IEEE Awareness Day Friday 8th December 2017

What is IEEE?

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.

IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics, and related disciplines. IEEE Xplore contains full-text documents from IEEE journals, magazines, conference proceedings, and standards, in addition to eBooks and educational courses – it contains more than 30% of the world’s technical literature.

You have access to IEEE via the Library subscription – use this authenticated link to ensure you can view all the full-text content.

What’s happening?

Library Services are very excited to welcome Julia Stockdale of Content Online, UK representatives for IEEE to Abertay on Friday 8th December for an IEEE awareness day.

Library pop-up stand

We’ll start the day off in the Library with a pop-up stand (we’ll be on Level 1, next to the cafe)  Drop past to chat to us about how you can get the most out of IEEE and pick up some FREEBIES!  Pop-up will run from around 10:30-12:30

Publishing with IEEE at Abertay

In the afternoon we’ll be in the Graduate School Seminar Room (3514.1) for a practical publishing with IEEE workshop.  The workshop will run between 14:00-15:00 and can be booked via Eventbrite – places are limited!

This practical workshop, aimed at new and early career researchers and postgrads in engineering, computing, and technology related areas, will provide an overview of publishing with the IEEE.

The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of IEEE, technology areas and quality of content
  • The University’s publishing activity on IEEE Xplore
  • Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your paper
  • What editors look for
  • Why papers may be rejected
  • Paper structure
  • Ethics
  • Open Access options
  • Impact factor
  • Importance of thorough literature reviews and support available
  • Submission and review process
  • Tools available to support publishing
  • Tips
  • Key contacts and support.

IEEE Awareness for Academics

And finally, we’ll round the day off with an informal session aimed at academics also in Room 3514.1 of the Graduate School.  Here, we’ll look at search strategies, new features of IEEE Xplore, and keeping up-to-date.

Come along and meet Julia to find out all about getting the most out of IEEE.

You can view our IEEE help page here

For more information on the awareness day, or for help with IEEE please email the Library 

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£4m Library Building Redevelopment for Students and Staff – Phase One Now Complete

As we’ve now completed phase one of the £4m redevelopment of the Library building, we thought we’d take a look at what has been achieved and what is still to come.  We think that levels 1 and 2 not only look amazing, but also have the mix of learning and social spaces required of a modern University Library.

Library Cafe, Level 1

Our students are enjoying the results of the first phase of a £4 million state-of-the-art upgrade to the University’s Bernard King Library. The redevelopment will give our students among the best study facilities in the UK. The aim was to create a learning centre fully kitted out to utilise state-of-the-art, collaboration and learning facilities. Prior to the redevelopment, many of the fixtures and fittings were dated. There were also issues related to the control of temperature, light and ventilation, which often featured in student feedback. There has also been an increase in demand for spaces where collaborative and peer-to-peer learning can take place, involving greater levels of conversation and social interaction – an essential part of modern learning and this has been reflected in the new layout of the library.

Collaborative learning spaces & study pods, Level 2

We are committed to providing a technology-rich learning and research environment for our students and staff. The first phase of the refurbishment took place over the summer of 2017, and re-opened for the return of students in September 2017.

The project is a major investment in the education and welfare of students and staff, providing the very latest in interactive technology and support services.

All four levels of the library, which is also open to the general public, will be completely refurbished, along with the plant room on level 5, in time for September 2018. The first phased focused on the redevelopment of levels 1 and 2. The upgrade includes a new café and extensive facilities aimed at the comfort and convenience of students and the staff who work in the building.

A mix of learning spaces, Level 2

More than £200,000 has been spent on new furniture for the library, while the interior design scheme is contemporary and incorporates the colours in our branding to create distinctive areas.  A new feature on Level 2 of the Library is a ‘creative design suite’ – a multi-purpose room somewhere between a ‘maker space’ and a ‘Google war room’.

Laptop lockers and charging stations have been included in the concept, while the introduction of acoustic partitions and acoustically absorptive materials have been used strategically throughout the library to cut down on intrusive sound levels.

Laptop Lockers, Level 2

Students and staff were consulted throughout the process via surveys, comment cards and focus groups.

The University worked with a range of expert advisors and contractors: ADP, Pick Everard and Kier Construction.

We love hearing your comments and suggestions.  Please send any feedback on the Library redevelopment or services to library@abertay.ac.uk or leave us a message on the graffiti walls.

We’re very excited for the planned changes to Levels 3 and 4 in 2018!

Update on temperature control issue in the Library Building

As many of you may be aware, control of the temperature in the Library has been problematic in recent weeks, and this has become acute during this week’s cold snap.

We have been working hard with the contractors to rectify the underlying cause, and in the meantime additional temporary heaters have been installed throughout the building.

The contractors have reported that they expect to have the problems resolved by this afternoon (Friday, 10th November), with adjustments being made to the controls over the weekend as necessary.

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any discomfort caused.

If you have any comments regarding the Library Building, please contact us or leave feedback on the Graffiti Walls.