The OU Library is always trying to improve the results you can find in Library Search.
Ex Libris (the Library Search provider) have created a new, more accurate and far reaching index. This index contains a vast amount of information from a large range of publishers. Since November we have been working with Ex Libris on integrating this into Library Search to give you an improved service.
From 4th May you can expect Library Search to surface more content. You are also more likely to see the results you want at the top of your results list and fewer broken links. If you have set up search alerts in Library Search, you will notice the first alert after the update will contain a large number of results due to these improvements. This applies to both email and RSS search alerts.
The way you use Library Search and your My Favourites area will remain the same.
The OU Library recently started a brand new podcast, called ‘Completely Shelfless’, to tell people about our services and resources.
The most recent episode is on ‘Open Research‘, so Chris and Dan joined podcast host and library colleague Fiona to talk about the work the Research Support team does to support OU research staff and students.
We talked about the variety of research carried out at the OU, how our repositories ORO and ORDO help to spread the word about it, and about the training we provide.
Follow the link to listen to Completely Shelfless episode 3. ‘Open Research’, or find it on your favourite podcast app.
We hope you enjoy it!
Heard of ORDO already but not sure what it does?
Never heard of it before but interested in options for storing and sharing data to support your research?
I’ll be holding an online drop-in session for ORDO, the OU’s research data repository, on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 to answer any questions you have about data preservation, data sharing, showcasing your work, collaborative projects… and anything else.
The first session is on Tuesday 5th June, and then at the same time on the first Tuesday of every month after that. Drop-in at any time and stay as long as you want.
To join, go to our Adobe Connect “Research Support” page and click on “join room” (and if you find the link takes you to the “DISS Home” page instead, click on “Resources” at the top and scroll down to “Research Support”).
If you want to get started right away, see the ORDO information on our website or get in touch at email@example.com
ORDO (Open Research Data Online) is the OU’s research data repository, where OU research staff and students can upload their data, for:
- secure long-term storage
- sharing with others, by creating a metadata record describing it and, where appropriate, making the data itself accessible.
You can use it to publish data supporting a publication, or to archive at the end of a project.
“ORDO has proved incredibly useful for hosting sound clips generated by acoustic simulations and experiments, enabling us to provide a link to those clips within conference papers and journal publications” (Professor David Sharp)
We’ll be having an online drop-in next week on Tuesday 27TH March at 11:00-12:00, where we’ll show you how it works and be on hand to answer any questions you have. Feel free to join us at any time during the hour.
To join the session, go to our Adobe Connect online room page and click on “join room”.
If that time doesn’t work for you, or if you want to get started, you can find ORDO at ou.figshare.com and log in with your OU credentials.
For more information, see the ORDO information on our website or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org