Monday 8 July: The Sir Duncan Rice Library currently closed

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is currently closed, due to an issue with the fire alarm.
We will provide an update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a study space, the Taylor and Medical Libraries are open as normal today. Campus maps can be found here. Just scroll down to ‘Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre’ or ‘Medical Library’.

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

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

 

 

 

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Times Higher Education – now available online to all staff and students

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All staff and students at the University of Aberdeen now have online access to the Times Higher Education (THE) content. Regarded by many as the UK’s leading publication in the field, our institutional subscription will allow you to read weekly digital editions and THE supplements. You can also search across and access other THE content as part of our licence.

The subscription provides full-text access to THE Digital Editions from May 2015 up to the latest weekly edition.

To access THE content, register for a personal account on the Times Higher Education homepage. You will need to use your University of Aberdeen email address to link your account to the institutional subscription.

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If you already have a personal account for THE

  • Navigate to https://www.timeshighereducation.com
  • Click on the person (user account) icon (in red) towards the top right of the screen and select Login
  • Enter your personal THE username and password
    • Ensure that the password you use for your existing personal THE account is different from your University password
    • There is a “Change your password” option under My account if this is required
  • Check your details in My account – the email address must be your University address. Adjust if necessary and click on Save
  • The user account icon will change colour from red to green.

If you are registering as a first time user

  • Navigate to https://www.timeshighereducation.com
  • Click on the person (user account) icon (in red) towards the top right of the screen and select Register
  • Select which type of user you are – Student, Higher Education Professional or Other position
  • Complete the form using your University of Aberdeen email address and create a password for your THE account
    • DO NOT USE YOUR UNIVERSITY PASSWORD FOR THIS SITE. You must create a different password unrelated to your University password. Never use your University Password for anything other than University hosted services
  • Click on Join Us to complete the registration.

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  • You will then be asked how you would like to be contacted for updates and news; select an option and update or click on continue browsing
  • You are now logged into the service and the user account icon will change colour from red to green.

Accessing Times Higher Education on your phone/tablet

There is a Times Higher Education app; however, no new content has been added since 6 June 2019 and THE recommend that users access content via the mobile edition of the website instead. Confusingly, until THE remove it the app may still be available in App stores.

Accessing weekly issues (Digital Editions)

To access  individual weekly issues of Times Higher Education:

  • Click on the PROFESSIONAL tab, then select Digital Editions
  • Select the issue you want to view

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Searching across online content

It is possible to carry out simple searches across THE’s online content using the search facility (magnifying glass icon to the right of the user account icon). The refine option for large numbers of results is limited.

Existing personal subscriptions

Personal subscriptions paid for by individuals or the University can be cancelled as staff and students now have online access through the University’s institutional service.

If you have any queries, please contact: library@abdn.ac.uk

 

Libraries open Monday 8th July 2019

We are pleased to inform you that all University libraries will be open as normal on the July Public Holiday this coming Monday 8th July 2019.

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Please note that we are currently in vacation opening hours. For more information see:
https://aberdeenunilib.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/summer-vacation-opening-hours-at-our-libraries/

 

Noise in the Library: how to let us know if you are being disturbed

We ask all users of The Sir Duncan Rice Library to be considerate to others studying. Exams can be a time of stress so, please think of other library users as you revise and while you move around the building. As you walk out of the library, remember that people sat in their seats are still working.

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library provides a range of spaces for different types of use, from completely silent to more informal group working areas. In general, the library gets quieter as you move up the floors, with floor 7 being the quietest. It is also noisier near the lifts but gets quieter as you move across to the south side of the building.

Find out more about our silent study spaces in the relevant “Did You Know…?” post. 

During this important time, we try to ensure that a quiet, safe and clean study environment is in place for all users.  Please remember that if you are being disturbed by others using the library, you can speak to library staff. You can find us in the offices and information points of Floors 1-6 Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00. All other times speak with members of staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1 and on the Welcome Desk. For any comments or questions on our service provision and policies, do not hesitate to get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or via email.

F:  http://www.facebook.com/biblio.teque/
T: 
https://twitter.com/aberdeenunilib
 E: library@abdn.ac.uk

Staff at all libraries would like to wish all our students the best of luck in all their exams!

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Revision Strategies and Exam Techniques

Are you making the best use of your time? What’s good to do in an exam? How do you make the most of your knowledge?

The Student Learning Service offers one-to-one sessions to help you with your revision and to discuss tips and hints for sitting exams.

To book an appointment for individual advice, please click this link and fill in the Appointment Request Form.

Maths Skills drop-in sessions are also currently running – to find out more about these sessions, email sls@abdn.ac.uk.

Please note that these sessions are not held in the Library.

Did you know about the Library’s collection of past exam papers?

With just a week until the start of the resit exam period, we would like to help you prepare for your exams by reminding you about the Library’s large online collection of past exam papers.

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You can search for past papers on Primo [http://primo.abdn.ac.uk/] or directly via DigiTool [https://digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R?RN=744382543], our digital materials database. As access to papers is restricted to University of Aberdeen members, you will be asked for your computer username and password. There are over 3,000 past exam papers in Word or PDF format covering undergraduate and postgraduate courses from across the University.
We do not have every past exam paper available, so if you cannot find an exam paper for a particular course, check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide copies of past exams.
For information on how to locate past papers in Primo, see the relevant library guide: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs007.pdf
A further guide to using DigiTool is available here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs006.pdf
Don’t forget that library staff are always happy to help you locate any resources you may need in preparation for your exams. Please ask a member of staff if you need help!

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Open Access Publishing Briefing: cOAlition S releases new version of Plan S and Aberdeen launches a Scholarly Communications Service

Background

Plan S was launched in September 2018 by cOAlition S (a global coalition of research funders) in order to effect a decisive shift to Open Access (OA) for the research that they fund. Despite a number of initiatives in recent years, these have been at the national level and different approaches have made them hard for researchers to understand. They have not provided sufficient incentives for researchers, institutions, funders and publishers to make all the changes necessary to make a full transition to OA. Members of cOAlition S include the European Research Council, UKRI, Wellcome and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Plan S has two primary objectives: to recognise the importance of open research (often referred to as open science, but intended to apply more widely to academic research) and ensure that funder policies require and support it; and to address longstanding and substantial financial pressures caused by the combination of year on year journal subscription increases and the emergence of article processing charges (APCs), known as Gold OA, as the preferred option.

The release of the first draft of Plan S in 2018 caused concern amongst researchers, publishers and universities as the proposals had the potential to be very expensive, and to create unintended consequences. There were particular misgivings in relation to the possible impact on small and society publishers, the implications for research outputs in other forms (particularly monographs), and the potentially significant expense associated with moving to full Gold OA by removing ‘hybrid’ journals (where both subscription and OA options are offered). The University of Aberdeen emphasised these risks in its response to the consultation.

Revisions

The revised proposals respond to key concerns from the community. In particular, they address the need for more time by extending the timeline by 12 months to 2021, so research outputs resulting from funding calls from 1 January 2021 will need to comply. Additionally, publishers now have until the end of 2024 to make the transition from subscription business models to full OA.

Additionally, the revisions address the following points:

  • More options for transformative arrangements are supported, making it easier for publishers, libraries and Jisc (as negotiating agent) to work together on sensible and affordable journal deals;
  • Plan S is clearer about its support for a variety of models for OA, and stresses that Open Access does not have to be accomplished through individual APCs;
  • The technical requirements expected of repositories to support the Green route to OA (deposit of final accepted manuscript in a local repository) have been made less stringent. However, where Green OA is selected, manuscripts must be made available immediately, with no embargo;
  • A commitment by funders to value the intrinsic merit of the work and not consider the publication channel, its impact factor (or other journal metrics), or the publisher. This is in line with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which the University of Aberdeen is now considering adopting;
  • Monographs are excluded and will form a separate process (still to be announced);
  • While the default reuse licence option remains CC BY (the most liberal licence), funders can permit a more restrictive when it can be justified. This responds to the concerns of a number of publishers and researchers about reuse permissions. The proposal is very clear that copyright should remain with the author or the institution, and should not be signed over to a third party.

A rationale for the revisions is available on the cOAlition S site.

Next steps

It is expected that cOAlition S members will make their own decisions on the way that they choose to implement Plan S. UKRI announced in April that there will be a public consultation later this year as part of a review of their OA policy and have previously indicated that they do not feel bound to implement it exactly as it is written.

On 31 May 2019, The Wellcome Trust announced that they will align their policy with Plan S and as a consequence have extended their own deadline by 12 months in the same way. This is helpful both in terms of allowing more time and by reducing the issues caused by multiple funder policies with differing implementation dates.

The University Library will continue to work with Jisc and other research libraries to engage funders and publishers as policies continue to evolve.

Digital & Information Services, in conjunction with Research & Innovation, are pleased to announce the launch of a Scholarly Communications Service which will provide support and advice in relation to all aspects of scholarly publishing. Questions and comments about this briefing, and any other related matters, are very welcome at scholcomms@abdn.ac.uk.  

Simon Bains

University Librarian

simon.bains@abdn.ac.uk