This is a guest post by Michelle Walker, Research Support Librarian:
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.”
Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) awarding winning playwright, TV and movie screenwriter, and best-selling novelist.
“It is National Libraries Day on 8th February and while many of you may no longer visit the University Library physically, you are likely to be accessing our collection and services online from your offices. You might also not have heard all the latest about what your Library is doing to support researchers.
The Libraries at Coach Lane and City Campus provide designated research space in our Research Zones. Access to a quiet space with resources and refreshments available or a place to discuss and collaborate with other researchers.
Beyond a physical space the Library contains far more than its walls could ever hold. The explosion of digital content and services around these allow researchers to access materials 24/7 via key databases, such as Web of Science and MLA International Bibliography. Our electronic journal collection allows access to millions of articles and we are expanding this collection through targeted purchases to key journals such as Nature and JSTOR Arts and Science II and V.
The newly expanded inter library loan service allows even faster delivery of journal articles directly to your desktop – effectively you are able to access over 10,000 libraries worldwide. We are purchasing more ebooks to boost our collections providing instant access to monographs, enabling research to take place anywhere and anytime.
Our services in training and support for researchers are well known around campus. The highly successful Researcher Development Weeks in November and March offer workshops designed to support the development and training on key researcher skills identified by Vitae. Keeping up to date using RSS feeds, Measuring your research performance using citation metrics, Literature reviews and Copyright are just some of the workshops available. All of our materials are available 24/7 via Skills Plus and extra videos and materials enable further personal development in a variety of ways.
The Research Support team also support the referencing software, EndNote, and offer monthly training sessions, training materials on Skills Plus and individual support to researchers.
And once the skills are developed, the ideas generated, the research undertaken and finally published, the Library provides Northumbria Research Link (NRL). NRL showcases Northumbria research, making it discoverable online to a global audience, enhancing impact and the chance of citation. We actively develop NRL to better promote you research and most recently have enabled ORCID numbers to be added to NRL records to enable a researchers complete body of work to be easily identified. We are also working as part of a Research and Innovation Committee working group to establish the Northumbria approach to Open Access (OA).
As Sidney Sheldon remarked – ‘Libraries do change lives for the better’ – and even more so when we can support you to create new knowledge which changes the world.”