Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Shiny new reading list system

Over the summer we've moved all of the HYMS reading lists over to new reading list software. It's new, it's shiny and we think it's a big improvement. You can access your reading list via your course area on the HYMS VLE.

If you'd like a sneak preview of what it looks like see our brief guide. There's information and advice for staff too here

We'll be asking for feedback later on how you're finding it. In the meantime, enjoy!

Buying books? Check the Waterstones student card

Whilst we'd always recommend that you check out the libraries first (of course..) those nice people in Hull Waterstones have alerted us to their new Student Loyalty card/app which can be used in any Waterstones. (Note to York people, there's a Waterstones on Coney Street).
Students get 5% off all purchases as well as an electronic stamp for every £10 spent. 

10 Stamps = £10 off. Not bad.

(See the bottom of our New Students page for some common sense things to think about too before deciding what to buy.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New study workshops now available - and suggestions sought

A list of workshops available as part of York's Digital Wednesdays sessions are now available at 
  • Collaborative digital tools
  • Poster presentation skills
  • Using Word

Hull are interested in feedback as to what workshop and webinar sessions students would like them to run this term (and in general). If you've any requests or suggestions re sessions and timing let us know at library@hyms.ac.uk and we'll pass it on, or contacts the Hull Skills Team directly at skills@hull.ac.uk. (You can get an idea of what they normally offer at http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/UGworkshops/index.) If you've thoughts about what and when you'd like to see at the York end too let us know and we'll share with colleagues there as well.

The above links to the training and webinars available from both university libraries are available at http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/medicine/skills > Training sessions and webinars.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to share articles with colleagues (legally)

A consortium of scholarly publishers has created How can I share it?, aiming "to guide authors to share quickly and easily while following best practices and copyright rules". It is not perfect but anyone interested in sharing papers (their own or other people's), with colleagues in different organisations should find the site well worth bookmarking.

CC license image: https://flic.kr/p/21BtxLy 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Choose the books we buy - and access them anywhere

More books is running again from 23rd April to 13th May! Tell York which books you'd like them to buy no matter where you're based -  books are bought in eformat unless you specifically request print, so they're available to you in York, Hull, Scarborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe....

See https://www.york.ac.uk/library/news/2018/morebooks-summer/ for links and details.

Image: Samoff, Tim. Big books https://flic.kr/p/4Xevm CC licence.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Buried Treasure: rediscovering the York County Hospital Medical Library

York County Hospital opened in 1740, and established a library in the early 1800s. 
The York Medical Society rare books collection at the University of York contains a number of titles which originated from the York County Hospital Medical Library (YCHML).  An exhibition based around the history of the YCHML, its holdings, and its link with the York Medical Society and the development of the York Medical School is currently available in the Harry Fairhurst corridor at the University of York Library until the end of June.

Image: original in the Borthwick Institute,  University of York, RET/8/6 under Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-NC). Taken from http://informationdirectorate.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/mortal-remains-life-death-and-medical.html

Monday, April 9, 2018

Difficulty accessing resources from one institution because you're at another?

"Have spent a very frustrating 15 min trying to get OUP to forget I am York so I can access a JNCI article via my Hull account from a York network machine.
What is the best way to get systems to forget which university you are part of?"

Sound familiar? If so read on for some suggestions of how to get round the multi-institutional abundance of HYMS:

Tactic 1: use different browsers and go incognito
Browse Incognito to use the internet without your browser remembering the sites, pages you’ve visited or saved user accounts you may normally have.
Example: have Google Chrome open as normal for your York resources and Firefox open for Hull. Enable Firefox Incognito by going to the three line option in the top right hand corner and simply selecting the New private window option.

Tactic 2: discover VPN and the HYMS portal
VPN access allows you to access the desktop you would have via that institution no matter where you are. It will also therefore give you any automatic on-campus access for resources which you would normally have. You can find out more details regarding the:

HYMS portal at https://itservices.hyms.ac.uk/
University of Hull VPN at https://share.hull.ac.uk/Services/ICT/SitePages/VPN%20-%20Working%20Remotely.aspx
University of York VPN at https://www.york.ac.uk/it-services/services/vpn/

Tactic 3: Always follow the path (whether you've used tactic 1 or 2)
Remember when searching for ejournals to use the Unicat available at http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/medicine. There can often be several different routes/platforms from which a title can be available from. This means that even if you know we hold a title but you search for it directly on Google et al you will not necessarily be taken down the correct access routes which we subscribe to. So, stay on the path (http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/medicine) and don’t wander when out.

Image from the Wellcome Collection: A girl pretending to be frightened by a young boy in a fox mask. Colour woodcut by Yamamoto Shoun, 1906. https://wellcomecollection.org/works/b95j7juv.