Issue: 2022 - 9

Summer vacations have come to an end for the entire Koç University community.

September has always been the representative month for a fresh start in the academic world, with the beginning of the academic year. Welcome to Fall semester 2022! In this issue you can find information about new events and services like Library Kiosks. You can also find details about the Library Student Ambassadors Program.

We look forward to seeing all new and returning students in the Library. We provide the resources, the support and the study spaces you need.

It is Now Much Easier to Explore the Library with Library Kiosks!

When you visit the library building, you can easily access many information such as the “Library Plan”, “Catalog Search”, “Instructions & Event Calendar” and even “Room Booking” by using the Library Kiosks located on both wings at the entrance. If you need a scanner or printer and don't know where they are in the building, kiosks are just for you.

If you have any comments or suggestions about Library Kiosks, do not forget to send them to us via Library Trackit.

Join Our Student Ambassadors Team!

Suna Kıraç Library Student Ambassadors Program was launched in 2016 and is a great opportunity to work within a “professional” framework and therefore, gain valuable experience in team work. You also have opportunity to improve your communication, organizational skills and gain experience in social media marketing and event planning consider becoming a Library Student Ambassador!

Applications for the new semester has just begun!! Students who are interested in the Student Ambassador Program, please send your CV to Naz Özkan (

Visit our web page for complete details. The application deadline for Fall 2022 is Oct 20, 2022.

Library’s Search Engine inKUire Changed

The Suna Kıraç Library is delighted to introduce the new inKUire search engine powered by Summon. As you may already know, inKuire provides a Google-like search experience, allowing you to search for articles, books, ebooks, manuscripts, images, videos, and much more through a single, easy-to-use interface. With Summon, inKUire will be transformed into a new search engine where you can experience a faster, smoother, and more relevant search. We believe the new inKUire will be a great place to start your research.

You can visit our Libguide and watch the video tutorial to learn more about using inKUire.

Treasure Gallery Series – 6: Numismatics: Journey of Coins Through the Ages

"Numismatics: Journey of Coins Through the Ages" theme continued with podcasts in August.

Assoc. Dr. Aliye Erol talked about the characteristics of the coins minted in the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods on the coast of Asia Minor, the political structure of the city-states that minted these coins, the animal figures frequently seen on the coins, the architectural elements and the products identified with the cities and depicted on the coins.

We talked with Dr. İnci Türkoğlu about the vine, one of the earliest known plants, thought to have been domesticated in a region between the Northwest Zagros Mountains and Transcaucasia, and the fruit of this wild plant, namely the grape.

We were guests of the Roman colony cities established in Anatolia with Dr. Hüseyin Köker. We talked about the different types of coins minted in these cities, the coins found in the Pisidia Region and the typologies encountered in these coins. You can listen to all podcasts of the theme on Spotify.

You can also follow us on our social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter) and visit our Libguide to learn more details on our new theme. Coins have stories to tell us... Are you ready to discover their stories?

Virtual Book Club

“We all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat’. Fyodor Dostoevsky

This month’s book is The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol. The Overcoat is the best-known and most influential short fiction in all Russian literature. Gogol’s Dead Souls and “The Overcoat” are considered the foundation of 19th-century Russian realism.

If you are wondering about the life of bureaucrat in one of the departments of the Russian government in St. Petersburg Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin and you would like to share your experience from reading it, join us at SKL First Floor Meeting Room or with zoom on September 22, at 12:30.

For more details about the event click here. To find check the upcoming events check our Books List for 2022.

SKL Podcast

At the Suna Kıraç Library “İstanbul'u Dinliyorum” Podcast, this month we hosted Ceren Gülser İlikan Rasimoğlu in a discussion entitled “Filles de la Charité Rahibeleri ve Geç Osmanlı İstanbul'unda Sağlık”. We listened to the story of the nuns of Filles de la Charité, who came to Istanbul in 1839 and started to leave Istanbul with the First World War, and who opened many institutions in Istanbul to serve in the field of health. We talked about the relations of the nuns working in Pera and Galata regions, who looked after patients in health institutions and especially in cases of epidemic and war, with health professionals and patients in Istanbul during the Tanzimat period, and their work in hospitals, in addition to Ottoman physicians in Istanbul in the 19th century. We also mentioned about how the changing and developing Ottoman-French relations in the 19th century, which affected nuns’ lives and works in İstanbul.

You may listen to our podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcast and the adventures of Filles de la Charité nuns, who bring the French air to Galata and Pera hospitals and streets, heal the residents of the city, and try to solve the problems of the people of Istanbul. You may listen to our podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcast.

ANAMED Library Talks

ANAMED Library talks organized by the ANAMED Library continues in September with Fotini Kondyli and Benjamin Anderson. The talk is entitled The Byzantine Neighbourhood: Urban Space and Political Action. This month's talk will be in English and will take place online. To register click here.

ANAMED Library Podcast

In this month’s ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest our guest was Prof. Dr. Cengiz Kırlı. In this podcast, we discussed the foundation of the Boğaziçi University Archives and Documentation Center, the accomplished collections and projects, and the issue of institutional continuity. Please click here to listen to this valuable discussion.

Successful Grant Application

Koç University Library’s application for the "Endangered Archives Programme" funded by the British Library has been accepted. This cooperation with the British Library will contribute to the acceleration of the works of the VEKAM Ankara State Conservatory (Musiki Teachers School) collection. This fund, which supports the restoration and digitization of the materials in the collection, will also contribute to the international visibility of the collection. You can review the details from the project page.

The Library is pursuing the active search for other funding opportunities.

Open Research Europe is Accepted for Indexation in Scopus!

Open Research Europe is an innovative open access, post-publication peer reviewed platform dedicated to research and scholarship stemming from Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe funding. Launched by the European Commission, it is advised by a leading international Scientific Advisory Board. In 2021 it was awarded the DOAJ Seal reflecting best practices in open access publishing. Currently, all content is indexed in Google Scholar, syndicated in Zenodo once passing peer review, and will soon be sent to Inspec too.

Open Research Europe has been accepted for indexing in Scopus now. Over the coming months, all articles that have passed peer review on Open Research Europe will be included in Scopus, and readers will be able to see Platform’s information page in Scopus within the month. The inclusion of Open Research Europe in Scopus will significantly increase the reach and visibility of work published on the Platform.

Scopus is the number one abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed journals which contains more than 70 million items like scientific articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, lecture notes, and books. You can access Scopus via Suna Kıraç Library’s database page by entering your Koç University credentials.

How to Stop Website Tracking by URLs

David Nield writes: “As you might well know, websites can track you in various ways. It’s the reason why a single search for furniture can lead to months and months of online ads for chairs, tables, and shelving units. What you might not know is that third parties can track you using the address or URL of the website you’re visiting: those bits of extra seemingly random numbers and characters attached to otherwise simple addresses. But as with other various types of trackers, there are ways of blocking URL-based ones and protecting your privacy online.” Click here to read more.

5 Google Drive Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed

Jack Wallen writes: “I depend on Google Drive. I use it every day and am in and out of it from morning till night. Because I spend so much time working within the cloud storage system, I've come up with a few tricks for making my experience more effective and efficient. Before I get to these helpful tips, know that these aren’t about the individual apps within Google Drive, but Drive itself and getting the most out of the platform. If you want to improve your daily Drive work, you’re in the right place.”

Click here to read more.

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