Read&Relax book club

On Thursday 17th November, at 4 pm, join us for the first meeting of our themed book club Read&Relax in the Relax&Renew area.

Every month, we will choose a theme/topic and read books about it and discuss them at the following meetings.

The reading group is aimed at boosting international students’ English skills through reading, however we encourage any English speaker to join us, as we believe that the best way to learn is through collaboration and shared knowledge.

That is to say that EVERYONE is welcome to join us! All you need is to think of a book that you really liked, so that we can start from there together. We will play bookish games and fun activities to learn together.

Feel free to bring your own snack and drink.

Click here to register.

Read&Relax book club poster

Do you like reading and talk about the latest books you have read? Join our monthly book club: Read&Relax Thursday 17th November at 4pm. In the library – Relax&Renew area.

Research Cafés at GCU

Image of two people sitting and talking. Image contains three arrow shapes that contain text: 1 Join the conversation... Research Cafe, Relax and Renew; 2 Introducing... a new opportunity to share your research, 3 Nurture connections and generate ideas in a relaxed environment.

Image of two people sitting and talking. Image contains three arrow shapes that contain text: 1 Join the conversation… Research Cafe, Relax and Renew; 2 Introducing… a new opportunity to share your research, 3 Nurture connections and generate ideas in a relaxed environment.

Next week sees the launch of a series of Research Cafés at GCU. A Research Café is an informal opportunity for staff, students, and the public to meet and talk about GCU research. 

Each Café will have two contributors, who will each give a short talk and then lead a discussion about their area of research. The other participants – other researchers, staff, students, or members of the public – can join the conversation at any table, choose to change to another table, or leave at any time. Research Cafés are informal events that won’t bring any additional admin to contributors or participants – you need only turn up for the hour, and enjoy a free coffee, or tea, and biscuit!  

The Cafés are part of a wider University ‘research sandscape’ initiative intended to seed and nurture connections between researchers from different disciplines and encourage them to generate novel ideas for the Mission Oriented Research support call MORE@GCU.

The Cafés will be held in the Relax and Renew Space in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library and the dates and times for the first 4 are: 

  • Monday 31 October @ Noon – 1pm 
  • Wednesday 16 November @ Noon – 1pm 
  • Friday 2 December @ 10am – 11am 
  • Wednesday 14 December @ 11am – Noon

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).

 

 

 

 

 

Discover your library – tours running 16th to 27th September 2019

Saltire Centre walkways

Sign up for a Library tour Monday to Friday, 16th – 27th Sept.  

First tour 10am, then on the hour, until the last tour at 4pm. Tours last only 45 minutes. You will be able to:

  • find the resources you need for your course
  • get started using our huge online library of ebooks and journal articles
  • borrow books and laptops and renew your loans
  • get help from the library staff
  • find the best study space for your needs

We encourage you to come along and get the best start for your studies.

Download the GCU 2019 induction app or book directly on Eventbrite.

Festive Feedback 2018

We thought it would good to update you regarding our 2018 festive Feedback campaign, and some of the actions that have taken place in response to your feedback.

We received 72 responses over the festive period covering these areas:

19 positive comments were directed to our library staff including:

“I feel library staff and librarians are very friendly and helpful.”

“I was happy with the quality of response and help I received from my librarian when I e-mailed for help.  She gave me clear explanations and was willing to help further by offering face-to-face help if I had not understood the e-mail.  Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for the drop in sessions. I also got to call in for some referencing clarifications – I was pleasantly surprised all my questions were answered. Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas”

“Thanks a bunch for all the work you do!”

We also received a further 19 kind comments relating to the library as a study environment including:

“Great place to study! Really enjoying it.”

“Enjoy every moment, every second. Love you :)”

“I think you have done an excellent job in creating a great environment for the students to study in.”

“Very nice and cosy library. Excellent job!”

As with all feedback campaigns, we also look to find areas we can improve on. We received feedback relating to catering, temperature, PC availability, and opening hours.

In relation to PC availability, we have a tracker for our computer usage in the Saltire Centre found here. In addition to this, our lapsafe vending machine on level 0 allows you to borrow a laptop for up to 3 hours – ideal if you need to find a quiet area to study, or wish to use one of our bookable study rooms.

The library continues to support students with extended opening hours during exam times. This included 24-hour opening from 2nd – 25th January 2019. GCU also offers students access to the 24-hr lab in the Students’ Association building 365 days a year.

Comments relating to catering and temperature issues back to our facilities management department, and will continue to liaise with them throughout the year when feedback is received.

Please remember that we are happy to listen to your comments at any point throughout the year. Our roving library staff are available on all floors of the library, so should you need any help please don’t hesitate to ask them. Our library desk on level 0 is staffed between 9am and 8pm Monday –Friday, and between 10-6pm at weekends.

Alternatively you can follow and contact us on Twitter @SaltireCentre, or use our feedback form: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/contactus/feedback/.

 

Getting started with CINAHL – November workshops

Getting started with CINAHL workshops are running during November in Library Ask & Learn space, Level 1, Saltire Centre.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health) is an authoritative source within the field of nursing and allied health. The database indexes from more than 3,000 journals and allows you to search using a combination of free text (or keyword) and thesaurus terms (known as CINAHL headings) to produce precise results. It offers functionality to limit to peer review material and link out to full text articles.

If you need help to search CINAHL more effectively or have never used CINAHL before, these workshops are for you.

Check out our schedule or contact us if you can’t make these times.

GCU Library supports Challenge Poverty Week and Health Literacy Month

Saltire Centre and Challenge Poverty Week logo

GCU Library supports Challenge Poverty Week

October is Health Literacy Month and this week is Challenge Poverty Week – GCU Library will be blogging and tweeting our support throughout. Links between poverty and health are well documented. The Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion recognised health literacy as a ‘critical determinant of health’ and the World Health Organisation puts improved health literacy at the heart of at least 7 of the UN’s sustainable development goals, including no.1 – no poverty. Continue reading