Library News

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New and improved Library training session videos

Tuesday, 15 August, 2023 - 13:48

We've been working hard to improve our Library training session videos - helping you to build research skills and confidence.

On Campus Power Outage - Helpdesk Phones Unavailable

Tuesday, 15 August, 2023 - 11:37

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Library Study Volunteer roles now open

Thursday, 10 August, 2023 - 16:50

Develop your research and digital literacy skills - and make a difference to students - as a Library Study Volunteer.

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University Archive to host Heritage Open Day events on campus

Monday, 24 July, 2023 - 10:42

The University Archive is holding events this year as part of Heritage Open Days - including campus tours and archive material displays.

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Need help depositing your research data to ORO?

Monday, 3 July, 2023 - 09:16

The Library Research Support team have recently put together new guidance designed to help research students with the research and scholarship process. 

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Celebrate Pride 2023 with Library Resources

Tuesday, 20 June, 2023 - 15:15

To celebrate Pride Month, the Library has added a wealth of new book titles to its LGBTQ+ resource list.

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Librarians receive fellowship recognition

Monday, 5 June, 2023 - 12:11

Two of our Learning and Teaching Librarians have been successful in their fellowship submissions to Applaud.

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Campus artwork displayed in Milton Keynes Gallery

Monday, 5 June, 2023 - 12:01

The University Archive Team has been working with MK Gallery to arrange a temporary loan of three of our artworks for a new exhibition.

Library website Outages

Thursday, 18 May, 2023 - 09:58

The Library website is experiencing significant outages, we are currently working on the situation.

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Diverse voices online training session 24 May 2023

Tuesday, 16 May, 2023 - 10:22

The next 'Diverse voices, alternative sources' online training session is being held on Wednesday 24 May at 19:30.

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Cheryl Coveney retires after 17 years at the OU Library

Wednesday, 10 May, 2023 - 11:42

Senior Library Manager Cheryl Coveney has retired after working at the OU Library for 17 years.

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NEW Digital Archive exhibition: Philosophy in the Open

Wednesday, 3 May, 2023 - 15:17

A film archive of some of the 20th Century’s finest minds in philosophy has been made available through the OU Digital Archive.

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NEW Library Resource: World Scientific eBook Collection

Tuesday, 11 April, 2023 - 08:58

We now have access to additional content on the World Scientific eBook Collection.

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OU Library recognised for learning analytics

Friday, 31 March, 2023 - 12:26

The Association of College and Research Libraries has identified the OU Library as one of its leading libraries for learning analytics.

Issues accessing referencing guidance on Cite Them Right 23 March 2023

Thursday, 23 March, 2023 - 09:09

We are aware that there is currently an issue with the Cite Them Right database.

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NEW Library Resource: Emerging Markets Case Studies collection

Friday, 10 March, 2023 - 08:49

We now have perpetual access to the Emerging Markets Case Studies collection.

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NEW Digital Archive Exhibition: 50 Years of the OU Students Association

Wednesday, 1 March, 2023 - 13:18

Announcing the launch of a new digital exhibition showcasing the last 50 years of OUSA’s history.

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NEW Library Resource: IGI ebook collection

Friday, 10 February, 2023 - 14:55

We now have unlimited access and full text searching capabilities to the IGI ebook collection

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Library use and student success data made publicly available

Friday, 3 February, 2023 - 09:55

Data showcasing the impact of Library resources on student attainment is now publicly available.

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Celebrating ten years of the Library Student Panel

Friday, 27 January, 2023 - 10:40

In 2022 we celebrated ten years of the Library Student Panel which is the longest running at the OU. We surveyed our members to learn more about what they get out of being on the panel. Their responses show that being part of the Library Student Panel is one that benefits them and contributes to a positive student experience.

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New features in Library Search records - now live!

Monday, 23 January, 2023 - 15:50

We have launched a system that adds extra information to resource descriptions in Library Search.

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New and improved Library Search – one year on

Monday, 23 January, 2023 - 13:54

It has now been almost a year of the most up-to-date search engine we’ve ever had.

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New 'Diverse voices, alternative sources' training session

Friday, 13 January, 2023 - 10:17

A new training session called 'Diverse voices, alternative voices' is available to students and staff.

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Race and ethnicity resource list

Friday, 6 January, 2023 - 09:39

We have worked with our BME Staff Network to compile a selection of resources that relate to various aspects of race and ethnicity.

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Help with online Library resources

Friday, 23 December, 2022 - 08:43

We've created new troubleshooting pages providing help with online resources.

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Coming soon - new features in Library Search records

Wednesday, 21 December, 2022 - 11:36

We’re adding extra details to over 390,000 resources in Library Search to help you make more informed decisions during your research.

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Student Voice Week: ‘Building library skills’ workshop a success

Tuesday, 13 December, 2022 - 16:15

Our team facilitated a workshop during Student Voice Week 2022 entitled ‘Collaborating for confidence: building library skills for success’. 

Highlighting diverse voices

Friday, 9 December, 2022 - 13:25

Broaden your research by exploring resources from typically under-represented groups.