#DULibIntroducing… Richard Holmes

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Richard Holmes, Faculty Librarian for Social Sciences. The central element of my role is to communicate between the departments in the faculty and the University Library and Collections to ensure we are delivering services and resources that meet their diverse needs. I do this by attending key committees within each department to promote new and impending library developments and to pick up changes that may have an impact on the Library, Special Collections or Museums. I also provide support to enable members of Durham University at all levels of study to get the best out of the wonderful collections available. This can range from answering basic email enquiries, through one-to-one tuition, to delivering research skills classes embedded within teaching programmes. I also have a role in collections development, ensuring the right materials are available when needed to support each department’s teaching and research activities.

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Digital Diwali – November 2020

Another impact of Covid-19 has been on how museums engage with their communities. In previous years, the Oriental Museum has hosted large-scale Diwali celebrations on site, attracting over 400 students, staff and people from the local community. In 2020 the celebrations moved online, and museum staff found new ways to get people involved. We invited people to create videos showcasing how they celebrate Diwali, what this time of year means to them, their favourite food and recipes and reflections on how things will be different this year.

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It’s Energy Awareness Week!

Every year, at around this time, our friends at Greenspace organise ‘Energy Awareness Week‘, which is designed to encourage staff and students to help eliminate energy wastage.

You probably won’t be shocked to hear that The Bill Bryson Library uses a lot, and we mean a lot, of energy.  Being open 24/7 and often housing over 1500 users, tapping furiously away on energy sapping laptops or computers; studiously reading one of our many texts under the glow of one our well lit study areas; keeping warm with our central heating (OK, so a few students aren’t warm, we hear you – it is so hard to get it right for everyone but we are working on it!)

Now that the scene has been set, let’s reveal the figures…

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