How far would you travel to borrow a library book? Into town on the bus? One Edinburgh Napier campus to the other? How about trekking 18 kilometers through a forest in which you may or may not stumble across the occasional wild elephant? I’ll be honest – I probably wouldn’t bother. The patrons of the library in the remote Idukki district of Kerala in southern India, however, are prepared to do just that.
The library in Edamalakudi doubles as a teashop, which no doubt comes as a huge relief to the patrons who have climbed uphill through an impenetrable forest to pick up their paperbacks. Kerala is India’s most literate state, and the residents here – while poor and marginalised – are ardent readers. When it was first established in 2010, the library stocked precisely 160 books – all Indian classics – but over the years word of the library’s success has spread, and it has ambitions to collect a thousand more books. The library’s borrowing rate is high. We wish it a thousand books and a thousand more.
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By Lesley McRobb
Welcome back to our returning students. We hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready for the new academic year. You will find there are still some covid-19 precautionary measures in place in the library and here is a short guide to let you know what has changed and what has stayed the same:
The Library opening hours can be viewed here.
Hand sanitisers are still at library entrances, and sanitizing stations are still positioned throughout libraries.
We are still operating social distancing measures, so some study spaces are unavailable. Where spaces are not in use you will see a cross on the desk and the chair will be covered up.
Group study rooms must be booked using Resource Booker, but individual spaces do not need to be booked.
Our Click and collect service continues, and you can still request books from your home campus.
Books and Lapsafe laptops which have been on loan over the summer will be due back by 1st October. After that, books will have a loan period of up to 4 months providing they are not requested by another user. Lapsafe laptops will be 14-day loans.
From 14th September you will be able to make requests for items that are out on loan.
Soft furnishings have been returned to the libraries allowing social spaces and relaxation spaces to be opened up.
The SCONUL access scheme is set to re-start in November.
If you have any questions, you can contact the library at any time.
By Vivienne Hamilton
September is the time when we celebrate the acclaimed war poet Siegfried Sassoon.
Siegfried Sassoon was born 8th September 1886, and died in 1967, on September 1st. Sassoon was a talented poet, writer and soldier. He received the Military Cross for bravery during the First World War.
He wrote fervent pieces that spoke of compassion for his fellow soldiers, and his anger towards those he believed could have ended the war sooner but instead prolonged it.
Sassoon continued to write for the rest of his life, publishing many important works such as Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.
Sassoon was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital (Now our Craiglockhart campus) during World War One. Here he met Wilfred Owen during his convalescence, and together they produced some of the finest war poetry ever written.
Craiglockhart War Hospital
You can visit our permanent exhibition area containing more than 600 unique items. It allows visitors to get an insight into war through the experiences of the poets. Access to the War Poets Collection remains limited due to social distancing, so if you would like to visit please contact us first.
Not only do we have many items in our permanent exhibit, but we also have a treasure trove of exciting new material. It has been loaned to Edinburgh Napier’s War Poets Collection for the period covering the Centenary of the First World War Armistice on November 11th. The new exhibits, which will be available for public viewing, include original photographs of celebrated war poet Siegfried Sassoon, work privately printed by him and an original of his famous war protest letter of July 1917. Read more about it here.
If you would like to read some of his works, here are some sources:
For Library Members
Siegfried Sassoon: poet’s pilgrimage
Siegfried Sassoon : (1886-1967)
Dr W. H. R. Rivers: Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves ‘fathering friend’
You can check out Librarysearch.napier.ac.uk for access to many more wonderful University materials
10 Siegfried Sassoon Poems Everyone Should Read
The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship
Thank you for reading.
War Poets Collection
Welcome to the Online Library
This session will give you a quick introduction to using Edinburgh Napier University Library resources online.
We’ll demonstrate how to:
- Find ebooks using LibrarySearch.
- Find ejournal articles using LibrarySearch, and where to find specialist academic databases
- Download the correct citation and permalink for items so that you can reference them in your University work.
- Use LibrarySearch to organise your reading and search faster.
Welcome to the Physical Library
This session introduces the Campus Libraries and signposts to further support.
We’ll demonstrate how to:
- Use the App to book study spaces, check your library account, add print credit and more.
- Use the machines in libraries, like our printer/scanners, self-service checkouts and laptop loan safes.
- Find a book on the shelf using the shelfmark number.
Are you a student or member of staff looking for UK Industry Market Research data? Well the good news is that the Library now subscribes to the research industry database IBISWorld. Covering a wide range of topics from accommodation and food service activities, to construction and transportation, it’s sure to have what you’re looking for!
The database has an easy-to-use and intuitive layout. Each industry report has the same menu options; covering a variety of topics, including industry at a glance, industry performance, operating conditions and key statistics. In addition, you can create your own presentations with access to easily downloadable formats including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF. Whats more there are also new interactive charts allowing you to manipulate the data to work for you!
Interested? Access the database from the link on Keith Walker’s Business School Subject Guide or go to LibrarySearch and navigate to it from the Databases link.
As a starting point I’d suggest going to your profile in the top right-hand corner of the screen. You’ll find FAQs, useful tutorials and a short video to help you make the most of IBISWorld.
Right, I’m off to find information on the chocolate and biscuit production in the UK!
By Cathryn Buckham
Libguides are a fantastic resource for finding information bespoke to your subject area. Our Librarians have spent time creating custom made guides that help you get the most relevant and useful information on your topic.
We currently have 27 different subject guides available with something to help everyone, no matter what you study.
There is a full list of the guides available here: https://libguides.napier.ac.uk/
You can scroll through the full list, or narrow your search by subject or Type.
Alternatively you can click on your Subject Librarian, and find a list of their guides as well as their contact information.
Box of Broadcasts
Box of Broadcasts, or BoB as it is affectionately known, is an on demand TV and radio service for education run by an organisation called Learning on Screen. It allows staff and students at subscribing institutions to record and watch programmes from over 60 free-to-air channels and search an archive of over 2 million broadcasts.
How to Access BoB
Content is accessible online, both on and off campus within the UK. When you arrive at the BoB homepage begin by clicking “Login”. Next Select Edinburgh Napier University from the “Where are you from?” drop-down box. You will need to register the first time you use BoB, but after that, you can simply log in with your university username & password.
Not only will you be able to access millions of broadcasts, including those from channels such as the BBC, CNN, and Channel 4, but you can make personal playlists and create clips.
BoB also provides helpful tutorials to get you started. There are also useful guides on how to use it in the classroom and curated playlists you can access from expert academics and researchers.
Here are a few to get you started:
Fashion, Sustainability and Beauty
Jazz on BBC Television
Chinese Politics and Society
Film and Existentialism
Biology in Broadcast Media
As you can see BoB has content to help you study any subject from Film to Law, so why no dive in and start watching.
Scotland offers some fantastic opportunities to get out and about and do some wildlife watching. When it’s not possible to do so, there are some great ways to watch a magnificent bird of prey from the comfort of your own home.
Ospreys have now returned to Scotland for the breeding season. These large birds of prey overwinter in Africa and return to the UK to breed in the spring. They feed mostly on fish caught in lochs and rivers and they tend to pair for life. Ospreys were found extensively across the UK until they were persecuted to extinction. This meant that in Scotland ospreys became extinct in 1916.
They started to return to Scotland in 1954, but re-colonising was a slow process and by 1976 the breeding population was only 14 pairs. Nest protection and conservation projects helped the population to increase and to colonise other parts of the UK.
Where to watch
There are visitor centres at Loch of the Lowes and Loch Garten, where you can watch the ospreys as they tidy their nests, raise their chicks and see the young birds take their first flight. However, if you prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, you can follow the birds’ progress on the Loch of the Lowes webcam here.
There is also a webcam for the osprey nest at Loch Arkaig which can be viewed here.
More information about ospreys can be found on the RSPB website here.
If you are interested in birds there are several books about them in the Edinburgh Napier collection. Here is a selection of the many titles available:
The history of British birds
The British Birds
Collins Bird Guide
Urban Raptors : Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities
Birds of Prey : Biology and conservation in the XXI century
Article by Vivienne Hamilton
The month of June is Pride Month and here at the Library we “pride” ourselves on being an inclusive and welcoming place to visit. We thought it might be interesting to share with you some history about Pride Month and show you some resources for learning more about LGBTQ+ culture.
The reason that Pride occurs in June is because it marks the date of the Stonewall riots in America. This was a significant turning point in LGBTQ+ rights, galvanising movement towards greater equality. The first Pride parade occurred a year later on the anniversary of the riot, and parades around the world have marked the occasion ever since.
Pride Month is a celebration of how far LGBTQ+ rights have come and about bringing attention to work that still needs to be done. It’s also about having a lot of fun and some truly fabulous parades!
If you are an LGBTQ+ student you can join Edinburgh Napier’s LGBTQ+ Society or find out more about the student LGBTQ+ community on the Queer Napier site. Staff can join the University’s thriving LGBTQ+ Network or visit our web pages to learn more about becoming an ally.
The Library has a wealth of books and articles on the subject. From the history of LGBTQ+ rights to current Legal information to keep you informed. Use LibrarySearch to find what you are looking for, or contact us for help with any of your research needs.
Here are some items available through the Library to get you started:
Same-sex, different politics: success and failure in the struggles over gay rights
Lgbt Activism and the Making of Europe A Rainbow Europe
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) and the criminal justice system
Happy Pride Month 2021! 🏳🌈🌈🏳🌈