Don’t Be Reluctant – Join Our Club!

51j4tBJNp-L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The Student Book Club meets for the last time this academic year when we will be discussing Mohsin Hamid’s highly acclaimed The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Published in 2007 and set against the background of the aftermath of the September 11 Attacks, the novel tells the story of a seemingly chance meeting between two strangers in a busy Lahore street – yet neither man is quite what they seem.

Adapted for the silver screen in 2012, the book was short-listed for the 2007 Booker Prize, and named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the books of the decade.

The Book Club will be meeting up to discuss the book in the Library Staff Room on Monday 16th May at 7pm. Copies of the book are still available to borrow ahead of the meeting – just ask for a copy at the Level 3 Enquiry Desk.

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?

Freefest 2016

Cg5T7tAWgAAKdDeDon’t want to be stuck in the Library revising this Bank Holiday? Then why not spend the day down at the Student Union for Freefest 2016 and listen to great music instead!

Listen to music by local bands and acts, join in at the acoustic stage or get raving at the DJ arena! During the day as well student circus society Fever will show off their talent and you can even join in to learn some skills yourself! Pole Fitness and LSU Break Dance will be taking care of the dance performances for the day, with a guest appearance by the Nottingham Portland Underground Pandas for a chilled out break dance jam in the sun.

Add to this a charity beer and cider festival, a student art sale and a vintage fair and there’s no need to spend the day anywhere else than at the LSU. If we weren’t open, we’d all be down there as well!

This event is just the start of a weeklong of amazing activities, so please have a look at the full programme below and join in with more events this week.

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/event/freefest_2016/

English Students – Why Not Pop Along to the Pop-Up?

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Calling all English students! Why not drop by the Martin Hall Building and pop in to our Pop-Up Library hosted by our friendly English & Drama Academic Librarian, Jen De Lillo. She’ll be there in the Martin Hall foyer every Thursday for the rest of term between 11.30am-12.30pm to answer any of your Library or research related questions.

Open Access PGR Session – Why Is OA Important To Me?

OAlogo-264x95 The Open Access publishing movement has been growing in influence in the scholarly communications’ process in the UK for a number of years.  As many funders (e.g. HEFCE, RCUK, EU, Wellcome) and universities now mandate publishing using an open access route for certain publication types, it is becoming impossible to ignore it if you are wanting a career in academia. If you are a PGR and unware of the issues, come along to the next workshop on ‘Open Access – why is it important to me?’, next Thursday, 5th May?

This session will explain what open access is and how it impacts on your research practice and dissemination. By the end of it, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the drivers behind the open access publishing movement
  • Identify the two main routes to open access (green and gold)
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of publishing via the open access routes
  • Identify the key aspects of effective file management
  • Recognise how open access can benefit you as disseminators and consumers of research outputs
  • Identify the tools for open access at Loughborough University (LUPIN and the Institutional Repository)
  • Identify where to go for help and support at Loughborough
  • Meet and network with other PGR students from across campus

This session is being run on Thursday 5th May, between 9.30-11.00am, in the Graduate House. It is especially recommended for all mid-career and experienced postgraduate research students and relates to the Researcher Development Framework’s Domain D2 – Communication and dissemination.

Click here to log into Learn to book on this workshop:  http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/mod/booking/view.php?id=376097

Inside the Sculptor’s Studio: John Atkin

John Atkin, a Reader in Fine Arts at Loughborough University, recently opened his Southwest London studio to film makers who have produced a fascinating short film in a video series spotlighting Sculpturesite Gallery artists, Inside the Sculptor’s Studio. A number of selected works are highlighted, from drawings to scale maquettes to full-scale monumental sculptures, and we hope it might interest the artists in our audience!

The video was produced by Sculpturesite Gallery and edited by Scott Saraceno.

University Market

1919Loughborough Markets will host a special University Market on campus on Wednesday 27th April, inviting a group of independent traders to sell at the University. This event is part of Something & Son’s Market Town commission Market Lectures, where the University and the market are trading places. The University Market will be followed by two days of Market Lectures in Loughborough’s Market Square.

Something & Son have been playfully exploring the relationship between the two things that Loughborough is most famous for: the day-to-day activity of its markets and its University. These two elements from the town are usually quite separate and the design collective has created a unique installation which brings them together.

A symbolic structure will be constructed which functions as both a market stall and a small lecture theatre and will form the centrepiece of both market and lectures. This structure will be produced by a local welder and can be used as a place for the trade of goods as well as knowledge.

The market is hosted on the Hazelrigg lawn between 9am – 4pm. More information about the market traders can be found via the LU Arts website below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/

Calling All Ergonomics Students!

ergonomicsIf you need to find articles on universal design, assistive technology, cognitive ergonomics, user experience, driver vehicle ergonomics, health and safety, sporting equipment and lots, lots more – try Ergonomics Abstracts.

With nearly 200,000 online records covering more than 25 years of ergonomics research it also includes trade magazines for the latest trends, as well as books chapters and conference proceedings.

You can find Ergonomics Abstracts from the link in the Design School Subject Guidehttp://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/subjectguides/design/– or from the Select Databases tab in Library Catalogue Plus http://lcp.lboro.ac.uk/

Or just ask your Academic Librarian – http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/contact/academiclibrarians –  for more information.

Earth Day 2016

earth day 2016As today is International Earth Day, what better time to remind you of the University’s very own Sustainability project and website.

The University is committed to acting in a socially responsible way that maximises its positive impact and minimises its negative impact on society and the communities in which it is based. This is reflected in the University’s strategy Building Excellence which states that “we will embed sustainability and social responsibility into all of our processes, operations and developments” and also “will work closely with local partners to enhance the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the communities and regions in which we reside”.

Why not visit the Sustainability website to find out more?

Earth Day has been celebrated globally since 1970, with the aim of inspiring and motivating people to action over environmental issues. Every year the campaign tackles a new theme, and this year the theme is Trees For the Earth, a plan to plant 7.8 Billion trees by Earth Day 2020 – one tree for every person on the planet!

To find out more about the campaign – and how to participate – visit the Earth Day website below:

http://www.earthday.org/

Library colleagues published in new book

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Matt Cunningham (User Services Manager on left) and Dr Graham Walton (Assistant Director Academic and User Services on right) were happy to receive copies of the recently published book “Quality and the Academic Library: Reviewing, Assessing and Enhancing Service Provision”.

Matt wrote a chapter about using Investors in People and Customer Services Excellence and Graham considered how quality is measured in the Library building. Graham has contributed to and edited a number of books in the past, but this was Matt’s first book contribution. Looking at the overall book Matt comments:

“It is really pleasing that external experts in the field have asked Graham and me to contribute to this book as it recognises the emphasis Loughborough places on customer service standards and how the Library building is developed and shows that we have a positive message about the way we have developed these areas over a number of years at the University Library. Writing my chapter was a great way to review and critically evaluate what we have achieved over the last ten years.”

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Website!

shakespeare by books18To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare two brand new electronic resources have been launched by the BBC and Oxford University Press.

The BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource contains a wealth of Shakespeare material, including all of his plays, poems and sonnets, documentaries, interviews and over a thousand stills of classic Shakespeare productions, as well as entertainment programmes referencing Shakespeare.

Oxford University Press’s Illuminating Shakespeare provides access to Shakespeare resources from the wealth of material published by OUP and explores a new theme every month with specially commissioned videos, articles, and interactive content.

Don’t forget as well that the British Library last week launched their own anniversary exhibition, Shakespeare in Ten Acts.

William Shakespeare portrait copyright Books18, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.