Library service update

View of The Sir Duncan Rice Library from Elphinstone Road

We’ve made some important changes in response to new Covid-19 restrictions in mainland Scotland. Please take some time to review the changes before you visit.

  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will be open 10:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday from Monday 11 January. The Medical and Taylor libraries will open at a later date when it is safe to do so.
  • There will be access to a limited number of study spaces in TSDRL however we ask that you use these spaces only if you have no other suitable study space available to you.
  • Books are only available on our Click and Collect Service and cannot be accessed freely on the shelves. (This is a Scottish Government requirement)
Please wear your face covering at all times. Please display your lanyard or show your exemption card if you are unable to wear a face covering.

We recognise the enormous value of the Library to our students and are working extremely hard to offer you Library services during this challenging time. Please help us by taking care to understand the rules and only visiting in person if you have an essential need. Please check the updated FAQ later on Monday 11 January, and email library@abdn.ac.uk if you cannot find answers to your questions.

If you have queries or comments specifically about our COVID-19 measures, please get in touch with coronavirus@abdn.ac.uk.

Leaving early for Christmas?Return your books before you go!

Library loans can be requested by other users up to and including Friday 11 December, so remember to return your books if you’re going away and will not be able to access them. Make sure you check your e-mail to avoid starting the New Year with fines! 

Please also remember that returned items go into quarantine for 72 hrs before you can collect them. Our libraries will close at 17:00 on Friday 18 December 2020 and will open at 09:00 on Wednesday 6 January 2021.

Recalls will be suspended for the Christmas Vacation period.

Please contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk with any questions you may have.

Returning Books and Planning for the Restart of Library Services

Library books can now be returned by using the external book drop slot at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, following the move to Phase 2 of the Scottish route map. Please use this facility for any of your University Library books, irrespective of which of our Library sites you borrowed the book from.

You will need a current student, or staff, ID card to use the book drop slot. If you have any difficulties in using this facility, please contact Library staff on libnotice@abdn.ac.uk.

Also, the Library is now in the process of planning how we can begin to restart some services for our students and the wider academic community. Details on this planning are available on our website.

Comet SWAN

 

Comet SWAN

Many thanks to Gerald Rehmann for picture of SWAN.

Comet-hunters and stargazers alike have had plenty to talk about this month. The brightest newcomer Comet SWAN has a tail of at least 18 million km long and was discovered by amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo from Australia. But he was not looking up at the time – Comet SWAN was spotted online, by studying images from the Solar Wind ANisotropies (SWAN) instrument aboard SOHO, ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

Comet SWAN is expected to reach perihelion (its closest point to the Sun) on 27 May. Look for it near the constellation Perseus as it may still be visible through binoculars.

You can still read about the comet’s performance and visibility in the UK. If you missed out on Comet SWAN, there are two more coming our way: Comet LEMMON and Comet NEOWISE will be visible by the naked eye in July. To learn more about these comets, http://astro.vanbuitenen.nl/comets is a good place to start.

If you’re frequently looking for the position of a group of Solar System objects, you can create a quick access page that updates just the data you need. Bookmark it or add it to your phone’s home screen and get fresh data with one click.

We also have access to some e-books that can help you with your observations:

  • ‘Comets and their origin: the tools to decipher a comet’ by Uwe Meierhenrich (2015)
  • ‘Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life’ by Antony Cooke (2009)

Access to these resources is via Primo; remember to sign in using your University of Aberdeen username and password.

For more information visit the following pages:

https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/
https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/comet-c-2020-f8-swan-visible-how-to-see-it/
https://theskylive.com/quickaccess-create

Jenna Storey,  jennifer.storey@abdn.ac.uk

Taught Postgraduates – online courses to help with your dissertations and projects: 25 & 26 May

Specially arranged for Taught Postgraduate students, IT services will deliver the following online sessions to support anyone writing and formatting their dissertation using Microsoft Word. The sessions will be delivered via MS Teams.

Adding Style to your Dissertation

  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Monday 25 May
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Tuesday 26 May

Content:
Stress-free steps to Navigation, Table of Contents, Auto numbering and Styles.

  • What are Styles
  • Styles Launcher
  • Using Built-in Styles
  • Modifying Styles
  • Navigation Pane
  • Auto Numbering
  • Table of Content

The power of section breaks 

  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Monday 25 May
  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Tuesday 26 May
Content: 

How to stop unwanted page orientation continuing through the rest of your document, different page numbering for contents pages and the rest of a document. How to change and control page orientation throughout your document, set and change the page numbering options on different parts of your document and much more.

  • Page Setup
  • Cover Page
  • Section Breaks
  • Page Numbering
  • Orientation to landscape
  • Captions
You can book a place through the course booking system as normal. Please go to: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and select category ‘IT Services Training and Documentation Team’.
Details of how to join the session will be provided in advance of each training slot. If you cannot attend the timed virtual slots please do not book a place, but don’t worry we’ll make recordings available after the event.
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Details of other Refresher sessions to follow.

Did You Know…? – Managing exam stress

In this post we would like to make you aware of the services which are there to support you. The Student Channel also provides useful tips and advice on studying from home and to help you reduce exam stress.

More information:

Wishing all our students very best of luck with their exams. Please remember to contact Library staff if there is anything we can help with.

Did you know…? – routes for off-campus access to e-resources

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To access the databases and e-book collections that the University of Aberdeen subscribes to you must prove that you are a member of the university. Most resources require a Shibboleth/institutional login, while for others authentication is via IP address (the provider is looking at the physical location of the computer you are using).

Off-campus access information for databases requiring an institutional login (most databases)

To access these resources, use the Find Databases option in Primo. Remember to sign in to Primo before you do any searching. When working off-campus, you may be asked to sign in to a resource via your institution, in which case you must select ‘UK Access Management Federation’. Then select ‘University of Aberdeen’ and lastly, enter your computer username and password.

Off-campus access information for databases requiring an IP address authentication (e.g. OnePetro, Kluwer Arbitration)

To access these resources off-campus, you must use the university’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This makes your device look as if it is a campus-based device. Via the VDI you can also access classroom software associated with your login details and your H: drive.

For Instructions on how to use the VDI see our Remote Access section on Toolkit – www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/

Useful information

  • To check the authentication route for a database, type its name into the Find Databases search box in Primo, then click on ‘Available Online’. This will take you to the database’s information page
  • A very small selection of academic databases require a special username and password. A list of usernames and passwords for those resources can be found on this password-protected page
  • Please see our Library guide QG DBS005: Accessing Electronic Information

Questions?

For subject-related enquiries, please get in touch with the Information Consultant for your subject. Details can be found at https://bit.ly/InfoConsultants  

For IT-related queries contact the IT Service Desk:
servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk
https://uoa.freshservice.com/support/home

 

Did you know…? – temporary access to additional e-resources: VitalSource Helps

Even though our libraries are physically closed, access to e-resources is unaffected and Library staff are here to help you make the most of our service.

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Earlier this week we told you about our list of additional e-resources made available temporarily by publishers, in support of online teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In today’s post we would like to highlight VitalSource Helps, a scheme that provides online access to selected textbooks for users who are currently unable to borrow print materials.

VitalSource is an approved third-party e-book provider and the range of publishers taking part in the scheme includes the American Psychological Association, Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis and others.

Students can create a bookshelf within VitalSource and select up to 7 textbooks from the range of participating publishers. When creating a personal account with VitalSource, make sure to use your University of Aberdeen email address but not your University of Aberdeen password.

Please also note that some of the textbooks accessible via this scheme may also be available through existing Library subscriptions or via alternative temporary access providers. Check Primo and other temporary resource providers before selecting and saving your 7 titles to your VitalSource Bookshelf.

For further information on accessing and using VitalSource Helps, please see the relevant entry on our updates page: bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates

 

Did you know…? – Library FAQs are available to help during building closures

Library FAQs word cloud

As the Library buildings at the University of Aberdeen are currently closed during the Coronavirus lockdown, we would like to highlight a series of FAQs that we have compiled to help students and staff.

The FAQs answer questions you may have at this time, such as:

  • How can I access the Library’s digital resources when off-campus?
  • How can I contact Library staff?
  • There are items on my reading list that are only available in print. What can I do to access them?
  • Can I return books that I currently have on loan?

Visit our dedicated Coronavirus webpage to see the answers to these and other questions you might have about the Library. Our buildings might be closed, but Library staff are still working, to continue supporting study, teaching and research.

Wellcome seeks comments on implementing the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The University of Aberdeen Library invites members of our academic community to submit comments on Wellcome’s new Open Access Policy, to help in the development of guidance around this issue.

Wellcome has published draft guidance for funded research organisations on implementing the principles set out in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The requirement to publicly commit to the DORA principles is a key element of Wellcome’s new Open Access Policy which will come into force in January 2021.

To help them shape and refine the guidance, they are now inviting feedback. Simon Bains, University Librarian, is leading on a response for Aberdeen, and welcomes any comments by 5pm on Wednesday 19 February. Please send any comments to simon.bains@abdn.ac.uk.