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Information Services news 2012

Is collaboration good for health?


Image of the Health Library in the Cochrane Building.

A new Cochrane review has examined the benefits of partnership working between local government and local health agencies.

Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching continues to travel


Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching front cover

Universities across Spain are using a handbook designed in Cardiff University to support information literacy teachers in acquiring the necessary skills for delivering engaging and effective sessions.

Trevithick Library sponsor's generosity


Capt Ken Nelson book signing

At a recent event to celebrate the role of local companies in sponsoring the refurbishment of the Trevithick Library, the library welcomed back one of its alumni and a generous supporter, Captain Kenneth Nelson.

Enabling more sustainable printing


Sustainability image.

As part of Information Services' support of the University's Sustainability Week 2012, the Directorate is launching a new 'hints and tips' web page to promote more sustainable methods of printing.

Welcoming new students


Students using PCs in the Health Library.

Information Services has been working with colleagues throughout the University to ensure the smooth running of this year's enrolment process.

Don't get in a tangle with the web this Halloween!


Illustration of a spider web.

To mark Halloween, the University libraries will be holding a 'Don’t be afraid of the web' day on Wednesday 31st October.

Online book and journal recommendations


Student selecting a book from library shelves.

New forms, enabling users to request that the library considers purchasing books and journals not currently in stock, have been launched on the Information Services website.

SCOLAR shares the spotlight


Image of the souvenir programme from the opening of Main Building projected onto Main Building.

One of Special Collections and Archives' images was beamed onto the University's Main Building in a project from the Welsh School of Architecture and the University's PR team.

Digital and Information Literacies Strategy launched


Information Literacy Logo

A new strategy to further develop information and digital literacies in the University has just been launched.

We're making the switch – Windows 7 now running on open access PCs


Image of PCs in ASSL eLounge

Many of the open access PCs in the libraries and Information Services-run open access rooms are being updated to use the Windows 7 operating system.

17th century science volume, 'Micrographia', discovered in SCOLAR


Image of Micrographia from Cardiff Rare Books collection.

The University's Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) unit has discovered a famous 17th century volume, 'Micrographia', amongst the Cardiff Rare Books collection.

Cardiff Cycle Challenge success!


Student with bicycle.

Information Services has triumphed in this year's Cardiff Cycle Challenge, winning the prize in the category for organisations with 500 or more members of staff.

LibrarySearch – a new one-stop service for the University


Image of student reaching down a book from bookshelves.

Information Services has launched LibrarySearch, a new single starting point for searching and accessing the University's information resources.

New Status Page brings IT service information to the University


Students using PCs in the Health Library.

Information Services has launched a new IT Status Page to provide the University community with access to accurate and timely information about the availability and status of University IT services.

Conference highlights importance of systematic reviews on research


SysNet logo.

The impact of systematic reviews on healthcare research and practice was highlighted during the first annual SysNet conference at Cardiff University.

Supporting study with extra space


'Exams coming up...need space to study?'

The University will be providing extra study spaces at selected times throughout the summer exam period...

Director of University Libraries elected Chair of RLUK Board



Janet Peters, Director of University Libraries, has been elected Chair of the Board of RLUK (Research Libraries UK).

New home for Information Services' European information specialists


Janet Peters opening the Guest Extension building.

The new home of Cardiff's European Documentation Centre (EDC) has been officially opened in the Aberconway Guest Study Centre.

New Raptor provides insights into e-resource usage


CD Rom

A new tool, launched by Cardiff University's Information Services Directorate and JISC, enables education institutions to assess the popularity and use of e-resources to ensure they continue to deliver value for money.

World War One in Wales resources to go online


Image of SCOLAR collections.

Some of the Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) collections on World War One in Wales are to be made available online in a project led by the National Library of Wales.

Funding awarded to catalogue rare music collections


Image of some of the music collections.

New funding will allow Cardiff University to make substantial collections of unique manuscript and printed music from the 18th and 19th centuries available to a wider scholarly audience.

Local school benefits from Library Service upgrades


Image of Cantonian High School reception area.

Unwanted furniture from the refurbishment of the Guest building is being reused by Cantonian High School in Cardiff.