HEC Paris library renovation starts on May 30

HEC library is in need of an update and as from May 30th, workers will begin the process of bringing a more modern and efficient interior space to the library. During that period, a temporary library will be open in I Building.

The library facelift aims to transform the spaces to create new collaborative facilities for students and faculty. The academic commons will continue to have different forms of print but patrons will also have access to more study rooms and meeting spaces. We won’t eliminate spots for quiet, individual study, but the renovated spaces will include more opportunities for working on group projects.

We’ll have new layout of books, walls and doorways will be removed or added to create new rooms, all public areas of the library will be painted, a new carpet installed and the lighting system will be retrofitted with energy-efficient fixtures. The desk will have a new look and feel and will be the single point for user interaction. Besides, a new “Lounge” area across the desk will host magazines, newspapers, video collections as well as tablets and iPads.

Most of the spaces will be flexible for learning and teaching spaces. They will be equipped with technological features (monitors, videoconference equipments…) and furniture that supports and reflects different learning and teaching styles, as well as blended learning and self-learning.

The plan is to renovate the entire interior of the library and the new layout will make the library much more accessible with brand new furniture, great fabrics and colors. We believe students will be very impressed upon seeing the results of the renovation. It will give the library a modern and fresh look and hopefully, patrons will want to go in, study, read and do projects.

During the works period, a Temporary Library will be open in Building I (see map below), where librarians will provide research assistance, textbooks loan and access to financial databases.

Capture d’écran 2016-05-21 à 11.32.30From 6th June to 29th July and from 16th August to 19th September:

Temporary Library in Building I, open from 9am to 6pm.

To get some assistance outside of these hours, you can email us: biblio@hec.fr or chat on our website: http://www.hec.edu/Library

Books will be to return to Building I. Access to books will be limited there, so try to pick up what you need by 28th May!

More study rooms, more open spaces, more space to relax…

Capture d’écran 2016-03-02 à 13.13.11Survey after survey, HEC Paris students revealed they wanted more study places, more working rooms, and also nice and relaxing spaces in the library.

No less than 6 study rooms were included in the first version of the plan of our architect. They have been designed so that students can work in groups without disturbing others. They accommodate different sizes of group, from small 2-person rooms to medium rooms suitable for 4 people and a large one for up to 20 people. Each room will have a whiteboard and/or wall monitor for shared viewing, electrical outlets, tables and chairs, and wireless access.

All of the 200 study desks will enable students to plug in their laptop and the library will still provide access to 15 PC and 6 Mac. We also plan to lend laptops in addition to iPads and tablets.

Silent study spaces remain one of our main concerns, according to the wishes of students. They will consist of study desks where students can read and/or plug in a laptop and soft-seating areas where students may work informally or relax.

One more good news… the restrooms will be rebuilt!



Circulons !

Plan1Premières réflexions de l’architecte sur la rénovation des espaces de la bibliothèque. De nombreux paramètres sont pris en compte, pour notre plus grande satisfaction et celles des étudiants qui se sont exprimés dans notre enquête : zones de travail silencieux, zones de convivialité, espaces de travail en groupes…

Les premiers dessins font apparaitre les circulations principales, les “filtres” entre les espaces silencieux et moins silencieux, les arrivées électriques et les câblages…

Toute la réflexion est centrée sur les attentes et l’expérience des utilisateurs-lecteurs. N’hésitez pas à prendre contact avec nous pour vous joindre à la conversation…


Opération désherbage avant travaux

L’opération de rénovation de la bibliothèque nécessite de faire de la place ! Des milliers de livres vont être stockés dans les archives de la bibliothèque au sous-sol et seront désormais disponibles sur demande.

Par ailleurs, de nombreux livres, qui n’étaient pas catalogués dans notre catalogue Flora sont actuellement “désherbés”. La plupart sont disponibles via le Sudoc et dans de grandes bibliothèques parisiennes.

Venez en découvrir une sélection, renouvelée chaque jour, dans le corner “Cabinet de curiosités” spécialement aménagé dans la salle de gestion de la bibliothèque.

Surprenant, parfois déroutant ou inspirant… mais toujours intéressant !


Your expectations

We recently asked you to express yourself on your expectations for a renovated library. Thank you for having answered our quick survey.

No. of responses: 206

When you come to the library, you tend to work…

Independently: 75%
Alone, with friends around: 15%
A mixture of these: 10%

The study environment you prefer to work in…

Silent with no distraction: 66%
In a group room: 42%
Quiet with some background noise: 33%
In a “Library Café”: 29%

Your top 3 priorities for the library renovation…

Individual spaces
Group study/working rooms
Plugs and sockets

You suggest:

Whiteboards, cosy furniture, coffee machines, better air circulation, better lighting indoor, more computers, bigger tables, comfortable reading chairs.

All your valuable input are now part of the project. Thanks to everyone!



Renovating the library in 2016


Later this year, the library will kick off a renovation project and transform many areas of the library into brand new spaces that support the technology and the activity you asked for.

This site will be a useful tool to get updates of what’s happening, from the project to the preliminary renderings. You will be able to share your comments on every step of the project (see also the result of the kick off survey).

Here is the timeline of the project, anticipated as of 01/18/2016:

  • Beginning of design work: February 2016
  • Schematic design complete: March 2016
  • Design development complete: April 2016
  • Contract documents completed: May 2016
  • Works: June to September 2016


Horizon 2020 and Open Access

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Here is a three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics:

Open access to scientific peer reviewed publications has been anchored as an underlying principle in the Horizon 2020 and is explained in the Regulation and the Rules of Participation as well as through the relevant provisions in the grant agreement (see Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement, October 2015 with information about open access on the pages 216-219).

A new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot.

Ask the library to know more about the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.

Why you should manage your research data

JISC is publishing a new guide: “How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers.An introduction to engaging with research data management processes.”
JISC is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.
This guide provides an introduction to engaging with research data management processes and is dedicated to researchers and research data management support staff.

As for JISC, most of the activities involved are: naming files so you can find them quickly; keeping track of different versions, and deleting those not needed; backing up valuable data and controlling who has access to your data.

Research data life diagram_v4.ai

Apart from this very interesting and useful guide, JISC recommends the following training programmes available online, mostly originating from Jisc funding:

  • Mantra – a free online course designed for researchers or others who manage digital data as part of a research project
  • TraD – includes a blended learning course for those in (or expecting to be in) research data management support roles
  • RDMRose – an open educational resource for information professionals on research data management

How do scholars share articles?

Sharing of scholarly articles is widespread and increasing. The Beyond Downloads project (Elsevier) looks at scholars’ sharing behavior and what download counts are missing to better measure the reach —and impact — of a library’s resources.
This is an example of the answer to the question:
Find out more responses from 1,000 faculty members, researchers and PhD/master’s students.

New feature on SSRN

scientistSSRN is releasing author photo and CV on Author Pages
As an author, you can now upload a photo or CV to your page by either:
– clicking Edit my Personal Information on your SSRN Author Page (if you are signed in or have a cookie stored on your computer) and scrolling to the bottom of the page
– signing in to hq.ssrn.com, clicking the Personal Info link on the left menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
This feature could make it easier for our authors to connect, communicate and collaborate.
The library will be happy to help you on this feature and all other issues regarding SSRN: submitting, copyright, ranking…
Access the HEC Paper Research Series on SSRN