You borrow more!


That’s the news when our media department presented statistics of last year’s (2012) lending.

The physical loans decreases, you have borrowed 11% less physical books, but this is offset by the fact that e-book loans are increasing. They have risen by 21% since 2011. Since our purchases increasingly consists of e-materials, and not printed material, that is of course very gratifying. The most borrowed e-book was 2012:


You also download an increasing number of articles, in fact 22% more in 2012 than in 2011. 275213 to be precise. This is a trend that libraries who acquired discovery systems as our Summon often can testify to. This type of system makes articles and e-books available in a whole new way for your users.

Which magazines are you reading the most then? We have a number of magazines to read in the library which is used extensively in our lounge. Of the 10 most read online nine is of scientific journal-type where Bioresource Technology peaks, followed by a mixture of various healthcare journals as the Journal of Advanced Nursing, as well as a few management / business journals such as Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Business Research. The magazine that holds the seventh place is a bit different in character, we find the fashion magazine Vogue here. Which you can read through the library’s electronic subscription via Summon.


Text: Lisa Carlson

Language check

I received a forwarded mail from a doctoral student today. It was a mail from a company calling itself “Research and manuscript experts in American and British style (FMABS)” and it was aimed at a “Dear Doctor …”. The doctoral student was offered language check but since none of the links in the email worked it wasn’t possible to check on the company behind this offer. This e-mail reminds me of many of the e-mails you might receive on a weekly or even daily base from publishers wanting to publish your article or call for papers from conferences you do not recognize. You should be careful when you receive offers like this, make sure they are legitimate. There are many attempts to try to find customers and money with this kind of schemes.

University of Borås has coordinated framework agreements with several different service providers and the web is crawling with this kind of services. You should use the services that are provided thought the framework agreements. The website (or call off in Swedish) is the site where these procuring entities and suppliers are listed. Check the framework agreements for translation services and proofreading (in Swedish).

There is some language support offered at the library for student registered at University of Borås.

Text: Pieta Eklund

The reference copy


The library aims to have a copy of all the books that appear on a literature list to any of the University’s courses. This copy is meant to be used only in the library, and can’t be borrowed home.

How do we know if a book is available as reference copy? We start as usual from Summon which is the library search service. Write the title or author in the search box and you get a list of results that looks something like this:


Here you find all the information you need to know if the book is a reference copy. If you choose to click through from the results list, you get more detailed information of the book:


Then it’s time to visit the 1st floor of the library where there is a shelf with books labeled Course Reference. To find the book you can see the green rings in the pictures above. They indicate where on the shelf the book is. In this case the book under the letter B for Bryman, the book’s author. But the book can also be on the title so be sure to note the information on the location. If the book is not in place, the most common explanation that it is used by someone else and it usually comes in place during the day. If you can’t find the book several days in a row it’s good to contact the information desk on level 2. If you find that one of the books on your course list does not have a reference copy please also contact information desk to inform of the book’s title and to what course it belongs.

Text & pictures: Lisa Carlson

Opening Hours during the Summer

Starting today, June 4, the library is open a little less than usual. At weekends it is closed and in the weeks open between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., except on Thursdays when we are open until 6 p.m. See our opening hours here.

During July – weeks 27-30 (2/7-29/7), we are open as follows:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
5th floor is open from 10:00 a.m.

Week 31-33 (30/7-19/8) we return to the opening hours of June:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. –  to 4 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.  – 6 p.m.

Do not forget that the returning machine on the outside of the library is always open  so books can be returned even after closing time!

Welcome to visit us all summer, we open as usual week 34.

Relocation in progress!

As we have written before – LLR is to change our classification of books this summer – from SAB to Dewey. This means that most books will change places. Right now there are a plenty books on level 2.5 which are at temporary locations. If you are looking for something you cannot find – just ask!

Read more at the LLR website

Bibliometrics at the Crossroads – seminar in Gothenburg

Bibliometrics is in focus for many universities at the moment and has been for a while. This is partly due to the report about performance based resource allocation for universities by Anders Flodström and partly because scientific publishing with peer-reviewed articles is going though changes. All communication is changing and getting faster, so also scientific communication. The changes occur for instance in the way new scientific results are spread though blogs, institutional repositories, open access journals and open access monographs. How can we then measure the scientific performance?

The Swedish School of Library and Information Science and Chalmers Library arrange a half-day seminar on bibliometrics and scientific publishing on May 23rd in Gothenburg. Professor Blaise Cronin from the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, USA will be talking about the changing conditions of scientific communication and Gustaf Nelhans from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Borås will talk about impact and indicators in the humanities and social sciences. The seminar will end with a panel discussion where the two previously named men will be accompanied by Ulf Cronman, the coordinator for, Tore Lund, biblometrician at Chalmers and Mats Viberg, first vice president at Chalmers University of Technology.

The seminar is open for all staff and students at the University of Borås but you have to RSVP by 11 May to

Read more about the programme for Bibliometrics at the Crossroads.

Year 2011…

The Library Blog got a late Christmas present from WordPress (WordPress is the blog tool we use)  last week – or we can call it a New Years Eve present.

They have made a report on our blogging in 2011. Thank You WordPress!

A sneak peak:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2 400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

You can view the whole report here