Librarians on tour – Wells Cathedral Library – books in chains!

On tour

Last month, Jane was fortunate enough to visit the chained library at Wells Cathedral.

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Built in 1450, this working library has been in use for over 550 years. Wells is only 1 of 4 chained libraries remaining in the country.

An iron gate separates the reading room from the library where some books are still chained to the shelves. The move to chaining books to the shelves in the 1600s was seen as a way of increasing access! Previously books were stored in chained boxes and readers had to ask for each box to be unlocked by the custodians. By chaining the books to the shelves, readers only had to request to be let in through the locked gate. They could then browse the shelves and then read the books, at chains length, on the shelves below.

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(Note from Charley: there is surely an analogy to be drawn here between chaining books to shelves and open access, but we won’t get into that…)

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Open access book chapters – Springer joins the gang

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Springer has recently updated its self-archiving policy for book chapters, meaning that authors can now archive the accepted manuscript of their book chapter on the UWE Research Repository. Previously Springer did not allow any form of self-archiving, so this will make a big difference to UWE Bristol authors who are publishing with Springer.

The Library Research Support Team checks the archiving policies for all book chapters uploaded to the Research Repository and will contact authors in the event that we are unable to use the manuscript supplied. Many publishers allow us to archive the accepted version of the text after observing an embargo.

Book chapters do not currently need to comply with the HEFCE policy in order to be eligible for submission for REF 2021, but authors may wish to follow the same principles (upload the accepted manuscript within 3 months of acceptance) as best practice.

Any questions? Contact the repository team for more information about archiving books and book chapters on the Research Repository.


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FET fund for open access publishing launched

architecture-buildings-business-331990On 1st August, FET launched an open access fund for their researchers. This allows UWE  Bristol authors of high quality articles to apply for funding to make their work immediately open access on publication via the journal’s website (gold open access).

If you wish to publish an article in an open access journal, the first step is to find out about the reputation of the journal and the likely cost of publishing. It is advisable to seek out the highest quality journal that you think will accept your work. There is more advice on the library research support webpages.

Having decided on the journal and submitted your article, you should apply to the Library for funding before a decision is made about acceptance. Having an article already accepted for publication is not sufficient reason for the University to fund publication.

For more information about this scheme contact lib.rke@uwe.ac.uk.

To see all the options for open access publishing at UWE Bristol, check our infographic.


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Preserving your data – guidance for funded researchers

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Researchers who receive funding from a UK Research Council or other funder are (hopefully) already aware of the open access publishing requirements for the outputs that result from a grant.

Many funders also have research data preservation policies – these vary from funder to funder and state what must be done with the production of data management plans, metadata, and storage of the data generated from a project.

The Library Research Support Team have guidance on complying with different funder policies on the Library webpages. Where funders require data to be made openly available or preserved we offer the Research Data Repository for UWE Bristol researchers to use. Similar to the Research Repository which is for archiving outputs, the Research Data Repository is for the archiving of research datasets.

For more information about using the Data Repository or data policies, contact the team.


Image: “Data” by Daniel Lobo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

How to deposit – video guides now available

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There are now three new and updated video guides for depositing research and data in the UWE Repositories. Each video is less than four-and-a-half minutes long and shows how to deposit a paper or dataset from start to finish.

You can see how to deposit a dataset in the UWE Research Data Repository in one of the videos.

For the Research Repository there is a full video guide to manually adding your work as well as a quick deposit guide for importing articles using a DOI number.

We hope that they will be a helpful guide for both new and existing staff alike.


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Librarians on Tour – Erasmus week in Dublin

On tour

In mid-June I (Jane) was lucky enough to attend the Erasmus library staff mobility week in Dublin. A group of academic librarians from across Europe, got together to talk about various library activities in their home institutions.

Each attendee was required to give a short presentation on their chosen theme. This resulted in some great discussions. My presentation, Customer service and the Future Library at the University of the West of England is available on the Research Repository.

A real bonus of the week was getting to visit some fantastic libraries in and around Dublin as each theme was hosted at a different institution. Here are some pictures from the visit where you can see a wide range of libraries!

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Meeting with new starters

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New starters at UWE Bristol who are involved in research will receive a welcome email from the Library Research Support team. The email includes a link to our short animated video, guidance on how to comply with the REF policy, and links to useful pages on the library site for researchers.

The email will also include an invitation to meet up for a chat about your research needs and how the team can support them.

If you are an existing member of staff and would like to arrange a chat or a training session, please contact the team. We are happy to travel to any UWE campuses and are easily contacted by phone or email for more immediate help.


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