Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Reminder: Closure of Level 2 Central Library

by Debbie

A quick reminder: Level 2 of the Central Library will be closed from Sunday 3 July until Sunday 7 August. If you would like to borrow a book from that part of the collection (000 – 532), then please do so before the closure. For further information, please see the news post on the Library website.

June 29, 2011

2010 Journal Citation Reports data now available

by Debbie

The Journal Citation Reports (JCR) now includes data for 2010. There is also a list of journals which have been included for the first time, which can be found here.

For more information, please see the JCR website, or click on the logo to the right to be taken to the JCR page. Please note, if you are off campus, you will need to be logged in to the VPN to gain access.

June 14, 2011

Restricted access to books in Central Library in July

by Debbie

A health and safety inspection has revealed that some of the old wooden shelving on Level 2 is unstable and consequently it will be replaced this summer. At the same time the configuration of the metal shelving will be changed and the floor will be given a new concrete screed and new carpet.

Unfortunately this means that books with classmarks 000 to 532 will be unavailable from Monday 4 July until Monday 8 August. This includes books on environmental economics, EIA, environmental policy, environmental reports, energy policy, law and climate change as well as maths, computing and some physics.

Books which are out of circulation due to the work can be requested via Document Delivery and will not be counted against your annual allocation

June 8, 2011

Summer issue of Impact available now

by Debbie

The latest issue of Impact, the library’s newsletter, is available now. This time, we have articles on:

  • New library search – bigger, better, easier
  • Support over the Summer
  • Mobile applications
  • Meet our new Medicine Research Support Librarian
  • Posters mean prizes!
  • Sights and sounds for Summer

You can pick up a copy in your local library, or you can download the pdf version from the library website

June 3, 2011

CSA is now ProQuest

by Debbie

Proquest logo

CSA Illumina is getting a new interface and a new name and from 10 June will be known as ProQuest. http://search.proquest.com/index

ProQuest is already live and ready to go, links are available in the library catalogue and on the Environment subject page so feel free to try to out.

IMPORTANT! If you have set up a MyResearch account in CSA for saved searches and alerts this will not be transferred automatically into ProQuest, you will have to register for a new MyReseach account in Proquest.

Please email Katharine if you have any questions.

June 2, 2011

Getting the books you want is now easier

by Debbie

Girl with books
We’ve changed the way that you reserve books. Changes include:

  • When you reserve a book, all the copies we have in stock at all our libraries are now reserved for you, so you should get your books more quickly.
  • You can choose which library you want to pick the book up from, and to specify the date after which you will no longer need it.

This system also replaces the inter-campus loans system. As before, if there is a copy on the shelf at your pickup library, you won’t be able to request a copy from somewhere else. These changes should mean that you get a copy of the book you need more quickly.

For more information on the changes to the system, please see the news item on the library website.

June 1, 2011

RCSU Science Challenge 2011 – win up to £2000!

by Debbie

Essay writingThis year’s RCSU Science Challenge is under way.

From their website:

The RCSU Science Challenge is an annual competition run by the Royal College of Science Faculty Union, and generously funded by the Faculty of Natural Sciences here at Imperial College London. The challenge is an essay competition that aims to encourage scientific debate, reasoning and the communication of science in a public-friendly context. Entries in this two-category competition are open to all students of Imperial College (not Faculty specific) and (in a separately judged category) students at school or college in the United Kingdom.

There are four essay questions to choose from, and you’ll need to write 800 words. The questions and full submission criteria can be found on the RSCU Science Challenge website.

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