After sitting through and participating in 3 days of sessions at ECIL 2016 in Prague while networking with librarians from 51 countries, it was a relief to actually get into a room full of books.
On a visit to the Ministry of Culture (Czech Republic), I could actually smell the books before I saw them: dusty, musty– a librarian elixir. We sighed when we viewed a book with Copernicus’s signature (below) which inspired me to visit a few more libraries on my own.
The Klementinum includes The Baroque Library Hall completed in 1722. Books comprise theological works since 1600 collected by the Jesuits and the site is currently the National Library of the Czech Republic. It’s certainly ornate, but no photos were permitted — not a problem because I also visited Strahov Monastery where you can buy a permit to photograph.
The Strahov was founded in the 12th century as a monastery and houses the Theological and Philosophical Halls. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
It seems ornate ceilings were inspirational in past. I wonder if we’re missing something in our downward viewing today. I’m going to make an effort to look up more often, think things through, if nothing else, to relieve the eye strain.
ECIL 2016 was a great chance to look up and out, think, share and consider our place in the library world. There is an abundance of good practice out there, a lot of shared problems and some excellent research (this was a conference loaded with doctoral research and Phds in librarianship). What I find in going out is that it forces me to look in. As a part of a wide-world of libraries, the UCL IOE Library’s hard-working librarians do a sterling job of preserving the old, embracing the new and supporting students amidst a rapidly changing landscape. It’s good to go out, but it’s always nice to come home.
UCL has trial access to Childlink and Child Protection Hub until 25th November 2016. To access off-site please use Desktop@UCL Anywhere
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Child Protection Hub (NSCPH) aims to enhance and share child protection knowledge within the professional communities throughout the UK and the island of Ireland.
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ECIL, the European Conference on Information Literacy, is in Prague from 10-13 October. In its fourth year, the conference is more international than European with almost 300 delegates coming from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and the US. The theme this year is ‘Information literacy in the inclusive society.’
The keynote speaker on day one, Tara Brabazon from Flinders University, Australia, started the conference with a bang. Her speech, ‘3D librarian: information literacy in an accelerated age’, dealt with 3 Ds: digitization, disintermediation and deterritorialization. She sees the flattening of expertise online and calls for librarians to provide a scaffold to help users evaluate the accuracy of information online. An inclusive society requires not only citizens who can search online, but citizens who can critically select and analyse that information.
The rest of the day until 6 pm was spent attending various sessions and participating in Pecha Kucha. A Pecha Kucha presentation is comprised of 20 slides, 20 seconds each slide so each presentation is quick and focussed. My presentation, ‘Two-way learning with IOE LibQuizzes at UCL Institute of Education,’ was one of 13 in a 2 hour slot. It was a bit of a whirlwind and that was just the end of day one!
With three days ahead, there will be a lot more sessions (180 in total!), library visits and sharing to come. What is reassuring is that we at UCL are part of a diligent and hard-working community of librarians sharing good practice and research. Our countries and contexts might be varied, but we’re mostly reading from the same book.
UCL staff and students now have access to over 26,000 films via Kanopy, an online video streaming resource. Kanopy‘s collection includes thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases which can be streamed from any location on various devices.
The collection includes a number of leading producers, such as the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, BBC and hundreds more.
Features include: sharing films, creating clips or teaching playlists, and the capacity to embed these into the course system.
We are working to get the records loaded as soon as possible so that you can find these films via Explore but in the meantime, you can go directly to Kanopy.
This is one of a series of projects that UCL Library Services is running to directly involve users in the acquisition of content, UCL has deposited funds with Kanopy allowing for licences to the popular titles to be purchased whilst all other films can also be viewed.
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30,000+ e-books available via JSTOR for a limited period – read the e-books you want and UCL Library Services will buy the most popular.
UCL Library Services are once again offering staff and students access to a large part of the JSTOR e-book collection. You can now read over 30,000 e-books via JSTOR across a range of subjects and we will buy the most-used titles to add to our e-book collection. The access will end once the money we have deposited has been spent – we’ll keep you notified with updates via this blog. We are working to get the records loaded as soon as possible so that you can find these additional e-books via Explore but in the meantime, you can go directly to JSTOR.
This is one of a series of projects that UCL Library Services is running to directly involve users in the acquisition of e-book content. Go to our Ebooks on demand@UCL webpage to find out more about the various projects.
Anna Sansome, E-Resources Librarian, UCL Library Services
UCL has welcomed students with a list of 11 Things to start your UCL Journey. Fittingly, one of these 11 ‘things’ is getting to know the library.
We realise in the library that the journey of research can be a long and winding road: sometimes exhilarating, surprising and frequently frightening. As Dewey writes (1933), full of ‘troublesome knowledge’.
In the IOE Library, we provide a number of guides to help along the way—over 100 IOE LibGuides—all freely available online covering the digital library, library collections, archives, services and a lot of ‘how to’ advice.
After all the changes in the library this summer, we’re promoting the SAFER route to research that covers the basics of: searching, accessing, finding, evaluating and referencing. If you want the short path, try out the SAFER LibQuiz that reviews all five guides at once.
Another bit of help is IOE LibAnswers, a searchable database of previously asked questions and an enquiry service via email, phone, text or LibChat.
In addition to our online guides and enquiry service, we‘re here in person to help on your research journey. Whether you’re completely lost or just looking for a new direction for searching, stop in at our Help Point. Our opening hours are here on IOE LibGuides.