Librarians on Tour – New York Public Library

On tour

A couple of months ago, Lisa went on holiday to New York and she couldn’t resist a visit to New York Public Library (the third largest public library in the world!). There had been a dusting of snow that day, so it looked really pretty from the outside!

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It is also an incredible building inside, with large public reading rooms and grand hallways filled with amazing artwork.

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Downstairs there is a children’s library with a Winnie the Pooh exhibit, containing Christopher Robin’s original teddies!

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It’s free to have a look around, so I definitely recommend a visit next time you’re in the Big Apple!


Librarians on tour – the Library at the Lake

On tour

Back in 2016, Charley was in Slovenia, not looking for libraries at all. You don’t normally expect to find libraries in a place like this:


Sure it looks beautiful but it was FREEZING when you tried to paddle in it

But even a lake can be a suitable place for a library – in this case a little free library in a lovingly crafted little house.

The library offered books for anyone to borrow and read while sitting in the sun around the lake. Books could then be returned, or you could add a book of your own to the collection.

All the photos in this post were created by Charley Vaughton and are licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 license

Behind the scenes at the Research Repository

Behind the scenes teaser

If you have ever wondered what happens after you click ‘Deposit item now’ and log out of the Research Repository…

If you have ever thought about what happens to your item before it appears on the Research Repository and your staff profile…

If you have pondered about the difference between checking archiving and copyright conditions for a journal article versus a conference item (or just how long it can take)…

Then you will be interested in our latest poster, showing all the steps that your item has to go through between ‘Deposit Item Now’ and you seeing it on the Research Repository. You can see a teaser of the the full poster created by Lisa, the Repository Administrator, above, and the full poster can be viewed online here.

Meet the team: Research and Open Access Librarian

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…


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We are Anna Lawson and Jane Belger, and work as a job-share as the Research and Open Access Librarian with the Research Support Team at UWE Library.

Our role is to provide library-related support to researchers and postgraduate students with their research. This includes, amongst other things:

Anna also works once a month, on the first Thursday of the month, at Glenside Library – so do come and say hello! She runs a drop-in session between 10am and 1pm; do ask at the library help desk if you can’t find her.

Outside of work, we both enjoy travelling and a decent glass of wine, are married to statisticians, and have 5 children between us (ranging in ages from 10 months to 26). But we’re really not the same person!

If you’d like to learn more about open access or research support in the library more generally, do get in touch by e-mailing Jane will respond Monday to Wednesday, Anna will respond Wednesday through Friday.

Librarians on tour – Australian edition

On tour

Jane, one of the research librarians, spent some time in Australia this Christmas. She couldn’t resist visiting a couple of libraries!

The first one she visited was a little honesty library in a shopping mall in Melbourne. People can borrow the books and bring them back, or replace them with another book, and there is no formal checking out process.

The second library was slightly larger and grander – the state library of Victoria, complete with dedicated chess playing area!

You can see some pictures from Jane’s trip below – click to view them in full.

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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