OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.44 – August 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.


As the start of Semester One approaches, we hope that many researchers and students will be able to make use of campus facilities again. We know that the Estates team have been working hard to make the campus as safe an environment as possible. From the library perspective, we are hoping to operate some on-campus services during the semester, so keep an eye on the Library Matters blog for further updates about what services will be available.

Meanwhile, the Publications Team are still working from home and we do not yet have an update on when we may be able to offer training on the use of Worktribe’s Outputs module. We apologise for this continued inconvenience.

As a reminder, we have various information about Open Access in our online researcher guides. You may particularly want to read the following guides:


OpenAIR currently contains 4036 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 – 602
Gray’s School of Art – 257
Law School – 177
School of Applied Social Studies – 156
School of Computing – 528
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 469
School of Engineering – 589
School of Health Sciences – 184
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 303
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 639
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 281
Other departments – 26


Last month, in June, there were a total of 2971 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 27.08.2020.

Library plans for on-campus services in Semester 1

The Library team have been working remotely since March and the majority of Library services have continued almost as normal. Access to Library Search, e-books, databases and online journals has been maintained, workshops and support appointments have been held online and the team have responded to enquiries via email, Twitter and Facebook.

As we approach Semester 1 we’re working to open the Library safely to staff and students and to resume the delivery of some face-to-face services. At the moment access to campus buildings is strictly controlled and plans are still being finalised. That means we can’t give any definitive dates for on-campus services right now, but here’s a couple of things we’ll be doing:

• A Click & Collect service will be launched where you can reserve a print item and then book a time to come in and pick it up.
• The postal loan and digitisation service will be expanded – but please note that if you use the postal loan service then you are responsible for paying the return postage! We encourage you to use the Click & Collect service instead if you’re going to be on campus.
• We’ll be using a Seat booking service to ensure that our study floors don’t get too crowded. Due to social distancing measures our capacity will be severely reduced. If you want to get to the upper floors of the Library you’ll need to book a space in advance. We won’t be able to let you in without a booking!

The safety of Library staff and all of our customers is hugely important. We’ve worked with the University Health & Safety and Estates teams to ensure that the Library is a safe place to be.

When you come into the Library you’ll notice it looks a bit different. Furniture has been moved to create more open spaces and maintain social distancing. There will be enhanced cleaning processes, cleaning materials and hand sanitiser available at multiple points, plexiglass screens at the Library reception desk and face coverings should be worn at all times. There will also be a one-way system to enter and exit the Library.

We’ll make further announcements about these changes over the coming weeks so keep an eye on our Twitter or Facebook pages or subscribe to the Library blog to be kept up to date.

New collections available on Digimap

We are pleased to announce that we now have 2 new collections available on Digimap. Joining the current collections of Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology, Marine, Environment, Aerial and Lidar, are the Global and the Society collections.

Global provides access to global datasets, including OpenStreetMap and Natural Earth.

Society provides a wealth of census and socio-economic data for Great Britain that is layered over the ordnance survey maps.

You can access Digimap via the A-Z database list.

Disruption to eBooks access – further update

Last month we reported that due to the closure of one of our eBook suppliers we would be working with other companies to move our eBooks to a new platform.

We are pleased to report that over 99% of the eBooks have now been moved from Dawsonera to VLeBooks and the last few titles (just under 20) are still being investigated.

In addition links to the eBooks on LibrarySearch and the online Reading Lists have now been updated as well so they all go to the new platform However if you have any problems accessing the eBooks or any other queries please contact