28 July 2014

Scopus releases 2013 Journal Metrics

Elsevier have just released the 2013 Journal Metrics based on Scopus data. The metrics, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) provide views of the citation impact a journal title makes, and are all available for free download at www.journalmetrics.com or via Analyze Journals in Scopus.

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa. As a field-normalized metric, SNIP offers an opportunity to compare journals from different subject areas. More information is available here.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
SJR is a prestige metric based on the idea that ‘all citations are not created equal’. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. It is a size-independent indicator and it ranks journals by their ‘average prestige per article’ and can be used for journal comparisons in the scientific evaluation process. More information is available here.

22 July 2014

New carpet!

The carpet fitters have now gone, and we have a lovely new carpet on the ground floor of the Library.  The colour is a bit darker than the previous carpet, so we hope this will look better for longer - surprisingly, we also think it makes the space look bigger!

There is still a little bit of work to be done on the first floor, but the work to replace the carpet on that floor will also be completed very soon. 

Let us know what you think of the change!

4 July 2014

Farewell to our Director - Dr Nick Smith

On the 26th of June, Director of LIS, Dr Nick Smith retired from the University.  He has worked through enormous changes at the University and the Library, not least the complete refurbishment of the Library Building that was completed in October 2013. 

The University and Library staff both held celebratory parties to wish him well on his retirement after 26 years at the University. For those of you that don't know, one of Nick’s talents was as a poet.  He regaled every member of staff that left their position within the Library with a poem (copyright protected of course) and it was always the highlight of the party.  It was only right that we should treat Nick to a poem written in his honour - scripted and performed by Lydia Matheson (Customer Service Co-ordinator)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nick for all his support over the years from staff old and new.  Nick - we have promised we will never mention the year "1995".
We hope you will join us in wishing Nick a very happy retirement, successful golf tournaments and much relaxation.

1 July 2014

Carpet fitting on ground and 1st floors of the Library starting on Monday 7 July

Dear Staff and Students,

New carpets will be fitted and electrical sockets installed on the ground and first floors of the Library, starting on Monday 7th July and finishing around the 18th July.  Although the cafe will be open as normal throughout this period the rest of the ground floor will be closed for the first week of the work and staff and students should use the 2nd and 3rd floors for study.

Please note the following temporary arrangements:
  • Study space on ground floor will be unavailable from 7 - 11 July
  • There will be no access to Library laptops from 7 - 11 July
  • There will be no fixed PC availability on Ground Floor from 3 July - 16 July 
  • Study space on first floor will be unavailable from 14 - 18 July
  • The Library Datastream PC will not be available from 11 July - 22 July (students will need to ask to the ABS PG office if they can use Datastream in the trading room)
  • LDC appointments will take place in L209 (second floor group study room) 14-18 July
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Please bear with us whilst this work is undertaken and email library@aston.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Best regards
Library Public Services Team

30 June 2014

Library system upgrade today Monday 30th June

The Library will be upgrading its Library Management System on Monday 30th June 2014, starting at 16:00.  The process is expected to be completed by 10:00am on Tuesday 1st July 2014.

During this period you will still be able to:
  • Issue and return books using one of the self  service machines
  • Use Library SmartSearch to look for resources and access electronic content
You will not be able to:
  • Pay your fines
  • Renew your books
  • Access or check your Library record
  • Check the availability of books
You will also not be able to borrow self service laptops between 13:00 on Monday 30th June 2014 and 10:00 on Tuesday 1st July 2014.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if you have any queries please contact us by emailing library@aston.ac.uk

New SPSS codes are now available

New SPSS codes are now available to collect from the Library Help desk or by email from library@aston.ac.uk

27 June 2014

Do you use SPSS software for data analysis?

The 2013-2014 SPSS licence codes will soon expire
If you borrowed the SPSS software from the Library to load on to your personal computer or laptop please be aware that you will need the new licence authorisation codes to continue to use the product.  

To obtain the new licence codes you will need to be a current student or member of staff.  Please email library@aston.ac.uk from your Aston email address giving your student or staff ID details and we will send you the new codes as soon as we have them.

(Please note - new SPSS codes are now available, as of Monday 30th June)

Thank you