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Ground Floor Display – Study Skills

Hone your study skills with items from our new themed display. The display is located outside the library elevators on the ground floor.

Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2017

The AUS library is pleased to recognize three graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly to provide ongoing support to our Circulation and Information Commons departments.

These students have worked at least 4 semesters with us, and in recognition of their long-standing service to the library, are now honored recipients of the AUS Library’s Student Assistant Recognition Program. Each has selected a book which now contains their name inscribed on a book-plate.

Aya Ahmad has worked with us for 4 semesters and is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Biology. She has selected One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hana Al-Shaykh as a title that brings back many childhood memories for her.

Mostafa El Zaghby is graduating from the College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in the library for 5 semesters and has chosen George Orwell’s well known and chilling prophecy about the future – 1984.

Marah Ali is also graduating from the College of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering. She too has worked in the library for 5 semesters and her book selection is The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe – a collection that encompasses detective tales, satires, fables, science fiction and verse.

All students spoke of the wide variety of skills they have acquired working for the library including customer service, handling difficult situations, troubleshooting technology and working as a member of a team. These are all skills that can be transferred to the workplace and highlighted in CVs when applying for jobs.

The AUS Library would like to thank Aya, Mostafa and Marah for their outstanding service to the Library. We wish them all every success in their future careers.

If you’d like to apply to work as a Student Assistant in the AUS Library, visit our website for details. Positions open prior to the beginning of each term.

Pictured below: University Librarian, Daphne Flanagan presenting AUS Library Student Assistants Aya, Marah and Mostafa with their name-plated books.

 University Librarian Daphne Flanagan

Ebook Central Slowness

We have been experiencing loading and slowness issues accessing eBooks on Ebook Central.

If you are having trouble with links not loading correctly, pages of eBooks partially loading, or resources not loading at all, please try taking the following steps to successfully access the resources:

  • Try using a different browser; Chrome or Firefox usually work best.
  • Wait until the Detail page loads completely before trying to click any links on the page, such as the buttons labelled “Read Online” and “Download”, or any links in the Table of Contents.
  • Clear your caches.
    • On Chrome, go to Settings > Show advanced settings > Clear Browsing Data, select “Cookies and other site and plugin data” and “Cached images and files”, then click the “Clear Browsing Data” button.
    • On Firefox, go to Preferences > Advanced > Network, and click the “Clear Now” button under “Cached Web Content”
  • If none of the above work, try using the “Full Download” option on the Detail page to use the book offline. This option will require a (free) personal Ebook Central account.

We are working with ProQuest in order to resolve this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library tour iPad mini winner announced!

Congratulations to Muhammad Abdulmutaleb Kalaji! He is the lucky winner of a new iPad mini from the new student library tour prize drawing.

iPad draw winner Muhammad Abdulmutaleb Kalaji with University Librarian Daphne Flanagan

 iPad mini draw winner Muhammad Abdulmutaleb Kalaji (at right) with University Librarian Daphne Flanagan.

Thank you to all who participated.

Good luck to the new AUS students!

Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Fall 2016

Every semester, the AUS Library recognizes graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly as members of the library’s support team for at least 4 semesters. This semester, we are very pleased to honor graduating MCM student Naila Tariq Iqbal, for her longstanding service of 6 semesters. During her time with us, Naila has worked across all areas of the library, including Technical Services, and the Information Commons. Her role has involved helping out behind the scenes with processing of donations, shipments and special projects, but also helping students trouble-shoot technical issues. As Naila commented, work has not only provided insight into how academic libraries operate, it has also offered important opportunities to interact with others and problem-solve. These are very important skills that will serve Naila well as she embarks on her career.

In recognition of her service, and as part of the AUS Library’s Student Assistant Recognition Program, Naila has selected a book which now contains her name inscribed on a book-plate. The book that Naila has chosen is Something Wicked This Way Comes by American author Ray Bradbury. This is a book about how two boys’ lives are changed forever when a sinister travelling carnival stops at their Illinois town. It’s a book written in an intriguing style, something that appeals to Naila as a student of Journalism.

The AUS Library would like to thank Naila for her outstanding service as a student assistant. We wish you every success in your future career!

Pictured below: University Librarian, Daphne Flanagan presenting AUS Student Naila Iqbal with her name-plated book.

Naila Iqbal with University Librarian Daphne Flanagan

Library tour iPad mini winner announced!

Congratulations to Hames Hassan! She is the lucky winner of a new iPad mini from the new student library tour prize drawing.

iPad draw winner Hames Hassan with University Librarian Daphne Flanagan

 iPad mini draw winner Hames Hassan (at right) with University Librarian Daphne Flanagan.

Thank you to all who participated.

Good luck to the new AUS students!

WorldCat replaces Summon and the Classic Catalog

As a part of the Library’s migration to OCLC Worldshare Management Services (WMS), our old search interfaces, Summon and the Classic Catalog (Millennium), will no longer be in service as of May 31, 2016. Instead, the library would like to introduce OCLC’s search interface, WorldCat.

WorldCat LogoWorldCat allows you to search the library’s physical collection of books, journals, music, movies and newspapers, as well as eBooks, articles, eJournals, and other electronic resources; all from a single search box.

WorldCat offers researchers more specific searching, as well as access to a larger world of scholarship. Faculty and graduate students will be able to more easily place document delivery requests to books and other items held at libraries around the world.

Circulation staff and our Librarians will be happy to help you if you have any concerns or difficulties. You can contact the circulation desk by phone at 06 515 2256, or by email at circulation@aus.edu. As always, you can email researchhelp@aus.edu or contact your liaison librarian for help finding resources or doing research.

If you experience any issues, please contact us at auslibrary@aus.edu. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and would welcome your feedback.

Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2016

Every semester, the AUS Library recognizes graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly as members of the library’s support team for at least 4 semesters. This semester we recognize four graduating library student assistants who are now honored recipients of the AUS Library’s Student Assistant Recognition Program. Each has selected a book which now contains their name inscribed on a book-plate. These graduating students are: Moustafa Mahmoud Ahmed, Shafayet Siddique, Revathy Ramakrishnan and Firas Bou Fakhereddine.

Moustafa is a graduating Civil engineering student who has worked in the library for 5 semesters. He has enjoyed working with people in a busy environment such as the library – coming to understand their needs and being able to “rescue” people when they need assistance. He likes to know that he has made a difference. By working in the library, Moustafa has learned how to work in a team environment and how to problem-solve when under pressure. These are skills he sees as easily transferrable to an engineering work environment. Moustafa’s book selection is: Leonardo da Vinci painter: the complete works. This book is about Da Vinci’s life and paintings, and is a “mark of respect” toward the influence Da Vinci has had on Moustafa and the world.

Shafayet is a graduating Mechanical engineering student who has worked in the library for the last five semesters. During his time with us, Shafayet has learned how to deal with challenging questions and how to importantly, balance work and study. He believes his customer service experience gained through his time working in the library has given him a competitive edge as he moves into the workplace. Shafayet has selected The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein, a book comprising five parts, a sprawling tale and a multitude of characters. He describes it as “a creation myth for the whole of Middle Earth.”

Revathy is a graduating CAAD student who has worked in the library for 6 semesters. She has enjoyed the personal interaction with students from across all disciplines and the customer service aspects of work in the library. The majority of her time has been spent working in the Information Commons department, helping students with all manner of technical issues. Revathy has been a committed employee who has worked tirelessly in helping the library achieve its goals. Through her time spent with us, she has developed a wide range of skills that can “easily be transferred into the workplace.” Revathy’s book selection is The Fountainhead, the story of a young architect and his battle against conventional standards – a challenging title she recommends to other students particularly in her field.

Firas is a graduating Business student who has worked tirelessly with us in the library for the last 5 semesters. He has enjoyed dealing with people and helping others, and has used his experience in the library to further develop a range of customer service skills. Firas describes himself as “a perfectionist” and will certainly be missed for the enthusiasm and positivity he is always able to inspire in others – both his student assistant colleagues and library users. Firas is looking forward to beginning an internship in the coming months. We are certain he will do well, given his outstanding “can do” attitude and people skills. Firas has selected a popular book, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – one of his favorite authors. He loves Dan Brown’s writing style and, with this book in particular, “the mystery and thrill of it all.”

The AUS Library thanks all our graduating student assistants and wishes them the very best in their future career endeavors.

For more information about our Student Assistant employment program, please visit the library’s website.

Pictured below: University Librarian, Daphne Flanagan presenting AUS Library Student Assistants Firas Bou Fakhereddine, Shafayet Siddique, Revathy Ramakrishnan and Moustafa Mahmoud Ahmed with their name-plated books.

Daphne Flanagan presenting name-plated books to Firas Bou Fakhereddine, Shafayet Siddique, Revathy Ramakrishnan, and Moustafa Mahmoud Ahmed.

Transferring Millennium and ProquestFlow/Refworks lists

On June 1st, 2016, the AUS Library will roll out OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery for our users, which will take the place of both our Millennium Classic Catalog and our Summon Discovery interface. You may already have seen a preview from the library’s homepage, or via the following link: http://aus.on.worldcat.org/discovery

Do you have any saved Millennium Lists?

Do you have any saved reference lists previously exported from Summon to ProQuestFlow/Refworks?

If you would like to retain these lists, you will need to transfer them to our bibliographic management tool – EndNote Web before May 31st, 2016. If personal lists are not exported before this date, any previously saved search results will be lost.

Help is at hand! Follow the procedures linked below, or attend a demonstration where a liaison librarian will be available to assist on Monday May 9th at 12 noon repeated at 1pm in the FDC, LIB-011.

Please also feel free to email researchhelp@aus.edu, or visit the Research Help Desk, if you need any help.

LibQUAL Survey Winners Announced

Congratulations to our library survey winners!

Three winners were drawn from participants who entered their names after completing our LibQUAL survey.

The winners are:

  • Bushra I. M. AlGhussein (not pictured) – iPod touch
  • Hussain Fahim Akhter Abbasi – iPod nano
  • Farouk Waleed – iPod nano

Survey winners Hussain Fahim Akhter Abbasi and Farouk Waleed receive their prizes from University Librarian Daphne Flanagan

Pictured above: Survey winners Hussain Fahim Akhter Abbasi and Farouk Waleed receive their prizes from University Librarian Daphne Flanagan.

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