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Connect | Summer 2022

Hello and welcome to the Connect newsletter which highlights service and resource updates to help you make effective use of your library and learning services.

Welcome to the 11th edition of Connect!
This edition of Connect brings you details of the new language options for LibrarySearch; a completely new dissertation webinar programme; the Academic Integrity Toolkit; a new exhibition of Asian library resources; and much more... and remember we are here to help - Contact the Library.


Leigh Garrett
Head of Resources, Discovery & Liaison | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892721

Webinars - Summer Dissertation Series

A new and exciting programme of library and learning webinars focused on dissertations has been scheduled for the summer term, including -

  • 20th April - Dissertation Series: 1 Generating initial ideas
  • 27th April - Dissertation Series: 2 Formulating a research question
  • 4th May - Dissertation Series: 3 Introductions and Conclusions
  • 11th May - Dissertation Series: 4 Literature Reviews
  • 18th May - Dissertation Series: 5 Methodologies
  • 25th May - Dissertation Series: 6 Structure and Chapters

for more information see - Library & Learning Webinars.

Katie Mander
Learning Development Tutor Canterbury and Rochester | Academic Services

New language support for LibrarySearch

Have you seen LibrarySearch?
LibrarySearch allows you to search across a wide range of library resources, including - print and electronic books, journals, full text articles and lots more.

A newly enabled feature in LibrarySearch allows you to change the text to the following languages -

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Arabic
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish

To select your new language click on the English button on the top right of the screen and select your chosen language from the pop up list.  Other languages are available so please let us have your suggestions for others we could include.

Marie Hitchcock
Discovery Services Manager | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892706

News from the Archives

Politics in Pieces
Exhibition at UCA Canterbury - 28 March to 25 April 2022, 10:00 to 16:00

MA Visual Communications students exhibit their creative response to the photomontage art works of John Heartfield and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.  Students working on their course brief ‘Memories of Conflict’ accessed the University's Archive and Special Collections, John Heartfield Poster Collection, to produce their own arresting, provocative images.


Felicity Croydon
Archivist | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892963

Digitisation Studio

Digitisation Studio Open Day

On Tuesday 29 March the Digitisation Studio had it's first Open Day in two years!  Students and staff were invited to join the team to explore the wide range of equipment available to digitise their work.  The team offered a number of workshops throughout the day demonstrating the digitisation of books, sound reels and VHS tapes.

The Digitisation Studio, located in the Elaine Thomas Library, at Farnham is open for all staff and students to digitise their work.

The Studio is  open Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:30 and if you are from another campus, email us and we will see how we can help you.

We have a wide range of specialist equipment including high-resolution scanners, video transfer, a copystand and an infinity table.  We have recently updated our camera to the new mirrorless Nikon Z7 Mark ii.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information about how we can help with your digitisation project, contact us at or book your appointment now.

Lorna McColl
Senior Digitisation Officer | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892720

Elodie Duncan-Duplain
Senior Digitisation Officer | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892720

Climate Change Reading List

Working with the Canterbury Architecture School Climate Action Network (CASCAN) the Library has curated a reading list of resources on the climate crisis and sustainable design.

The aim of CASCAN is to enhance students’ knowledge on sustainability and climate change within architecture, to equip them with the skills they will need in the future to design ethically and sustainably, with the future health of the planet in mind.

With this in mind the reading list has been created so that staff and students who would like to address the issue of climate in their work can browse through a list of readings in the Library on climate, sustainable design, climate and cities, visual culture and climate, climate activism, materiality and climate, PassivHaus Design and Ecological Footprints.  The reading list can be viewed online at - Climate Change Reading List.


Ian Badger
Liaison Librarian Canterbury | Academic Services
+44 (0)1227 817370

Academic Integrity Toolkit

Graduation CapThe Academic Integrity Toolkit is now available to students and staff!  Do you want to be confident you know about issues such as plagiarism, collusion, referencing and academic misconduct?  Then try the Academic Integrity Toolkit - this self paced online session will take you through the basics elements of academic integrity, provide you will opportunities to get yourself and you can get yourself a completion certificate to show you know about academic integrity. 


Leigh Garrett
Head of Resources, Discovery & Liaison | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892721

Special Collections Update

Stuart Aitken Research Files
Are now available online - the collection includes Stuart's technical fashion research notes, illustrated pattern cuttings, and fashion and textile history covering the architecture of clothing 300AD to 1900AD and architecture of fashion from modern to postmodern.  The collection can be viewed online - Stuart Aitken Research Files.

The Epsom Zine Collection
The Library has been working to digitise front covers of the Epsom Zine Collection.  Zines are a unique form of self-expression - “do it yourself“ magazines. Themes at Epsom include -  feminism, music, politics, activism, literature, crafts, design, and travel.  The collection can be viewed online - The Epsom Zine Collection.


Felicity Croydon
Archivist | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892963

Copyright Matters

How do you protect your work?
Your work is an investment of your time and effort, what’s more it is your intellectual property. Here are some practical tips to protect your copyright -

  • Keep ideas confidential
    From the outset, it is important to ensure any ideas are kept confidential. Be careful who you share ideas with, until they are expressed and made into something tangible, they are not protected by copyright. 
  • Copyright notice
    Copyright is an automatic right once you have created something tangible; you are not required to register your ownership or to add a copyright notice. However, you may choose to add a copyright statement or the © symbol to your work to deter infringement.   Although it is not legally required, displaying a statement shows that you are aware of copyright and take infringement of your work seriously.  
  • Images
    If you are sharing images of your work online consider the resolution of the images you are uploading. High resolution images are very desirable and may be used without the appropriate permissions. Adding your own watermark to images can also be a good idea. 
  • Keep records
    Keep supporting evidence of the progression of your work (sketches, notebooks, images). It is always a good idea to be able to demonstrate that you created the work from scratch over a period of time.
  • Commissioning agreement
    If you are being approached about a commission to create a work, it is advisable to have a Commissioning Agreement in place between you and the client that layout your terms (including copyright).

Lisa Moore
Copyright and Compliance Manager | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252  892711

Up or Down?

You can now get updates on your Library systems - downtime or updates with just two clicks -

  1. Go to myLibrary
  2. Scroll to the footer at the bottom of page click on Library Systems Status and Updates.

Marie Hitchcock
Discovery Services Manager | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892706

Can't find the resources you need?

If you can't find what you are looking for, we are can help -

  • Scan and Deliver
    Scan and Deliver is an electronic document delivery service for staff and students which allows you to receive by email scans of book chapters and journal articles that the Library hold.
  • Document Supply
    If the Library does not hold the resources you are looking for then the Document Supply Service is recommended.  The Library will do its best to obtain what you are looking for from another UK Library. You can request books, journal articles, reports and theses that the University does not hold. Requests must be for your own personal research and study.

For further information see Requesting Resources.   Where you will also find information about requesting copies of TV and radio programmes, and making a collection recommendation.

Helen Barrett
Collection Services Manager | Academic Services
+44 (0)1252 892864