OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.42 – June 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.


We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.


OpenAIR currently contains 3890 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 573
Gray’s School of Art – 254
Law School – 174
School of Applied Social Studies – 144
School of Computing and Digital Media – 516
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 461
School of Engineering – 572
School of Health Sciences – 175
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 281
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 613
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 271
Other departments – 19


Last month, in May, there were a total of 3338 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.06.2020.

New Opportunity for Law Students!

Thomson Reuters is offering the opportunity for a student of RGU’s Law School to become a Westlaw Student Representative for Academic Year 2020/21.

The following is a transcript of the details provided by Thomson Reuters:

What will you be doing?

– Encouraging more effective use of Thomson Reuters Legal Services such as Westlaw UK, eBooks and legal know-how. Running and promoting training sessions and competitions.

– Working with Thomson Reuters, Law Librarians and other key members of staff to schedule hands-on training sessions online and on-campus at your institution.

To be eligible to apply:

You must be studying a Law Degree full time during the 2020/21 academic year at the institution that you are applying for.


We pay our Student Representatives a Fixed Fee of up to £180 per month during term time to deliver a set number of tasks. We expect these tasks to take an average of 5 hours per week.

To Apply:

Simply follow the below link and complete the form!

Closing Date – Friday 26th June

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us at

Information courtesy of Thomson Reuters

As stated above, please complete the linked form by Friday 26th June 2020 to be considered for the position.

Good luck!

Covid 19 update – Loan dates extended – Returning books

Good news! We have renewed all loan items until 5th October so you still don’t need to worry about returning library items while the University Campus is closed.

However, if you are leaving Aberdeen and need to return items and it is convenient and safe for you to do so, there are two methods that can be used.

  1. Two drop-off points have been set up at the RGU student residences at Crathie and Woolmanhill. Please see our previous blogpost for more details of how this works. Any items returned to the residences will be kept there until the Library reopens so they will not be discharged from your account until then.

We are unable to provide a drop-off point on the Garthdee campus but Crathie Student Village at 515-519 Holburn Street is quite nearby. Click on the link for a Google map with directions from the Library to the residence.

  1. Items can also be returned by post as mail services are still running to the Garthdee campus. The Library team check for mail on a weekly basis so these items will be discharged from your Library account. Packages should be addressed to University Library, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ. We recommend that you ask for a receipt of postage and retain it until you receive an email receipt of return. Please note that we cannot reimburse postage costs.

Don’t forget that, although the physical library may be closed, staff are still available to answer your enquiries and to help with referencing, research skills or RefWorks- just email us at

All of the Library online resources continue to be available as normal. You can access millions of resources via LibrarySearch or the databases that the Library subscribes to.

You will find more information at

Temporary access to additional resources – AccessPhysiotherapy

The library is pleased to announce that we now have temporary free access to AccessPhysiotherapy until the end of July.

This resource includes a range of material including eBooks, videos, cases and other study tools on topics relating to physiotherapy such as anatomy, biomechanics/kinesiology, exercise physiology, movement disorders, neuro/physical rehabilitation, neuroanatomy, orthopedics, therapeutic modalities, and more.

You can access it and lots of other resources here: Temporary access to additional online resources.