Resolved: Technical Issue – Discover

**This issue has now been resolved**

 

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing issues with Discover, the library’s search interface. Although searches in Discover are working as normal, links to many electronic resources are unavailable.

Our supplier is aware of the issue and is working to resolve matters as quickly as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

edShare update: embeddable HTML5 player

edShare@GCU, the University’s educational resources repository, has now been updated to include an embeddable HTML5 player for all video and audio content. An example record can be accessed via this link: https://edshare.gcu.ac.uk/873/.

This means that instead of embedding a specific derivative, staff will now be able to embed an HTML5 player which selects the correct derivative to play depending on what browser or device is being used. To facilitate this update the abstract page for video and audio files has changed, specifically the tabs located under the player. The system now generates three tabs for each file.

The first tab (embed) displays an embed code for the HTML5 player. The embed code is built using a CGI script which calls the relevant source code within an iframe.

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The second tab (source code) displays the actual HTML code behind the CGI script. This allows you to add additional HTML5 tags or reference a subtitle track when embedding the content.

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The third tab (download) displays download links for each of the derivative files generated by the system.

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The first two tabs also include a copy button which copies the embed code or source code to the clipboard. Functionality for this feature is supported by the following browsers:

  • IE10 or later
  • Chrome v43 or later
  • Firefox v41 or later
  • Safari

All existing links / embed codes should continue to function as normal. If you have any queries please email edshare@gcu.ac.uk.

Thinking about Open Workshop

GCU library is hosting a “Thinking about open” workshop on Friday 27th May from 10am to 12 noon in CEE1. This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out more about OER (Open Educational Resources) and OEP (Open Educational Practice).  It’s fairly informal so come along and share your views! It will be facilitated by Beck Pitt and Bea de los Arcos, researchers at the Open Education Research Hub (OU) on behalf of the Open Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) Project. Book your free place on our EventBrite site!

Introducing edShare@GCU

edShare@GCU is the University’s new educational resources repository. It allows staff to store, share and preserve a wide variety of learning and teaching materials in one central location. Staff can upload and manage their own resources and have the option to share them openly on the internet, with all members of the University, or with a select group of students or staff. The repository accepts any permanent resources created by GCU staff and provides a point of contact for copyright and intellectual property rights (IPR) advice within the GCU community.

Where do I start?

The repository can be accessed at https://edshare.gcu.ac.uk. You can log in with your domain username and password.

Why has this new repository been built?

The repository will enhance learning and teaching by enabling staff to manage, store and share a greater variety of digital resources, providing broader and deeper learning opportunities for students. It also supports flexible learning by allowing Continue reading

Resolved: Issues with library eresources

***This issue is now resolved***

We are currently experiencing some network connectivity issues. If you are using an on-campus computer or Eduroam WIFI there are intermittent access problems with our eresources.

Access to eresources off campus, via your data network, or other WIFI should be working as normal.

Our IT department are working on resolving the issue as soon as possible.

New research support resource available on the library web site

Pilot is the library’s online information literacy, research and communication skills resource which supports postgraduate researchers. Pilot is on the Subject Help menu on the library web site. It has been updated to run on mobile devices and has a new easier to use menu structure.

Pilot covers:

  • communication skills
  • copyright
  • data management (including plagiarism and referencing)
  • publication
  • research skills
  • searching (including systematic reviewing)
  • using information (including ethics)

If you are a lecturer and would like a detailed set of links to the sections of Pilot, we can add them to your blackboard module for you – just contact us on ddil@gcu.ac.uk

If you are a researcher and you have questions or feedback on Pilot, you can contact us on ddil@gcu.ac.uk and if you would like to arrange further support for your research please contact your librarian.

Make cash payments using our self-service machines

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Our library self-service machines on Level 1 can now be used to pay cash for outstanding fines.  All you need to do is:

  • Touch the screen to select ‘My Library Account’
  • Place your student/staff card on the reader icon
  • From the options displayed, choose ‘Pay charges’ and follow the instructions to pay your fine
  • Select ‘Finish’ to end the session

To find out more about the library self-service machines, read this blog

Smart tables – an update

In May we tweeted about our newest tech resource – the smart table, available on Level 1 of the Library. All four tables have now been deployed for the new semester and are ready to use.

What are they? Smart tables are a new digital tool to help you make better use of your library by providing instant access to library information and resources.

What do they do? Smart tables let you:

  • Explore the catalogue to find books, eresources, reading lists and archives materials.
  • Find a PC to use in the Library, George Moore, Hamish Wood or Charles Oakley buildings.
  • Use the library floorplans to find out what’s on each level of the Library.
  • Request an appointment with your Academic Librarian and get help and support in your subject area.
  • Quickly and easily reset your password.
  • Access the full library website and quickly navigate to the information you need.
  • Give us your feedback, fill out the form and tell us your queries, comments, suggestions, complaints or anything else you want to tell us about your Library.

Where are they? You can find the smart tables on all Levels of the Library:

  • Level 1, beside The Library Desk.
  • Level 2 and Level 3, by the Self-service machines.
  • Level 4, on the walk-way by the Hamish Wood entrance.

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Level 2 smart table by Self-service machine.

 

 

 

 

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Level 4 smart table by Hamish Wood entrance.

New library self-service machines

We are pleased to introduce our new library self-service machines. A total of 6 machines have been installed throughout the library:
• 2 on Level 1
• 1 each on Levels 0,2,3,4

The new library self-service machines have more functionality than the old models, you can now:

Borrow and return books in one easy transaction – you can stack all your books on the machine shelf, there’s no need to place one book at a time as the improved functionality scans all of your books.

Check your account details – gain immediate access to your account and renew books there and then, check and change any items you have on hold

NB: Staff who want to use the new machines please visit the Library Desk for further instruction.

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Smart tables

In May we tweeted about our newest tech resource – the smart table, available on Level 1 of the Library.  We’ve just taken delivery of our second search table which can be found on Level 4 and expect the final two search tables delivered before the start of the new semester.

What are they?  Smart tables are a new digital tool to help you make better use of your library by providing instant access to library information and resources.

What do they do? Smart tables let you:

  • Explore the catalogue to find books, eresources, reading lists and archives materials.
  • Find a PC to use in the Library, George Moore, Hamish Wood or Charles Oakley buildings.
  • Use the library floorplans to find out what’s on each level of the Library.
  • Request an appointment with your Academic Librarian and get help and support in your subject area.
  • Access the full library website and quickly navigate to the information you need.
  • Give us your feedback, fill out the form and tell us your queries, comments, suggestions, complaints or anything else you want to tell us about your Library.

Where are they?   You can find the search tables on Level 1, beside The Library Desk and Level 4, on the walk-way by the Hamish Wood entrance.

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Level 4 smart table by Hamish Wood entrance