Category: Librarianship

News and comment on the world of librarianship.

Customer Service Excellence

You may have noticed the new purple CSE logo that recently appear on the Library homepage.  This celebrates the Library, alongside Sports & Recreation, obtaining the coveted Customer Service Excellence Award.  We are now working hard to further improve our services

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Once we popped, we couldn’t stop!

Here in the Enquiries team we answer a lot of questions about referencing via email and online chat, but we don’t always get that many in person, from students visiting us at the Support Services Desk. We wondered if that was

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Tips for academic writing

After publishing a case study article in a peer-reviewed journal, one librarian shares the lessons he learned about successful academic writing.  Happily the advice works for everything from undergraduate assignments to academic journal articles, so there is something of potential

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Free access to a special issue of the Journal of Archival Organization

Taylor & Francis are offering free access for one year, until 31 October 2017, to a special issue of the journal Journal of Archival Organization: “Pondering provenance: a special (re)issue”.   If you use, manage or just have an interest in the

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Advice to libraries thinking of introducing book baskets

Every librarian has watched perspiring students attempt to collect and carry teetering piles of books about the library, occasionally overreaching for a book just too far away and sending the tower of intended reading calamitously tumbling down.  Offering baskets and/or trolley baskets

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Putting pen(guin) to paper

We recently published a peer-reviewed journal article (a free version is available from the University of Portsmouth Research Portal) about the arrival of Pablo the penguin (who tweets as @uoppenguin).  Some of you might be wondering about the origins of Pablo the penguin

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Vice Chancellor officially opens the Library Book Nook

The Vice Chancellor officially opened the Library Book Nook today, commenting that it was important both in itself and as a testament to the commitment of the Library both to supporting the rounded development of our clients and encouraging a balanced approach to

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Digital democracy

According to Walter Benjamin, history is written by the winners.  Should we therefore be worried that copies of parliamentary papers are no longer being given to our national and other legal deposit libraries or that the pdfs published online by TSO (The Stationery

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Research and the Enquiries team: Rambling into Research (Part 1)

Strategic plans often seem a little detached from day to day work, don’t they? Filled with buzz words and positive intentions, and printed on glossy paper to stand out from the other communications we receive, they can come across as

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Reading for pleasure?

Saturday 6th February is National Libraries Day. Hurrah! All week we’ve been asking our users to recommend their favourite books using a board in the library atrium. There are an interesting selection on there so far, ranging from Jackie Collins

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