Reminder – MyBeckett upgrade!

Please be aware that MyBeckett will be unavailable during the following time period due to necessary and important upgrades:

Start – 1 January 2018 14.30 GMT
End – 3 January 2018 17.00 GMT

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We recommend that before January 1st  make sure that, where possible, you have downloaded files or materials that you might need within this period from MyBeckett and saved them elsewhere.

 

What can I access during the downtime?

During the downtime period you can continue to:

 

As soon as the upgrade is finished you will be able to access MyBeckett as normal.

Please note that under usual circumstances we recommend accessing Library resources via the Library tab in MyBeckett.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to your studies that this may cause.

If you have any queries, please contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

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MyBeckett upgrade

Please be aware that MyBeckett will be unavailable during the following time period due to necessary and important upgrades:

Start1 January 2018 14.30 GMT
End 3 January 2018 17.00 GMT

mybeckett-upgrade-18

We recommend that before January 1st  make sure that, where possible, you have downloaded files or materials that you might need within this period from MyBeckett and saved them elsewhere.

 

What can I access during the downtime?

During the downtime period you can continue to:

 

As soon as the upgrade is finished you will be able to access MyBeckett as normal.

Please note that under usual circumstances we recommend accessing Library resources via the Library tab in MyBeckett.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to your studies that this may cause.

If you have any queries, please contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

 

Summer reading

If you’re having a break between modules why not check out our Summer ebook reading.

Did you know that the Library has a wide selection of fiction for you to choose from, browse the Library Catalogue for titles.

Find these and more summer activities on Key Library Resources.

Or wherever you are relax and listen to our Schools Out for Summer playlist!

 

 

 

 

 

The Offsite team are here to help you all year round so if you have any questions please contact us. Its business as usual for us through the Summer months and we would love to hear from you.  Find our contact details here.

Summer reading for all!

ebook summer readsIf you’re having a break between modules why not check out our Summer ebook reading.

Did you know that the Library has a wide selection of fiction for you to choose from, browse the Library Catalogue for titles.

Find these and more summer activities on Key Library Resources.

Get ahead and boost your skills by exploring the Skills for Learning website, access podcasts, self-paced tutorials and much more!

Or wherever you are relax and listen to our Schools Out for Summer playlist!

Little Petherick Creek, Padstow, Cornwall (taken by Vicky)

Don’t forget the Offsite team are here to help you all year round so if you have any questions please contact us.  Its business as usual for us through the Summer months and we would love to hear from you.  Find our contact details here.

Poetry and the Library ……. Monday (or any day!)

Did you know that Monday March 21st is World Poetry Day?

‘In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.’

UNESCO, n.d. (not dated), World Poetry Day 21 March [Online]. Available from: <http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/index.shtml> [Accessed 16th March 2016].

As a random exercise, members of the Offsite team searched the Library’s resources…….

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A search of the Library catalogue under the search term ‘poetry’ revealed ….. a massive 1472 entries when searching by subject and an even more phenomenal 1644 entries when searching by words/phrases.

As for Discover, the Library’s search engine, entering the word poetry led to a  staggering 1, 545, 942 results. Yes, that’s a search result in Discover of over a million and a half entries under poetry!

Why not celebrate World Poetry Day by dipping into some of the Library resources on offer – from 18th Century Women Poets and their Poetry, to Medieval Persian Court Poetry, there’s something for everyone. Many of the resources are available electronically too, for a quick and easy read.

Remember too, that whether you want help with poetry, or any other subject, the Academic Librarians are experts in the resources for their subject area, so why not take a look at the resource suggestions on the Library’s subject support pages?

You can also contact us here at Offsite, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Can’t remember which Library books you previously borrowed?

We’re all busy people these days with a thousand and one things to think about.

So, when you’re struggling to meet tight submission deadlines for your assignments, it can be really easy to return your Library books without writing down the reference details. Or maybe you used a really informative text a couple of months ago and would like to borrow it again, but can’t quite remember the title…..

Worry not! Leeds Beckett Library has a new feature available to students. You can now check your loan history going back to September 2015, the start of the current academic year.

Here’s how:

Log in to the Library Catalogue using your MyBeckett login details. Go to the Self-service tab, then click on Review My Account. If you’ve borrowed any books since September, you’ll see a list of books on screen, which you may either want to request again, or simply make a note of the reference details for use in your studies.

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Amazing! No more racking your brains to remember those titles or authors……

And remember that if you need any in-depth help with resources for your subject area, you can always contact your Academic Librarian – you can find their details by going to the Subject Support page on the Library website, then choosing your particular subject. You can either ring or email your Academic Librarian, or you can make an appointment online.

You can, of course, always contact us here at Offsite too – tel (0113) 8126779 or email offsite@leedsbeckett.ac.uk, or why not try our online chat?

We’d love to hear from you!

 

Have a fabulous break

Both students and staff at Leeds Beckett are gearing up to the forthcoming vacation, and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, everyone needs to recharge their batteries once in a while.

Some of you may be planning to spend part of the vacation in catching up on your studies and that’s great as, once any festivities are over, lots of people find that they can study at a slightly more relaxed pace, rather than juggling studies with things like work and school pickups.IMG_07041

If you need any more resources before the vacation, the Offsite team (like Santa’s elves) will be beavering away to get your requested items out as soon as possible. You can either request items by placing them on hold via the Library Catalogue, or you can email us direct at offsite@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . If you have any specific queries about your requests it would probably be better to email or ring us.

Due to Royal Mail pickup times, the last day that the Offsite team can post books out will be Wednesday 23rd December. Because of the Bank Holidays, items sent out that day are likely to be delivered on, or after, Tuesday 29th December. If we usually deliver to a work address and you’d like us to send your items to an alternative address, that’s fine, just let us know.

If you’re planning on visiting the Library in person over the vacation, please remember to bring your campus card (student card) with you, so that you can use the self-service machines in the Library if necessary. You’ll also need to know your Library PIN and you can find this on My Beckett – under the Library tab, at the section called Manage your Library account.

The Library (including Offsite) is staffed until 12.30 on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, and staff will return on Monday 4th January. If you have any queries over the holiday, please do contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible in the new year.

We hope you all have a peaceful, happy and relaxing break. See you in 2016!