FREE ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers – Edinburgh Public Libraries visit

Did you know that you could download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers for FREE from Edinburgh Public Libraries?

Their Digital Team librarians will be in Heriot Watt Library on Thursday 14th February from 11am-2pm to hand out free library membership cards and information which give you instant online access to:

eBooks   with OverDrive you get access to thousands of bestselling fiction and non-fiction ebooks from fantastic authors such as George RR Martin; Bill Bryson; Lee Child; Bryan Cox; Hilary Mantel; Stuart MacBride and Stephen Hawking.

Newspapers –  over 2500 worldwide newspapers are available to download to the PressReader app before they’ve even hit the newsagents. So wherever you are from, PressReader will have a newspaper for you! Includes over 70 UK local and national newspapers such as the Scotsman and Guardian.

Magazines –   theres over 4000 UK and international magazines available to download on RBdigital and PressReader. Includes New Scientist; Popular Science; Apple Magazine; PC Format; Newsweek; Total Film; Men’s Fitness; HELLO!; BBC Good Food; and Cosmopolitan.

Audiobooks  –  four fantastic services give you a wide range of bestselling audiobooks to listen to. Perfect for when you are working out or commuting.

Stop by and pick up a membership card and instruction leaflets on how you can use these services on your computer, tablet or phone.

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New year, new you …

Want to learn new skills this year? Perhaps you want to become a Photoshop Pro, an awesome photographer or even learn how to play an instrument? Remember LinkedIn Learning isn’t just for IT skills:

  • collection of paint brushesIf you’ve got a new camera or phone for Christmas you’ll find lots of videos and courses to help improve your photography skills.
  • If you want to take up a creative hobby, LinkedIn Learning can help with painting, drawing, and animation.
  • Or if your new year’s resolution is to better understand social media, you can find short courses on twitter and Instagram.

It’s quick and easy to access LinkedIn Learning courses from any device — anytime and anywhere.

If you have problems accessing LinkedIn Learning please contact IT helpdesk on +44 (0) 131 451 4045 or email ithelp@hw.ac.uk

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Power Hours w/c 14 January 2019

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
14th January

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Excel: Fundamentals
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching , Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

How to Succeed in Exams
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Note Taking [Webinar]
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Making the Most of Your Lectures
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome, most suited to UG and PGT students

Coping with Presentation Nerves 
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 16:00-17:00
Location: Student Wellbeing Centre, Hugh Nisbet Building
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard [Webinar]
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Critical Thinking
Date: 17 January 2019
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours
See our website for further skills development opportunities

Edinburgh Campus Library 24/7 opening hours

The Edinburgh Campus library will be open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week from today, Monday 7th January until Thursday 16th May 2019.  On the last day of Semester 2, the Library will close at 8:30pm.

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Introducing BrowZine – the journal browsing tool

Our new tool allows you to find and browse scholarly journals that we subscribe to in your subject area and keep up to date with the latest research.

Access Browzine directly from the “Browse Journals” link on the Discovery home page, or select “Browse articles in this journal” from search results. 

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Then browse journals in your subject areas and register for an account to add journals to your ‘Bookshelf’. You can also download an app for iOS and Android, which will alert you when new issues of the journals on your bookshelf are available.   

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Library opening hours – Christmas and New Year – Edinburgh Campus

The Edinburgh Campus Library will close at 2:30pm Friday 21st December
and re-open on Thursday 3rd January at 9:00am.

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Information Services Allen McTernan Building Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance – 17th 18th December

Information Services Allen McTernan Building Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance

As part of our ongoing infrastructure maintenance schedule, we are required to replace the batteries in the main data centre UPS, which provides backup power to the majority of services housed in Allen McTernan, in the event of a power outage.
This work will take place on the 17th December and will last one working day.
Whilst this work is ongoing the existing services will be powered directly from the mains supply, but we will have no battery backup in the event of a mains power failure.
Services should therefore be considered at risk during Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th of December.
All services run from Allen McTernan should be backed up in advance of this date.

Any questions, please submit a ticket to the Help Desk ITHelp@hw.ac.uk

Study space for exam revision – Edinburgh Campus

There is study space available across the Edinburgh Campus from Friday 30th November to Friday 14th November 2018.
The Library will continue to be open 24/7 up until 8:30pm on Friday 14th December.

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Heriot-Watt secures Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation #InformationServices

We have recently been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation in information security following an audit by a Scottish Government approved assessment body, ID Cyber Solutions.

The UK government scheme, which is specifically designed for public sector organisations in the UK, is a globally recognised certification that serves as a kite mark for industries around the world and is increasing becoming a requirement for research funders.

Receiving the certification is testament to our commitment to cyber security. It is also a demonstration of our commitment to continuous process improvement and safeguarding data

Kathy McCabe, Global Director Information Services

The certification covers the entire range of IT services provided within the university. It includes an assurance framework and a set of security controls to protect information from threats coming from the internet. Cyber Essentials Plus includes additional independent testing which requires an on-site technical assessment.

We achieved accreditation by the 31st October 2018 target date set out by the Scottish Government as part of its Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland, making it the largest Scottish University of our size and complexity to achieve the CE+ certification to date.

Kathy McCabe, Global Director of Information Services labelled the certification a huge achievement and an absolute credit to the teams involved”, saying it was the “culmination of many thousands of hours of work undertaken by an institution-wide team of dedicated colleagues.”

She added: “Receiving the certification is testament to our commitment to cyber security. It is also a demonstration of our commitment to continuous process improvement and  safeguarding data. But more than that, it provides the necessary accreditation to access funding from a range of funders, a proactive step giving Heriot-Watt an advantage over other HEIs/competitors.” 

Congratulations to everyone involved.

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