Scheduled maintenance on library resources

Please be aware that there will be scheduled maintenance by one of the library’s vendors OCLC on Friday 26th April and Saturday 27th April between 10pm – 7am in order to perform essential maintenance. Due to the nature of the upgrade, users may experience intermittent access to some of our online resources during these times.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk 

Technical issue [RefWorks citation manager]

We are currently experiencing access issues with RefWorks Citation Manager. When users try to open the citation manager add-in in Word, they may see a blank screen, as displayed below:

a screenshot of a Word document. The RefWorks citation manager is open however the screen has not loaded and is blank.

 

IT services are aware of this issue and are currently working on a resolution. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

The Governor, the Poorhouse, the Station and family history – guest blog by Danny Gallacher

Our guest blogger, Mr Danny Gallacher, is a Lay Governor on Glasgow Caledonian University’s Court. On National Genealogy Day he talks about his links with the University and the history of our Glasgow campus site.

I thought my family links with GCU were many and varied. I am a Lay Governor on Court, an alumnus of the University, my daughter is also an alumnus, my son works here and my grandkids attended the University nursery. I was surprised to discover other links that go much further back in time whilst conducting some family history research. I learned that the campus was previously the site of a major railway station, Buchanan Street Station at the west end of the campus, and also the City Poorhouse at the east end of the campus. My family had connections with them both.

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Technical Issue [Access to scans on Resource Lists] – issue resolved

We are currently experiencing access issues to Scanned material that loads using Kortext Reader on Resource Lists. This is due to unexpected downtime from the platform provider.

The provider is working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

We will provide an update to this post with further information as we receive it.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

[UPDATE 29.02.24, 12.07]

This issue is resolved. Thank you for your patience, and our apologies once more for any inconvenience caused.

If you are experiencing any other issues with online resources from the library, please contact the team via email at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk 

New Resource List User Interface – FAQs

Screenshot taken from the new resource list user interface.

A screenshot of the new user interface

What’s happening?

The Resource List vendor is rolling out a new User Interface for Leganto (the Resource List system). The Library is currently reviewing the new interface in preparation for the switchover.

Why is this happening?

The Resource List vendor is introducing a new user interface to improve the user experience for students, academics, and librarians, aimed at enhancing the learning journey resulting in a cleaner and simplified interface. 

When will the new User Interface be implemented?

We plan to implement the new user interface in mid-June, to coincide with the GCU Learn course rollover for the 2024-25 academic year. The Resource List vendor will remove the current user interface from their platform in January 2025.  

How will these changes affect me?

You will notice a change to the look and feel of the Resource List system but most of the functionality will remain the same.  

Any lists that are already on the platform will still be available in the new user interface. In June, all existing resource lists will rollover to your new module codes as normal. Staff will not need to take any action unless they are creating a new list or updating their existing list.  

All links from GCU Learn will remain active. 

Staff will still be able to invite colleagues to collaborate on lists, add library content to their list, as well as freely available online content such as videos and podcasts.  

What has changed in the new User Interface? 

The new interface has been redesigned to have a simpler and cleaner look. For academic staff, there have been some developments to simplify user interactions with the platform, such as consolidating workflows and rebranding sections. 

Some changes you might notice are that the List Advisor is no longer available in the new interface, the way to view list analytics has changed, and that the ‘My Collection’ section has been renamed ‘Favourites’.  

Can I preview the new User Interface? 

Yes, you can see how your resource lists will look in the new interface by following the steps below: 

  1. Navigate to your current resource list on the platform 
  2. In the URL, update ‘readinglist’ to ‘nui’  
  3. You should now be able to view your list in the new user interface

Image showing two urls in a browser window. One has the words readinglist circled in red and the other has nui circled in red.

Will training and guidance be available for staff? 

Yes, the library is currently working on the creation of staff guidance and how-to videos, as well as a programme of training sessions. These will be available prior to the new UI switchover in June, with training scheduled from the summer into Trimester A. 

How can I find out more?  

We’ll continue to update this blog as we review the new interface but if you’d like more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Resource List team at resourcelists@gcu.ac.uk  

GCU London Library: Temporary Opening Hours January 2024

The GCU London Library will be open as follows over the listed two week period in January (Monday 8 January 2024 until Sunday 21 January 2024):

Day Date Time
Monday 08/01/24 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 09/01/24 9am to 7pm
Wednesday 10/01/24 9am to 7pm
Thursday 11/01/24 9am to 7pm
Friday 12/01/24 9am to 7pm
Saturday 13/01/24 Closed
Sunday 14/01/24 Closed
Monday 15/01/24 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 16/01/24 9am to 7pm
Wednesday 17/01/24 9am to 7pm
Thursday 18/01/24 9am to 7pm
Friday 19/01/24 9am to 7pm
Saturday 20/01/24 Closed
Sunday 21/01/24 Closed

 

GCU London Library: Festive Opening Hours 2023/24

The GCU London Library will be open as follows over the Festive period 2023/24:

Day

Date

Time

Monday

18/12/2023

9am to 7pm

Tuesday

19/12/2023

9am to 7pm

Wednesday

20/12/2023

9am to 7pm

Thursday

21/12/2023

9am to 7pm

Friday

22/12/2023

9am to 7pm

Saturday

23/12/2023

Closed

Sunday

24/12/2023

Closed

Monday

25/12/2023

Closed

Tuesday

26/12/2023

Closed

Wednesday

27/12/2023

Closed

Thursday

28/12/2023

Closed

Friday

29/12/2023

Closed

Saturday

30/12/2023

Closed

Sunday

31/12/2023

Closed

Monday

01/01/2024

Closed

Tuesday

02/01/2024

9am to 7pm

Wednesday

03/01/2024

9am to 7pm

Thursday

04/01/2024

9am to 7pm

Friday

05/01/2024

9am to 7pm

Saturday

06/01/2024

Closed

Sunday

07/01/2024

Closed

Library systems scheduled maintenance

Please be aware that the Library’s system provider has scheduled essential maintenance from 11pm on Saturday 6th to 12am on Sunday 7th December.

The library Discover search and Resource Lists system may be unavailable for some of this time.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Technical issue [Scopus] – issue resolved

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing access issues to the resource Scopus.

We are currently working with the vendor to resolve this issue ASAP and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE [14 November, 13:33]

This issue is resolved. Thank you for your patience, and our apologies once more for any inconvenience caused.

Level 4 closed 20 to 23 October 2023

Level 4 of the Sir Alex Ferguson Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20 October until 7am on Monday 23 October to allow improvements to power and USB charging provision at study spaces to be carried out.

There will also be some minor work carried out on Level 2 of the Library but the floor will remain open.

We thank you for your patience while this work is carried out.