New E-Journal – North American Journal of Celtic Studies

The Library now subscribes to the North American Journal of Celtic Studies.

The North American journal of Celtic studies (NAJCS) is devoted to the study of all of the disciplines that fall under the purview of the field of Celtic studies, including, but not limited to, archeology, art, folklore, history, law, linguistics, literature, manuscript studies, mythology, and politics.  Contributions are welcome for all time periods from the ancient world to the present.

Access this journal via DiscoverEd or our e-journals AZ list.

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Scientific Analysis of Heritage Collections using XRF – Employ.ed Internship 2019

This week’s blog post comes from Cameron Perumal who recently began a 10-week Employ.ed internship in the Conservation Studio at the CRC… 

Two weeks into my Employ.ed internship, and I have already learned so much about conservation, and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry! I am currently an undergraduate Astrophysics student, and my internship entails me working with Emily Hick, the Special Collections Conservator, to research ways in which XRF can help us understand more about the collections. I’ll also be doing outreach to increase awareness on XRF and how it can be used in conservation to improve the condition and understanding of the collections held by the University of Edinburgh.

By the end of my first week, I had started my radiation training, seen the XRF in action being used by another intern, Despoina, to analyse pigments of a painting on the soundboard of a harpsichord, and been able to see the various (frankly, quite beautiful) collections stored by the University.

Intern Despoina using the new XRF machine to analyse the pigments used on the soundboard paintings of harpsichords made by the Ruckers family

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Library & University Collections Journal Club 2019-20

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Library & University Collections Journal Club meetings in 2019. We’ve now planned a further programme of dates for the 2019/20 academic year.

Come and join us to talk about a recently published article each month from the field of Library & Information Science. We’re aiming to keep informed about practitioner research, and reflect on how theory relates to our practice. This is a great way for staff to develop their knowledge of the wider professional context for their continuing professional development.

This is an informal session open to staff from across Information Services Group as well as interns, volunteers and students on library & information related courses. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, 12-1pm, alternately at Argyle House and the Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library.  You can see the articles proposed for discussion on our Journal Club Resource List, and you can suggest articles to discuss each month.  Please come ready with your questions, comments and complaints about the article of the month.

Dates Location
04 September 2019
Argyle House Meeting Room 8
02 October 2019 Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library
06 November 2019 Argyle House Meeting Room 8
04 December 2019 Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library
08 January 2020 Argyle House Meeting Room 8
05 February 2020 Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library
04 March 2020 Argyle House Meeting Room 8
01 April 2020 Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library
06 May 2020 Argyle House Meeting Room 8
03 June 2020 Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library
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Baltic, Books and Solidarity: Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT) International Staff Week

Gdańsk University of Technology

I was delighted to be able to participate in the 4th International Staff Week at the Biblioteki Politechniki Gdańskiej recently. I work as the Senior Photographer for Edinburgh University’s Library and University Collections, so when I saw that the programme included a visit to the Pomeranian Digital Library it looked like a great opportunity. Additionally, this was the home institution of one of the delegates on our own Knowledge Exchange Week in 2018, allowing further development of previous Erasmus links.

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Edinburgh Research Archive Statistics: May 2019

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Edinburgh Research Explorer Statistics: May 2019

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Rollover 2019 is complete!

The Library has now made copies of the 2018/19 Resource Lists for use in the new academic year. Please check that your 2019/20 Resource List is available.

If you go to the Resource Lists homepage: http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk You can see that the new lists are attached to a 2019/20 course code. This is displayed underneath the list title:

I can’t see my 2019/20 Resource List – what do I do?

If you don’t see your 2019/20 list in your ‘My Lists’ and/or can’t find it on http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk   please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

I can’t find my 2019/20 course code- what do I do?

If you are setting up a brand new list and want to associate it to a 2019/20 course code but don’t see the 2019/20 code in the drop down list, please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

Manage collaborators

You can check who has editing rights on the list by clicking on Collaborators in the right-hand panel. To add or remove list editors, click on Manage collaborators.

Editing Resource Lists for next year

Please make sure you’re editing the 2019/20 version of your list!

The 2019/20 course code will be displayed underneath the list title, but if you are unsure – or can’t find your new list – please get in touch with Library Learning Services at Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

For more information about editing your lists, have a look at the user guides on our website.

When you’ve finished editing your list, please remember to send your list to the Library for review by 22nd July – use the button at the top of the list to do this.

What happens to the 2018/19 Resource Lists?

The 2018/19 version of the list will become READ ONLY.

After rollover, students will be able to access previous years’ lists either via the corresponding year’s course in Learn or via http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk  (after 18th August, they must select ‘ALL’ or ‘Inactive’ to find non-current years’ lists).

Permalinks

A permalink is a stable link to a Resource List, which you might use in a course handbook or course Learn page. If you do use permalinks, please remember to update the links to point to the new 2019/20 lists. To find the permalink for your Resource List:

Click on Reading list options (the three dots at the top of the list), then Permalink and To list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The permalink will now appear in a pop-up window. Copy the permalink to use in your Learn page or course handbook.

 

Resource Lists deadlines for Semester 1 2019/20

If you’d like the Library to set up your list, please send us your annotated list using the online form https://edin.ac/resource-list-request-form by 15th July.

Alternatively, if you’re working on your list yourself, send your list in for review by 22nd July. Please remember to prioritise items on your list using the ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further reading’ tags. To request copyright-compliant digitisations, use the ‘Digitisation’ tag and ‘Library discussion’ to provide page numbers or chapter details of pages you’d like scanned.

User guides and workshops

For more information about using Resource Lists, please see the user guides on our website.

We’re also running Resource Lists workshops over the next few months – full details in our earlier blog post.

If the dates don’t suit and you’d like to arrange a school-based workshop, demo, Q&A or 1-2-1, please get in touch with Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

Contact us

Please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk if you would like any help or have any questions.

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‘This Single Song of Two’: Centenary of the Marriage of Edwin and Willa Muir

7 June 2019 marks the centenary of the marriage of Edwin and Willa Muir, one of Scottish literature’s great creative partnerships. Acclaimed in their own right as poet and novelist respectively, they worked together as a translating team to bring the novels and stories of Franz Kafka to an English-speaking audience.

Edinburgh University holds a number of remarkable documents, bearing witness to their long and exceptionally close union.
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Normandy landings: through our digital primary sources

On this day, 6 June, 75 years ago the Normandy landings took place. This was part of a major combined naval, air and land assault on German-occupied France by Allied forces, codenamed Operation ‘Overlord’. The D-Day landings saw around 150,000 Allied troops land on French soil but it was just the start of a much longer operation to liberate France. In this week’s blog post I have pulled together just a small selection of our digital library resources that will help you explore the Normandy landings, the events leading up to it and the aftermath. And you can use many of these to find out more about the many other events happening around this time that contributed to the end of the Second World War.

D-Day For the Second Front, ‘Illustrated London News’, Saturday 10 June 1944, pp. 644-645. From Illustrated London News Archive.

What did the papers say?

Operation Overlord was top secret, so it wasn’t until the 6th June that news of the invasion began to filter through. Reports of the Normandy landings does appear in some late editions of newspapers from that day but it is mostly covered in issues published the next day, 7th June, or on next subsequent publication date.

Front page of the ‘Daily Express’, Wednesday 7 June 1944. From UK Press Online.

The Library subscribes to a large number of digitised newspaper archives that will allow you to see what events were being reported on at the time and how they were being reported. Read full text articles, compare how different newspapers were covering the same issues and stories and track coverage of Operation Overlord from the Normandy landings onwards. Read More

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On trial: The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 – 1974

Thanks to a request from a HCA student I’m happy to let you know the Library currently has trial access to The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 – 1974 from Alexander Street Press. The Sixties documents the key events, trends, and movements in 1960s America through digitised archive and primary source material.

You can access The Sixties from the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 30th June 2019. Read More

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