Busy End of Term! Alternative Study Spaces Available

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The New Year Exam period seems to have come early, if the occupancy levels in the Library have been anything to go by over the last couple of weeks! We’ve been exceptionally busy for the time of year with most of our study areas full to over-flowing at times, and our Group Study Rooms booked two-three days in advance.

If you can’t find a suitable space in the Library, don’t fret – there are plenty of other places you can go on campus to study, including tailor-made Learning Zones at the James France and Brockington Buildings, not forgetting the PC and printing facilities in the Haslegrave Building.

Full details of all the alternative study spaces can be found via the link below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/corporate/learning/learning/

Database Trial – BBC Monitoring

bbcWe’ve gone global with this month’s trial resource, which is likely to prove of great interest to anyone with an interest in current affairs.

BBC Monitoring is a division of the BBC World Service Group that provides Open Source information services for governments, NGOs, analysts, academics, multinationals and international organisations. Many of BBCM’s staff have strong academic backgrounds and its operations are based on round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet, news agency and social media sources.

BBCM analysts are located in the UK and worldwide and its main focus areas are geopolitics, terrorism and security-related issues, and the media & sociological impact of major world and regional events. BBCM has particular expertise in the Russian sphere, the Middle East, Iran, Central Asia and Africa, as well as opening a new office in Miami to increase the quality and quantity of coverage for Latin America. The BBC Monitoring portal contains c.4 million stories and 5,000 reports, an archive back to 1996, as well as up-to-date government lists and reference material.

To begin searching go to https://monitoring.bbc.co.uk/#/login

Click on the Login box

Click on ‘Login via Academic Institution’

Click on ‘Loughborough’

Login with your Loughborough University username and password (not Athens)

The trial will run until January 31st 2017 – please note that not all content is accessible to trial users.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk )with your comments.

IT Services Advice About Student University Accounts

it infoIT Services have identified some University student accounts where malicious attackers have obtained usernames and passwords. If you are one of the students who has been contacted by email today to notify of this, please take action.

To ensure your account is not accessed by anyone for malicious purposes, please can you change the password to your University account before Monday 12th December. If your password has not been changed before this date, IT Services will be forced to change your password at which point you will lose access to University lab computers, access to Learn, access to University email and potentially wireless access until you contact IT Services 01509 222 333 or visit the PC Clinic in the library to set a new password.

IT Services strongly urge you to reset your password to minimise disruption to your service. Guidance on how to do this can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/student/newstudent/useraccount/guidance/.

If you have any further question, please contact IT Services via IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or 01509 222333.

ProQuest Ebook Central Upgrade

proquest blueProQuest have just completed the migration of their Ebook Library (EBL) resource onto a completely new platform, and have renamed and rebranded the service as ProQuest Ebook Central.

Several changes have been made to the database, with some new functions added, including the ability to be able to download and save a full chapter of an ebook and keep a copy of it – useful if you only require a particular chapter of a book.

Further details of the upgrade can be found via the ProQuest website:

http://www.proquest.com/customer-care/product-upgrades/

New Resource – The Business & Management Collection

bmcThe Library now has full subscription access to The Business Management Collection, a collection over 950 specially recorded, animated lectures and case studies by more than 850 contributing editors and speakers from commerce, industry, the professions and academia.

New talks are issued every month. Lectures and case studies, or extracts from them, are easy to integrate and embed in courses to enrich the teaching and learning experience. They are all compatible with Moodle and particularly appropriate for distance and blended learning courses and flipped classroom education.

The collection is divided into six broad subject areas – Finance, Accounting & Economics; Global Business Management; Management Leadership & Organizations; Marketing & Sales; Strategy and Technology & Operations. Lecturers and presenters are leading academic experts and practitioners from commerce and industry.

Content is presented in four different formats (click on the hyperlink to view example):

  • Traditional format lectures with high quality graphics. The entire lecture as well as extracts can be embedded in course notes and online learning systems.
  • Case Study Interviews. They are designed to explore how different participants in commerce and industry, from start-up entrepreneurs to large corporation executives, confront the challenges they encounter. Additionally, all videos are accompanied by suggested topics for discussion and individual and group projects.
  • Extended form case studies. These accounts of real world experience describing what was done, how, when and with what consequences have proved especially useful in preparing students for in-class discussions.
  • Bite-size case studies. These short descriptions of real world commercial activities come with suggested topics for consideration and discussion. Subscribers have found that they stimulate thinking and assist is developing the ability of students to question, analyse and appraise. They are often set as pre-classroom preparation and in-class discussion

The collection offers institution-wide access enabling all faculty, students, Executive Education, alumni and distance/online programs unlimited and unrestricted access to the entire collection. You will automatically be authenticated on campus; for off-campus access, you may be required to enter the following details:

Username: Lboro  Password: Member.

Borrowing Books Over the Christmas Vacation

treeIt’s December already – where does the time go? – and it’s that time of year when people’s minds turn towards snow glistening, sleigh bells ringing, and… borrowing books over the Christmas vacation!

From Friday 9th December 2016, all books borrowed and/or renewed can be kept for the duration of the vacation as follows:

  • Undergraduate books will be due for return on the 11/01/17 (the first Wednesday of term)
  • Postgrad books will be due for return on the 13/01/17 (first Friday of term)
  • Alumni due dates will be set to the 06/01/17 (last Friday of the Vacation)
  • All Leisure reading books borrowed will be due on the 06/01/17

 As usual we do NOT recall books over the Christmas Vacation, and the last recall notices will go out on Friday 9th December 2016, with recalls restarting on Friday 6th January 2017.

Do please note, however, that any books issued from the Hold shelf that still have outstanding requests on them will still only issue for One Week – always check the due date when you have issued the book (but you do that anyway, right? Right!)

Campus Telephone System Upgrade – Loss of Service 18th-20th November & 2nd-4th December

iPhone-3-D4236-5521-670x216IT Services will be carrying out essential maintenance to the campus telephone system during November and December to upgrade systems to allow the planned video conferencing project to commence. The scheduled works will result in loss of service. All telephones and telephone services, voicemail, fax and Jabber will be unavailable for extended periods of time during both weekends and should be considered unavailable for the extent advertised. Telephones on campus will be out of operation and callers from off campus will hear an error tone.

The timescale for the work is as follows:

  • 18th-20th November: From 18:00 on the Friday  to 22:00 on the Sunday.
  • 2nd-4th December: From 18:00 on the Friday through to 22:00 on the Sunday.

As part of the campus telephone system, the Library will be effected by this work. As such, on all of these dates, users will be unable to contact the Library by means of telephone. However, alternative methods of communication are available:

  • The Library’s social media channels, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email, via our Ask A Librarian service.
  • Face to face, via any of our Enquiry Desks (we don’t bite!)

If you find you need to renew a book on any of these dates, you can do so via the following methods:

  • In the Library, via the Level 3 User Services Desk.
  • In the Library, via logging into one of the Self Service machines on Levels 1-3 – you will need your ID card to log in to the machines.
  • Online, by logging into your user account via Library Catalogue Plus, using your University username and password, and using the renewal option.
  • Email, via Ask A Librarian, or directly contacting one of the User Services Team evening & weekend supervisors.

During the specified maintenance periods, campus security will be contactable in the event of emergency on 0800 526966.

Other IT systems and services should remain unaffected.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Never Let Go of the Book Club!

51NcMaqTCsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Student Book Club meets up for the last time this term (and 2016) next Monday 5th December when the novel up for discussion will be Patrick Ness’s award winning science fiction thriller The Knife of Never Letting Go.

A coming of age story with a spine-chilling twist, the novel picked up the 2008 Guardian Award and is the first part of a trilogy entitled Chaos Walking.

All of our copies have been borrowed ahead of the next meeting, but you can still find it in all good book shops. The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Campus Wireless Network Maintenance on 5th December

laptopOn Monday 5th December there will be an interruption to part of the wireless network coverage on campus. This is due to necessary electrical / air-conditioning work being carried out, that will involve moving equipment which is responsible for operating the wireless network on campus.

During the time approximately 10% of wireless access points will be offline. This will result in reduced or potentially no wireless coverage in some campus buildings.This work will take place on Monday 5th December 2016 between 07:30am – 11:30am.

IT Services apologise in advance for any inconvenience.