Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night


For the last post of the year we’re giving you a look at the Research Support Team Christmas decorations!

Our theme? Christmas songs.

Our mission? Make people guess from a series of clue and pun filled decorations what songs we are referencing.

Our medium? Paper, card, glue, knick-knacks, and a cuddly gorilla.

We’ve created decorations from the titles of 10 Christmas songs. Can you work out what they all are? Hover over each image to find out how many songs are shown in each picture. We’ll post the answers when we get back in January.

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Spotlight: Using 3D imaging to map bullet impacts in sandstone

Bullet impacts

The spotlight today is a conference poster, Using 3D imaging to map bullet impacts in sandstone, which was originally presented at the SEAHA 2nd Annual Conference in June 2016.

The poster gives an overview of the team’s project, x-raying bullet damage to sandstone blocks in order to aid conservation efforts for heritage sights. This involved shooting several sandstone blocks in order to get the required samples!

Check out the poster for more information about the study.

Going beyond Google – useful search engines for research

JISC have recently published a useful piece on their blog: Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

They have identified a range of possible resources including:

  • CORE and BASE which can be used to find open access articles and web resources.
  • Power searching from Google, which is an online training course that highlights how to get the most out of Google.
  • Copac, which is a Jisc service that allows you to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries. Great for finding print stock near where you live.
  • Research data catalogues including the EU open data portal and Dryad .
  • Zetoc, a research database which helps users find and set alerts for new research publications through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.
  • Europeana, which lists books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. It also allows you to download and share various resources.

Why not have a look at one of these great resources and see what you can discover to help with your research?

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Spotlight: Family Rituals 2.0

Family rituals (1)

Today’s spotlight is a report for a project titled Family Rituals 2.0. The project aimed to understand the everyday rituals that families undertook, particularly when one member regularly works away from home.

The project built five ‘ritual machines’ for five different families, all aimed at enhancing a ‘ritual’ of the family. Wine robots, magical telescopes, talking handbags – the machines all took different forms and worked in different ways.

Check the report for more information about the project.

Meet the team: Library Information Administrator (Repositories)

The blog has been up and running for around eight months now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts. Today we feature…

LisaHello, I’m Lisa! I’m the Repository Administrator for the Research Team, and I’ve been in this role for just under a year now.

My main responsibility is to check every item that comes into the Research Repository review area, before making them live. This involves checking that the metadata has been filled in correctly, and checking publisher’s archiving policies before making text live. I also check PhD theses that are uploaded to the repository, to ensure that there are no outstanding copyright issues.

Alongside Charley Vaughton (the Repository Manager), I monitor the eprints inbox and answer the Repository phone. Typical inquiries that I respond to include item amendment requests, thesis copyright queries, and questions about items not showing on staff profiles.

I am responsible for writing the termly statistics reports, which provide an insight into changes that have taken place within the Research Repository each term; for example, what are the top ten countries downloading material from the Repository?

Outside of work I like to keep fit by going to the gym, playing badminton, or going for a long walk with my partner.

Meet the team: Research Support Librarian (Repositories)

The blog has been up and running for around eight months now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts and first up we have…

Staff profile picI’m Charley Vaughton, the Research Support Librarian (Repositories) to give me my full title.

I have various responsibilities covering managing the Research Repository, outreach/advocacy, teaching and training, reporting, and social media. I run the blog – writing posts (or recruiting other members of the team to write them!) and creating graphics and posters to use on the blog and in other places. I’m also the research tweeter on the Library Twitter account.

I run one-to-one training sessions for researchers, going over how to use the Research Repository and how to comply with the HEFCE policy for REF 2021. I teach a ‘copyright and your thesis’ session for PhD students, and write accompanying guides for the repository webpages. I write monthly reports assessing compliance rates with the HEFCE policy, manage the Library Information Administrator (Research Repository), and answer researcher queries about open access and the repositories

DeskI work at Bower Ashton campus every month, please come over and say hi if you see me – I’m there to answer any questions and give training wherever possible!

I also like reading (there’s usually a book on my desk), collecting pretty stationary that I’m then reluctant to use, and playing video games (badly.)

Contact me about the HEFCE policy, the Research and Data repositories, open access, or if you would like to arrange a training session.