Referencing Software Event, Library Foyer, 16th-18th May

Do you have a system for managing your references?

Do you struggle to import references into your work?

Have you previously used RefWorks or RefMe?

Find out how Mendeley could help you organize your research, collaborate with others, and discover the latest research.

Loughborough University is changing its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

The Institutional version of Mendeley allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

Come and visit members of the Academic Services Team in the Pilkington Library foyer, Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th May, 12-4pm to find out more about Mendeley and how it could benefit you.

Enter our free prize draw – stop by our stand to be entered in a draw to win one of several integrative presenters, USB Wireless PowerPoint Presenter with Laser Pointer pens.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions on Mendeley can be found here:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/  

Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3539

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

20,000 Items Under the Repository!

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Dr Papathomas is pictured receiving his prize from Professor Steve Rothberg, PVC Research and the University Librarian, Emma Walton.

The 20,000th item has been added to Loughborough’s Institutional Repository by Dr Anthony Papathomas, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Dr Papthomas has thirteen papers and his PhD thesis in the Institutional Repository. The winning submission, co-authored with Brett M. Smith and David Lavallee, is available on the Repository here.

The Institutional Repository, based here in the Library, ensures that Loughborough University’s research output is visible to the wider research community, increasing its impact and citation rates. It also assists authors in complying with funder Open Access requirements for their papers, including those of the RCUK and HEFCE. It contains a range of items including full-text journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, official reports, PhD theses and audio-visual material.

For further assistance with submitting papers for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, please contact us in the Library on 01509 222338 / 222414 or email repository@lboro.ac.uk

Library ‘Extreme Reading’ Instragram Competition: And the Winners Are…

It was a tough choice but our resident panel of experts have finally narrowed down all the entries to our ‘Extreme Reading’ Instragram competition to the following winning three…

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M.H. Hristova

Monika Hristova.

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Gareth Nunns

Gareth Nunns.

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Marianne Bamkin1

Marianne Bamkin.

All three have collected their £50 Amazon vouchers and were kind enough to pose with their winning entries.

A very big thank you to everyone who took part – we hope you had as much fun taking them as we did judging them!

Library ‘Extreme Reading’ Instagram Competition

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Every year the Library holds a photography competition and this year we would like your Instagram photos that capture your take on ‘extreme reading’.

Whether it be on the beach, with the family cat, or (like Pilky) whilst doing a handstand, we want to see your pics! All we ask is that whatever you’re doing, please take care. This is about being imaginative, not putting yourself in danger – for example, as Katie demonstrates, if you’re going to get yourself pictured with a dinosaur, make sure it is extinct first!

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Our 2016 competition will run from 27th January to 11th March 2016

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Instagram photos.
  • Each entry must have a title.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

When Instagram photos are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the photo was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of Instagram photos to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place after 11th March and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The 3 best entries will receive £50 Amazon vouchers each.

Entries should be sent as a link to the Instagram photo to k.l.jeffers@lboro.ac.uk by 11th March 2016.

Full details of terms & conditions can be found via this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/feature/2016-instagram-competition/

Best of luck!

The John Ruskin Prize 2015

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Budding artists may be interested in participating in this year’s John Ruskin Prize, a showcase run by the Campaign for Drawing for emerging talent and established artists from all reaches of the UK with a top prize of £5,000.

This year artists are being asked to respond to respond to the theme: Recording Britain Now: Society, to re-assess their practice and focus on the prevalent social issues of 2015/16 and to engage with a society in rapid transition.

The winners, alongside 15 shortlisted artists will be included in a high profile exhibition at The New Art Gallery, Walsall in early 2016 closely followed by a London showing at The Electrician’s Shop Gallery set within the unique surrounds of Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and events linking with the V&A’s fascinating ‘Recording Britain’ collection and all shortlisted artists will be invited to feature on a free online catalogue featuring both collections exploring visions of Britain through to the present day as seen through the eyes of established and emerging UK artists.

In 2012 The Guild of St. George, the charity founded by Ruskin in 1871, renewed its links with the Campaign for Drawing to inaugurate The John Ruskin Prize open to all artists over 18 working in the UK. It aims to uphold Ruskin’s belief that drawing helps us see the world more clearly and be more aware of its fragility. The Prize allows the Campaign to promote and give exposure to the work of emerging artists using a wide range of media and techniques.

For further details about how to enter, visit the Campaign’s website below:

http://www.thebigdraw.org/ruskinprize

4 Levels 6 Seconds – Take Our Vine Challenge!

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Every year the Library holds a competition and this year the focus is to create a short video (Vine). We would like a Vine that captures 6 seconds of what makes your University Library great! 

We are keen to ensure our media presence is useful, providing news and information about our services but we also want it to be eye catching, engaging and relevant for students, staff and prospective students and this is where you come in.

Maybe you want us to highlight the many resources we have, show off our refurbished spaces or perhaps you simply want us to be more fun.

Whatever your take we want your Vine!

Our 2015 competition will run from April 27th to May 15th 2015

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Vines.
  • Each entry must have a title and may include an optional description.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

When Vines are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the Vine was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of Vines to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place at the end of May and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The 3 best entries will receive £20 Amazon vouchers each.

Entries should be sent as an email attachment to k.l.jeffers@lboro.ac.uk by May 15th 2015.

For further details and rules & conditions, visit this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/news/competition2015/

LU Arts Photography Competition

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Do you love to capture the world around you in photographs? Then LU Arts would like to invite you to enter our campus photography competition. All staff and students are welcome to join, whether you’re an experienced photographer or enthusiastic rookie.

LU Arts are looking for photographs that convey how you see the campus and campus life. Whether you choose to show the architecture or the landscape; the life of staff or students; a lecture hall or student party; a brutalist building or a modern design; we want it all to be caught on camera! 

You can submit a maximum of three photographs for a chance to win a maximum first prize of £300, plus a chance to be published on the LU Arts/RADAR Flickr page and feature in the Freefest exhibition later in the year.

All entries should be submitted by e-mailing them to luarts@lboro.ac.uk or sending them using wetransfer.com by no later than 20th February. Full terms and conditions are available here: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/event/photography_competition/

EThOS Share My Thesis Competition

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The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.

The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here:

https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23sharemythesis&src=typd

For further details, visit the competition page on the British Library website here:

http://www.bl.uk/share-my-thesis/

 

Library Gallery Now Open!

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We’re very proud to announce that we’ve just launched our very own Library art gallery, containing many of the winning images from Library photo & image competitions held down the years, as well as artwork by the Library artist-in-resident.

The gallery can be found in the stairwell between level 3 and 4 on staircase ‘B’ (those are the stairs closest to the PC Clinic). We will be changing the images on display periodically, so come back often to see what’s new!

Win £1000 of Book Tokens

nbt_logo_newWant to avoid the rush for reading list textbooks in the Library, but are put off by the cost of actually buying them yourself? Then why not have a go at winning £1000 worth of Book Tokens and get them for free!

All you have to do is visit this link ( http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/studentbooks ) and simply enter your details (or that of a friend or family member) and you’ll be entered into a draw to win £1000 of Book Tokens, which can used online and in thousands of book shops over the country.

You can also follow the course of the competition via the National Book Tokens own Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/book_tokens/status/509386592033595392

Closing date for entries is October 9th.