This weekend, Loughborough Student’s Union are holding two Bazaars to showcase all the different sports, clubs, and activities that you can get involved in during your time here at University and to help you make the most of your Loughborough experience. This Sunday, 4th October the Library will be joining in with the Student Activities Bazaar – and we’ll be bringing along a special guest star!
At the Bazaar, you can meet representative from all of LSU’s 109 societies – and with as many as that, you’re bound to find a society that interests you! If AU sport isn’t your thing, there are a number of outdoor activities and sports societies that you can join. But societies aren’t just limited to sport; there are all kinds of societies, celebrating culture, faith, film, technology, performance, art, and even your future career! The societies will be putting on live demonstrations and stalls to show you who they are and how you can sign up for them.
Not that you have to sign up for us, but come along and see us anyway! The Library stand can be found in the David Wallace Sports Hall, and we’ll be there from 11am to 4pm. Be sure to come along and get your picture taken with us – and Pilky!
Welcome back to all of our returning students who have come back at the weekend – we hope you missed us as much as we missed you!
What you might have missed during the summer while you’ve been away is some news about our IT facilities in the Library and – best of all – an extension to our term and vacation time opening hours.
- Yes, that’s right – from the start of this term, the Library will be increasing its opening hours during term time, meaning we will now be closing at 2am rather midnight. We will also be extending our opening hours during the next Easter vacation (it’s not that far away!) so that we’ll be open Monday-Friday until 8pm instead of closing at 5.30pm as before. The New Year 24-7 opening period will also be starting earlier next year.
- We’ve added 43 new PCs to the study area on Level 4, meaning we now have around 250 public workstations throughout the building.
- Engineers rejoice! All Library PC’s (except the Short Stay workstations) are now Auto-CAD software enabled thanks to sterling upgrade work by IT Services during the summer.
- On a bit of a downside, the PC Clinic have changed their opening hours. They will now be open weekdays from 10am to 6pm, but unfortunately will NOT be open at all at weekends. Library evening & weekend staff will provide as much help as they can, but in the first instance you should contact the IT Services Service Desk for any out-of-hours IT queries.
Enjoy your term!
An exciting open air interactive exhibition with a thought-provoking environmental theme will be running on campus this October.
Hosted by the Sustainability Team at Loughborough University Whole Earth? is written by Lloyd Timberlake, an acknowledged expert in the field of sustainable development. The Stockholm Resilience Centre provides scientific support to the project with the latest insights on planetary boundaries and global sustainability. The original Hard Rain exhibition (shown at LU in 2010), a vivid reminder of the price of inaction, introduces the new display. The combination of rigorous science and art gives a wide appeal. It will be the first exhibition to open simultaneously to a connected, international audience (via the NUS) in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This innovative approach will ensure media coverage at each university and public venue and an opportunity to bring students, academics and the public together with political and business leaders.
The exhibition, which is open to all, is mounted in the Shirley Pearce Square from the 5th October to 1st November 2015, with the official launch taking place on the 7th October at 11am.
Further details of how to participate can be found via the University Sustainability web pages here:
Do you like reading stories and meeting people from other cultures? Would you like to develop your skills in spoken English? If so, this club is for you! You will discover the pleasure of reading short books by well-known authors and share your ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The club is free to join and you will be provided with all the books we discuss on a first-come first-served basis.
If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley at email@example.com or just come to our first meeting in Seminar Room One in the Library at 5pm on 6th October. You can also join us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/319903914875688/
All students are welcome to the general Loughborough University Student Book Club where you can discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?
As today is European Day of Languages, what better time to let people know of some of the fantastic services offered by the University’s English Language Support Service.
The English Language Support Service offers a range of high quality English language support to home and international students who are already studying at university, as well as to international students who wish to study at Loughborough University. They offer a broad range of workshops throughout term time, as well as online courses and support available via the Library’s own ‘Get the Know How: Skills to Succeed’ Learn module LBA001.
The European Day of Languages is the result of the success of the European Year of Languages hosted in 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning. The Council of Europe subsequently declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year.
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding.
- Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered.
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.
To find out more, visit the campaign’s website here.
Those terribly nice people who provide the world’s most comprehensive marketing database, Mintel, have just produced a handy online student starter pack for the 2015-16 academic year to help students get to know how to get the best out of their resource.
The pack contains info on how Mintel can help students with their projects, how to navigate the Mintel site, and also some background information about the company.
As an added bonus, they’ve also produced a handy five-step guide showing how Mintel can help students produce their own business plan.
Mintel is a major source of consumer-related marketing intelligence information in the UK. Loughborough University Library subscribes to three sections of the Mintel database – the Leisure Intelligence Series, the Market Intelligence Series and Mintel Industrial Reports – all searchable via Library Catalogue Plus. Access is via your University username and password.
We’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all our visitors, new and old, for this start of a new term – and a new academic year. We hope you’re looking forward to the year ahead as much as we are.
Throughout the months ahead we’ll be posting regular updates about what is happening at the Library, but to begin with, we’d like to post some general information about some of our key services. This applies as much to some of our returning students, who possibly aren’t as familiar with the Library yet, as it does to the latest lucky batch of Freshers who have arrived this week, who are likely totally unfamiliar with who we are, where we are and what we have to offer.
You can of course find lots more in depth information by browsing through the About Your Library and Information For Students sections on our homepage, but here is some of the more relevant information that will stand you in good stead from the get-go.
- Subject Pages. We’ve created a comprehensive A-Z list of guides that highlight the key resources for each subject area alongside links to further help.
- Academic Librarians. Each School has their own dedicated Academic Librarian who can help students find and use information resources relative to their topic. They’re friendly, ever obliging and ever so easy to get in touch with!
- Library Workshops. Practically every month during term time we run a range of helpful study and information resource related training sessions here in the Library. Ranging from essay writing hints and tips to database searching and time management, there’s something to cater for every academic need.
- Date for your diary: Tuesday 20th October, 7pm @ the Village Bar – The Library Student Book Club re-launch. The Library isn’t just about textbooks! We have a growing range of leisure reading books upstairs on sunny Level 4, comprising of the latest novels, autobiographies and graphic novels – ideal for giving your mind a well-earned break from your studies. We also host our very own Student Book Club, which meets twice a term. It costs nothing to join and the books are provided free – all you have to do is read it and turn up! We’ll be holding our annual Book Club re-launch at the Village Bar this October, so if you’d like to find out more, why not come along – all are welcome!
New to the wonderful world of academic study? Need to freshen your study skills after your summer break? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our autumn season of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this month.
Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.
New students will certainly find our ‘Getting the most out of your Library’ workshops especially useful next week – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.
New this year are practical workshops on Referencing software. These question and answer sessions are designed to deal with any problems students or researchers are experiencing using one of the popular referencing software packages – RefWorks, Mendeley or RefMe.
Each session runs for approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted mainly in Library Seminar Room 1 – some will be taking place at the Stewart Mason Building. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:
Until 31st October we are re-running a trial of Sage Research Methods, an online tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.
SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.
With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods‘ robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and “Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.”
We have trial access to Sage Research Methods, Sage Research Methods Cases and Sage Research Methods Data Sets. To begin searching please go to: http://srmo.sagepub.com/ – access is via IP address.
We welcome feedback – good or bad – about this trial. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.