Friday, 22 March 2013

StarPlus upgrade - 25th March 2013

Access to StarPlus may be intermittent on Monday 25th March due to an upgrade.

Every effort will be made to ensure that disruption to services is kept to a minimum.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering

Some of the events taking place this week....

For full programme details, venues and booking information take a look at the Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering website -

  • Robot Maze Competition - The University of Sheffield, Wednesday 20th March, morning competition 11am-1pm and afternoon competition 2-4pm
  • Swarming Robots - Dr Roderich Gross,  The University of Sheffield, Wednesday 20th March, 1pm-4pm (with specific swarm demos at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm)
  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know: The myth of the mad scientist in horror films - Professor Vanessa Toulmin, The University of Sheffield, Thursday 21st March, 6pm - 7pm
  • Improving Care and Quality of Life for Motor Neurone Disease Patients - Dr Christopher McDermott, The University of Sheffield and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Friday 22nd March, 12.30pm - 2pm 

Take a look at our Library Bot
at St George's Library and
pick up a programme.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Library Robot

To celebrate the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, Library staff have worked through the night to construct their very own library robot.

Made from the very latest materials (foil and cardboard) and using state-of-the-art construction techniques (sticky tape), Library Bot represents the cutting edge in the emerging field of library-based robotics.

Here he is relaxing in his new home at St George's Library.

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering - weekend events

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering 
10-24 March 2013

Don't forget there are lots of events taking place across Sheffield this weekend to celebrate science & engineering.

For full programme details and booking information take a look at the Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering website. Here are just a couple:

  • Sideshow Science: The science of colour and butterflies - Weston Park Museum, Saturday 16th March, 11am - 3pm
From the programme - "Serious science gets seriously entertaining!"

  • Cabinet of Curiosities: the Amazing World of the Denny Museum, Alfred Denny Building, The University of Sheffield, Saturday 16th March, 10am - 4pm, Sunday 17th March, 10am - 4pm & Monday 18th March, 4pm - 8.30pm (booking required)
From the programme - "Sneak a peak at the creatures in Sheffield's most mind-boggling museum!"

Thursday, 14 March 2013

National Science & Engineering Week

Invention & Discovery - Stainless Steel

The theme for this year's celebration of science & engineering is invention and discovery. As part of this year's event we thought we would take a look at things invented and discovered here in Sheffield and of course we must mention stainless steel.

The city of Sheffield has played a major role in industrial history. In 1913 Sheffield's Harry Brearley discovered that adding chromium to molten iron produced a metal that did not rust – stainless steel! Stainless steel was ideal for many practical uses and in particular the manufacture of cutlery.  Over the next 100 years Sheffield’s reputation for metal production was made (Welcome to Sheffield).

This year Sheffield is celebrating 100 years since the discovery of Stainless Steel and a number of events and exhibitions are taking place throughout the year. These include...

  • Designed to Shine – 100 years of Stainless Steel an exhibition at the Millennium Gallery Sheffield (until 13th October)
If you want to find out more information about the history of stainless steel and events taking place why not take at look at the Welcome to Sheffield website

Monday, 11 March 2013

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering 
10-24 March 2013

Don't forget there are a number of public lectures and events taking place this week to celebrate science & engineering across South Yorkshire.  Below are just a few.

For full details and information on how to book a space go to the Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering webpage.

  • Tuesday, 12th March - Is Science Magic? Professor Richard Jones FRS & Professor Tony Ryan OBE, The University of Sheffield
  • Tuesday, 12th March - IET Quiz Night. Host Richard Lee, The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Tuesday, 12th March - When Should YOUR Genetic Data be Available for Scientific Research or Financial Gain in the Public Interest? Dr Mark Taylor, The University of Sheffield
  • Friday, 15th March - How to be a Scientist. Professor Tim Birkhead, The University of Sheffield
  • Friday, 15th March - The Engineering Behind the Medals. Christina King, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University

You can also pick up a programme from the National Science & Engineering Week stand at St George's Library.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Changes in StarPlus

We are working in the background to improve our library systems.

You can now place a reservation within StarPlus, from the 'Request' tab.

However, to see the total number of copies available of a particular book, you need to click on the 'Details' tab and then the 'This item in classic Star' link on the right hand side. This is a temporary measure until we upgrade further in the next few months.

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering

Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering 
10-24 March 2013

The city is gearing up for the Festival of Science and Engineering, which kicks off this Sunday.

Funded and organised by Sheffield’s universities and supported by museums and industry-education groups across the city, the festival will build on our universities’ world class research and emphasise the central role played by Science and Technology in our region.

The festival ties in with National Science and Engineering week, which this year focuses on the themes of Invention and Discovery.

There are loads of events going on here at the University, and across the city, including free lectures and interactive experiments.

Have a look at the stand in St George's Library for more information and grab a copy of the festival programme.  Well be posting updates on this blog throughout the festival, so watch this space...


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

StarPlus upgrade - 7th March 2013

Work to integrate account information and renewals and reservations into StarPlus will take place on Thursday 7th March starting at 10.30am. This may last for several hours and there will be some disruption to the service.

It is recommended that you save your eShelf contents to Endnote or another reference service as a precaution. Alternatively you may choose to e-mail your eShelf contents to yourself. 

Every effort will be made to ensure that disruption to services is kept to a minimum.

Monday, 4 March 2013

New Login Procedure for StarPlus

When using the library catalogue StarPlus, you need to remember to sign on, in order to have full access to digital resources such as online journal articles and ebooks.  

StarPlus now gives two sign on options:

University Staff and Students should use the University Members option.  Enter your university username and password.

NHS staff and users with External Borrower cards should use the NHS and other library users option. Enter the barcode number on your card and your library PIN.

For help using StarPlus, see our tutorial