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.  There are new study tables and chairs available for silent study. (drinks can be taken into the area, but food is not allowed).
There are journals and theses on the shelves and also, in 2019 some of the book collection will be located here.

The Main Entrance of the Library and the Service Desk have been refurbished and are fully operational.  The entrance to the Library has been improved with the installation of the access gates (turnstiles) which require an ID card for entry by students and staff and visitors.  The gate’s software is still operating in a local mode at present but we are working hard to connect up the various software systems to personalise the access to HWU ID cards.

 

The other half of Floor 1 of the Library is now complete and provides fantastic study space for students.  There is a mixture of different types of study spaces, some with study tables, some soft seating and study booths.  There are a small number of PCs.
The cafe in the Library building  is also available and the vending machines and water fountain.

 

Floor 1 finishedFloor 1 finished 2

 

Phase 4, of the refurbishment has begun which involves Floor 3 of the Library.
All of Floor 3 is closed from the end of October 2018 to the beginning of March 2019. 

Floor 2 will be open as usual for access to the book collection and for silent study space.  Journals are situated on the Ground Floor or in off site storage.
There are some extra study spaces on Floor 2 in what was the Gibson Craig Wing at the west of the building.

Stairs and lifts
Both lifts in the Library go between the Ground Floor, Floor 1 and Floor 2
It is only possible to access the Ground Floor via the lift as the main stairs are closed.
The stairs at each end of the building can be used to go from Floor 1 to Floor 2 and to the Ground Floor in an emergency.

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.
Also there are study spaces across campus in various teaching rooms.  

 

Information Services Allen McTernan Building Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance – 17th 18th December

Information Services Allen McTernan Building Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance

As part of our ongoing infrastructure maintenance schedule, we are required to replace the batteries in the main data centre UPS, which provides backup power to the majority of services housed in Allen McTernan, in the event of a power outage.
This work will take place on the 17th December and will last one working day.
Whilst this work is ongoing the existing services will be powered directly from the mains supply, but we will have no battery backup in the event of a mains power failure.
Services should therefore be considered at risk during Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th of December.
All services run from Allen McTernan should be backed up in advance of this date.

Any questions, please submit a ticket to the Help Desk ITHelp@hw.ac.uk

Study space for exam revision – Edinburgh Campus

There is study space available across the Edinburgh Campus from Friday 30th November to Friday 14th November 2018.
The Library will continue to be open 24/7 up until 8:30pm on Friday 14th December.

Study space revision

 

Heriot-Watt secures Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation #InformationServices

We have recently been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation in information security following an audit by a Scottish Government approved assessment body, ID Cyber Solutions.

The UK government scheme, which is specifically designed for public sector organisations in the UK, is a globally recognised certification that serves as a kite mark for industries around the world and is increasing becoming a requirement for research funders.

Receiving the certification is testament to our commitment to cyber security. It is also a demonstration of our commitment to continuous process improvement and safeguarding data

Kathy McCabe, Global Director Information Services

The certification covers the entire range of IT services provided within the university. It includes an assurance framework and a set of security controls to protect information from threats coming from the internet. Cyber Essentials Plus includes additional independent testing which requires an on-site technical assessment.

We achieved accreditation by the 31st October 2018 target date set out by the Scottish Government as part of its Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland, making it the largest Scottish University of our size and complexity to achieve the CE+ certification to date.

Kathy McCabe, Global Director of Information Services labelled the certification a huge achievement and an absolute credit to the teams involved”, saying it was the “culmination of many thousands of hours of work undertaken by an institution-wide team of dedicated colleagues.”

She added: “Receiving the certification is testament to our commitment to cyber security. It is also a demonstration of our commitment to continuous process improvement and  safeguarding data. But more than that, it provides the necessary accreditation to access funding from a range of funders, a proactive step giving Heriot-Watt an advantage over other HEIs/competitors.” 

Congratulations to everyone involved.

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Academic staff – call for reading lists…

Stack of Library BooksReading lists for items for the start of semester 2 should be received by 30th November 2018. We will still purchase any items requested after then but can’t guarantee that they will be available for the start of semester.

Please note that if your reading list has no changes from last year you do not need to submit it again.

Please let us know about new books or editions that you want, or if the number of students on your course has greatly increased (we will then need your reading list and the number of students).  If your course is completely new please submit your full reading list with plenty of time for us to provide all the books.
Please note that we will be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students

How to request recommended reading

Edinburgh or Orkney Campuses

If books are needed at the Edinburgh or Orkney campuses please send your reading lists to libord@hw.ac.uk with the information above or use the book order form.

Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If you also need copies of books to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact their libraries directly as they place their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk and MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk respectively.

Scottish Borders Campus

If books are for the Scottish Borders Campus please contact J.H.McIntyre@hw.ac.uk

Via email – please send the following information:

  •       Title and code of the course
  •          Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, ISBN, publisher, year, edition)
  •          Number of expected students
  •          If an item is a key text
  •         If the item is to be available as a three hour loan (rather than for week or standard (16 week) loan)
  •          If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy. 

 

IDL students

If books on your course are needed by IDL students please make sure that the books are available as eBooks before your list is given to students. Unfortunately not all titles are available as eBooks and IDL students have previously reported problems reading material recommended by staff. Please let me know if you want more information about this or to find out if a title is available as an eBook as we can check for you.

ALP students

If titles on your course are needed by ALP students please be aware that we do not purchase books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing. However ALP students do have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks on reading lists.

Via the online form (for Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only currently):

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the book request form which is accessed from the link on the “Suggest a book” page . Please select ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is this book on a reading list?’.

Wider reading

To request books to support students’ wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc please again use the request form link on the “Suggest a book” page  and select ‘No’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is this book on a reading list?’. These items are automatically forwarded to the School’s Library Representative for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Journal articles and book chapters

If you require online copies of book chapters or journal articles, then this can be done through our digital copies service.

If you have any questions please contact Ellen Peacock, Aquisitions & Metadata Manager (e.peacock@hw.ac.uk Ext 3573)

Top ten courses on LinkedIn Learning

Screenshot of a PowerPoint Quick Tips course on LinkedIn Learning.All staff and students at Heriot-Watt now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of 12,000+ digital courses on business, creative and management topics.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalised course recommendations based on your interests, skillset, experience and goals, delivered by industry experts with real-world experience.

The current top ten courses at Heriot-Watt are:

  1. Learning C#
  2. How to use LinkedIn Learning
  3. Learning Java
  4. Learning Python
  5. Python for Data Science Essential Training
  6. Communication within Teams
  7. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project Management Foundations
  9. Strategic Thinking
  10. Python Essential Training

LinkedIn Learning covers a huge range of topics, such as app development; Microsoft Office; entrepreneurship; social media marketing; photography and many more.  You can access LinkedIn Learning online or via the Heriot-Watt portal.

PC lab availability Edinburgh Campus

Just a quick reminder that it is possible to check PC lab availability online across the Edinburgh Campus.  This will be especially useful in the next few weeks as the PC lab on the top floor of the Library will be closed for refurbishment.

Some of the rooms may be used for teaching, so please check the Edinburgh campus teaching timetable. Some also have restricted access – see the table key for details.

Data is accurate to within ten minutes – please report any PCs in an unusable condition to ithelp@hw.ac.uk (x4045).

PC availability within Edinburgh Campus labs

PC lab availability

Printers in the Library (Edinburgh Campus)

The printers / MFDs have been moved from the top floor (Floor 3) in order to prepare that area for refurbishment.

The new locations are:

Ground Floor – Black & white printer – in the new study area immediately as you go in the door on the left.

Floor 1 – Black & white printer and colour printer – in the new print area adjacent to the Service Desk

Floor 2 – Colour printer – in the silent PC lab

If you need any help please ask at the Service Desk

Remember to exit and log out when you have finished printing.

There are also MFDs in Learning Commons 1 and Learning Commons 2

 

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All about… ROS Theses Repository

Heriot-Watt University’s Theses Repository, ROS, has over 30,000 items and contains full-text copies of all Heriot-Watt University PhD theses awarded from 2009 onwards.

The top downloaded thesis was submitted in 2015, and has over 24,000 downloads:

Molwus, Jurbe Joseph (2014) ‘Stakeholder management in construction projects : a life cycle based framework‘, PhD thesis, Heriot-Watt University.

Stats on theses downloaded can be obtained from a service called IRUS-UK, which aggregates statistics from UK repositories.

The visualisation below shows downloads by country in September 2018.  With a large downloads of theses in the areas of construction and energy production, Heriot-Watt’s reputation as a global university with a strong engineering and technical focus is borne out by the usage of our research.  For more information, contact open.access@hw.ac.uk

Download by country