Thursday, 18 May 2017

Stockwell Street Library Opening Times Update

End of 24/7 Opening & Bank Holiday Closure

Midnight closing recommences on Tuesday 23rd May.

Please also note that the library is closed on Monday 29th May (Spring Bank Holiday), reopening on Tuesday 30th May from 08:00.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Library Staff profiles

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the people who work at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street Library? Of course you have! We continue our weekly profiles of the various staff you may spot or speak to at our libraries. Find out what they do, both inside and outside of working at the University of Greenwich!

This week, we profile our First Line Support Assistant at Stockwell Street library, Richard Carpenter:

Richard Carpenter

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE UNIVERSITY/LIBRARY?
About a year and a half.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE LIBRARY?
To put it simply, I work within the IT Teams at the university to provide support for students and staff, but my day-to-day work often involves working with many different teams across the university.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIBRARY?
I love interacting with and helping members of the university community and any guests/visitors we get too. Every day is different!

WHICH BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING?
Almost anything in the history section.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN GREENWICH/AT AVERY HILL OR IN ELTHAM TO HAVE LUNCH?
We are lucky in Greenwich to have so many excellent places to eat and I couldn’t pick a favourite place out of them all! In the summer, though, I love having lunch in Greenwich Park.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love watching and playing sports. I try to go cycling as often as I can.

FAVOURITE BOOK, MUSIC AND FILM?
I don’t necessarily have favourites but I grew up reading the Harry Potter books. I listen to any kind of music, really, and I’ve always loved Mrs Doubtfire!

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
I’ve been to some amazing countries and places but still prominent on my list are: Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Washington DC, Mumbai, Sydney, Venice and Milan.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The ability to fly – it would make my journey in to work a lot quicker!

HAVE YOU VISITED THE CUTTY SARK, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND QUEEN’S HOUSE?
I have visited them all apart from the Queen’s House, some many years before I started working at the university! I must go again, and I would encourage everyone to visit them whilst studying or working here!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Library Staff profile

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the people who work at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street Library? Of course you have! We continue our weekly profiles of the various staff you may spot or speak to at our libraries. Find out what they do, both inside and outside of working at the University of Greenwich!

This week, we profile one of our Student IT Support Assistants at both Avery Hill and Stockwell Street libraries, Andra Dafinescu:

Andra Dafinescu

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE UNIVERSITY/LIBRARY?
I have been working at the library for about two months.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE LIBRARY?
My role is very intriguing! As I am based at both the Greenwich and Avery Hill campuses, I have the opportunity to work in different environments. It is mostly based on your customer service skills. Moreover, it helps you develop a sense of self-orientation, as you need to solve different enquiries in a rapid and efficient way.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIBRARY?
Mostly I enjoy the fact that you do not work alone. I like being a team player and I am glad that I am part of such a good group. Also, I enjoy the challenges that this job has: you have to be able to solve a different range of issues.

WHICH BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING?
The books related to economics, finance, banking and business (e.g. Freakconomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner).

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN GREENWICH/AT AVERY HILL OR IN ELTHAM TO HAVE LUNCH?
The Clock Gate (next to Cutty Sark DLR Station). I believe that place is perfect for a student!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I like to read all kinds of books (from history and geography to self-development and motivation).  Also, I enjoy visiting different places around the city (museums, parks, etc.), going to different events (such as exhibitions) and going to the gym.

FAVOURITE BOOK, MUSIC AND FILM?
Book: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Music: Eagles – Hotel California
Film: Interstellar (2014)

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
First place I would like to go is Los Angeles!

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The ability to control all of the four elements: earth, water, air and fire.

HAVE YOU VISITED THE CUTTY SARK, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND QUEEN’S HOUSE?
Yes!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Library Staff profile

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the people who work at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street Library? Of course you have! We continue our weekly profiles of the various staff you may spot or speak to at our libraries. Find out what they do, both inside and outside of working at the University of Greenwich!

This week, we profile one of our Student IT Support Assistants at Stockwell Street Library, James Myers:

James Myers

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE UNIVERSITY/LIBRARY?
I have worked at the university for a year and six months.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE LIBRARY?
My role is essentially the first point of contact for all students who need support with library IT services.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIBRARY?
The most enjoyable part about working in the library is the helpful and friendly team of both full-time staff and like-minded part-time student workers like myself. Their open and enthusiastic personalities really make it a joy to work at the university.

WHICH BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING?
I think the most interesting books in the library are the History books in the basement. Some of them date back many years, and so a lot can be learned from them.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN GREENWICH/AT AVERY HILL OR IN ELTHAM TO HAVE LUNCH?
My favourite place to have lunch in Greenwich is the Vietnamese restaurant called Saigon.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Outside of work I like to go longboarding in Greenwich Park with friends, swim, go to the gym, watch Netflix or go out to one of the thousands of bars in London itself.

FAVOURITE BOOK, MUSIC AND FILM?
Favourite book (currently) – The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss
Favourite music – Half Moon Run
Favourite film – Star Wars (hard to pick an actual movie out of the saga!)

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
I would love to visit lots of places, but I think that far-east Asia would be the most unique for me, so perhaps Thailand.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
If I could have any superpower I would pick telekinesis as it is most similar to the Force in Star Wars, and that would be awesome!

HAVE YOU VISITED THE CUTTY SARK, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND QUEEN’S HOUSE?
I have visited the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. I see the Cutty Sark every single day so that is definitely next on my list!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Library Staff profiles

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the people who work at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street Library? Of course you have! We continue our weekly profiles of the various staff you may spot or speak to at our libraries. Find out what they do, both inside and outside of working at the University of Greenwich!

This week, we profile one of our Student IT Support Assistants at Stockwell Street Library, Janni Ball:

Janni Ball

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE UNIVERSITY/LIBRARY?
Since October 2016. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE LIBRARY?
As a Student IT Support Assistant, I help students with some of the most common technical issues they might run across whilst doing their work. This consists of tasks such as connecting them to the wifi network, resetting their passwords; explaining how to use TurnItIn to submit their work; demonstrating the many ways they can search for library books and other resources online; assisting them with installing software on their personal devices; teaching them how to use the printers and plotters; and showing them how to find books on the shelves. We also monitor the group study rooms, tidying as needed and making sure the equipment is all in good working order. There are other tasks that we carry out on our shifts, but the aforementioned are the ones that come up the most on a daily basis. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIBRARY?
No two days are ever alike. I'm always meeting new people, learning new skills, and being presented with new challenges. Plus, I am surrounded by books! I'm studying English Literature, so for me it's like the mother ship has called me home!

WHICH BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING?
I am a huge Shakespeare nerd, so anything in that genre, as well as most Early Modern Literature. I also have a newly-renewed passion for crime fiction/detective novels. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has long been a favourite, and I've recently been introduced to some others on my course, such as Raymond Chandler (go and read The Lady in the Lake right now!).

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN GREENWICH/AT AVERY HILL OR IN ELTHAM TO HAVE LUNCH?
I quite enjoy a yummy lemon chicken at Noodle Time in Greenwich when I can squeeze it into the weekly budget now and then. In nice weather, I prefer getting a takeaway from somewhere and just finding a nice spot in Greenwich Park to sit and enjoy being outdoors. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Outside of work and university?! It's been a long time since I've had a life outside of those two...! I am a theatre fan, so I enjoy seeing a good play from time to time. In winter months, I do a bit of knitting. I am into Marvel comics, and try to keep up with some of my favourite characters when I have the time. I enjoy drawing and colouring when time allows as well. Mostly, I just like to walk around London as much as I can and soak in as much atmosphere and history as possible. I have also been known to put on a chicken costume and strut around Greenwich for kicks. It's very freeing… 

FAVOURITE BOOK, MUSIC AND FILM?
That's like asking a parent to pick a favourite child! I can't pick just one of each. I'd have to say that one of my favourite books of all time is Guests of the Sheik by Elizabeth Warnock-Fernea. One of my favourite movies of all time is The Princess Bride. My favourite TV show is one that ran for five years in the USA called Chuck (it's no longer on Netflix, but you might find it on YouTube or Amazon) – it's hilariously wonderful! As for music, it depends on my mood – I'm quite eclectic. Anything from classic rock, to post rock, to indie, to 80's new wave, to classical. Just no country... and limited rap (unless it's old school like Run DMC). 

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
In addition to someday seeing the rest of the UK (this deprived American girl has only been in London), I would like to travel to Iceland and see the Northern Lights!

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would like to have the superpower of healing. I would go around healing sick and injured people and animals. Would I get a cool cape for that, or would I just be one of those incognito superheroes doing good deeds on the down-lo? Hmmm...

HAVE YOU VISITED THE CUTTY SARK, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND QUEEN’S HOUSE?
Sadly, I have only been to the National Maritime Museum. The Queen's House has been closed for much of the time I've been living here, having only recently reopened. I do want to see the other two, just have to find the time.

Friday, 24 March 2017

24/7 Opening Hours Stockwell Street Library Spring 2017

From 08:00 Monday 27th March 2017 until Monday 22nd May inclusive, Stockwell Street Library will be open 24/7. This will include the Easter weekend and May Day Bank Holiday.
Midnight opening will resume on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

Alumni and SCONUL Access Restrictions
Access restrictions will be implemented during certain times of the 24/7 period. Please ensure that you are aware of the following changes that may affect your access to Stockwell Street Library.

Alumni Access
Throughout the entirety of the 24/7 period, Alumni users may enter Stockwell Street Library from 08:00 until 23:59 of each day. If you are still within the Library from midnight onwards you are welcome to remain. However, if you leave at any time from midnight you will not be permitted to re-enter until 08:00 the next morning.

SCONUL Access
From 00:00 Monday 10th April 2017 to 23:59 Saturday 20th May 2017, there will be no access for SCONUL users at Stockwell Street Library. Applications may be submitted but no access will be granted in Stockwell Street Library. 

Both Avery Hill and Drill Hall libraries will continue to remain accessible (please see Avery Hill and Drill Hall opening hours).
Outside of this period, SCONUL users may enter Stockwell Street Library from 08:00 until 23:59 of each day. If you are still within the Library from midnight onwards, you are welcome to remain. However, if you leave at any time from midnight you will not be permitted to re-enter until 08:00 the next morning.

We wish you the best of luck in your forthcoming assignments and examinations.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Library Staff profiles

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the people who work at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street Library? Of course you have! We continue our weekly profiles of the various staff you may spot or speak to at our libraries. Find out what they do, both inside and outside of working at the University of Greenwich!

This week, we profile our two Graduate Interns, Alex Taliadoros and Crina Duchi, who are based at our Stockwell Street Library:

Alex Taliadoros

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE UNIVERSITY/LIBRARY?
I have worked for the library for three months now. Time flies when you’re having fun!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE LIBRARY?
I am currently employed as a Video Producer under the Graduate Internship. My role is to create promotional videos to further promote the library and its amazing services.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIBRARY?
I would say the most enjoyable thing about working in the library is the vast amount of information and resources available to me. For any topic or personal interest, there is always something to discover and explore.

WHICH BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING?
For me I find the filmmaking and creative art books the most interesting as I am from a media related background. There are a variety of self-help filmmaking books which are great, but also a lot of books on current filmmakers who know how to create the best films in the business.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN GREENWICH/AT AVERY HILL OR IN ELTHAM TO HAVE LUNCH?
There are so many places to eat so it’s very hard to choose, but Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Byron do great burgers! In terms of locations to go and chill, I love Greenwich Park!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I like to watch films at the cinema as much as possible. I am also a big football fan so try to watch as many Premier League games as possible in my free time.

FAVOURITE BOOK, MUSIC AND FILM?
Book – The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Music – Anything that makes me tap my feet
Film – A tie between The Godfather:Part II & Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
Anywhere in America as it’s so vast and every state is so different! Also parts of Italy!

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Flying, for sure! I like the idea of getting out of difficult situations and moving freely in the skies.

HAVE YOU VISITED THE CUTTY SARK, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND QUEEN’S HOUSE?
I have visited every attraction in Greenwich as I studied here as a student. I would definitely recommend the Royal Observatory – the views of London are stunning!


Crina Duchi

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE UNIVERSITY/LIBRARY?
I have worked in the library for three months.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE LIBRARY?
As an intern, my main project was working on a promotional video for the library. I was involved in concept development, writing, planning, filming, and editing.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIBRARY?
The people I am working with are very nice and there is a relaxed atmosphere despite having different tasks and deadlines. While working on the video project, it was great to have so much creative freedom.

WHICH BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING?
I always gravitate around the film section of the library. I mostly choose books about cinematography.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN GREENWICH/AT AVERY HILL OR IN ELTHAM TO HAVE LUNCH?
If it’s sunny I usually go to Greenwich Park, by the Thames or Greenwich Market.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I like to explore London and take photos, watch movies/TV series and go on bike rides.

FAVOURITE BOOK, MUSIC AND FILM?
Since it’s so hard to pick, I will choose recent favourites!

Book: The Spanish Ballad by Lion Feuchtwanger – sad but interesting insight in the mix of cultures and history of Spain.
Music: The Blacklist soundtrack – a TV series that I really liked and just caught up with.
Movie: Logan – the first movie that I saw at BFI Imax.

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
As I travelled quite a bit around Europe, I would love to visit other continents now. Top choices are Australia, Asia (Japan) and South America.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Being able to fly would be amazing! Can’t do that so I would be happy to try sky diving and flyboarding instead.

HAVE YOU VISITED THE CUTTY SARK, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND QUEEN’S HOUSE?
I haven’t been inside Cutty Sark yet, but I have visited the rest several times. My favourite is the Royal Observatory.