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December 2014

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In this issue
Winter vacation opening hours
Library survey - snapshot
Research Data Management
Module coordinators please send us your reading lists for Semester 2
Fabulous festive films!
Special Collections on display
How the Library can help during revision and exams
Open Access in the Humanities Roadshow
New commission for our Special Collections Division
Two publications about our open access activities

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Winter vacation opening hours


All opening times are available on our webpages. The Main Library will close at 4.00
pm on Friday 19 December 2014 and will operate during the following hours in the
vacation:
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December: Closed
Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 December: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Thursday 25 December to Sunday 4 January (inclusive): Closed
From Monday 5 January until Saturday 24 January 2015 the Main Library will open
9.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday and 10.00 am to 6.00 pm at weekends.
Please note that, due to a staff event, the Main Library will not open until 2pm on Friday
16th January.
Standard semester hours for the Main Library will take effect from Sunday 25 January
2015 (8am-2am Sunday-Saturday).
For details of opening times for J F Allen, St Mary's, Martyrs Research Library and
Special Collections, please check our webpages.

Library survey - snapshot

Thank you to everyone who completed our recent survey. We will be releasing full
results in the New Year, but for now here is a snapshot of some information.
Who completed the survey?
1,175 surveys were completed, of which 558 included comments in the free text
section.
Most people (74%) filling out the survey chose the Main Library as the one they
used the most.
Undergraduates made up 58% of the respondents but 23% of respondents were
Postgraduates.
The Schools with most respondents were: International Relations: 121 (10.30

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%); History:113 (9.62 %); Geography & Geosciences:82 (6.98 %); and
Management: 80 (6.81%).
We will publish the full survey results in the new year.

We are also very happy to announce the winner of our prize draw. Zoe (first year
Sustainable Development student) was presented with 250 of Amazon vouchers, read
our blog for more information about the survey and Zoe's response to her win.

Research Data Management

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The new research data management website has gone live at


http://researchdata.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/ together with a generic email account
research-data@st-andrews.ac.uk for any research data queries.
The University's research data policy has also been published at https://www.standrews.ac.uk/staff/policy/research/researchdata/.
Many research funders, including all 7 UK Research Councils, Wellcome Trust and some
European Commission programmes, expect data to be managed appropriately
throughout the research process including planning the creation, storage, sharing and
long-term archiving of data. Most require a data management plan to be submitted as
part of the grant application.
The research data team can help with preparing data management plans, raising
awareness of funder requirements and (once launched in January) supporting the
deposit of research data into the institutional data repository (Pure).
- RDM team

Module coordinators please send us your reading


lists for Semester 2
Teaching in semester two? If you plan to use short loan/scanned readings or if you
would like to have an online reading list set up for your module, please let the Library
know by Monday 5 January.
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Click here for full information on how to notify us of your reading requirements. For more
information or to send us your reading lists please email readinglists@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Fabulous festive films!

Semester one is almost over and hard though it is to believe, you might soon have
some time on your hands! So whether youre looking for a warm hit of nostalgia, need
some background schmaltz to help whilst you figure out how to wrap that awkward
shaped gift, or need a bit of time out from all the festivities, why not take a look at some
of our favourite festive films and theyre all freely available to you, online, on Box of
Broadcasts (BoB).
The Muppet Christmas carol
Miracle on 34th Street
Meet me in St Louis
The Nightmare before Christmas
Elf
101 Dalmatians
It's a wonderful life
Dire hard
Scrooge - A Christmas carol
The Snowman
You can watch all of these (and more) online. To view our selection click here, and login
to Bob to watch. Alternatively go to http://bobnational.net/, sign in and search.
Happy viewing!!

Special Collections on display


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Staff from the University Librarys Special Collections Division took part in two
presentations to the public on Friday, 28 November. On Friday morning, a hands-on
display of material relating to the theme Migration & Empire was made available to
Dunfermline school pupils for the St Andrews Schools Mini-Conference, hosted by the
Institute of Scottish Historical Research; on show were some of the earliest photographs
from Canada and the United States, letters home from settlers in the new colonies, and
a very large Atlas of North America from 1776. In the afternoon the Division took part in
the official launch of the Medieval St Andrews App, providing a display of some of the
earliest documentary evidence of the University, Cathedral and town of St Andrews.
- Daryl Green
Rare Books Librarian

How the Library can help during revision and exams

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We understand that revision and exam time can be stressful. Here are some
services and resources the Library provides for you. If you have any questions or if we
can help with anything, please let us know. Email library@st-andrews.ac.uk. We offer
many services throughout the year but here are some that might be particularly useful
now:
Group study rooms - We have rooms on levels 2 and 4. There must be at least 2
people in your group.
One-to-one help - The Academic Liaison team are on hand to help with searching
our databases, problems with ebooks or any resources, referencing software and
more!
Consistent opening times - during semester we are now open8am-2am each and
every day!
Library Helpdesk - if you have any Library questions at all, ask at the Helpdesk.
Recall service - if you need a book and someone has borrowed it, recall it!
Texting service - text the word noise or whatever is bothering you on the SILENT
levels (noisy headphones/eating/chatting) and the nearest table number (e.g. 3046) to07740 421569.
Chat service - instant chat with us Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.Go to our Ask-aLibrarian webpage.
For more information about these services and other help and support on offer, have a
look at our blog post.

Open Access in the Humanities Roadshow

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Speakers and organisers of the roadshow


TheSPARC Europe road showin Lower College Hall 26 November was a great
success attracting interested University staff and students from St Andrews and
beyond. It was good to see a number of postgraduate students attending. What
unitedthemwas a shared interest in Open Access (OA) and enthusiasm for the
possibilities of making research more accessible and to discover new ways of engaging
in and with research. The main speakers were Eelco Ferwerda
(OAPENandDOAB),Guy Rowlands(St Andrews)andRupert Gatti (OpenBook
Publishersand Cambridge) who discussed the possibilities and promise of Open Access
in the Humanities and addressedcommonmyths.You can find more highlights on
theLibrary Open Access Blog.
- Michael Bryce
Repository Support Officer

New commission for our Special Collections Division

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Jean Johnstone at the launch for her book in the Senate Room
To celebrate the 600th anniversary of the University we commissioned a new work
to add to the collections. As we were already collecting the artists books created by
local artist Jean Johnstone, we decided to commission a special work from Jean.
Normally she creates just a few copies of each work, taking a poem as inspiration,
transcribing it and weaving a wrapper from hand-made textured paper and fine ink
drawings or engravings around it. These are collected by institutions such as the
National Library of Scotland, the British Library and ourselves, but this commission is
unique to St Andrews and will never be reproduced for anyone else.

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Jean visited us a number of times and talked to all the curators, and decided in the end
to base her work mainly on works that we hold here by women. We have a tiny volume
of poetry Octonaires de la vanite du monde by Antoine de la Roche Chandieu, copied by
the calligrapher and miniaturist Esther Inglis, dated 1616, and one of those poems
provided the text for the work. The illustrations were inspired by Elizabeth Blackwells
herbal, Maria Sybilla Merians illustrations of botany and insects of Surinam, and
photographs by Eve Arnold.
On Friday 28 November, the book A Special Collection was presented to the Library at
a launch event in the King James Library. Speeches were given by University Librarian,
John MacColl, and the artist herself who spoke about the archives, rare books and
photographs from our Special Collections Division, which she had used as inspiration for
the book. There was also an opportunity for the invited audience to see these original
items on display in the Senate Room.

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The book was commissioned to represent 600 years of collecting manuscripts,


muniments, rare books and photographs by the University, which are now held in the
University Library's Special Collections Division. The end result encapsulates the artists
reaction to and interpretation of those materials. It is a very beautiful and distinctive
artists book and its been fascinating to see the ideas evolve and change from the
earliest thoughts into the finished article.
- Maia Sheridan
Manuscripts Archivist

Two publications about our open access activities


Ebooks in Education: realising the vision is a new publication of articles and case
studies commissioned by JISC and made available on the open access Ubiquity
Press platform. The case study 'Creating open access books: a partnership between a
university library and a research centre' is authored by our Head of Cataloguing and
Repository Services:Janet Aucock and describes the midigraph series produced by the
St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture with Dr Guy Rowlands as editor in
chief. Seven titles have been published so far and are made available as open access
books on the Research@StAndrews:FullText platform hosted by the University Library.
The case study describes the collaboration between the Centre for French History and
Culture and the University Library and is also available separately in
Research@StAndrews:FullText.
'Managing open access workflows at the University of St Andrews: challenges and
Pathfinder solutions' is published in Insights, the journal of the United Kingdom Serials
Group. The article is also authored by Janet Aucock and is available in
Research@StAndrews:FullText. The article charts the recent activities of the Open
Access team as they meet the challenges of funder policies on open access publication
and the new HEFCE open access policy for the next REF exercise in 2020. St Andrews
is part of a JISC Pathfinder project to explore shared solutions for streamlining open
access activities. The article arose out of a presentation given at a national workshop in
May 2014.
- Open Access team

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