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

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

Love and Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14, it is as usual Valentine’s Day or Alla hjärtans dag that we call it in Swedish. Many think it has become a commercial jibe while some celebrate it as a dear tradition. And so all those who are in the honeymoon phase, they might see it as an opportunity to be together a little more officially. Lovingly, we should really be all year round and not just on February 14th. But that very date has become the day when you express your love for people you love, perhaps especially a love partner or a secret love. How you choose to do this day (and the rest of the year) we do not add any valuation to but at the library we think that love is a very good thing so this week, we put on display some good books on the theme. You can find them in the glass cabinets at the entrance and you are of course welcome to borrow! If you want, you can also lose yourself in a little love poetry at the same time. Maybe you get a sudden whim and recite Nils Ferlin, Erik Lindorm or Lord Byron during your romantic dinner with the girlfriend.

Syntax

I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss – like this, thou –
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.

Because I so do –
as we say now – I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee,
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze In thine eyes.

Love’s language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.

Carol Ann Duffy

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Freestocks org. Unsplash

How to read the e-books from the Library

To be able to use e-books at the University of Borås, you need some basic tools. To begin with, it is good to know that many publishers who offer their literature in e-format want to limit the use because of copyright issues. It can mean that it won’t be possible to print parts of the book, or that it will only be possible to use the book for a limited time. Another restriction might be a limit of how many persons that can use the book at the same time. All of this is called Digital Rights Management and abbreviated as DRM.

To be able to borrow books with DRM protection, special software must be installed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. We recommend the following software:

Adobe Digital Editions – a reading program for reading pdf or epub file format. Available as free software and / or app. With this program you can mark text in the book with different colors and make notes to the text and bookmark pages. Your comments then becomes searchable. However, a small problem will occur when the book’s loan period expires, then you lose all your bookmarks and notes.

Bluefire Reader – a reading program for reading pdf or elub file format. Available as free app to download. You use this app on your mobile phone or tablet. Just like in Adobe Digital Editions, you can mark text in the book with different colors, make notes and add bookmarks, which then becomes searchable. But you lose all your bookmarks and notes when the book’s loan period expires.

In order to use both these programs, you need to obtain an Adobe ID which is free of charge.

Text: Martin Borg
Photo: Mostphotos

My Library

Here’s a review of the features of your library account – how to see which books you borrowed, which ones you have reserved, if you have overdue fines, how you locate your saved searches, etc.

Log in

To log in to your library account, go to the library’s web page and scroll down to Quick Links a bit down the page and click on what is called My library. If you are a student or staff at the university, log in with your usual user account, if you are a patron who is not affiliated with the university, you will use your personal identity number and chosen password to log in.

If you have searched in Primo, the login option is at the top right corner of the window. Click the link Log in.

Overview

Once logged in to the account, you will get to a summary page. Here you can see some of your loans and requests for books, as well as a summary of any overdue fines or fees you might have.

Requested books (reservations and interlibrary loans)

If you click Requests, you will get a list of the books you requested (either by reserving a book that is on loan or ordered as a loan from another library):

Here you can cancel a request, if the book is no longer relevant for you to borrow. If you want to cancel the request, just click Cancel on the current book.

Loans

You can also click on Loans to view all your borrowed books, Since the Library have automatic renewals, you don´t need to think about renewing your loans. We will send an email a few days before it is time to return your book. It is therefore important that you know if it is your school mail or your personal mail that is registered in the system.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Katharina Nordling & Tandis Talay

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