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The University Library's Returns Machine has been upgraded to version 2022-04-01 to take advantage of the latest AI capabilities.

Using sophisticated algorithms embedded in RFID technology, the Returns Machine can evaluate the books on return and thank library users who have used and cared for the books well whilst they were on loan from the library collection.

University Librarian, James Anthony-Edwards said:
"We are really excited about this technology. We found some of our books were returned in a poor state, covered in coffee, food etc.  We were also aware that some books were never read and sat unopened on bookshelves until they were returned. Our upgraded machine has sensors built in and can detect both the physical condition of books and also assess how much has been read using patented 'page turning tracking technology' as they pass through the machine.
Users are rewarded on this assessment of condition and usage.  We see this new machine as a cornerstone of our responsible library use policy."
Ok, 12 noon and time to confess. We couldn't resist a bit of fun on April Fool's Day! 
The Returns machine did magically dispense chocolate bars for an hour this morning to some lucky students but has now lost its AI capabilities. 
We hope you enjoyed the fun!


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Space scene image with a person wearing a space helmet which is connected by wire to a floating book to transmit contentAs a Research group you may need to read articles and book chapters that the Library does not hold within its print and electronic collections.

Normally you would use our Document Delivery Service to obtain items we don't have,  but in this case there is a group of people who need to read the same material and our document delivery service items have copyright restrictions which mean they are only for individuals and cannot be shared.

Instead the Library can send for items using EHESS or the Enhanced Higher Education Supply Service from the British Library. We will send for a copyright fee paid copy which means it can be shared between the group.



If you need help or guidance with any of this process please get in touch.
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An agreement has been reached between UK universities and Elsevier (negotiated by JISC Collections) for a Read & Publish Transformative Agreement from 2022. The UK Elsevier agreement maintains access to paywalled (non-open access) content and enables unlimited open access publishing in Elsevier Core Hybrid, Cell Press & Lancet titles, when corresponding author is affiliated with the institution. Separately, we have a 15% discount when publishing in Elsevier’s full gold OA titles. 

This agreement brings the number of publisher Transformative Agreements available to University researchers to 27 and should ensure that most research output can now be published open access in compliance with funders including UKRI and the Wellcome Trust

Further details are available via the Elsevier website; if you have any questions, contact the Open Research team

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With news of the discovery of the Endurance in the Antarctic, a timely note that the Royal Geographical Society digital archive includes thousands of primary documents relating to the expedition.

Not only photographs of the ship and her crew but also rare materials relating to the mission, such as Shackleton’s prospectus for investors, as well as papers given by crew members after it (with associated charts).

You can access the RGS archive via the A-Z database listing.

Run a simple search for ‘Endurance’ or ‘Shackleton’ to find material from the Imperial Tans-Antarctic Expredition 1914-1917 (Endurance).

You can also explore Shackleton’s earlier expeditions: National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904 (Discovery) and British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 (Nimrod).

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