Over the past couple of years, we have been working to create a suite of tutorials to help our users search for good quality academic resources and literature effectively. Our latest two tutorials have recently gone live.Continue reading “New tutorials – Open Research and Google Scholar”
A post by Faculty Librarian Ben Taylorson
Welcoming and introducing people to the University Library during open days is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. It’s always nice to see so many prospective students (and their families) coming onto campus for the first time, and looking to get a feel for both the university and the city. And being able to offer them guidance, information and – in some cases – reassurance (“don’t worry, you won’t have to read all of the books!) is particularly satisfying.
Earlier this month Durham hosted a couple of open days which were easily the biggest since Covid stopped such things. As always seems to be the case on open days, the sun was shining and Durham was looking particularly welcoming as 1,000s of people descended on Durham to take in as much as they could in the few hours they were here.Continue reading “Open Days”
Promoting student wellbeing is always high on the agenda for us (see previous blog about self-care and wellbeing 😊). Particularly during Easter term, where pressures, anxieties and stress levels increase for many, thanks to the impending exam and assessment period. Planning study time, revision, getting enough sleep, eating well, taking breaks – all massively important but we know that sometimes, it can feel quite overwhelming to fit everything in.
To try and help with this, we’ve developed a schedule of wellbeing events and activities throughout May, kicking off with a visit last Wednesday during Deaf Awareness Week from the wonderful Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.Continue reading “Delightful dogs visit the Billy B”
We have a wide range of guides available to help our users get the most of what Library and Collections offer. These include:
- Subject guides
- Site guides
- Service guides
- Archives and Special Collections guides
- Museum guides
- Research skills guide
The research skills guide offers advice and support on finding and managing information, keeping up-to-date, and the subject guides point to the different resources available for staff and students working in particular disciplines.
Until recently, one area we felt we were not offering specific support for was study skills – but that has change now, with our newest guide!Continue reading “Study skills guidance”
Trying to find a new book to read isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. Of course, you can easily take to the internet, searching for leisure title inspo, but inevitably you find yourself getting lost in the long lists of recommendations online. You spend all your time trawling through the titles, debating between this one and that one before realising the spare time you once had has now slipped away, resulting in you making your own list of ‘books to read when I find the time.’ Ironic, don’t you think? (Alanis Morissette classic – couldn’t resist!)Continue reading “Don’t judge a book by its cover – go on a Blind Date with a Book”
This week, to mark the Lovestruck celebration that is Valentine’s Day, we asked our users to tell us… Is This Love?
They were invited to write a love note to share their admiration/love/affection for the library on one of our specially designed postcards, and add it to our display in the Billy B. And, well…what can we say? We Found Love!Continue reading “Love is in the Air: Love notes to your Library”
Last week, the Faculty Librarians (FLs) took over the library’s Twitter and Instagram feed – it wasn’t a coup, it was to highlight the help and support they offer! This included emphasizing the FLs various responsibilities and sharing some top research and study tips.Continue reading “Faculty Librarian takeover!”
The Student Art Prize launched in October 2019 to expand opportunities around creativity and to develop a new permanent student art collection, housed within the university’s wider art collection, but available as a resource for the whole community.
Want to know more about the University’s annual art prize, see works by previous winners, meet other artists, find out more about our ‘Art Prize Art School’ programme and, most importantly, find out how to apply? The launch party for the 2021/22 Student Art Prize will take place on Tuesday 9th November, 5.30pm-7pm at the Oriental Museum. Spaces are limited and booking is essential.
To get you in the mood, here are 3 of the shortlisted works from last year’s prize where the theme was HEROISM, accompanied by some words from the artists:Continue reading “The Student Art Prize”
Exams and assessment period. Self-care and wellbeing.
Two phrases that should go hand in hand, right?
We know what you’re thinking. “Wellbeing? Yeah, right – I don’t have time for that! I’ve got so much studying to do!”
But did you know that taking a break from your studies can actually be very beneficial? Believe it or not, breaks can help to have a positive impact on your productivity and help to boost your performance. Not to mention your wellbeing which, let’s face it, might have taken a bit of a battering over the last 12 months or so…Continue reading “#DULibWellbeing Guide”
Easter Term, also known as the exams and assessment period (we’re sure there are plenty of other names for it too!) can be stressful at the best of times, let alone in the middle of a global pandemic. The way in which teaching and exams are being done is different; we’re all still affected by the lockdown restrictions (although happily easing in line with the Government’s roadmap) and all of us, students and staff, are getting to grips with these changes in the way we operate and study on or off campus.Continue reading “Easter Term at University Library and Collections”