Up there in blue and white: @UoPlibrary receives blue tick verification on Twitter

twitter photoSome of us harbour secret, furtive aspirations to answer more of your questions via Twitter.  We imagine many of you sitting with Twitter on your phone, just waiting to ask us library things, and given how many other businesses engage with their clients via Twitter it makes sense for us to start thinking about making it a more mainstream enquiry channel.  There is of course nothing stopping you asking us a question via Twitter, or even via Facebook, Facebook Messenger or in an Instagram comment right now.

Before we even consider formally inviting everyone to get in touch via Twitter, however, we have to be sure you could be confident it was us you are getting answers from and not some spurious ‘alternative’ feed that might spring up to impersonate us at an unfortunate moment.  To do this, we sought to have our authentic @UoPlibrary Twitter feed verified.  We believe we are one of the first libraries to earn the official blue tick Twitter verification (h/t @LivUniLibrary for already getting verified as well).  Librarians are keen observers of one another’s achievements, however, and we understand one at least is already pondering how to win themselves a coveted blue tick for their feed, so we expect other libraries will be seeking blue tick verification very soon. Read more ›

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More power to your programming: ACM has expanded

programming photoA raft of exciting new ebooks has arrived on our ACM platform, from spatial- and bio-informatics to machine learning and software evolution, the history of computing to reactive internet programming.  Click here to check out our expanded offering, exclusively from ACM.

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National Clean Air Day (15 June 2017)

Did you know that air pollution on side streets is often at least 20% lower than on busy roads? Or that the most polluted place to be on the roads is inside a vehicle because they gather pollution? The UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday 15 June is a chance to find out more about air pollution, learn how to avoid it and discover the practical things that people can do to reduce local pollution levels.
Let’s create a cleaner future together on National Clean Air Day.  If you normally take children to school in the car or drive into work/study, try taking the train or bus, cycling, or walking instead.  If you have to drive, try turning your engine off when idling in queued traffic and at traffic lights.  Every little helps.
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CareKnowledge running at risk on Wednesday 14 June 2017

It is expected that the CareKnowledge website will be available only intermittently on Wednesday 14 June 2017 and will be running at risk all that day while essential maintenance work is carried out on the site.  The supplier intends to minimise disruption and apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
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New interlibrary loan delivery system launched

We are pleased to confirm we are now using the new and improved DRM Lite system to deliver interlibrary loans from the British Library.  All orders placed using our interlibrary loans system will now use this system.  When you request a journal article or book chapter using the interlibrary loans service, it will now be delivered within a few days directly to your University email account.  You will then be able to open it on any computer, tablet or smartphone with a working internet connection and Adobe Reader (or Acrobat) installed.  You will have 30 days after receiving the interlibrary loan to save a copy, which will remain accessible for up to three years.  You will still have the option to print a single copy to store more permanently.  Read more ›

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Walls have ears and train carriages have eyes

laptop train photoIf you ever find yourself working on a multi-million pound business deal or indeed just updating your LinkedIn profile in public, you should always be aware who may be watching, listening, and waiting a few paces away with a USB filled with ready to deliver malware to load onto your laptop or download digitally to your tablet.  This tale of corporate carelessness has words for the wise: that walls have ears and train carriages have eyes.

Photo by Leonardo Rizzi

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EBSCO no longer supports Internet Explorer 8 or 9

internet explorer photoIf you are using an older version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, please be aware that at least one of our biggest electronic resource suppliers EBSCO, have now ceased to support IE 8 and 9 on security grounds.  Browser versions currently supported by EBSCO are listed here on their support pages.

Photo by LearnerWeb

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Emerald Insight platform maintenance (Tuesday 6th June)

The Emerald Insight platform is undergoing a scheduled update until 8pm today (Tuesday 6th June 2017).  We have been warned that the platform will offer read-only access today, and that functionality will be limited during this period.  Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser.  This may also affect some functionality on www.emeraldpublishing.com.  This essential website maintenance is part of Emerald’s customer focused development initiative.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

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New ejournal: Policy and practice in health and safety

Studying health and safety?  We have just added the ejournal “Policy and practice in health and safety” to our collection, and it is ready for you to search through the Discovery Service.

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New eBooks – May 2017

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during May 2017 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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