JANET Upgrade: Scottish Borders Campus

JANET engineers are scheduled to perform an upgrade to the SBC network link next week.

Date: Tuesday 28th March
Time: 07:00 – 09:00 BST

There will be a break in service for all staff and students at Scottish Borders Campus at some point during this time, and student and staff data (Internet) and telephony services will be “at risk” throughout this period.

Main campus buildings: Both staff and student data and the internal telephony service will be affected

Jean Muir Student Village:  Student services will not be affected. Staff data services will be affected (staff phones will not be affected).

See System Status page for updates.

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk or helpdesk@borderscollege.ac.uk

Retirement of Peter Sandison

Colleagues and friends have gathered to mark the retirement of Peter Sandison, Campus Library Manager for the Scottish Borders Campus, who has led our support of the co-located  students and staff of Heriot-Watt University and Borders College since 2007.

Peter with two former colleagues

Peter’s first contact with Heriot-Watt University occurred when he was a teacher on an English Language Summer School in the 1970s. In 1987 he was appointed Assistant Librarian at the Martindale Library of what was known then as the Scottish College of Textiles (SCOT). In 1996, having been Acting Chief Librarian, Peter converged the college’s Library, Computing and Audio-Visual services together and was appointed Head of Educational Services. The Scottish College of Textiles merged with Heriot-Watt  in 1998, and Peter became Manager of Library Services & Information Systems at the new Scottish Borders Campus. Borders College joined HWU at SBC in 2007, when Peter became Campus Library Manager. Additionally, Peter coordinated Friends International Borders, an informal group of local volunteers offering friendship and hospitality to overseas students at the Scottish Borders Campus.

Peter embraced all of these changes with gusto and consistently applied his considerable energy to enhancing the services he and his colleagues offered students and academics. He has worked enthusiastically with colleagues across Information Services globally, and brought his extensive experience to bear in formal committees and informal groups, always seeking to enhance the range and quality of our services. In 2015 Peter’s work was recognised through the Sprit of Heriot-Watt Award for Pursuing Excellence.

We thank Peter for all his work and friendship over the years and wish him a long and happy retirement.

 

Academic staff – call for reading lists…

Stack of Library BooksReading lists for items for the start of semester 1 should be received by 22nd July 2016.

This will allow time for us to check stock and order additional or new titles as required.

Books on reading lists

Send your reading lists to libord@hw.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Title of course
  • Details of the items needed (e.g. author, title, ISBN, publisher, year, edition)
  • Number of expected students
  • If an item is a key or core text
  • Item(s) to be placed on the 3 hour loan system
  • If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy as we will be checking all requests for eBook availability

Please note that if you also need copies of titles to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact their libraries directly as they will be placing their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk and MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk respectively.

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the Book request form at Suggest a book (the form may need to be opened in a new window depending on the browser used). Select yes from the drop down menu at the first question Is this book on a reading list?

Items to support wider reading

To request items to support student’s wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc again use the Book request form at Suggest a book 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 your Library Representative for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Requests for items required for the start of semester should be received by 22nd July 2016 – requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed for the start of semester.

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

Exam Stress Buster & drop in sessions

Exam Stress Buster

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http://www.artofliving.org UK Registered Charity: 1131480 / SC041411

The Counselling and Support Service and Jaydeep Pancholi invite you to drop in for free meditation sessions to help dispel your anxiety and stress.

Where:
The Anderson Room, top floor, Cameron Smail Library

When:
Mondays:   25th April, 2nd, 9th & 16th May: 1215 – 1245
Thursdays: 28th April, 5th, 12th & 19th May: 1615 – 1645

Exam stress drop in sessions

For anyone who is struggling or feeling very anxious.

Where:
Student Support and Accommodation Office, Hugh Nisbet building

When:
Monday-Friday throughout the exams:  1400 – 1500

No appointment needed – all welcome!

Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change the World (Malaysia campus)

TransformITThe ‘Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change The World’ campaign was launched this week at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Transform IT is a programme where old digital devices can be donated and refurbished to be given to non-governmental organisations, welfare homes and community centres nationwide or responsibly recycled to ensure no damage is done to the environment.

The campaign is in partnership with social enterprise SOLS Tech, HP Malaysia, and AIESEC Student Club at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

For more information see: –

 

Nexis: Global news and business research service

Nexis: Global news and business research service

We have a new subscription to Nexis (replacing the previous subscription to Factiva). nexis screenshot

Nexis is Ideal for lecturers and students specialising in: Business, Management, Politics, Linguistics, Languages, Social Sciences and more. It provides full text access to UK and international newspapers and trade press, with foreign language news sources in over 26 languages and also:

  • Full text access to The Financial Times (30 day embargo)
    • Company and industry information from Extel Cards, Hoover’s profiles, ICC Financial Analysis Reports and Worldscope.
    • Company Dossier
    • Economic and political profiles for countries.
    • Biographical information including Debrett’s People of Today and Who’s Who

Nexis is available from the A-Z list of databases.

More Online Journals

We have expanded our provision of full-text journals from the Proquest databases and now have access to the following:screenshot of proquest

  • ProQuest SciTech Collection
    • Research literature in science, technology and engineering
    • 5,600 full-text titles
    • 1,700 full-text environmental impact statements
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection
    • Comprehensive bundle of full text and A&I social sciences literature
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    • 640 full-text titles
  • ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture Collection
    • Collection of A&I databases and journals in full-text
    • 400 full-text titles

Proquest databases are listed in the A-Z list of databases.

Use of Skype video conference software at all campuses

Information Services is pleased to announce that easing of restrictions on the use of Skype within the United Arab Emirates now allows the use of Skype desktop video conferencing between all Heriot-Watt campuses worldwide.

Please note that phone-calls from Skype to mobile/landline telephones are still banned in the UAE.

To find out more about Skype and how to get started using it please refer to the Knowledgebase or consult your local IT Support team.

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