10/12/2012

LINC y Gogledd

Did you know you can order core textbooks free from any college, university or public library in north Wales?

Follow the link below and select ‘LINC y Gogledd’ http://library.wales.org/catcymru to search for the book you want.

When you find an item you want, please make a note of the institute/authority that has the book and ask your library staff to order it through LINC.

The book will take under a week to reach you, though you may receive it within a couple of days depending on which authority/institute has the book.


07/12/2012

Library Christmas Opening Hours

Please click here for a summary of our Christmas Opening Hours. Our Libraries will close on either the 22nd or the 23rd of December and re-open on January 2nd. Have a very Merry Christmas!

06/12/2012

Technical Issues when viewing PDFs on SciVerse platform (resolved)

Please be advised that Windows 7 users are currently experiencing difficulties when viewing ScienceDirect article PDFs on the SciVerse platform.

The problem is not browser specific and occurs regardless of whether you are using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.

When a Windows 7 user clicks on a PDF link in SciVerse the document appears momentarily and then the image disappears from view and is replaced by a blank screen.

Elsevier have been informed and are treating the issue as high priority. There is no expected resolution date yet.

04/12/2012

Penny for your thoughts? …. ..Even better how about an Amazon voucher?

Tell us what you think of Library & Archives The Library & Archives Service is using LibQUAL+ to measure your perceptions of the quality of our service and to identify the most important areas where we might need to improve. The process also measures the range of resources we have available and the study environments we provide. The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete and at the end you will have the option to enter a draw to win a £100 Amazon Voucher. To take part visit http://www.libqual.org/survey/RWSVDA72HUL53VNY before midnight on 9th December 2012. If you have any queries please contact us at Libqual@bangor.ac.uk Your opinion is very important to us. Please take part.

30/11/2012

Deiniol Drop-in advice

Friday afternoons drop-in advice at the Deiniol library 1-4pm term-time. An academic support librarian will be available to help with library resources and information hunting. Re-starting this Friday 30th November.

18/10/2012

Meet your User Support Assistant

My name is Jenny Greene and I’ve worked for the library here at Bangor for nearly twenty years.


Several years ago I decided to study for a BA in Social Studies, through the School of Lifelong Learning. The areas of study for this course focussed on History, Psychology and Sociology. I found that studying for a degree, gave me an insight into how it feels to be a student at Bangor. I think that I am better able to appreciate the issues that students encounter when studying here.

The Learning Lounge

From: The Learning Lounge Team - 17th October 12.30 - 2.30
Llyfrgell Adeilad Deiniol
We are pleased to announce the launch of ‘The Learning Lounge’.
This is an exciting new project developed by Careers & Employability and International Student Support.
The Learning Lounge is a series of free workshops to help students make the most out of their time in Bangor.
The Learning Lounge is informal, social and focussed on personal development.
The Learning Lounge aims to offer a diverse range of topics, with different hosts for each session. Topics will cover: new skills, personal development, general interest, current affairs and more…
We would like to invite you to get involved:
  • Come along to a Learning Lounge
  • Host a Learning Lounge
  • Suggest topics
  • Give us feedback and ideas
  • Spread the word
Every other Wednesday during term-time, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Deiniol Library in the new social interaction space. Feel free to just drop-in for a bit, or come to the whole session. Free refreshments will be available.

02/10/2012

TRIAL: Independent Scholarly Publishers Group

We are currently trialling online access to Independent Scholarly Publishers Group.

This trial will run until 31 December 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

TRIAL: Alexander Street Collections

We are currently trialling Alexander Street Collections.

This trial will run until 31 October 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

04/09/2012

TRIAL: Mintel Global Market Navigator

We are currently trialling Mintel Global Market Navigator.

This trial will run until 31 October 2013 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

New E-Resource: Religion & Philosophy Collection

From September 2012, the Library has online access to the full text Religion & Philosophy Collection


Click here for more information.

22/08/2012

New E-Resource: Times Digital Archive

From August 2012, the Library has online access to the complete searchable digital archive of The Times (London) from 1785 to 2006.


Click here for more information.

21/08/2012

ScienceDirect: Scheduled maintenance (resolved)

ScienceDirect will be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning 12.30pm Saturday 25th August for scheduled maintenance.

30/07/2012

New E-Resource: JSTOR Complete Collections

The recent trial of JSTOR was a huge success and we have now purchased a subscription to all remaining collections that we didn’t already subscribe to. Our access now includes the Arts & Sciences Collections I to X and the Life Sciences Collection.


Click here for more information

25/07/2012

Web of Knowledge Maintenance (resolved)

Please be advised that scheduled maintenance will take place beginning on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 14:00 GMT and ending by Monday, August 6, 2012 at 02:00 GMT.

Web of Knowledge may not be available during that period.

23/07/2012

SpringerLink Enhancements

Several enhancements have been made to the SpringerLink user interface that will make it easier for users to navigate and find content. For instance, the date of publication for a journal article or book chapter will now be shown on abstract pages and enhanced title linking will provide better navigation throughout the site.

Here is the full list of enhancements :

  • Book browse listing will now default to show the most recently published content first, instead of listing books in alphabetical order
  • Search Within any search result enabled: you can now search within a set of search results as well as within the Russian and Chinese Libraries
  • Related documents now visible on article record page
  • Visible site map in footer on all SpringerLink pages
  • Date of publication now visible on all article pages
  • Article Titles link to abstract page
  • Journal Titles link to most recent issue
  • Book Titles link to Look Inside

New E-Resource: Open Library

This is a free ebook borrowing service.

The web site is collaborative and you are able to upload your own books, edit information about existing titles and download free ebooks where available.


Click here for more information.

20/07/2012

New E-Resource: China Academic Journals

The recent trial of China Academic Journals was a success and we have now purchased a subscription to Series H: Education/Social Sciences.


You can view this resource from both an English and a Chinese Interface.
Click here for more information

11/07/2012

Brand new full text content for Royal Society of Chemistry

We have recently upgraded our online access to Royal Society of Chemistry journals.

We now have access to all RSC journal, database and magazine content.

New full text journals include:
  • Analytical Methods
  • Chemical Hazards in Industry (Database)
  • Chemical Science
  • Chemistry World
  • Food & Function
  • Integrative Biology
  • Issues in Environmental Science & Technology
  • MedChemComm
  • Metallomics
  • Nanoscale
  • Polymer Chemistry 

You can access RSC Journals here

You can access RSC Databases via the same link or via their individual links here:

09/07/2012

TRIAL: Kluwer Law International Journal Library

We are currently trialling full text access to Kluwer Law International Journal Library.

This trial will run until 27 July 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

Latest Journal Citation Report 2011 data is now available

The latest release of Journal Citation Reports provides 2011 data. The 2012 edition of Journal Citation Reports will be made available mid-year 2013.

Throughout the years 2007-2009, more than 1,600 journals that focus on topics of regional interest were added to Web of Science. Data used to calculate JCR metrics include citations from these journals as each was included in our citation indexes. Most of these titles are now included in the list of titles available in the 2011 JCR. To get information about the new regional content in JCR, go to: http://isiwebofknowledge.com/products_tools/multidisciplinary/webofscience/contentexp/

To access the list of titles receiving their first Journal Impact Factor in the 2011 data, go to: http://scientific.thomsonreuters.com/imgblast/JCR-newlist-2011.pdf

To access the complete list of JCR 2011 titles, go to: http://scientific.thomsonreuters.com/imgblast/JCRFullCovlist-2011.pdf

25/06/2012

TRIAL: JSTOR Complete Collection

We are currently trialling full text access to the complete collection of archive content on JSTOR.

This includes all subject areas in Arts & Sciences and Life Sciences.

This trial will run until 9 July 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

22/06/2012

New book on Sustainable Event Management (at Deiniol Library)

Meegan Jones. 2010. Sustainable event management: a practical guide. Deiniol Library (Bangor University): GT3405.J66 2010).

Outdoor festivals and events are very popular in the UK and around the world, but can damage the local environment, and leave a trail of rubbish and waste. It’s very important for event organizers to consider how to run their event sustainably, and minimise the impact left on our beautiful planet; so a new book by Meegan Jones called “Sustainable event management: a practical guide” should be very useful for students and academics researching this area, and even more useful for current or prospective event managers.

The book contains photos and examples from real life events, such as Glastonbury Festival, and attempts to inspire event organizers to consider that: “Rather than being hedonistic, resource gulping and garbage producing, events have the potential to be model examples of a harmonious balance between human activity, resource use and minimal environmental impact.” (Jones, 2010, p.3).

19/06/2012

TRIAL: Index to Printed Music

We are currently trialling online access to the Index to Printed Music.

This trial will run until 18 July 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

New E-Resource: People’s Collection Wales

This new web site provides access to the rich heritage of Wales and allows members of the public to contribute their own content.


It is a Welsh Government-funded project in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society and others. 

Click here for more information

12/06/2012

New E-Resource: Oxford Index

Oxford Publishing have just launched a brand new search and discovery gateway. This free service allows users to search across Oxford’s digital academic content and (where Bangor University holds a subscription) link directly through to the full text.


29/05/2012

New E-Resource: Cambridge Collections Online

The recent trial of Cambridge Collections Online was a success and we have now purchased a subscription which will run until January 2014.


The collection includes essays written by experts on major authors, periods and genres and designed for student readers. For the author Companions, each writer is placed in literary and historical context. Each author’s major works are analysed and their influence on later writers assessed.

The generic and topical Companions cover periods of English literature and literary genres.

Click here for more information

30/04/2012

TRIAL: KluwerArbitration

We are currently trialling online access to KluwerArbitration.

This trial will run until 7 May 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

27/04/2012

Technical Notice: Web of Knowledge

On 29 April 2012, Thomson Reuters will discontinue access to the older version of the Web of Knowledge platform at: http://0-webofknowledgev4.com.unicat.bangor.ac.uk/

Access to Web of Knowledge 5.5 (the latest current version) will continue to be available through the new platform interface at: http://0-webofknowledge.com.unicat.bangor.ac.uk/

Further information at: http://wokinfo.com/about/v4/

18/04/2012

TRIAL: World Bank eLibrary

We are currently trialling online access to World Bank eLibrary.

This trial will run until 18 May 2012 and you can access it here.


If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

04/04/2012

New Electronic Resources available now

The Library has recently acquired the following new electronic resources:
    • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
    •  Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics

03/04/2012

Important News about our ebooks

In October 2011, Bangor University Library committed £105,000 to a new model of ebook purchasing called Patron Driven Acquisition or PDA.

Over 80,000 ebook records have been loaded into the Library Catalogue and made available to staff and students for browsing. These ebooks are not owned by the Library. Instead, they are rented out on a 24 hour loan basis. Each 24 hour loan incurs a charge to the Library (usually about 10% of the total cost of the ebook). Once an ebook has been loaned four times, it is deemed an ‘in demand’ title and is automatically purchased and added to our ebook collection in perpetuity.

Of the 80,000 ebooks made available via the Library Catalogue, over 759 have been automatically purchased outright, with a further 8,852 generating short term loans of one or more days. In total, there have been 34,523 title requests since 1 October 2011.

The deposit of £105,000 has now been spent, and so any ebooks not purchased outright throughout the course of the patron driven period will no longer be visible in the Library Catalogue and available for loan.

If you find that there are titles to which you previously had access that are no longer available, please contact the Library and we can investigate methods of adding the titles to our collection.

We hope to repeat the PDA exercise again and are currently gathering data to support our proposal, so any feedback you might have on how useful you have found this method of enhancing our ebook collection would be welcomed.

TRIAL: BBC Monitoring Library

We are currently trialling online access to BBC Monitoring Library.

This trial will run until 30 April 2012 and you can access it here.


If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

TRIAL: Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO)

We are currently trialling online access to Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO).

This trial will run until 27 April 2012 and you can access it here.



If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

22/03/2012

Some end of year statistics on Science

Science is one of our top two most popular electronic journals for the third year running.

Below are a couple of summary reports on usage throughout 2011 (click on the report images to magnify them):
  1. Total usage for the year

  2. The five articles with the highest usage for the year
It is also possible to analyse article usage by topic.  Of a total of 82,782 articles available online in 2011, 7,699 of these were accessed a total of 20,598 times throughout the year.  The topic with the highest number of unique articles accessed was Ecology with 1,046 unique articles accessed - nearly 30% of the total number of articles available for Ecology.  After Ecology, the next five most popular topics were:
  • Neuroscience (591 unique articles accessed)
  • ATM Oceans (502 unique articles accessed)
  • Evolution (378 unique articles accessed)
  • Genetics (318 unique articles accessed)
  • Geochemistry/Geophysics (312 unique articles accessed)


16/03/2012

TRIAL: Palgrave Access All Areas

We are currently trialling online access to Palgrave Macmillan journals.

This trial will run until 31 March 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

28/02/2012

TRIAL: Cambridge Collections Online

We are currently trialling online access to Cambridge Collections Online

This trial will run until 26 March 2012 and you can access it here.


If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

27/02/2012

Important changes to HTML article view on ScienceDirect platform

There is going to be a complete redesign of the HTML article page on ScienceDirect which will be rolled out in several phases. The aim is to improve navigation and readability.

The new article page will consist of three panes – left and middle panes are now available.

The left pane focuses on navigation options within the article while the middle pane features the actual article in a format much like the PDF version.

The right pane, due to be released from mid-2012, will aim to add more context to the content being viewed.



You can access ScienceDirect from our Library Catalogue.

24/02/2012

TRIAL: Book Citation Index

We are currently trialling online access to Book Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform.

This trial will run until 22 March 2012 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

15/02/2012

New look Library Catalogue Quick Search

You will notice that the Library’s Quick Search appearance has changed recently.  We hope that you will find the new look a lot cleaner and less cluttered.

We have moved from a three column display









to a two column display.









But, this isn’t the only change...

09/02/2012

Archives Temporary Closure

Due to major refurbishment work in the main strong rooms the search room of Bangor University Archives will close on the 20th of July 2012 and will reopen on September 10th, 2012.

No Archive service, including rare books, will be available during this period.

06/02/2012

Y Llechen Poll Results

Our first mini poll on Y Llechen has come to an end. We asked Blog readers which they preferred? Print Books or Electronic Books?

77 people voted altogether and the results are as follows:

  • I prefer print – 37 votes (48%) 
  • I like both – 33 votes (42%) 
  • I prefer electronic – 7 votes (9%) 

This poll has now finished, but we have just posted a new mini poll and are keen to hear your thoughts on which is your preferred route to electronic resources.

Vote now!

02/02/2012

News about Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Early English Books Online (EEBO) will continue to be available on two platforms throughout 2012.

The original platform can be accessed here. The new platform, which was launched in August 2011, can be accessed here.


The new platform is very much in development and we would appreciate any feedback you might have that can be passed on to the platform developers to help improve the functionality of the resource over the next year.

24/01/2012

New Resources for 2012

Here is a list of some of the brand new electronic resources available from the Library in 2012:
  • Handbook of Translation Studies
  • Translation Studies Bibliography Online
  • American Economic Association Journals
  • Marine Digimap
  • MEDLINE via Ovid
  • Ovid Nursing Full Text Collection
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland

Visit our New E-Resources page for more information.

There have also been some platform changes.  Most notably, PsycARTICLES is now available on the ProQuest platform alongside PsycINFO, enabling more seamless access to full text articles.

Finally, there have been a couple of non-renewals.  We no longer have current access to the following e-resources via the Library Catalogue:
  • Emerald Management Journals
  • Nexis

20/01/2012

Closure of the British Library Integrated Catalogue

The British Library is withdrawing access to the Integrated Catalogue on Monday 23 January 2012. It will be replaced by Explore the British Library.

If you have bookmarked http://catalogue.bl.uk you may wish to amend it to http://explore.bl.uk.


All British Library links from our Library Catalogue and Library Web site are being updated. But, please let us know if you spot any broken links.

18/01/2012

Coming soon! New enhancements for OvidSP

On 19 January 2012, Ovid will be updating their platform.  There will be no scheduled downtime.

The update will provide the following user interface enhancements:
  • Ability to export citations to Excel
  • An enlarged Ovid Resource Box
  • Simpler way to change Ovid Resource selections
  • Access to Print/Email/Export/Add to My Projects quick-click buttons at the bottom of the search results screen
  • New Advanced Search entry tips to promptly search by Keyword, Author, Title and Journal
  • More prominent navigation within Journals A-Z 

You can access OvidSP from our Library Catalogue.

13/01/2012

TRIAL: China Academic Journals

We are currently trialling online access to China Academic Journals.

This trial will run until 11th February 2012 and you can access it here.



If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

10/01/2012

Scheduled Maintenance: BioOne (Resolved)

BioOne will be experiencing scheduled maintenance on Friday January 13th, 2012 starting at 11pm.

The maintenance period will be no longer than four hours in duration and the web site will be unavailable for at least one hour during this time.

09/01/2012

TRIAL: Parker on the Web

We are currently trialling online access to Parker on the Web.

This trial will run until 20th February 2012 and you can access it here.


If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.

06/01/2012

IT Services - disruption Saturday, 7th January. (resolved)

May we remind you there will be major IT disruption between 0900 to 1200 on the 7th January. Disruption will be:
  • The internet will be unavailable
  • Voicemail will be unavailable
  • Calls to direct dial numbers will not be available (01248 351151 will be available)
  • There will be no telephone service on the Science Site and Fron Heulog

05/01/2012

LIBRARY CATALOGUE and E-RESOURCES NOT AVAILABLE (resolved)

THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE and E-RESOURCES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE for approximately one hour between 18:00 and 21:00 this Thursday and Friday, January 5th and 6th. The system will be down for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

03/01/2012

TRIAL: Digital Theatre Plus

We are currently trialling online access to Digital Theatre Plus.


This trial will run until 17th January 2012 and you can access it here.

To access this trial you will need a unique username and password that you can obtain by contacting eresources@bangor.ac.uk

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.