Posts Tagged ‘archives’

Newspaper databases at the University of Lincoln

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp

The University of Lincoln Library provides access to a growing number of searchable online newspaper and newspaper archive databases. The most recent is the Daily Mirror (1903-present), added today.

In addition to the hundreds of newspapers available through the legal/business databases LexisLibrary and Factiva, we have access to a selection of historical Brtitish newspapers from the British Library, and archives of specific titles.

Many newspapers can be searched using Find it at Lincoln.

The following newspaper databases can all be accessed via the Library website:

University of Lincoln Library Plan (bullet points)

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

The University of Lincoln has an internal Library Plan document, which sets out areas of strategic development for our service over the next 3-5 years.

Here are some bare notes I made in a meeting about the Library Plan this morning, relating to e-resources tasks and priorities over the next year. They’re here so I don’t lose them. They won’t make much sense without the Plan itself (which you probably won’t have read), but if you’re interested in what any of these mean, please get in touch.

These will be my priorities in 2013.

  1. Integration of LibGuides with Blackboard VLE.
  2. Helpdesk / enquiry management.
  3. Review use of reference management software.
  4. Resurrect the Calm (archives & special collections) project.
  5. REF2014 and beyond – plan for strategic development of the Lincoln Repository, including RDM and e-theses.
  6. Close the loop on authentication: OpenAthens LA, walk-in access, LOCKSS.
  7. Stats! Look at the University’s data-warehouse and dashboard approach, Nucleus/, and external services/software (JUSP, RAPTOR, etc.)
  8. Plan with the subject librarians to hone the use of Find it at Lincoln.
  9. Plan with the subject librarians/acquisitions to ‘hard launch’ reading lists; look at collection management.
  10. “Business Information Service”?

Keep Calm and carry on

Posted on July 8th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Just a note to record that we have now almost completed a project to purchase Axiell Calm as the University of Lincoln Library’s new archives & special collections management software.

Calm is the leading archives system in the UK, is widely used by public archives and museums as well as by universities, and is compliant with the acronym soup of standards in archive management (EAD; ISAD (G); ISAAR (CPF); NCA, anybody?) We’ve also bought into CalmView, which will provide a decent public web front-end to our special collections.

What special collections? Well, there’s the Pilger Archive for starters. Other potential collections at the University (including the Lincolnshire Echo archives and the diaries of Fu Bingchang) haven’t been developed because the Library needed first to develop an infrastructure and expertise in dealing with special collections, but found it hard to do so without a special collection to justify investment: a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation! – hence the purchase of Calm.

Lincolnshire County Council already use Calm to manage the county archives, and have a significant amount of expertise with it. I hope that through our contacts with the county library & archives service (via LISN and elsewhere), we’ll be able to share in their expertise and, potentially, collaborate on future archival projects.

And because Calm provides an OAI-PMH endpoint, we’ll be able to suck our special collections straight into Jerome, just as we’ve already done with our Repository via the same protocol.

Web history: Lincs to the Past

Posted on May 13th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’ve just returned from the formal launch event for Lincs to the Past, the new flagship website from Lincolnshire County Council which provides online access to “the cultural heritage collections” of the county.

Lincs to the Past launch party
The launch party was held at the Collection museum in Lincoln.

Lincs to the Past builds on a previous project of the county council called ‘Cultural Collections‘, which provided a unified search interface for resources held in various cultural-service catalogues (library, museums, archives).

The new website adds a whole load of interesting functionality on top of that single search, including:

  • Records collected together to form exhibitions
  • Very-high-quality digitised image browse (example) including rich navigation using Zoomify
  • User tagging and commenting
  • Faceted search (by date period, subject term, and domain: i.e. library, museum, or archives)
  • Online help

You can find Lincs to the Past at:

Logging in to JSTOR

Posted on May 3rd, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

The University of Lincoln has full-text access to 500+ digitised journals through JSTOR, held in three collections: JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, II and III.

JSTOR is a “not–for–profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive“. It’s one of the most heavily-used e-journals services in the humanities.

However, logging in to JSTOR is not always straightforward. Here are some tips:

~~~ Tip #1 ~~~

The easiest way to access JSTOR is via the University Portal, at:

(Log in using your University of Lincoln network\accountID and password.)

~~~ Tip #2 ~~~

If you come across an article stored in JSTOR when you are searching the web (e.g. via Google Scholar), you can log in from the JSTOR login page, as follows:

  1. Scroll down the page to the section marked “ACCESS JSTOR THROUGH A PARTICIPATING INSTITUTION”.
  2. Ignore the option marked ‘Athens login’ – it’s not used in this case.
  3. In the “Select your country” box, select “United Kingdom”.
  4. In the “Select your institution” box, select “University of Lincoln”.
  5. Click the “LOGIN” button.
    Screenshot of the JSTOR login page
  6. Then, click on the link to “Go to the University of Lincoln login page” and enter your University of Lincoln network\accountID and password.
  7. (If, for whatever reason, your web browser hasn’t correctly recognised that you’re a member of the University of Lincoln, you might be presented with an Athens username/password option. If you see one of these screens, click on the “Alternative login” option, search for “University of Lincoln” and you should be sent to the correct login option. [See these login tips])

~~~ Tip #3 ~~~

If neither of these methods of access are working properly, try the alternative login at the following address:

(Log in using your University of Lincoln network\accountID and password.)

(Technical note: this alternative method of access uses LibResProxy, a CGI proxy application which mimics IP-based on-campus authentication. It will be much slower than normal access, and not all features of the destination site may be available.)


If you have any problems accessing JSTOR, please speak to your Academic Subject Librarian.

MACE in the place

Posted on December 15th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp

Brilliant news from the Lincoln School of Media Alumni Network, that “The Executive Board of the university yesterday gave approval for the Media Archive for Central England [MACE] to relocate to the University campus from July 2011.”

MACE logo

As it happens, we should be making an announcement about developments in the Library’s support for University archives and special collections quite soon. (Disclaimer: it won’t necessarily relate to MACE. But it’ll be exciting; especially if you’re into archive software… and who isn’t?!)