Have you been thinking what it is like to work at an univeristy? What does all the teachers, librarians, administrators, controlers and other do all day long? Now you have a possibility to follow University of Borås staff on Instagram – a new staff member a week. It will work the same way as when our students instagram for the university. You haven’t missed that, have you?

Communications Officer Anna is first to instagram at @jobbarpahogskolaniboras

Students at University of Borås instagram at @hogskolaniboras

Pieta Eklund

New semester – a couple of tips

There are still a couple of weeks before the fall semester starts. Hopefully everyone is filled with energy from the summer and are full of expectations for the semester and all the new knowledge. To keep up with us at the library you could follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also tag the University of Borås with #hogskolaniboras in Instagram or follow hogskolaniboras.

Here are some tips from us at the library to all new and old students.

You will be needing course litterature. There are a couple of ways to get your hands om course litterature. you can buy used books. Check out University of Borås Facebook (mostly in Swedish) noticeboards outside of the library and the red lunch restaurant in Balder. You can also find used course litterature at kurslitt.se. or at kurslitteratur.se. We have course books for loan but we only have one or two copies, but we have a reference copy which is not for loan. You may read it here at the library. Read how the course litterature works.

Books that are on loan can always be reserved. The loan period is shortened and you should receive the book shortly. Read rules and regulations for borrowing books. Sometimes we might not have the book you are looking for but then we can either borrow it from another library or if our librarians think that it could be useful to our users we purchase the book. Read about loans and purchases.

There are resources to ease your studies if you happen to have some reading or writing difficulties.

Studies here at the University of Borås means that you will have to write reports, papers and thesis. In these you must refer to different types of sources to build and defende the arguments you make in your paper. You should learn how to manage your references. You should also be critical of your sources and you should not plagiarize. Also, you need to think of the copyright law.

You will probably have many questions and thoughts and you are always welcom to the library with them. We will resume our ordinary opening hours on Monday 16th of August, Mon – Thu 8-20, Fri 8-18. We will also be open on weekends, Sat-Sun 11-16.

Check our page for new students for more information on e.g. searching information, databases, the buildning and what kind of data support we offer at the library.

Welcome to a new fall semester with us!

Text: Pieta Eklund


Social Media Meetup 2013

Yesterday was the fourth edition of the conference Social Media 2013 held in Borås and the library was participating. The main attraction of the conference was Joakim Jardenberg who was awarded the first Sparbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad social media prize. His presentation after the award was handed to him was memorable with a lot of humor and love for the opportunities that technology of social media gives us. That, for example, it’s important to remember that it’s not social media that invented the online hate, and instead we should use the technology of the media to access problems surrounding it. He finished it all with a very simple message: Be honest and do good shit!

Other speakers during the afternoon was Leif Pagrotsky who discussed his experiences on Twitter as a tool and how he sees it as an opportunity to regain power over what is / will be big in the media and promote an alternative agenda from a different perspective. Anders Mildner got the audience to consider how the Internet sharing logic affects our content. We usually know what will generate much attention, and that we might not publish information that doesn’t. These are important questions not only to journalists but to any one working with social media in organizations. The thread was picked up by Mathias Klang which angered some in the audience by saying that the authority (which libraries are) should not have humor, I chose to interpret this so that authority can have humor in their message but it obviously must be adapted to the medium that is in use. Humor itself must never obscure the message or be unsuitable. It can never be a goal for an authority to be popular in social media.

It was a very interesting afternoon and that participants had really only one question: where was the cake for the afternoon tea?

Book recommendations from the day that were mediated by the scene that the library holds:

The-Future-of-Ideas-Cover    The-Shallows

Text: Lisa Carlson