Institution of Mechanical Engineers Library loaded

We are pleased to announce that the holdings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers library have been added to Copac.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1847 and the library collection has evolved throughout the Institution’s life. One of the best mechanical engineering collections in the world, the library holds many rare and specialist resources, including an extensive historical journal collection, and a specialist standards collection which includes many hard to find American standards.

The collection covers the industry areas of : railway, process engineering, automotive, aerospace, medical engineering, building services, waste management, power systems, pressure systems and manufacturing. Core subject areas include: machine mechanics, machine design, mechanisms, kinematics, fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, combustion, power drives, materials, renewable energy, product design, machine tools, project management and finite element analysis. The archive includes collections of personal papers from important engineers and engineering companies.

To browse, or limit your search to, the holdings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers library, go to the main search tab on and choose ‘Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ from the drop-down list of libraries.

Copac trial interface – have your say on the future of Copac!

We are developing a new style of Copac interface with greater search flexibility, new functionality, and clearer displays. Following initial user testing we’re now opening up the trial interface for further comment. We’re making the early draft interface available for a week from 12.00 noon 23rd May to 12.00 noon 30th May. This is your opportunity to try out the new interface, and let us know what you think!

Access the Copac Alpha trial interface.

Please note: The interface is very pared down, and there is no colour scheme. Some elements are just placeholders for planned options. The interface is designed to work in the latest browsers – you might experience issues with display/functionality in older browsers, such as IE 6 and 7.

We’d really appreciate your input into this work. There are feedback options on the screens and all comments will feed into the ongoing development process. You can also email with your feedback.

There will be further opportunities to comment on the interface redevelopment as the work continues. This is part of the complete redevelopment of the Copac service and additional interface facilities will become available at later stages on the work.

Getting Excited about Collection Management

The Copac Collections Management Tools Project is a collaboration between Mimas, RLUK, and the White Rose Consortium.

A number of partners have been working through and with us here  at Mimas  on a  JISC funded  Collection Management project, which is part of the broader Resource Discovery Taskforce activity

Since we have all been working on this slightly under the radar, and recognising the need to share more about this project and what’s going on, we’re planning series of blog posts to update the community on the progress and lessons learned through the partnetship.  The following update is from Julia Chruszcz, who is project managing this piece of work:

Just two months into the JISC funded Copac Collection Management Project the progress has been significant. At a meeting of the project partners on the 6th May each of the representatives from the White Rose Consortium (WRC) universities (Leeds, York and Sheffield) articulated the potential significance of this tool on their decision making processes around monograph retention and disposal and collection development. This included notions of collaborative collection development and how such a Collection Management Tool could facilitate regional and national approaches, each influencing local decisions for libraries.

The WRC has undertaken the early testing of the web-based tool in an approach that the project has adopted to inform development and iteratively assess the tool.  The idea is to build up a full specification over the life of the project of what will be required to take such a tool forward to introduce into library workflows. The next stage, between now and the beginning of July will be to further develop the batch and web technical interfaces based upon the WRC feedback and for this development to undergo further critical testing. The project is due to provide an interim report at the end of June with full report to the JISC at the end July.

The enthusiasm from all the project partners, JISC, Mimas, RLUK and WRC, stems from the realisation that we have the potential to produce a tool that will make a real difference to helping libraries make informed decisions particularly at a time of financial constraint, and assist in furthering the possibility of a national monographs collection, protecting access for researchers at the same time as facilitating local decisions that will save money and resource longer term. And all this by intelligent re-use and application of an existing extensive database, a resource invested in by RLUK and the JISC over many years, the Copac database.

If this is something you are interested in we’d really like to hear your view point and perspective.

University of York Library loaded

We are pleased to announce that the holdings of the University of York Library have been added to Copac.

The University of York Library is rich in resources.The collections include over 1.2 million volumes, and access to over 60,000 print and electronic journals, along with research and special collections. The collections are housed over three libraries:

The JB Morrell Library is the main University library located on the Heslington West campus. It houses collections to support learning, teaching and research in all subject areas.

Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research, also located on the Heslington West campus, holds special collections. Highlights include: an extensive collection of books and prints on Yorkshire; over 1000 books relating to the Heath family of 18th century engravers and a large collection of medical books dating from the 16th century. All the material in this library is for reference use only.

The King’s Manor Library is part of the city centre campus at the University of York. It houses collections relating to: architecture; building planning; conservation of historic architecture; gardening & landscape design; heritage management; history of architecture & building; stained glass and town planning. It also has smaller collections on the medieval period, archaeology and the “long” eighteenth century.

To browse, or limit your search to, the holdings of the University of York library, go to the main search tab on and choose ‘York University’ from the drop-down list of libraries.