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Farewell 2016…

December 20, 2016

This Electronic Resources Librarian will be finishing for Christmas in a matter of hours, and so it’s reached the point in the year where we look back at the past 12 months. Before I do, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that our electronic resources will be available wherever you are over the festive break.

Anyway, to 2016.

The year seemed to start with lots of reports of broken resources: blog posts from January are somewhat singular in nature. However, a report about the Scopus Cited Reference Programme provided an opportunity to reflect on the growth in online information provision, and just how much this has changed in the past 20 years. I reminisced about the overhead projectors. It was possibly a slow month… In February, I looked at usage statistics, and how, or even if, we can determine what our most popular electronic resource is, we reminded ourselves of our Reading Lists Online Service (more on that in 2017) and finally I was able to bring the exciting – or it is in my world – news that we are able to access usage statistics for UBIR. March was another quiet month on the electronic resources front – not even an overhead projector made and appearance – I talked a little about open access compliancy for the REF.

As the year went on, this blog was a little quiet. It seemed that access problems were not as prevalent as they had been at the start of the year, and everything was ticking over rather nicely. However, there was another reason why this blog was a little more quiet than usual: behind the scenes some very exciting work was being done to improve the way in which we provide information about our resources and subject-specific support. The comparative quiet of April, May, June and July ended in August with what has become a annual summer event: redesigned resources. Some annual events I like; some I do not. Resource redesigns often fall into the latter category. However, one of the resources subject to a redesign this summer was the Taylor and Francis platform, and this particular redesign has been rather good. Indeed, usage of the resource has gone up, so it seems that you all like it, too.

And so to September, and the start of the new academic year. To coincide with the new academic year, we launched Subject Guides, which are subject-specific pages that provide access to information relating to your course, for example, links to resources and study skills information. Related to this, we launched a new guide for Research Support in October for anyone who is engaged in any research at any level. November saw some further developments in how we present information about resources as we launched a new and improved A to Z list of databases, a guide to Reading Lists Online and a completely new Electronic Resources page on the Library website. Also this term the Library Twitter feed (@BoltonUniLib) has featured E-resources top tips: bite-sized helpful information about resources. We’ve also been fortunate this term to subscribe to two new resources: Drama Online and ProQuest Ebook Central, the latter of which enables access to around 140,000 electronic books.

Suddenly it’s December, and we’re approaching the end of a calendar year. Whatever you have planned over the festive season, I wish you all the very best, and look forward to many more electronic resource developments for 2017!


Help us improve your library services by completing the Annual User Satisfaction Survey

December 8, 2016

It’s that time of year… (okay, another time of year). Help us improve your library services by completing our Annual User Satisfaction Survey. As a thank you, anyone who completes it will be given £5 free print quota.

The survey is available here.


Library system problems, July 27th – RESOLVED

July 27, 2016

Apologies for any inconvenience this caused.

Library system down today, July 27th

July 27, 2016

We are experiencing some problems with the Library systems, and regret that some services are unavailable.

The Library Catalogue’s My Account is not be available (for example reserving books will not be possible). The catalogue will be available for searching, but not information on availability of an item on the shelf. Other library electronic resources are unaffected.

Apologies for any inconvenience this will cause, and are working on resuming services as soon as possible.

Happy new year! Get discovering library resources…

September 21, 2015

It’s finally here: the start of term! If you’re new to the University of Bolton, we would like to welcome you. If you’re a returning student, then welcome back, and we hope that you had a lovely summer.

Those of you who are returning may have noticed that there have been some changes within the library. We’ve a new carpet throughout, the toilets have been fully refurbished and the Help Desk has been relocated to the Link Zone. Not sure where to go when you first enter the library? Just ask at the new Meet and Greet information point down in the Welcome Zone.

So what about electronic resources, what’s new there? Well, over the past few months, we’ve been working on some developments that we hope are going to greatly enhance your experience not only of finding electronic resources, but also of accessing them. I’ll deal with the latter development first. We’re aware that you’ve been finding electronic resources difficult to access (i.e. log into), particularly off-campus. We’re currently in the process of changing the way in which you access resources, so the days of long, complex access notes, extra clicks, ignoring obvious-looking login boxes and all the other things you’ve told us you find (justifiably) difficult are coming to end for the majority of our electronic resources.

You shouldn’t really notice anything too different: click on a link from our library pages, and when prompted to do so, enter your Bolton network ID and password. For most resources, you will do exactly the same thing if you are off-campus as well as on-campus. This is new system for us – the implementation of which has caused your Electronic Resources Librarian to have a few sleepless nights! – so if you find anything not working as you’d expect, then please do drop the Subject Help Desk a line and we’d be happy to help.

That’s my first development. The second, and that one I’m particularly excited about, is our new service, Discover@Bolton. Those of you who were here in the last academic year may have heard of this, and indeed may have started using it. Discover@Bolton allows you to search the full text of multiple database plus the library catalogue via single interface. Currently available on-campus, off-campus availability will be brought to you imminently. One of the exciting things about using Discover@Bolton is that it brings together most of our full text resources so that you don’t necessarily need to know which is the best resource to use. For example, you might need to do some research in an area that it outside your normal subject area. You’re well aware of the resources you’d normally use, but suddenly, you’re confronted with having to establish which completely different database might be the most appropriate.

To give a ‘real life’ example of how using Discover@Bolton will enrich your experience of discovering library resources, a few months ago I was helping a final year games student. His research was very specific: how close to reality are games based on wars. To add greater specificity to his research, he had chosen a particular World War Two battle and he wished to understand the historical context and significance of that battle. He then realised that this was going to involve doing some history-related research, something he’d never really considered before. So he had a look at Discover@Bolton, and was able to get all the information he needed. He left his ‘comfort zone’ without even knowing it.

There is further information about Discover@Bolton here. In addition, the library in conjunction with the Student Liaison Officers are putting on Bite Size sessions that include some information about Discover@Bolton, with more detailed sessions planned for later on in the term. If you have any feedback on Discover@Bolton, we’d very much like to hear it.

We also have something new for the Electronic Resources Blog for this term, guest posts by members of our team of Subject Librarians that will highlight various resources, services we offer and areas of development that we want to tell you about. Keep a look out for the first guest post which is scheduled to appear in early October.

What are you waiting for? Get discovering with Discover@Bolton now!

February 19, 2015

Last week, I let you all know about an exciting new development for the library – Discover@Bolton. It’s a rather miserable afternoon out there, so I thought sharing the news of this development might brighten things up a little…!

Available only on-campus at present, this new service allows you to search many of our databases at once via a single interface. Our printed books will be discoverable via Discover@Bolton soon, too.

Look out for:


on the library webpages, and for keep a look out for news of further developments. We really hope that you will enjoy using this service, and are very keen to get your feedback.



New! Discover@Bolton

February 16, 2015

New! Discover@Bolton is now available from A to Z list of electronic resources and Subject Resources pages on the library website. Discover@Bolton is a web-based service that allows you to search multiple databases at once. It is also possible to search e-books, and our print e-books will be added very shortly.

The search box looks like this:


Simply enter your search term, and on the following screen, you will have the opportunity to refine your search. Limit by full-text only, by subject, item type, to name a few. Once you have found a record, follow the links to find out more about the item, or if it’s available as full-text, access the content from your results.

Discover@Bolton is currently only available on-campus, but it will be available off-campus soon. This is a brand-new services that is still under development, so keep checking the website for further information. If you have any feedback about Discover@Bolton, please send an e-mail to

Happy searching! Or should that be, happy discovery!




EThOS Share My Thesis competition

January 29, 2015

If you are a PhD author or current doctoral student, then take a look at the following message from the British Library:

“The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

 Twitter competition:

Competition web page:


The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.


The range and quality of doctoral research being tweeted in 140 characters is truly amazing. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here


The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post.”


Happy sharing!


Are you a University of Bolton research student? Do you want to be able to make your views about our services for you known? If so, read on!

November 27, 2014

Are you a University of Bolton research student? Do you have any views about the services we offer for research students, and would you like to tell us about them? If so, you are invited to a focus group for researchers that will take place on Thursday 11th December 2014 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Skills for Success room in the library. We’ll discuss the range and scope of services, and there will be opportunity to tell us what you think. If you want to take part, drop an e-mail to the Subject Help Desk.

If you have any views on any aspect of the library service as a whole, don’t forget the Library User Satisfaction Survey, which is running at the moment. We take customer service very seriously and be very grateful for a few minutes of your time to tell us what you think. Access the survey here.

Happy new year!

September 11, 2014

As we prepare for the start of the academic year, I thought it was time to welcome those of you who are new to the University of Bolton, and say welcome back to all our returning students. I hope you have had a good summer. There a lots of developments happening this year – some of which returning students will soon spot – and these will be detailed further as the term goes on. However, if you’re new, and are not sure where to start with accessing our services, why not take a look at our Introduction to Library Services for New Starters, which you will find on the Library homepage.

We look forward to getting to know you!