Issue: 2023 - 2

We are deeply saddened by the recent massive earthquakes. May God bless the souls of those who lost their lives as we send our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones and may those injured have a speedy recovery. We also share the pain of those millions in the affected provinces, including our members of the Koç University Community.

With the decision of the University Academic Council, the Spring semester courses started on February 27th, 2023. Suna Kıraç Library will be open 7/24 as always. For branch libraries, please check the hours. The Zoom Zone can be used to attend the online courses. The Library team is accessible in many ways. You can use Library Trackit for your inquiries or email us at askalibrarian. You can request a virtual research consultancy. The electronic resources (e-books, e-databases and e-journals) are remotely accessible. Please note that the due dates for materials in your library accounts (My Account) are renewed as 31 May 2023.

We wish you a successful semester.

Library Research Analytics Service

Research analytics provide insight into the positioning of the research fields and identify important patterns and trends within the research domains. It introduces researchers and faculties to a collection of various bibliometric data sources such as Web of Science, Scopus and SciVal, providing analysis reports and visualization tools.

Library Research Analytics Service supports KU researchers and departments / colleges in accessing and interpreting publications, citations and collaboration data. You can learn more by visiting our Research Analytics Service Libguide and please contact responsible Librarians to get support via Library Trackit System.

Oxford Journals Online is Back!

We are happy to announce that after 1 year of interruption, Oxford Journals Online has been added to library database subscriptions for 2023.

The Oxford Journals Online contains 376 high-quality journals in various subjects such as Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences back in 1996. You can access this prestigious content from here or the databases page.

Another good news is that APC fees will not be charged from Koç University authors for the open-access articles that will be published in Oxford Journals Online. Details of the new Read &Publish agreement will be shared soon.

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

First Theme of the SKL Treasures Series in 2023: “Journey of Higher Education in the 100th Anniversary of Turkish Republic

Suna Kıraç Library Treasure Series continues unabated with its 8th theme. In this theme, which will continue in parallel with the “Illuminating The Future-Reconstruction of Higher Education in Early Years of Republic, 1923-1946” exhibition prepared by the Suna Kıraç Library team in collaboration with ANAMED, the visuals and documents in the Suna Kıraç Library archive will be seen. In addition, the events to be organized, blog posts and social media posts will reveal the history of higher education in the 100th Anniversary of the Republic.

The team includes Tuba Akbaytürk Çanak, Serhat Uran, İrem Ünal, Duygu Kevser Karadağ and Ertaç Nebioğlu.

Exhibition: Illuminating The Future-Reconstruction of Higher Education in Early Years of Republic, 1923-1946

Date: 13 February – 28 May 2023
Place: ANAMED Gallery, Beyoğlu

Exhibition Content: Tuba Akbaytürk Çanak, Burak Başaranlar, İrem Ünal, Nathalie Defne Gier

Exhibition Design: Naz Uğurlu

Suna Kıraç Library team prepared a new exhibition examining higher education within the scope of the 100th anniversary of the Republic, hosted by ANAMED. “Illuminating The Future-Reconstruction of Higher Education in Early Years of Republic, 1923-1946” exhibition focuses on the important developments that laid the foundations of the educational history of the Republic of Turkey.

The exhibition, prepared with valuable documents and visuals from the archives of many institutions and organizations, especially the Suna Kıraç Library archives, aims to show visitors the steps taken by young Turkey in the field of education. In parallel with this, it deals with concepts such as equality of opportunity, university autonomy, scientific approach, which form our understanding of education.

The exhibition brings together texts written by Dr. Burak Başaranlar, who works in the field of Turkish history, with documents and visuals that bear witness to the period.

SKL Podcast

At the Suna Kıraç Library "İstanbul'u Dinliyorum" Podcast, this month we hosted Aliye Erol in a discussion entitled "Antikçağ İstanbul'unda Festivaller".

In this talk, we talked about religious beliefs and cults in Byzantion and Chalcedon, which were founded by the Megarians from Hellas in the middle of the century, and various festivals, competitions and festivals held in Antiquity. We talked about the Bosporia, Antonineia and gymnasion agons in the city center of Byzantion, as well as the festivals organized in honor of Dionysos Kallon and Zeus Pratomysios in the countryside. We talked about the written remains of Dionysia and gymnasion (school) agons, especially Pythia, in Chalcedon, which has a strong Apollon cult.

You can listen to our podcast and access our other podcast episodes from the Suna Kıraç Library Spotify Account and Apple Podcast.

The Library Continues to Listen Student Projects

ASIU 118 Design Thinking Course

ASIU 118 Design Thinking course aims to help students to interpret the processes of ‘design’ according to their own discipline. Throughout the course, students first explore the user's perspective to reframe the given problem summary and then develop ideas that can help tackle the reframed problem. To come up with design ideas, the students follow one of the world’s biggest innovation company IDEO’s Design Thinking methodology. While exploring theoretical knowledge on the history of design and the emergence of design thinking, the students also actively develop and practice skills on how to innovate new ideas through understanding the human-centered approach.

This semester, in this course, students worked on developing design ideas to solve the overcrowdedness problem in the library during busy times. The students conducted interviews with different user groups, such as library staff, students, and library managers. After analyzing the results, they narrowed down the problem based on users’ perspectives. Consequently, they developed ideas that might help to overcome the main problem. The final presentation of this course was presented in the library seminar room with the library’s contribution.

HUMS 134: Why do we Write? The History of Writing

The Library hosted a flyer-brochure exhibition on the ground floor between January 10th and February 13, 2023.

The new themes of Koç University Libraries’ Treasures Series in 2023

The new themes of Koç University Libraries’ Treasures Series launched! The new themes entitled.

  • Journey of Higher Education in the 100th Anniversary of Turkish Republic” (from January to April),
  • The Sun of Anatolia: the Hittites” (from May to August),
  • Byzantine Studies in Post-Republican Turkey” (from September to December).

Themes of Koç University Libraries’ Treasures Series aimed to introduce the related resources such as archival materials and print collections at the Koç University Libraries to a wider audience through digital exhibitions, libguides, blog posts, podcasts and social media posts. Join us to explore the unknown aspects of our collection. Stay alert for up-coming news and remember to follow us on our social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter).

2023 Internship Program at SKL

Internships offer students the opportunity to apply what they have learned about their profession and to learn new information and skills. Suna Kıraç Library accepts applications for undergraduate students from The Information and Records Management Departments of different universities every year.

EBSCO Mobile App — Research Anytime, Anywhere

Free and available to all EBSCOhost users, the EBSCO Mobile app gives users ubiquitous access to the library’s content, surfacing search results across the library’s EBSCO subscriptions. The EBSCO Mobile app expands the reach of the library by making research quickly available via an easy-to-use interface to users wherever they might be.

  • Search quickly and make research progress
  • Stay organized with cross-device synchronization
  • Read or listen anytime, anywhere
  • Discover new content based on previous activity
  • Open a door into the library
  • No need to log in every time

For more, please click here.

You can Search Turkey’s 6 Major Academic Library’s Catalog Records from EndNote

A connection file allows EndNote users to search a database or a library catalog from within EndNote. The Suna Kıraç Library offers a connection file for searching our library catalog directly through Endnote. In addition to this you may also access Turkey’s 5 major academic library’s catalog records from within EndNote. You may download the connection files here.

Downloading and Installing Individual Connection Files.

  • Go to web page.
  • To download one of the connection files, you can use download links from the list on this page.
  • Double-click the connections file to open in EndNote.
  • In EndNote, click 'File Menu' and choose 'Save as'. Remove the word 'Copy' and click 'Save'.
  • Click on 'File Menu' and choose 'Close Connection'.

For more, please visit our EndNote LibGuide.

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