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 Hours w/c 22 October 2018

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
22nd October in the Edinburgh Campus Library – PLEASE NOTE: that from 22nd October the Anderson Room is located on the 2nd floor in Room 2.04 (Group Study Room 2) and the Library Teaching Room is located on the 2nd floor in Room 2.02

Endnote Desktop
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 10:15-11:45
Location: Anderson Room, Room 2.04, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Literature Searching for MACS Subjects
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Room 2.04, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing and Referencing Harvard
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Room 2.02, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Poster Design
Date: 23 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Room 2.04, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Research Data Management
Date: 24 October 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Room 2.02, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: Staff and PGR only

Endnote Online 
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Room 2.02, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Presentation Skills
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 15:15-16:15
Location: Anderson Room, Room 2.04, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Finding Patients
Date: 26 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Room 2.04, 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

How to spot ‘fake news’

 

Anyone who has been to one of our classes on Literature Searching will be aware of the importance of evaluating information – and its source – for your academic work. This is also important in your day to day life as well, especially if you get most of your information from social media. When reading anything online, take a moment to stop and follow this guide. If the story sounds suspicious, you can also use fact checking sites like Snopes and Full Fact.

    • how-to-spot-fake-news-IFLA

 

 

‘Email De-activation Request’ – How to Spot a Phishing Scam

Here is some updated advice following the latest round of Phishing emails, with subject lines such as ‘Email De-activation Request’ or ‘Important Doc’.

When you receive a suspicious email, stop and take a moment to think about:

  • Who
  • Why
  • What
  • When 
  • Where
  1. Who and why: Check the sender and the logic of their request

Most of the time a spam email will come from an unfamiliar organisational email address. However, if it is from a recognised email address, you need to be extra cautious and report it immediately to the owner or the email administrator to verify it.

In the recent case, where staff and student accounts were compromised, the sender appears as a genuine HWU user. In that case, consider whether it’s reasonable that a fellow student or teaching member of staff is asking you to verify your IT account details.

  1. What: Read the message

Don’t ever fall to trickeries stated in the email example like a link asking for a reset password which you don’t request, quizzes that require you to login or asking for your digital signature. Always be sure that the email is legitimate before proceeding to click any links in it. If in doubt, check with ithelp@hw.ac.uk in the first instance.

Never feel so rushed into doing something in a hurry. Think what you’re being asked to do. In general terms, deleting a message is the safest course of action after reading and considering the contents of an unexpected email.

  1. Where is it taking you: Got an attachment or link? Look out!

Attachments may contained malware and viruses. Again, be vigilant and always ensure the email that you received is legitimate and from a trustable source. Check (hover over or right click on a link) to see where it is you are being sent. If the web address is unfamiliar or in any way suspicious, don’t go there. If you do arrive at a strange site though, never enter your Heriot Watt credentials in any of the forms there.

  1. When: Report it, immediately

If you are unsure don’t wait but please report any suspicious email right away to IT by attaching the email and send it to Abuse@hw.ac.uk. If you think your account has been compromised, don’t delay and please seek assistance immediately from ITHelp@hw.ac.uk

 

If you think you have received a spam or phishing email:

DON’T click on any links or open any attachments

DO forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk and delete it

 

Happy Libraries Week!

Today marks the start of Libraries Week 2018. We’ll be writing all week about how you can maintain your digital wellbeing, whether that’s how to spot a phishing scam or how to manage your ‘Digital Footprint’. Today, we wanted to focus on some of the ways in which we work with Student Wellbeing Services to support you.

Bibliotherapy Guide.

We worked with the Student Wellbeing Services to develop the Bibliotherapy Guide as a list of self-help books, websites and other resources on a range of topics. It’s constantly being developed, but if you have anything you’d like to suggest do contact us at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk.

Power Hours. 

Wellbeing Services have been running sessions as part of the Power Hours programme on the Edinburgh Campus for close to 10 years. For example, this week they are running the following sessions on the Edinburgh Campus:

Self Care and Your Studies: Tuesday 9 October, 15.30 – 17:00.

This session focuses on how to manage your wellbeing and how to deal with the challenges and stresses of students life. Run by the Student Counselling Service, this workshop will provide an opportunity to think about your work/life balance, discover resources and gather helpful tips to enhance your University experience.

How to Stop Putting Things Off: Friday 12 October, 12:15 – 13:15, Anderson Room .

Putting things off until tomorrow? Avoiding completing tasks altogether? Feeling de-motivated? Putting off or delaying starting work can result in us feeling more stressed and under pressure, yet we can find ourselves repeating this behaviour time and time again. This workshop will explore: the reasons why we put things off, what we can do about it and ideas to help with motivation and “getting started”.

To book, visit the Power Hours website 

To find out more about what Student Wellbeing Services are doing on your campus, visit their webpages.

New look to the Fame database

The Fame database of company information has a new look. From 8 October 2018 links from the Information Services Databases A-Z and online guides to Fame will go direct to the new look Fame (as screenshot below).

fame screenshot

To enable personalisation features, a new sign-in method (Shibboleth or institutional sign-in) will also be in place from that date.  As before, login will be with your Heriot-Watt University username and password.  The only differences will be you’ll be asked to login from both on-campus and off-campus via a slightly different login screen (shown below).

Shibboleth sign-in

Our current sign-in method doesn’t facilitate saving searches in Fame. However, if you happen to have any saved searches in the current version , the advice is to keep a note of these to rebuild them manually in the new version.  These won’t be transferred over automatically. 

fame videos

Video tutorials and guides on the new version of Fame are available in the ‘Help’ area once logged in.

 

 

 

 

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.