New Primo launched Monday 13 January – support available

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The Library launched a new version of Primo on Monday, January 13, and we want to let you know about the support available to help you use it to find materials for your studies and research. Library staff will be available to help with any questions you might have on using it. See below for information on further help available.

Reset your PIN to use our self-service machines

Following the move to the new version of Primo, you will need to reset your PIN number to use our self-service machines. Please see the guide below on the simple steps required to reset your PIN.

UoA Staff and Students – reset your PIN.

Drop-in Sessions on using Primo

There are drop-in sessions on the new Primo available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. These take place in the co-labs on Floor 4 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, at the following times:

  • 11.00
  • 11.30
  • 15.00
  • 15.30

These drop-in sessions will run on weekdays until Friday, January 24.

Bookable sessions on using Primo

In addition to these drop-in sessions, there will be bookable sessions on using Primo as part of our Find it Fast! series of library workshops. These will begin on Tuesday, January 21. You will be able to book places on these sessions via the Course Booking site.

Additional guidance on using Primo

You will also find instruction on using Primo in the Library Guides section of our website. More  support and guidance on Primo will be added to our website in the coming weeks.

For further information about the move to a new Primo, see our webpage.

New Primo to launch on January 13 – Library staff here to help

The Library will be launching the new version of Primo on Monday, January 13, and we want to let you know about the support available to help you use it to find materials for your studies and research. From Monday, January 13, library staff will be available to help with any questions you might have.

Drop-in Sessions on using Primo

From Tuesday, January 14, there will be specific drop-in sessions on the new Primo available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. These will take place in the co-labs on Floor 4 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library, at the following times:

  • 11.00
  • 11.30
  • 15.00
  • 15.30

These drop-in sessions will run on weekdays until Friday, January 24.

Bookable sessions on using Primo

In addition to these drop-in sessions, there will be bookable sessions on using Primo as part of our Find it Fast! series of library workshops. These will begin on Tuesday, January 21. You will be able to book places on these sessions via the Course Booking site.

Further guidance on using Primo

You will also find instruction on using Primo in the Library Guides section of our website. More support and guidance on Primo will be added to our website in the coming weeks.

Further information on this move to a new version of Primo can also be found on our website.

RefWorks downtime

RefWorks data centre will be moving to a new server on 21 December 2019.

We are expecting a down time of up to 10 hours for both Legacy RefWorks and new RefWorks.

This will be starting at 06:00 on Friday 20 December. RefWorks Citation Manager and Write-n-Cite will also be unavailable during this time.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Any questions, please get in touch.

library@abdn.ac.uk

01224 – 273330

PhD students and new academic staff – Library & IT induction sessions now available for booking

Library and IT induction sessions for new PhD students and members of University staff are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these small group sessions are designed for academic staff and research postgraduate students new to the University of Aberdeen and provide a general introduction to The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) on the Old Aberdeen campus and Digital Research services.

There are three sessions on offer before the Christmas holidays but more will run monthly until June.

  • Tuesday   19   November:   10:00 – 11:30
  • Tuesday   26   November:   10:00 – 11:30 
  • Thursday 12  December:    14:00 – 15:30 

During the introduction we will cover:

  • How to get the best from our data storage, data management planning, high-performance computing (HPC) survey and collaboration tools
  • How the Library works, e.g. borrowing and requesting materials
  • Primo, the gateway to all the library resources here at UoA
  • Specialised academic databases suitable for your research
  • What library staff can do to support you in your research

This informal induction and tour provide an opportunity to meet with the Library’s Information Consultants and members of staff from Digital Research – ask any questions you may have about computing services or access to suitable library materials. For more detailed information on literature searching, book onto separate 2-hour workshops which run at key points through the year (normally November, February, April and June).

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students or staff, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.

For  more information visit: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/

24 hour opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

In the lead up to the exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this happens and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday November 17, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 13, 2019.

Please note that there will only be swipe card access after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.

Also, in the run up to and during the exams Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be designated as a Silent Study Area across the whole floor. Please see our separate blog post for further details on this.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the Library.
  2. Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre.  Remember – no hot food allowed.
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

Did you know…? – Silent Study Rooms

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Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library? 

silent_study-ep  There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5. The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points. Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where electronic devices cannot be used.  This is for those who wish to study with no disturbance.  

Please remember that food is not allowed in all Silent Study Rooms! 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries.  

 

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Talks: Friends of Aberdeen University Library Events for 2019/20

The Friends of Aberdeen University Library will be hosting a series of fascinating talks across the coming academic year on a variety of topics relating to our collections or those of other Libraries. The Friends are a charity founded in 1962 to support the work of the Library and to help promote the rich collections we have at the University of Aberdeen.

The full programme of talks can be seen below, with the first event taking place in just over one week’s time. All of the talks are free and open to all.

The mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library solved?

7 October 2019, 19.30 – 20.30

Join Dr William Zachs as he discusses the mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library in this evening lecture.

The recent recovery of a substantial part of the private library of the creator of Sherlock Holmes presents an opportunity to understand Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his world in new and unexpected ways. The collection includes special annotated copies of his own books – not least the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Among the volumes are source books for the detective stories which have endlessly captured the imagination of the world. No less central to this collection are over one hundred presentation copies from such authors as H. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie and others which reveal Conan Doyle’s extensive literary, political, medical and social networks. The annotated copies of the writings or other Scottish authors – Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson in particular – further uncover dimensions of Conan Doyle’s literary influences and networks. 

Guest Speaker: Dr William Zachs, University of Edinburgh

Venue: The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Craig Suite, Floor 7

Booking available via Eventbrite

Duels, rebellions and slave children: Aberdonians in the Ceded Island

24 October 2019, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Désha Osborne as she discusses Aberdonians in the Ceded Islands in this evening lecture.  

Guest Speaker: Dr Désha Osborne, Hunter College, City University of New York

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

From sea creatures to Arctic flora: Scottish and Arctic narrative from the North of the world

7 February 2020, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Monica German as she discusses Scottish and Arctic narrative in this evening lecture.

Guest Speaker: Dr Monica German, University of Westminster

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Friends of Aberdeen University Library AGM, followed at 6.30pm by a talk:

Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland

16 April 2020, 18.00 – 19.30

Join Dr Eilish Gregory as she discusses Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland and the impact of the historic Act of Union in 1707.

The talk will begin at 6.30pm, before this the Friends of Aberdeen University Library Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm, all are welcome to attend.

Guest Speaker: Dr Eilish Gregory

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Contact: e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

How to use the co-labs

Did you know about the 16 collaborative group study spaces (Co-labs) in SDRL?

Each of them seats between 4 and 7 people and has a PC, plasma screen, power sockets and headphone ports.

They are located on Floors 3-6 in the NW corner of the building (turn right when you come out of the lifts!). They operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority for groups of 3 or more.

If your group can’t find a space, and see a co-lab being used by an individual or two people, please do feel free to come and tell library staff. We will ask the other library users to re-locate and help them find a space.

You may also like to make use of the new wireless ‘Airplay’ function, which allows you to display content from your device on the large screen. Simply press the Airplay button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Quiet discussion: ✔      Food: ✘             Drinks: ✔

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

 

Power issues in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Floors 5 and 6

An electrical fault has meant that some areas of Floors 5 and 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library are currently without power. This has meant, also, that the toilets on those floors have been placed out of order.

This fault has been reported and colleagues from Estates are working to restore power as soon as is possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this.

Macmillan Bake Sale

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It’s almost time for the annual Bake Sale in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Last year we managed to raise a fantastic £628!

This year the sale will take place on Friday 27th September between 10am and 12 noon on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Please come along, grab your favourite beverage from the café, and show your support by purchasing some of the lovely home bakes on offer.

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