Jan 30

What’s new in the Templeman Library?

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Due to popular demand, the Templeman Library won’t close its doors until the end of the summer term, giving you the choice of when you study!

Don’t forget that there are also a wide range of alternative study spaces across campus if you don’t need the library. Find details of study hubs here.

Printing

Printing in the library has changed! PrintPlus is more convenient and flexible, as you can collect your work from any printer if your nearest one is busy. And they all offer A4, A3, mono and colour.

Just use your KentOne Card to release your printing, or log in using the touch screen panel. You can even send work to the printer via email. Print costs and payments will stay the same.
More about PrintPlus

Lockers

The lockers have now moved to the Grimond Building, and will be accessible during the Library opening hours.

New wing opening for Summer Term

If you walk past the Library on the South side you will have seen the hoardings altered to reveal ground works, the new windows and structure of the new library wing – as a student commented recently:  “it’s now looking like the pictures”. We have solar power panels on the roof to aid in sustainable energy production and the new windows help control heat as well as light.

The new library wing will open at the start of the Summer Term while we continue to refurbish the centre of the building.  All books will remain in their current location and browsable.

We will be offering tours around the space during this term and the Easter vacation. If you wish to attend please contact Angela Kennett, the project manager.

View the 2 minute virtual tour to see what the new wing will look like!

 

Jan 29

A website for the future

computer-tablet-smartphone-with-brand-imagesInformation Services is seeking to ensure that University websites, and the way that we manage and publish content, are optimised to fully support users and University web publishers in presenting the brand.

To this end, two Information Services projects for evolving the theme and reviewing the publishing model are currently running in tandem.

Their goals are:

  • to support the University brand online with a content-first and user-led approach
  • to use technology platforms that empower web publishers to create engaging content, and enable the University to adapt to new web technologies, trends and techniques in the future.
  • to delivery a mobile-friendly design so that content adapts across different devices

Background research and some stakeholder interviews have already begun. More about these projects will be published on the Information Services website this February.

 

Jan 29

IT Service Catalogue launched

IT-indexEver wondered what IT services are managed by Information Services?

Our online IT Service Catalogue is a list of the services we are responsible for. Through the listings you will be able to find out who to contact with any feedback, suggestions or queries.

View the new catalogue now:

 

Jan 29

Dreamweaver licensing changes

Dreamweaver-iconAdobe are changing their software licensing model, and from 28 February perpetual licences for CS6 products will no longer be available. Instead Adobe are moving to an annual payment scheme, which will cost between approximately £75 – £180 per year for a licence.

Your Dreamweaver licensing needs

Please review your departments’ Dreamweaver licensing needs for Dreamweaver for the year ahead, and:

  • email software@kent.ac.uk by 20 February so that orders can be placed in time or your options discussed.

We’d like to pre-order any required licences now before the perpetual licences become unavailable.

After 28 February, if you need a new Dreamweaver or other Adobe licence please email software@kent.ac.uk to chat about your options.

Jan 29

WiFi coverage – feedback wanted!

WiFi symbolWe have been on a mission over the last couple of years to improve and extend WiFi coverage across the Canterbury campus.

Following student feedback, coverage now extends to the Keynes bus stop so that you can have a seamless connected service into central campus.

We need your feedback

However, we want to continually improve. The campus is large and we need your feedback to identify any problem areas if there are any left!

  • Are there any key areas we have missed? Where else should we increase outdoor WiFi on campus?
  • Are there any areas where you think we need to boost coverage?

Please let us know via our Feedback Form ideally including your username so that we can come back to you for more detail if needed.

Jan 29

Are you saving work to the Kent network?

1gb-storageYou asked for more storage space – you now have 1GB of storage space available to you on the Kent network!

When you log on to a student or staff PC, the ‘service status’ screen that shows what systems are running, also shows how much file space you have used up within your personal file storage area.

File storage: your space on the network

If you save to the Kent network, files are backed up daily (so safer from disk failure, loss or theft than your own device).

How to access your folder

  • On a student PC: save to the Z drive or Documents folder. It’s your personal folder on the Kent network. To view it click Start, Computer and click the Z: folder: its name contains your username.
  • On a staff PC: click Start, Computer and save to your Z drive under network locations. Don’t use the Documents folder, the Desktop or the computer’s hard drive as they are not backed up.
  • Using your own laptop or PC: how to set up access to your folder. You can use your own computer/laptop, from on or off campus.

Jan 29

The British Stand-Up Comedy Archive

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In May 2013 the Special Collections department was given the archive of Linda Smith, the stand-up comedian and comedy writer who was a regular on Radio 4. Linda died in 2006, and her archive includes a wealth of personal and professional papers, scripts, contracts, and audio and video recordings of her work. The collection was deposited by her partner Warren Lakin, at the suggestion of Dr Olly Double, the Head of Drama, who teaches second- and third-year modules on stand-up comedy. The deposit of Linda’s collection formed the basis of a new British Stand-Up Comedy Archive at the University of Kent.

“A serious archive of humorous collections.”

The deposit of Linda Smith’s archive has created a great deal of interest among stand-up comedians. Special Collections has also received material from Mark Thomas (comedian and political activist), Tony Allen (a pioneer of early alternative comedy), and John Pidgeon (journalist and producer of music and comedy radio programmes), and is in contact with a number of other comedians about them depositing material. The collections received contain a mixture of audio-visual recordings, scripts, publicity material, press, photographs, and correspondence. In 2014 the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive became one of the University’s Beacon Projects and throughout 2015 the collections received will be catalogued, digitised (where necessary) and made available. The new archive will benefit from the University’s forty years of experience with the British Cartoon Archive, and the two archives complement each other very well.

Visit the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive website

“Conversation” events

The first ‘in conversation’ event for the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive is taking place on Saturday 7 February at 07:30pm. Stand-up comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle will be talking to Olly Double about his career and the art of stand-up comedy. Tickets can be booked via the Gulbenkian box office. The series of ‘in conversation’ events will be recorded and added to the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

For the latest news follow the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive

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Jan 29

LibrarySearch is here

LibrarySearchLibrarySearch, the University of Kent’s new resource discovery tool is now available and replaces the Templeman and Tonbridge Library catalogue. Drill Hall Library is also launching LibrarySearch.

Find books and e-books, journals, articles, DVDs and other multimedia resources, theses, and many thousands of full-text e-resources and references. Discover a world of quality resources!

Use it now via the Library home page, or access it direct at librarysearch.kent.ac.uk

With LibrarySearch you can:

  • search the University’s print and digital collections and much more from a single search box
  • see what’s available at each campus
  • go straight to digital full text content where available
  • ­­access your library account to manage your loans

There is plenty of help both online and in the Templeman Library – just ask at one of the help desks. Your School’s Academic Liaison Librarian will be arranging further briefings and training.

Contact us

Jan 29

Moving between Kent systems just got easier

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The following student systems are now aligned under a student navigation bar, which means you can easily jump between using them by selecting the links at the top.

The options are available whether you’re on a phone, tablet or laptop/desktop.

For more information on this project check out the web development team blog.

Feedback welcome!

This is all part of ongoing developments to improve the student experience online.

So if you have a view or any new ideas about what would improve your online experience at Kent:

Jan 29

Special Collections lecture this term

boyle-squareThe next lecture in the Special Collections and Archives series will be:

The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom by the 17th century natural philosophers: Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton

by Professor Ghazwan Butrous

The lecture is open to all, no bookings are required and will be held at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge on:

Wednesday 19 March 2014

18:30 start (18:00 for refreshments)

 

For more details on the lecture, visit Special Collections.

If you missed the Winter lecture on the History of Philanthropy at the University of Kent then view it now via Kent Player.

 

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