Crowdsourcing Conservation at the CRC

In this week’s blog, Special Collections Conservator Emily, describes the highly successful crowdsourcing conservation event held in February at the CRC…

In February, we held our first ever conservation crowdsourcing event here at the CRC. Over a two-day period, with the help of 24 participants, we aimed to rehouse section II of the Laing manuscripts in acid-free folders and boxes. Laing’s collection of charters and other papers is the University’s most important manuscript collection. Highlights of the collections include letters by Kings and Queens of Scotland and England, poems in the hand of Robert Burns and early manuscripts in Gaelic and Middle Scots. You can find out more about the collection here. The collection was in poor condition due to its housing in unsuitable upright boxes and folders. It was difficult to access and there was a risk of further damage every time it is handled.

Laing II boxes on the shelf, before treatment

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Nature Protocols – access back to vol.1

We have now extended our e-access to Nature Protocols back to Volume 1 (2006).

Nature Protocols is an online journal of laboratory protocols for bench researchers. Protocols are presented in a ‘recipe’ style providing step-by-step descriptions of procedures which users can take to the lab and immediately apply in their own research. Protocols on the site are fully searchable and organized into logical categories to be easily accessible to researchers.

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Leganto is now live!

Drum roll please……………

The new reading list system, Leganto is now live!

Staff and students can view the new homepage at the current Resource Lists address: http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk

To access resources on lists or to start building/editing/following lists, sign in by clicking on ‘Guest’ (top right) and use your EASE username and password.

Existing Talis Aspire lists

If you can’t see your old Talis list on Leganto yet, don’t worry, we’ll be checking all migrated 2016/17 lists and publishing them soon. We’ll be in touch with Course Organisers individually to let you know when your lists are available on Leganto.

Access Resource Lists via Learn

Course organisers, you can add  Resource Lists (Leganto) to your course on Learn. Once this is done, you will be able to click through and start using the system to build your resource lists for 2017/18 and your list will be associated automatically with the course in Learn. Once lists are published, students will be able to access them via their courses in Learn.

Getting started guides

There are guides for academics staff and students to help you get started with Leganto on the Information Services website.

Bookable workshops

We’re also running a series of workshops in June for course organisers which are bookable via MyEd:

14 June (14:00-16:00)

16 June (10:00-12:00)

20 June (10:00-12:00)

21 June (14:00-16:00)

26 June (14:00-16:00)

Resource List deadlines

A reminder too that you can send your reading lists to the Library and we’ll build your Resource List for you. Please send us your lists by 10th July. If you build your own lists, please send them to the Library to review by 24th July.

More information on Resource Lists deadlines

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a training session, please contact: Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager

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Reading Music

The new exhibition in the Binks Trust display wall on the 6th floor of the Main University Library shows some of the fabulous items relating to music in our rare book, archive and musical instrument collections. Come and see some of the most important early modern books about musical instruments alongside volumes relating to musical life in 19th-century Edinburgh. Also on display are two company ledgers which help us to understand how musical instrument making firms operated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 May – 2 Aug 2017, University of Edinburgh Main Library (6th floor). Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

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Digitisation Strategy and Survey

The University of Edinburgh already provides access to a wide range of digital resources, but we want to increase the number of our own collections available in digital format.

Webpages have been launched that detail what digitisation means for Library and University Collections, as well as case studies where digital content is currently being used for teaching, research, learning, community, culture, and business.

However, we want to find out more about what you want digitised and why. Please complete the 5 minute survey at https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/digitisation-strategy

You can find out more about the consultation and existing digitisation work at http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/about/organisation/library-and-collections/strategy-planning/digitisation-strategy-consultation

 

Claire Knowles on behalf of the, Library and University Collections, Digitisation Strategy Group

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Access to Talis Aspire resource lists 12th June- 12th July 2017

From Monday 12th June the Resource Lists web address http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk will take you to the new reading list system, Leganto and not to Talis Aspire.

Between 12th June-12th July, you can still access your Talis Aspire resource lists using this web address: http://ed.rl.talis.com

Please note: access to Talis Aspire will end on 12th July 2017.

You will be able to access the new reading list system, Leganto from Monday 12th June.

All 2016/17 Talis Aspire resource lists have been copied to Leganto, so there’s no need to create new versions of existing lists.  If you can’t see your existing list on Leganto, don’t worry, we’ll be checking and publishing it soon. We’ll be in touch with Course Organisers individually to let you know when your lists are available on Leganto.

A reminder, if you would like to keep your collection of bookmarks or the notes and reading intentions you’ve made against a resource list, please follow the guidance in these blog posts before 12th July:

Copy your bookmarks: http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/resourcelists/2017/04/13/managing-your-bookmarks-in-preparation-for-the-move-to-leganto/

Save your notes: http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/resourcelists/2017/04/12/students-save-your-resource-list-reading-intentions-and-notes/

If you have any questions about Resource Lists please email: library.learning@ed.ac.uk

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager

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New Conservation Internship at the CRC

This week’s blog is written by our new conservation Intern, Holly, who is working on a collections rationalisation project within the rare books department…

I am now beginning my third week as an Intern here at the conservation studio, and thought I would take the time to briefly introduce myself and the project.

I am a current student at the University, studying for an MSc in Book History and Material Culture. The opportunities provided through this degree since it’s commencement in September have allowed me to realise fully a long-held belief in the irreplaceable importance of cultural heritage, and I soon wanted to get involved and gain experience in the field of conservation. As such, I have been a volunteer in the conservation studio since January, and when the advert for this internship was brought to my attention, I jumped at the chance.

Holly working in the studio

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Updates to the Resource Lists website

As Leganto is going live very soon, we’ve made a few changes to the Resource Lists website over the last couple of weeks (but it won’t look too different – even though the resource lists system is changing, the service is staying the same). Here are links to some of the new pages:

More user guides and workshop dates will be added over the summer, so keep an eye on the website and blog!

Resource Lists website

If you have any comments, or if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the Resource Lists website, please get in touch at library.learning@ed.ac.uk

Louise Dutnell
Course Collections Assistant

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New Look and Feel for DiscoverEd!

On Tuesday 4th July the Library will roll out a new look and feel for DiscoverEd, our online discovery service. This means a new improved mobile responsive interface, so you can use DiscoverEd easily on a range of devices including tablets and phones. It is also now easier to navigate.

The core functionality of DiscoverEd will not change.  Users will still be able to search the same extensive range of resources, view online resources, access their account details, renew loans, place requests, pay fines and access the same range of functions offered by the existing DiscoverEd.

Search results are displayed as before, with options for refining them. However, the screen has greater readability across a range of devices, and easier access to useful functions:

What’s new?

Options for saving and exporting are now easily accessible from the list of search results:

The full details and links for each item on your results list are now conveniently displayed on a single page:

The My Account area has been enhanced and now provides a useful overview page, which allows you to review your account information at a glance:

e-Shelf has been replaced with My Favourites.  When you are signed in to DiscoverEd you can easily add items to your saved records list in My Favourites by clicking the Pin icon.

You can organise your list of saved records in My Favourites by adding descriptive labels:

The Queries section in the current DiscoverEd, which allows you to save queries and set up alerts has been replaced by the SAVED SEARCHES section in My Favourites.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that any saved queries you have in the current DiscoverEd WILL NOT be available in the new interface.  Instead you will need to run these searches again in the new interface and then save each of them as a saved search in My Favourites.

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