IS Update | January 2015


So it’s the end of week 3 already! As the New Year seems like a distant memory, and you have been busy settling in to Semester 2, IS have also been keeping busy, so here is the January round up.  For a PDF of this IS Update, click here.






New! Power Hours online booking and new timetable

header_darkOur Power Hours programme continues into Semester 2, delivering 92 classes, covering 53 topics. Booking is now required via our online calendar.

Power Hours:
Vision| Organisations | Power Hours Workshops


Printing via MFDs – A3 and A4 only

printerA reminder that when printing using the MFDs in the IS labs on campus, that these only support A3 and A4 paper sizes. Therefore, if you try to print to a different paper size the job will automatically be cancelled (this is so that it doesn’t obstruct the rest of the jobs waiting in the print queue and you will not be charged). Also, a reminder that the free print quota is applied at the beginning of your academic year, not each semester.



New! Site license for MATLAB®and Simulink®

MATLAB-logoMATLAB lets you explore and visualize ideas and collaborate across disciplines including signal and image processing, communications, control systems, and computational finance

matlabSimulink, which is integrated into MATLAB, provides a graphical editor, customizable block libraries, and solvers for modelling and simulating dynamic systems

Both can now be installed on personal devices for academic work and study. The software is available to all UK staff & students and all IDL students studying with a UK campus who live in the UK or Europe. They will also shortly be available on the University desktop (for students) or to download via the Software Centre (staff).

Software for personal use:

New! SHEDL deal for Wiley


Led by the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), SHEDL was the first super-consortial purchasing scheme of its kind in the UK. Its success has provided the 18 Scottish Higher Education Institutions, the National Library of Scotland, and National Museums Scotland with access to over 3,460 online journals and 39,000 eBooks from leading academic publishers. We arewiley pleased to announce that SHEDL has secured a deal with Wiley, which will add 1,500 titles to our content from this publisher.

A-Z database list:


24 hour opening

24 hour opening_crop24 hour opening has started again at the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus) and will continue until the building closes at 21:45 on Friday 22 May 2015. Library staff are on duty:

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

Books can be borrowed, returned and renewed at the self-service kiosks anytime 24/7.

New! Online booking for study rooms

Information Services provide the following group study options:

  • 5 Group Study Tables, with wall mounted monitors, on Level 1
  • 2 Group Study Rooms, with smartboard/projector, on Level 2
  • 21 Individual Study Rooms on Levels 2 & 3
  • 4 study tables in the James Watt Centre (Wardlaw Rooms)

You can now book online up to 3 days in advance using our online booking system. Keys will be issued at the Service Desk and must be returned promptly by the end of the booking. Rooms and tables are available for 3 hours per day, and are available:

Cameron Smail Library
Monday – Friday          09:30-21:30
Saturday – Sunday      10:30-19:30

Warlaw Rooms
Monday – Friday          13:15-18:15

Room bookings:

A Strategic Vision for our Library & Learning Spaces

The Cameron Smail Library on the Edinburgh campus was a state-of-the-art development when built in 1974, and served as a model for many other academic libraries in Scotland over the following years.

Forty years on, a building designed primarily for the storage and circulation of paper-based resources is now required to be a 24×7 study centre, a technology-enhanced learning facility, an advice and teaching hub, a café and social space, whilst also housing the staff who manage the print and online resources and provide services to support leanring, teaching and research needs.

We are, therefore, pleased to announce that Information Services have been working with academic space consultants Realm-ISD, HWUSU, academic colleagues and Campus Services to prepare a strategic vision for library and learning spaces at the Edinburgh campus and the summary report can be accessed online. The next step of the journey is to have architects, and other specialists, prepare an options appraisal for the building. Tenders have been submitted and we expect to appoint a suitable firm in the next few weeks.

Summary report:


National Libraries Day

PrintSaturday 07 February is National Libraries Day and we will be opening our doors to anyone that would like to visit the Library and take a look around.  Come along between 11:00-16:00 and you can collect a self-guided tour sheet from the Service Desk on Floor 1, take a walk around the building and look at our collections and facilities and enjoy the wonderful views of the garden. There will be events going on at libraries all across the country, for more information on what’s on visit the National Libraries Day website.

National Libraries Day:

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