Technical issue [ProQuest ebooks]

**This issue is now resolved: please note that you may need to delete your browser’s cookies and cache in order for platform access to be restored**

We are currently experiencing access issues with ebooks hosted on the ProQuest/Ebook Central platform.

This issue is currently being investigated by the vendor and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

Sir Alex Ferguson: my story in objects

Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE has enjoyed a spectacular career in football, both as a player and manager. He was born in Govan on Hogmanay 1941 to parents Alexander, a plater’s helper in the shipbuilding industry, and Elizabeth (née Hardie). After obtaining his Secondary School Certificate he completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with Remington Rand. His senior football playing career lasted from 1958 to 1974, when he entered management with East Stirlingshire, St Mirren and Aberdeen, before joining Manchester United in 1986. Continue reading

Technical issue [Discover search and Resource Lists on Eduroam WiFi network]

*This issue is now resolved*

We are currently experiencing issues with accessing Discover search and Resource Lists services over the university Eduroam WiFi network. Discover and Resource Lists continue to be available via wired networks, other WiFi networks such as Guest WiFi https://www.gcu.ac.uk/staff/it/wirelessaccess/guestwifi/ and cellular networks.

We are working with IS and our system supplier to resolve this problem as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Technical issue [Discover search]

*This issue is now resolved*

We are currently experiencing issues with Discover search. If you are running a search at this time you will not be able to see the full results available to you, therefore we recommend that users do not perform any complex searching at this time.

The issue has been reported to the vendor and we hope it will be resolved ASAP. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Discover search and Resource Lists scheduled maintenance

Please be aware that the Library’s system provider has planned maintenance scheduled for this weekend from 11pm until midnight on Saturday 28 September.

This means that the Library’s self-service machines, Discover search and the Resource Lists platform may be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Upgrades to Pure and Research Online

Pure and the Research Online portal will undergo a major upgrade from Monday 23rd September 2019. Pure will be unavailable to users until 2nd October 2019; Research Online will remain accessible during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The upgraded system will bring the following benefits to users:

  • Pure system now fully supported and maintained with upgrades and new functionality available each month
  • Cloud hosted system provides reliability and scalability
  • Improved functionality and new Pure portal with clean, modern user interface
  • Access Pure directly on and off campus without the need for VPN or remote desktop
  • Access for all academic staff
  • Improved data quality and integration with other University systems
  • New REF and awards management functionality coming soon

For enquiries regarding the upgrade or system downtime please contact librarysystems@gcu.ac.uk

For urgent enquiries relating to REF eligible outputs please contact repository@gcu.ac.uk

Academic Librarian Drop-in sessions resume 1st of October 2019

Beginning 1st Oct 2019

Did you know that Monday to Friday you can drop-in to get help from an Academic Librarian between 11am and 3pm?

What to expect?
The drop-in session is for quick questions – like needing help to find resources on a topic or getting started with a database or RefWorks.

Where?
The drop-in desk is the first desk in the Library Ask & Learn space on Level 1 of the Saltire Centre.

Need more help?
Make an appointment with your subject specialist academic librarian.  Appointments can be for a group and you can request an online appointment too.

 

Discover search and Resource Lists scheduled maintenance

Please be aware that the Library’s system provider has planned maintenance scheduled for this weekend from 9pm on Saturday 31 August until 5am on Sunday 1 September.

This means that the Library’s self-service machines, Discover search and the Resource Lists platform may be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

What we do

My brother is getting married this weekend, and along with revising my best man speech (gulp), I’m also anticipating a lot of relatives and newly minted in-laws asking the perennial question; what is it you do again?

sign for GCU Archive Centre in foreground. Behind can see red lockers

GCU Archive Centre reading room

As ever, I’ll smile and reply that I work as an archive assistant. They’ll nod, pause and then ask, but what do you do? And that’s where it gets tricky.

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