Is Aberystwyth’s Future Under Water? Stemming the tide of Climate Change.

Climate Change is a daunting subject to get to grips with and finding reliable information to help understand this most critical topic can feel overwhelming. Tackling Climate Change is the responsibility of everyone, and whether your background is in the arts, or in politics, or in the social, environmental or physical sciences, it is vital that each and every one of us does what we can to understand the impact of Climate Change on our world.

The ‘Is Aberystwyth’s Future Under Water? Stemming the tide of Climate Change reading list was created by Catherine Fletcher and Annabel Cook while on an AberForward placement for the Library Academic Engagement Team. This collection of resources was initially put together to support the outcomes of the upcoming AU Festival of Research (18 – 25 October 2021) but we thought it might also be useful to a wider audience. The list seeks to provide a range of information on Climate Change both locally and globally. It includes a link to an interactive map which allows you to explore sea level rise and coastal flood threats that might affect where you live. (Be warned: it’s properly terrifying!)

(Pictured above Climate Central Interactive Map showing the land projected to be below annual flood level in Aberystwyth and surrounding areas in 2040)

We know how much students and residents cherish Aberystwyth so hopefully by shining a light on the negative impact that Climate Change may have on the town, it will help us, as a community, to strive towards making more sustainable choices.

It is not just the Aberystwyth area that the resources on this list focus on. The selection of scientific articles that we have chosen outline the effects of the climatic changes which may have an impact across the globe. We also wanted to show that the research is interdisciplinary, highlighting the vital role all scientific departments throughout the university play in investigating Climate Change. The hope is that in fully understanding Climate Change, we can more efficiently predict and adapt to the challenges we are inevitably going to face.

(Pictured above photograph in Anthropocene poetics: deep time, sacrifice zones, and extinction by David Farrier – 2019)

It is important to remember that it is not only the scientific departments who can inspire change. The arts and social sciences have a role in providing a more creative angle to thinking about and understanding Climate Change. This reading list aims to show how those disciplines are already reacting to the threat that the climate crisis poses.

We all need to do our bit. So whether it’s studying art or studying zoology (or any subject in between) we need to bring our expertise, and our inspiration, to the great crisis of our time. Do let us know what you think of the list, it is a living document and if there are resources that you think should be there, let us know and we will add them.

New Copyright LibGuide

As a student, do you want to know how copyright affects how you might prepare for and write your assignments? Perhaps you are a lecturer, and you want to know if showing a film or television programme during a lecture or seminar might be breaching copyright legislation? Or are you a researcher looking to protect your own work from being used by others without your permission?
Answers to these and many other questions about copyright are dealt with in our new Copyright LibGuide. The LibGuide offers not just a comprehensive overview of the current copyright legislation but also practical advice on common copyright scenarios that you might encounter as part of your work here at Aberystwyth University.
The LibGuide is available in Welsh and in English.


(Engraving by William Hogarth. In the Public Domain)

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New! Employability LibGuide

Our library services are not just here to help you get your degree. They can also help you get the job you want after you graduate! 

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Aberystwyth University Subject Librarians have prepared a new Employability LibGuide. This is your guide to the books and resources that can help you write a winning CV, and to specialist advice and tools to help you Research the company or organisation you want to work for

You can use the guide to:

  • Find Resources on different companies, Industries and general careers advice 
  • Discover tools for developing essential digital and information skills to enhance your graduate prospects 
  • Research your chosen career path and prepare for job applications and interviews 

The library’s resources can help you secure the job of your dreams as you develop your employability.

Take a look at the guide here: https://libguides.aber.ac.uk/employability  

Module co-ordinators: already know what you want on your new reading list?

This summer we will create and populate your new Aspire reading lists on request.

If you email the content to librarians@aber.ac.uk before July 19th your reading list will be created and published before the reading list deadline.

Please include

  • Module code and title
  • Which books are Essential – the Library will order an ebook or multiple print copies if an ebook is not available
  • Which books are Further reading – the Library will order one print copy
  • Any chapters or articles you need digitising
  • Any section names to group them under

Books will be purchased, digitisations processed and you will be contacted if there are any issues.
Find advice for preparing your Aspire reading lists for the new academic year: https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/en/2978

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Meet the Team!

Over the last 18 months we have all been working online via Teams with students and other colleagues. It was great for us as a team to finally all meet up face to face, enjoy a walk along the prom and have an outdoor meeting to help plan our activities for 2021/22 (we even had the dolphins for company!).

We are all looking forward to meeting you in the next Academic Year, and in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help.

librarians@aber.ac.uk
01970 621896

Subject Librarians
Left to right: Anita Saycell, Lloyd Roderick, Simon French, Abi Crook, Sarah Gwenlan, Connie Davage, Non Jones, Joy Cadwallader. Not pictured: Alex Warburton

Welcome to the Librarians’ Blog!

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Direct from the Hugh Owen Library, it’s a big hello from your friendly band of librarians.

We want to welcome you to the newly restored Librarians’ Blog where you’ll find more on how your library supports learning, teaching, and research here at Aberystwyth University.

The blog will be updated regularly so make sure you subscribe. And don’t forget, we love talking to you, so if there are any library matters that you need help with, do get in touch:

If you want a sneak peek at some of the things we can help out with, take a look at our purpose-built Library Guides: https://libguides.aber.ac.uk/