Art Exposed

A chance to experience rarely seen paintings and objects from the University’s Art Collection

*UPDATE: Now with added Paolozzi*

Art Exposed

Recently we learned that the most searched for term on our brand new Art Collections website was ‘Male Nude’ – we’ve decided to go with the assumption that it’s all the Classics students taking their studies very seriously indeed…

But, in honour of all you weirdos out there, we’re giving you the chance to get up close and personal to the slightly racier side of the University’s Art Collection.

Anna and Jill will be around to talk to you about the items on view, how you can access the artworks yourselves, and also let you know about some of the brilliant volunteering opportunities available to anyone interested in curatorial or wider museum work.

So come along to the Art Collections Library Pop session tomorrow, we’ll be around from 10 until 3 in the 1st Floor reception area of the Main Library.

Search the collection:
Follow us: @UoEArtArchives
Engage: #LibraryPop

Help ma’ BoB

An innovative online off-air TV and radio recording service for education

The University subscribes to BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National to help enrich teaching and learning with moving image and sound. BoB enables all staff and students to record any upcoming programme from over 60 TV and radio channels. It also allow users to search a growing archive of media (currently more than 1 million programmes).

We, the Main Library Helpdesk staff, are running 2 BoB sessions, as part of our pop-up library events. Please ‘pop up’ to the 1st floor, Main Library, to discover more about BoB National.

The 2 sessions will be on:

Thursday 2 Oct 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 16 Oct 10am – 12noon

We will demonstrate how to:

  • access this service
  • choose and record upcoming programmes
  • request missed programmes from a 30 day buffer
  • edit programmes into clips
  • search BBC and other archives
  • create playlists
  • and much more!

Detailed information about this service is available at

Rong Flynn, Helpdesk Assistant, Main Libary


How do I get hold of the book I need?

With Resources Plus!

Resources_plus_posterFound a book in the Catalogue or Searcher and don’t know how to get it? Someone already borrowed the book you need? Need to access a book or journal article that the Library doesn’t have in its collections?

Find out the answers to all of these and more at our Resources Plus session today (Tues 30th) 2-4pm on the 1st floor Main Library. Why not pop up for a chat!

Find out more about the session at Resources Plus.

Caroline Stirling, Main Library Helpdesk

Finding a thesis

Visit us at the Pop Up Library on level 1 of the Main Library to get ideas and advice around theses. We’ll be there between 10am and noon on Thursday 2nd October.Find a thesis

  • Learn what to use to find theses on topics you’re researching.
  • Find out how you can read a thesis you know is of interest.

If you can’t make it on the day, have a look a the Subject Guide to Theses or get in touch with your Academic Support Librarian.


Paper Conservation – techniques and tricks

Interested in learning more about conservation activity at the University? Come along to our Pop-Up Library Session at the Main Library tomorrow, Tuesday 30th at 10am and take the opportunity to talk to Emma (Conservation Officer) and Ruth (LHSA Manager) about their work at the University and the techniques involved in conserving and caring for our many collections.

Based in our studio within the Centre for Research Collections, our remit is to guide and support conservation and preservation activity across the many and diverse rare and unique collections held by the University. This work can include undertaking practical conservation treatment of paper-based items, as well as the preventive care of the wider collections.

We hope to see you tomorrow. There may even be the chance to have a go at some conservation techniques yourselves….


Use Searcher to find Library resources

Smart searching with Searcher is bookending  the Pop up Library next week (see what I did there?).






Get up early on Monday morning and come to the Main Library 10am -12 noon and find out how using Searcher makes finding Library resources, such as, books, e-books and ejournal articles  quick and easy.

Think of Searcher like a Library Google.  There’s one search box for your keywords searching thousands of Library resources. Searcher is set up to only return results for content the Library subscribes to, or has in its collections, and to show books and e-books at the top of your results list.

Top tip:  Use keyword search and a combination of author and title keywords. Miss out any punctuation.

For example, to find the following  journal article:

  • T. H. Breen, “Ideology and Nationalism on the Eve of the American Revolution: Revisions Once More in Need of Revising,” Journal of American History, 84 (1997):13-39.

Search keywords : Breen Ideology Nationalism American Revolution

The article is the first result and there is a link to JSTOR to read the full text.

It couldn’t be easier.

If you don’t make it out of your bed in time for Monday’s session, we’ll be back at the Pop up Library desk on Friday afternoon 2-4pm.  Bring your reading list, we’ll show you how to find stuff and answer your Searcher- related questions.

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager


Research Data Management (RDM) Surgery!

We all know that Research Data Management (RDM) is one of the essential areas of responsible conduct of research don’t we!

We also know that it provides a framework that supports researchers and their data throughout the course of their research and beyond. Right?

But did you know that the University recently launched a suite of services to support Edinburgh researchers with research data management tasks?  See:

Research Data Management logo

The launch of the IS-led RDM Services is the culmination of work detailed in the RDM Roadmap which began in earnest in August 2012 following approval of the RDM Policy by the University Court in May 2011.

RDM programme staff will be in the Pop-up library space on the first floor of the  Main Library on Monday 29 September (2pm-4pm) to answer any questions you may have about our services including:

For further information please also visit:

So please pop by and pay us a visit and let us answer your Research Data Management queries.

Stuart Macdonald
RDM Service Coordinator

Next week at the Pop-up Library

29thSeptember – 3rd October

Monday Smart searching with Searcher10-12noon Research Data Surgery2-4pm
Tuesday Paper Conservation – techniques and tricks10-12noon Resources Plus: How do I get hold of the book I need?2-4pm
Wednesday Art Exposed – Art in the University’s Collections10-12noon Metadata Games2-4pm
Thursday Finding Theses10-12noon Box of Broadcasts2-4pm
Friday Managing your digital footprint10-12 noon Smart searching with Searcher2-4pm


Zombie Apocalypse (or how to access Library resources off campus)

It’s happened! The Zombie Apocalypse is here and the real question is how do you survive both the zombies and your studies at the same time? 

Stay calm … arm yourself with this list: Zombie Apocalypse Guide – How to access resources during a zombie outbreak (or any other event that may affect access to University services)


This guide created by the Library Learning Services team using Resource Lists @ Edinburgh provides handy tips on how library services can be accessed remotely and off campus. It also provides information on how to get the most use from Resource Lists and provides direction towards self-study in the areas of zombie outbreak and survival.

Library Learning Services will be up on the first floor of the Main Libraryfrom 10am-12noon 25th of September to answer all your off-campus and Zombie Apocalypse questions.

Note: if you are not already, you will be prompted to log in to EASE to access subscription content.


Stephanie Farley

Library Learning Services Assistant

Finding newspaper content online

By Charles Henry Alston, 1907-1977, Artist (NARA record: 3569253) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Charles Henry Alston, 1907-1977, Artist (NARA record: 3569253) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Want to get access to a full-text newspaper article when the newspaper website wants you to pay?
  • Want to find out how you can search for newspaper articles about a particular event or story, either historic or current?
  • Need to compare how different newspapers are covering a story?

Come along to our Pop-up Library session on Friday 26th September 2014 and find out how you can do all of this and more.

We’ll be on the 1st floor of the Main Library 2-4pm to answer any queries about newspaper searching or show you how to find, access and use the databases and resources the Library has access to that will allow you to search newspapers and get full-text.

So pop up and see us!

Academic Support Librarians