Projects to develop the Library
Improving and evolving our library services
Library staff are working on a number of projects to refine and improve further the service we can offer our academic users. Current projects include:
This software application gives students access to all the information they need for any course they are taking, including:
- assignments and assessment information
- teaching materials
- full-text journal articles
- faculty presentations
- web resources
- direct access to the Library Catalogue to check availability of text books
Students can also access a course discussion forum and class list.
360 Search metasearch
Students, faculty and staff can use this facility to simultaneously search the Library's Catalogue and leading research, news and reference databases, all from a single, simple search form. Results are seamlessly linked to the corresponding full-text documents.
360 Search also uses a tool called "clustering" to build lists of identified authors, journal titles, subjects and data ranges, providing further filtered search paths for users to explore.
A number of our library resources now make use of SFX linking which is used to check availability of the article or publication you require.
We use 20 performance indicators to collect information on aspects of the Library service that users tell us are important to them. We use these to produce an overall score of library performance.
LibQUAL compares desired and actual performance in three areas of library activity:
• information control
• the Library as a place
Previous surveys have led to changes and developments in the Library.
Taunton Centre is open 24/7 for our students, alumni and staff
The Library help desk is open:
Hours may vary during Christmas and summer vacations and on Bank Holidays.
May Bank Holidays 2013 The Library Helpdesk will be staffed from 09:00 - 17:00 on Monday 6th May and Monday 27th May.