This summer Library & Learning Services are launching a new Library Management System (LMS) which will replace our existing Library Catalogue and resource discovery system, Discover More. The LMS is the core system which underpins many of our services, such as searching for resources, borrowing and renewing books, making an Inter Library Loan request, and purchasing books and other library content. The LMS also needs to integrate with a range of other systems and services around the University and so changing system is a significant undertaking. The Library selected OCLC’s Worldshare Management Services (WMS) as our new system at the end of last year and the implementation project began in early 2021. After 6 months of work, we are now nearing our go live date of 4th August 2021. This post is intended to provide further information about the new system and how this will impact students and staff.Continue reading
Visit our new look library catalogue and you will notice a few changes so we thought you might like a mini guided tour of the new features.
Accessing the library catalogue…
You can access the library catalogue direct https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/edgehill/
Or via Learning Edge using My Library Account Summary
Renewing your loans…
We have introduced a new rolling loan system so you may never need to renew your books again!
Unless someone else places a reservation on a book you have on loan you can keep it as long as you need it. Your books will be automatically renewed 2 days before their due date and you will be sent an email informing you of all the successful renewals (including their new due date) and details of any items that are reserved and will need returning within 2 days.
Top tip: If you do need to return any items it is always worth logging into your library account before bringing them back to see if you can renew them manually. If you are able to renew them manually it means the reservation has been satisfied by another copy of the book and you can keep your copy a bit longer.
Placing a reservation…
It couldn’t be simpler to place a reservation in our new library catalogue!
Search for the book you want and once you have found it:-
- If you are not logged in select Reserve and you will be prompted to log in.
- If you are logged in select your collection location and then select Reserve.
Top tip: If you cannot see your home site library in the drop down list of locations it means your item is available on the library shelves right now! This means you can come in, locate the item and take it home with you today!
If you would like further assistance accessing or using the library catalogue and its many features please get in touch via Ask Us or 01695 650800.
We launched our catalogue on Monday 1st June after a period of almost 12 months planning and testing.
The new catalogue is just part of a suite of changes you will see over the coming months but if you have any questions or you can’t find what you need in the catalogue or our tool ‘Discover More‘ please tell us so we can help you.
Please take a look at the Ask us service for help, support and ways to get in touch.
We hope you like the many new features of the catalogue, here’s some information about what’s new:
- A powerful search tool for all print and electronic resources resulting in more resources at your fingertips
- Seamless access to your library account from within the VLE so no need to leave the Blackboard environment to view your checked out items
- Fairer fines for all and an automatic book renewal service – the library will renew items for you so you can get on with other things, fines will only be charged on items reserved by other borrowers
For more information about the changes or your resources in Blackboard, please contact your subject librarian.
Academic Liaison Manager Quality, Marketing and Communication
Technology Roadshow & Mobile Clinic
On Thursday 31st of January, Learning Services and IT Services will be running an open event in the HUB showcasing everything you might need to know about the latest technology developments with Learning Edge, the campus wifi, mobile apps and electronic library resources.
With the ever growing range of services targeted at mobile users we will be on hand to help you get the most from your smartphones and tablet devices at the first #EHUmobileclinic! You might think you know all there is to know about your mobile device and how you can use it to help you with your studies, but as Rumsfeld says,
” There are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.“
—United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld
So, come along to the HUB and talk to us about technology; let us demystify some of the things you’ve heard about but don’t know how to use, and let us help you get started using technologies you haven’t even thought of yet!
We’ll be talking about, Learning Edge, Campus Pack, Mobile Learn, the PC Availability Finder, Library Anywhere, Ebrary, Collaborate, and much, much more.
Here are just a few examples of questions we can help you with:
In the library how can I…
- search for resources?
- find online journals and articles?
- access my reading list?
- reserve a book?
- build a reference using the Discover More ‘cite’ tool?
- save a link to an eResource so I can go straight back to it later?
- work out which databases are right for my subject?
On my mobile (eReader/laptop/phone/tablet) how can I…
- sync my emails?
- easily log into Learning Edge?
- get the course notifications I want?
- access my lecture notes?
- search the library catalogue?
- download journal articles and eBooks?
- annotate journal articles or lecture notes?
- save shortcuts to the library and my subject pages?
- watch videos or listen to podcasts?
- find usful apps?
In Learning Edge how can I…
- change the way my course list is displayed?
- subscribe to discussion forums/threads so I know when a post has been made?
- set up my own online blogs/discussion forums/podcasts/social or study groups?
- find my grades and feedback?
In general how can I…
- connect to wifi on campus?
- find a PC to use?
- book a study room?
- forward my Edge Hill emails to a personal account?
Hopefully this list will give you some ideas, but we’re sure you’ll have other questions of your own. Come and find us; we want to help.
Finally, if you can’t get on to campus but want to get involved, you can contact us during the event (and beyond) via our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be using the #EHUmobileclinic and #LSRoadshow hashtags so if you have something to say or a question to ask about using technologies for your studies please get in touch.
See you in the HUB!
Learning Technology Development Manager
After some careful time in development the very first dedicated Edge Hill University app is now available on Android as well as iOS!
Available via free download from the Apple Apps or Google Play stores, the new app brings together useful and interesting features, functions and fun – from Flickr and YouTube to Blackboard Mobile and a Mobile (friendly) library catalogue.
Lets have a look at what’s included…
Events lets you browse what’s coming up on campus – including the Arts Centre, Open Days, Sports events plus much more. Change the view so you can see what’s coming up over the next few days or browse month by month.
Blackboard Mobile Learn is our brilliant app for accessing your module or programme info via your mobile. You can receive updates, announcements, post on discussion forums – plus much, much more! Make studying easy, and take it with you wherever you go!
(iPad users may still wish to install the dedicated Blackboard Mobile app as it displays slightly differently)
Get Help provides every useful number you should ever need for the university – academic support, facilities, IT… the list goes on – you’ll find it all here
The partnership between Learning Technology, IT Services and Blackboard has enabled us to bring you this app, but remember – this is only the first step! We are looking for some innovative ideas on how it can be improved as we have already started work on the next version! So please, leave comments here on what you would like to see included, updated or improved – we would love to hear from you!
Learning Technology Development Officer
Wondering where to find information for your first assignment? A good starting point is your reading list. All the items on your reading list have been chosen by your tutors and they work closely with Learning Services so that the books and journals are available for you to use. What’s more we’ve made it easy for you to access your reading list in the catalogue. Just-
- go to the Learning Services webpages
- go to the area labelled Search Catalogue
- type your module code into the search box
- select Module Code from the drop down list to the left of the search box
- Click on Search
You will see all the items that are on the list, which will be a mixture of books and journals in electronic and print formats.
If you need help finding your reading list the staff at the Ask desk on the first floor of the library will be happy to help you, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can still book on to the Steps to Success session on getting the most out of your reading list. This will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 17th January between 12 and 1 pm on the first floor of the University Library. This session will enable you to find your reading list using the Library Catalogue, how to use the Library Catalogue to find alternative texts and more. You can book by going to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/1820072947?s=4818699.
We now have access again to all our e-resources. I apologise for the inconvenience we know this caused yesterday. We will be monitoring the situation very closely but the collections I have tested both on and off campus are working as they should be.
E Resources Manager
I am sorry but there is still a problem accessing the e-resources. Our library system suppliers are treating it as urgent and I am hopeful it will be sorted soon. I have been able to find some usernames and password for a few of our databases. I have got a username for Ebsco databases (we have 10 databases from them). Details can be found at EbscoHost Login Details
A link for Proquest Nursing can also be found at that page. I am happy for you to email me (email@example.com) with a specific request and I can see what I can do. I do know that InterNurse is not available.
It is not possible to access the e-resources via the library catalogue at the moment. Technical staff from the library system are working on this as a matter of urgency. I realise this is causing great problems. I can give you alternative urls to a few of our main databases.
Science Direct: http://www.sciencedirect.com/
Swets: http://www.swetswise.com/ Choose Institutional Login top right side of screen
Choose Edge Hill University from the drop down menu and then login to Go. You will then need to search/browse for the specific journal or article required. I do hope this will be resolved very quickly.
E Resources Manager