Well done new HWU graduands!

graduation dayCongratulations to all of our students who are graduating this autumn in ceremonies held in the UK (14th & 15th November), Dubai (27th & 28th November), Malaysia (3rd December) and Moscow (13th October).

We hope you enjoy your ceremony and have an excellent time with your family and friends.

If you are leaving us remember that you can continue to use our library services as an alumnus – see Borrowing from HWU libraries for more information (look under Who can join HWU library).

With our very best wishes for a happy and successful future.

Vision: Service Interruption 18th November 2017

Our Managed Hosting Company (Blackboard) will be performing essential maintenance at their datacentre in Amsterdam on Saturday 18th November 2017

This has been scheduled for

23:00 on 17/11/2017 to 05:00 on 18/11/2017 GMT

While Blackboard will keep downtime to a minimum, Vision will be unavailable at some time during the maintenance window, and should be considered to be at risk throughout.vision20171118

See System Status page for updates.

Academic staff – call for reading lists…

Stack of Library BooksReading lists for items for the start of semester 2 should be received by 20th November 2017.

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 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.

Recommended reading

Via email – please send us 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 as we will be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students.

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

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.

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)

Study tips for successful revision: Study Buddies & Study Groups

studygroupIt’s week 8 already – a good time to find a study buddy or join a study group and start early with exam preparation. If you haven’t found the right study group start your own.   Agree a regular time to meet and book one of our Group Study Rooms (Edinburgh campus) or check out the other study spaces across your campus and decide where to meet.

Research shows that studying and revising with a study buddy or with a group really boosts retention and more importantly your understanding of a topic or concept. Test each other. Past exam papers are a good source of practice questions – if you can’t find them on Vision ask your lecturer if they can make some available.   Within the study group take turns to explain the concept/idea or the workings of a problem or formulae – everyone benefits, especially the student doing the explaining!

Don’t miss the exam survival sessions in November

This National Stress Awareness day – some reminders about how we can help as the semester moves into course work hand in time and then exams.

The NSS highlights exams are one of the top reasons for stressed students – so don’t miss the Exam Survival Guide and How to Manage Exam Stress Power Hours later this month – each session is full of useful tips and  techniques to help you survive and succeed in your exams.

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And remember – if you are feeling stressed you don’t need to cope alone – there’s lots of support available across HWU e.g. Health and Wellbeing, Academic Study SkillsChaplaincy – so get in touch – we’re here to help.

New Student Quiz winners 2017

We have had an excellent response to our new student quiz in Vision with a total of 836 students taking part and a total of 165 all correct entries.

  • Dubai: 184 entries; 31 all correct
  • Edinburgh: 491 entries; 85 all correct
  • Malaysia: 121 entries; 39 all correct
  • Orkney: 10 entries; 6 all correct
  • SBC: 30 entries; 4 all correct

The prize winners – selected at random from the all correct answers – have collected their prizes of gift vouchers for local cinemas, food outlets etc.

Dubai Campus
Winners were James Mathew, Ibrahim Qureshi and Rakesh Rai

Edinburgh Campus
Winners were Elie Younes (PG/EPS), Toni Baird (UG/EGIS) and Megan Ongley (UG/MACS)

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Toni Baird, UG, EGIS

Malaysia Campus
Winners were Xiu Jui Woo, Rubini Vijayasuriar and Mohamad Aminuddun

Orkney Campus
Winners were Jack Sheehy (PG/EGIS) and Stuart Bevan (PG/EGIS)

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Scottish Borders Campus
Winners were Maeve Kilcullen (UG/TEX),  India Gill (UG/TEX) and Amy MacKenzie (UG/TEX)

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Maeve receiving her voucher from Jamie McIntyre, Campus Library Manager

We hope you found it a bit of fun, but also a useful introduction to the services and support offered by Information Services – and to Vision itself.

Thank you to everyone that took part.

Get Safe Online Week 2017

Get Safe Online week starts today in the UK.  The key theme this year is phishing – and how to reduce the chances of getting caught.

National Stats reveal that

  • Younger people are more likely to be victims of phishing than older people:
    • 11 per cent of 18-24 year olds have been a victim of phishing
    • 5 per cent of 55+ year olds have been a victim of phishing
  • This is despite the fact that older people are more likely to be targeted:
    • 36 per cent of 18-24 year olds have been targeted by phishing, but have not fallen victim to it
    • 47 per cent of 55+ year olds have been targeted by phishing, but have not fallen victim to it
  • This indicates younger people are less savvy when it comes to phishing than older people

Visit Get Safe Online for more info and advice.

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Learning Commons 2 – now open!

Following yet another busy summer of redevelopment work Learning Commons 2 was officially opened by Principal Richard Williams on 6th October. This £800,000 investment further improves the variety and quality of study spaces across the Edinburgh campus.

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Professor Richard Williams and Director of Information Services Kathy McCabe enjoy a tour of Learning Commons 2

Located in Building 18 (also still known as the Post Graduate Centre), Learning Commons 2 occupies all of the top and part of the 3rd floor, and offers a mix of collaborative and silent study areas with 3 bookable group study rooms, a silent study room (available from November), 15 PCs, an MFD and an office where IS staff will offer help at advertised times.

The space improves and extends the variety and number of student study spaces that we have across campus – complementing the very popular Learning Commons 1 (opened last autumn) and the newly refurbished James Watt Centre.

Learning Commons 2 will be open from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Friday with Learning Commons 1 open from 6 am – midnight everyday, and the library open 24/7 during semester.

See Opening Hours for details

Work has now started on the Cameron Smail Library – a 2 year project that will transform the current library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone.

We hope that you enjoy Learning Commons 2.  If you have any comments on the space please let us know – either in person at one of our service desks or by using our feedback form.

Finding resources

Whether you are a new student or an existing student you might find the following reminders about finding resources useful.

We have a global online collection of around 50,000 e-journals and 85,000 e-books, as well as our print collection and electronic databases. Our online collection is available 24/7 – and can be accessed from on or off campus.

Discovery

When looking for resources you should use Discovery – Discovery searches the library catalogue (all campuses) and journal articles and you can easily filter and refine your search to locate the best resources for your work.

You can also use Discovery to build up your e-Shelf (so you can return to resources easily once you’ve found them), save your queries, reserve an item that is out on loan or check your account status (loans/requests/fines etc).

Databases

We have nearly 250 databases that you can browse and search.

UK students & staff – SCONUL

UK students/staff can access local University and research libraries in the UK and Ireland through the SCONUL scheme. Depending on where you live in relation to your campus library, you might find this useful if another university library is more local to you than your HWU one.

If you can’t find what you need in the HWU catalogue, you might find the item in another university library and be able to access it there.

All campuses – Interlibrary loans

If your library doesn’t have a copy of an item you need to consult for your research, the Interlibrary Loan service will try to obtain it for you. The Interlibrary Loan service is available across all our campuses to Staff, Postgraduate students and Undergraduates in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year.

Help

You’ll find subject specific help on your Subject Guide – but if you can’t find what you’re looking for ask at the Service Desk or get in touch – we’re here to help.

Just a quick update on what happened over the summer

A very warm welcome to all new students – we look forward to meeting and working with you this year. And “welcome back” to all returning students – we hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to the new semester.

As always, we have been very busy over the past 3 months – upgrading, replacing and developing our services – so take a few minutes to see what’s been happening.

A quick summary of the main things to look out for are…

Library refurbishments

Edinburgh campus

A huge library refurbishment project has started on the Edinburgh campus (we are investing more than £6m over the next 2 years to improve the learning and study environment in the library).  There will be regular updates on how it is going as the year progresses – so make sure you are following us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Scottish Borders campus

The library has been transformed to provide more collaborative learning spaces, 22 extra PC study spaces, a dedicated silent study space and a Design Suite with 10 new PCs and iMacs with specialist software.

A new enquiry point has been located on the first floor and coffee and vending machines have been installed.

Learning Commons 2 (Edinburgh campus)

Due to open early in Semester 1

The 3rd and top floor of Building 18 (what used to be the Post Graduate Centre) will become Learning Commons 2 – providing over 100 additional study and learning spaces for all students.

Learning Commons 1 (in Hugh Nisbet building) which opened in September 2016 has been hugely successful and we anticipate this new facility will prove equally popular.

Close to EPS, MACS and EGIS, this space offers facilities for group and collaborative study, 3 bookable rooms and MFD.

The official opening will be on  6th October 2017. Da Vinci’s café is located on the ground floor.

Teaching room refurbishments (Edinburgh campus)

The James Watt Centre has been transformed into a new teaching and learning hub with lecture theatres, study spaces, break out areas and a café.

Many other rooms across campus have had PC or AV equipment renewed.

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The library Discovery service has been updated and improved – if you’ve been searching for resources during the summer you’ll have encountered the new interface already.

See the post on New Discovery now live or jump right in from Find Resources

Blackboard app

Blackboard have launched their new Blackboard app (this replaces Blackboard Mobile Learn).  Mobile Learn was removed from all app stores 1 August 2017 and Blackboard will no longer support Mobile Learn after August 31, 2017.  Although Mobile Learn will continue to work for existing users in the short term, we cannot guarantee that it will work in the future and would advise users to move to the new app

See Virtual learning environment (Vision) for details.

Software upgrades

Several software upgrades were made to the student desktop and teaching machines.  The main ones were (with current version of software):

  • Microsoft Office (Office 2016)
  • EndNote (X8.0.1)
  • Maple (2016)
  • MATLAB (R2017a)
  • Minitab (18.1)
  • SPSS (SPSS 24)

New fleet of MFDs in student and staff areas (Edinburgh campus)

A new fleet of Ricoh MFDs have been installed across campus. User guides are at Print/copy/scan.

Academic Support and Liaison Librarians

Your  Academic Support and Liaison Librarian for 2017/18 will be: –

UK Campuses and IDL

  • EGIS: Sarah Kelly
  • EPS & Orkney campus: Kirsty Thomson
  • MACS: Rachel Whittington
  • SoSS: Marion Kennedy
  • Evenings (Tues – Fri): Candace Guite
  • TEX: Jamie McIntyre

Dubai

  • All schools: Ramakanta Rath

Malaysia

  • All schools: Malaysia library service desk

Effective Learning Advisors

Rachel Whittington and Candace Guite have joined the ELA team to offer support with Academic Study Skills. Based on our Edinburgh campus they join Isabelle Pottinger (Edinburgh campus), Allyson Noble (Dubai campus) and Stella Galimpin (Malaysia campus).

Library and Learning Commons opening times

See Library Opening Times

Helpdesk opening times

See Helpdesk opening times

Power Hours

Our popular Power Hour workshop programme has been reviewed and updated – see Power Hours for info.

So welcome – or welcome back – we hope you have a successful and enjoyable semester.