On the move

August 2, 2010


The time has come for us to part… …but fear not, we’re not going far! We in ILS are going to combine the two library blogs. That means that as of now we will only continue to update the ILS Matters blog rather than duplicating posts in two places. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to the Update blog and we hope that you’ll join us at ILS Matters. If you want to subscribe via RSS, the feed address for ILS Matters is here. It wouldn’t be the same without you, so get packing, and join us on the other side 🙂


Planned system maintenance this Sunday (13th December)

December 11, 2009


This Sunday is one of our bimonthly scheduled systems maintenance days. All University ICT systems are ‘at risk’ between 8 am and 6 pm on Sunday while work is in progress, though this does not mean that all systems will be unavailable on that day.

Witness the true power of the Dark Side

November 26, 2009

“internet searches are searching only 0.03% … of the [total web] pages available.”

Beckett, A. (Thursday 26th November 2009) The dark side of the internet. The Guardian. [Online] Available from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/26/dark-side-internet-freenet [Accessed 26th November 2009]

Take a look at Andy Beckett’s article on The dark side of the internet. And if you want to learn a bit more about the other 99.97% of the web (the legal bits of it anyway), you may just want to talk to your Academic Liaison Librarian.

New database available! WARC (World Advertising Research Center)

May 21, 2009


Are you a business student or member of staff interested in advertising? If you are, WARC, will be of interest to you. Available through Resources Online – E-resources – Business and Management – WARC, this database is a really useful resource comprising around 50,000 items including:

articles from the industry’s most authoritative associations and publications such as Admap, Market Leader, the MRS and ESOMAR Conferences
best practice guides that cover best practice principles across the whole field of marketing communications and handy checklists for completing key tasks successfully
case studies from the IPA, Euro-Effies, AMA New York and many more, covering every conceivable type of campaign and business sector
data including benchmarks; media data; markets; economic indicators; demographics; tools – including the media budget calculator
research reports
company profiles of the top advertisers, brands and agencies

Please note that the first time you use the database you will need to complete a short registration form.

Hello. And goodbye.

May 12, 2009


First of all, hello to NHS Evidence, the new and shiny replacement for the National Library for Health. This site was launched this week and offers a really simple way to access NHS guidelines, evidence and various other bits of information. Very easy to use (think Google) and links to the full text where available.

Secondly, goodbye (for a while) from me. I’m off on maternity leave until next April, leaving you in the very safe pair of hands that is Clive Kennard. So all have a great summer and enjoy the new academic year when it comes. I’ll be thinking of you 🙂

Cheers, Alison.

Bye bye National Library for Health

March 31, 2009

As of tomorrow the National Library for Health will change. Throughout April and beyond content will move to NHS Evidence “a web-based service that will help people find, access and use high-quality clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice”.

Keep an eye out for lots of changes. NHS Evidence is set to cover both health and social care and will release more and more new material as time goes on. The new site goes live on 30th April and will include specialist libraries and, as the name suggests, a focus on evidence.

Psychology videos on YouTube

March 25, 2009

The good people at PsycInfo have put together a series of videos giving hints, tips and ‘how tos’ on various aspects of our favourite psychology database. These are accessible via Youtube following this link.