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 Old College Library Study Centre closed 10am-2:30pm Friday 17th February Old College Library Study Centre closed 10am-2:30pm Friday 17th February

01/02/2017

The Old College Library Study Centre will be closed 10am-2:30pm on Friday 17th February. Alternative computer rooms include Joseph Parry. See: www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/it-services/rooms/availability/ 

An update on developments following external network problems last week of October 2016An update on developments following external network problems last week of October 2016

24/01/2017

We experienced problems with the external network during the last week of October 2016 which resulted in a period of several short outages of Internet services at Aberystwyth University. All services and applications which were affected by the network outages were fully restored rapidly. Our external supplier has now delivered a fully diverse link which was ordered early last year. This fully diverse solution provides 2 completely separate internet links to give us resilience in case one of the links develops a fault. In addition we have continued to make improvements to our WiFi network and further enhancements to the speed of our Internet are due shortly. We understand how critical the network is to all staff and students at Aberystwyth and Information Services continues to focus its efforts on maintaining and improving this critical service liaising closely with external providers. Please keep up to date with developments by signing up to our Facebook/ twitter/ IS News service

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

23/01/2017

The Undergraduate Writing, Communication and Information Skills offers presentations on writing, communication and information skills.

• See the full programme 

• Enrol on the module

What you need to know about the Document Supply Service What you need to know about the Document Supply Service

03/01/2017

If you are looking for a book or journal article that is not available in one of the University libraries, consider using the Document Supply Service. The Document Supply Service can be used to borrow books or journal articles which are not available at Aberystwyth University Library. Staff and Postgraduate Research students get free and unlimited requests. Postgraduate Taught students get 10 free requests per year. Undergraduate students get 5 free requests per year. Further information is available on our webpage: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library-services/documentsupply/

Study Skills programme for PostgraduatesStudy Skills programme for Postgraduates

24/10/2016

See the full programme for the Postgraduate Writing and Advanced Information Skills course and enrol online:http://jump.aber.ac.uk/?zcfpt

A growing number of funding bodies now require recipients to be certified with Cyber EssentialsA growing number of funding bodies now require recipients to be certified with Cyber Essentials

01/02/2017

The University is preparing its computer networks and systems for Cyber Essentials certification. This will allow departments to bid for grants that require Cyber Essentials as a pre-requisite. This will mean that we will need to remove all non-secure systems from our main networks. We will audit and secure redundant administrator accounts. Some of you may have had departmental servers switched off or upgraded recently as part of this process. Moving forward, we will be contacting owners of WindowsXP machines as these are no longer supported and have to be regarded as a security risk, as well as preventing us from gaining cyber essential certification. These machines will need to be upgraded or replaced/switched off. If such machines are required for instrumentation equipment or software purposes then they will need to be removed from the main network and moved to the instrumentation network, if they are not already on it. We will also need to remove all non-essential administrator access to computers on the network.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Centenary: early book display on Level D of the Hugh Owen LibraryDepartment of Geography and Earth Sciences Centenary: early book display on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library

02/02/2017

To mark the centenary of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences during 2017 and to show off some of the wonderful books which we hold in the Hugh Owen Library, we have a display of early books on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library. Starting with the early days are collected together the following pre 1700 items from our older rare book collection:

• Camden Britannia 1610. Open to display the Saxton map of Cardiganshire

• Varen. Geographia Generalis. Our copy is the 1672 edition which was the first significant work to be edited by Sir Isaac Newton.

• Cluver. Introductio in Universam Geographiam. Our copy is the 1697 edition of a work originally published in the 1620’s, described as the first comprehensive modern geography.

• Woodward. Essay Towards a Natural History of the Earth. 1695.

• Burnet. Theory of the Earth. 1697.

• Keill. Examination of Burnet 1698.

• Llwyd. Lithophylacii Britannici Ichnographia. 1699. Our copy once owned by David Garrick.

• Braun. Theatre des Principales Villes. 1583. Open at map of Chester.

Opening hours of the Hugh Owen Library: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library-services/hughowen/ 

  Jeremy Taylor 1613-1667. Golden Grove/Gelli Aur: book display on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library Jeremy Taylor 1613-1667. Golden Grove/Gelli Aur: book display on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library

03/02/2017

2017 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Bishop Jeremy Taylor, one of the leading religious authors of the 17c, who completed much of his most significant writing while sheltered by the Vaughan family at Golden Grove in Carmarthenshire in the period after the Civil War. Works on display on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library include contemporary editions of Holy Living and Holy Dying, two of his most popular books, in print for two centuries or more, along with Ductor Dubitantium from 1660 and Unum Necessarium from 1655 and an edition of Golden Grove from 1680. The publisher Pickering produced a number of editions of his work in the 1840’s and we hold an interesting copy of Holy Dying from 1847 bound with an original illustration by J.J. Laing who was a pupil of John Ruskin. There are also some interesting illustrations in Taylor’s early work by a significant 17c engraver Pierre Lombart (1613-1681). Holy Dying includes a “memento mori” which may be a representation of the Earl and Countess of Carbery who provided shelter for Taylor at Golden Grove. There are two fine portraits of the Earl and Countess in Carnmarthenshire County Museum at Abergwili, that of the Earl reputedly by Dobson and the Countess by Lely. 

Opening hours of the Hugh Owen Library: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library-services/hughowen/