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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How do I return books?

Did you know the quickest and easiest way to return library books is at the Returns Room through the self-return machines? You will find the Returns Room on the Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

 

It’s as simple as placing the books through the slot one by one. As soon as they have passed through they are removed from your borrowing record.

You will also find an external slot on the right-hand side of the entrance to the Library. This means that you can return your library books anytime – 24/7!

Don’t forget to take your receipt as proof of your returned items.

Forgotten your student card? Don’t worry! You don’t need your student card to return books.

Heavy Demand books can be returned in the Heavy Demand Area on Floor 1 (using the self-issue/returns machine) or at the Returns Room.

You will find a video tutorial on how to use the self-return machine on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcoZduPANjc&feature=youtu.be

 

Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

Borrowing Library Books – how many and for how long? Including Using Self-Issue Machines

Are you unsure about how many books you can borrow from our Libraries at any one time? Are you a little confused about how long you can keep them to study, use for research, or read for pleasure? Please read on to learn more about borrowing from the hundreds of thousands of high-quality books available on our miles and miles of Library shelves. 

How many books can I borrow? 

The table below shows you how many books you are able to borrow from our Libraries at any one time, depending on the type of Library Account you have. 

 Type of Library Account   Number of books you can borrow 
 Undergraduate Student   20 
 Taught Postgraduate Student   20 
 Research Postgraduate Student   30 
 University Staff   50 
 NHS Grampian Staff   10 
 External Members   10 
 SCONUL Access Students   5 

 

How long can I borrow the books for? 

The hundreds of thousands of books available in all of our Libraries can be borrowed for different lengths of time, depending on how much they are expected to be used for teaching or research. The tables below explain the different loan types available and how you can easily identify them on the shelves.  

Heavy Demand 

How can I tell if a book is Heavy Demand?  

There will be Blue tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books are core reading materials across all courses and therefore have the shortest loan periods in our collection. 

How long for?  Can I renew the Loan?  Fines, if late back? 
1 day, due back 10.30am the next day – or Monday if borrowed on a Friday or over the weekend. 

If borrowing before 10.30am please check the due date and time carefully – if the item is booked it will be due back at 10.30am that day. Check the screen and your receipt for the due date and time.  

A few items are on 3 hour reference. You may borrow the item using the self service kiosks in Heavy Demand but must return it within 3 hours. 

No phone renewals are allowed.  

Renewals must be done in person, with the item present.  

This is because items must be returned by a specific time during the day and very often the item has already been reserved for another reader.  

   

Please note: there is a steep scale of fines for late returns of Heavy Demand books!  

75 pence per hour if returned after 10.30am  

The fine increases hourly every hour the library is open 

  

Three Day Loan

How can I tell if a book is Three Day Loan?

There will be yellow tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books have been recommended for reading on different courses.

How Long for?

Return within 3 days, weekends included e.g. borrowed Wednesday, due back on Saturday. Holds may be placed to reserve these.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader.

You can renew 4 Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Fines, if late back?

£1.00 per day for recalled items.

See also Annual Return of books in May. Contact library staff for details.

Four Week Loan

How can I tell if a book is Four Week Loan?

There will be white tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark.

How Long for? 

Four weeks from date of borrowing, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays.

If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed unless recalled or on hold by another reader.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader (Aberdeen University students and staff).

You can renew 4 Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Fines, if late back?

20p per day, for items that have not been requested by another reader. Overdue recalled or on hold 4 Week Loan items are fined at the normal £1 per day rate.

Long Loan

How can I tell if a book is Long Loan?

There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark.

How long for?

Until the end of the Summer term, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays. If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Recalled items cannot be renewed. Before the annual return of books in May items can be renewed via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

Fines, if late back?

£1.00 per day for recalled items. See also Annual Return of books in May. Contact library staff for details.

 

24-hour Restricted Loan 

How can I tell if a book is 24-hour Restricted Loan ?

There will be a 24 Hour Loan label on the first page of the book. There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark. Very few books have 24 hour loan periods.

How long for?

Return within 24 hours from the time of issue, weekends included, e.g. issued 4.45pm Tuesday, due back by 4.45pm Wednesday.

Can I renew the loan?

Restricted loans may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

You can renew 24-Hour Loan items on loan to yourself via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

Fines, if late back?

50p for the first hour overdue. 5p per hour thereafter for every hour the Library is open.

Self Issue Machines and PINs

Set up your PIN now to access the self-check machines in our libraries! 

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Did you know that there is an automated system for issuing and returning books in both the Sir Duncan Rice and the Taylor (Law) libraries? Once you have set up your PIN you will be able to use your student ID card and issue books to your library account without requiring the assistance of a staff member! 

How to set up your PIN: 

You can either follow the instructions and the link sent to you by email shortly after you’ve registered, or you can visit any of our libraries (Sir Duncan Rice, Taylor (Law), Medical) and ask a member of staff to do that for you at one of the Information Points or Help Desks – don’t worry, it only takes a few seconds! 

Happy borrowing!

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk; Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk; Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Times Higher Education – now available online to all staff and students

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All staff and students at the University of Aberdeen now have online access to the Times Higher Education (THE) content. Regarded by many as the UK’s leading publication in the field, our institutional subscription will allow you to read weekly digital editions and THE supplements. You can also search across and access other THE content as part of our licence.

The subscription provides full-text access to THE Digital Editions from May 2015 up to the latest weekly edition.

To access THE content, register for a personal account on the Times Higher Education homepage. You will need to use your University of Aberdeen email address to link your account to the institutional subscription.

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If you already have a personal account for THE

  • Navigate to https://www.timeshighereducation.com
  • Click on the person (user account) icon (in red) towards the top right of the screen and select Login
  • Enter your personal THE username and password
    • Ensure that the password you use for your existing personal THE account is different from your University password
    • There is a “Change your password” option under My account if this is required
  • Check your details in My account – the email address must be your University address. Adjust if necessary and click on Save
  • The user account icon will change colour from red to green.

If you are registering as a first time user

  • Navigate to https://www.timeshighereducation.com
  • Click on the person (user account) icon (in red) towards the top right of the screen and select Register
  • Select which type of user you are – Student, Higher Education Professional or Other position
  • Complete the form using your University of Aberdeen email address and create a password for your THE account
    • DO NOT USE YOUR UNIVERSITY PASSWORD FOR THIS SITE. You must create a different password unrelated to your University password. Never use your University Password for anything other than University hosted services
  • Click on Join Us to complete the registration.

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  • You will then be asked how you would like to be contacted for updates and news; select an option and update or click on continue browsing
  • You are now logged into the service and the user account icon will change colour from red to green.

Accessing Times Higher Education on your phone/tablet

There is a Times Higher Education app; however, no new content has been added since 6 June 2019 and THE recommend that users access content via the mobile edition of the website instead. Confusingly, until THE remove it the app may still be available in App stores.

Accessing weekly issues (Digital Editions)

To access  individual weekly issues of Times Higher Education:

  • Click on the PROFESSIONAL tab, then select Digital Editions
  • Select the issue you want to view

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Searching across online content

It is possible to carry out simple searches across THE’s online content using the search facility (magnifying glass icon to the right of the user account icon). The refine option for large numbers of results is limited.

Existing personal subscriptions

Personal subscriptions paid for by individuals or the University can be cancelled as staff and students now have online access through the University’s institutional service.

If you have any queries, please contact: library@abdn.ac.uk

 

Open Access Publishing Briefing: cOAlition S releases new version of Plan S and Aberdeen launches a Scholarly Communications Service

Background

Plan S was launched in September 2018 by cOAlition S (a global coalition of research funders) in order to effect a decisive shift to Open Access (OA) for the research that they fund. Despite a number of initiatives in recent years, these have been at the national level and different approaches have made them hard for researchers to understand. They have not provided sufficient incentives for researchers, institutions, funders and publishers to make all the changes necessary to make a full transition to OA. Members of cOAlition S include the European Research Council, UKRI, Wellcome and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Plan S has two primary objectives: to recognise the importance of open research (often referred to as open science, but intended to apply more widely to academic research) and ensure that funder policies require and support it; and to address longstanding and substantial financial pressures caused by the combination of year on year journal subscription increases and the emergence of article processing charges (APCs), known as Gold OA, as the preferred option.

The release of the first draft of Plan S in 2018 caused concern amongst researchers, publishers and universities as the proposals had the potential to be very expensive, and to create unintended consequences. There were particular misgivings in relation to the possible impact on small and society publishers, the implications for research outputs in other forms (particularly monographs), and the potentially significant expense associated with moving to full Gold OA by removing ‘hybrid’ journals (where both subscription and OA options are offered). The University of Aberdeen emphasised these risks in its response to the consultation.

Revisions

The revised proposals respond to key concerns from the community. In particular, they address the need for more time by extending the timeline by 12 months to 2021, so research outputs resulting from funding calls from 1 January 2021 will need to comply. Additionally, publishers now have until the end of 2024 to make the transition from subscription business models to full OA.

Additionally, the revisions address the following points:

  • More options for transformative arrangements are supported, making it easier for publishers, libraries and Jisc (as negotiating agent) to work together on sensible and affordable journal deals;
  • Plan S is clearer about its support for a variety of models for OA, and stresses that Open Access does not have to be accomplished through individual APCs;
  • The technical requirements expected of repositories to support the Green route to OA (deposit of final accepted manuscript in a local repository) have been made less stringent. However, where Green OA is selected, manuscripts must be made available immediately, with no embargo;
  • A commitment by funders to value the intrinsic merit of the work and not consider the publication channel, its impact factor (or other journal metrics), or the publisher. This is in line with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which the University of Aberdeen is now considering adopting;
  • Monographs are excluded and will form a separate process (still to be announced);
  • While the default reuse licence option remains CC BY (the most liberal licence), funders can permit a more restrictive when it can be justified. This responds to the concerns of a number of publishers and researchers about reuse permissions. The proposal is very clear that copyright should remain with the author or the institution, and should not be signed over to a third party.

A rationale for the revisions is available on the cOAlition S site.

Next steps

It is expected that cOAlition S members will make their own decisions on the way that they choose to implement Plan S. UKRI announced in April that there will be a public consultation later this year as part of a review of their OA policy and have previously indicated that they do not feel bound to implement it exactly as it is written.

On 31 May 2019, The Wellcome Trust announced that they will align their policy with Plan S and as a consequence have extended their own deadline by 12 months in the same way. This is helpful both in terms of allowing more time and by reducing the issues caused by multiple funder policies with differing implementation dates.

The University Library will continue to work with Jisc and other research libraries to engage funders and publishers as policies continue to evolve.

Digital & Information Services, in conjunction with Research & Innovation, are pleased to announce the launch of a Scholarly Communications Service which will provide support and advice in relation to all aspects of scholarly publishing. Questions and comments about this briefing, and any other related matters, are very welcome at scholcomms@abdn.ac.uk.  

Simon Bains

University Librarian

simon.bains@abdn.ac.uk

SCONUL Access Scheme

Did you know you may be eligible to borrow material from other UK University libraries? Our University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. SCONUL Access grants borrowing privileges to various types of library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Who’s eligible?

SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:

  • academic staff
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • full-time postgraduates

SCONUL Access also provides for a reference only service for most full-time undergraduate students and staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements.

Borrowing entitlements – e.g. number of loans, loan period and types of material may vary among institutions.

Please note that access to IT facilities and electronic resources are not normally included in the scheme. You may however be able to access the wireless network on your personal device while visiting other university libraries if they use the same Eduroam wireless network as ourselves. See the university’s guide to Eduroam to learn more.

Click here to find out a bit more about the scheme and how to apply!

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

Workshop on Web of Science InCites tool – places still available

Places are still available on a workshop next week (Thursday 28 February, 1400-1500) that will guide academic staff and researchers through InCites and Web of Science (WoS), two powerful tools that can play an important part in any research process. See below for full details of the workshop. You can book your place through the University’s Coursebooking site. An earlier occurrence of this workshop is taking place next Tuesday, 26 February, but is already fully booked.

WoS is a citation index that offers comprehensive citation and publication searches across multiple databases to enable in-depth exploration of research.

InCites Benchmarking & Analytics is a customized, web-based research evaluation tool that allows you to monitor collaboration activity, identify influential researchers, showcase strengths, and discover areas of opportunity. 

Independently or together, these tools can be used to create powerful analytics that complement the research process. The software provider (Clarivate) of these products was recently awarded a contract to supply the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) with citation analysis.

This short session, aimed at academic staff, early career researchers and PhD students who have published (or are on the point of publishing), will guide you through the use of InCites and Web of Science. The session will include:

·         Hints and tips for using Web of Science and InCites

·         Advanced searches in Web of Science and InCites

·         Evidencing research strengths, and collaborations

·         Notes on Open Access and Full text publications

·         Analytics: Citations, Collaborations, Journals, Authors, and Trends

·         Brief overview of Alternative metrics

You can book your place on this workshop through the University’s Coursebooking site but please pay attention to the two actions required of you before attending the session.

Sending documents to MFDs

All printing on campus is via networked multi function devices (MFDs).

You can send items from any classroom PC, your personal laptop, tablet or mobile phone over the wireless network and collect your documents from any networked MFD on campus.

Your items are sent to a holding queue until you are ready to print them.

You can see what is in your print queue or delete items that you no longer want to print using the PrintManage system.

To send a job to the printer (MFD):

  1. open the document you wish to print and click on the FILE tab on the far left of the ribbon (at the top of your screen)
  2. choose Print to bring up the print menu.

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From the drop-down arrow, make sure to choose MFD-PULL-BW if you are printing in black and white, and MFD-PULL-COLOUR if you are printing in colour.

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 At this stage, you also need to select the right SETTINGS – the paper size & orientation, whether your document is single-sided or double-sided (all MFDs default to print on both sides of the paper to save costs!)

When you are ready – simply click on PRINT.

There are printers/MFDs in or near to all PC classrooms, public areas as well as on each floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.  To retrieve your documents simply hold your student ID card against the front of the MFD/printer or use the screen to login.  This short video will show you how easy it is to do!

Find quick answers to your printing questions here.

Sending print jobs from your laptop and mobile device:

  • Find information on how to configure your personal device to the printing network here. This is a one-time set up and you won’t have to repeat it every time you send jobs from your laptop!
  • Also see the guide about printing from a mobile device when working on the move. WebPrint allows you to send jobs from your phone or tablet and collect from a networked MFD/printer.

 

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

MAINTENANCE: Web of Science – Sunday April 10

The Web of Science database may be intermittently unavailable this coming Sunday, April 10 due to systems maintenance. The maintenance window is 13:00 to 16:00 BST.

There may be occasional outages to Web of Science throughout this time and it is expected that there will be two instances of downtime, each 15 minutes in length.

They apologise to users for any disruption and inconvenience that may be due as a result of the required maintenance work.

Please contact Web of Science Service for UK Education Support by emailing webofscience@jisc.ac.uk should you have any queries or require assistance.

 

Browse the Sir Duncan Rice Library new books webpages

New books are always being added to the collections here in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and to keep up to date with the titles which are arriving we encourage you to take a look at our New Acquisitions webpages.

These pages are updated at the end of each month, and include title information and links to their entries in Primo, the portal to details of all our Library materials.

Selected highlights, amongst many others from the past month include:

Bookmark this page on the Library website or sign up to this blog on the right of this page to receive announcements every month of the new material we are continually adding to what is already over 15 miles of shelving in this library alone.

And, of course, the Taylor Library and the Medical Library also maintain similar pages detailing the new book stock which they receive each month, so that whatever subject you are studying, teaching, or researching you are always aware of the new material available to you through the University of Aberdeen Libraries.