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New LibrarySearch is live!

LibrarySearch has been upgraded to a new system. It looks a bit different, but it works in a similar way.

Some key differences:

  • there are two menus to narrow your search: use the one on the left for physical items and the one on the right for e-resources
  • you can use the Place reservation button to request items that are on loan, in the Reserve Collection, or at another University of Kent library site

To access the new LibrarySearch, go to https://librarysearch.kent.ac.uk or follow the links on the Kent website. Please don’t use bookmarked links that might point at the old system.

You can now log into your library account again: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In. You don’t need to return any books before Monday 7 August.

We’ll be making adjustments and improvements over the coming weeks.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please ask for help:

  • email helpdesk@kent.ac.uk
  • phone 01227 824999
  • visit IT & Library Support in the Templeman Library

Why did we upgrade?

The new LibrarySearch system allows us to:

  • make borrowing easier and fairer]
  • make it easier to request things from the Reserve and Thesis Collections, from Medway and Tonbridge, or that aren’t on the shelf
  • offer a better mobile experience
  • make it easier to request and make appointments to view items from Special Collections and Archives, Canterbury Cathedral, and Rochester Cathedral
  • make it easier to ask us to buy new items or borrow them for you from other libraries deliver many more improvements in future.

Service Disruptions

Keynes Block A and Main Entrance to Keynes College

From the 31 July 2017 until approximately 11 September 2017, DCB Kent will undertake the refurbishment of part of the first floor of Keynes Block A.

There will be contractors vehicle and plant movements throughout this period in the area around the main entrance to Keynes College and two of the six disabled parking bays will be taken out of use to allow access for the work to be carried out.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation whilst we undertake this essential work. If you have any queries, please contact the Helpdesk on Extn. 3209.

Easier, fairer borrowing is here!

It’s now easier for you to borrow from the Templeman Library.

  1. Most items are 7 day loans or 3 day loans. They will never be due at weekends.
  2. Items you’ve borrowed will be automatically renewed, unless someone else reserves them. You no longer have to remember to renew them manually!
  3. If you need a book and all copies are on loan, place a reservation to get it!
  4. You’ll only get a fine if you don’t return an item that has been reserved by another user. Fines on these items are £2 a day.
  5. All current students and staff can now borrow up to 40 items, including journals and multimedia.
  6. You should still check your library account for up-to-date information on your borrowing: go to LibrarySearch and click Log In.
  7. You don’t have to return any books before Monday 7 August.

See everything about the new borrowing rules on our updated borrowing web pages.

New Leverhulme-funded project on mindfulness

The Leverhulme Trust has just awarded a research grant for a project entitled ‘Beyond Personal Wellbeing: Mapping the Social Production of Mindfulness in England and Wales’, for which Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, is co-investigator.

Mindfulness is now being employed not only as a therapy, but also to ensure national well-being, happiness, and flourishing; productivity, performance, and efficiency; sustainability, creativity and activism. But what does the exponential rise of mindfulness tell us about the social world in which we are currently living?

Beginning in October 2017, the project will investigate mindfulness provision in England and Wales, looking at the increasing availability of mindfulness practice, specifically in the fields of health and well-being, education, business, politics, and religion.

Richard has recently given a Think Kent lecture on mindfulness, entitled ‘Mindfulness and the Buddhist Tradition’.

The project is led by Dr Steven Stanley (University of Cardiff). Richard is co-investigator alongside Dr Alp Arat (British Sociological Association) and Dr Peter Hemming (University of Cardiff).

For more details of Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants, please see their website.

August Exams 2017 – dates, venues and more

Exam Period:
3rd – 17th August 2017

Timetable release: July 2017
Please log into your Student Data System to view your timetable

Registering for resits:
Exam results state whether exams or coursework need to be resat / re-submitted. All resit candidates are automatically allocated a seat in the exam hall – there is no need to register.
If you have passed a module, you cannot request or opt to resit this. The credit framework clearly specifies that degree classifications are to be based on the original mark achieved (or the capped mark if the module was resat).

Resit fees:
Fees for resit examinations taken on campus, or resubmission of coursework
• One Module £65.00;
• two Modules £130.00;
• three or more Modules £195.00;
• a different fee applies for students taking overseas resits (see https://www.kent.ac.uk/student-records/exams/students/resits.html)
You will have received an email with information on how to make payment. This is done via the online store.
Any outstanding fees will be added to your student account.

Resit Exam Venues:

Canterbury Exam Venues:

Medway Exam Venues:

The sports halls in the Sports Centre Pilkington Building
Gillingham Building

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Adapted Arrangements Venues:

Keynes Seminar Rooms 11-17 Gillingham Building
KSA 1 – Keynes College

Bag Room:
If you have a bag to drop off please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam at the following locations:
Canterbury Campus – Keynes Seminar Room 7
Medway Campus – Pilkington Building Room 014
Gillingham Building Room 2 – 03

Absence from a resit exam:
Candidates must be available for August resits if required; concessions cannot be considered for those who cannot sit due to holiday, travel or other personal arrangements.
If you are not intending to attend your resit please inform us in writing in advance at exams@kent.ac.uk . Failure to do so will mean you will still be charged the resit fee.

What to bring
• KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us.
• Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)
• Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring
• Mobile Phones / Smart Watches – All electronic devices are prohibited from exam venues. Any device brought into an exam venue will be reported to your school.
• Bags and coats
• Food (Unless permission given prior)
• Any drink other than water

If you have any questions please contact us: exams@kent.ac.uk.

Service Disruptions

Eliot Cloister Gardens – Installation of External Lighting
On Wednesday 26 July 2017 until Friday 4 August 2017, the Eliot Cloister Gardens will be out of bounds due to the installation of external lighting.

There will be some noise disruption whilst these works take place.

Campus Wide – Lifts Inspections
On Monday 31 July 2017 until Friday 4 August 2017, an insurance inspection of all lifts across site by Allianz is due to take place.

This will mean that the lifts will be out of operation for about an hour each, whilst the inspection is carried out.

Jarman and Lumly – Lighting Equipment Inspection
On Monday 31 July 2017 until Friday 4 August 2017, an inspection of the Drama lighting equipment by Allianz is due to take place.

There will be minimal disruption whilst the works take place.

We apologise for any disruption that these essential works may cause, and we appreciate your co-operation whilst they are being carried out. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

 

Changes to LibrarySearch, borrowing, and finding books this summer

LibrarySearch is being upgraded to a new system at the end of July. We’re also moving books and services in the Templeman Library, as it reopens as a single building.

Find out how this affects finding and borrow books, and your Library account.

We’ll do our best to run a smooth service, but some items and services may be unavailable for a few days. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need help, please contact us.

Readinglists@kent at risk on Thursday 27 July

Teaching staff, please do not work on your reading lists on Thursday 27 July.

This is when we will be switching over to the new system for LibrarySearch. Any changes you make to your reading list on this day may be lost.

Look out for updates from Information Services on when you can safely continue to check, edit and publish your lists for the library to buy books for the Autumn Term.

Copyright Card Game training session 4 August

Chris Morrison will be holding another Copyright the Card Game training session in the Templeman Library at 14.00 on 4 August. For those of you who haven’t played it, the game introduces people to the key concepts behind copyright and how it relates to the activities of those working and studying in educational establishments. For those of you who have played it before Jane Secker and Chris have recently updated the cards to reflect feedback they have had from running the game.

If you would like to come along then please check with your line manager that this is ok (the session last for 2 hours 30 minutes) and then email copyright@kent.ac.uk.

Get active this summer

Kent Sport’s summer membership offer has now entered its second month and so far they have welcomed lots of new members. If you haven’t signed up yet then don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to purchase a half-price, one-month membership as the offer runs until the 1 September. Remember, summer members get all the same great benefits as Gold members; inclusive bike rental, access to all fitness and dance classes and unlimited use of the fitness suite. If your summer membership is about to expire, don’t forget that you can still take out another month for the same great price.

For more details about the summer offer and benefits of membership at Kent Sport, please visit the membership webpage.

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