LibConnect October 2015

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From the Desk of Gulcin Cribb
University Librarian


True to SMU’s entrepreneurial and innovative culture, SMU Libraries continuously strive to adapt to meet its stakeholders’ needs not only at present, but also into the future. 2015 has been a year of multiple innovations and experiments in collaboration with many different partners across SMU.
We rolled out a new library management system which manages the library’s collections, operations, processes and consequently services in a much more unified and seamless way. We also launched a new search box to replace the old Pyxis+ so as to enhance your search experience. The new search facility is platform neutral, helping you discover a wider range of resources, with fewer clicks, providing direct access to articles from sources such as Financial Times, the Economist plus many other helpful shortcuts. The Library and IITS teams worked very well together to accomplish this major project. Do let us know what you library [at] (subject: Oct%2015%20Newsletter) (think).
The Library is the proud winner of SMU’s inaugural ‘Outstanding Department’ award as part of the Business Excellence Awards 2015. Over 70% of library staff have been trained in ‘Green Belt’ -business process improvement, over the last 3 years. 
Examples of SMU wide collaborative activities are aplenty. Library staff work with faculty and Schools to include research skills training, critical thinking and academic integrity in their curriculum to ensure students are able to undertake independent research and develop lifelong learning habits.
Collaboration, faculty and student engagement are at the core of Library’s existence. Have a wonderful new Academic Year.
Beta launch of IRIS

The Library is also an active partner in planning and implementing the IRIS (Integrated Research Information System) project with IITS and ORe. SMU will be replacing the home grown RPS (Research Publications System) with a system which will integrate research publications with direct links to citation tools such as Scopus and Web of Knowledge as well as to InK (SMU’s Institutional Repository), Faculty CV system, SMU Publications website, and grants management. Please contact ppyeo [at] (subject: IRIS) (Pin Pin) or sumitag [at] (subject: IRIS) (Sumita) for feedback or for more information.



'Stairway to Knowledge' & 'Great Books

Unveiled at the start of the new term, the two exhibitions are part of the library's SMU15 celebrations. 'Stairway to Knowledge' features 73 publications by SMU faculty on its 73 steps and invites students to be familiar with their professor's research. 'Great Books' are timeless, inspirational reads that are recommended by faculty. 

No more fighting over Bloomberg terminals! The library has acquired 4 more Bloomberg terminals to satisfy your research needs. All 8 terminals are located in the Investment Studio on level 3 of the library.
We have also upgraded to IP-authenticated access for Eurekahedgewhich means a seamless login  no more typing in the ID and password while you are on campus! (Off campus, please enter your SMU ID and password when prompted to do so.) 

Where do students go after they graduate? Why, back to use the library, of course! 

"Hello! I must say that there have been HUGE improvements made to the library over the years (I was a student from 2010-2014. I especially like how modern and well-equipped the Learning Commons is ⎯ well-lit, comfortable chairs, spacious tables, multiple power points, and lush greenery to look out to at Campus Green, when my eyes grow tired. The library's such a conducive place to study, I just have to come back to joust with students for a place, despite pursuing my postgrad studies elsewhere ⎯ testament to how good LKS library is. So, thank you, for making this place what it is today. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!"

  New Library Staff

Nursyeha Yahaya


Nur is new to the library field, embarking on her first library job with the Li Ka Shing Library.
As a graduate librarian, she will be exploring the possibilities of data science for library outreach, assessment and metrics amongst other things. She also has a degree in Computing and Information Systems and loves experimenting with new ideas. For enquiries, feedback and hellos, email nursyehay [at] (Nur).

Salihin Mohammed Ali

Salihin is the new Digital Initiatives manager who is set to transform library services through technology and innovation. He was formerly an IT project manager handling enterprise information systems and digital library infrastructure projects in the Public Service.


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Nursyeha Binte Yahaya 
nursyehay [at] (subject: LibConnect)

Salihin Bin Mohammed Ali 
Manager, Digital Initiatives
salihinma [at] (subject: LibConnect)


The most loans by a single borrower so far this year, is 676.

The most popular lifestyle title borrowed since Jan 2015, is "The first phone call from heaven" by Mitch Albom

The library has had an average of 5,600 visits per day, since term started!

  Extended Hours for Study Week
(Nov 7 - Nov 29, 2015)

Mon-Fri  8.00am to 12.00am
Sat        10.00am to 12.00am
Sun       1.00pm to 12.00am
(includes Deepavali - Nov 10) 

Learning Commons is open 24/7.

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