6 June 2016

Emerald - Scheduled maintenance taking place on Tuesday

Please note upcoming maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight
which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 7 June 2016, beginning at 08:00 GMT - 
lasting for up to 12 hours.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following 
functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration
  • Search
Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the 
site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser. Please note that this may 
also affect some functionality on emeraldgrouppublishing.com.

This essential website maintenance is part of Emerald’s customer focused development 
initiative, which aims to deliver an enhanced user experience to customers.

Many thanks for your patience and continued support.

Andrew Basnett-Rix
Chief Technology Officer

24 May 2016

The Library will be open 24 hours on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May

The Library will be open 24 hours on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May on a self-service only basis (The Help desk will be closed.)

Please remember to bring your uniCARD as day passes won't be available. 

Your safety and security is important to us, so please also make sure you look after your belongings in the Library at all times.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend. 
Library Team

20 May 2016

Going away for the summer vacation? Advice on what to do about Library books

In anticipation of the summer vacation, the Library wishes all students a very pleasant summer break.
If you're going away for the summer vacation then please bear in mind that books are subject to recall (so may be due back before the start of term 1). With this is mind:
  • Don't leave books that you don't need in your accommodation (or anywhere you can't get hold of them)
  • Please return any books you don't need to the Library before you go away
  • Don't take books abroad in case someone reserves the books and you need to return them

Whilst you are away:
  1. Check your Library Record regularly to see when your books are due back
  2. Please check your Aston email frequently over the vacation period in case a book that you've borrowed gets recalled.  
If a book does get recalled, then you will need to return it to the Library in person or by post
Please be aware that fines of £3.50 apply per day if the book is returned after the new due date in the email recall notification. 

We are sure we will continue to see some of you during this period and in the meantime we will also be busy preparing for the new academic session.

Best regards
Library Public Services Team

16 May 2016

Attention all graduating students

Message from the Library

If you are graduating in July please can you check your Library Record and make sure that you return any books that you still have out on loan, by Friday 10 June at the latest.

Please can you also check to see whether you have any fines to pay.  If so, please pay off your fines via your Library Record or by using the self-service machines in the Library.

Your co-operation is appreciated.  Failure to return books or pay off fines before you finish, will unfortunately result in your degree certificate being withheld.

If you need any assistance with any of this, then please email library@aston.ac.uk

Best of luck for your revision and exams, please remember to take regular breaks and ask Library staff if you need any help.

Library Public Services Team

13 May 2016

Problems with accessing EBSCO products

**This problem was fixed a few hours later on the same day. Please contact library@aston.ac.uk if you have any problems**

There are problems accessing EBSCO products at the moment.  If you are trying to access Business Source Complete, EconLit, Ebrary, EBSCO e-Books and Library SmartSearch (off-campus) you will see

EBSCO are aware of the problem and are working on a solution.

Please use the following link if you need to log in to SmartSearch from off-campus in the meantime: http://openathensproxy.aston.ac.uk/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,cookie,guest&custid=s9815128&groupid=main&profile=eds

EbscoHost databases can be accessed here: http://openathensproxy.aston.ac.uk/login?qurl=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost

29 April 2016

Birmingham 10k - Sunday 1st May

The Library wishes good luck to everyone running the Birmingham 10k on Sunday. Some of the members of the beginners running group - Aston Running Rockets - will be running.  Please join us in cheering on Lydia Matheson, Victoria Carroll, Ruth Keetley, Sandra Benbow, Susan Doughty, Sara Wilkes and Sue Braithwaite.  #thesegirlscan

20 April 2016

Library SmartSearch access from off-campus

**Off-campus access to SmartSearch has now been restored. Apologies for the inconvenience**

We're currently experiencing problems with off-campus access to Library SmartSearch. We're in contact with the suppliers who are trying to rectify this as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, you have several options open to you to carry on with your research:

1.       Use LibGuides to link to databases within your subject area. Either use the subject guide for your area of study, or if you know the name of the database you want to use, click on the link to the A-Z list of databases on the right hand side. 
2.       Use Google Scholar to search for academic journal articles. Select Settings and then Library Links and then search for Aston University – Find it @ Aston to set Google Scholar up with our full-text linker to take you to articles.
3.       Use the Journals A-Z list to link through to specific journals
4.       To search for books (print and electronic), use the classic catalogue