Postgraduate Study Suite refurbishment (9-31 August 2019)

Postgraduate Study Suite roomThe Postgraduate Study Suite in the Library is undergoing refurbishment this August.  This will take place in two phases:

Phase 1 (Friday 9 – Sunday 11 August)

The computers will be removed from the Postgraduate Study Suite but postgraduate students will still be able to bring their own computers in or borrow laptops from the lockers and use these in the Postgraduate Study Suite.

Phase 2 (Monday 12 – Saturday 31 August)

The Postgraduate Study Suite will be closed while it is repainted, additional power and data installed, followed by new furniture.  During this period, the main Library is very quiet and so we invite postgraduate students who are seeking a quiet working environment to visit the Individual Silent Study zone on the top floor as an alternative venue.

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Tara’s post: My week of work experience

Music books displayWe are delighted to present a guest blog from our most recent work experience student to the University Library, Tara Bell.  Here’s how she found Library life, in her own words.

During the summer, I planned a week of work experience in the University library as I was intrigued to how a library would work on a day to day basis, having never seen one behind the scenes. Read more ›

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New eBooks – July 2019

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during July 2019 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – July 2019

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during July 2019 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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Farewell to the Linda Jones

Linda Jones, retiring Law LibrarianLinda Jones was the law on all things OSCOLA and legal information related here at the University Library for years, providing a dedicated and caring presence for all and contributing to more meetings, project groups, and mentoring schemes than most of us realised existed.  Indeed, Linda was often found rushing from one place to another having sorted out another desperately confused student and trying to remind herself which meeting was next and whether she might have been invited to two at the same time.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Linda made her name as a champion of professional development across the region and has nurtured the careers of many of her fellow professionals.  She was also a staunch supporter of her students, being one of the few librarians who answered messages in the small hours.  Now she is retiring to look after her extended family and collection of murder mystery novels she received as presents from ICJS, Law and Library staff.  We wish Linda all the best in her future adventures.

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Westlaw is migrating platforms and it’s time to rescue anything you saved to a folder!

Folder migrationOn Monday 5 August, Westlaw will move to a new platform.   You will lose all access to the old Westlaw platform on 5 August.

Any articles you may have saved to folders on the old Westlaw platform will also be lost on 5 August.  We regret that if you wish to retain access to any articles you have saved to folders on the old Westlaw platform, you will need to download these manually and then upload them to the new platform, as described below.

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Card printing service makes a temporary move to Spinnaker building

Student card being used to scan in through the Library turnstiles

We have a lot of new students starting with us very soon, and so to make sure they all get their new student cards when they need them, the card printing service will move from the University Library to the Spinnaker Building from 5 August until 13 October 2019.  Card printing as usual in the Library will resume from Monday 14 October.

Applying to become an external member of the Library?

If you are applying to become an external member of the Library during this period, you may experience a delay while we print your Library card.

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Enter the new Westlaw (5 August 2019)

Judge's gavelAs reported earlier this summer, Westlaw is changing.  While we hope you will enjoy the new interface, if only because you have very little choice in the matter, if you personalise your Westlaw account, there are number of things you will may need to do to set up your account on the new system just the way you like it.

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We love Penguins!

Here at Portsmouth University Library we love a Penguin, and not only Pablo and Pip our library mascots, but also Penguin books. Recently we have been lucky enough to receive a donation of books from a retired University of Portsmouth lecturer who was keen that his book collection be shared with our students.

Among this donation were well over two hundred Penguin books published from the 1930’s up to the present day.

The British publisher Sir Allen Lane wanted to supply books that were affordable and accessible to all and so the Penguin was born in 1935. The iconic design of bold colours and a stylistic unity make the Penguin books instantly recognisable but if you look carefully, the covers do differ and evolve over time.

The Penguin symbol changed several times in the first twelve years.  For example, originally, the Penguin on the front cover is a life-like drawing but later it became a  ‘dancing’ Penguin, at one point the Penguin is highlighted in white and this goes on to become the Penguin encased in orange that we are now familiar with. There are other subtle changes for special editions and illustrated classics.  The typography changes too especially during the Second World War when staff shortages and the economy meant that the quality control was not always in place. The covers are not always orange either. The colour defines the genre with orange for fiction books, green for mystery and crime, cerise for travel and adventure and blue for biography.  The Pelican books with the pale blue cover were meant to be about serious weighty subjects like science, architecture and sociology.

One of the most fascinating details of these books are those with illustrated covers, which reflect current artistic styles and culture.  We have created a display of our donated books in the library to highlight the amazing covers and the iconography of the Penguin Books.  In the glass cabinets in the atrium of the library, we have Penguins with photographic covers, those with ink drawings, etched ones and the very plain un-illustrated but fabulous covers. This amazing collection highlights design at its best.

In the future, some of this collection may be added to our Rare Books stock whilst many are going to be used to inspire and teach in the Faculty of Creative  and Cultural Industries. You will also find some of the collection in our bring and swap ‘Book Nook’ on the ground-floor. Pick up a Penguin while you can.

Click here for more information about Penguin Books.

You can also borrow this book from the University Library:

Penguin by Design‘ by Phil Baines.

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Update 17 July – The reading list rollover cometh NOT!

Student carrying booksUpdate 17 July 2019 –

In light of Curriculum 2019 and subsequent changes to courses and units, we will not roll existing content over to the next academic year.  We will instead archive all 2018/19 reading lists at the end of the month.  This is currently expected to take place on 31 July 2019.

All archived units will remain accessible but you will need to search for each by its unit code to retrieve it from the archive.

We apologise for the misleading original Liblog and Staff Essentials posts (click “Read more” to read the original erroneous post).

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