New programme of library classes, group sessions and drop-ins now available

The library is pleased to announce that our programme of library classes, group sessions and drop-ins for semester 2 15/16 is now publicly available and can be seen at this webpage: (accessible by following the Classes and Drop-Ins link on the library home page).

Library Classes

The home page gives details of the various classes that will be running this semester including: Library research skills, How to use RefWorks and Harvard Referencing classes.

The class and group sessions timetable page shows the dates and times of the classes on offer, starting on the 1st February and continuing until 29th April:

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And you can book a place by simply clicking the class you would like to attend and entering a few details.

Book a Librarian Group Sessions

Alongside the classes groups of between 2 and 8 students can now book a librarian for an hour to help with finding information, Harvard and Vancouver referencing, and using RefWorks.

Just get a group together, pick one of the sessions on the timetable:


And then tell us what you need help with by using the booking form! The sessions start on Tuesday 2nd February and run regularly until the end of April. They will take place in Project Pod Kappa on Level 4 of the GSS Learning Centre.

Ask the Library Drop-In Sessions

Finally if you would like to see us individually please come along to one of the “Ask the Library” Drop-In Sessions. These run throughout the week in 337 in the GSS Learning Centre and you can see when they are running by looking at the Drop-in timetable page.


Researcher workshop programme – semester 2 15/16

Throughout semester 2 the library is running a programme of sessions aimed at researchers.

All the sessions are taking place in 337 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre and you can find out more about them, and sign up to attend, by looking through the Library classes timetable for the researcher workshop sessions: or by following the links in the table below.

Date and time Session
Thursday 28th January, 15.00-16.00 Introduction to Research Professional
Wednesday 3rd February, 13.00-14.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Tuesday 9th February, 13.00-14.00 Literature Searching: Search Strategies and Techniques
Thursday 18th February, 11.00-12.00 Introduction to RefWorks
Thursday 18th February, 12.00-12.30 Introduction to RefShare
Friday 26th February, 12.00-13.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Wednesday 2nd March, 14.00-15.00 Introduction to Research Professional
Monday 7th March, 12.00-13.00 Keeping Current
Wednesday 16th March, 16.00-17.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Thursday 24th March, 10.00-11.00 Introduction to Journal Citation Reports
Monday 28th March, 14.00-15.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Wednesday 6th April, 12.00-13.00 Introduction to Research Data Management Planning
Tuesday 12th April, 11.00-12.00 Introduction to Research Professional
Tuesday 19th April, 10.00-11.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements

In addition library staff are available over the semester if you would like to make a one-to-one appointment with us. If you would like to set up a one-to-one appointment please contact us at

Earth Sounds: Live Art Installation

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Earth Sounds – live art installation & dance performance

1 -5 February 2016

Lower atrium, The Sir Ian Wood Building, RGU.

Imogene Newland & Ross Whyte

The live art installation Earth Sounds will explore soil as a medium of vibrational transference connecting the physical body to the earth and the sonic space of the city beyond. Within this framework, the performers will explore the choreographic potential of the female body and the medium of soil as a metaphor for fertility, destruction and transformation.

Using contact microphones and geophones placed within a mound of soil, beginning with the minute sounds of the dancer’s movements beneath the soil, the soundscape gradually expands to pick up low frequency reverberation of the city. The project will  explore potential interactions between earth, movement and sound.

The residency will culminate in a FREE performance of the work at 7.30pm on Friday 5th February in the lower atrium, The Sir Ian Wood Building, RGU.

Coming this week…….a new library search engine

Coming this week ………. a new library search engine that will replace our current library catalogue.

It is quick and easy to use and will search our collection of books and eBooks and many of our electronic journals simultaneously – giving you all the results in the same place.

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So look out for the updated Search Books and Articles box on the library home page later this week and try it out (the search boxes on CampusMoodle and LibGuides will also be changing).

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A link to the catalogue will still be available in the quick links at the bottom of the main library web pages for some time.

If you have any questions or queries please pop in and see us or contact us at or through Twitter @RGULibrary.

ICE Virtual Library Site Upgrade


The ICE have been in touch to let us know the following:

The ICE Virtual Library is undergoing a site upgrade today.

Between 07:00 and 19:00 GMT, the platform will be in read-only mode, and some functions will not be available.

The upgrade will result in new functions and features being deployed on the site, to the benefit of users and administrators.