29 March 2012

EndNote Web

EndNote Web is currently experiencing intermittant problems in regards to access and functionality.  We will let you know when this has been resolved.

Essential maintenance work on the Library System - 28th March

Important news: Due to essential maintenance the Library catalogue and access to the My Library Record function were unavailable on Wednesday 28th March 2012 after 1.30pm.  This was due to be operational again at 5.00pm but unfortunately the work on the library server had to continue much later than planned. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are pleased to announce that the Library Catalogue and My Library Record service is now operational.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact library@aston.ac.uk

26 March 2012

Essential maintenance work on the Library system - 28th March 2012

Important news: Due to essential maintenance the Library catalogue and access to the My Library Record function will be unavailable on Wednesday 28th March 2012 between 1.30pm and 5.00pm. The self service machines will still be available for issue and return but not for fines payments. Any laptops issued at the Help Desk will need to be returned by 1.00pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns please contact library@aston.ac.uk

23 March 2012

Library Easter vacation opening hours

Dear staff and students,

Library staff would like to wish you all a very good break for the Easter period.

For those of you who will be studying in the Library here is some information about the opening hours:

Tonight Friday 23 March the Library closes at 22:00
This Saturday 24 March the Library is open 10:00-18:00
This Sunday 25 March the Library is open 11:00 – 18:00

Library Easter vacation opening hours Monday 26 March – Sunday 15 April

Monday – Friday the Library is open 08:00-23:00 (the Help desk is open 09:00 - 17:00)
Saturday and Sunday the Library is open 11:00-18:00

The Library is closed from Friday 6 April to Tuesday 10 April inclusive.

For details see http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lis/openinghours/

22 March 2012

LIS now supports EndNote and EndNote Web!

EndNote LogoEndNote, along with its web-based equivalent EndNote Web, is a reference management software package, which can be used to organise your references, create bibliographies, and format citations as you write documents.  The desktop software is available on all University computers.

Your Information Specialists have now received full training on this software and can provide ongoing support to all staff, research students and undergraduates.  If you have any questions about importing your references into EndNote, managing your references, connecting your desktop EndNote X5 to EndNote Web, or using your references when writing a document, contact your Information Specialist directly or via the Help Desk.

While we would expect most staff and research students to attend the excellent introductory one-day course at the Centre for Staff and Graduate Development, we are also hoping to provide further support for EndNote in the form of drop-in sessions or workshops and would like to find out what you would find most useful.  If you have any suggestions, please comment on this post or e-mail us.

Please note that if you have any problems with the installation of EndNote on your University computer, or you would like a copy of the desktop software for your own computer, please contact ISA.

21 March 2012

Datastream and 3000Xtra

Do you use the financial numerical database Datastream?  Are you working in the ABS Trading Room with Reuters 3000xtra database? Would you like further help extracting data?

Thomson Reuters are offering Question and Answer sessions for students using the Datastream and Reuters 3000xtra database.  If you are having problems extracting data and would like advice please feel free to sign up for one of the Q&A sessions:

·         Client trainers from Thomson Reuters will be holding online Q&A sessions to answer your questions regarding data on DataStream  
·         No need to have the product in front of you, just the question that you want answering
·         No need to join a conference call, they will use Adobe chat… however, if you really want to talk to a trainer they will provide a number to call

·         To sign up, emailknowledge.networkuki@thomsonreuters.com stating the date, time and product session as well as your University email address.

Leave the rest to Thomson Reuters! They will email you with the login details for the 1 hour sessions.

Dates and Times are:

Thursday 12th April 2012                11:00am
Tuesday 24th April 2012                  - 2:30pm

Reuters 3000xtra
Thursday 5th April 2012                   - 10:00am
Wednesday 18th April 2012             - 3:00pm

Kind Regards
Nicola Dennis

19 March 2012

Visitor access to Aston University Library

Dear students,

This is just to alert you that due to extra demand on Library spaces during our busy revision and examination period, access to visitors is restricted from Monday 26th March 2012 - Friday 22 June 2012 as follows:
  • Visitors with a SCONUL Access Reference card will not be granted access to Aston University Library
  • Day Visitor Passes will not be available.
If you are planning to visit another university library yourself under the SCONUL Access Scheme, please check their web site in advance, as they may have restricted access for visitors during this period also.

If you have any questions about visitor access to Aston University Library, or about the SCONUL Access scheme, then please email: library@aston.ac.uk

12 March 2012

Access to Aston University Library Law Databases

Aston University Library is aware that there is a technical problem at the moment which is preventing staff and student access to the following law databases:


The problem has been logged and we will alert you when it has been resolved.

9 March 2012

Global Market Information Database

If you use GMID (Global Market Information Database) to find information about countries, industries or consumer products, you will be pleased to know that the facility to download PDFs has now been restored.


Lydia Matheson
Information Specialist

5 March 2012

Do you use Datastream or the ABS Trading Room?

ABS Students,

Will you need to use the research database Datastream for your dissertation? Are you registered to use the ABS Trading Room? Then you might be interested in the Question and Answer sessions run by the company Thomson Reuters that provide the two resources; Datastream and 3000Xtra.

How does it work?
All your data questions are answered using interactive Adobe e-training sessions and are 1 hour long.

What you need to do!
To sign up email knowledge.networkuki@thomsonreuters.com and state the date, time and session you would like to enroll on to. Include your email address. They will email you with the rest of the information.

Thursday 15-03-2012 at 3pm

Tuesday   06-03-2012 at 2pm
Thursday 15-03-2012 at 11am

Nicola Dennis
Information Specialist

1 March 2012

24/6 Opening Commences Sunday 4th March

Dear staff and students,

This is just a reminder that 24/6 opening commences this Sunday 4th March for the examination period and will last until Friday 23 March.

Throughout 24/6 the Library is open all the time from 11:00 on Sunday mornings through to 18:00 on Saturday evenings. On Friday 23 March the Library will close at 22:00 and re-open at 10:00 the following morning. Please check the Library web site for opening hours.

We hope that you can make good use of the Library during this period. If you need a quiet place to study, please remember that the third floor is for single silent study at all times. If you have any problems with noisy neighbours in the Library, or if you need help with finding resources, then please do not hesitate to speak to staff at the Help desk on the Ground floor or email: library@aston.ac.uk

Please be aware that it is a University requirement for all staff and students to visibly display their uniCARDS within campus buildings (including the Library) during 'out of hours' periods. Lanyards (and clips) for ID badges are available at Security, the HUB and the ARC.

The 'out of hours' periods during term-time are between the hours of:

  • 8pm - 8am Monday - Friday
  • 6pm - 8am Friday - Monday

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Best regards
Lydia Matheson
Public Services Co-ordinator (Customer Experience)

Ebrary e-books now available to download to your iPhone, iPod or iPad

Ebrary is a leading provider of e-books and has developed a new app for the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®! The app is available on the App Store.

The free app provides you with the ability to access content on the ebrary platform, including their institution’s e-books from leading publishers.  Additionally, researchers can import their own personal research—outside of the ebrary platform—through the app itself!

Key features and benefits include:
  • Online and offline reading
  • Seamless downloading of full titles
  • Simple and advanced search
  • Multiple navigation controls
  • Table of contents with relevancy rankings
  • Copy and paste with automatic citation for offline documents
  • Import and use documents from other sources
  • Sign in with Facebook email and password
  • Available in English and Spanish
 For further support and details of how to download and use the App please view the Ebrary Support pages