Monday 11 April 2016

May 31st: a new design for Primo and changing routes to electronic information resources

Following consultation with student focus groups, Primo is undergoing a re-design towards a cleaner, more mobile-friendly page with links to major sources and request forms gathered on the yellow page banner and easy-to-find help, advice and training information.

Your Aber collections searches will be across all AU libraries, allowing access to resources you may have not otherwise been aware of. As always it will be possible to refine your results by location after the initial search.

Changing routes to electronic information resources

The link to Databases A-Z will be replaced with a link to E-resources A-Z, an alphabetic list of electronic information resources.
This will be located on the yellow banner next to E-journals@Aber where you can search and browse the AU electronic journal holdings.
N.B. not all the freely available web pages in Databases A-Z will be included in E-Resources A-Z.

Subject-specific electronic information resources will be also be promoted via the Subject information pages.

The “Selected databases” search in Databases A-Z will no longer be available, however the Articles & more search returns results from many thousands of electronic information resources which you can store to your E-Shelf.

If you have one or more sets of databases stored in Databases A-Z, and you want to make a note of them before the Databases A-Z link is replaced, make sure to do so before May 31st.

If you have any questions about these upcoming changes please contact your subject librarian or 01970621896.

Wednesday 6 April 2016

LERU Statement on Open Access - October 2015

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) released a new statement on open access on 12 October 2015 calls for research funding to be focused on research, rather than to be overly diverted to publishers.  It calls on the European Commission to work with the university and public research sectors, funders, publishers and authors to develop models and solutions for the sustainable support of open access publishing, both by Gold and Green Open Access routes, while allowing for commercial publishers to retain viable returns.  Specifically, the statement calls on the Dutch Presidency of the European Commission from January-June 2016 to bring together all interested parties to develop a way forward acceptable to all parties on an international basis.

The full LERU statement, "Christmas is over. Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!" can be accessed at