We have been informed that some databases on the ProQuest platform will be unavailable for approximately 10 hours, beginning Sunday25 July at 03:00 a.m. This time will be used to perform important maintenance of the ProQuest infrastructure.
All Library sites will beclosed for the public holiday on Monday 12 July. Libraries will open again on Tuesday 13 July. Full details of opening hours for all libraries are available at https://bit.ly/2Vdhmjl
The hand-in date for your dissertation is likely to be looming. If you need a refresher on how to find papers on your dissertation topic or on accessing e-resources, or have any queries on referencing then come along to one of our Question & Answer sessions next week. In the meantime, you may find materials in our Refresher series of interest. The recordings in our Refresher series present techniques, tips and resources to help you find scholarly information and reliable support materials. The issues of plagiarism, referencing, planning a dissertation and writing a Literature Review are also covered.
The sessions will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week (7, 8 & 9 June) and are open to all PGT students regardless of whether or not you have listened to the recordings or have received previous instruction.
The sessions will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, please visit abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking – just change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.
With our current Elsevier contract due to end in December 2021, the University is working with partners across the UK to negotiate a new multiyear agreement for access to Elsevier ScienceDirect which also includes open publishing.
To achieve an affordable and sustainable deal which aligns with Aberdeen 2040 and our commitment to open research and inclusivity, we need to take a clear and firm stance ensuring that our needs are properly reflected.
We are now gathering information in support of planning and analysis to inform an institutional response to negotiations. Simon Bains, University Librarian, is very happy to hear views and questions from researchers at all levels and also invites interest in joining a consultative group to respond to developments in the negotiations and assist in communicating updates across the University. See his recent invitation in the Staff Newsletter.
Watch a short video on Open Access agreements: Jisc and Elsevier negotiations:
An unexpected loss of power within our data centre on campus means many of our IT-services will not operate as expected, or potentially at all. The University website, library journals and MyAberdeen are just some of the services that will be affected. Cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams should be unaffected. The process to restart the power centre is already under way but this is extensive and could take up to five hours to complete.
We are pleased to announce that from Monday 26 April, as Scotland moves to Level 3 restrictions, we will be extending opening hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Medical Library (Foresterhill campus). Also, the Taylor Library will be reopening.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor and Medical libraries will all be open for our students and staff:
Saturday & Sunday13:00-17:00
Wolfson Reading Room to re-open
From 26 April we will also be able to offer research access, on an appointment only basis, to University of Aberdeen staff and students. For more details, please see https://bit.ly/2QNtHs4.
As of Monday 26 April the Hardback Café in The Sir Duncan Rice Library will also be open Monday-Thursday 10:30-19:00 and Friday 10:30-17:00.
Service changes will also see an increase in seating capacity at all library sites. Access to bookshelves will also be restored. Please note that Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will continue to be kept free of study spaces. Study spaces will be available from floors 2 through to 7.
All Covid safety rules remain in place, including the wearing of face coverings at all times and a restricted number of study spaces.
If you do visit our libraries, please be aware that all the rules we put in place in 2020 still apply. These measures exist to ensure that we are keeping both you and our staff safe. Support us by taking time to read them and please observe the rules without requiring Library staff to remind you.
The Scholarly Communications team are pleased to announce that we have added Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press to our publisher open access agreements. Corresponding authors at the University of Aberdeen can publish research and review articles open access in participating journals at no cost. Please see our webpages or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Issues or difficulties when looking for material to support your research? If the answer is yes, come along to one of ouronline Q&A sessions starting this week. You will be able to ask us any questions you may have and we’ll do our best to answer them. All levels of student are welcome.
The sessions will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, please visit: abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.