Category: Librarianship

News and comment on the world of librarianship.

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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Inspiration for National Libraries Day 2016

What we intend to do for National Libraries Day 2016 Display and tweet a homemade map of the Public Libraries are in Portsmouth Print out the Libraries Day Message Boards and put them up around the building Use the slideshow from the

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Library staff travel East!

It’s always great to see members of Library staff developing skills, but a recent event is worthy of note when one of our Assistant Faculty Librarians travelled to Hong Kong in her capacity as an Accreditation Assessor for CILIP.

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The building blocks of enquiries…

Helping students with more specialised subject searches is usually the realm of our Faculty Librarians and their assistants, but sometimes we Enquiries staff are asked questions which sit on the borderline of being specialist, and which we enjoy helping with.

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Happy National Librarians Day?

According to my “calendar of very important National Days”, today is National Librarians Day. Although officially the nation is the US, any day that celebrates the work of library folk is worth celebrating if you ask me. On Tuesday, you may

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