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Celebrate World Book Night 2015 with a haikuCelebrate World Book Night 2015 with a haiku

10/04/2015

To celebrate World Book Night on the 23rd April, Information Services will be holding a Haiku competition, with free books (donated by World Book Night http://www.worldbooknight.org/) for the winners and cake for anyone who composes and submits their library-related haikus at our stands in the Thomas Parry, Physical Sciences and Hugh Owen libraries. You can also tweet us your best haikus using #haikuaber (using the 5-7-5 syllable format), or compose them on the leaflets you see throughout the libraries and put them in a suggestion box. Closing date for entries is Thursday 23rd April. The winners will be announced on 24th April.

Haiku for a book?
Tweet hashtag haikuaber
For a chance to win

Think Green: recycle your used CD’s, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phonesThink Green: recycle your used CD’s, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones

08/04/2015

There is a recycling point in the entrance to the Hugh Owen Library where you can recycle your old CD’s, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones. Some of these are recycled through Green Source Solutions who donate money raised through their recycling services to chosen charities. http://www.greensourcesolutions.co.uk/

 

Library signage improvementsLibrary signage improvements

16/03/2015

In order to improve navigation and access to services and facilities in the libraries, in 2014 and early 2015, internal signage was standardised in the Thomas Parry Library and improved in the Hugh Owen Library including new, clearer and more informative wall directories on each level of the Hugh Owen Library. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/news/signage2015/

Heating problems being resolved in the Thomas Parry LibraryHeating problems being resolved in the Thomas Parry Library

13/03/2015

Thank you for giving us feedback about cold temperatures in the Thomas Parry Library. We have been liaising with the University’s Property Services Team who have been working over the past few months to fix a range of problems with the heating system. Many of these issues, including blocked heating ducts and dampers, have now been fixed and the library’s temperatures are now improving. We are aware that solutions for heating the group study rooms on the main floor on a longer term basis are being assessed, including the possibility of fixed radiators or extending the existing heating system to cover these areas more directly. We apologise for the inconvenience that the cold temperatures have caused and thank you for taking the time to give us feedback and to bear with us while the problems were fixed. Heaters are still available in Group Study Rooms and on request from the Enquiry Desk.

You asked for: more water fountains in the Hugh Owen LibraryYou asked for: more water fountains in the Hugh Owen Library

12/03/2015

A new drinking water fountain has been installed in the Group Study Area on Level E Hugh Owen Library. This is in additional to the existing drinking water fountains on Level F and the water fountain in the Group Study Room downstairs in the Thomas Parry Library.

Online newspapers to meet your study needsOnline newspapers to meet your study needs

10/03/2015

The Library provides a wide range of online national and international newspapers via Nexis and as well as the Times Digital Archive 1785-1985: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/collections/newspapers. Please note that access to Infotrac (a supplementary supply of online national newspapers) will end in March 2015. Infotrac was provided to all libraries in Wales via CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales for the past few years

Happy World Book Day: former academic bequeaths a fine collection of books to the UniversityHappy World Book Day: former academic bequeaths a fine collection of books to the University

05/03/2015

We are pleased to announce the addition to the library’s collections of the first part of the extensive and eclectic collection of books bequeathed to the University by the late Dr Richard Kemp. Dr Kemp, a former academic, most recently in IBERS, had a long and distinguished career here and we are delighted that he chose the University as a fitting home for his collection. Amongst the books are some beautiful Folio Society editions as well as scholarly books on a range of topics which include history, transport and the natural world. These books can be viewed and some borrowed from the Hugh Owen and Thomas Parry libraries: look out for a Richard B. Kemp bequest noted on the record on Primo, the library catalogue, and for a book plate on the inside of the book.

Customer Care in Information Services

02/03/2015

Customer Care is a key part of the library, IT, timetabling and media services that Information Services provides for Aberystwyth University.

Our Customer Care policy sets out in greater detail what you can expect from Information Services, and in turn details what we expect from you when you use our services and facilities.

We are committed to providing a service which is friendly, helpful and responsive to your needs and do everything reasonably possible to ensure the reliability of our services.

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/regulations/customercare

Did you know that you can join the National Library of Wales online?Did you know that you can join the National Library of Wales online?

01/03/2015

Please see http://psr.llgc.org.uk/psr/psr/register/en/personal

The National Library of Wales holds the largest collection of books in Wales, free information resources, 5 million digital images, electronic resources and so much more. Find out more at http://www.llgc.org.uk/en/

Did you know you can scan for free?Did you know you can scan for free?

27/02/2015

Use any of the printer-copiers in our libraries and computer rooms to scan to your email or to a USB pen drive: http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/1299/

Find a group study or quiet study area in the libraryFind a group study or quiet study area in the library

27/02/2015

However you work best, we've got a zone for you http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/study-zones/

Are the books you want out on loan?Are the books you want out on loan?

26/02/2015

Reserve them online via Primo and we will let you know when they are available to you http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/813/

Need to find an available computer in a hurry?Need to find an available computer in a hurry?

25/02/2015

Our Computer Availability service shows live data on how many computers are available in eachlibrary and computer room across the University: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/computers/rooms/availability/

A new, shared Library Management System for Aberystwyth UniversityA new, shared Library Management System for Aberystwyth University

25/02/2015

Information Services at Aberystwyth University has purchased a new cloud-based next-generation library management system as a part of a Wales-wide library consortium. The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF), a consortium of all the Welsh University Libraries, as well as the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries, has selected Alma® and Primo® to deliver a new bilingual shared library system for Wales. While we will continue to offer Primo as our discovery service at Aberystwyth to enable users to easily find and seamlessly access the resources they need, our current library management system Voyager will be replaced by Alma to further automate and streamline library operations. Further information at:https://whelf.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/whelf-shared-lms-announces-chosen-supplier/

New bookable student space in the Thomas Parry LibraryNew bookable student space in the Thomas Parry Library

13/02/2015

Following requests from students, we have improved availability of student spaces in the Thomas Parry Library by changing what was a staff office to a large bookable carrel that can be booked for individual study or for group work. Carrel #3 is located down on the lower floor adjoining the computer room. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/carrels/

Students: free vouchers and pizza for an hour of your time!Students: free vouchers and pizza for an hour of your time!

12/02/2015

For a chance to receive a £10 Student Union voucher and free pizza, join our Information Services Focus Group. We are looking for students who will engage with IS to provide feedback and suggest ideas for improving service. If you have good ideas about how to improve the IT, library and media facilities for your studies, please email is-focus@aber.ac.uk

Heaters in the Thomas Parry Library

04/02/2015

If a student would like a heater in a particular area of the library which is cold, please ask at the Thomas Parry Library Enquiry Desk for one to be put in the required area.

Aspire Reading Lists goes live in AberLearn Blackboard!Aspire Reading Lists goes live in AberLearn Blackboard!

03/02/2015

All published reading lists in Aspire are now visible in Aberlearn Blackboard to staff only. Display your Aspire reading list to your students by revealing the link in the menu. Advice and training on how to use Aspire Reading Lists is available to staff - contact the subject librarians: acastaff@aber.ac.uk 01970621896. http://tinyurl.com/kvrqyqn

Find Your Feedback!Find Your Feedback!

29/01/2015

Did you know that you can now access your assignment feedback online? Whether you submitted an essay through Turnitin or Blackboard, you will be able to see your GradeGrader Feedback and any attached feedback files by logging into Blackboard. 

http://nexus.aber.ac.uk/xwiki/bin/view/Main/Find+your+feedback+-+English

Hugh Owen Library opening 24-hours: your viewsHugh Owen Library opening 24-hours: your views

26/01/2015

Give us your opinion on the Hugh Owen Library 24-hour opening. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/feedback/ Thank you for your feedback

Information Services new Strategic Plan 2014-19Information Services new Strategic Plan 2014-19

20/01/2015

Information Services has published its Strategic Plan for 2014-19 which outlines how we aim to deliver high quality customer-focused services to our students and staff through the expertise of our staff, our information resources, and through the use of technology. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/about/strategicplan/

Hugh Owen Library 24-hour opening from January 2015 trial opening periodHugh Owen Library 24-hour opening from January 2015 trial opening period

18/12/2014

The Hugh Owen Library is open 24 hours during term-times from January-May 2015 on a trial basis.

  • January and May exam periods: 08:30 Monday - 01:00 Sunday, 08:30 Sunday - 01:00 Monday.
  • Out of exam time (term-times): 08:30 Monday – 18:00 Saturday, 10:00-18:00 Sunday.

Further information on this trial service is at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/opening-hours/24hour/