University of Central Lanc
ashire Site Report: January 2013
It’s been another hectic year at UCLan and these are some of the projects we’ve been working on:
We’ve been absolutely thrilled with the results of two recent surveys. In the
increased by 5% to 87% which takes us into the top quartile
of all university
in our in
urvey which surveys 1
by 3% to 95% which i
s 10% above our target for 2017 in the UCLan Medium Term
Strategy! Champagne all around!
the whole collection was moved around
to reintegrate the sequences on the
Feedback from users has already been
very positive in enabling them to locate
items much more easily.
UCLan are working closely with Capita
(our LMS provider) to create an inter library loan interface
which provides electronic
within the library catalogue Prism
searches the catalogue and other
data sources including Discover, then submits
them as a workflow
request. It is early days for this development at
we will soon
begin to beta test this
Inter Library lo
ans project should significantly streamline and automate the
current Inter Library Loan process.
tion of ebooks
using ebrary and EBSCO
Our trial of
PDA with ebrary
was very successful. Unlike
d very quickly, we found that it was spent steadily and some subject areas were more
popular than others. Analysis of statistics showed that the usage of items purchased with PDA was
much greater than those which came as part of our bulk subscription
has given us food for
. We have deposited a further sum with
and this will go live any day. Our trial with
EBSCO went live last semester and is still underway
but is showing a similar pattern to the ebrary
, we introduced a new
to the library catalogue “people
which is displayed underneath the search results title detail.
This feature utilises
loan data from a number of academic institutions and displays other t
es which will help students
alternative titles when doing their research or when their particular titles is unavailable.
hope it will address the perennial problem of ‘not enough books’ by highlighting to students that
there are alternatives.
Watch this space!
on smartphone interfaces such as iOS
(iPhone and iPad), Android, Windows Phone 7 Mango and Blackberry devices. It is also optimised to
work with the Opera mobile and Opera mini brows
ers. All functions are available,
reserve items, view your Library account and link to e
service visitor passes
We are in negotiations to trial a self
service visitor pass system which would enable students who
eir cards to issue themselves a temporary pass without needing to speak to a member of
staff. Our reception staff currently issue an average of 300 passes a day
so this system would ease
their workload significantly. If successful, it could be extended to
other visitors such as the Valnow
User Group who would be emailed a code before the meeting with which to issue yourselves a pass.
Foster Learning Zone
The University invested £1 million in reshaping Foster Refectory and FB025 to provide a new
onal space which combines study, social and eating zones with areas where staff and
students can use a PC, get LIS support from a service desk, buy software and stationery or just relax
with food and drink.
Funding permitting, a similar area will be create
d in Greenbank building next
We are hoping this will enable us to reclaim the Library as a quieter study area by
encouraging the rowdier elements to use these other learning zones!
LIS have developed an app
the UCLan Locator App
at students can
check the location of PCs
and Macs immediately available for use across the UCLan campus
, with the information updated
every 5 minutes
The app is available for
iOS and Android d
time timetable screens
LIS has been involved in a project to improve signage around campus with real time timetable
displays in building foyers. This is currently being trialled in Greenbank building where a large screen
displays which classe
s are taking place in which rooms. If successful, it will gradually be rolled out to
other buildings across campus.
The Queen visits Burnley
As part of the Jubilee celebrations, our Burnley campus was delighted to welcome the Queen and
Our library overlooks the main foyer so was a prime position to view the activities!
UCLan’s first overseas campus situated in Pyla village near Larnaca opened for business in October
last year. The builders only broke ground in February 201
2 so it was a massive undertaking to have
everything completed on time. But they did and the first cohort of students are now studying on
courses in accounting, business, hospitality & tourism, law and computing.
Plans to offer courses in
Psychology and CE
Ps are underway for next Sept.
Plans are now well underway for other campuses in Thailand and Sri Lanka which are due to open in