Web of Science Maintenance on 29th November

Thomson-ReutersPlease be advised that Thomson Reuters will be performing routine maintenance to their authentication system this Sunday, 29th November, 1pm-4pm GMT.

It is anticipated that there will be minimal interruption to users who are logged into Web of Science, InCites, ResearcherID, or EndNote Online during this time, however users should be aware that there may be some effect to the service.

Thomson Reuters apologise for any inconvenience due as a result. If you have any questions or require assistance please contact Web of Science Service for UK Education Support by emailing webofscience@jisc.ac.uk.

Borrowing Books Over the Christmas Vacation

self serviceWith Christmas fast approaching, we’ve already received quite a few enquiries asking when our Christmas vacation loan period begins – so here are the details.

From Friday 4th December all Long & Week Loan books borrowed & renewed can be kept over the Christmas vacation.

1st & 2nd Year Undergraduate loans will then be due back on Wednesday 6th January.

Finalist & Postgraduate loans will be due back on Friday 8th January.

High Demand books borrowed after 2.30pm on Monday 23rd December will be issued until 2.30pm on Monday 4th January.

As with previous years, we will NOT be recalling books over the Christmas vacation, though please note that any books requested & borrowed from our Hold shelves with outstanding requests on them will still only issue for one week.

Pop In to the Pop-Up Library in the New Look Schofield!


Need books to understand your modules?

Researching a project?

Struggling with referencing software?

Or not sure how to write a bibliography?

Then come and talk to your friendly Academic Librarian!

You can find them in the new-look Schofield Building in room SCH0.05, every Tuesday between 11.30am-12.30pm from next week until the end of term. Just pop in!

My Landmark – Photographic Exhibition in the Library


This December we’re very pleased to announce that, in association with LU Arts, we’ll be hosting an exhibition of photography inspired by a creative collaboration between students from the UK and China.

The exhibition will be mounted on Level 4 of the Library from Monday 30th November until Sunday 20th December and is free to all.

For further details visit this link:


Alice in Wonderland at the British Library

8094521102_c664d3c69d_zTo celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s seminal children’s tale Alice in Wonderland, the British Library are this week launching a special exhibition dedicated to all things Alice.

Although the story has been adapted, appropriated, re-imagined and re-illustrated since its conception, Carroll’s original story continues to inspire new generations of writers, illustrators and film-makers.

On display will be Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations, alongside stunning editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others.

The exhibition runs from Friday 20th November through until Sunday 17th April 2016. Admission is free.

For further information visit the British Library website here.

Alice in Wonderland book jacket courtesy of misopocky, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

An Aesthetic Study of Ordinary Spaces at the Town Hall

balcony-gallery LOGOsmlBeginning this week Loughborough Town Hall is hosting a solo photography exhibition by 2nd Year Fine Art student David Earey.

David’s photography explores ambient lighting and sense of place and his exhibition in the Balcony Gallery will focus on images of Loughborough, with the intention of showing a beauty that is often overlooked.

The exhibition begins on 17th November and runs until 27th February. The Balcony Gallery is located on the 1st floor in the Loughborough Town Hall, accessed from the main foyer area. It is open Monday-Saturday and when the venue is open for events and shows. Entry is free.

Database Trial – Routledge Performance Archive

Logo_Routledge-Publishers_US-2We’re currently trialling another database from the Routledge Publishing stable, The Routledge Performance Archive, a developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance.

This ground-breaking and constantly growing online collection delivers essential resources direct to the classroom, lecture theatre and library, and provides unlimited opportunities to explore themes, make linkages, and discover new approaches, including the following features:

  • Watch exclusive videos from practitioners’  own archives
  • Listen to unique audio material
  • Read first-hand accounts, authoritative definitions and contextualising commentary
  • Make connections across many decades of theatre-making
  • Construct maps, timelines and genealogies
  • Explore themes and ideas about performance practice
  • Discover practitioners, methods, styles of work
  • Identify influences and approaches
  • Compare cultures and eras.

The fully searchable and cross-referenced content will be updated each quarter, with exciting additions coming soon from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Video Archive of Performance Recordings, and the British Library’s Experimental Theatre and Live Art Collection.

To begin using the Routledge Performance Archive please go to http://www.routledgeperformancearchive.com – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The trial will end on December 18th 2015.

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

International Day at the Student Union

Int_Day_2015_Pack_Landscape-ScreenOn Wednesday 18th November the Student Union are hosting the amazing and interactive annual International Day! Students from all around the globe studying at Loughborough will represent their countries by sharing their culture and lifestyle by giving out food, samples of drinks, activities, performances and much more!

The event will run from 11am-4pm and will be opened by the Vice Chancellor of the University.  The Chief Operating Officer of the University and the Mayor of Charnwood will also be attending on what will be an amazing day.

For more information, go to http://www.lsu.co.uk/internationalday/

Database Trial – Drama Online

drama-online-logo1Between now and the New Year we’re running a trial of Drama Online, a resource that should be of great interest to English & Drama students as well as anyone interested in dramatic and performance arts.

Over 1000 plays by new writers as well as iconic names feature on this ground-breaking digital resource which provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.  The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. The unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

The trial includes the following modules:

LA Theatre Works

Over 300 audio recordings of thought provoking drama from canonical texts such as Caryl Churchill’s literary classics such as Twelve Angry Men, iconic modern works from the oeuvre of leading American playwrights including Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill; Pulitzer Prize-winning titles such as Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and contemporary works such as Lucy Prebble’s Enron.  The audio plays are of the highest quality and feature leading actors such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis and hundreds more.

Nick Hern Books

The Nick Hern Play Collections features over 350 plays from one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre publishers.  The collection will feature important works from Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright.

To begin using Drama Online please go to http://dramaonlinelibrary.com – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The trial will end on January 10th 2016. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial and it would be very helpful if you are able to comment on each module.  Please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk