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Library Changes 2021

About Library Changes 2021

The ways our University community access our wide range of Library resources and services is changing. Demand for digital learning resources has increased significantly which is why our University Library Transformation Review Group has been working behind the scenes to take our library facilities to the next level.

Our vision is to be the leading modern academic library service in the Higher Education sector. To achieve this, the team is currently focusing on three key areas of development: Digital Resources, Upgraded Systems, and Redesigned Library Spaces.

Please keep checking these pages to keep up to date with the changes throughout 2021.

Timeline of key dates for Library changes throughout 2021

library changes start from April 2021
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1 April: New ‘Student Connect’ team formed

All inquiries previously directed to Library Customer Services or the Hub should be directed to Beacon or Student Connect team (studentconnect@staffs.ac.uk, 4751, Live Chat on the web pages)

student on video call with support staff

1 April: Schools assigned ‘Library and Academic Skills Tutor’ changes

All library users should keep up to date with changes to the key contacts for their subject areas.  Details of contacts are on the Meet the Team webpage.

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31 May: Fines amnesty ends

Students should return overdue books within 1 week of the end of May in person or by post.  Reminder emails will start to be send after 28 May, so please check your University email account.

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28 May - 1 August - STAFF ONLY: Book orders suspended 

This is to allow end of financial year consolidation.  Academic staff please submit book orders by 4/7/21.

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27 July: New library management system (LMS) goes live    

Users should expect disruption to service on this date.  This will include: searching from the  Finding Resources page, taking out and returning books, requesting books.  

27 July onwards: New LMS operational  

 Users should familiarise with changes to the ways in which library materials are searched, how to check your Library account and request books using the ‘how to’ videos and guides available soon in the Training section.

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6 September: Core Collection begins moves to Ashley 1    

Users should expect disruption to print stock access in around this date and are advised to loan books needed in advance of move.

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10 September: New Self-service equipment begins to roll-out across library spaces  

 Users should familiarise with the new equipment by using the ‘how to’ videos and guides available soon in the training section or visiting the library spaces. 

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10 September - 4 January 2022: Study Space arrangements change    

During Semester 1 study spaces will be available in Cadman, Ashley 2, Science Centre. Accessible study space available in Ashley 1 LT013.

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30 Sept - STAFF ONLY: New online reading list available for staff development use    

Academic staff should contact their School librarian for details on how to create their reading lists in the new system from September.

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4 January 2022:  Library Catalyst space opens    

Users can ‘click and collect’ their print books inside the new Catalyst building, and return books here as well. 

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4 January:   New Online Reading List system live    

Semester 2 modules will now use the new ‘Leganto’ reading list software.
 

Key dates for Library Changes

KEY DATES ACTIVITY ACTION
1/4/2021 New 'Student Connect' team formed All inquiries previously directed to library customer services or the Hub should be directed to Beacon or the Student Connect team (studentconnect@staffs.ac.uk, X4751, Live Chat on the web pages)
01/04/21 School assigned ‘Library and Academic Skills Tutor’ changes Library users should keep up to date with changes in the ‘Library Team changes’ section.
31/05/21 Fines amnesty ends     Students should return overdue books within 1 week of the end of May in person or by post.
06/07/21 until 27/07/21 No reservations You will not be able to reserve any books after 02/07/21 until the new system is live on 27/07/21
28/05/21 until 01/08/21 STAFF ONLY     Book orders suspended to allow end of financial year consolidation Academic staff please submit book orders by 31/05/21. Any orders after this date will not be processed until after 31/07/21. Guidance on book ordering can be found here
22/07/21 until 16/08/21 STAFF ONLY  Keylinks suspension to editing lists Students will be able to access their lists but any edited changes made during this time will not be saved. 
22/07/21 until 27/07/27 Book issuing and returns suspended at Stoke and Stafford PLEASE TAKE OUT ANY ITEMS YOU NEED OVER THIS PERIOD BEFORE 22/07/21.
22/07/21 until 27/07/27 Laptop issuing and returns suspended   
22/07/21 KOHA accounts no longer available Your KOHA library account will no longer accessible from 22/07/21. Library account information will be transferred to the new system and available on 27/07/21
27/07/21 New library management system (LMS) goes live     Users should expect disruption to service on this date.
 
27/07/21 onwards     New LMS operational Users should familiarise with changes to the ways in which library materials are searched and how to access their library account guidance can be found here: https://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/primo/quickstart
27/07/21 onwards Change your lapsafe PIN  Before borrowing from the lapsafe you will need to change your PIN on your account in the new library system
06/09/21 Core Collection moves to Ashley 1     Users should expect disruption to print stock access from this date and for at least 2 weeks and are advised to loan books needed in advance of moves.
10/09/21 New Self-service equipment begins roll-out across library spaces Users should familiarise with the new equipment by using the ‘how to’ videos in the training section (available in September) or by visiting the new library spaces. 
10/09/21 – 04/01/22 Study Space arrangements change     During Semester 1 study spaces will be available in Cadman, Ashley 2, Science Centre. Accessible study space available in Ashley 1 R013. 
30/09/21 STAFF ONLY     New online reading list available for staff development use Academic staff should contact their School librarian for details on how to create their reading lists in the new system from September.
04/01/22 Library Catalyst space opens     Users can ‘click and collect’ their print books inside the new Catalyst building. 
 
04/01/22 New Online Reading List system live     Semester 2 modules use new ‘Leganto’ reading list.