About elainefitzgerald

I work as an Information Assistant in the Subject & Enquiry team at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen.

ABDN will wait

As University of Aberdeen students are now spread far and wide, some of you may be missing your University city and region. VisitAberdeenshire have created a wonderful online project called #ABDNwillwait. Through the website you can explore some of the highlights of the region, from virtual castle tours to local recipes! Something to enjoy before you can return in person, or arrive for the first time in the Granite City.

One particular highlight is The Ballad of Blue, Granite and Green, winner of the Sound of the North-east competition. It was created by Benjamin McMillan, an Aberdeen Music graduate, and Paul Anderson, an honorary research fellow of the University’s Elphinstone Institute.

To listen to the full piece, please visit https://www.visitabdn.com/abdnwillwait/music.

You can find out more about the story behind the composition in this University news article and this newspaper article.

Our picture at the top of this post is of Dunnottar Castle, former home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland and inspiration for Disney’s Brave. University of Aberdeen graduate Gordon Cameron is a technical advisor at Pixar Animation Studios, who created the film.

Did you know…? – Off-campus access to OnePetro

OnePetro logo

In a previous post, we told you about accessing e-resources off-campus. In this post, we would like to draw your attention to OnePetro, an important database of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), who own the OnePetro database, have an authentication (login) system based on the IP address of the user’s PC. Signing in is very straightforward when users are on-campus using University networked PCs. However, it is a 2-step process when off-campus, as users are required to come into the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) first so that their personal device will look as if it is campus-based.

Please follow the guidance on the Remote Access section of Toolkit – select the Remote VDI link in the ‘Guides’ section. Once you have logged in to the VDI, navigate to ‘Library Resources’, and from there to Primo.

Library staff have created a very useful guide on accessing and using OnePetro.

Please note that via the VDI you can also access classroom software associated with your login details and your H: drive.

Susan McCourt, Elaine Fitzgerald, Lena Papadakou

Did you know…? – Returning books

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©Kenneth Moyle Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Worried about library books being due back?

We can reassure you that you don’t need to worry about returning your library books during the lockdown period.

Your books will be automatically renewed while the library buildings are closed.

So, holding on to your books for now will not incur fines or stop you from graduating.

Returning books would probably involve non-essential travel, which doesn’t comply with Scottish Government guidance.

We’ll get in touch via University email to update you once the situation changes.

If you have any questions, please contact library staff, who will be happy to help, or check out our website for the latest information on your Library services.

Book sale at The Sir Duncan Rice Library- starts February 10

The Library Service will soon be holding a sale of books that have been withdrawn from library stock. These are books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required.

The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week, from Monday February 10 until Sunday February 16.

From Monday 10/2 to Wednesday 12/2 inclusive, the sale will only be available to University of Aberdeen students and staff. Please show your University ID card at purchase.

The sale will not start until 9 a.m. each day and 11 a.m. on Sunday, once staff begin work at the Information Centre on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You will not be able to purchase any books before the above times.

The cost of the books will be:

  • Hardback – 50 pence
  • Paperback – 25 pence
  • Cash till only – no cards.

There will be books available from across a whole range of subjects, and at those prices it is certainly worth coming and having a look to see what bargains you may be able to get.

Did you know…? – Tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Did you know that we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next week? These will be for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

Library tours

From Monday the 16th of September until Friday the 20th of September, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

There will be more than one tour taking place at a time and they will last approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services and resources available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the year ahead. ​​

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know…? – Tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Did you know that we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next 2 weeks? These will be for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

From Monday the 9th of September until Friday the 20th of September, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

There will be more than one tour taking place at a time and they will last approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services and resources available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the year ahead. ​​

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

Welcome to the Library Service

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As the new academic year begins and the campuses fill with new and returning students, Library staff would like to wish everyone all the very best for the coming year at the University of Aberdeen.

Read on to learn (or remind yourself) of some of the ways in which the Library is here to help you.

Library Tours

Library tours

Following on from our already fully booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 2 and 3, we will be running additional short tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library starting on Wednesday September 4 and running until Friday September 20 for all students, new and old.

Come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm, there is no need to book. There will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

Locating Library Resources

You can search Primo, to find out what materials the Library has on the shelves and online. Primo is the first place to begin any searching you may be doing for books, ebooks, journal articles or any of the other high-quality resources available to you. Also, be sure to check out our Primo Library Guide, as well as our short videos on using Primo

Getting help in our libraries 

Library staff are here to help you locate the materials you need or answer any questions you may have about our service.

Staff are available Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00, in each of our three libraries to help in person. There is a reduced service at all three sites outwith these hours, but staff are still available to help.

For general enquiries within The Sir Duncan Rice Library about our services please speak with staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1.

For more subject-specific assistance in The Sir Duncan Rice Library you will find staff with knowledge of the collections on Floors 4-6. They will either be based at the clearly marked Information Points, or they will be available to help in the Enquiry Offices which are located right beside them. More details on staff help available here.

The Taylor Library and the Medical Library also have very knowledgeable staff happy to field any enquiries you may have about their collections. Please come and speak to them.

We are here to help you find the library materials you need throughout your time here at the University of Aberdeen and are ready and waiting for your questions. And don’t ever be embarrassed to ask us a question because you think it might be a silly question. There are no silly questions, only questions, and we love to hear them all.

Remember to visit our website, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as keep up to date with any Library news on this blog.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know…? – The Teaching Resource Collection

TRC Roald Dahl

Did you know about the Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) on Floor 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library? The collection contains resources for our Education students to use for preparation and whilst on teaching placements.

There is a wide selection of resources including children’s books, school textbooks, kits, posters, big books and DVDs. Favourites, among many others, include the Gruffalo storysack, the Magnetism compendium kit and books by Roald Dahl.

Group discussion is allowed in this room and there are 3 small group tables. No need to book!

If you would like any help using the TRC, please ask Floor 6 staff (currently Jenna, Elaine and our Information Consultant for Education, Claire Molloy).

For further information on finding teaching resources, check out our guide: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/ugedu005.pdf.

For more useful library tips, keep an eye out for our Did You Know…? blog posts next week.

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know about the Library’s collection of past exam papers?

With just a week until the start of the resit exam period, we would like to help you prepare for your exams by reminding you about the Library’s large online collection of past exam papers.

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You can search for past papers on Primo [http://primo.abdn.ac.uk/] or directly via DigiTool [https://digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R?RN=744382543], our digital materials database. As access to papers is restricted to University of Aberdeen members, you will be asked for your computer username and password. There are over 3,000 past exam papers in Word or PDF format covering undergraduate and postgraduate courses from across the University.
We do not have every past exam paper available, so if you cannot find an exam paper for a particular course, check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide copies of past exams.
For information on how to locate past papers in Primo, see the relevant library guide: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs007.pdf
A further guide to using DigiTool is available here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs006.pdf
Don’t forget that library staff are always happy to help you locate any resources you may need in preparation for your exams. Please ask a member of staff if you need help!

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know…? – Using the different bins correctly

green recycling symbol

Did you know that most takeaway coffee cups (including the ones from University catering outlets) are not currently recycled? However the plastic lid and card sleeve can be recycled.

The University currently recycles 65% of its waste and is well on the way to achieving the target of 70% recycled by 2025 that was set by the Scottish Government as part of the Zero Waste Scotland Plan.

The things which can be recycled in the green mixed recycling bins include: plastic bottles and tubs, metal cans and foil trays, non-confidential paper and thin card. Here’s a handy poster showing what can and can’t be recycled- https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/images/layout/DMR_Recycle_Here(2).pdf.

Important- contaminating recycling with food or liquids can lead to whole loads being thrown away! Please rinse food and drink containers to avoid this.

We have special grey bins for confidential paper waste, which can be found next to the MFDs in the library.

Most other waste goes in the black/white general waste bins. The only thing to avoid here is hazardous waste. This includes electrical items, batteries, chemicals and clinical waste.

Of course, best practice is to cut down on your waste as much as possible to start with.

Thanks for being responsible citizens! 😊

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk