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Dawson Era E-books will be unavailable on sunday 13th April between 7 and 10amDawson Era E-books will be unavailable on sunday 13th April between 7 and 10am

11/04/2014

Due to scheduled maintenance, Dawson Era E-books will be unavailable on Sunday 13th April between 7am and 10am. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

 

 

 

Primo now restoredPrimo now restored

10/04/2014

Primo, the library catalogue, and Primo user account functionality is now available again. Thank you.

Primo - restricted access to user accountsPrimo - restricted access to user accounts

10/04/2014

Primo, our library catalogue - http://primo.aber.ac.uk – is currently in read-only mode while we investigate a problem. You are still able to search our catalogue and resources, however you won’t be able to place reservations, renew any loans or pay fines online during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Printing service disruption on Tuesday 15 April

01/04/2014

We will be upgrading the printing service on Tuesday 15 April.  The printing, photocopying and scanning service will be disrupted between 8 am and 10 am, with some periods of unavailability. Anyone requiring urgent printing should go to the enquiry desk in the Hugh Owen or Thomas Parry Libraries where a limited printing, copying and scanning will be available. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Malicious software warning!Malicious software warning!

19/03/2014

Please be extra vigilant and do not open unexpected attachments, even if they are from people whom you know.

We are receiving reports of new 'Ransomeware' which comes as a zip file attachment. Once opened it installs itself on your computer, encrypts your files and then demands you pay a $300 ransom to have them unencrypted. Although it is possible to remove the malicious software itself, there is no way to recover the encrypted files.

As well as being careful about which attachments you open, please ensure your virus protection is up-to-date.  Information Services pays for a site licence for Sophos Anti-Virus software so that any member of the University can install it on their own or office computer. http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/18/

You can see further information about CryptoLocker ransomeware here: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/10/18/cryptolocker-ransomware-see-how-it-works-learn-about-prevention-cleanup-and-recovery/

Phone system upgrade - Saturday 29 MarchPhone system upgrade - Saturday 29 March

17/03/2014

The AU phone system will be unavailable on 29 March between 9:00 and 13:00 while the phone system is upgraded.  In case of emergency contact  07889 596220.

 

Apologies for any inconvenience.

E-learning Training

13/03/2014

Want to know more about lecture capture? There’s a course on 24th March http://jump.aber.ac.uk/?zsgq

Filestore (M drive) Unavailable Tuesday 11 March 8-10 am

10/03/2014

Filestore (M Drive) will be unavailable 8-10 am on Tuesday 11 March while we carry out essential maintenance. This will also make logging on to the public computers slower than usual. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Filestore (M drive) now restoredFilestore (M drive) now restored

08/03/2014

Following problems affecting the filestore (M drive), we can now report that the service is now restored. Thank you for your patience.

Filestore (M drive) unavailable

07/03/2014

Filestore (M drive) will be unavailable to all users until Saturday morning while we work to fix a problem. This will also make logging in to public computers much slower than usual. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Problems with M DriveProblems with M Drive

07/03/2014

We are aware that some users are having problems using their filestore

We are investigating the problem

Celebrate World Book DayCelebrate World Book Day

06/03/2014

Tweet us you favourite book character to @aberuni_is #WorldBookDay

Celebrate World Book DayCelebrate World Book Day

06/03/2014

Why not check out the contemporary fiction collection on Level D, along with other works of fiction under the PR and PS classmarks on Level F at the Hugh Owen Library.

Information Services User SurveyInformation Services User Survey

04/03/2014

How are we doing?

 

 

 

 

Please tell us what you think before 1 April, and you could win a £100 Amazon token.

http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/aber/2014-en

More Group Study SpacesMore Group Study Spaces

03/03/2014

Information Services have created new designated Group Study Areas in the Hugh Owen Library and Thomas Parry Library.

 

For more information about the services Information Services provides see http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/about/portfolio/

More New ComputersMore New Computers

03/03/2014

Information Services have replaced and modernised all of the computers in the public computer rooms, which now all run Microsoft Windows 7, with a suite of over 200 of the latest applications.

Multiple Copies of Core Text BooksMultiple Copies of Core Text Books

24/02/2014

This year Information Service has dedicated £40,000 to the purchase of extra copies of the essential texts books you need.  So far this money has been used to buy over one thousand extra copies of essential text books with more on the way.

 

 

Cheaper Printing for youCheaper Printing for you

24/02/2014

In the last year we have lowered the cost of printing for students, introducing one of the cheapest student print services in the UK. Colour printing was reduced from 30p to 6p and black and white from 5p to 3p.
http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/printing/selfservice/

 

 

E-learning Brownbag Talk - 26 March 2014 11:00-12:00E-learning Brownbag Talk - 26 March 2014 11:00-12:00

24/02/2014

Hugh Owen and Elystan Morgan videoconferencing suites. All welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gareth Norris and David Wilcockson (Law and Criminology/IBERS) - Using virtual multi-media technology to increase realism in learning environments.
  • Sara Roberts (School of Healthcare Sciences) - Use of Online Journals

http://nexus.aber.ac.uk/xwiki/bin/view/Blog/E-learning+Brownbag+talk+-+26-3-2014

E-learning Training, March and April 2014E-learning Training, March and April 2014

24/02/2014

Enhance your students’ learning. March and April e-learning training sessions include blogs, Wikis, lecture capture, and videoconferencing.

 

http://nexus.aber.ac.uk/xwiki/bin/view/Blog/E-learning+Training+Mar-Apr+2014

Information Services provides over 80,000 ebooks for youInformation Services provides over 80,000 ebooks for you

17/02/2014

Information Services subscribes to ebrary, a collection of over 84,000 e-books covering a wide range of subjects. e-books are accessible through Primo, under ebrary in the Primo ‘Databases A-Z’ menu and also through ebrary directly.

 

 

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/aber/home.action

New rare book display in the Thomas Parry LibraryNew rare book display in the Thomas Parry Library

17/02/2014

A display of volumes and papers associated with famous historical librarians – including figures like Sir Henry Ellis, Thomas James Matthias, Johann Joachim Winckelmann and S.R. Ranganathan. For more information see: http://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/293/

Helping You Stay Safe OnlineHelping You Stay Safe Online

12/02/2014

Look out for Phishing Emails, they may look legitimate but try to get you to divulge your login, password and other credentials. Remember that AU will NEVER ask you to provide your login details by sending you an email. http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/394/

Helping You Stay Safe OnlineHelping You Stay Safe Online

11/02/2014

Pick a strong Password - An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers. Avoid using the same password/email address combination for multiple websites and NEVER use your Aberystwyth University email account password for other websites. http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/25/

AberLearn Blackboard Maintenance, 1 - 2 March 2014AberLearn Blackboard Maintenance, 1 - 2 March 2014

03/02/2014

As part of a larger maintenance project within Information Services, AberLearn Blackboard will be out of service (unavailable for both viewing and adding new materials) on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March 2014.

Please contact bb-team@aber.ac.uk with any queries.

Work smarter: Study Skills for students. Enrol now!Work smarter: Study Skills for students. Enrol now!

31/01/2014

The Undergraduate Study Practices Programme offers presentations on writing, communication and information skills.

See the full programme and enrol online: http://jump.aber.ac.uk/?mht

Enquiries? Email us at: study-skills@aber.ac.uk

AU Exemplary Course AwardAU Exemplary Course Award

31/01/2014

Aberystwyth celebrates excellence in teaching – Exemplary Course Award winners announced

http://jump.aber.ac.uk/?gvmk

Work smarter: Study Skills for students. Enrol now!

29/01/2014

The Undergraduate Study Practices Programme offers presentations on writing, communication and information skills.

 

See the full programme and enrol online: http://jump.aber.ac.uk/?mht

Enquiries? Email us at: study-skills@aber.ac.uk

Trial Access to the Institute of Civil EngineersTrial Access to the Institute of Civil Engineers

24/01/2014

Aberystwyth University has trial access to the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Complete Engineering Journals Collection.

 

 

You can access the platform directly at http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/  or via the ‘Electronic Resources Trials’ page (http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/elecinfo/trials/). It can also be accessed from off-campus by connecting to Aber VPN.

Training material (in English only) can be found at http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/upload/VLuserguide.pdf

The trial will expire 23 March 2014.

Sir Issac Newton items displayed in the Hugh Owen LibrarySir Issac Newton items displayed in the Hugh Owen Library

20/01/2014

An opportunity to see early editions of works by Sir Issac Newton as well as a book from Newton’s library displayed on Level F in the Hugh Owen Library.  For more information see: http://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/sir-isaac-newton/

Get the Most out of Group Teaching with SMART Sync TechnologyGet the Most out of Group Teaching with SMART Sync Technology

15/01/2014

Drop in for a demonstration of  the new SMART Sync teaching equipment. Wednesday 29 January. Llanbadarn Centre, Rheidol Building 0.60: 12.00-13.00.

If you have further questions, contact the Blackboard Team bb-team@aber.ac.uk

Get the Most out of the New Teaching RoomsGet the Most out of the New Teaching Rooms

15/01/2014

Drop in for a half-hour demonstration of the new equipment in the refurbished teaching rooms.

 

Hugh Owen D5 (dual projection) and D59 (single projection)

Wednesday 22 January:                15.00-15.30 and 15.30-16.00

Wednesday 29 January:                14.00-14.30 and 14.30-15.00

Wednesday 5 February:                13.00-13.30 and 13.30-14.00  

If you have further questions, contact the Blackboard Team bb-team@aber.ac.uk

Sixteenth Century Bibles displayed in the Hugh Owen LibrarySixteenth Century Bibles displayed in the Hugh Owen Library

13/01/2014

Come and see two Sixteenth Century Bibles donated to the University by Thomas Roberts, a grocer and provision dealer from Denbigh, in the 1890’s.   Whilst interesting in themselves they also demonstrate the variety of historical evidence provided by such volumes, ranging from the marking of particular texts, annotated family trees, and bookmarks on tithe disputes, to binders waste taken from earlier printed volumes.  Take a look at these fascinating items in the Hugh Owen Library.  For more information see http://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/gleaning-from-a-denbigh-grocer/

E-learning Training, February 2014E-learning Training, February 2014

06/01/2014

Enhance your students’ learning. February e-learning training sessions include AberLearn Blackboard, Qwizdom voting systems, blended learning, and plagiarism.
 
http://nexus.aber.ac.uk/xwiki/bin/view/Blog/E-learning+Training+Jan-Feb+2014

Re-launch of Aber Special Collections blogRe-launch of Aber Special Collections blog

13/12/2013

Aberystwyth University holds a wonderful variety of interesting and valuable books, manuscripts, images and archives of historical significance.  Information Services would like to increase awareness and use of these fantastic materials so we’ve re-launched our Aber Special Collections blog http://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/

 

We start our re-launch with blog posts about our display of Christmas drama performances in the 1890s http://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/christmas-drama-1890s/ and the launch of the Welsh experience of the First World War digital archive  http://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/ww1launch/ .

We hope you enjoy the blog!

ebrary Academic Complete, a fantastic collection of over 80,000 e-booksebrary Academic Complete, a fantastic collection of over 80,000 e-books

25/11/2013

So that students and staff have access to the widest range of great resources, Aberystwyth University subscribes to ebrary Academic Complete, a fantastic collection of over 84,000 e-books that cover a wide range of subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Each book is accessible through Primo and can be searched just like our material book. They can also be accessible through the platform directly at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/aber/home.action, or under ebrary in the ‘Databases A-Z’ menu in Primo.


Once on the ebrary platform you can sign-in (using Shibboleth) to access your personalised bookshelf, which you can use to make notes and keep track of the books you use. A user guide can be found here: http://www.ebrary.com/corp/collateral/en/Quick_Guides/Quick_Guide.pdf.

ebrary Academic Complete can be accessed from off-campus via Shibboleth or by connecting to Aber VPN. Further information can be found through the Academic Services blog post on ebrary http://aberssel.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/e-books-via-ebrary.html