What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details can be found at how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library’  
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

What is happening when?
The Ground Floor refurbishment work is completed.
The study space is available for use and has new furniture in place.  It is a silent study space and although drinks can be taken into the area, food is not allowed.
The shelving is for journals and theses and also, in the future, for some of the book collection.

The good news is that the Main Entrance of the Library is open again.
It has been refurbished with a seating area and feature wall.

 

Entrance turnstiles

The Service Desk has been replaced with a brand new Service Desk 

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Construction work is now underway on the other half of Floor 1 of the Library and this will provide fantastic study space for students from the end of October.
The cafe in the Library building is closed until the end of October.  There are vending machines and a water fountain available near the Service Desk.

Floor 2 and Floor 3 of the Library are open as usual.  Two of the individual study rooms are being adjusted to provide assistive technology facilities.
Journals and Theses –  currently, some journals and theses have been moved to off-site storage.  If you require access to these resources, please ask at the Service Desk.

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

Study spaces are available in the Learning Commons 1 and in Learning Commons 2

 

Power Hour workshops w/c 17 September 2018

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
17th September in the Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor)

Literature Searching for MACS subjects
Date: 17 September 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Adjusting to a Scottish Curriculum
Date: 18 September 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Excel: Fundamentals
Date: 18 September 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Making the Most of your Lectures
Date: 18 September 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome, Most suited to UG and PGT Students

Citing and Referencing Harvard
Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 16:15-17:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Note Taking
Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Study Smartly 
Date: 20 September 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Desktop
Date: 21 September 2018
Time: 14:15-15:45
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 21 September 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities

New students prize quiz

New students at Dubai, Edinburgh, Malaysia and Orkney campuses are invited to enter our quiz in Vision, with the opportunity of winning a prize.

All you need do is explore the services we offer both globally and locally (on our website and on campus) and then answer 10 easy questions.

Answer all questions correctly and you will be entered into a prize draw.  Winners will be drawn from the all correct entries for each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

Closing dates are 30th September for Dubai, Edinburgh and Orkney, and 13th October for Malaysia.

I.D. cards needed for entry to the Library – Edinburgh Campus

The entrance area of the Library has been refurbished and now includes access gates.  To enter the Library via the access gates, students and staff will need to use their I.D. cards.

Entrance turnstiles

Follow the signs to show which gate to enter or exit and then place your card on the circular reader.  The gate will then open.

 

ID cards are needed to enter and exit the Library building.
If you need assistance, there are Library staff on hand to help at the Service Desk and there is an intercom next to the gates.
Student cards are available at enrolment and from the Student Service Centre.
Staff cards are available from the Library Service Desk.  Please email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk and details will be sent to you.

 

 

Extended Opening hours – Library – Edinburgh Campus #edincampuslib

Today, Monday 30th July, is the start of our extended opening hours for exam resit study.
The Edinburgh Campus Library will be open Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
This will continue until the beginning of semester when 24/7 opening will begin.

Opening hours summer 2018

The Library is in the middle of a major refurbishment programme and we have a new entrance and Service Desk.  You will need your student / staff ID card in order to enter the Library.

Entrance turnstiles

 

 

HWU Vision Upgrade – July 2018

Information Services are upgrading Vision this summer and making a move to a cloud solution (SaaS) which involves some system downtime (with a ‘read only’ version still available).
The essential planned downtime of Vision will be from 0:00 BST 13/07/2018 until 14:00 18/07/2018.
In the future, the University will benefit from (almost) no downtime when managing upgrades.

There will be no immediate change to the user experience for students and colleagues (We will continue to use Learn with the Original Experience) but the look and feel will be updated and the ongoing updates will improve user experience.

Deletion of old Vision courses

As part of the migration of Vision to the cloud, there will be a clean-up and deletion of old Vision courses some dating back to 2005.

The course IDs outlined below will be deleted during the migration on 13/07/2018.  It is an easy process to download the course files in a zipped package or move the files to another course. Instructions available on Blackboard Help.

Course IDs to be deleted:

  • _2005-2006
  • _2006-2007
  • _2007-2008
  • _2008-2009
  • _2009-2010
  • _2010-2011
  • _2011-2012
  • _2012-2013
  • _2013-2014

Apologies for the disruption and thanks for your patience.

For more information or any questions about the upgrade, please contact Caroline Dobson, Information Services.

Summer 2018 Programme

food-salad-restaurant-person.jpgOver the summer period we will be offering the following sessions on demand:

  • Endnote Desktop
  • Citing and Referencing Harvard

If you would like to be added to the list, please e-mail LTEShelp@hw.ac.uk with your name, school and session you would like to attend.  If there is enough interest we will contact you with the date and time of the session.

Library & IT quiz winner

Li_PeichenCongratulations to Peichen Li who won the Library & IT quiz set for the pre-sessional Project students.

Following a short introductory talk on Library and IT facilities and services, the group of around 40 students spent the morning in the Library working on information searching and evaluation activities. The final challenge was a short online quiz in Vision. Well done Peichen!

‘Payment submitted’ – spam and phishing emails

Phishing emails with ‘Payment submitted’  in the subject line similar to those below are doing the rounds – please beware

spam emailIf you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • delete it

Exam Top Tip: Try the Pomodoro technique.

It is a simple but very effective method that can improve your focus and aid concentration. So to get started you just need a timer-it could be an electronic timer on your phone or lap-top. It doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned kitchen timer shaped like a tomato – but that is where the name originates. Pomodoro is the Italian for tomato. Set the timer for your next study session. Fifty minutes is ideal to start with. After fifty minutes give yourself a ten minute break. Time for a cup of tea or a walk in the fresh air. Then follow with another uninterrupted fifty minute study period. If this method works for you, then start allocating specific topics to revise for each concentrated Pomodoro session. You may be surprised how much revision you can cover using this method.

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Music & Revision

Exam Top Tip: Music & Revision.  You might think these two just don’t mix.  Music can distract.   But conversely it can also help you concentrate and focus – so it is well worth trying it out.  But keep your headphones on if you are studying in the library!  Not everyone will share your musical tastes and some students prefer silence for study.  Here’s an offering from Classic FM for your next study session http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/mood/studying/classic-fm-revision/.

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