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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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

Academic staff – call for reading lists…

Stack of Library BooksReading lists for items for the start of semester 2 should be received by 30th November 2018. We will still purchase any items requested after then but can’t guarantee that they will be available for the start of semester.

Please note that if your reading list has no changes from last year you do not need to submit it again.

Please let us know about new books or editions that you want, or if the number of students on your course has greatly increased (we will then need your reading list and the number of students).  If your course is completely new please submit your full reading list with plenty of time for us to provide all the books.
Please note that we will be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students

How to request recommended reading

Edinburgh or Orkney Campuses

If books are needed at the Edinburgh or Orkney campuses please send your reading lists to libord@hw.ac.uk with the information above or use the book order form.

Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If you also need copies of books to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact their libraries directly as they place their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk and MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk respectively.

Scottish Borders Campus

If books are for the Scottish Borders Campus please contact J.H.McIntyre@hw.ac.uk

Via email – please send the following information:

  •       Title and code of the course
  •          Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, ISBN, publisher, year, edition)
  •          Number of expected students
  •          If an item is a key text
  •         If the item is to be available as a three hour loan (rather than for week or standard (16 week) loan)
  •          If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy. 

 

IDL students

If books on your course are needed by IDL students please make sure that the books are available as eBooks before your list is given to students. Unfortunately not all titles are available as eBooks and IDL students have previously reported problems reading material recommended by staff. Please let me know if you want more information about this or to find out if a title is available as an eBook as we can check for you.

ALP students

If titles on your course are needed by ALP students please be aware that we do not purchase books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing. However ALP students do have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks on reading lists.

Via the online form (for Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only currently):

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the book request form which is accessed from the link on the “Suggest a book” page . Please select ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is this book on a reading list?’.

Wider reading

To request books to support students’ wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc please again use the request form link on the “Suggest a book” page  and select ‘No’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is this book on a reading list?’. These items are automatically forwarded to the School’s Library Representative for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Journal articles and book chapters

If you require online copies of book chapters or journal articles, then this can be done through our digital copies service.

If you have any questions please contact Ellen Peacock, Aquisitions & Metadata Manager (e.peacock@hw.ac.uk Ext 3573)

Top ten courses on LinkedIn Learning

Screenshot of a PowerPoint Quick Tips course on LinkedIn Learning.All staff and students at Heriot-Watt now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of 12,000+ digital courses on business, creative and management topics.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalised course recommendations based on your interests, skillset, experience and goals, delivered by industry experts with real-world experience.

The current top ten courses at Heriot-Watt are:

  1. Learning C#
  2. How to use LinkedIn Learning
  3. Learning Java
  4. Learning Python
  5. Python for Data Science Essential Training
  6. Communication within Teams
  7. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project Management Foundations
  9. Strategic Thinking
  10. Python Essential Training

LinkedIn Learning covers a huge range of topics, such as app development; Microsoft Office; entrepreneurship; social media marketing; photography and many more.  You can access LinkedIn Learning online or via the Heriot-Watt portal.

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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How to spot ‘fake news’

 

Anyone who has been to one of our classes on Literature Searching will be aware of the importance of evaluating information – and its source – for your academic work. This is also important in your day to day life as well, especially if you get most of your information from social media. When reading anything online, take a moment to stop and follow this guide. If the story sounds suspicious, you can also use fact checking sites like Snopes and Full Fact.

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‘Email De-activation Request’ – How to Spot a Phishing Scam

Here is some updated advice following the latest round of Phishing emails, with subject lines such as ‘Email De-activation Request’ or ‘Important Doc’.

When you receive a suspicious email, stop and take a moment to think about:

  • Who
  • Why
  • What
  • When 
  • Where
  1. Who and why: Check the sender and the logic of their request

Most of the time a spam email will come from an unfamiliar organisational email address. However, if it is from a recognised email address, you need to be extra cautious and report it immediately to the owner or the email administrator to verify it.

In the recent case, where staff and student accounts were compromised, the sender appears as a genuine HWU user. In that case, consider whether it’s reasonable that a fellow student or teaching member of staff is asking you to verify your IT account details.

  1. What: Read the message

Don’t ever fall to trickeries stated in the email example like a link asking for a reset password which you don’t request, quizzes that require you to login or asking for your digital signature. Always be sure that the email is legitimate before proceeding to click any links in it. If in doubt, check with ithelp@hw.ac.uk in the first instance.

Never feel so rushed into doing something in a hurry. Think what you’re being asked to do. In general terms, deleting a message is the safest course of action after reading and considering the contents of an unexpected email.

  1. Where is it taking you: Got an attachment or link? Look out!

Attachments may contained malware and viruses. Again, be vigilant and always ensure the email that you received is legitimate and from a trustable source. Check (hover over or right click on a link) to see where it is you are being sent. If the web address is unfamiliar or in any way suspicious, don’t go there. If you do arrive at a strange site though, never enter your Heriot Watt credentials in any of the forms there.

  1. When: Report it, immediately

If you are unsure don’t wait but please report any suspicious email right away to IT by attaching the email and send it to Abuse@hw.ac.uk. If you think your account has been compromised, don’t delay and please seek assistance immediately from ITHelp@hw.ac.uk

 

If you think you have received a spam or phishing email:

DON’T click on any links or open any attachments

DO forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk and delete it

 

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