The Library Blog takes a break

During the spring of 2019, we did a review of the library’s web and communication channels and realized that our blogs were used very little. We decided to start working a little differently with the information we previously posted on both the Library blog but also thus we pause the blog for a while. There are many ways to go to find the information you are looking for, always check the Library website first and if you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us, either directly to the information point or you will email or call us.

Text: Lena Holmberg
Picture: Mostphotos

The library wishes you a nice summer!

The spring term is coming to an end and suddenly it is summer! This means that the library is emptied of students and opening hours are reduced. If you do not want to get to the library physically during the holiday, then do not forget that you can do a lot on the library’s web. There you will find databases, magazines, e-books and much more. You just log in with your S-account from home so it’s just like you are here.

But do not forget, above all, to have peace and quiet this summer! Would you like to lie in the hammock, in the cottage or on the beach perhaps? You can get book tips from us at the library, for example. check out our upcoming exhibition at the entrance and visit us in Balderhuset today between 11:00 and 13:00, when some of the staff will give you tips and lend fiction in the mood. Come by!

We all wish you a great summer!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Mostphotos

Library books during the summer

When the semester ends, it can be nice to return books that you are done using, or if you are an exchange student leaving Borås – then you need to return your borrowed books before you leave. You return your books in the library’s return device, which is to the right of the entrance to the library.

If you want to keep your books over the summer, it’s possible provided that no one has reserved the books before the library’s summer loan period enters. When the summer loan times have entered you can keep the books you borrowed until September 5.

If you want to visit the library during the summer, it is good if you check the opening hours on the website, because the library’s opening hours vary during the summer.

Report from Mozambique

Since the Autumn of 2017 the Library at the University of Borås, together with The Swedish School of Library and Information Science and Blekinge Institute of Technology, has been involved in a Sida-financed development project that aims to build up and strengthen Mozambique’s analysis and research capacity.

This is done through education of librarians, researchers and teachers, and partly through local research that generates new knowledge that is relevant to the country’s development.

Sida supports the largest university in Mozambique, UEM (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane) in the capital Maputo, in cooperation with 14 Swedish and nine South African universities. This support goes to research training at the doctoral and master’s level, infrastructure for research (such as laboratories and electronic journals) but also through training the university librarians to develop a relevant support for students and researchers.

As an introduction the University Library of Borås organized a workshop in Maputo on the modern research library and on two occasions we have been hosting job shadowing activities for visiting mozambicans. During these activities library director, librarians and students have taken part in our daily work and learnt more about our organization and processes.

The latest activity within the project took place in Maputo in April this year, when Tove Lekselius from the University Library and Malin Utter from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science held a three day workshop on customer services.

The project will continue until 2022 and in the future there will be a mix of training for librarians through workshops in Maputo but also visits to Borås for librarians and students on master’s and doctoral level.

If you want to learn more about the project, please follow the UEM Central Library Programme Blog https://centrallibraryprogramme.blogspot.com/

Text: Svante Kristensson
Bild: Tove Lekselius

Use DiVA to reach out with your student thesis

The semester is coming to an end and so does the project of writing your student thesis, but when the thesis is done what happens then – who’ll be reading it? Well, that depends on what you as the author choose to do with it. By making it available in the university’s publication database DiVA, the paper can get wings and benefit both yourself and others. For example, you can attach the link to the thesis in your job applications, and let future employers see what you can do. In addition, the thesis will be searchable on the internet and others interested in the topic you wrote about may find and read the thesis.

In order for the thesis to be published in DiVA, you must approve the publication agreement when submitting your thesis.

As the thesis is published in DiVA, it will be searchable in the following fields: name, title, abstract, keyword, language, and subject area. Because both abstract and keywords are something you decide on, it may be a good idea to take your time when writing abstract and choosing keywords, making it easier for others to find the thesis.

If you have any questions about how an abstract should be written, or how to think about choosing keywords, you can get support and help with this at the library’s Search Lab – open every Thursday.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Think of what you write – make sure not to plagiarize!

Writing an essay or thesis may be perceived as difficult in many ways, one of them might be how to express yourself in a unique way, so you don’t plagiarize someone else’s work. The university has a good anti-plagiarism guide where you get insight into how to avoid, intentionally or inadvertently, plagiarizing. There is also information about what happens if it is discovered that someone has plagiarized.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

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