Issue: 2023 - 1

Working on Data and Visualization is Now Easy with Library’s Data Lab!

The Library has established a Data Lab to better respond to the technological development and arising needs of its users. In this laboratory, the Library aims to support many of researchers needs such as data management, GIS, statistical studies, programming, 3D design, and visualization works. The Data Lab is in Room 203-B on the second floor of the Suna Kıraç Library. With Four highly configurated computers and dual screens, researchers can easily run software and work on their data. Some of the essential software in the Lab:

  • Statistical Analysis: R, RStudio, Python, MatLab, SPSS, Mathematica, OpenRefine
  • Visualization: PowerBI, Adobe Creative Cloud, Gephi, Blender, COMSOL
  • Mapping: ArcGIS, QGIS

The Data Lab can only be used through the reservation system.
Please click here for more information!

Covidence: Systematic Review Tool

Covidence is a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or clinical guidelines. It supports citation screening, full-text review, risk of bias assessment, extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the export of data and references.

You may contact or to request an account and create a review on Covidence.

Covidence offers short video tutorials in their Knowledge Base to help you get started. Please check Getting Started with Covidence and Main steps in Covidence to learn more.

For questions about the e-resources, you can always contact us at

SKL Trial Databases

The Library organizes trial accesses to evaluate e-resources and find out if they are suitable or not for your research needs.

These trial accesses provide an opportunity for you to experience these resources which can support your research needs. You can see the list of resources in trial as you click on “Trial” icon on the Atoz Databases page.

Please note that the e-resources on the left image will only be available until mid-January.

For questions about the e-resources, you can always contact us at

Suna Kıraç Library was Represented at the 10th ANKOSLink International Conference

Suna Kıraç Library was represented at the 10th ANKOSLink International Conference held under the theme of "Inequality and Sustainability in Access to Information" in Antalya on 21-24 November 2022. The conference had over 500 participants from over 20 countries including the Balkans, MENA region, Turkic countries and Türkiye.

On the second day of the conference, the panel titled “Beyond Sustainability: Academic Libraries in Practice” was moderated by our Library Director Tuba Akbaytürk Çanak. EBLIDA Vice President and IFLA EUDC member Hella Klauser and MEF University Library Director and IFLA EUDC member Ertuğrul Çimen attended the session as panelists. Hella Klauser shared information about Sustainability, IFLA, and IFLA EUDC activities in her presentation. In the continuation of her presentation, she gave comprehensive information about the sustainability work of academic libraries in Germany and concluded her presentation by explaining the sustainability activities of EBLIDA. As the second speaker, Ertuğrul Çimen gave detailed information about the SDGs activities of IFLA. He emphasized ENSULIB and the Green Library Award and completed his presentation by explaining the Library Map of the World platform and SDGs Stories on this platform.

SKL Presented a Poster About It’s Successful Internationalization Activity Titled “International Library Week" at ANKOSLink Conference

ANKOSLink International Conference is the largest library event for information professionals in any academic and research libraries, as well as in archives and even in museums. Information professionals involved in all facets of their organization gather to share information, learn, and network. In 2022, ANKOSLink International Conference was held between 21-24th November with the theme “Inequality and Sustainability in Access to Information”.

The Suna Kıraç Library attended this conference with a poster presentation titled "Suna Kıraç Library ‘International Library Week’ Activities as Part of Koç University’s Internationalization Goal" with this poster, which attracted a lot of attention during the conference, our Library was awarded and took its place among the most successful posters.

Please visit the link follows for the conference page and see all the poster presentations:

Mindfulness in the Library

Suna Kıraç Library will organize mindfulness events with the support of our campus community. During the finals week, 16-19 January, events included some pilates and breathing techniques, a mindfulness and stress management workshop, and a mandala coloring session. Suna Kıraç Library is always here to support the students’ wellbeing, by organizing various events like book club talks, mindfulness sessions, games activities, and Suna Kıraç Library's Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli.

Join us to learn meditation techniques with mindfulness, experience a fun pilates practice, and get away from stress with an art break!

All events will be held face-to-face and in Turkish.

For detailed information and registration please check the Instructions & Events Calendar.

“Marmara” Board Game Meeting

Our first monthly event of our collaboration with the KUFRP students club was the “Marmara” Board Game Meeting.

“Marmara” card game focuses on the relationships of habitats and living things at different scales in the Marmara Sea; the actors in the play try to maintain their non-linear relationships with each other to win the game while trying to move without getting stuck on the rapidly changing map and change their environment.

“Marmara Kültürleri Ağı” Project is part of CultureCIVIC funded by European Union. The “Marmara” game has recently gained support from SAHA Sustainability Fund.

Suna Kıraç Library aimed to approach ecological problems and sustainability with the help of the game and show a different aspect to our campus community.

We thank dear Emrah Göker, who introduced Kerem Bey to us. Since we have committed gamers on our campus, there were lots of fruitful feedback for to improve the game.

The Art of Scientific Writing: An Engineering Perspective with Dr. Ertuğrul Başar

On December 9, dear Dr. Ertuğrul Başar presented different aspects of scientific publishing, including paper preparation and organization, target journal/conference selection, handling peer review process, and many other tips and tricks on the art of scientific writing in the single-session seminar.

Presenter - Dr. Ertuğrul Başar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, and the director of the Communications Research and Innovation Laboratory (CoreLab). His primary research interests include beyond 5G and 6G wireless networks, communication theory and systems, and signal processing for communications.

Thank you for your interest in the seminar. The seminar recording has been uploaded to Library Video Hub; click here to access the recording.

Suna Kıraç Library’s Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli!

Suna Kıraç Library's Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli will continue with Samuel Beckett “Godot’yu Beklerken”

We welcome all theater lovers and art lovers to our event…

Date & Time & Place: 3rd of January 2023, between 11:30 - 12:30, SKL First Floor Meeting Room.

Click here for registration:

Treasure Gallery Series - 7: Nursing Education in Turkey and Admiral Bristol Nursing School

The 7th theme of Koç University Libraries Treasury Series continued with the “Nursing Education in Turkey and Admiral Bristol Nursing School” theme in December. On Thursday, December 29, we had an online conference titled “Türkiye’de Hemşireliğin Tarihsel Kökenleri”. Speakers, Prof. Dr. Nuran Yıldırım and Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Gülhan Seyhun made their presentations under the moderation of Prof. Dr. Ayişe Karadağ.

Moreover, the blog posts and digital exhibitions on the history of nursing may be inspiring for interested people. In addition, you may review the Libguide we have prepared about the history of nursing here.

Follow the library’s social media accounts and keep an eye on us, so you don't miss these exciting events.

Virtual Book Club

January’s book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world.

If you are a fan of Oscar Wilde, join us at SKL First Floor Meeting Room or via zoom on January 5 at 12:30.

Moderator: Begüm Çiçek

Registration Link:

SKL Podcast

At the Suna Kıraç Library "İstanbul'u Dinliyorum" Podcast, this month we hosted Siren Çelik in a discussion entitled "Seyyahların Gözünden 14. ve 15. Yüzyıllarda Konstantinopolis". Despite the rapid political and socio-economic collapse of the Byzantine Empire in the 14th and 15th centuries, the capital of the empire, Constantinople still was visited by many travelers.

In this talk we talked about the reasons why travelers came to Constantinople, the details in the traveler's narratives written in Latin, Spanish, Russian and Arabic, the monuments and structures of Constantinople, the daily life of Constantinople in the Late Byzantine period, and the life practices of the Paleologos emperors. You can listen to our podcast and access our other podcast episodes from the Suna Kıraç Library Spotify Account and Apple Podcast.

ANAMED Library Talks

ANAMED Library Talks organized by the ANAMED Library continues in 2023. Our January hosts are Christine Philliou, Firuzan Melike Sümertaş. The talk is entitled "Hiding in Plain Sight: The İstanΠόλις Collaborative, Reconstructing the Greek Community of 19th and early 20th century Istanbul”. In this talk the speakers will speak about how the Collaborative came to be, the scholarly questions they are addressing, the need for such a project both for scholarly and public domains, and the Digital Humanities methodologies we are developing to realize the project. They founded the İstanΠόλις Collaborative in 2020 to serve as an online hub for studies on the spatial/physical and demographic aspects of the Rum/Greek Orthodox presence in Istanbul between 1821 and 1923 and have been developing a range of Digital Humanities projects that link up to it. They will also discuss the range of archival sources they have been using and the ways they have been discussing and processing those sources together. Haris Theodorelis-Rigas will be the moderator of the talk. The talk will be in English and will take place online.

Please click here to register.

İstanbul International Library Staff Week 2023

The 4th International Library Staff Week will take place in Istanbul, between 8-12 May, 2023. This year’s theme is Open Knowledge to Share: Access, Culture, Scholarship. Library and Information Science is a key sector that contributes to the development of open knowledge. Through this week, together we will investigate and analyze the following sub-themes; access, culture and scholarship. During this week, library staff and visitors will have the chance to engage into fruitful discussions and exchange of professional and personal experiences, which will broaden their perspective on issues related to Information Science, strengthen their skills and hopefully plant the roots for future collaboration on joint projects. You can find more information in the related Libguide.

To apply for the program, register here.

Find more about our past events in our Blog and Flicker.

We are really looking forward to welcoming international colleagues at our campus and share with them a productive and pleasant week!

UNEC Library Information Center Staff Visited Suna Kıraç Library

In November, Suna Kıraç Library hosted the Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) Library-Information Center delegation.

Azerbaijan State University of Economics, which was founded in 1930, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the Southern Caucasus. There are 10 faculties operating at UNEC with more than 18.000 students studying on 22 specialities.

The UNEC Library-Information Center team, who visited to get information about the services offered in our library, was informed about the Suna Kıraç Library.

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