Lexis Plus – how to migrate your personal account

LexisLibrary have recently upgraded GCU to their new Lexis Plus UK platform.

Any users who may have had saved searches, bookmarks or alerts set up in the older version of LexisLibrary can migrate their preferences to the new platform. Please follow the instructions below if you wish to migrate any personal preferences. Continue reading

Urban Legend: Why the Sandy Hobbs Collection? – guest blog by Sandy Hobbs

Alexander (Sandy) Hobbs is a significant donor and friend of GCU Archive Centre. In July this year, he received the Linda Dégh Lifetime Achievement Award for Legend Scholarship (ISCLR). His research in this area is part of the Sandy Hobbs papers. Congratulations to Sandy from the Archive Centre team.

My long association with “Urban Legends” starts in my childhood in Aberdeen, when my grandmother told me a story generally called “Downie’s Slaughter”. At the time it was just something my granny talked about, but later I came to see it as an example of what I came to realise people mean by the name “Urban Legend”.  

Let us put the story aside and move on to 1954 when, at the age of 17, I entered Aberdeen University, planning to study Psychology. My choice of this subject was based on a quite inadequate understanding of what Psychology was as an academic discipline. It became clear to me that there was a strong movement, particularly in the United States, to make Psychology an experimental science. Teaching on the course included taking part in demonstration experiments. One which particularly interested me was called Serial Reproduction. 

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New trial resource – The Fashion and Race database

The library is currently running a trial to The Fashion and Race Database, available to all users.

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The Fashion and Race and Database provides a roadmap for lasting change in the fashion system, as it offers lessons and resources that diversify how we understand fashion. The database is an invaluable platform for those who agree that it’s time to challenge dominant narratives and harmful practices in fashion.

You can find out more about The Fashion and Race Database on their website.

The trial is running until 22 October 2022. You can find the Fashion and Race Database by searching the Library’s Database A-Z or by clicking here.

We encourage users to send us feedback on this trial directly via our Twitter or by email at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

New ebook collection – CIPD Advanced

The library is happy to announce access to a new collection of ebooks from Kogan Page.

The CIPD Advanced ebook collection gives access to 21 core textbooks and further reading for all CIPD qualifications and HR courses, covering human resource management, learning & development, employment law, reward management and more.

Users can find the ebooks directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for “CIPD ebooks” in the Database A-Z or by clicking here.

Zetoc service to be retired

JISC and the British Library have taken the decision to retire the Zetoc service from 1 August 2022.

This decision has been taken due to a progressive decline in its use and a diminishing number of users. In addition, the emergence of alternative services and changes to the way information is typically searched, means there is no longer a viable strategic case for Jisc to continue delivering this service.

Any users who are currently signed up to Zetoc should have already been contacted by Jisc and informed of their plans. From 1 August 2022 alerts from Zetoc will automatically stop and users will no longer be able to carry out searches.

If you have any particular queries, please contact help@jisc.ac.uk.

As an alternative to Zetoc, you may wish to use the online resource BrowZine. You can find out more information on this resource as well as help guides on our website.

Resource Lists@GCU feedback

The library recently ran a survey of staff and students on the performance of our Resource List at GCU service during the 2021-22 academic year. Gathering user feedback has been an integral part of growing the service since it was launched in 2019 and our wish is to use the feedback to improve the service for the upcoming academic year.  

We wanted to circulate some feedback we’ve received from our users in order to share some more information about the Resource List service and platform.  

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Scottish Marxist: blending politics and the arts – guest blog by Cameron Wilson

Our guest blogger, Cameron Wilson, is a member of our Library’s Collection & Discovery team. Cam joined us for a two week project working with the Scottish Marxist. Here he gives us his personal reflections on its value as a primary source.

“The function, as it seems to me,  
O’ Poetry is to bring to be   
At lang, lang last that unity…”

  • Hugh MacDiarmid

As part of my library assistant graduate trainee program at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Sir Alex Ferguson Library, I was afforded the opportunity to intern in the library’s archive centre for two weeks. This internship has involved working with one of the most rewarding and valuable pieces of print media I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading – Scottish Marxist. For these two weeks I have worked on a comprehensive index of Scottish Marxist’s political articles, arts and culture articles, and original illustration and poetry.

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Keep the heid and read! – Library wellbeing event

Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness week 9-15 May 2022 the Sir Alex Ferguson Library is supporting Keep the heid and read!: Scotland’s Reading moment 2022.

Reading just 6 minutes a day can improve your mental health.
To find out more and how to join in and visit Keep the heid and read! 

If you are on campus why not visit our new wellbeing space Relax and Renew at 3pm on Wednesday 11th May 2022 and join staff and students from the GCU community to pledge your 6 minutes and read.

You can select a book to read from our wellbeing collection or just relax and read in the space (near the Library desk on Level 0).

 

 

 

 

 

Relax and Renew – the Library’s new wellbeing space

A new wellbeing space will be opening in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library on Wednesday 27th April at 2pm.
Located near the Library Desk on Level 0, the ‘Relax and Renew’ area will provide our staff and students with a relaxing, contemplative space where they can take a break from their work and studies and engage with others from the University community.
You can also browse and engage with a selection of resources related to wellbeing and mental health, including self-care resources and literature on hobbies and on non-academic based fiction and non-fiction topics.   You can browse our print collection here.
We are delighted to kick off our book of the month series with a recommendation from GCU student Rachel S. Tying in nicely with Stress Awareness Month, Rachel has recommended Be Well, Learn Well by Gareth Hughes

Be Well, Learn Well by Gareth Hughes: I really enjoyed Gareth Hughes book; Be Well, Learn Well! It’s packed with information on how to learn and improve our wellbeing, including staying motivated and different ways we can study for exams while looking after ourselves. I’d thoroughly recommend it, especially now with exam season coming up!You can check out our April book of the month online here.

Those who are not on campus can access wellbeing resources via the Library’s webpages.

If you have any ideas for events or would like to suggest an item to add to our wellbeing collection, please contact us at: library@gcu.ac.uk