Friday, December 20, 2013

Changes to the ebook and ejournal cross-search

You may have noticed that the ebook and ejournal cross search tools have changed slightly - the cross searches now link to the new Hull catalogue. If you haven't tried this yet, do it now at the links below!

If you need any help with searching for electronic resources, or if you have any feedback about the cross-search tools, please email us:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from HYMS Library...but before you go...

Borrowing while you’re away
If you are going home over the Christmas vacation but still want to access books you can use the SCONUL Access scheme. This enables you to use the resources of other university libraries over the vacation, on production of your university card. If you're an undergraduate you can use the libraries for reference. If you're a postgraduate you may also be able to borrow items.
Find out more:

SCONUL Access for more information. Information about the scheme is also available from Hull and York.
  • University of Hull library borrowing over the Christmas period
  • Normal loan items will issue for the Christmas vacation from Monday 16 December 2013, they will be due back w/c Monday 13 January 2014.
    All other items will remain at their normal loan periods but will issue for longer to cover the actual building closure.
    24 hours loan items will issue for the closure on Tuesday 24 December 2013 and will be due back on Thursday 2 January 2014.
    Vacation loans do not apply to Associate and SCONUL members.
  • University of York library borrowing over the Christmas period

    You can continue to renew books for 28 days over the Christmas vacation and will be sent courtesy notices seven days before the items are due back asking you to renew your items.
    Please note that you will need to return your books if they have been requested by another user. If an item is requested you will be sent a recall notice which will give you seven days to return the item. More information on borrowing and returning books over the vacation is available here:

University libraries’ opening times over the Christmas period

University of Hull: The UoH Library will close from 12.30pm on Tuesday 24th December 2013 until 7am Thursday 2 January 2014. For more information about opening times and staffed hours please visit

University of York: The UoY Library is open 24 hours but will be closed from 4pm on Tuesday 24th December until 8am Friday 27th December, and from 4pm Tuesday 31st December until 8am Thursday 2nd January 2014. For more information about opening times and staffed hours please visit

And finally...Happy Christmas!

University of Hull Brynmor Jones Library Redevelopment - Latest news

What’s going on?

·         As in previous years, the Library will open until 2am throughout the examination period from Monday January 6 to Thursday January 23 2014

·         On the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the new year (January 2,3,4 & 5) the Library will close at 7pm to enable particularly noisy work to be completed as quickly as possible during the evening and night

·         From now until the end of January, we realise that there will be less space in the Library, and not quite as many PCs.  So extra space has been reserved exclusively for student use during the exam period

·         Your extra exam study space is as follows:

6 – 13 January Cohen Building Room 107 (56 PCs)
13 – 31 January Esk Building Computer Room (80 PCs)
6 – 31 January Staff House Conference Room 3 (54 study spaces)         Opening Hours 9am – 6pm
13 – 24 January University House Meeting Room 4
Opening Hours 9am – 10pm

·          Users of the Library should note that with the closure of the first and ground floors of the tower, no food or drinks other than cold bottled drinks will be allowed into the Library.  The ground floor of the tower, where this restriction will not apply, will re-open in April, along with the new 80-seat cafe  

When’s it happening?

·          Extended opening hours during the examination period are 6 – 23 January 2014


·          The Library will close at 7pm 2- 5 January 2014


Who’s affected?

All staff and students, and external visitors using BJL material.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals"

"Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science....

Schekman said pressure to publish in "luxury" journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work...

A journal's impact factor is a measure of how often its papers are cited, and is used as a proxy for quality. But Schekman said it was 'toxic influence' on science that 'introduced a distortion'..."

See the report by Ian Sample in the Guardian online, 9th December 2013 for the full article and related comment postings.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"It is going to look brilliant – the best redeveloped university library in this country!"

 and we believe it!
The ground and first floor of the tower block may be closing but there's more new space available as part of the refurbishment - with temporary access through the Reading Room.
The ground floor of the tower and new south entrance are due to open in April with completion of the Brynmor Jones refurbishment in June.

The following leaflet, providing more information about facilties and timescales is available at

University of Hull: Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment latest news

·         The first and second floors of the east building (at the front of the Library) are now open. These spaces contain informal seating areas, three group study rooms with AV equipment, and PCs

·         The second floor of the east building contains three rooms that will eventually be used for teaching.  For the time being they have been temporarily equipped as PC rooms.  70 PCs are available in these rooms from today.  This will help to compensate for the loss of PCs on the ground and first floors of the tower

·         Access to the newly-opened parts of the east building will be via the Reading Room for the next four months until the new lifts and staircase at the centre of the Library become available.  Signage will be put in place and library staff will be on hand to guide users

·         The ground floor is now closed and the first floor of the tower will close on Wednesday 11 December.  Access to the lifts and stairs will be maintained.  There will also be continued access to the Law books on the first floor.

·         During this phase of the redevelopment there will be fewer user spaces in the Library than at any other stage of the project.  To compensate for this, PC rooms and study spaces are being booked elsewhere on campus for the use of students during the examination period.  Further details will be announced shortly.  The availability of space will improve rapidly once further floors in the tower begin to re-open from the beginning of February onwards

·         Users of the Library should note that with the closure of the first and ground floors of the tower, no food or drinks other than cold bottled drinks will be allowed into the Library.  The ground floor of the tower, where this restriction will not apply, will re-open in April, along with the new 80-seat cafe  

When’s it happening?

·         The 1st and 2nd floors of the east building are now open


·         The  ground and first floor of the tower will close during the week commencing the 9th December

Friday, December 6, 2013

Planning your research: assignment calculator

If you're involved in a longer piece of research then the "Assignment Calculator" from Gulf Coast State College is quite a nice reality check about how you should be timetabling the various parts of your work.

Note that some of the hyperlinks will not be HYMS relevant/available - but you should find alternatives for most via either the homepages of the two Universities or our own HYMS Library pages at .

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Struggling to manage your references? Help is here!

If you're sick of noting down references on the backs of envelopes, or you're struggling to get to grips with bibliographic management software, take a look at this article, which includes information about the different bibliographic management software packages available at Hull and York, and handy materials and tutorials to get you started.

Email with any questions.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Congratulations Hull! City of Culture 2017

....and following our last post worth saying a BIG congratulations to Hull in being named the 2017 City of Culture.

The University's own Art Collection should be housed in the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library when completed:

You can currently view the collection in Middleton Hall or get a virtual tour at

(Image from: see

Art and literature could make doctors more competent and humane

Rachel Pugh discusses the role of the arts  in the Guardian:

Quoted, Giskin Day (Imperial) observes:

... that 80% of diagnoses depend on the patient's story, and studying poetry or literature can enhance students' narrative competence and improve their ability to relate to different cultures and groups

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Using eBooks? advice on downloading, device set up etc

On our Find Books tab you will now find a link to the page This gives useful information on some of the main eBook platforms, including advice on :

  • Downloading
  • Printing, saving and copying
  • Browser requirements

UoY Library survey: Kindle Fires and lots of nice things to be one

The UoY Library needs your help to improve its services: fill in the Library Survey now and you could win one of our fabulous prizes!

Complete the survey at:

The survey gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on UoY Library services and resources, and to have your say in what changes you'd like to see in the Library. You will also have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw where you could win one of the following:

  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • One month’s free York Sport Village membership
  • City Screen membership
  • £10.00 voucher for City Screen
  • £5 voucher for Alcuin Bistro

Your feedback and comments form an important part of developing UoY Library services. Previous feedback was incorporated into plans for the Library refurbishment, study spaces and text provision.

For further information or help in filling in the survey, please email

Friday, November 1, 2013

Find It @ York - new pink buttons to access full text

The buttons which link you to the full text of articles at UoY from databases such as Medline have changed. When searching for journal articles available via UoY Library you will now see Find It @ York links. Once you have clicked on this button, full-text electronic access is displayed under the View It tab (in some cases there may be access available from more than one source). Click on a provider's name to access the article. 
If the Library has print copies they will be listed under the Get It tab.
If you encounter any problems with accessing the full text of articles, or need help with searching generally, contact

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Improved access to the internet at York Hospital

As of 28 October 2013, students and staff at York Hospital are enjoying faster access to the Internet.

The HYMS IT team working in partnership with the York Hospital Trust IT and colleagues from University of York IT Services have completed a substantial upgrade to the network bandwidth between HYMS and York Hospital, from 10Mbps to 1Gbps. This will give much faster login times at PCs, access to files, blackboard, email and other web-based resources.

This is part of a programme of connectivity and infrastructure upgrades to all our trust-based study facilities to give an 'on-campus' IT experience for our hospital-based students. This programme includes plans for video-conferencing and wireless developments across the HYMS patch.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment update

What’s going on?

·         Books from the 5th floor have now been moved to the decant area on the ground floor.  More details of all book locations can be found at

·         PCs on the 2nd floor have been removed and this floor will be closed with effect from 5.00pm today, Friday 25 October

·         The remainder of the first floor of the east building and its second floor should open by the end of November.  These areas contain informal seating areas, group study rooms with AV equipment, 16 PCs and 90 individual study spaces

When’s it happening?

·         The 2nd floor of the tower will close on Friday 25 October at 5.00pm