Researchers Toolkit

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The Researchers Toolkit

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The Researchers Toolkit will set out a wide range of knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniques and professional standards expected to do research, as well as the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others.

Below is a link to our Development Site, where you can have a look and explore our upcoming Toolkit:

Researchers Toolkit ( Link unavailable at present)

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Staff Book Recommendation – The Illustrated Man

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enjoy!

The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury

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“If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphurous colour and exquisite human anatomy, he might have used this man’s body for his art…..

Yet the illustrated man has tried to burn the illustrations off. He’s tried sandpaper, acid, and a knife. Because, as the sun sets, the pictures glow like charcoals, like scattered gems. They quiver and come to life. Tiny pink hands gesture, tiny mouths flicker as the figures enact their stories – voices rise, small and muted, predicting the future.

Blending magic, imagination and truth with Bradbury’s rich storytelling skills and beautifully crafted imaginary, these are startling and thought-provoking visions of humankind’s destiny.” (Quote from Book Blurb)

If you have read and enjoyed this book, or read it after seeing this blog please feel free to comment about it here; or find us on Twitter or Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you!

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Staff Book Recommendation – The Alchemist

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enjoy!

The Alchemist, Paula Coelho

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“It is the story of a shepherd boy from the spanish province of Andalusia who dreams of travelling the world in search of treasure as desirable as any ever found. From his home he journeys to the exotic markets of North Africa and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him…

It is an unforgettable story about essential wisdom of listening to our heart and, above all, following our dreams.” (Quoted from Book Blurb)

If you have read and enjoyed this book, or read it after seeing this blog please feel free to comment about it here; or find us on Twitter or Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you!

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Staff Book Recommendation – Fargo Rock City

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enjoy!

Fargo Rock City, Chuck Klosterman

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A funny memoir about a North Dakota, fifth grade boy growing up in the 1980s, with a love of rock and metal music, and with parents who are not exactly down with long hair (which rock requires!).

‘Klosterman delivers all the goods: from his first dance to his list of ‘essential’ albums; and his thoughtful analysis of the similarities between Guns ‘n’ Roses’ ‘Lies’ and the gospels of the New Testament.’ (Amazon)

If you have read and enjoyed this book, or read it after seeing this blog please feel free to comment about it here; or find us on Twitter or Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you!

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Staff Book Recommendation – My family and other animals

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enjoy!

My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell

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“Sometimes it’s pretty hard to tell them apart… my family and the animals that is.

I don’t know why my brothers and sister complain so much. With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the lunch table, our house, on the island of Corfu, is a bit of a circus. So they should feel right at home…” (Quote from Book Blurb)

This book is bursting with sunshine, humour, larger than life characters (animals and human) and poetic descriptions of the natural world. The ultimate feelgood read.

If you have read and enjoyed this book, or read it after seeing this blog please feel free to comment about it here; or find us on Twitter or Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you!

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Staff recommendation – The Shallows

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enjoy!

The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember., Nicholas Carr

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Not since Gutenberg inventing printing has humanity been exposed to such mind-altering technology. It has altered the way we live and communicate, remember things and socialise with each other. It is a great read that reminds us how far the internet has become knitted into our lives and affects even the way we think.

If you have read and enjoyed this book, or read it after seeing this blog please feel free to comment about it here; or find us on Twitter or Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you!

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Staff Book Recommendation – Falling Leaves

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enjoy!

Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah

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FALLING LEAVES has become a surprise bestseller all over the world.

This is a story set during the Communist Revolution. It is about an unwanted Chinese daughter, who was blamed for her mother’s death and ignored by her millionaire father and step-mother. It is about greed, hatred and jealousy.

The story of an unwanted Chinese daughter growing up during the Communist Revolution, blamed for her mother’s death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwanted by her Eurasian step mother. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy; set amongst the extraordinary political events in China and Hong Kong.

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Staff Book Recommendation

In association with World Book Night, Staff at Learning Services have put together a list of books they love and are sharing them with you. each day in the run up to World Book Night (23rd April), we will be talking about a particular book recommended by a member of staff. Enough!

The Other Hand, Chris Cleave

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Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and Costa Novel of the Year, this international bestseller has become a reading group classic.

“We don’t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it.

Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:

This is a story of two women.

Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice.

Two  years later, they meet again

– the story starts there….

Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.” (Book Blurb Quotation)

If you have read and enjoyed this book, or read it after seeing this blog please feel free to comment about it here; or find us on Twitter or Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you!

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World Book Night 23rd April 2015

World Book Night is a celebration of books which promotes the pleasures and benefits of reading to people who don’t regularly read. It occurs on the 23rd of April, Shakespeare’s birthday and deathday, every year and every year some twenty thousand givers make a gift of twenty free books, chosen from the twenty titles on offer, to members of their community who may not regularly read. UCS Learning Services have been lucky enough to have been chosen as a giver.

This Year we are giving out copies of:

1. Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, ed. Neil Astley

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“Staying Alive”, “Being Alive” and “Being Human” have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, and have helped poetry lovers to discover the little known riches of world poetry. These essential poems are all about being human, being alive and staying alive: about love and loss; fear and longing; hurt and wonder; war and death; grief and suffering; birth, growing up and family; time, ageing and mortality; memory, self and identity; faith, hope and belief…all of human life in a hundred highly individual, universal poems.

Other book titles include:

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Self-Service Laptops at UCS Ipswich Learning Services

LaptopsOver the summer in an effort to make it quicker and easier for staff and students to access additional computing facilities when needed we have introduced self-service laptop loans.

Laptops are stored in individual locker compartments and can be accessed by borrowing a key.

Laptop loan rules:

  • You may only borrow 1 key at a time
  • Keys must be correctly issued to your library account before taking a laptop
  • Keys are issued for 24 hours only and fines will be charged for late return
  • Laptops are for use in the library only

How to borrow a laptop?

Step 1: Borrow a key

Laptop keys are located on a stand alongside the Library helpdesk. Once you have a key it can be borrowed via the self-service kiosk in exactly the same way as you would borrow a book.

Borrow a keyStep 2: Retrieve the laptop.

Find the locker corresponding to your key and open the door to remove the laptop.  Please note: laptops are plugged in at the back so be careful when removing.

Step 3: Return the laptop

When you’ve finished return the laptop to the cabinet – making sure to plug it in and lock the door.

Step 4: Return the key

Keys can be returned at the self-service kiosks. If you’re in a rush drop the key into the ‘Keys and DVDs’ return box or re-hang on the laptop key board alongside the helpdesk.

If you have any difficulty retrieving a laptop please ask at the helpdesk.

If you have any comments, suggestions or concerns please email: learningservices@ucs.ac.uk

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