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Open Access Week 2018: Harry Potter and open access

Today we have a guest blog from Professor Todd Landman, Pro Vice Chancellor in the Faculty of Social Sciences , who explains how Harry Potter helped him publish an open access monograph… Between 2010 and 2013 I was Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Essex. To establish a …

Open Access Week 2018: Co-Authoring an Open Access Textbook

In today’s post, guest blogger Chris Woodard from the Department of Philosophy, describes his experience of producing an open access textbook. In February 2014 my colleague Neil Sinclair approached me and another colleague, Isabel Gois, proposing that we collaborate in writing an electronic textbook on ethics. He had himself been approached by some members of the School …

Opening up the University of Nottingham archives

In May 2018, NUsearch will offer a newly integrated discovery route to all of our library, manuscripts and archives collections. Presenting a fuller picture of our extensive and unique collections for students, researchers and staff. Manuscripts and Special Collections is responsible for approximately 3 million documents, which are available for everyone to consult in the …

Multimedia collections in University of Nottingham Libraries

University of Nottingham Libraries has a wealth of free multimedia services that can be used by students and staff. If you just use YouTube or Netflix to find films or documentaries, then you’re missing out on valuable material that will both enlighten and entertain. This post highlights 3 of these services: DVD collection Box of …

Libraries Week Feature – A visit to Hallward Library from Mencap Me Time, Nottingham group

It’s Libraries Week which provides us with the perfect opportunity to tell you about a visit we hosted during the summer for the Nottingham Mencap Me Time group. During the summer, a group from Nottingham Mencap Me Time group  enjoyed a visit to Hallward Library, organised by one of our Senior Library Advisers and Mencap Facilitator, Laura …

More Books? How to make the most of your library collections

Our More Books service has been available for a few months already and is proving to be very popular! The service is designed to make it easier and quicker for students and staff to request books to be added to our library collections. This service is designed to help you choose the best route for getting hold …

US Library fact-finding trip

By Beth Massey, Education Officer, Students’ Union Last year, I was invited to travel on an exploratory visit to the United States with Libraries, Research and Learning Resources (LRLR) Director, Caroline Williams and Associate Director for Customer Service, Sue Storey. Covering three cities and four quite different universities, we were looking for innovative approaches to …

Top tips for maximising your library time during exams (by a librarian)

So, exams are on the horizon. You need to get started on revision, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. From the myriad distractions of Halls, to the lure of daytime telly and all those little jobs that suddenly ‘need’ doing, getting your head into the books can seem daunting. Sound familiar? It’s time to hit the …

‘Rethinking the Story of the Kindertransports: Testimony, Artefacts, Identity’ an exhibition showing the importance of Kindertransports today

A blog about Amy Williams, creator of the exhibition entitled ‘Rethinking the Story of the Kindertransports: Testimony, Artefacts, Identity’ on display at the University of Nottingham’s Hallward Library (until 21 April). This exhibition was recently created by Amy Williams who is in the second year of her PhD at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). She is funded by …

We love this project – Words for Walls

You may have heard about the Words for Walls project already because it’s been running since May 2016, and was officially launched as part of the Festival of Literature at the Nottingham Five Leaves Bookshop. We have fallen a bit in love with this project at Library Matters, and have been promoting via Twitter @UoNLibraries …