You asked, and we listened!
We received feedback asking us to extend opening hours in the library at the weekend to offer greater flexibility for students with caring or work commitments. We are delighted to say that from now on for Trimesters A and B, we will be open from 10am until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday. In Trimester C the library will be open until 6pm at the weekend.
The library is happy to announce access to a new online resource, SPORTDiscus with full text.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text is an EBSCO database which provides bibliographic and full-text content for 660 sports and sports medicine journals. The subjects covered in the database include:
- Athletic training
- Coaching and education
- Exercise science and fitness
- Occupational health and safety
- Physical education and therapy
- Sociology of sports
- Sport psychology
- Sports injuries and rehabilitation
Users can find SPORTDiscus directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for “SPORTDiscus” in the Database A-Z or by clicking here.
If you have any queries about using SPORTDiscus, please contact the Academic Librarian team. If you have any issues accessing the database, please contact the Electronic Resource Team at email@example.com
The library is happy to announce that it has now upgraded to the online resource Business Source Premier.
Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text access for more than 2,300 journals, including for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database also provides access to 8,225 business case studies, over 14,000 company profiles, 7,353 industry reports, over 75,000 videos and 5,298 SWOT analyses.
Users can find Business Source Premier directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for “Business Source Premier” in the Database A-Z or by clicking here.
If you have any queries about using Business Source Premier, please contact the Academic Librarian team. If you have any issues accessing the database, please contact the Electronic Resource Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Resource List team will be running a series of drop in sessions for staff in the run up to Trimester B resource list submission deadline (16 December).
If you have any questions about using the resource list platform, creating or updating your resource lists or would like to know more about how the library can help, please drop by. The sessions will be held on MS Teams and will run at the following dates and times:
- Friday 18 November at 10am – 11am
- Thursday 24 November at 2pm – 3pm
- Monday 28 November at 3pm – 4pm
- Wednesday 7 December at 11am -12pm
- Tuesday 13 December at 12pm -1pm
You can join the drop in here: join the drop in now
If you would like to learn more about the Resource Lists at GCU service, please visit our website. Alternatively, you can contact the resource list team directly at email@example.com
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.
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.
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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
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.
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).
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are installing new study spaces on Level 2 and 3 of the Library on Saturday 2nd October and Sunday 3rd October. There will be some noise associated with this work. If you feel that this noise may affect your use of the Library, please feel free to use another area in the building. Level 0 has space for both individual and group study, and Level 4 is available for silent individual study.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend, and if there is anything we can assist with please contact us using the chat function on the Library homepage or by email at email@example.com.