Opening hours – Easter/Semester 2 break #edincampuslib

We are currently in the Semester 2 break which lasts until 21st April and includes the Easter weekend.
easter semester break

Once the break is over, exams start from 24th April until 19th May which is the end of semester.

During this time the Edinburgh Campus library will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Staff will be available to answer enquiries and provide help and support between 8:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Friday and 10:00am – 8:15pm at weekends.

The Learning Commons will be open Monday to Friday during the Semester break  apart from the Easter weekend (Friday 14th – Monday 17th April inclusive) when it will be unavailable for use due to building closure days.

If you require any more information, please check the Information Services webpages or contact us 

12 Apps of Christmas: Take a Break

Today’s app, Take a Break, is take-a-break-logodesigned to help you relax through short, guided meditation sessions. You can choose to listen to the music provided in the app or use your own.

To download, go to:

Android: Take a Break

iOS: Take a Break

12 Apps of Christmas: Scanning apps

Today marks the half way point for our 12 Apps of Christmas feature. We’re mentioning two apps today that can transform your mobile device into a portable scanner – Microsoft Office Lens and Tiny Scanner.

Microsoft Office Lenslens

This free app is great for taking pictures of documents even from awkward angles. It recognises the corners of documents and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image. It will save the scan as either an image or PDF file in OneNote or OneDrive. If you don’t use either of those, you can save the scan as an image on your phone to share later.

It’s available on Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices. To download, go to:

Android: Microsoft Office Lens

iOS: Microsoft Office Lens

Windows (mobile devices): Microsoft Office Lens

Tiny Scannertiny-scanner

This scanning app allows you to save documents as PDFs to a folder on your device. You can then share the document by email. It also lets you set a passcode to protect your documents if you want to. There is a paid version with more features, such as sharing straight to EverNote or other apps, also available.

It’s available on iOS and Android phones and tablets. To download, go to:

Android: Tiny Scanner

iOSTiny Scanner

Information Services Quiz Winner!

We were delighted to host a visit from the 3rd cohort of pre-sessional students in July. The visit was designed to help the students find out about the  library and IT resources and the services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Congratulations Benjamin!

quiz-winner-final

New! Vision Power Hour

A new Vision topic has just been added to the summer Power Hour programme.

Vision: Preparing a course for Semester 1 2016/17

This hands on session will focus on key tasks to prepare your Vision course for the start of the year.

After this session you will be able to:

  • Highlight course goals and objectives
  • Enhance content presentation
  • Update course content

Date/time

  • Wednesday 31 August from  1000 – 1100
  • Friday 16 September from 1400 – 1500

Venue

Teaching room in the Edinburgh campus library.

Book your place

You can book your place on a workshop at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Places are limited to 10 delegates per session.

Summer Power Hour Programme

There are still a few spaces on some of the August Power Hours already advertised.

  • Introduction to Office 365
  • Introduction to OneDrive
  • EndNote
  • Discovery

Full details at Power Hours

Information Services Quiz Winner!

We were delighted to host a visit from the pre-sessional students to help them find out more information about the  library and IT resources and services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Well done Christina!

quiz winner

New Library System – what’s happening?

New Library System – what’s happening?

The new Discovery library system is now ‘Live’

It is available to use at HWU Edinburgh, SBC, Malaysia and Orkney campuses from today 30th June

It will be available at HWU Dubai from Monday 18th July

The new version of Discovery

  • gives access to all HWU collections (across all campuses)
  • improves and replaces the current library catalogue and discovery system
  • enables fast and efficient searching and filtering of resources

What is happening when?

Thursday 30th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 18th July

‘Go Live’

The New Discovery interface is available for Edinburgh, SBC, Malaysia and Orkney campuses.

The library is using a new borrowing and returning system which will be fully integrated with Discovery.

You can access your library account through Discovery
 

‘Go Live’
The New Discovery interface will be available for Dubai campus

 

 

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

Skype, Phones and Videoconferencing

Our successful transition earlier this year from on-campus email, calendars and address-books to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office365 system was intended to ensure that these critical services are available to HWU students and staff globally, from any device, 24 x 365.

Additionally, access to web-based versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and the right to install full versions of these on our own devices, ensures that all HWU students and staff can create, view and share documents globally. See our Summer 2016 Power Hours programme for more information about getting the best from these applications.

New applications are also bundled into Office365, with new additions planned by Microsoft all the time – see http://fasttrack.microsoft.com/roadmap  for details. The application which has seen the fastest take-up across HWU is Skype-for-Business, an enterprise-strength version of the free application we’ve used for years to keep in touch with distant friends and relatives.

Skype-for-Business’s potential for learning, teaching, research and administration across our global University is immense, but there are practical limits which emerge most commonly when communicating with people who are not on HWU campuses, with their high-speed connections to the Internet.

Internet Links June 2016

We find that each device in a Skype-for-Business videoconference needs at least 1mb/s of download and upload bandwidth to each and every other device in the call. This is particularly challenging for mobile phones, whether on 3G/4G or shared WIFI connections, and even more so when more than 2 nodes are connected.

Skype bandwidth 2

I’ve just checked the download and upload bandwidth available to my mobile phone, sitting in the Edinburgh Campus Library, out of Semester on a sunny Friday afternoon:

Mobile Bandwidth

As you can see, participating in more than a 1:1 videoconference would be impossible, and even that is marginal.

Turning on my phone’s WIFI and connecting to the global Eduroam service, with very few people about I can get 37mb/s download and 7mb/s upload, so I could potentially participate in the following teleconference:

Skype bandwidth 3

However, new devices connecting to WIFI near to me, or additional participants joining the meeting, would reduce (and could exhaust) the bandwidth available to me,  causing me problems.

Please note that these practical limits are nothing to do with Office365 or Skype-for-Business. Whichever software you use to videoconference between PCs, tablets and mobile phones, you’ll need these amounts of bandwidth available for reliable participation. As mentioned above, problems between on-campus participants are relatively rare.

So, what can you do to ensure that videoconferences using Skype-for-Business are always successful and productive?

  • Use wired connections rather than WIFI whenever possible, but if impossible, use WIFI rather than 3G/4G mobile broadband.
  • Prepare and practise well before any crucial conference:
    • Ensure that all participants have the correct software installed, have read its instructions and practised making calls and being called
    • Check that all participants have Internet connections that are reliable and fast enough.
    • Check that every camera, microphone and loudspeaker (or headset) are correctly adjusted
  • Work out your “Plan B” in advance, and share it with all participants. This might include:
    • Agreeing to blank cameras and mute microphones whenever possible if network capacity is problematic for any participant.
    • Having a conventional telephone/speakerphone available, with its dial-in number known to all.
    • Sharing all participant email addresses to allow asynchronous communication and content sharing.
  • Speak to the Information Services Audio Visual team who, with many years of videoconferencing experience, will be able to give you expert advice on getting the best possible results.

Are You Skinny Dipping?

Observing risks taken by some banks ahead of the 2007-8 Global Financial Crisis, the fund manager Warren Buffett commented, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you see who’s been swimming naked”.

Working with information held only on your PC, workstation, tablet or phone is swimming naked – you need to cover yourself with a back-up copy.

Every day, random disasters hit people and their information:

  • Human errors
  • System failures
  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Thefts
  • Cyber-crimes

Your system might fall on the floor, you might leave it on a train… The list of potential disasters is long and growing …

Protect your information from loss – save it on the H:Drive or OneDrive provided by Information Services and we’ll back it up for you, keeping multiple copies in several locations.

Don’t get caught out when the tide goes out – we’re here to keep you covered!

Easter Opening Hours – Edinburgh Campus Library

The Edinburgh Campus Library will remain open 24 hours a day over the Easter weekend.

This includes the building closed days Friday 25th (Good Friday) and Monday 28th (Easter Monday).

The opening hours are as usual and for more information, please check the Information Services website http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/library-essentials/library-opening-hours.htm

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