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Office 365 automated calendar appointments unavailable 25-29 June 2018Office 365 automated calendar appointments unavailable 25-29 June 2018

13/06/2018

At present, the lecture timetable and the annual leave timetable are automatically synched with AU users’ Office 365 calendars. This means that these appointments automatically appear in the user’s calendar. Information Services is improving the automated calendar system by adding exam timetables, rota shifts and CDSAP and Human Resources courses to the system. However in order to carry out this work the service will be unavailable for four days from the Monday 25 – Friday 29 June 2018. During this period, all current and future automated calendar appointments (such as annual leave and lecture/teaching timetable appointments) will be deleted and will be unavailable during the course of the work. These calendar appointments will then be re-installed and will appear in the calendar as before. If you wish to keep calendar appointments for this period, please create them manually in your Office 365 calendar. For support on creating manual calendar invites please see the Information Services FAQs.

How to access AU e-resources on and off-campus?How to access AU e-resources on and off-campus?

13/06/2018

Most AU e-resources and e-journals can be accessed on-campus, or off-campus using VPN, without the need for a password. Access requirements for each resource are given in our ElecInfo A-Z list, E-journals @Aber and Primo.

  • Using Aber VPN - Recommended for off-campus access - Use VPN to become part of the campus network, without being physically connected to it.
  • Using Federated Access Management, Shibboleth and Institutional Access - required by some resources, or when using Primo.
  • Resource-specific username and password list - for resources that require a specific username/password.

More information available at: Working Off-Campus

Finished for the summer? Just one more thing to do - bring your books back!Finished for the summer? Just one more thing to do - bring your books back!

30/05/2018

Whether you're going on holiday or leaving Aberystwyth, don't forget to return any books you have borrowed from the library before you leave.

If you're returning to university next year or if you're still studying over summer, make sure you renew any existing loans through Primo (so that they're vacation loans) to avoid getting any unneccesary fines. If you're having any issues with returning or renewing your library books, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Congratulations to all of you who have finished your exams and assignments and are graduating later this summer, and good luck to those of you who are still working hard on your degrees. Have a lovely summer, but remember to bring your books back first!

Having difficulty keeping track of your bibliographic references? Use EndNote!Having difficulty keeping track of your bibliographic references? Use EndNote!

04/06/2018

EndNote is reference management software that can help you organise your references when writing essays. With EndNote, it is possible to create, store and use your references in documents, share them with collaborators, and even view and manage your reference lists on multiple devices.

If you are new to EndNote, or if you would like some training on using the software, a 1-to-1 or group training session with a Subject Librarian can be arranged by emailing acastaff@aber.ac.uk or by calling 1896.

Beware of phishing and scam emailsBeware of phishing and scam emails

01/06/2018

Please be wary of phishing and scam emails you may receive via your Aberystwyth University email account. Phishing emails are emails that attempt to trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.

We offer some tips for how to spot the difference between and legitimate and phishing emails: https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/394 

You can also access more information on online safety on the Jisc website, and even have a go at a quiz to see how safe you are when using the web: https://jisc.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=151844997721

Information Services: Major summer stock move on Level F of Hugh Owen Library, Friday 1st JuneInformation Services: Major summer stock move on Level F of Hugh Owen Library, Friday 1st June

31/05/2018

Tomorrow a major summer stock move will commence on Level F of Hugh Owen Library. This will consist of re-spacing stock into a clearer sequence, and to enable Llanbadarn material to be re-located to slot into this sequence in August. We will display signs to ask readers to use computers and study spaces on Levels D and E, as we need to utilise tables as stock holding areas and will be making noise. Access to stock on Level F may be restricted if it is in the process of being moved or may be in a new location. We will display plans on Level F for information but if assistance is required, please ask at the Enquiry Desk and we will be happy to direct you.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Information Services: library loans over the summer vacationInformation Services: library loans over the summer vacation

14/05/2018

Information Services wishes everyone an enjoyable summer vacation. Details on borrowing from the library over the summer can be found below:

  • Standard Loan: From Monday, 21st May 2018 until Friday, 28th September 2018
  • Three Day Loan: From Wednesday, 30th May 2018 until Friday, 28th September 2018
  • Short Loan: Usual loan periods apply

For library opening times over summer, please check the libraries' webpages: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/opening-hours/

Summer Vacation Opening Hours 2018Summer Vacation Opening Hours 2018

14/05/2018

Information Services wishes everyone an enjoyable break.

Information Services will operate vacation opening hours from Sunday 3rd June until Friday 21st September 2018:

Hugh Owen Library

  • The Hugh Owen Library will close at 6pm on Saturday 2nd June and will be open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30 during the summer vacation
  • The Hugh Owen Library will be open from 10am to 6pm every weekend in September, and until 10pm on weekdays from 3rd September

Thomas Parry Library

  • The Thomas Parry Library will close at 6pm on Saturday 2nd June and will be open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30 during the summer vacation
  • The Thomas Parry Library will be closed from 5:30pm on Friday 10th August onwards

Physical Sciences Library

  • The Physical Sciences Library is open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30 during the summer vacation

Every library will be closed on Monday, the 27th August which is a Bank Holiday. 

Full details on library opening times can be found on our website. Computer room opening hours over the summer vacation are available here.

Graduating this summer?Graduating this summer?

18/05/2018

Congratulations on completing your studies! We wish you all the best for the future.

Please remember that you must return all borrowed items to the appropriate library. You can check for any items you still have out on loan, or any fines you need to pay by logging into My Account on  Primo - the library catalogue, or by contacting Information Services. Fines can be paid online

Your computing account will lock at the end of August and you will no longer have access to email, Blackboard, VPN or the University network. For information on what you need to do before your account closes please see the following FAQ: https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/126

Thomas Parry Library closing during summer vacation 2018Thomas Parry Library closing during summer vacation 2018

09/05/2018

During the summer vacation 2018, Information Services will be closing our Thomas Parry Library to fit in with the University decision to focus all undergraduate teaching on Penglais campus.  To keep up with the latest on how we plan to move our materials over to Hugh Owen Library, and find out how any changes might affect you, visit https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/news/tplsummer18/

Blackboard, Panopto and Turnitin Unavailable: Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th July 2018Blackboard, Panopto and Turnitin Unavailable: Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th July 2018

28/03/2018

Blackboard will be unavailable for use between Tuesday 3rd July and Thursday 5th July 2018 for annual summer maintenance work. During this time, Panopto and Turnitin will also be unavailable.

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ICT Service disruption on Tuesday morningsICT Service disruption on Tuesday mornings

04/06/2018

A reminder that Information Services carries out essential maintenance on the University’s ICT services on Tuesday mornings. Access to all services, including email and web access, must be considered "At Risk" between 7am and 10am. Further information at: https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/94 We apologise for any inconvenience.