Posted by: Debbie | March 13, 2013

Spiral top twenty downloads for February 2013

The list of the top 20 downloads from Spiral for February 2013 is now available to view on the Library website.

Spiral, the Digital Repository for research output of Imperial College London, aims to:

  • increase the visibility of the College’s research publications
  • allow free and open access to all material added to it, and
  • provide links to academics’ professional web pages

To find out more about Spiral, click here.

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Posted by: Debbie | February 28, 2013

Mendeley for Researchers workshop

Wednesday 20 March, 14.30 – 16.30, South Kensington, Central Library training room 1 (level 1)

Mendeley’s (free, paid for premium account available: web and offline access) objective is to give researchers access to a vast library of bibliographic references and information through the sharing of individuals’ personal libraries. Through tags and other metadata you can search through all of the information uploaded by other researchers to Mendeley’s online database. Collaborative features, including groups, and social networking features make it a significantly useful tool beyond bibliographic management.

The workshop, run by a member of the Mendeley London team, will also include Imperial researchers talking about how they use Mendeley.

This session is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Mendeley.

Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.

Posted by: Debbie | February 27, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

If you are wondering what we included in our recent Twitter for Researchers workshop, you can take a look at the Prezi from workshop presenters: Andrew Day (@doombrarian) and Jenny Evans (@jennye).

Or for a quick overview of the discussion around the session see this #ImpTwitter: Twitter for Researchers Storify

Posted by: Debbie | February 18, 2013

New books at Central Library February 2013

Photo credit: Danielle Reeves

Please see the attached list of new books recently received at the Central Library.

Just click on the book title to go straight to the Library catalogue record to see if the item is on the shelves; if it isn’t, you can reserve the item.

Biology and Biochemistry New Books Feb 2013

Please let Elizabeth know if you have any suggestions for titles to be purchased for the Library.

Posted by: Debbie | February 18, 2013

New books at Silwood in February 2013

Please see the attached list for new books recently received at the Silwood Library.

Just click on the book title to go straight to the library catalogue record to see if the item is on the shelves; if it isn’t, you can reserve the item.
Silwood New Books Feb 2013

Please do let Elizabeth know if you have any suggestions for titles to be purchased for the library.

Posted by: Debbie | February 8, 2013

Update to Library area in MyImperial

We have recently changed the default for the Favourites box in the MyImperial Library tab so that it contains one link to the library website.
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This default will automatically be available to new MyImperial users but existing users should click on the personalise icon My Imperial Personalise icon and Restore defaults to see the change.

You can also click on Add to include your own bookmarks to favourite library web pages, e-journals, databases, etc.

Posted by: Debbie | February 6, 2013

Text an attendant in the Central Library

A3-Text-an-attendant-Jan-2013_for_webYou might have seen this poster up around the Central Library. During February, we are trialling a Text an Attendant service, which will allow you to send a text if you are being disturbed in a quiet or silent study area, and we will do our best to investigate. All you need to do is text your location e.g. level 4 journals or level 2 PCs to 020 7594 8883.

Posted by: Debbie | January 31, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

Thursday 21 February 10:00 – 11:30, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

If you have any questions please email Jenny.

Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.

Posted by: Debbie | January 17, 2013

Science Online Conference: London Watch Party

ScienceOnline Watch PartyThis year, the Science Online conference (held in North Carolina) will be broadcast at official “watch parties” around the world.

At the London Watch Party we will be watching and discussing three conference sessions (including one live broadcast), with plenty of time to meet other attendees.

Saturday 2nd February 5pm – 11pm

Imperial College Union Cinema

Registration £5

See Eventbrite for registration and payment info.

See Science Online conference London Watch Party for further details.

Twitter: @Scio13WPLondon

Web 2.0 for researchers programme

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The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in February 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

This course gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.

The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:

  • blogs
  • multimedia
  • networks and networking
  • online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
  • RSS
  • social bookmarking citation and reference management
  • wikis
  • evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)

The workshop will take place on Friday 1 February and the online modules will need to be completed by the beginning of March. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.

Booking details

If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website

If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.

Along side the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers and Mendeley for Researchers workshop. These will both take place in February. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

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