Today is World Mental Health Day.  This year’s theme is particularly important to us at Swansea University Libraries – ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’. Young people can face many changes in their life, including starting university. It’s an exciting time, but can also bring some stress and worry alongside new opportunities. You’ll see staff in the library wearing green ribbons to show their awareness of mental health issues and their commitment to supporting good mental health.

If you would like to find out more about World Mental Health Day, go to the World Health Organization website.

Swansea University has Welfare Support available for different issues you might face while you’re with us. Don’t suffer in silence! There is also some self-help available in the libraries. Whether you’re dealing with issues from your past, current difficulties, or just wondering how to cook a meal on your student budget, the library has some books to help! The Wellbeing Collections in Bay and Singleton Park libraries include titles on managing stress, anxiety, ADHD, autism, OCD, eating disorders, insomnia, coping with abuse and more. There are also books on handling your finances and a selection of student cookbooks. Some books are available as ebooks.

If you need any help finding the right resources or services please ask a member of staff at the Information Desk, email customerservice@swansea.ac.uk or use our Ask a Librarian instant chat. We understand the importance of confidentiality when dealing with such requests.

October 10th, 2018

Posted In: Wellbeing

Mae heddiw yn Ddiwrnod Iechyd Meddwl y Byd. Mae’r thema eleni’n bwysig i ni yma yn nhîm Llyfrgelloedd Prifysgol Abertawe – ‘Mae pobl ifanc ac iechyd meddwl yn newid y byd’. Gall bobl ifanc wynebu nifer o newidiadau yn ystod eu bywyd, gan gynnwys dechrau yn y brifysgol. Mae’n amser cyffrous ond gall achosi i rai boeni ac achosi straen pan fydd cyfleoedd newydd. Fe welwch swyddogion yn y llyfrgell yn gwisgo rhubanau gwyrdd i ddangos eu hymwybyddiaeth am faterion iechyd meddwl a’u hymrwymiad i gefnogi iechyd meddwl da.

Os ydych yn dymuno darganfod mwy am Ddiwrnod Iechyd Meddwl y Byd, ewch i wefan Sefydliad Iechyd y Byd.

Mae gan Brifysgol Abertawe Gymorth Llesiant ar gael ar gyfer gwahanol faterion a wynebwch o bosib yn ystod eich amser gyda ni. Peidiwch â dioddef mewn distawrwydd. Mae rhai adnoddau hunangymorth ar gael yn y llyfrgelloedd yn ogystal. P’un a ydych yn ymdrin â materion o’ch gorffennol, anawsterau presennol, neu’n pendroni ynghylch sut i goginio pryd o fwyd ar eich cyllideb myfyriwr, mae gan y llyfrgell lyfrau i’ch helpu! Mae’r Casgliad Lles yn cynnwys teitlau ar reoli straen, gorbryder, ADHD, awtistiaeth, anhwylder obsesiynol cymhellol, anhwylderau bwyta, diffyg cwsg, ymdopi â chamdriniaeth a mwy. Hefyd mae llyfrau ar reoli’ch arian a detholiad o lyfrau coginio i fyfyrwyr.  Mae rhai llyfrau ar gael fel elyfrau.

Os oes angen unrhyw gymorth arnoch i ddod o hyd i’r adnoddau neu’r gwasanaethau cywir, gofynnwch i aelod o staff wrth y Ddesg Wybodaeth os gwelwch yn dda. Gallwch anfon neges e-bost at customerservice@swansea.ac.uk neu defnyddiwch ein teclyn sgwrsio Holi’r Cynorthwyydd Llyfrgell. Rydym yn deall pwysigrwydd cyfrinachedd wrth ymdrin â cheisiadau o’r fath.

October 10th, 2018

Posted In: Wellbeing

Have you seen our new blog about reading for pleasure? Reading fiction is an excellent way to relax and look after your wellbeing. It can even help you to live longer! We know that there are lots of other things competing for your time at university – lectures, assignments, a job, spending time with friends… – but we’d like to help find a moment every day or every week to relax with a good book. You’ll feel better for it!

If you’re looking for some fiction to read, South Wales Miners Library and Singleton Park Library both have well-stocked literature sections that include popular authors. We’ve also added some fiction titles to our Wellbeing Collections in Bay Library and Singleton Park Library:

Bay Library

On Love and Barley

Cicio’r Bar

Inc

Lady in the Van

Soul Music

The Humans

Street Cat Named Bob

Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Man Called Ove

Singleton Park Library

I capture the Castle

Witches Abroad

The Eyre Affair

Atyniad

Harri Potter maen yr arthonydd

The Help

The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window

Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero

The emergency Poet

Discover a world of wellbeing – in a book!

Libraries Week 2018 slogan: My time. My space. My library

October 9th, 2018

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A ydych wedi gweld ein blog newydd am ddarllen er mwynhad? Mae darllen ffuglen yn ffordd wych o ymlacio ac edrych ar ol eich llesiant. Gall darllen hyd yn oed eich cynorthwyo i fyw yn hirach! Rydym yn gwybod bod llawer o bethau eraill yn cystadlu am eich amser yn y brifysgol – darlithoedd, aseiniadau, swydd, treulio amser gyda ffrindiau…- ond hoffem eich cynorthwyo i neilltuo ychydig o amser bob dydd neu bob wythnos i ymlacio efo llyfr da. Byddwch yn teimlo’n well drwy wneud hyn!

Os ydych yn chwilio am ffuglen i ddarllen, mae gan Lyfrgell y glowyr De Cymru a Llyfrgell Parc Singleton adrannau llenyddol llawn sy’n cynnwys awduron poblogaidd. Rydym hefyd wedi ychwanegu rhai teitlau ffuglen at ein Casgliadau Llesiant yn Llyfrgell y Bae a Llyfrgell Parc Singleton:

Llyfrgell y Bae

On Love and Barley

Cicio’r Bar

Inc

Lady in the Van

Soul Music

The Humans

Street Cat Named Bob

Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Man Called Ove

Llyfrgell Parc Singleton

I capture the Castle

Witches Abroad

The Eyre Affair

Atyniad

Harri Potter maen yr arthonydd

The Help

The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window

Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero

The emergency Poet

Darganfyddwch fyd o les – mewn llyfr!

Slogan: Fy Amser. Fy Lle. Fy Llyfrgell.

October 9th, 2018

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The 8th to 13th October is Libraries Week! This year, the theme is Wellbeing, so we want to find out how we can best help you during your time at Swansea University. There are displays all week in Bay, Singleton and South Wales Miners libraries. We want your feedback! We’re asking the following questions:

  • Does the library meet your needs?
  • How can library staff help you?
  • What services do you need from the library?

You can post your feedback at the displays or email us at customerservice@swansea.ac.uk. You will also see library staff approaching students this week; come and chat to us about how we can help you.

We also have cake! Come to meet a few members of the library team and enjoy some cake and a chat. Everyone welcome, no need to book, different dietary needs are catered for!

Singleton Park Library

Cakes in the Cwtch is 2-3pm on Monday 8th October. Visit our new chill out area on the Level 4 mezzanine.

Bay Library

Cakes in the Café is 2-3pm on Thursday 11th October.

Libraries Week 2018 logo

October 8th, 2018

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Mae’n Wythnos Llyfrgelloedd rhwng yr 8fed a’r 13eg o Hydref! Eleni, y thema yw Llesiant, felly rydym eisiau darganfod pa ffordd yw’r un orau i’ch cynorthwyo yn ystod eich amser ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe. Mae arddangosfeydd drwy’r wythnos yn Llyfrgelloedd y Bae, Singleton a Glowyr De Cymru. Rydym eisiau eich adborth! Byddwn yn gofyn y cwestiynau canlynol:

  • Ydy’r llyfrgell yn bodloni eich anghenion?
  • Sut all staff y llyfrgell eich helpu chi?
  • Pa wasanaethau sydd arnoch eu hangen gan y llyfrgell?

Gallwch rannu eich adborth yn yr arddangosfeydd neu anfon neges e-bost atom: customerservice@swansea.ac.uk. Byddwch hefyd yn gweld swyddogion y llyfrgell yn dod at fyfyrwyr yr wythnos hon; dewch i sgwrsio â ni am sut allwn ni eich cynorthwyo.

Mae gennym gacennau hefyd! Dewch i gyfarfod rhai o aelodau tîm y llyfrgell a mwynhau cacen a sgwrs. Mae croeso i bawb, nid oes angen archebu, byddwn yn darparu ar gyfer gwahanol anghenion dietegol!

Llyfrgell Parc Singleton

Cacennau yn y Cwtsh rhwng 2-3pm ar ddydd Iau’r 8fed o Hydref. Ymwelwch â’n hardal braf, newydd ar Lefel 4 y mezzanine.

Llyfrgell y Bae

Cacennau yn y Caffi rhwng 2-3pm dydd Iau’r 11eg o Hydref.

Logo: Wythnos Llyfrgelloedd 2018

October 8th, 2018

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My work experience in the Richard Burton Archives

I entered my work experience with the ambition of embarking on a career as an archivist or a librarian. Having taken a previous placement at Singleton Library and enjoying it, I was excited to see the opportunities the Archives provided.

The Archives, when you first visit them, can seem intimidating. In the strong rooms you are met with rows and rows of boxes filled with old manuscripts, photographs, and plans. When you first come into contact with the materials you can feel a bit disconnected from them; either because of the subject or because they were composed so long ago. However, there is a need to remember that those producing these materials decades or centuries before were people. People, who lived, breathed, and had a full life. I was reminded of this when I was set the task of summarising oral history recordings for the “Voices of Swansea: 1920-2020 Oral History Project.” This is a project which aims to interview students and employees of the university from throughout its history as part of the ongoing work for the university’s centenary. Listening to the interviewee’s own voice talking about events I have heard about from history books or travel guides brought home to me the individual impact of history.

I was also given the task of transcribing a 19th-century manuscript. There is a need to be meticulous while doing this as one word can change the meaning of a document and may lead to the document being misquoted. The writing is sometimes hard to read because of the elaborate handwriting or the fragile nature of the manuscript. This provided a good example of how an archivist needs to be precise with their work.

A significant part of an archivist’s job is cataloguing and box listing materials deposited at the Archives. I was given the opportunity to box list some uncatalogued material from the University as part of this. It mostly contained correspondence detailing the creation of areas of the University. This not only increased the pride I have in the University of which I am a student; but also showed me the dedication, perseverance, and work that went into forming the University which many students now take for granted.

A particular interest I have is in the digitisation of materials. There is a rise in the need to make information as easily available as possible to archive users. While this will require a lot of time and resources for the archivist, it is worth it to make information accessible to researchers. I was able to digitise some University photographs for a researcher; this provided insight into the process and gave me an understanding of the challenges of digitisation.

What makes the University Archives are the people, they are always friendly and helpful. They have made this a very enjoyable experience and have made me more confident to take on the next step on my journey to become an archivist. This work experience has led me to deciding that while I might train to be both a qualified librarian and archivist, the archival profession is the path I see as most appealing to me. This experience has taught me so much knowledge about the profession; as a whole that is what an archive is, a place of knowledge for those that crave it.

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Fy mhrofiad gwaith yn Archifau Richard Burton

Dechreuais fy mhrofiad gwaith â’r uchelgais o ddilyn gyrfa fel archifydd neu lyfrgellydd. Roeddwn i wedi gwneud lleoliad gwaith o’r blaen yn Llyfrgell Singleton ac wedi ei fwynhau, felly roeddwn i’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at achub ar y cyfleoedd a fyddai ar gael yn yr Archifau.

Ar yr olwg cyntaf, gall yr Archifau ymddangos yn lle eithaf brawychus. Yn yr ystafelloedd diogel, rydych chi’n gweld rhesi a rhesi o flychau llawn hen lawysgrifau, ffotograffau a chynlluniau. Mae’n anodd teimlo cysylltiad â’r deunyddiau y tro cyntaf rydych chi’n cyffwrdd â nhw; naill ai oherwydd y cynnwys neu am eu bod mor hen. Fodd bynnag, mae angen cofio mai pobl fel ni oedd y rhai a gynhyrchodd y deunyddiau hyn degawdau neu ganrifoedd yn ôl. Pobl a oedd yn byw, yn anadlu ac yn mwynhau bywyd llawn. Ces i fy atgoffa am hyn pan roddwyd y dasg i mi o grynhoi recordiadau o hanesion llafar ar gyfer “Lleisiau Abertawe: Prosiect Hanes Llafar 1920-2020. Nod y prosiect hwn yw cyfweld â myfyrwyr ac aelodau staff y brifysgol drwy gydol ei hanes, fel rhan o weithgarwch parhaus i ddathlu canmlwyddiant y Brifysgol.  Wrth wrando am y cyfweliadau, a chlywed lleisiau pobl yn siarad am ddigwyddiadau rwyf wedi darllen amdanynt mewn llyfrau hanes neu dywyslyfrau teithio, sylweddolais effaith yr unigolyn ar hanes.

Hefyd, ces i’r dasg o drawsgrifio llawysgrif o’r 19eg ganrif. Mae angen gofal mawr wrth wneud y gwaith hwn, gan fod un gair yn gallu newid ystyr dogfen a gallai’r ddogfen gael ei chamddyfynnu o ganlyniad. Weithiau, mae’n anodd darllen dogfen oherwydd y llawysgrifen gywrain neu natur fregus y llawysgrif. Rhoddodd hyn enghraifft dda o’r angen i archifyddion fod yn fanwl gywir yn eu gwaith.

Mae rhan sylweddol o swydd archifydd yn ymwneud â chatalogio a rhestru deunyddiau mewn blychau sy’n cael eu hadneuo yn yr Archifau. Ces i gyfle i restru rhai deunyddiau o’r Brifysgol heb eu catalogio o’r blaen. Roedd y rhan fwyaf ohonyn nhw’n ohebiaeth yn manylu ar greu rhannau o’r brifysgol. Yn ogystal â chynyddu fy malchder yn y Brifysgol lle rwy’n astudio, dangosodd hyn yr ymroddiad, y dyfalbarhad a’r gwaith a oedd yn sail i sefydlu’r Brifysgol – rhywbeth nad yw llawer o fyfyrwyr heddiw yn ei werthfawrogi.

Mae gen i ddiddordeb arbennig mewn digideiddio deunyddiau. Mae angen cynyddol i wneud gwybodaeth mor hygyrch â phosib i ddefnyddwyr archifau. Er y bydd hyn yn gofyn am amser ac adnoddau sylweddol ar gyfer yr archifydd, mae’n werth ei wneud er mwyn sicrhau bod gwybodaeth ar gael i ymchwilwyr. Ces i gyfle i ddigideiddio rhai ffotograffau o’r Brifysgol ar gyfer ymchwilydd. Drwy wneud hyn, ces i brofiad o’r broses a dealltwriaeth o heriau digideiddio.

Yr hyn sydd mor arbennig am Archifau’r Brifysgol  yw’r bobl, maen nhw bob amser yn gyfeillgar ac yn gymwynasgar. Diolch iddyn nhw, mae’r profiad hwn wedi bod yn bleserus iawn ac o ganlyniad, rwy’n fwy hyderus i gymryd y cam nesaf ar fy nhaith i fod yn archifydd. Er y gallwn hyfforddi i fod yn llyfrgellydd ac yn archifydd cymwysedig, mae’r profiad gwaith hwn wedi fy helpu i benderfynu mai’r proffesiwn archifo yw’r llwybr sy’n apelio ataf fwyaf. Mae’r profiad wedi dysgu cymaint o wybodaeth i mi am y proffesiwn; yn y bôn, mae archif yn ffynhonnell gwybodaeth i’r rhai sy’n ysu amdani.

September 14th, 2018

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Telling the research stories…

Swansea University Library has recently undertaken a digitisation project to make 1000 items from the historic thesis collection of PhD and MPhil dissertations available online.

The electronic full-text items are now available via Cronfa, the Swansea University institutional repository, and the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global service. Our content joins the 2.3 million ProQuest open access dissertations provided by every major research library in the world.

The Singleton Park Library has in excess of 11,000 bound higher degree theses, which are only available on a restricted access basis to readers making a visit in person. The Cronfa E-Theses repository will provide universal access to much more of our vibrant research collection. This digitisation project supplements the principal online E-Theses collection.

 

Access further information or search the collection.

For an E-Thesis enquiry contact the Library Research Support team openaccess@swansea.ac.uk

August 31st, 2018

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Rhannu’r straeon ymchwil…

Mae Llyfrgell Prifysgol Abertawe wedi ymgymryd â phrosiect digideiddio yn ddiweddar er mwyn gwneud 1000 o Draethodau Hir PhD a MPhil o gasgliad thesis hanesyddol ar gael ar-lein.

Mae’r eitemau testun llawn electronig bellach ar gael ar Cronfa, cadwrfa sefydliadol Prifysgol Abertawe, a gwasanaeth Quest Dissertations and Theses Global . Mae ein cynnwys yn ymuno â’r 2.3 miliwn o draethodau hir sy’n cael eu darparu gan bob prif lyfrgell ymchwil yn y byd.

Mae gan Lyfrgell Parc Singleton dros 11,000 o thesisau gradd uwch wedi’u rhwymo, sydd ar gael ar sail mynediad cyfyngedig yn unig i ddarllenwyr sy’n ymweld â’r llyfrgell. Bydd Cronfa, sef Ystorfa Ymchwil Prifysgol Abertawe yn darparu mynediad ar draws y byd i lawer mwy o’n casgliad gwych o ymchwil. Mae’r prosiect digideiddio hwn yn ychwanegu at y prif gasgliad o Thesisau  ar-lein.

Cliciwch yma i gael gafael ar wybodaeth neu yma i chwilio’r casgliad.

Ar gyfer ymholiadau’n ymwneud ag e-draethodau ymchwil cysylltwch â thîm Cymorth Ymchwil y Llyfrgell openaccess@abertawe.ac.uk

August 31st, 2018

Posted In: E-Thesis, Open Access, Rheoli Theses, Theses Management

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Vacation borrowing
Vacation loans start on Friday 8th June 2018, items will be due for return on Wednesday 3rd  October 2018.

Using other libraries
If you have gone home for the Summer holiday and would like to use the library of your local university, we have a guide to using the SCONUL Access scheme (PDF) which will help you arrange access during the vacation. You can also contact us at the Issue Desk here about other borrowing schemes that exist – details are on our Visitors’ Information page.

Many of Swansea University’s library resources can be accessed from home – for these you will need to login with your Swansea University email address and usual password.

E-Books
All our e-books can be found via iFind, the library catalogue. Search on a general term (e.g. marketing, nursing etc.) and then apply the Format options for “Full Text Online” and “Books” listed on the left-hand side of the screen. Click on any title to get the “Online” access link to the e-book.

Our e-books are available via three main websites: dawsonera, EBSCO and Proquest Ebook Central. Books can be accessed online at any time or there are limited download options available: dawsonera allows downloading for 1-2 days and Proquest Ebook Central gives a 14 day download period (Adobe Digital Editions required). We have over 106,000 titles on Proquest Ebook Central – access the site directly to search across the full text of the collection and build your own online bookshelf for easy access to your favourite titles.

Journal Articles
To search for a specific journal article or an article on a topic, use iFind, the library catalogue (articles & more) and enter the surname of the author and a few words from the title of the article (not the title of the journal) in the box. “Full text available” will appear beside those results where you can access the full text article.

If you are using iFind off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Swansea University email address and password the first time you submit a search.

If you are using Google Scholar, make sure you set up the link to Swansea University’s subscriptions – we have a guide here (PDF) on how to do this.

If you encounter problems accessing e-journals, try our troubleshooting guide (PDF) which describes some of the most common solutions.


Other Resources
Our Library Guides pages also have information on other e-resources available to you such as newspaper databases. Information about theses can also be found on our library website – full text downloads can be available via the Ethos service for some UK theses.


Need help accessing library resources?
You can contact us during opening hours on 01792 295500 or email us on customerservice@swansea.ac.uk. You can also contact us via our Facebook pages or on Twitter.

June 8th, 2018

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