One of the key responsibilities for our Faculty Librarians is to support our dissertation students, many of whom will be undertaking a substantial research project for the first time. Although we would always urge our students to consider what materials and resources they are actually going to have access to (this could be in terms of accessing a physical collection such as an archive, or being able to use, say, a particular database), this year it is more important than ever.Continue reading “Dissertation advice”
In the next of our series introducing members of staff, #DULibIntroducing welcomes James Bisset from our Library Research Services team.
In the next of our series introducing members of staff, #DULibIntroducing welcomes Kirsty Barnfather who started as the User Experience Officer with University Library and Collections back in April of this year! Recently, we talked a little about her role at the library and what it’s been like starting a new job whilst working from home.
It’s been 12 months since the launch of the Durham University Library and Collections blog. And I think we can all agree, a lot has happened in those 12 months… Continue reading “A year of blogging”
As with so many of our colleagues across the University, over the last couple of months (has it really been that long??) many University Library & Collections staff have been getting used to saying hello to each other through a computer screen, rather than over a cup of coffee in the staff room or across a desk at the start of the working day.
Whilst we miss our conversations with staff and students within our libraries and museums, and across university sites, we hope you’ve been making use of the range of expanded online services we’ve been able to offer over this period. This post offers a reminder of some of those services we provide, alongside a sneak peak inside some of our working-from-home lives.
In the next of our series introducing members of staff, #DULibIntroducing welcomes Jen Aspinall, a member of our fantastic Learning and Engagement Team! Earlier this year, before lockdown began, I met with Jen in the wonderful Small Island Coffee in Bill Bryson Library to talk all things Library, and to get to know her over a Flat White and cake.
Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks was an exhibition held at Palace Green Library from 23 November 2019 – 1 March 2020, forming part of the programme to mark the centenary of the birth of the celebrated County Durham artist. Colleagues from the Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions team worked closely with the Cornish family to present a selection of around 60 of the artist’s little-seen sketchbooks, along with carefully chosen finished paintings to provide a rich insight into Cornish’s working practice and development as an artist. The exhibition was designed to offer an intimate look at Cornish’s life and work, touching on his career as a miner, how his family encouraged and inspired his art and the many subjects for drawing and painting provided by the community of his home town of Spennymoor.
To all of our amazing colleagues across academic and professional support departments, and our wonderful students, whether you’re playing football in the field outside the Bill Bryson Library, or at home caring for family and loved ones, our thoughts and best wishes are with you at a time which many of us are trying to struggle for normalcy as everything is changing rapidly around us.
University Library and Collections colleagues are working flat out (both on campus, and working from home – we’ll be sharing pictures and experiences in the near future!) to try to ensure that our existing collections are made as accessible as possible and we are providing support wherever we can, in challenging times (see our web pages for more details and updates including click & collect services, expanded virtual library help and live chat support).
But we are also working with publishers and library colleagues at other universities to ensure we can ease access online to resources wherever we can, for both students and staff. We have highlighted some of those new developments below:
In the next of our series introducing members of the team who you might meet at our sites or across the University, #DULibIntroducing welcomes Jennifer Knaggs, who you may meet during Extended Hours (evenings and weekends) in Bill Bryson Library. Do say hello!
In the next of our series introducing members of the team who you might meet at our sites or across the University, #DULibIntroducing welcomes Tim Buckle, who you may meet at our Help and Information desk in the Bill Bryson Library… but more importantly works busily behind the scenes helping to make sure we can respond to requests for new books and other goodies for the shelves. Do say Hello!