Free Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between February 20 and March 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams!

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Library Information Skills courses.

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PhD students – Library induction sessions now available for booking

Library induction sessions for new PhD students are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these sessions introduce how to get the best out of the Library here at the University of Aberdeen and are highly recommended for those postgraduate researchers who are new to the institution.

There will be five opportunities to attend one of these sessions over the next five months, with the first taking place on Wednesday, February 14. The dates and times for all sessions are:

  • February 14: 10.00 – 11.00
  • March 13: 10.00 – 11.00
  • April 12: 14.00 – 15.00
  • May 16: 10.00 – 11:00
  • June 05: 14:00 – 15:00

During the hour-long introduction to the Library service we will cover:

  • The basics of how to search our catalogue, Primo
  • How to borrow and return items in our libraries
  • How to locate high-quality online scholarly materials
  • How the Library can help you as you progress with your research
  • Tour of The Sir Duncan Library

As every university is different in how they operate their library service it has proved useful to new arrivals to attend these sessions, to learn exactly how we do things here at the University of Aberdeen.

These induction sessions complement more detailed Library Information Skills Workshops which we offer to PhD students. The next series of these are to take place at the start of February. Click here for further details on these workshops.

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.

Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research with a series of Information Skills Workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen, these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

The workshops will take place at the start of February 2018 and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and E-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

 *IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references (Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

Where to find silence in our libraries for exam revision

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In this post we look at the different spaces available across all three sites (Sir Duncan Rice, Medical and Taylor) and remind students of the guidance we ask all visitors to follow concerning noise so that the libraries can operate as tranquil spaces for students to prepare for the imminent exams.

We ask all visitors of all our libraries to be considerate to all the other people also there, studying and focusing upon exam revision. Exams can be a time of stress so please think of your fellow students as you revise, and also while you move around the buildings. You may not be studying hard as you walk with friends out of the library, but remember that those people still sat in their seats are working and concentrating hard.

 

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

TSDRL was designed to create a library that would provide a range of spaces for different types of use, from completely silent to more informal group working areas. In general it gets quieter as you move up the floors, with floor 7 being the quietest, and it also noisiest nearest the lifts with it getting quieter as you move to the other side of the building

Here is a breakdown of the types of spaces available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the expectations on students using those spaces:

Silent study roomsThese can be found on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and are located on the opposite side of the building from the lifts. Some floors have two silent study rooms. If you find yourself in a silent study room and there are no electric sockets at the desks we ask that you do not take out your laptop in these rooms, as these are the completely silent rooms, where we provide spaces to students in which they will not hear the tapping of keyboards or the whirring of laptop fans.

Group study roomsThere are two of these rooms located on floor 7 and they are bookable by speaking with staff at the Information Centre on floor 1. They each contain a pc and a large monitor, which you can attach your own laptop to.

Co-LabsThese are group desks with large flat screen monitors connected to a PC, and are located on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6. These are group working areas but we ask that you keep any discussions quiet as it is still possible for noise to drift across the floor. If you expect to be making a bit more noise we ask that you book one of the group study rooms on floor 7.

Individual desks – These are for individual study and are located around the edge of the building (with the great views!). Please do not hold conversations with friends when using these desks so as not to disturb your neighbours.

Rectangular study desks – These are groups of desks located on all the floors. We ask again that you keep any conversations here short and quiet so as to not disturb others.

Round study desks – These are positioned nearest the lifts on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6. As this is the noisier side of the library it is accepted that you can talk here, but quietly.

Soft seats near to the atrium – These are located next to the atrium of the building on most floors, where some noise from the café on the ground floor can be heard. Not the quietest place in the building if you are looking for silence.

Food and drink – We ask that you bring no hot food into the library but cold (non-smelly) food is allowed, except in the silent study rooms where no food is permitted. Hot drinks are allowed as long as they are in covered containers to minimise spills. We also politely ask that you tidy up after yourself, placing any waste into the appropriate bins.

Further details on all the spaces available in TSDRL can be found here.

 

Medical Library

Different floors of the Medical Library have different noise requirements depending on the type of study you are undertaking and which type of environment you find suits you best.

Floor 3 (the top floor) is our silent area and is expected to be completely noise-free. laptops and hot drinks are permitted but no eating is allowed. If you want to get down to some serious exam revision but are easily distracted by others then this is probably the floor for you!

Floor 2 is a quite area, where quick low-volume conversations are allowed. You may also eat on this floor. If you need to have a proper lengthy discussion then please move downstairs to either floor 1 (the entry-level) or the ground floor where there are no noise restrictions. You may also consume food on these two floors.

Students of all subjects are welcome at the Medical Library, so even if you’re studying English, Geology or History of Art feel free to come and study here if you feel it’s more convenient for you!

Remember that the 9U bus service runs between the Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill campuses on a half-hourly basis for most of the day. The timetable for the bus can be found here.

The Medical Library opening times are:

Monday – Thursday 09.00-22.00

Friday                      09.00-22.00

Saturday                 09.00-22.00

Sunday                   13.00-22.00

 

Taylor Library

Taylor Library is in the Taylor Building on the Old Aberdeen Campus, situated between the Edward Wright Building and Elphinstone Hall. Entrance to the library is through C block, under the bridge. The library is L-shaped and has two floors.

Block D on Floor 1 is a silent area where hot drinks are allowed but no eating is permitted. On the same level as the entry gates (1st floor of the Taylor Building) walk across C block until you have almost reached the far end; turn left into D block.

After the spiral staircase no laptops and no other personal equipment (including tablets, iPhones etc.) are allowed. You can use your laptop in the first half of D block on floor 1.

 

Downstairs D block

 

Block D on Floor 2 is slightly different:

The first half up to the spiral staircase is a quiet study space where the following rules apply:

  • Laptops and personal equipment are allowed
  • Drinks and cold food are OK
  • Short, quiet conversations are OK

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The second half of D block on floor 2 is a silent zone. The rules are:

  • laptops and personal equipment are allowed but please don’t bring any food into this part of the library.
  • No conversations should be held here either.

 

Please remember that if you are being disturbed by others using the libraries please come and speak to library staff and we shall politely ask them to consider their fellow students.

And finally, staff at all of the libraries would like to wish all of our students the best of luck in all of their exams!

Food and Drink Pilot at the University of Aberdeen Libraries

Good news! The University of Aberdeen libraries are trialling a new food and drink policy that gives you more freedom to snack as you study. The pilot will operate from Monday 19th January to Friday 22nd May, 2015. During this period:

Cold food can be consumed at study tables in designated areas in all our libraries

Hot and cold drinks in covered containers are allowed in most areas within the libraries

Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the Special Collections Centre or Gallery.

The good news is that there are now many areas within the libraries where you can eat and drink, but please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

 Cleaning up after yourself

Using the appropriate bins and cleaning equipment provided

Reporting any problems to staff on duty in person or by phone –
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: 01224 273330, Medical Library: 01224 437870, Taylor Library: 01224 272601

To maintain a pleasant study environment please observe the following restrictions:

X  No hot food anywhere in the libraries

X  No smelly or noisy cold food

X  No food in silent study areas, project rooms, and rooms or areas with equipment (PC Classrooms, PC Clusters, Co-Labs, Flexible Learning Area, Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, Viewing Room)

Please disregard any ‘no food and drink’ signs in the lifts and on floor plans in The Sir Duncan Rice Library during the pilot period.

We welcome your feedback! Please contact us at:
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk
Medical Library: medill@abdn.ac.uk
Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Diane Bruxvoort
University Librarian & Director

The Sir Duncan Rice Library open 24/7 over exam period

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A pilot of 24-hr opening for The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be in operation from Sunday 23rd November to Thursday 18th December, 2014.  During this period you should be aware that:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 hrs – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 2 am and 6 am, which may result in some disruption.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown lasting about ten minutes, and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 4.00am, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but don’t leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.
  • Please respect the building and your fellow library users: eat and drink only in the provided café area on the ground floor, and keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.
  • Report any problems to security staff on duty – in person, or by phone – Information Centre Floor 1 or tel. 01224 273330
  • The last day for 24 hour opening is Thursday 18th – Friday 19th December.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk

Posted on behalf Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

The Sir Duncan Rice Library goes 24/7

Library, Special Collections and Museums are pleased to announce that we will pilot 24 hour opening of The Sir Duncan Rice Library this fall.

The 24 hour opening pilot will extend access to the Library in the period before and during examinations. The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open on Sunday 23rd November and remain open through Thursday evening, 18th December. We are working with colleagues in Estates, Campus Services and other parts of the University to ensure that 24 hour opening is implemented in a safe and secure way, and which takes account of student welfare. During this period access to the Library after 10pm will be by University ID card only.  From 24th November the Hardback Cafe will remain open until 10pm.

The Library will be looking closely at the data gathered during the pilot in order to inform our ongoing review of library opening hours at all library sites.

Posted on behalf of Diane Bruxvoort, University Librarian & Director