Man Booker Prize 2016 – It’s a Sellout!

Winner-announcement-graphicCongratulations to novelist Paul Beatty, who became the first American writer in 48 years of competition to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout.

The Sellout has been described as a topical satire on race relations in contemporary America as seen through the eyes of an African-American man living in a run-down fictional American town in the process of being torn apart by increasingly rising racial tensions.

Paul Beatty is the first American author to win the £50,000 prize after US authors became eligible in 2014. The 2016 shortlist included two British, two US, one Canadian and one British-Canadian writer.

We will shortly be adding The Sellout to our stock, but in the mean time you can find and read previous Man Booker Prize winning and nominated novels upstairs among our Leisure Reading collection on Level 4.

Database Trial – Illustrated London News Historical Archive

ilnWe’re offering another venerable newspaper archive in electronic format this month, in the shape of the Illustrated London News Archive 1842-2003.

On Saturday 14th May 1842, a publishing revolution occurred. The world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper was born: The Illustrated London News. Its founder, Herbert Ingram, was an entrepreneurial newsagent, who noticed that newspapers sold more copies when they carried pictures. The inaugural issue covered a fire in Hamburg, Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball, the war in Afghanistan and the latest fashions in Paris. The ILN commissioned a galaxy of great artists and draughtsmen to cover wars, royal events, scientific invention, and exploration. In 1855 it launched the world’s first colour supplement. Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors and continued to push the boundaries of journalism throughout its history.

To access the archive go to: – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

Library on Tour! Joint Services Roadshow

14753341_1135378513198468_8498803739213197096_oThe Library have joined forces with IT Services and Creative & Print Services for a roadshow promotional tour across campus during the next fortnight.

The roadshows will be running daily at the following locations on the following dates, 10am – 2pm. If you’re passing by and want to know more about what our three services can offer you, pop in and say hi!

  • Monday 24th October – Wolfson Cafe Area
  • Tuesday 25th October – Martin Hall Foyer
  • Wednesday 26th October – Cope Foyer
  • Thursday 27th October  – Schofield Foyer
  • Friday 28th October – Haselgrave Ground Floor
  • Monday 31st October – Physics Foyer
  • Tuesday 1st November – Chemistry Building Foyer
  • Wednesday 2nd November – Students Union
  • Thursday 3rd November – West Park Teaching Hub
  • Friday 4th November – James France Exhibition area
  • Monday 7th November – EHB Atrium
  • Tuesday 8th November – London Campus

Database Trial – Archives of Sexuality & Gender, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

galeSocial science students may find the latest database trial of considerable interest.

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 is the largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.

To access the archive go to – – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

Database Trial – Telegraph Historical Archive

telegraphThis month we’re trialling the electronic archive of one of the UK’s most popular broadsheet newspapers, the Daily Telegraph.

Launched in 1855, The Telegraph was the first 1d morning paper (The Times was 7d). By 1876, The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings. However, this shifted in the late 1870s, when the newspaper began to support British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli over the Eastern Question.

Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the newspaper published widely on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led to The Telegraph’s coverage of Henry Morton Stanley’s expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which it co-sponsored with the New York Herald in 1874. Its dedication to foreign news coverage was evidenced by its employment of several renowned special correspondents over the years; Winston Churchill, who reported from India in 1897, Rudyard Kipling, who braved the trenches of the First World War, and Clare Hollingworth, who, as the first female war correspondent, relayed the start of the Second World War from Poland.

The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2000 has over 1 million pages of content and includes the Sunday edition from its inception in 1961.

To access the archive go to – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

International Open Access Week Webinars

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For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. During the week of October 24th-30th, join them at lunchtime (12pm) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.

The first two webinars are particularly recommended to Loughborough researchers:

  • MONDAY 24th: “The fundamentals of Open Science”, on key introductory themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).
  • TUESDAY 25th: “H2020 Open Access mandate for project coordinators and researchers”, on Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, with Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Principe (University of Minho).

To participate in any (or all) of these webinars, please register here:

For further information, visit:

National Poetry Day

Poetry-Day-logoToday is National Poetry Day, a nationwide celebration of poetry for everyone, everywhere, which falls every year on the first Thursday of October. Since it was first launched in 1994, the day has been marked by a nationwide celebration of all things poetic.

From 1999 onwards, National Poetry Day has been loosely “themed” – the theme is not prescriptive but it serves to kick start inspiration. This year’s theme is ‘Messages’, with the aim of encouraging people to literally “say it with a poem”!

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

Student Book Club Launch – Everyone Welcome!

book clubHere at the Library we run our book club exclusively for students. If you enjoy reading and chatting about books in a friendly and relaxed environment, why not come along and see what it’s all about?

Come and meet us anytime between 12-2pm on Thursday 20th October. Pop along to Library Seminar Room 1 to find out more about the Club and pick up a copy of the first book we’ll be reading, an intriguing psychological thriller! Light refreshments will be available. All students are welcome!

The Student Book Club costs nothing to join and all books are available to be borrowed. All you have to do is read the book and turn up! Meetings take place in the Library. For more information contact Sharon Reid or why not join our Facebook Group?