International Percussion Institute performing at the University of Aberdeen on August 8 & 9

The International Percussion Institute will be giving a performance on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library on Friday August 9 at 17:00. Their theme this year is “The Sound of Silence” and even though we don’t expect them to be silent, we hope you enjoy their presence in the Library!

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IPI will also be performing at King’s College Chapel on Thursday August 8. There will be two shows that evening, one at 16:15 (featuring artist Kalle Hasokalo) and one at 17:45.

 

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Workshop on Web of Science InCites tool – places still available

Places are still available on a workshop next week (Thursday 28 February, 1400-1500) that will guide academic staff and researchers through InCites and Web of Science (WoS), two powerful tools that can play an important part in any research process. See below for full details of the workshop. You can book your place through the University’s Coursebooking site. An earlier occurrence of this workshop is taking place next Tuesday, 26 February, but is already fully booked.

WoS is a citation index that offers comprehensive citation and publication searches across multiple databases to enable in-depth exploration of research.

InCites Benchmarking & Analytics is a customized, web-based research evaluation tool that allows you to monitor collaboration activity, identify influential researchers, showcase strengths, and discover areas of opportunity. 

Independently or together, these tools can be used to create powerful analytics that complement the research process. The software provider (Clarivate) of these products was recently awarded a contract to supply the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) with citation analysis.

This short session, aimed at academic staff, early career researchers and PhD students who have published (or are on the point of publishing), will guide you through the use of InCites and Web of Science. The session will include:

·         Hints and tips for using Web of Science and InCites

·         Advanced searches in Web of Science and InCites

·         Evidencing research strengths, and collaborations

·         Notes on Open Access and Full text publications

·         Analytics: Citations, Collaborations, Journals, Authors, and Trends

·         Brief overview of Alternative metrics

You can book your place on this workshop through the University’s Coursebooking site but please pay attention to the two actions required of you before attending the session.

Attention Research Postgraduates – Literature Searching Workshops now open for booking

As you undertake your PhD it is important that you feel confident that you are locating and managing all the literature and information you require to achieve your research aims. For researchers like yourself the University’s Library Service is here to support you.

We will be running a short series of Information Skills Workshops beginning at the end of January 2016 which will help you understand the library resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. The three workshops on offer are:

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

There are also Induction Sessions available for those new to the University of Aberdeen who wish to learn about how the library service operates here. These sessions will include a talk and a tour, with the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about what the library can do to help you with your research.

To find out more and to book Workshops or an Induction Session visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Information Skills classes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The sessions focusing on the management of references 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.

Thank You – MacMillan Coffee Morning at The Sir Duncan Rice Library raised over £500

macmillan imageStaff here at Library, Special Collections and Museums would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all who helped to make our MacMillan Coffee Morning last Friday a grand success.

To those who slaved away at their ovens creating the wonderful baked creations that were enjoyed on the day – Thank you. To those who helped create and decorate a wonderful space in which to enjoy those creations – Thank you. And to all those selfless souls who, for the sake of a wonderful and vital charity, and at the cost of an easily given donation, bravely ate their way through cake after cake after cake, we say THANK YOU!

Thank you also to the University’s Campus Services for providing the coffee, and the tea urn, without which the scrumptious cakes would not have been so easily scoffed. Thank you.

When the last crumbs were finally hoovered up and the pennies and pounds counted we reached a grand total of £526.17. A wonderful sum to be added to all the other funds raised through the many other MacMillan Coffee Mornings taking place across the UK last Friday.

At the time of writing this, according to Macmillan’s website over £4.5 Million has been raised through these coffee mornings. And the total is still rising (baking pun intended!). That is a fantastic sum of money and an equally fantastic number of cakes.

I wonder what £4.5 Million worth of cake looks like? It probably looks like many happy crumb-flecked faces and thousands of people receiving amazing care and support during some of the most trying times of their lives, and the lives of their families. So, again, thank you to everyone who helped contribute to the great work done by MacMillan Cancer Support.

Many thanks,

The LSC&M Coffee Morning Crew

Friends of Aberdeen University Library talk to take place this week

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library will host a fascinating talk soon on the life a near forgotten war correspondent.

‘The Incomparable Archibald’. Archibald Forbes, War Correspondent

24 September 2015, 18:00 – 19:00

Speaker will be Professor Hamish Fraser

An examination of the life of Archibald Forbes whom many regarded as the greatest war correspondent of the nineteenth century and who defined the role and became a model for the modern war correspondent.

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Despite the regard with which he was held during his lifetime, Forbes has been largely forgotten except perhaps in the History Department’s Forbes medal.  Covering all the significant wars from the Franco-German war of 1870 to the Zulu War of 1879 he was the first to make extensive use of the telegraph to get his reports into the press ahead of his rivals.  His on-the spot descriptions of battles still have a vivacity that few could match.

At the same time, he never hesitated to criticise the tactics of the military authorities and to defend the role of the war correspondent in exposing the reality of war.  The result was a petulant refusal by the British to give him the kind of recognition that many European governments bestowed on him.

AUP have recently published Professor Fraser’s study of Forbes, The Wars of Archibald Forbes. The talk will look at aspects of his life and at the part he played in creating the image of the heroic correspondent.

Hosted by: The Friends of Aberdeen University Library and the Special Collections Centre

Venue: Special Collections Centre Seminar Room, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA

Contact: Emma Fowlie – Honorary Secretary

Email – e.fowlie@abdn.ac.uk or call 01224 273385

 

The event is free to attend and open to all

 

Webpage: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/8172/

Come and eat cake for charity – Library Staff to hold a MacMillan Coffee Morning this Friday

macmillan imageWorld’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 25th September

 

The Library, Special Collections & Museums (LSC&M) Coffee Morning Crew are getting their mixers to the ready for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on the 25th September 2015.

This will be the second year the LSC&M staff have participated in this event.

Join us in the Events Area

The Sir Duncan Rice Library 

Friday 25th September

10am-2pm

and bring your pennies…

Spread the word – The coffee morning is open to all!

For those of you not able to join us on the 25th, but who wish to make a donation to MacMillan Cancer Support, you can Text to Donate as follows:

Text CUP 7KG to 70550 to donate £5.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library this Friday.

 

Many thanks,

The LSC&M Coffee Morning Crew

Restricted access to The Sir Duncan Rice Library this Friday morning

Due to an event there will be no access to Floors 6 and 7 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) on Friday 5 June between 08.30 and 13.00.

During this time there will be a fetching service operating, where library staff will fetch any items from Floors 6 and 7 that are needed by library users. To use this service please visit the Information Centre on Floor 1 of TSDRL with details of any items you wish to consult or borrow.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk