28 August 2015

Library Opening Hours

This weekend Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August the Library will be open from 12:00 - 17:00.  Please make sure you bring your uniCARD to gain access.



The Library will be closed on Monday 31st August and Tuesday 1st September due to a Bank Holiday and a University holiday.

Have a good weekend!
Library Services
Public Services Team

21 August 2015

Do you need access to SPSS?

Aston University has signed an agreement where SPSS can be used  for academic and / or teaching purposes.  University students can install it on their personal devices for the purposes of studying. University staff can also install it on personal devices for studying or to help develop or deliver academic or teaching activities.

To apply for the software and install it on your personal device please go to



If there are any queries, concerns or comments regarding SPSS please contact

IT Services Help desk
Main Building G6


Telephone 0121 204 3445




Image Credit: Spss from VECTOR.ME

14 August 2015

Reading List Drop-ins for LSS Staff

Katie Mann, Information Specialist for LSS, is currently running a drop-in service for academic staff who would like help or guidance using the electronic reading list system.

You can find her in the Cadbury Room from 10-1 on the following dates:

Friday 14th August
Monday 17th August
Thursday 27th August

No question is too big or too small, please swing by!

13 August 2015

Royal Society of Chemistry - Open Access update

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  • The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) have just publicized on their blog that the leading journal Chemical Science is now Gold Open Access, which means readers can access it free of charge. The RSC has also waived the author Open Access publishing fees for two years, making it even easier for researchers' work to reach the world.
  • The other journal titles in the RSC's portfolio, pubs.rsc.org/en/journals, are fully Gold, meaning all articles have a fee paid to be made Open Access, or are 'hybrid' subscription journals, where individual articles can be made Gold Open Access.  
  • We still have Gold vouchers left which operate in lieu of paying an 'article processing charge' (APC) fee, so please ask us at openaccess@aston.ac.uk if you're submitting an article for publication, or have had one just accepted, and are interested in going Gold; more details of the scheme are here: "Gold for Gold".

6 August 2015

Do you need access to SPSS?

Aston University has signed an agreement where SPSS can be used  for academic and / or teaching purposes.  University students can install it on their personal devices for the purposes of studying. University staff can also install it on personal devices for studying or to help develop or deliver academic or teaching activities. 

To apply for the software and install it on your personal device please go to



If there are any queries, concerns or comments regarding SPSS please contact

IT Services Help desk
Main Building G6


Telephone 0121 204 3445




Image Credit: Spss from VECTOR.ME

29 July 2015

*NEW* Research Data Management event - book now



UK Data Archive: Research Data Management

Effective Research Data Management throughout the lifetime of a research project is increasing in importance as Research Councils and other funding bodies now require researchers to make publically funded research data openly and freely available where possible.  This event will look at managing your research data, which a focus on data sharing. 

The UK Data Archive is funded by ESRC and all ESRC funded researchers are expected to deposit their data in the UK Data Archive, so this event will be particularly relevant to ESRC funded researchers, but all researchers at Aston University are welcome. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Veerle Van den Eynden, Producer Relations & Research Data Manager at the UK Data Archive.

When: Thursday 13 August, 10am - 4pm
Where:  Library 2nd Floor Workshop A
Lunch will be provided

If you can't attend but would like to view an Aston Replay capture of this event, please also follow the link above to register.