Celebrating Neurodiversity: Resources Available in the Library

As part of the University of Aberdeen’s support for Neurodiversity Celebration Week (March 21-27), the Student Experience Team have put together a vibrant social media campaign, focusing on studying with various conditions, and exploring the meaning and implications of being neurodivergent across interconnected blog posts and social media sites, linked together by the Student Channel.

The Library would like to highlight materials from our collection that contain a wealth of resources and research on neurodiversity and its impact. Covering how the human brain can develop and interpret information and stimuli in myriad different ways; and how individuals can interact with the world in several ways, neurodiversity can be seen as an umbrella term for multiple conditions:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • ADHD

You may already be aware of the challenges that these conditions can pose, and unfortunately, the misconceptions that society has regarding them. Due to this, people can try to hide or ‘mask’ these conditions. However, they can also be a source of several strengths for individuals and collectively produce new and innovative products, services and research.

Neurodiversity

There are several perspectives on how different sectors of society work with neurodiversity and neurodiverse groups. In education, the following authors seek to empower and equip students and staff:

Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to help Students with Special Needs succeed in School and Life by Thomas Armstrong: This book takes an in-depth look at all aspects of neurodiversity, examining the conditions and highlighting the unique strengths that individuals can have, particularly spotlighting notable people who have achieved lasting recognition.

The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity Handbook: Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Related Conditions by S Hendrickx: Aimed at young people and adults who may not have been formally diagnosed, but wish to know more about the range of conditions, their implications and get some advice regarding coping strategies.

ADHD

Approximately1-5% of the global population have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) (Source: Neurodiversity Week). They are likely to be highly logical, energetic and focused.

Smart but stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD by Thomas E Brown: This book starts with the difficulties people with ADHD can have focusing, and how that can effect their academic, employment and social lives. It examines and explores a range of individual stories, and explores how treatment, support and medication can help.

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication and today’s push for performance by Peter Hinshaw: Emphasising the attitude and approaches to treating and managing ADHD in the USA, this book argues for less medical intervention in the form of pills, and more social support from families, doctors, teachers, employers and businesses. It makes a strong case that this will help reduce the costs and controversy surrounding the high diagnosis rate across the country.

Accidental Intolerance: how we stigmatize ADHD and how we can stop by Susan Hawthorne : Similarly to Hinshaw, Hawthorne probes the issues surrounding our treatment of people with ADHD, looking at whether or not they have the same opportunities as their peers; or if they are struggling in a society that is inadvertently discriminating against them with an outdated view of ADHD and how it can affect people.

Dyslexia

10% of the population are dyslexic, meaning that they are creative, dynamic problem solvers & storytellers. (Source: Neurodiversity Week.)

Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success by Margo Verzog-Izzo: This inspiring work takes self-advocacy, mentoring and pride as it’s themes, and is aimed at educators and teachers who want their neurodiverse students to achieve their dreams and thrive. The author blends practical advice and insight with case studies of students who have been successful, and showcases how others can follow her lead.

Inclusive Education: Making Sense of Everyday Practice by Vicky Plows: A comprehensive look at the thirty-year campaign to build a strong, democratic education system that dismantles economic, cultural and physical barriers to learning, it examines a host of problems and issues that arise, including diversity.

Making Dyslexia Work for You by Vicki Goodwin: In a more user-focused approach, this book encourages the reader to put together their own ‘support package’: ideas, strategies and coping mechanisms that work for them in managing dyslexia.

More Information and Support

The University of Aberdeen is committed to providing a welcoming, secure and inclusive environment to all students, staff and visitors. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Team offer a plethora of information, training resources and links to support, student organisations and both staff and student networks across diversity and equality issues. More information and contact details for EDI are available from the University website .

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International Women’s Day

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To mark International Women’s Day, from the 8th – 11th March the University of Aberdeen is hosting a series of in-person and online events. These include a panel discussion of female voices in the climate change debate, asking if there is space for women to be heard in the discussion, research and debate around the crucial decisions that need to be made.

We thought that this was a good opportunity to showcase a small selection of the books available in the library that dig deeper into women’s roles and involvement in climate change around the world: both from an academic perspective and through examining specific case studies and the work of countries and communities.

Ursula Oswald Spring: Pioneer on Gender, Peace, Development, Environment, Food and Water by Ursula Oswald Spring (available online)

Research, Action and Policy: Addressing the Gendered Impacts of Climate Change by Margaret Alston & Kerri Whittenbury (Proceedings of the Gender and Climate Change: Women, Research and Action Conference, available online)

Climate Technology, Gender and Justice: The standpoint of the vulnerable by Tina Sikka (available online)

Linking Gender to Climate Change Impacts in the Global South by Roy Sen (available online)

Women and the Energy Revolution in Asia by Reihana Mohideen (available online)

We do hope you enjoy reading and learning from these books. If you have any comments, questions or recommendations, please let us know.

Library Event – Gale Primary Sources Seminar, March 9

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be holding an event next week to help our students access a wonderful range of historical primary source materials, produced by Gale, that are all available online.

The Gale Primary Sources Seminar will be taking place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, in the Lower Ground Floor Seminar Room, on Wednesday March 9, at 2.00 – 3.00 p.m.

The seminar will be delivered by the University of Aberdeen’s Gale Student Ambassador, a student here that is passionate about helping fellow students understand and use this great collection of materials that contains historical newspapers including The Times and Financial Times, historical books, and other high quality and varied primary sources. You can see the full range of Gale products available at Aberdeen here.

Please take your own device with you if you choose to attend, so that you can try out the collections yourself.

This is the first in a planned series of events that will be delivered by our Gale Student Ambassador. There is no booking for this event but attendance will be limited, and face-masks will have to be worn.

World Book Day – Old Aberdeen Library

To help us celebrate 25 years of World Book Day we are once again welcoming students and staff to the Old Aberdeen Library on the ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Where we get to enjoy and borrow from the Aberdeen City Libraries collection!

Image of curved bookcases full of books in a row with a standing banner in front saying Welcome to Old Aberdeen Library.
Old Aberdeen Library

All those who work, live or study in Aberdeen City or Shire, qualify to become a member of the public library. This gives you access to borrow from their physical collection from any branch using Old Aberdeen Library as your collection point, browse the shelves on the ground floor, borrow audiobooks and electronic books from BorrowBox, their online collection. It also gives to access to all of their online resources such as Ancestry and PressReader. You can find out more about how to sign up for a membership here – https://aberdeencity.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN

To help us celebrate World Book Day, staff from Aberdeen City Libraries will be here to answer any questions you may have or help you sign up for a membership on Wednesday 2nd March from 10am-12pm.

Pop along to say hello to them and sign up for a membership if you haven’t already, it’s free!

Reading for Pleasure: Walter Scott & Song – Inspiring Stories to read over the Festive Season

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In honour of the 250th anniversary of his birth, the University of Aberdeen’s Museums & Special Collections have collaborated with the Walter Scott Research Centre on Walter Scott & Song: Retuning the Harp of the North. Exploring ballads, opera, and theatrical and popular songs, this online exhibition showcases the University of Aberdeen’s Walter Scott collections alongside musical recordings. As a best-selling author, Walter Scott introduced Scottish traditions to audiences across the world. His writings and song collections inspired both his readers in the 1800s, and future generations of musicians. 

Walter Scott (1771-1832) trained as a lawyer and practised in Edinburgh, but his true calling was for storytelling: he was deeply passionate about Scotland’s history and culture, and committed himself to showcasing and creating epic stories such as the Waverley novels and Rob Roy.

Like many others in the late 1700s and early 1800s, Scott had a deep interest in songs and stories that had been passed down by ordinary people over generations. As a young man, he gathered together ballads from the Scottish Borders, and published them in a book called Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. ‘Battle of Otterbourne’ tells the story of a 1388 battle between a Scottish and an English family. Heavily influenced by the European romantic movement, he would go on to spark the imagination and creativity of generations of readers and writers.


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Taking as our inspiration the folklore, myths and legends of Scotland and Europe, library staff have collated the following materials available both in the academic collection and from Aberdeen City Libraries. The Ground Floor of the Library hosts the Old Aberdeen branch of Aberdeen City Libraries, and more information can be found here.

On behalf of all Library, Special Collections and Museums staff, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library Opening Hours during the Winter Break

The winter break is almost here, bringing with it the opportunity for a much-needed rest from study and research.  And before the Winter Term closes, we would like to let you know the opening hours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library during the winter break and public holidays.

All libraries at the University of Aberdeen will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, 23 December and reopen again on Thursday, 6 January.

Full details of the opening hours at our other two library sites, Taylor Library and Medical Library can be found on our website.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is open 24/7 until Friday, 17 December when we will close at 22.00.  We will then be open at the times given below.

Statue in the snow. (Jonathan Mackintosh)
Saturday 18 December9:00 – 13:00
Sunday 19 DecemberClosed
Monday 20 – Thursday 23 December8:30 – 17:00
24 December 2021 – 5 January 2022Closed
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 January8:30 – 17:00
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 JanuaryClosed
Monday 10 January8:00 – 00:00 (Normal Term Hours Resume)

Wishing all of our readers a safe, well-deserved holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in January for the start of the new term.

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

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As Christmas approaches, we would like to remind students and staff about the possibility of borrowed items being requested by other users during the upcoming holidays. Library loans can be requested by other users up to and including Thursday 23 December.

Our libraries will close at 17:00 on Thursday 23 December 2021 and will open at 09:00 on Thursday 6 January 2022.

Library loans can continue to be requested by other users over this vacation period, so remember to return your books if you’re going away and will not be able to access them. However, any recalled items will not actually be due back while we are closed over Christmas. Make sure you check your e-mail to avoid starting the New Year with fines! 

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

Live Q&A sessions for PGR students: Library resources and services

Unsure how to start looking for materials to support your research? No idea what a Shibboleth login is? Confused about Boolean linking words, truncation and wildcard symbols? How to access and find electronic content?

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

If the answer to any of those is “Yes” then join us for some short demonstrations of library resources. You can ask us any library-related or literature searching questions you may have, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Our Q&A sessions are scheduled for 26 November, 2 December, and 16 December, and will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, visit: abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.

Please get in touch if you have any questions – s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

24 Hour Opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

In the lead up to the assessment 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 goes into effect, 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 21 and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 17, 2021.

Please note that your ID card is still required for access to the building – please ensure you have your ID card as access after 22.00 will not be permitted without it.

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. Properly fitted face coverings are a legal requirement and must be worn while seated in the building. Please wear a sunflower lanyard if you are exempt.
  2. No food is allowed in the building except for in the café area.
  3. Bottled water only in the Library.
  4. Tidy up after yourself – use the sanitary wipes and bins which are available on each of the floors.
  5. 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).

Please remember to 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.

Black History Month – new acquisitions to diversify our collection

As part of Black History Month, we put out a call for suggested new titles, in our effort to enrich and diversify our collection. We would like to thank you for all the wonderful suggestions. Below you can see a list of all the new titles that the Library has purchased since October 2021. The full list of titles that we have purchased under this initiative, including last year’s acquisitions, can be found on our website. Library staff have also compiled a short playlist on Box of Broadcasts to celebrate Black History Month.

e-books

 Author Title Publisher Link to Primo
Alonso Bejarano, CarolinaDecolonizing ethnography: undocumented immigrants and new directions in social scienceDuke UP, 2019Primo Permalink
Ambedkar, Bhimrao RamjiAnnihilation of caste: the annotated critical editionVerso, 2014Primo Permalink
Anderson, MarkFrom Boas to Black power : racism, liberalism, and American anthropologyStanford UP, 2019Primo Permalink
Asika, UjuBringing up race: how to raise a kind child in a prejudiced worldSourcebooks, 2021Primo Permalink
Cadena, Marisol de laA world of many worldsDuke UP, 2018Primo Permalink
Elhillo, SafiaThe January childrenU of Nebraska Press, 2017Primo Permalink
Escobar, ArturoDesigns for the pluriverse: radical interdependence, autonomy, and the making of worldsDuke UP, 2018Primo Permalink
Gafney, WildaWomanist Midrash: a reintroduction to the women of the Torah and the throneJohn Knox Press, 2017Primo Permalink
Gafney, Wilda Nahum, Habakkuk, ZephaniahLiturgical Press, 2017Primo Permalink
Gafney, WildaDaughters of Miriam: women prophets in ancient IsraelFortress Press, 2008Primo Permalink
Gomez, Michael African dominion: a new history of empire in early and medieval West Africa Princeton UP, 2018Primo Permalink 
Harrison, Ira E The second generation of African American pioneers in anthropologyU of Illinois Press, 2018Primo Permalink 
Junior, NyashaAn introduction to womanist biblical interpretationJohn Knox Press, 2015Primo Permalink
Mignolo, Walter On decoloniality: concepts, analytics, praxis Duke UP, 2018Primo Permalink 
Scott, Julius Sherrard IIIThe common wind: African American currents in the age of the Haitian revolutionVerso, 2018Primo Permalink
Wicker, Kathleen O’BrienFeminist New Testament studies: global and future perspectivesPalgrave Macmillan, 2005Primo Permalink 

Print books

AuthorTitlePublisherLink to Primo
Alston, DavidSlaves and Highlanders: silenced histories of Scotland and the CaribbeanEdinburgh UP, 2021Primo Permalink
Baddiel, DavidJews don’t countHarperCollins, 2021Primo Permalink
Benjamin, FloellaComing to England: an inspiring true story celebrating the Windrush generation Macmillan, 2021Primo Permalink
Bond, Patrick BRICS, an anti-capitalist critique Pluto Press, 2015Primo Permalink
Cope, Zak The wealth of some nations: imperialism and the mechanics of value transfer Pluto Press, 2019 Primo Permalink
Dabashi, HamidEurope and its shadows: coloniality after empire Pluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Davidson, SteedEmpire and exile: postcolonial readings in the Book of JeremiahBloomsbury Academic, 2011Primo Permalink
Davis, Alexander E.The imperial discipline: race and the founding of international relationsPluto Press, 2020Primo Permalink
DeYoung, Curtiss PaulThe peoples’ companion to the BibleFortress Press, 2010Primo Permalink
Emejulu, AkwugoTo exist is to resist: black feminism in EuropePluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Firmin, Joseph-Antenor Equality of the human racesU of Illinois Press, 2002Primo Permalink
French, Howard W.Born in blackness: Africa, Africans and the making of the modern world, 1471 to the Second World WarLiveright, 2021Primo Permalink
Gilroy, PaulDarker than blue: on the moral economies of black Atlantic cultureHarvard UP, 2010Primo Permalink
Girard, GeoffreyAfrican Samurai: the true story of Yasuke a legendary black warrior in feudal JapanHanover Square Press, 2021Primo Permalink
Hamad, Ruby White tears/brown scars: how white feminism betrays women of colorTrapeze, 2020Primo Permalink
Harrison, Ira E. African-American pioneers in anthropologyU of Illinois Press, 1999Primo Permalink
Harrison. Faye V.Outsider within: reworking anthropology in the global age U of Illinois Press, 2008Primo Permalink
Harrison. Faye V.Decolonizing anthropology: moving further toward an anthropology of liberation American Anthropological Association, 2010 Primo Permalink
Jones, Nicole HannahThe 1619 project: a new origin storyEbury Press, 2021Primo Permalink
Joseph-Salisbury, RemiAnti-racist scholar-activismManchester UP, 2021Primo Permalink
Kaufmann, MirandaBlack Tudors: the untold storyOneworld, 2018Primo Permalink
Lentin, AlanaWhy race still mattersPolity, 2020Primo Permalink
Manuel, GeorgeThe fourth world: an Indian reality U of Minnesota Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Marbury, Herbert R.Pillars of cloud and fire: the politics of Exodus in African American biblical interpretationNew York U Press, 2015Primo Permalink
Mignolo, Walter D.The politics of decolonial investigationsDuke UP, 2021Primo Permalink
Newitt, MalynThe Portuguese in West Africa: a documentary history, 1415-1670CUP, 2010Primo Permalink
Noah, TrevorBorn a crime: stories from a South African childhoodJohn Murray, 2017 Primo Permalink
Otele, OlivetteL’histoire de l’esclavage britannique: des origins de la traite transatlantique aux primisses de la colonisationMichel Houdiard, 2008Primo Permalink
Otele, OlivetteAfrican Europeans: an untold history Hurst & Company, 2020Primo Permalink
Phillips, CarylColour me EnglishHarvill Secker, 2017Primo Permalink
Phillips, CarylThe European tribeVintage, 2000Primo Permalink
Phillips, CarylA new world orderHarvill Secker, 2017Primo Permalink
Pitts, Johnny Afropean: notes from black EuropePenguin, 2020Primo Permalink
Prashad, VijayRed star over the third world Pluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Rainey, BrianReligion, ethnicity and xenophobia in the Bible: a theoretical, exegetical and theological surveyRoutledge, 2019Primo Permalink
Restall, MatthewBeyond black and red: African native relations in Colonial Latin AmericaU of New Mexico Press, 2005Primo Permalink
Robinson, Cedric J.Cedric J. Robinson: on racial capitalism, black inter-nationalism and cultures of resistancePluto Press, 2019Primo Permalink
Roy, ArundhatiThe ministry of utmost happinessPenguin, 2018Primo Permalink
Sawyer, Michael E.Black minded: the political philosophy of Malcom XPluto Press, 2020Primo Permalink
Senna, DanzyCaucasia: a novelRiverhead Books, 1999Primo Permalink
Seth, SanjayPost colonial theory and international relations: a critical introductionRoutledge, 2013Primo Permalink
Sierra, SilvaUrban slavery in Colonial Mexico: Puebla de los Angeles 1531-1706CUP, 2018Primo Permalink
Simpson, Leanne Dancing on our turtle’s back: stories of Nishnaabeg recreation, resurgence and a new emergence Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011Primo Permalink
Solomon, AndrewFar from the tree: parents, children and the search for identityVintage, 2014Primo Permalink
Verges, FrancoiseA decolonial feminismPluto Press, 2021Primo Permalink
Vinson, BenBearing arms for his majesty: the free colored militia in Colonial MexicoStanford UP, 2001Primo Permalink
Vinson, BenBefore Mestizaje: the frontiers of race and Caste in Colonial MexicoCUP, 2017Primo Permalink
Wilson, ShawnResearch is ceremony: indigenous research methods Fernwood, 2009Primo Permalink
Yountae, AnBeyond man: race, coloniality and philosophy of religionDuke UP, 2021Primo Permalink

The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Subject & Enquiry Team