Issue: 2020 - 11

We have already left the first month of the Fall Semester behind. As all classes have been conducting via remote online instruction, the Library is trying its best to support KU Community’s learning and teaching needs by any means necessary. Although Covid-19 pandemic has posed several challenges for everyone of us, the virtual world has given some options to overcome these challenges. “E-reserves” and “Scan & Deliver” are only the two examples from our recent attempts. Increasing number of inquiries proves that we are on the right way. And, we look forward to receiving your feedback too.

November marks the commemoration of the 82st Anniversary of the passing away of Atatürk, the founder of our Republic. As we remember Atatürk and his accomplishments, we would like to remind you that we hold a rich collection on his life and his work. Once we re-open, you may definitely want to browse these shelves.

“Our true mentor in life is science.”
― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

SKL Virtual Book Club

SKL Virtual Book Club

Our successful book club continues this semester in a virtual format, following the current trends.

You have already participated in our call and you provided us with many books suggestions. We concluded on 6 books for the semester based on your answers.

Come join us in the 1st virtual book club, with The Plague, from Albert Camus. You can read the book in English or in Turkish and come share your opinion on Thursday, November 05 at 16:00pm.

Chat Box

Chat Box

Need a fast answer to a question? Just enter your question in the chat-box to get started! Our embedded chat box offers a pop-out option, so the library users can open the chat in a separate window while browsing through our resources. A librarian connects instantly to provide the necessary answers to your questions. Just ask!

Library Trainings

Library Trainings

There was an intense interest and participation from our users in the "Library Researcher Development Webinar Series" that we turned online at the beginning of the pandemic process. With the courage we got from here, we planned new sessions as of October 12 with a richer content variety. In addition to regular webinar subjects like reference management tools, Qualtrics, bibliometrics, researcher IDs, Open Access, we added more dicipline based instructions to this semester’s program. Some of the new titles are Data Management Planning for Social Scientists: Writing a DMP, Emerging trends and research performance: Scival, Literature Review in Engineering, Bibliometric databases Scopus, Web of Science for Art and Humanities, Social Sciences, Journal metrics: Journal Citation Reports and CiteScore for Sciences, Systematic Review in Psychology and many more.

Webinars are organized in Zoom, and registration is necessary. Please follow our e-mail announcements or check the Library Instructions and Events Calendar.

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Data Management

“Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook” has been Translated in Turkish with the Support of Suna Kıraç Library!

Data management has an extremely important place in the open science ecosystem. Suna Kıraç Library develops a range of research data management services such as RDM Guidelines, support for the preparation of data management plans, training series, libguides and KU research data repository (KU-RDR) for our researchers. The Library is also a member of the sub-working Group of Turkey Research Data and Open Data initiative operating under the Higher Education Council (YÖK). This Open Access book emerged as a project of the group.

The purpose of translating the “Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook”, which is one of the newest sources on data management written by the members of Research Data Alliance (RDA), is to explain the management of research data, as well as the communication and interaction with researchers from all over the world through case studies to the people responsible for Research Data Management (RDM) in institutions. In this way, it helps them to initiate the cultural change necessary for better data management. This book will also fill an important deficiency in the Turkish literature in this field and will serve as a basis for further research.

Access the Turkish version!

Open Access (OA) Week 2020

Open Access (OA) Week 2020 – Our Contribution to the Week, with a Webinar

The Library organized a webinar, moderated by Kamil Yeşiltaş, titled "Research Data Management in the Triangle of the Researcher, the Project Office and the Library" as part of the OA week, 19-25 October 2020. Yasemin Türkyılmaz van der Velden, who was an invited speaker from the Library of the Delft Technology University made a presentation about "Reproducibility of Research Results". Emrah Göker and Mukadder Ezel Yılmaz from the Project Office of Koç University participated with presentations titled “Preparing Open Access and Open Science Topics in European Projects” and “Open Access and Open Data processes in European Union Projects”. Librarians, Ersan Dur and Çiğdem Yıldırım talked about “The Importance of Open Access and Institutional Archives During the Pandemic Period” and “Research Data Management Studies at Suna Kıraç Library” in their presentations.

You can watch the webinar’s video in our Youtube channel.

OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit

OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit

We recently celebrated the International Open Access week with a big event. There are several initiatives around the academic world to better support researchers in the publishing process and in Open Access and Open Science matters. The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit is a free-to-access, stakeholder-agnostic resource that aims to help authors better understand OA for books, increase trust in OA book publishing, provide reliable and easy-to-find answers to questions from authors, and to provide guidance on the process of publishing an OA book.

Initiative for Open Abstracts

Initiative for Open Abstracts

The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, infrastructure organizations, librarians, researchers and other interested parties to advocate and promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of the world's scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters, in trusted repositories where they are open and machine-accessible.

Unrestricted availability of abstracts boosts the discovery of research and brings numerous benefits to researchers. If you are a scholar embarking in the publishing process, read more about it and learn how Open Abstracts help scholarly publishers to maximise the visibility and reach of their journals and books.


Keep Safe and be Entertained with PressReader

During the global COVID-19 pandemic days, one of the best things to do, while staying at home, is reading books, newspapers and magazines. The easy way to read 7000 of the world’s top newspapers, magazines, and comics is Pressreader. PressReader is a digital newspaper distribution and technology company. You can get access to a wide selection of the world's best premium newspapers and magazines in your home by using a VPN connection. You can find the PressReader in the SKL Databases webpage.

Discover the signature@home, Vogue, Forbes, Boomberg Businessweek, The Week, Taste at Home and global newspapers, magazines, and new stories in 70 languages from more than 120 countries.

ANAMED Library Podcast

ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest – November Podcasts

ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest - Episode 9 The October guest of our "ANAMED Library: Burada Konuşmak Serbest" library related podcast was Yaşar Kaya, the manager of the Yapı Kredi Research Library and Archive. With him we talked about the past, present and future of the Yapı Kredi Research Library, its identity and operations, the current situation and the future plans. You can find the podcast in Spotify. Enjoy!


ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest - Episode 9 The October guest of our “ANAMED Library: Burada Konuşmak Serbest” archives related podcast was the founding member of the Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation, researcher and writer Aslı Davaz. In this podcast titled “The Women's Library and Information Centre Foundation Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary: Archiving in Turkey Today and Tomorrow- Women in the Archives Symposium” we discussed the symposium which will be held on 10-11 April 2021, the themes of the symposium, and the concepts such as women centered archiving and gender and archiving. To learn more about the symposium and the current discussions in the archive field listen to this podcast!

Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff: Technical Department

Canan Ergün – Web Services Coordinator

Canan Ergün Hello,

I'm Canan. I have been working at the library since April 1996. Many years, I know! I have been dealing with the library system and web services for a long time after gaining experience in different departments of the library.

The library automation system, the digital resources management system, all library request forms, managing the library and digital resources websites are some of my responsibilities. In addition, the planning of all digital operations, related issues with technical hardware and software owned by the library are among my responsibilities.

I love my job. We, librarians, try to make the best connection between you and information. I wish you would use the library more, which, after all, is the center of knowledge and research.

You can contact me at:


Serhat Uran – Systems Support Librarian

Serhat Uran Hello all,

My name is Serhat. I graduated from the department of Information and Records Management of the Istanbul University in 2017. I am currently studying for my master’s degree at the same university. I’ve been working as the ‘systems support librarian’ at Suna Kıraç Library since 2017. I love my job and I want to be a life-long learner in the librarianship field. Also, history and literature are my interests. I like to read in these areas.

As a Systems Support Librarian my responsibilities required in the technical services as well as the user services are as follows:

  • Cataloging technological devices and on a regular basis checking them for their maintenance needs and making them ready to be borrowed by the users.
  • Gathering Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly based library automation systems usage statistics
  • Provide support to the inventory control in the main as well as in the branch libraries, creating lists for the colleagues who control the collection.
  • Cover desk duties for the circulation and user services.
You can always contact me at

Virtual Study Space – New Service!

Virtual Study Space – New Service!

We have a little something preparing for you…we won’t reveal more now but stay tuned for the news! You might be able to study again at the Library.😉

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