Hi Tandis Talay!

image1In 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 Tandis a few questions.

What are your main duties?
I work in customer service and just began a week ago, so I’m not sure of all tasks yet, but I know that I will work with scheduling and I will be in charge of the student assistants who work here. It also includes working at the information point 3 times / week, and then also work with the billing of overdue books. And I will also work closely with Campus services and IT.

For how long have you worked here, and what did you do before you started here?
I just started two weeks ago but I have worked here before, two years ago.Then I worked in both Media where I got to work with interlibrary loan and acquisition and Digital Services where Social Media was one of my many tasks.

What were you doing before you started here?
I worked at the University of Gothenburg, mainly at two different libraries: 40% at the Humanities Library in customer service but really most of interlibrary loans and 60% at the Social Science Library as a part of Digital Services, I was a member of the web team.

What do you do when you´re not at work?
I’m either out walking my dog or doing something with the house or having friends over or visiting friends. I recently found an interest in mindfulness and training, so I try to keep that going as well.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats of Jan-Philipp Sendker. The book is about a successful lawyer, originally from Burma but lives in New York with his wife and children who do not really know anything about his upbringing. One day he disappears without a word, and his family did not manage to track him beyond Bangkok. Four years later, his daughter Julia finds an old love letter that her father had written to an unknown woman in a small village in Burma. She decides to go there and look for her father. This book makes you think about the stressful life you live and the choices you have made.

Dream Heart by Cecilia Samartin. The book is about two cousins, Nora and Alicia who are living in Cuba during the 1950s. They are best friends and live their dream life until Fidel Castro takes over power. They separated briefly when Nora’s father decides that they should flee to the United States and Alicia’s father and family remains in Cuba. The cousins ​​keep in touch through correspondence. You get to experience how Havana is transformed from the beautiful to the poor ruined city. You also get to experience the struggle for identity. An exciting and entertaining book.

Text: Lena Holmberg och Tandis Talay
Picture: Katharina Nordling

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

Disputation notifications 2015

Last year the there were 24 disputation notifications at the University of Boras. When a thesis is finished the doctoral student need to give four copies of their thesis to the library, two of the copies will be added to our collections, one will be sent to the archive and the last copy will be used in the library spikning ceremony.

The spikning ceremony is to make the dissertation available  to the public before the disputation so that anyone has the possibility to prepare constructive criticism for the disputation seminar. This is also the reason to why the ceremony is at least three weeks before the disputation.

This ritual of nailing the thesis is old. And one of our colleagues found written confirmation about the practice as early as year 1755 [1]. If we look further back we can see similarities with an even older practice like when Martin Luther nailed his 95  theses to the church door in Wittenberg 1517.


The machine we use to make holes in the thesis

At the University of Boras the library is in charge of the spikning ceremony. It starts with someone from the library presenting the author and ends with  mingling, snacks and cider (non-alcoholic).

Right now we have an exhibition of last years dissertations. Feel free to borrow one or more of the thesis from the exhibition cabinets, or read an electronic version in our publication database DiVA.




Last year there was 24 dissertations at the University of Boras, we have collected the ones we have in the library collection.

Text: Thomas
Picture: Thomas

[1] Årsböcker i svensk undervisningshistoria nr 68-69 (1921-): Till Gefle läroverks historia 1577-1850,
 Uppsala: Föreningen för svensk undervisningshistoria. s. 307-308.

Atlas of Science

A few weeks ago we told you about the book The atlas of the universe, and now we found another different atlas: Atlas of Science – Visualizing what we know.

The book is based on an exhibition atlasofsciencecalled Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, and gives the reader a description of successful visualization techniques. There are several different ways to create a scientific map, and the book gives a lot of different examples of science maps. A science map is like a visual interface to large amount of data, it makes the data easier to understand and get an overview of.

The examples used in the book are also available at Places & Spaces web site. Take a look at The Structure of Science – a map that shows how different disciplines in science are related. Or check out the Scientific Collaboration between World Cities – a map showing how scientists around the world collaborate. Another rather cool “map” is Visualizing Trends and Dynamics: 30 Years of Scientific Development.

Text & picture: Katharina Nordling

Read more about Open Access

This year’s Open Access Week draws to a end, our exhibition in the Library’s main floor will remain a few more days. In the exhibition, we have a couple of books on Open Access from different perspectives.

One of the books is called simply Open Access and in this brief introduction Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

open-accessThe book is found both as physical copy, but also as e-book. A search for more books on open access in Summon is available here.

Text: Lisa Carlson

The Nobelprize Laureates

The Nobelweek was started with the prize in Medicin being awarded to John O’Keefe and  May-Britt and Edvard Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”. Among the publications we can offer the following in fulltext (search for the titles in Summon):

Hafting, T., Fyhn, M., Molden, S., Moser, M.B., and Moser, E.I. (2005). Microstructure of spatial map in the entorhinal cortex. Nature 436, 801-806.

Fyhn, M., Molden, S., Witter, M.P., Moser, E.I., Moser, M.B. (2004) Spatial representation in the entorhinal cortex. Science 305, 1258-1264.

There is also a scientific background available.

The following day the Physics prize was awarded jointly to Isamu AkasakiHiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. The scientific background is a good place to start and there are no specific publications mentioned but if you search for the laureates in Summon you get several publications to choose from.

The prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Eric BetzigStefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”. The scientific background and a search in Summon on any of the laureates gives good insight on the subject.

On thursday it was time for the The Nobel Prize in Literature which was awarded to Patrick Modiano for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”. We have a few books in his native language french in the library, 4th floor, shelf Hj -Modiano.

The first week of announcements was ended with the Nobel Peace Prize which was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthiand Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education“. If you search for any of them i Summon there will be access to several articles about both of them and their respective story from magazines and newspapers from all over the world.

The last laureate was presented on monday of this week, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to Jean Tirole “for his analysis of market power and regulation”. The library holds his book The theory of corporate finance and several articles available in fulltext via Summon. There is also a scientific background to start with when learning more on the subject of his research. 










Text: Lisa Carlson

Curious about Karl Lagerfeld?

These days before the semester starts you might have time to think about how Karl Lagerfeld sees the world. If you’re interested to learn more about him we have two suggestions for you. We have the film (see statusLagerfeld Confidential. The film is a close and personal portrait of this fashion icon. The film was nominated in 2007 for a Golden Eye by the Zurich Film Festival in the category of Best New Documentary.

Among our recent acquisitions (you currently find it on “the new acquisition shelf” on level 4) we have a book on the same subject; The World According to Karl described below at the Adlibris website, this is a collection of his opinions (which he honestly disclose in the above filmtip) in a accessible manner.

“Here, in his own deadpan words, are his exacting opinions on everything-from fashion, style, women, and Chanel to fame, life, and books. This is the ultimate repertoire of wit and wisdom from fashion’s sharpest pin. “I only know how to play one role: me.” “Think pink. But don’t wear it.” “I like everything to be washable, myself included.” “Change is the healthiest way to survive.” “I don’t recommend myself as a guest.” “There is one thing I love on earth: to learn.” “



We also have books about Chanel and Fendi so visit us and check them out.

See you monday when the semester starts!

Text and picture: Lisa Carlson