_KAK_bloggenWhat are your main duties?
A large part of my time is devoted to communication. I lead the team at the Library working with communication. To be more concrete we’re talking about planning and writing blog posts like this one, writing news for our web site and maintaining our feeds in social media. We also have a newsletter for employees at the university that needs planning and writing before we send it away. Besides communication, I also work a little bit with some of our systems (especially our system for maintaining loans) and research support.

What made you apply for a job at the University of Borås?
I was a student at the university when I applied for a job here, and the thought of working at the university library was quite attracting for a student at the School of Library and Information Science. I mean this was the library where I had gone looking for books and articles so many times; just the thought of working here was thrilling. Plus it was such a nice library, just a few years old! Besides, I was at that time fairly clear that I wanted to work at a university, college or business library. The reason to this was partly the kind of people using these kinds of library, but also that I had a feeling that the technological development was faster within these libraries. And since I also have training as a computer engineer, I was drawn to it. If it is true that technological development is faster at these types of libraries or not, I leave unsaid today.

Today, I would gladly recommend others to apply for a job at “my” library. In my eyes, this is still a very good library, with the small organization’s advantage when it comes to speed and agility. It’s easy to change things, and your voice is listened to and taken into account. Plus it works a bunch of incredibly skilled (and funny) people here. Who doesn’t want that kind of colleagues?

Did you know from the start that you wanted to work with the things you do today?
Not at all! And I’ve worked with quite different tasks since I started here almost 10 (!) years ago. Purchase, teaching, programming, research support, web and communication. I think this is fun, there is the opportunity to try different things and develop in different directions. And if this question is rather about whether I’ve always wanted to be a librarian, the answer is still no. I became a librarian by coincidence, but it was still lucky, because it is a really fun job.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
I don’t know if it is possible to say that “this is the most fun,” but one thing that I appreciate very much my job is to try to work out how we can best inform our users about our business. So concretely it’s to reflect on how we will get our users to understand the extent of what we can do for them. And that applies both to students, researchers and other staff. And then it’s also very fun to meet users that already has realized that we can help them, and actually help them in a good and professional manner. For example, it is a very nice feeling when you helped a student to manage a database and the student receives articles that make sense from their perspective, and you see that the student really understands. In moments like that, it’s very fun to work.

Do you have any book tips that you want to share?
Jennifer Government by Max Barry is worth reading. It’s a twisted, funny and terrifying vision of the near future, when the world is run by giant corporations and employees take the last names of the companies they work for. It’s a globalised, ultra-capitalist free market paradise! It gives you something to think about.

Text: Katharina Nordling & Lena Holmberg
Photo: Lena Holmberg

Eduroam – access to wireless network

COLOURBOX4822501When you want access to wireless LAN/WiFi, use the network Eduroam that is available in most parts of the university premises. Eduroam is a collaboration between colleges and universities throughout the world and is available at many institutions. Eduroam allows students and employees to surf at the total of 799 locations in Sweden, and in thousands of locations in 54 countries. Besides that it is easy to use in our own facilities is a gain that you students here can easily connect to wifi with your usual user data when you visit other universities.

Here is a short instruction how it works, you want to know more, check out the IT supports web! 

So that your UB account can work with the service, your password must adhere to the following password policy:

The password must be between 8-12 characters
The password can only contain the following characters: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ0123456789 !\”@#$%&'()*+,-[\\]^_`{|}~.
Logging in is completed with [username]@hb.se when you use Eduroam – even when visiting another university. Staff can use [signature]@hb.se

Eduroam via your mobile

If you want to use the Eduroam service to connect your mobile to the wireless network, you should log in with [username/si
gnature]@mobile.hb.se

 

Text: Lena Holmberg
Picture: Colourbox

Your environmental impact

Did you know that in the University’s new printing system Papercut you can see your own impact on the environment when it comes to printing. This is what mine looked like until today:

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I don’t print very much because I like to use my tablet for reading, but if it’s longer texts where I have to be able to annotate while I’m reading, I prefer as many other printed text on paper.

Once you have logged in (you your normal login information) to Papercut, you can open a tab, you see it on the above image, named Environmental Dashboard. Here you get an overview where you can see your use over time but also the University as whole organization. As of this writing, all of us at the University of Borås has printed the corresponding papers of 3.36 trees.

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If we look closely at the printers that you students have to use in the library, you students and visitors have printed 106.997 pages since Papercut launched at the beginning of the semester. That is a huge number of pages. Below is the breakdown between the different printers. Our printer on the main floor, J203, is perhaps not surprisingly, by far the most widely used printer in the whole college.BIB_Skrivare

The fact that the printers sometimes have very long queues or are out of toner is put into perspective with over 100,000 papers printed in our facilities in barely 6 weeks.

Furthermore, as a student with your own computer you can print from it by posting the document in Papercut and then select the printer you want to send it to for printing. Other services that are useful to know about Papercut is the ability to follow your prints and see where they are printed, and of course to fill up your own printing account.

Papercut is a part of the university’s effort to reduce paper usage and conserve the environment so think twice if you really need to print documents.

Text & Picture: Lisa Carlson

Lean UX

This week we were some librarians from the University of Borås who completed a project where the goal was to go through our library systems. We have a lot, some of the systems enables you to borrow books, find articles and then download them in full text, for example. During two days we were in Gothenburg and listened with interest to conclusions from other librarys. But there were also a number of external speakers at the conference. One of them, Sara Lerén from Combitech presented the method of Lean UX for us.

Briefly, I can say that Lean UX is about how a person feels for a system or a product. It goes outside user perspective and is about creating a value for a system. And they believe in Lean UX that it is achieved by testing, testing and then testing their product over and over again to continually develop it.

Sara showed a film for us that I share with you below.

What does this have to do with the library then? Of course, we wish that the systems that our users have to use for example being able to use our e-resources has value and is perceived in a positive way. We welcome your feedback on how you experience our website or when you want to borrow a book or really anything at biblioteket@hb.se.

Sara also gave a book tip if you want to learn more: Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf. You can read it as an e-book through the library’s subscription to Safari books.

Text: Lisa Carlson

Library cataloguer guest blogs!

ElisabethElisabeth Andersen librarian / catalouger on BLR since the 80s.

A catalouger ensures that you can find in the library collections.

A catalouger also record the titles a library buys. It can be anything from books, magazines, printed and electronic materials.  Elisabeth is amazed on how the technology development that has taken place since she started working has changed her assignments. 1977 there was only a single computer that was in the public areas. But then the library cataloug consisted of catalog cards in boxes in catalog cabinets. When the cards were printed they were half way let down in the directory and afterwards someone went and checked so that the cards are in the right place and than pushed them down.

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A book title could have multiple cards. It could be one card for the author, one of the possible co-author, one for the book title and one for any series that the book might be in. Now, these cards are used as smudge patch!

We cataloguers are used to change. We may puzzle and puzzle for everyone to understand. It’s a bit of the charm of our profession, and sometimes it can even be an annoyance. The latest change is the Dewey system, introduced on all printed materials at the University of Borås summer 2012. The biggest change for the library’s borrower is that the books on the shelves are labeled with combinations of numbers instead of letter combinations.

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Text: Elisabeth Andersen

Picture: Tandis Talay och Lisa Carlson