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Women and STEM: the impact of childhod influences

November 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm, by Sarah Smyth

A campaign group has launched an online petition calling for publishers to remove gender labelling from their children’s books.

Let Toys be Toys insist that children should be encouraged to choose their own reading material, saying:

“Titles like “The Beautiful Girls’ Book of Colouring” or “Illustrated Classics for Boys” send the message that certain books are off-limits for girls or for boys, and promote limiting gender stereotypes … telling children which stories and activities are ‘for them’ based on their gender closes down whole worlds of interest.”

With female uptake of STEM research in crisis, is it time for us as educators to consider whether gender-based social conditioning is having an impact on would-be scientists?

Let us know what you think.

The Library Subject Team

Ulster role model Tara Moore wins recognition

November 20, 2014 at 9:58 am, by Sarah Smyth

blog Tara Moore getting her award

Professor Tara Moore has been awarded the prestigious WISE (Women in to Science & Engineering) Hero Award in recognition of the contribution she makes to health, well being, safety and improving people’s lives through science and technology.

Currently Associate Director of the Biomedical Science Research Institute and Vision Science Research group leader at Ulster, Tara has developed and delivered numerous innovative teaching and training courses for health care professionals to help them recognise, treat and prevent rape, child abuse and domestic violence. In addition, as one of the few experts in molecular vision, her research aims to improve treatment for debilitating blinding eye diseases, passed from parent to child.

HRH The Princess Royal presented the award at a ceremony in London. Thanking Professor Hugh McKenna and Professor Stephen Downes for their support in helping her to achieve this prestigious accolade, Tara said:

“As an educator and researcher, I strive to inspire students and staff to see opportunities to make a difference through science. Advancement of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) is imperative if the UK is to continue to develop and lead research and industries which compete in a world market.”

Warmest congratulations from the Library Subject Team.



Passionate about science? FameLab needs you!

November 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm, by Sarah Smyth


FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.  The competition is now open and is looking for budding science communicators who think they can explain a science concept in three minutes. Entrants should be working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the UK.  To apply entrants must submit a three minute video.  Deadline for video entries is 31 December 2014.

The British Council with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, will host the final of Northern Ireland’s FameLab competition at The Black Box, Belfast on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015.

Full information can be found on the British Council Northern Ireland website:

Good luck to all those who apply from the Library Subject Team.

Over 1000 public buildings in cities across the UK will be transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots

November 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm, by Sarah Smyth

From .GOV.UK:

“Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free Wi-Fi – some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running by March 2015.

Millions of citizens, business men and women and visitors will be able to take advantage of free connectivity across the UK, which in turn will support our cities in becoming even more attractive places to live, do business, visit and invest in.”

Has your Public Library got free wifi yet? So far we know of several – let us know about your experiences.

The Library Subject Team

*Update your BNF registration*

October 31, 2014 at 9:53 am, by Sarah Smyth

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British National Formulary and British National Formulary for Children has moved to a new platform. New and existing users will have to register for a new account to access the service.

To register, follow the steps below:

‘I am a UK-based individual undertaking work (or training) for or on behalf of the NHS or an NHS organisation’

  • Accept the MedicinesComplete terms and conditions by ticking the box

‘I am purchasing a single-user subscription for these publications and agree to the MedicinesComplete Terms and Conditions

  • Click the ‘Proceed’ to checkout button
  • At this stage you ‘Register now’ and complete your details (only use ‘Sign in’ once you have registered)
  • Click ‘Proceed
  • The next page Confirm Details, if it shows your correct email and the Subscriptions BNF and BNFC at zero value, click ‘Proceed
  • You will be sent an email – It is essential that you click the link and create your account, otherwise you will not be able to access your subscription

If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, check your spam filter.

If you encounter any problems using the service, contact the Life & Health Sciences subject team at

Best Wishes

The Library Subject Team

New Database Trial: ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

October 13, 2014 at 10:16 am, by Michael Carragher


ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library gives access to a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. The Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, soil science and solar engineering.

It includes the following content:

  • All 13,000 active ASTM Standards
  • 5,800 test methods
  • 8 ASTM Journals with 100,000 pages of peer-reviewed articles
  • 29,000 Selected Technical Papers (STPs)
  • 1,500+ books from 1931 to present
  • Books, Manuals, Monographs & Data Series – 114 volumes, 1965 to 2010
  • Digital videos of test methods and more

Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 02/11/14, available on-campus only.

Digital Theatre Plus trial

September 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm, by e121436



From the 8th September until the 7th October the Library has a trial of Digital Theatre Plus, an online library of of filmed theatre productions, accompanied by supporting materials. The database can be accessed from the Databases page on the Library & ICT tab of the Portal.

Internurse is moving

July 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm, by Sarah Smyth

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From Monday 28th July 2014, Internurse will be available on the MAG Online Library platform.  The main web address will automatically redirect to internurse on the new site, as will links to the individual journals.

If you are experiencing any difficulty accesing material, please contact your Subject Team.

Best Wishes,

The Library Subject Team

Martindale – The Complete Drug Reference – trial access

June 30, 2014 at 9:49 am, by Sarah Smyth

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Trial access to Martindale – The Complete Drug Reference is available both on and off-campus until 11th July 2014.

Considered a comprehensive and reliable reference resource on drugs and medicines used throughout the world, Martindale includes information on:

  • Drug monographs
  • Preparation, uses, administration and interactions
  • Chemical, brand and ‘street’ names
  • Molecular structures and formulae
  • CAS Registry Numbers, ATC Codes and UNII Codes
  • Manufacturers’ specifications

To access Martindale from the Library & ICT tab on the Portal, click on Stockley’s Drug Interactions on the A-Z listing of databases.  At the next screen click on the downward pointing arrow (next to Stockley’s Drug Interactions in the top left of the screen) 


and select Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference:


Once selected, you can start searching.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this resource. We are very interested to hear your opinions and experiences, so please pass on your feedback.

Help using the database is available from the Life & Health Sciences Subject Team.

eBook lending in libraries: Sign the petition for a change in the law

June 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm, by Sarah Smyth


EBLIDA (The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations)  is calling for a change to the European legislation which prevents libraries from lending a large proportion of their resources in eBook format.

From their website:

“Libraries guarantee free access to content, information, and culture for all European citizens. However, in the digital environment, the current legal framework prevents libraries from fulfilling these essential services to our society, especially regarding  the provision of e-books.

European citizens have the right to e-read! This should also be the case in libraries. It should therefore be possible for libraries to legally  provide their users with access to all commercially available e-books.”

Have your say by signing the petition:

The Library Subject Team