February 18, 2013

New books in the library February 2013

by Debbie

Here’s the latest list of new books which have been added to the library’s Environmental Technology collection.

As ever, if you have any suggestions for books that you’d like the library to purchase, please email Katharine.

February 8, 2013

Update to Library area in MyImperial

by Debbie

We have recently changed the default for the Favourites box in the MyImperial Library tab so that it contains one link to the library website.

This default will automatically be available to new MyImperial users but existing users should click on the personalise icon My Imperial Personalise icon and Restore defaults to see the change.

You can also click on Add to include your own bookmarks to favourite library web pages, e-journals, databases, etc.

February 6, 2013

Text an attendant in the Central Library

by Debbie

A3-Text-an-attendant-Jan-2013_for_webYou might have seen this poster up around the Central Library. During February, we are trialling a Text an Attendant service, which will allow you to send a text if you are being disturbed in a quiet or silent study area, and we will do our best to investigate. All you need to do is text your location e.g. level 4 journals or level 2 PCs to 020 7594 8883.

January 31, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

by Debbie

Thursday 21 February 10:00 – 11:30, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

If you have any questions please email Jenny.

Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.

January 17, 2013

Science Online Conference: London Watch Party

by Debbie

ScienceOnline Watch PartyThis year, the Science Online conference (held in North Carolina) will be broadcast at official “watch parties” around the world.

At the London Watch Party we will be watching and discussing three conference sessions (including one live broadcast), with plenty of time to meet other attendees.

Saturday 2nd February 5pm – 11pm

Imperial College Union Cinema

Registration £5

See Eventbrite for registration and payment info.

See Science Online conference London Watch Party for further details.

Twitter: @Scio13WPLondon

January 16, 2013

Refund of OA payments from F accounts

by Debbie

Open access logoWe can refund publication fees for previously published articles resulting from RCUK-funded research, where payment was made from an academic personal (F) account. The article will have to meet RCUK conditions so needs to be published under a CC-BY licence.

To request a refund to your F account, please fill in the application form, indicating that your article is ‘already published’ and that you are requesting a refund of the fees. There is no limit on publication date, but it will help us to process your application if you can provide the invoice and the PO number used when you made the original payment.

If you are unsure whether your article is RCUK-compliant, please request a refund, and the Library will confirm if you are eligible or not. If you have any questions, please email liboa@imperial.ac.uk.

January 10, 2013

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence 2013

by Debbie

Web 2.0 for researchers programme

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The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in February 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

This course gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.

The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:

  • blogs
  • multimedia
  • networks and networking
  • online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
  • RSS
  • social bookmarking citation and reference management
  • wikis
  • evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)

The workshop will take place on Friday 1 February and the online modules will need to be completed by the beginning of March. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.

Booking details

If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website

If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.

Along side the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers and Mendeley for Researchers workshop. These will both take place in February. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

January 8, 2013

New books in the library January 2013

by Debbie

Here’s the latest list of new books which have been added to the library’s Environmental Technology collection.

As ever, if you have any suggestions for books that you’d like the library to purchase, please email Katharine.

November 29, 2012

New books in the library November 2012

by Debbie

Here’s the latest list of new books which have been added to the library’s Environmental Technology collection.

As ever, if you have any suggestions for books that you’d like the library to purchase, please email Katharine.

November 19, 2012

RCUK open access fund

by Debbie

As you may be aware, in July 2012 RCUK announced a revised OA policy, which will apply to all RCUK grant holders from 1 April 2013, and will mean that RCUK-funded research outputs have to be made available on open access.  From April RCUK will provide a block grant to all institutions in receipt of RCUK funding to cover article processing charges (APCs) and other publication charges, and you will no longer be able to charge these to your RCUK research grants.

In recognition that this will be a considerable shift for many researchers in the UK, RCUK has allocated funds to 30 HEIs to contribute towards the costs of open access (OA) publishing of RCUK-funded research outputs. The College has received £729 000.

From November 2012 Imperial researchers are now asked to apply to this intermediary fund to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) and other publication charges for any material which:

a) has been accepted for publication from [date fund launched], and

b) is the output of RCUK-funded (wholly or partly) funded research. 

The publication (ie journal) should be compliant with the RCUK Access to Research Outputs Policy; the Library will check all applications and inform you if the publisher does not meet RCUK conditions.

  1. Articles should be published under a CC-BY licence , and you will find many publishers already offer this, or are working towards doing so.
  2. You can check information about your publisher’s OA policy using Sherpa Romeo .
  3. Information on publishers who provide Paid options for open access can also be found at Sherpa Romeo.

The application form is available at the Library website and to complete it you will need:

  • the details of your publication,
  • costs of the APC and page charges (where applied),
  • and your grant information.

Please note that:

  • Not all articles will require the payment of APCs to made available on open access
  • This intermediary fund is for RCUK-funded research outputs only; if you want to publish non-RCUK funded work on open access and require fee payment, please apply to the Wellcome Trust or OA Publication fund as appropriate.
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