We are always looking for new ways in which to alert UWE researchers about what the Research Support team can do for them. For this year’s all staff event we were tasked with creating a video to let new starters in Student Success Services know what the Library Research Support team does, and we thought that it would also be useful for researchers as a breakdown of how the team can support them.
We always like to take the opportunity to be a bit creative (as seen in our poster from last year) and wanted to take a fun approach – so we animated ourselves using Powtoon.
The resulting video is two and a half minutes of useful information wrapped in a cartoon package. Hopefully our researchers find it a helpful and memorable introduction to the Library Research Support team.
The video is available to view (with subtitles) on Vimeo. We hope you enjoy!
I (Charley) am going to be taking part in the Creative Skills Week for ACE staff taking place over the next few days.
- On Friday 22nd June at 10:30 at Bower Ashton campus I will be doing a short presentation session billed as ‘Meet your research support librarian’. this will be a chance to get an overview of the ways in which the Research Support team can support researchers and PGRs, and will feature (fingers crossed for technology working) our new team animated video!
- On Monday 25th June I will be at Bower Ashton campus again, available for drop-in questions and chats. Come along with any specific questions about how we can help you with your research.
Come along and find out more about the team!
The results of the 2018 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) are in and UWE achieved gold status. To celebrate, the university threw a reception for staff featuring cake, drinks, and an ice-cream van. The Research Support team spotted the van out of the office window and the next thing anyone knew we were all enjoying free ice-creams!
You can see some pictures of the event below.
On Wednesday 23rd May I (Lisa) was lucky enough to spend the morning at Bristol Zoo to visit the library there, and find out more about what they do. The morning began with an introduction from Simon Garrett (Head of Learning), who talked about the three main areas that they cover: 1) Conservation, 2) Field work, and 3) Changing human behaviours. As well as providing entertainment for the public, zoos are able to target people of all ages and challenge the decisions that they are making in their everyday lives, which could have a big impact on the environment. This year they are working on a behaviour change campaign that encourages consumers to purchase sustainable palm oil.
We were then split into two groups, and my group was taken on a tour of the Education Centre, which included a lecture room, lab, computer room, common room, and library. Siobhan (the only Bristol Zoo librarian!) delivered an interesting talk about the library, and the resources that they have. Here are some facts about the library:
- The library can be used by University students, researchers, zoo staff, volunteers, and the public upon request.
- It is relatively small, with 4500 books, 2500 journal issues, and 2 e-resource subscriptions!
- A large collection of the books were donated from the BBC Wildlife unit. Other books were obtained from departments around the zoo.
- There is a unique cataloguing system, which was developed many years ago by volunteers, and has never been changed (e.g. Ec-H-W-5 would indicate a book in the ecology section, under the subheadings habitat – woodland, which was the fifth book to be added to this group).
We were then free to browse the books, and admire the interesting view out the window of the capybaras!
Unpaywall is a free browser extension for Firefox and Chrome, as well as a database of open access articles. When you come up against an article that is behind a paywall, Unpaywall searches its database for a free to read version for you, and produces a button on the right side of your screen, which takes you to the free version.
Unpaywall searches journals and repositories, so it is completely legal. It does not harvest any sources where the legality of uploads could be questionable (e.g. ResearchGate.) True open access aficionados can even turn on ‘OA Nerd Mode’ which colour codes the button to show whether the free version is gold, green, or bronze open access!
Add the browser extension to start locating free articles.
I (Charley) recently had the luck to be involved in the photoshoot for our new Research Support Team banner. Our old banner is out of date, so we need a new one to take for our regular visits to other campuses, as well as to other events or out ‘on tour’ around Frenchay campus.
I thought that I would be helping guide the photographer about what the models in the photo needed to do, and what we needed the photo to portray. Instead I found myself as one of the models! My fellow model and I gestured at a laptop, waved pens around, and made interested looking faces while trying to think of things to chat about. It was all a bit odd – I don’t know how the professionals do it.
All this means that we will soon be able to unveil our new banner, and you will then be able to spot me sitting under a picture of my own face, ready to answer any queries about open access or the repositories. Stay tuned for more information!
Photo found via Pexels
Q: I know that the policy for REF 2021 requires the accepted manuscript of an item to be uploaded to the Research Repository within three months of the date of acceptance but does this apply to everything that I want to submit?
A: The policy only applies to journal articles and conference papers published in proceedings with an ISSN. These items need to be uploaded to the Research Repository before the deadline.
Other items, such as book chapters, creative works, or monographs, do not need to comply with the policy in order to be eligible for the REF. We still encourage UWE Bristol researchers to add these to the Research Repository and to upload the full text whenever possible. You will need to create a record on the Research Repository in order to add the item to your REF CV in any case.
Journal articles and conference papers which were accepted for publication prior to 01 April 2016 do not need to comply with the policy – this is when the policy came into effect.