Close down of blog

I will no longer be updating this blog as I have a new role as Research Support Librarian.

Thank you to all who have viewed this blog over the past few years.




Library OneSearch improvements – March 2014

Library OneSearch@NTU

In response to feedback from Customer Services (and from library customers), a number of small (but hopefully significant) changes will go live in the Library OneSearch interface later this week. The key tweaks and updates are detailed below (click on each of the images for a full-size version):

Repositioned ‘Locations & Requests’ tab

For an item of physical stock, the ‘Locations & Requests’ tab will be presented first in the list of clickable options. For items that are available in both physical and electronic format, the ‘View Online’ tab will be presented first, and the ‘Locations & Requests’ tab second. This change is intended to provide more intuitive access to location information and reservation options for physical stock items.

Relocated 'Locations & Requests' tab Relocated ‘Locations & Requests’ tab

New prominent ‘Find Databases’ link

In an effort to give the functionality greater prominence, an additional ‘Find Databases’ button will be added to the main search…

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Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – service ‘at risk’ Thursday 27 March

eResource updates

In order to correct a problem affecting the BBC Archive link in the off-air recording and streaming service Box of Broadcasts, the BoB team will be carrying out maintenance tasks throughout Thursday 27 March 2014.

Although the work may be completed in a relatively short period of time, the service should be considered ‘at risk’ for the entire day.

BoB will display a message on the BUFVC homepage, and send out updates on its Twitter feed (@bufvc_bob) as work progresses.

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Clifton and Boots Libraries – Summer Refurbishment

Improving Your Library

We are pleased to announce that Clifton Library will be completely transformed over the summer months.  In the redesigned library you will find:
  • A more diverse range of study spaces, including silent study areas for when you need to concentrate and reflect
  • More PCs and areas where you can comfortably use your own IT, and more desktop power
  • Collaborative areas where you can work with course mates
  • Improved study environments with new furniture, carpets and decoration 

For further information about the changes at Clifton campus visit

As well as the exciting changes taking place at Clifton Library, we’re also delighted to confirm that Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Boots Library will be refurbished over the summer to provide:

  • More study spaces
  • More desktop power
  • Improved study environments with new furniture, carpets and decoration 

To find out more about the proposed plans, and let us know…

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TV programme w/c 1.3.14

The following programme will be added to the BoB archive next week:

Dispatches: Undercover – Hate on the terraces [racism and homophobia in top-flight English football] (Monday 3rd, CH4, 8-8.30pm)

Springer journals – off-campus access enabled

eResource updates

Access to subscribed full-text journals on the Springer platform is now available off-campus – using a university username and password. (On-campus access remains direct). Information about off-campus access to Springer titles has been updated in SFX accordingly.

To access Springer journal content from off-campus:

  • Select the ‘Sign up/ Log-in’ option in the top right hand corner of the Springer home page
  • Select the ‘Institutional / Athens login’ option in the drop-down
  • On the login page which then loads, in the  ‘Find your institution (via Shibboleth)’ search box, type ‘Nottingham Trent’
  • Select the matching entry for Nottingham Trent University in the result list click on the ‘Log in via Shibboleth’ button. The browser will resolve to the ‘NTU Single Sign-on’ page

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TV programmes next week

The following TV programmes scheduled for broadcast next week will be streamed in BoB:

Horizon: the power of the placebo (Monday 17th, BBC2, 9-10pm)

Sexting teacher [social media and teacher-pupil relationships] (Tuesday 18th, CH4, 10-11pm)