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:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

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


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.

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 Guide– or from the Select Databases tab in Library Catalogue Plus

Or just ask your Academic Librarian – –  for more information.

Library colleagues published in new book


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.”

Get With the Times – Read All About It!

ttronslien-8953Looking for US-related historical primary source material? Need to search first-hand accounts of past events? We can help!

The Library holds the entire digitised archive of the New York Times, 1851-2012. Full-text and full-image articles are available in downloadable PDF format. History, raw and at your fingertips!

For more recent articles, try Nexis UK.

Image courtesy of Morguefile.


Useful Calculator Apps for Maths Students


Although there are countless apps available to download for your iPad, the clever people at the Educational Technology & Mobile Learning website have just posted a link to four free iPad graphic calculator apps which maths students may find useful.

Visit the site below to take a look!

Calculator image by Amy, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Maintenance Work in the Library Entrance on Thursday 14th April

D3415-07Contractors will be visiting the Library on Thursday (14th April) to perform maintenance work on the Library entrance doors.

This work will likely entail one of the doors being closed for a time and may cause some disruption in the entrance lobby, but people will still be able to enter and leave the Library.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Give Your Revision Skills A Boost – Get the Know-How!


Want to improve your exam performance?  Recent exam results not what you hoped for? Revision plays a key part in ensuring you have all the information to hand on the day. With effective planning and thorough revision you can take more control of the exam process and make your life far less stressful. The following workshops will provide support and advice on improving your revision and exams skills.

  • Wednesday April 20th, 2-3.30pm, Library Seminar Room 1
  • Wednesday April 27th, 2-3.30pm. Library Seminar Room 1

To ensure everyone gets a chance to come to these popular courses, we are asking you to book your place. Please go to the Learn module LBA001, Get the Know, and book here:

Who’s Talking About Your Research?


Who’s been talking about your research then? The donut can help! The multi-coloured Altmetric ‘donut’ is becoming a familiar sight on publisher web pages, LUPIN, and other sites.  The donuts give an indication of the attention that a paper has received in social media, the press and policy documents.  This, in turn, may be an early indicator of future citation rates.  But until now you have only been able to find out this information on a paper by paper basis. 

To get a better overview of the reach of all Loughborough University’s research in one place, we have just taken out a one-year trial subscription to Altmetric Explorer. This uses publication information from the data you add to LUPIN to give an overview of the attention an individual or department’s research at Loughborough is getting – and most importantly where that attention is coming from and in what context.  This data can be explored and filtered in all sorts of ways including by discipline, funder, date,  journal and publisher.

Go explore for yourself at:

Remember, if accessing from off-campus, don’t forget to have the VPN activated.

Divert Yourself from the Start of Term with the Student Book Club!

5100b4FkrAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Student Book Club hits the start of term running when it meets up on the first day of term, Monday 18th April, to discuss Veronica Roth’s exciting dystopian fantasy adventure Divergent.

The opening book of a best-selling trilogy, Divergent was also recently adapted for cinema and starred Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet.

The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Level 3 User Services Desk – just ask a member of staff for a copy.

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