Library tours for new and returning students

As we begin the second semester here at the University Of Aberdeen’s Library Service we would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students.

We are running short library tours in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) beginning this week on Thursday January 10, and they are open to everyone. These tours, which last around half an hour, will introduce you to:

  • The layout of TSDRL
  • How to search for library materials
  • How to borrow library books
  • Where you can find help from library staff

There is no need to book in advance for these tours, just come along to the ground floor of TSDRL at 10am or 2pm and staff will be waiting to show you round our stunning library.

The tours will take place on Thursday January 10, Friday January 11, and then throughout all of next week, with the last tours being offered on Friday January 18. There will be no tours at the weekend.

So, if you are looking for a peaceful break from what can be a hectic start of term, pop along to the quiet of the library for a tour and learn what we can do to help you as you begin, or continue, your studies.

We look forward to seeing you.

Ewan Grant

e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

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Do you need help finding books in The Sir Duncan Rice Library?

The Sir Duncan Rice Library has an enormous collection of books, with over 400,000 items on the shelves. Have you, though, checked Primo, the portal to all our resources, and not been sure where to go next to find the particular book you want on the shelves? Well, read on to learn how to locate the titles you want to read on our miles of shelving.

The Shelf Mark (sometimes called the Call Number) is the information you need from Primo to locate titles on the shelves and for any book this will be a number between 0 and 999, followed by 3 letters which are usually the first three letters of the author’s surname. The letters are included so that books on the same subject can then be arranged alphabetically.

Take this book for example: Introduction to logic by Irving M. Copi. It has the shelf mark, or call number, of 160 Cop, where 160 is the number for the subject of Logic and Cop is the first three letters of the author’s surname. Quite a simple system really.

The book sequence starts with 000 (computer science, knowledge and systems) on floor 7 and the numbers increase as you descend down the floors, with the last book shelved at 999 (history of miscellaneous countries) on floor 3. Here is a general indication of the shelf marks for each of our subject floors:

  • Floor 3 – Shelf Marks between 900 and 999
  • Floor 4 – Shelf Marks between 700 and 899
  • Floor 5 – Shelf Marks between 400 and 699
  • Floor 6 – Shelf Marks between 300 and 399
  • Floor 7 – Shelf Marks between 000 and 299

In addition to the main borrowable collections each floor contains Reference collections and Folio Collections. Reference books are located at the start of each floor’s sequence and Folios, or oversized books, are shelved separately at the end of the sequence on each floor. Between the Reference and Folio Collections are the main books available for borrowing. Some floors also contain other materials available for borrowing. See below for further details of each floors’ items and the sequence in which they are arranged:

Floor 3                                                                                                                               Reference Items: Ref 900 – Ref 999                                                                                       Main Collection: 900 – 999                                                                                                         Folios: f900 – f999

Floor 4                                                                                                                                     Reference Items: Ref 700 – Ref 899                                                                                   CD-ROMs
Main collection: 700 – 779
Collections of Scores
Miniatures Scores
Full Scores
Vocal Scores
Music Scores                                                                                                                     Main Collection: 780 – 899
Folios: f700 – f899

Floor 5                                                                                                                                   Reference items: Ref 400 – Ref 699
Sc Collection*: Shelf Marks Sc 001 – Sc 999
Main Collection: Shelf marks 400-699
Folios – Sc Collection: f Sc 001- f Sc 999
Folios – Main Collection: f400 – f699

* The Sc Collection is the History and Philosophy of Science Collection

Floor 6                                                                                                                                 Reference Items: Ref 300 – Ref 399                                                                                       Main Collection: 300 – 399                                                                                                     Folios: f300 – f399                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) is also on Floor 6 and is shelved in a separate room in the south-east corner of the floor.

Floor 7                                                                                                                                 Reference items: Ref 001 – Ref 299
Main collection: 001-299)
Folios: f001 – f299

To help you get your bearings on our subject floors keep in mind that the sequence on each floor starts with the first set of shelves (or bays) on the far left as you exit the lifts. This is the side of the library nearest to the sea. This first bay will contain the Reference items for that particular floor, and the main borrowable collection will follow directly after. The bays will continue in sequence, row by row towards the opposite side of the floor. This is repeated for each set of bays as they cross the floor, to the side furthest from the sea. See the image below for the general idea of the direction in which books are shelved in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Each floor is slightly different but the same principle applies on each of the floors.

General floor layout in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

General floor layout in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The shelf marks for each bay are indicated with a notice on the end of each of them i.e 650.01 Cow – 658.049 Tro. All shelf marks between these numbers will be found in that bay. The sequence starts on the top-left-hand shelf and the numbers will read from left to right across each shelf and down onto the next. They then move to the next set of shelves and continue in this way until you reach the end of that bay.

Hopefully the information above will make things clearer for you as you look for books in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, and remember that if you are ever having difficulty locating any books on our shelves our staff are here to help you. Happy searching but also don’t forget that being lost in the shelves can often lead to you discovering a wonderful book you didn’t even know you wanted to read: serendipity can be a wonderful thing.

Further details on where books are shelved can be found in this Library Guide:

 

Vivien Logan (v.logan@abdn.ac.uk) and Eleni Papadakou (e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk)

MAINTENANCE: Primo at risk on morning of December 1st

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Tomorrow library staff will be carrying out vital maintenance to Primo, the Library’s resource discovery tool, as essential updates are installed. This maintenance work may also impact upon the Library Catalogue and DigiTool.

This update will take place between 8 and 9am on Tuesday December 1. It is expected that Primo and the other services may actually be functioning as normal during this time but they should be considered at risk of being unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience this short interruption may cause, but this maintenance is essential.

And, as this is the week during which exams start, we would also like to wish all our students good luck.

 

Ewan Grant

Primo – How to find a particular book you want to read

This is the first in a short series of blog posts looking at common questions which users of our libraries may have about using Primo, our resource discovery tool, when looking for materials for their study or research. Primo is the portal to our paper and electronic resources and can lead you to millions of different materials available here at the University of Aberdeen.

In this post we will show how Primo can help you locate a particular book you wish to read, something you may have been asked to read for a class or maybe a book you have learnt about from your own reading.

1 – To begin your search go to Primo at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk

 

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2 – Once at Primo we would always recommend logging in so that you can link out to electronic materials and use all of the features available in Primo.

 

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3 – You will need to enter your UoA username and password.

 

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4 – Once logged in you will see your own name at the top of the screen.

 

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5 – In this example we are looking for the following book: Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students. 6th edn. Harlow: Pearson.

  • Select the Books+ tab to focus the search on books.
  • Enter some details of the book and the family name of the first named author.
  • Then select Search.

 

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6 – Primo returns a list of 3 results and the title we are looking for is at the top of the list. Primo tells us on the right of the screen that there are 5 versions of this book. For more details click on View 5 versions.

 

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7 – All 5 versions are now listed, each a different edition published in different years. We are looking for the 2012 edition and it is at the top of the list. Be sure to read the edition that you have been asked to consult as older editions may contain out-of-date information. To find out if it is possible to currently borrow the book select Availability.

 

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8 – We can now see that there are:

  • Two copies of this book, both currently On Shelf and available to be borrowed from the Heavy Demand collection on floor 1 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
  • You are also provided with the Call Number to help you locate it on the shelf.
  • You can book Heavy Demand books up to three weeks in advance so you can get the book when you want it. To do that select Heavy Demand Booking.

 

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9 – Having already logged into Primo makes it easier to book library materials. Select the date you wish to reserve the book for and select Request.

 

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10 – You will get a message indicating that the booking was succesful.

  • You will be able to collect and borrow the book from the Heavy Demand area on floor 1 of the SDRL after 10.30am on the day you have reserved it for.
  • It will be on the shelf at the Call Number given in Primo.
  • The booking only lasts until 3.30pm on the day of the booking
  • The collection of Heavy Demand books operates slightly differently in the Taylor Library, with requested books available for collection from staff at the issue desk in the library.
  • The Medical Library leaves reserved Heavy Demand books on the shelves for collection.
  • Click here for further details on reserving and booking library materials.

 

Further information on using Primo can be found in our online library guide.

To see our full range of library guides click here.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any materials you may be having trouble locating.

Good luck with your exams.

All Library Systems now fully functional

We are happy to announce that all Library Systems are now back up and functioning correctly after the great work carried out by the University’s IT Service over the last day, since the major power outage across the Old Aberdeen campus yesterday.

You will now be able to search across our many different collections and resources as normal, and also use our self-issue and return machines with no problems.

We thank you again for your patience and understanding while this important work was carried out and also apologise again for any inconvenience caused by this interruption to our services.

Have a great weekend!

Ewan Grant

Searching just got easier – new and improved Primo now live

Primo, the gateway to The University of Aberdeen’s printed and digital materials, including the holidings in our archives and the objects in our museum collections, has been re-launched today with a new look and feel designed to make the experience of finding the materials you need that little bit easier.

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Starting with a complete redesign of the Primo homepage, Library staff have worked hard to simplify the interface.

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There is a similar tabbed structure as before, with each tab allowing you to search across a different range of material types, and we have renamed the tabs to more accurately reflect just what it is that each of them will allow you to search across.

And the infographic now included explains just what range of materials each tab will be searching across.

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The homepage also encourages you to login whenever you are searching in Primo, so as to improve your experience of linking out to electronic resources and also to allow you to manage those items which you do already have out on loan.

But it is not only the appearance of Primo which has been improved, we have also redesigned what is going on under the bonnet, with more searching options now available from the Advanced Search screen.

In addition to the Title, Author and Subject searches previously available, you can now also search by a Creation Date, or across a broad Date Range, as well as by Shelfmark or the ISBN or ISSN, if you know it. For those who don’t know, ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, the identifying code for each particular book published anywhere in the world. Look at the back of any book and you will find it. ISSN is the equivalent number, but for Serials (journals).

The icons included in the infographic also feature in the results list, to help you more easily identify the types of materials included in your results.

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The many filtering and refining features available from the results lists will be familiar to those who have used Primo before but we have cleaned up how they look, again making it easier to get to the most suitable materials for yourself.

One new feature of the results list worth mentioning is that, previously, when you were searching for journal articles your results would automatically include articles not available in full-text, often causing disappointment and frustration at not being able to access something that caught your attention.

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Well, when searching now for journal articles the initial results only contain those items which we do have in full-text, and there is now the option to expand your results to include those items which we as a Library do not have full-text access to, should you so want to.

One important aspect to remember, though, is that to access many of our electronic resources you need to do so directly from within many of the databases we subscribe to. That unfortunate limitation of Primo still exists, so there is still a clear link at the top of the screen to help link you out to particular databases.

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From this top banner you can also link to an A-Z list of electronic journals and to the Help screens for Primo.

This has only been a quick introduction to some of the useful changes Library staff have made to Primo over the course of the summer, so we encourage you to go and try it out for yourselves, and also to contact us if you have any thoughts or comments on the redesign. More information on help and guidance available for getting the best out of Primo will be following soon as the new academic year fast approaches.

Contact us on:

Email: library@abdn.ac.uk

twitter: @aberdeenunilib

facebook: www.facebook.com/biblio.teque

 

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

New look Primo to be launched soon

Here at the University of Aberdeen Library staff have been busy over the summer redesigning Primo, our online gateway to our collection of print and digital resources, and the fruits of this hard work will be available for everyone to see, and use, very soon. Below is sneak preview of the new cleaner homepage for Primo.

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We have worked to make it simpler in appearance and easier to use while ensuring that it is still very much able to help all our users find the information they need for study or research, in whatever format it may come.

Watch this space for further announcements soon…

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