Click & Collect service resuming

We are pleased to be able to reinstate click & collect services for print books at the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses. We know that this service is very helpful for students this year and apologise for any inconvenience caused while the review of its safety was carried out by the University. This week we are working through the backlog of requests received and revising our service in  the libraries. Further information of the full reinstatement and new process will be communicated early next week.

Digital copying services

The Digital Copies Service from Information Services will enable you to provide Copyright compliant scans of book chapters or articles via the Copyright Licensing Agency’s content store.


The service will provide teaching staff with scans of book chapters or articles for use in Vision. There is a requirement on all staff to ensure that scans are enabled within the limits of the University’s licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency (which applies to all UK campuses).


For more information about the service and how to request a scan, please visit this webpage
Digital copies service – Heriot-Watt University (hw.ac.uk)

New chatbot feature in Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard have updated Collaborate Ultra to include a “chatbot” for users.
The chatbot uses artificial intelligence to respond to user’s queries about Collaborate Ultra. All users can access the chatbot during a live session.
If you find the chatbot answer is not helpful, please contact IShelp@hw.ac.uk for more specific help. Please do not raise a ticket with Blackboard directly.
This will enable IS to track all issues and provide a more HWU specific response to any issues arising.

New training events from Information Services

IS will be running a number of training events over the coming weeks covering

  • Turnitin
  • Using Microsoft Sway to develop interactive materials
  • Using Microsoft Stream for hosting and sharing video content
  • Microsoft Forms
  • Top tips for creating great video content

To view the schedule and book a place on one of the sessions, follow this link http://bit.ly/infoservicestraining

Staff training sessions – Vision, Turnitin and Collaborate Ultra

Learning Teaching and Enhancement Services (LTES) staff will be running more training sessions on Vision, Turnitin and Collaborate Ultra to help staff  prepare for teaching in Semester 2.
These will be appropriate for all staff whether you are new to using these tools or require a refresher session. to book please go to the following link:

https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/istraining

Online support from Information Services Global during the Christmas and New Year break #HWU_IS

Information Services will provide online support globally for urgent Helpdesk tickets from 23rd December to 4th January throughout the Christmas break apart from 24th and 25th December and 1st January. 
Please submit issues to
ISHelp@hw.ac.uk in the usual way.

Library Opening times

  • Edinburgh Campus Library and Helpdesk will close on 22nd December and re-open 5th January
  • Scottish Borders Campus Library will close on 18th December and re-open 5th January
  • Malaysia Campus Library and Helpdesk – open throughout except closed 24th and 25th December 2020 and 1st January
  • Dubai Campus Library and Helpdesk – open throughout except closed 24th 25th 26th December and 1st 2nd January

On-site library services are compliant with local Government regulations and as such opening times may be subject to change – please check the website for details and HWU_IS

Good news – extra budget for eBooks

Information Services are delighted to have been allocated additional budget to purchase more access to eBooks.

Responsive Blended Learning means more emphasis on access to electronic resources and in particular electronic copies of textbooks. In our libraries we are conscious that we cannot provide you with access to print textbooks as we have in the past. This welcome investment in our library collections allows us to buy more titles, and more copies, for more access to the eBooks which you need for your studies and take home exams.

We are working from semester one  reading lists to buy the titles you will need for your exam revision and take-home exams right now. These will all be accessible through Discovery. We know that there are different platforms and permissions around using these eBooks, so will make as much information as we can available here to help you.

Please get in touch if you have any problems through ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

We are also looking ahead to semester two, working through all the reading lists we have received so far, to ensure the textbooks you need for your studies are available for you.

Click and Collect for Library books – Edinburgh, SBC and Malaysia campuses

The Click and Collect Service for Library books will be available from 7th September. Due to COVID19 current restrictions, it is not possible to browse for books from the Library shelves.

To borrow a book, you will need to request it via the Library system.
You can request books that are on the shelf in the Library and also those that are out on loan to another student.

Requesting a book
Go to Discovery.
Sign in, and search for the book you would like to borrow

Once you have found the book that you would like to borrow, there will be an option to request it

Select Request and fill in the details

Your request will be placed.

The request will then be processed by Library staff and the book will either be found from the shelves or will be recalled from another student if they have it out on loan.

For access to journals on site, please email Library staff ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk

For access to offsite journals, please log into the Helpdesk via the portal and fill in the form

When your book is available for you to collect, you will receive an email from the Library Service Desk.

If the book is in the Library, you will be able to collect it the next day.
If the book has to be recalled, this can take anytime up to 2 – 3 weeks as it will rely on the student who currently has the book on loan returning it.  Students have up to 2 weeks to return a recalled book. 

All books when they are returned from other borrowers, must be quarantined for 72 hours to comply with safety guidelines. 

Collection
The email from the Library Service Desk will give instructions about when and where to come to collect the book. 
Please wait until you have the email instructions before visiting the Library.
We are expecting that collection time will be between 2:00pm – 4:00pm daily

You must bring your Student ID card so that we can check the details.

The book will be issued to your Library account by staff before collection and will be wrapped ready to collect.

Dawsonera eBooks – no access from Friday 31st July

Please note that we will have no access to Dawsonera eBooks from Friday 31st July 2020.
We will be switching the titles to another platform where possible but there may be a temporary loss of access to the titles while this happens.
Any notes etc. that you’ve made on the Dawsonera platform won’t be accessible.
Please download and save any notes that you have made before Friday 31st July. [HW Discovery Update]

A Guide to Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research

The Guide to Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research includes information for learning and accessing resources while off-campus.

There are some very useful video screencasts of how to to use Discovery for accessing ebooks, ejournals and databases.

You can also sign up for Power Hours webinars and contact Liaison Librarians for help and support

 

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