Re-opening Edinburgh Campus Library – 7th September

Planning is continuing across the University for next semester and the Responsive Blended Learning approach in the new academic year.
This also includes the future opening up of buildings on campus.
The good news is that the Edinburgh Campus Library will be open from Monday 7th September.

The Library will be open Monday 7th – Friday 11th September 9:00am – 5:00pm for Welcome Week.
Then from Monday 14th September, the opening hours will be Monday – Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.
There are currently no plans for 24/7 opening for Semester 1.

Access to the building will be controlled according to social distancing guidelines as will movement round the building. Occupancy will also be limited as we will only be able to use approximately 25% of out total study spaces.

You can access thousands of learning resources online through Discovery https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/is/find-resources.htm

Please let us know if you require any help to find online resources or if you have any further questions by emailing @ishelp@hw.ac.uk. 

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]

Returning Library Books – Edinburgh Campus

If you have Library books still out on loan from last Semester and are a returning student, please keep the books until the Library re-opens and we will let you know how you can return them.

If you are a non-returning student and have finished your studies, please let us know if you have Library books still out on loan.  We will let you know the options for returning the books.

For enquiries, please email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk or ISHelp@hw.ac.uk. 
HW Discovery Update

eBook downloads turned off to increase access for more students at exam time

We have a large number of eResources including eBooks that are available for students to use while studying off campus.

To access eBooks, use Discovery  and you will be able to view and read a wide selection.

Some eBooks only allow a limited number of users to view them at the same time.
Due to the demand at exam time, it is currently not possible to download eBooks in order to increase access for everyone. They can still be read online.

If you have any problems accessing the resources please contact libhelp@hw.ac.uk

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Free eResources for students and staff during the Covid-19 situation

Free eResources for students and staff during the Covid-19 situation

While you are studying, teaching, and carrying out research off-campus, don’t forget that you can still access all of the Heriot-Watt University Library’s eResources.
A good place to start is by searching Discovery, the IS Guides on a wide range of subjects, and the A-Z of databases.

In addition to all the usual eResources, we are currently providing temporary access to a number of new resources.  The providers of these resources have made them freely available to the academic community as part of their Covid-19 response. This includes resources across a wide range of HWU subject areas from engineering to fashion.  Included are eJournals and eBooks that provide access to content from publishers like Bloomsbury, Elsevier, ICE, IOP, Springer and Cambridge University Press. More details can be found on the HWU website.

Students can also sign up for the VitalSource offer of seven free eTextbooks to use until 30th June – more details are available on the HWU website. This is in addition to the usual HWU eBooks, available from Discovery. It is also now possible for many of our eBooks to be accessed by more students at once than usual due to publisher goodwill at this difficult time.

To find out more about all of the extra resources temporarily available to staff and students visit the HWU website which will display the full list.
If you have any questions please email us at ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Changes to Library book loans

Due to the current situation, we have made some changes to the policies for book loans and returns.

All books that are currently on loan will auto-renew until at least September.  This means that any books that you have borrowed will not become overdue and will not generate any fines.  You will be able to keep the book until the beginning of next Semester.

Also, the option to request or reserve a book has been cancelled.  This means that no books currently out on loan will be recalled in order to fulfil reservations which in turn avoids students having to return books to the Library.

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If you require any further information, or have any questions, please email the Library Service Desk servicedesk@hw.ac.uk

 

 

Phishing emails – ‘REFUND CONFIRMATION – Heriot-Watt University Student’

We have had reports of staff and students receiving phishing emails this afternoon. 

Some have a subject line of  REFUND CONFIRMATION – Heriot-Watt University Student – and a link to claim a tax refund.  Some are requesting bank details for refunds.  

Do NOT click on the link in the email 

If you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • Forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • Delete it

Top tips to help you spot phishing emails

  • Be suspicious of any urgent requests for personal or financial information
  • Be aware: Phishing scams are common at main instalment payment dates
  • Check that you’re using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information;
  • Prevention: Your email details may have been taken from a social networking site so avoid disclosing your email address or make sure you hide it on your page
  • Look for tell-tale signs of phishing: Check the quality of the communication. Misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often good indicators

 

Upgrade of S: Drive – 28th Feb 17:00 GMT

Information Services will be migrating the S: drive to a new location in order to improve the service. This change will utilise new IT infrastructure that will offer a faster, robust and more secure platform.
Access to the S: drive should be considered “at risk” from Friday 28th February 17:00 – Monday 2nd March 9:00 GMT. 
During the switch over all data on the S: drive will be secure.

For those users with managed desktops/laptops the new path to the S: drive will automatically be updated, however Recent Documents and Shortcuts to the old S: drive locations will no longer work and will need to be recreated.

For those on unmanaged machines you will need to remap the S: drive from the current location \\netapp04b\HWShare to \\HWSHARE\hwshare

Please contact ISHelp@hw.ac.uk if you have any questions

Essential maintenance – VPN and Single Sign On Systems – Saturday 22nd February

Essential maintenance – VPN and Single Sign On Systems – Saturday 22nd February

To enhance stability and performance, essential maintenance will be taking place on our VPN and Single Sign On systems on Saturday 22nd February.
VPN access and log in to the Portal, Office365 and Dropbox services will be “at risk” on this day although we will endeavour to keep any service disruption to a minimum.
Information Services apologises for any inconvenience and appreciate your co-operation

 

Requesting offsite journals and theses

We do have some journals and theses that are held in offsite storage and these can be requested as and when needed.
After searching in Discovery  , you find that the journal article you need is held offsite, you will see this information in request options which means you need to fill in a form to retrieve the journal.
Request options
Previously, the form has been a paper form at the Library Service Desk, but now we have introduced an online form.

You can access the form via the student or staff portal or by following the link

How to request offsite journals

If you have any problems with the form or have any other enquiries, please contact the Library Service Desk on 0131 451 3577 or teh IS Helpdesk on 0131 451 4045 or email ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

 

 

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