Posts tagged: Library

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

13 January 2020
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to make the most from the Library Champion Scheme.

Are there new books, electronic books or DVDs you would like to see in the library?

Do you think there are titles we need more copies of?

If so, you can request books through your Library Champion!

Each school has a pot of £5,000 allocated for book requests and a designated Library Champion who can be contacted when you would like to request books for the library.

Find out more about the scheme from two of our Library Champions:

You will need to include details about the items you would like us to order, including: read more

Getting the most out of Library Search

16 April 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to use Library Search smarter!

Trying to find sources for your academic work can be difficult, time consuming and overwhelming.  Sometimes, even deciding where to look can be tricky!  But fear not, help is at hand!

Library Search can make your academic life easier by helping you to find a range of reliable and trustworthy sources for your work.  It contains a wealth of information to help you make the most of your studies, including books/eBooks, journals/eJournals, articles, databases, past exam papers, the University’s research, the University’s Archives and Special Collections and more. read more

Getting through a boring book…

17 November 2017

Hope is one of our English students. She is blogging about reading boring books!

Reading is great…mostly, and if you’re on an English based course like I am, you’ll know that reading is not so much a fun, leisurely pastime as it is a necessity. I don’t know much about other courses reading requirements, but what I do know is that at one point or another, we all have to read a pretty boring book…or two…three…ten?

The problem here is, that when you read for fun, if the book doesn’t grab your attention straight away, or a couple of chapters in you just cannot for the life of you get into it, you can simply put it down and pick up the next on your list of want-to-reads. When you’re required to read for a course, however, it’s not that easy (unfortunately). read more

Blueprint – yet another new online resource for Art & Design!

4 September 2017

We’re pleased to announce that one of the leading Design journals, Blueprint, is now available to you online in full text from 2013 onwards. Particularly good for Interior Design and Architecture, it’s great for full colour illustrations and features on individual designers. Access it by searching for Blueprint on Library Search, then choose Online Access, or directly at https://reader.exacteditions.com/magazines/21930/issues/

Network username and password are required off-campus. read more

Vogue Italia archive – brilliant new Fashion resource

14 August 2017

Yet another brilliant new resource for Art & Design! Our new Fashion resource, Vogue Italia archive, neatly complements our existing online access to Vogue US. Vogue Italia archive consists of scanned articles from the journal’s launch in 1964 onwards, and so is excellent for illustrations, retro interest in Fashion and the historical development of garments. Use the keyword feature to search for garments, designers etc.

To access it – from Library Search choose Databases, then choose Vogue Italia from the A-Z list. Network username and password are required off-campus. read more

Art and Architecture Archive – great new online resource!

25 July 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that you now have access to a brilliant new resource for art, architecture and all design subjects. Art and Architecture Archive consists of scanned articles from journals, so it is great for full colour illustrations as well as full text. It covers the years 1895-2005, a much longer historical period than our other journal resources for this subject area. It is potentially very useful for visual arts, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, photography and many other subjects. read more

Disability Awareness Day, Sunday 16th July

5 July 2017

Did you know that Sunday 16th July is Disability Awareness Day? The world’s largest voluntary-led disability exhibition is held in the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington. For more details please see http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk

The University of Salford, and The Library in particular, have many features in place to ensure their services are as accessible as possible. These include mind-mapping software (Inspiration), screen reading (Jaws), and the numerous applications available on My Study Bar – the latter should be available on all networked student pcs. To find out more, including accessible access to the different Library sites, go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/accessibility read more

Find library resources more easily using ‘Locate’!

30 January 2017
Tracy Breheny

Tracy shows you how to use ‘Locate’.

Overwhelmed by the number of resources in the library?  Lost amongst the shelving with no idea which direction to go in?  Not sure where to find a book you need?  You can find out exactly where a book is located in the Library using our ‘Locate’ tab.

The ‘Locate’ tab is available for all resources you find in Library Search, and it makes locating books you need much easier.

To use the ‘Locate’ tab:

1. First of all, look for the book you want in Library Search.

2. When you find the book you want, you’ll see a blue ‘Locate’ button below the title.  Click this. read more

Discover Allerton Learning Space

9 August 2016

 

 

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The Learning Space is conveniently located directly opposite the Mary Seacole Building, on the Frederick Road Campus. It’s an ideal space for students in the school of Health Sciences and the school of  Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.

If you’re looking for somewhere to study, or just have a bit of spare time in between lectures, please pop in and have a look around.

You should also explore our newest study space on Allerton Campus – The B’Hive: and there are many more study spaces available to you on campus.

The Learning Space is open from 8am until 9pm, Monday to Friday.

What is there?

Level 1

Here you’ll find the library enquiry desk, which is staffed from 9am – 5pm during the week. Staff can answer any queries you may have regarding your library or IT account and help you to access electronic resources. We also provide support for using printers, laptops, and any other library services.

There are 60 laptops available for students to borrow and use in the learning space. You will need your student ID card to borrow one – more information here.

Lockers are available next to the enquiry desk so that you can store your belongings and not have to carry everything around campus. Again, just make sure you have your ID card.

 

lockers

 

There is a seminar room which you can book online here. It has 2 PCs, a large screen monitor and space for 5 or 6 students. It’s great for group work, meetings or even a quiet spot to work on your own.

On level 1, you’ll also find a collection of Skills for Learning study guides, on topics such as critical analysis, referencing, reflective writing and IT skills.

 

Level 2

The main area on level 2 is a large open space for group and social study. There are a number of sofas, comfy armchairs and coffee tables along with more traditional study desks. There are flipcharts which you can use to prepare for presentations and plenty of power sockets to plug in your laptop. There are also print, copy and scan facilities on this floor, as well as height adjustable desks.

 

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Extension

The Level 2 extension is a quiet study area with lots of space and natural light. There are some open access PCs and two study pods, as well as more height adjustable desks. Ask a member of staff if you’re not sure how to use these.

 

There is a second group study room with PC, large screen and whiteboard, which can be booked online.

 

seminar room

 

The PC suite in the extension (ALS203) is sometimes used as a training room but if not, you are free to use the PCs in here. The extension also has a silent study room.

 

silence

 

Level 4

We have a large open access PC suite with space for up to 100 students. You can always check whether PCs are available here or anywhere on campus by visiting this page

 

pc suite

 

Remember, from any PC you can access all the e-books and other electronic resources, such as journal articles, that the library subscribes to.

There are printers and a separate training room (ALS402), which is free to use when there are no classes.

Assistive Technology

We have an assistive technology room, which can be booked at the library enquiry desk. This room has a height adjustable desk and also has the following software installed:

  • Zoomtext
  • JAWS
  • Aspiration

 

Academic Support

If you’re a NMSWSS student, your Academic Support Librarian is based in the Allerton Learning Space. Do you know who it is? Or how we can help you? You can find our contact details, book an appointment, and read about the support that we offer here.