“Rebus:List” upgrade – notice for academic staff

The Library’s reading list software “Rebus:List” is being upgraded this summer to “KeyLinks”. What does this mean for academic staff?

  • From 22nd June access to Rebus:List will not be available
  • Your current reading lists, including notes and tags, will migrate across to the new system
  • New guidance materials will be created to help you use the new system
  • Reading list update sessions will be delivered to help you make the most of the new features
  • Provisional “Go Live” date is Monday 16th July, following a test period by Library staff. We will confirm the launch by email and social media

If you have any queries or concerns about the forthcoming upgrade please don’t hesitate to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian or use the Helpdesk https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/microsites/library/about-ljmu-libraries/contact-us

If you want to find out more or have a sneak preview come and see us on the 5th Floor at the Teaching and Learning Conference!


Moving up at Avril Robarts

Work has started at Avril Robarts to move the book stock from the 1st and 2nd floors to the 3rd floor in preparation for the first stage of the library refurbishment project, which starts in September. The study spaces that were on the 3rd floor will be set up on the 2nd floor, where the shelves used to be.

This work is expected to take until 15th June. We’ll keep you update with progress on this blog, through the Library Enhancement Project webpage (www.ljmu.ac.uk/microsites/library/lep), Twitter (@ljmulibrary) and Facebook (@ljmulibrary).

We are trying to keep the disturbance to a minimum, but it is noisy work. Staff will be able to direct you to the quietest areas in the Library. These will change as the move progresses. Please remember that Avril Robarts Library is open 24 hours a day throughout the summer, so if you come after 4.00pm the moves will have finished for the day, and you won’t be asked to leave at any particular time.

Can I still access my books?

Yes you can. There may be a slight delay whilst they are packed and moved to the 3rd floor but it shouldn’t be more than 30 minutes – providing the lift keeps working!

Staff will also retrieve items for you. Ask at the Avril Hub for more details.

Where will my books be after the move?

The books from the first floor, numbered 001 – 599 start next to the South Stairs on the 3rd floor. Books numbered 600 – 999 and the journals will start next to the lift opposite the balcony.

Where can I get help?

Staff at the Hub on the ground floor will be able to help you if you can’t find what you are looking for, or if you have any other queries.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – Scheduled Maintenance

The Box of Broadcasts Service will be completely unavailable between 11th and 13th June 2018. Programmes broadcast during the down-time will be available retrospectively for most channels.

Changes at Avril Robarts

On Friday we told you about the Library Enhancement Project. In preparation for this there will be some changes at Avril in the next couple of weeks.  You may have noticed that some of the books moved from where you would normally find them. From 1st June  the existing shelving and stock from the 1st and 2nd floors will be moved to the 3rd floor, and the shelving from these floors will be replaced with the furniture from the 3rd floor.

If you can’t find what you are looking for please ask a member of staff at the Hub for help.

Library Enhancement Project

From September 2018 until November 2020 the Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries will be undergoing a programme of refurbishment to create a range of new spaces for our students to study and relax.

Known as the Library Enhancement Project, there will be 4 programmes of work:

  • Refurbishment of Avril Robarts
  • New build pavilion extension to Aldham Robarts
  • Refurbishment of Aldham Robarts
  • Refurbishment of Aquinas Building

Avril Robarts

The Avril project will be the first to get underway, starting in September 2018. The refurbishment will be carried out in phases, floor by floor, starting with the first floor which will be completed by the end of January 2019.

This work is taking place at the same time as the refurbishment and extension of the Tithebarn Building, which will increase and improve the training facilities for the School of Nursing and Allied Health, in line with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The other phases are scheduled as follows:

  • February 2019 – May 2019: 2nd floor
  • May 2019 – September 2019: Ground floor
  • September 2019 – December 2019 3rd floor

Aldham Robarts

Subject to planning permission being granted the construction of a new build pavilion to be located in the John Foster Gardens, next to the current library, will start in October 2018. This will be a 2-storey extension and will incorporate a café on the ground floor seating approximately 70 people. There will also be informal and group study spaces on this floor and individual silent study spaces on the upper floor. Access to the pavilion will be through the café space, or via a bridge adjacent to the stairwell on the ground floor of Aldham Robarts. The build is scheduled to be completed by September 2019.

Following the completion of the pavilion the refurbishment of Aldham itself will start with the 2nd and 1st floors in the first phase, the ground and lower ground in the 2nd phase. The Library Enhancement Project programme will be completed with the refurbishment of both floors of Aquinas, which is due to be finished in November 2020.

More details of the scopes of the works and any changes to our current services will be circulated during each phase, and will also be found on our web page www.ljmu.ac.uk/library

Taylor & Francis Online site maintenance

Some functionality on the Taylor & Francis platform will be unavailable between 4.30am and 4.30pm on Tuesday 15 May due to scheduled maintenance.

Search, browse and reading articles should still be available, but some of the more advanced functionality may not.

Taylor & Francis apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

EBSCO eBooks App being retired

Towards the end of May 2018, EBSCO will be retiring its eBooks App.

With the introduction of the EPUB format which allows for display modification and increased compatibility with screen readers amongst other features, the eBooks App will no longer be fit for purpose.

For any users who want to continue using an App to view their ebooks, EBSCO ebooks are compatible with the Bluefire Reader or any other app supported by Adobe Digital Editions.

Visit the EBSCO Help Site to view a guide on using EBSCO eBooks on mobile devices using the BlueFire Reader

Resource Trial – Sage Knowledge Video

LJMU is trialling ‘Sage Knowledge Video‘ for these 3 subjects
for 12 months until April 2019:

Criminology & Criminal Justice
Business & Management


Each collection includes a wide range of videos to support learning, teaching and research needs. Videos have searchable transcripts, custom clip creation and embedding.

Take a look at these academic and Evidence-Based video collections today. Read more ‘About Sage Knowledge Video‘ and browse full lists of titles and Instructor Manuals.

Screen Studies on trial

We are currently trialling Screen Studies until 14th June 2018.

Access is only available from on-campus for the duration of the trial, however the resource includes:

  • Access to 60 screenplays including: The Big Lebowski, Donnie Darko and Dunkirk – all fully-searchable for keywords and presented in industry-standard studio format
  • 242 critical and contextual works addressing the history, theory and practice of world cinema
  • A History of Cinema timeline to discover the history of cinema against the wider social, cultural and technological context

See what Screen Studies has to offer in this short video and let us have your thoughts

MyiLibrary Platform Migration – 11th April 2018

From 11th April, the MyiLibrary platform will be migrating its e-book content to Ebook Central.

Users will see an interface change, but also need to be aware that any bookmarks or highlighting features will not transfer over as part of the migration. For books that have been read online and not downloaded, notes will be preserved.

Library Services apologise for the inconvenience this may cause