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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What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details can be found at how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library’  
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

Phases of the project
The refurbishment project is now in Phase 4.
Phase 1 was the Ground Floor which is now completed with silent study spaces and books and print journals in mobile shelving.
Phase 2 and Phase 3 were Floor 1 which is the main entrance floor which provides a variety of study spaces plus the cafe and the staff area
Phase 4 includes work to Floor 3 of the Library work and also the main stairs.
It is scheduled to finish by 25th March and the space to be completed  and ready for use by 5th April.  There will be study space and PCs and some of the book stock.
Phase 5 work, Floor 2, will start on Monday 8th April and finish on 11th July. The space will be available for use from the end of July.

Location of Books in the Library
Some of the books from Floor 2 have moved to the new shelving in the refurbished Ground Floor. There were already journals and theses on the shelves and now some of the book stock has been relocated to this area.  This is in preparation for the refurbishment of Floor 2 in April 2019.

The books with class numbers 000 – 539 are now located on the Ground Floor.
The books with class numbers 540 – 999 are still located on Floor 2. 

The Quick Reference, Dictionaries and Dissertations have also been moved to the Ground Floor.

Please take care when using the mobile shelving and check that other students or staff are not already in the gaps between shelves when you move them.

Searching for books on Discovery

There is now a Map it feature in Discovery which means that when searching for a book and viewing the results, there will be an option to view the location where the book can be found.

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Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

Progress is being made on configuring ID cards for access through the entry gates to the Library and this should be in place for current students before the end of semester.

Student lockers are available in the Library – details at the Service Desk and these will be issued via the Library Management System in the same way as books.

The Library is open 24/7 until May 16th/17th

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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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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PC lab availability Edinburgh Campus

Just a quick reminder that it is possible to check PC lab availability online across the Edinburgh Campus.  This will be especially useful in the next few weeks as the PC lab on the top floor of the Library will be closed for refurbishment.

Some of the rooms may be used for teaching, so please check the Edinburgh campus teaching timetable. Some also have restricted access – see the table key for details.

Data is accurate to within ten minutes – please report any PCs in an unusable condition to ithelp@hw.ac.uk (x4045).

PC availability within Edinburgh Campus labs

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Printers in the Library (Edinburgh Campus)

The printers / MFDs have been moved from the top floor (Floor 3) in order to prepare that area for refurbishment.

The new locations are:

Ground Floor – Black & white printer – in the new study area immediately as you go in the door on the left.

Floor 1 – Black & white printer and colour printer – in the new print area adjacent to the Service Desk

Floor 2 – Colour printer – in the silent PC lab

If you need any help please ask at the Service Desk

Remember to exit and log out when you have finished printing.

There are also MFDs in Learning Commons 1 and Learning Commons 2

 

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