IS Update | October 2014

As we start week 3, we hope you are settling in, or settling back in, to University life! We know that there is a lot going on, and lots to take in in the first few weeks, so want to make sure that you haven’t missed out on finding out about the many changes and improvements we have made over the summer.  For a PDF of this IS Update, click here.

New Services!

New Resources!

New Facilities!


New Services!

Power Hours Vision upgrade and new topics

Our very popular ‘Power Hours’ programme has grown to cover 55 topics. In addition we have updated our online content – now if you missed the class or just want a reminder of some of the things taught, you can find all of the learning materials in Vision.
Power Hours:                   Vision| Organisations | Power Hours Workshops

Skills for Success

Complementing our face-to-face Power Hour programme, we have developed self-directed online materials to support undergraduate students, or anyone looking to develop their information, academic IT and study skills. We welcome your feedback on this new service!
Skills for Success:             Vision| Organisations | Skills for Success
  • Click the drop-down arrow under the Organisation ID, next to VIIASS
  • Click Enrol, then click Submit, and click OK

 New IS Guides

We have been developing our support guides, which include PDFs, web guides and video tutorials. We will add to these as the year progresses. If you are not sure where to start looking for information, we recommend you start with your Subject Guide. If there is a topic you would like us to provide a guide on, please get in touch with your Subject Librarian.
IS guides:


Want an easy way to keep up to date with all IS news and updates? You can now like us on Facebook.  This is in addition to all of our existing channels:
Twitter:              @HWU_IS

Print release

Losing your printing amongst everyone elses? No more! We are pleased to announce print release or ‘follow me’ printing. This means that your print job isn’t released from the printer, until you swipe your card and tell it to print. What’s more, your print job can be released from any MFD on the network e.g. you could send it to print from the lab in the Library and pick up the print from EM 2.52.

Room bookings

We have upgraded our individual and group study facilities (see below) and introduced a new booking system to enure the most equitable use of these spaces. We have:

  • 21 individual Study Rooms on Levels2 & 3
  • 2 Group Study Rooms on Level 2
  • 5 group study tables, with wall mounted monitors, on Level 1

The rooms and tables can be booked in 3 hour slots. Rooms can be booked on the day, or the previous day, in person at the Service Desk.

Room bookings:

New Resources!


50 million records | 21,000 titles | 5,000 publishersScopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research. Covering research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. For further information about using this and other resources to search literature, please contact you Subject Librarian.
A-Z databases:

Office 365

Office 365 ProPlus for PC and for Mac is now available for free to all Heriot-Watt students, giving access to:

  • PC version
    Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013, Access 2013, Publisher 2013, Outlook 2013, InfoPath 2013
  • Mac version
    Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011
Software for personal use:


We are pleased to announce subscriptions to the following Nature titles:

  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Materials
  • Methods
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
A-Z databases: provides over 2,000 training videos – covering business skills, photography, design, music and video, web design and development and animation, with new courses added regularly. We are pleased to report we have renewed our license for academic year 2014/15. You can search for courses at and access the full tutorials at the kiosk in the Library (SBC and Edinburgh campuses).

New Facilities!

Study spaces

For those that have visited the Cameron Smail Library, you may already have noticed some improvements! In summary, we have:

  • Provided additional seating and power sockets near Dewey’s cafe
  • Added 2 new group discussion pods
  • Refurbished and extended the Level 1 Group Study Room to now include 5 bookable group study tables with shared 42″ screens and network connections
  • Refurbished the individual study rooms on Levels 2 and 3
  • Replaced and relocation of the main Service Desk
Study spaces:

24 hour opening

24 hour opening is now available all Semester at the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus), with Library staff will on duty:

  • Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 21:30
  • Weekends: 10:00 – 19.45

Outwith these hours any item can be returned through the self-service machines or handed to the security staff at the Service Desk.

Opening hours:


Contact us

If you have any questions about IS resources, facilities for services, have suggestions for improvements or want to leave any feedback, please get in touch:

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