Arts News - University of Liverpool Library

News updates for the Faculty of Arts from your subject librarians.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Library catalogue unavailable afternoon of 28th August

The library catalogue will be unavailable from midday on 28th August for the rest of that day. It will be available again on 29th August, but may be running "at risk". This gap in service is necessary for major administrative changes to the catalogue data.

You can still search for items in the library's collections by searching COPAC, a joint catalogue of the holdings of over twenty top research universities and institutes. You can use the Main Search screen to restrict your searches to Liverpool stock only.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Important news for RefWorks users

If you have created a RefWorks user account with a username and password you created yourself, you need read no further. If you used your ATHENS account to set up your RefWorks user account, please read on.

Funding for the UK ATHENS authentication system has now ceased. Those RefWorks users who used their ATHENS details to set up their RefWorks account should send an email to with your name and the email address you've used with RefWorks - library staff will then be able to re-set your username and password.

No-one will lose any of their references!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Access to Special Collections and Archives

Due to building work the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room will relocate from the basement to the first floor of the Grove Wing in the Sydney Jones Library from mid April until September 2008.

To allow for relocation the Reading Room will be closed from 17th to 22nd April inclusive.

From 23rd April onwards a temporary Reading Room with accommodation for five readers will be operated. However, those researchers intending to visit must contact us in advance to make an appointment and to supply reference numbers for any materials they wish to see.

It should be noted that due to the refurbishment of the lift materials will have to be hand-carried from the basement stores. Unfortunately, in practice, this means that most classes of material will be inaccessible.

Materials that will not be available are included under the following headings:
Large books
Multi-volume sets

We shall endeavour to retrieve materials wherever possible, but without advance notice we will be unable to guarantee accommodation or delivery of materials.

Telephone: 0151 794 2696
Fax: 0151 794 2681

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Electronic book survey from Ebrary - iPods and T-shirts up for grabs

The library is working with ebrary to better understand e-book usage and needs among college and university students. We’d greatly appreciate it if you took a brief Student E-book Survey.

The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete, and almost all the questions are optional.

To show appreciation for your time, you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE iPod of your choice. You pick the model, size and colour! Also, every 25th participant will receive a free T-shirt.

If you have problems following the link above, go to the Ebrary website and look for Student E-book Survey.

Friday, 7 March 2008

E-resources accessibility weekend 8-9 March

Major electrical work is being carried out over the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March. While Computing Services Division are minimising the disruption to services to the greatest degree they can, there is a possibility that library web pages, and the electronic resources available through them (including the library catalogue), may not be working fully at certain times during this weekend.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Advance notice - Sydney Jones Library closed 13th June - 16th June inclusive

This message is an advance notice that the need for electrical work will necessitate the closing of the Sydney Jones Library for a four day weekend after the end of the summer term. The Library will be closed Friday 13th June to Monday 16th June inclusive. The Harold Cohen Library will remain open as normal during this time.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

National E-book survey - have your say (and maybe win £200 of Amazon vouchers)

E-books are of increasing importance in universities, but have still not been completely embedded in teaching and research. What ideas do you have about how e-books should develop.

The CIBER research group at University College London are currently running a survey to gather the opinions of students and teaching staff. The higher the response they get, the more likely we are to see e-books develop the way you want them to.

You can access the e-books survey for students or the e-books survey for teaching staff.

As an incentive, both surveys are offering a draw with a prize of £200 worth of Amazon vouchers for respondents who leave their university email address.