Monday, 13 December 2010

Service Upgrade

This week CiCS will be carrying out some essential maintenance to our eresources single sign-on service package (Shibboleth). For technical reasons, a consequence of the upgrade work will be a loss of customers' existing personalisations. This means that if you have created personalisations (e.g. saved searches or set up alerts) for some databases, you will lose these. This is unfortunate, but unavoidable.

The list of databases affected is available on the library webpages. It includes ZETOC and a number of EDINA services. We anticipate that ZETOC may prove the most problematic as this is used by many as a personalised current awareness service.

In all cases, you will need to set up your preferred personalisations again after successful completion of the upgrade. This will be announced on the service status page in due course.

Apologies if this work does effect you.

Christmas Vacation Loans

Our vacation loans begin today! Anything issued or renewed from today will be due back after Christmas. Have a look at the table below for more information.

These loans do not apply to University or NHS staff, Postgraduate research students or external borrowers.

Borrower StatusIssuedDue for Return
Full-time UG & PGTFrom 9am 13 December to 11 January inclusiveTuesday 18 January
Part-time UG & PGTFrom 9am 13 December to 4 January inclusiveTuesday 18 January
Reserved Items - Full-time UG & PGTFrom 9am 16 December to 10 January inclusiveMonday 17 January
Reserved items - Part-time UG & PGTFrom 9am 14 December to 10 January inclusiveMonday 17 January

In order to avoid fines please keep your borrower record up to date. Please note that items can be reserved as normal throughout the holiday and the only way to ensure that you can keep them for the whole of the vacation period is to renew them during the last week of semester

If a book has been reserved for someone else you may not be able to renew it over the vacation and will be liable for any fines incurred.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the Renewals Hotline on: (0114) 222-7201.

Friday, 10 December 2010

ACSE Student Wins Amazon Kindle

Joe OliverAs (hopefully) you'll be aware we've been running a pilot ereader loan scheme in our libraries, which came to end in November. An Amazon Kindle and Sony eReader were loaded with content and loaned to customers in exchange for feedback as part of an evaluation project. Those who took part in our survey were entered into a prize draw to win their own ebook reader!

The prize draw
The prize draw event was held in the Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery on 6 December 2010. We were delighted to welcome Joe Oliver, Sheffield Students' Union Education Officer, to introduce the event and pick out the names of two lucky winners. Prize draw entrants were invited along and the event was also attended by Martin Lewis, Director of Library Services, Heather Thrift and Tracey Clarke, the Associate and Assistant Library Directors, and the ebook reader evaluation project group members.

The winners
The lucky ebook reader winners are from the departments of Philosophy and Automatic Systems & Control Engineering, winning an Amazon Kindle 3G and a Sony Reader Touch respectively. Neither of the winners were able to attend the draw, though we've since contacted them with the good news and they're very pleased!

Thank you!
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our eBook reader evaluation. The results of the survey will be made available shortly on the Library web site.

More photos can also be found on Flickr.