Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture

The Annual Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture, given on Monday 13th March by Dr Emily Grossman commemorates one of first women in the country to graduate in engineering, and was accompanied by a display created by University Archivist Jenny Clark.

Claudia Parsons studied Automobile Engineering at Loughborough College, the predecessor of the University, from 1919-22.  From documents held in the University Archives we know exactly which Workshops she was assigned to for practical engineering training and how she fared in her exams. Claudia was also an active member of the first College Union and took an enthusiastic part in College life, acting, dancing, and learning to swim, as she recounts in her autobiography Century Story.

In the 1930s  a trip she began by chauffering friends around America turned  into a motor  journey round the world and many adventures. Claudia thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and later published a book Vagabondage about it. During the Second World War Claudia Parsons worked in a munitions factory and later at the Ministry of Labour.

Previous Claudia Parsons Lectures have been given by Maggie Aderin Pocock, Kate Bellingham and Helen Czerski. A selection of pictures of the display can be found on the Library’s Facebook page below:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/loughboroughuniversitylibrary/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1152039124906743

Library Catalogue Plus Downtime, Saturday-Sunday Evening 18-19th March

Library Catalogue Plus will be temporarily unavailable Saturday evening (18th March), from approximately 10pm, through until 2am on Sunday morning (19th March), for essential maintenance by Ex Libris. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Referencing Software Update – Workshops Available

As part of a Library and IT Services review of referencing software packages, the Research Committee has endorsed the recommendation that the University change 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.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which 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

In the fast moving environment of referencing software there have been ongoing concerns within Higher Education about the long term stability of the RefWorks package and problems regarding the latest version of plugins. The decision to move to a more established package, Mendeley, was taken after rigorous assessment.

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions 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/

Curating the Campus – Radar’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Radar celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a display of artworks, printed materials, film screenings and events at the Martin Hall Exhibition Space.

This anniversary gives Radar the opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of their broad range of interdisciplinary projects that have been initiated with artists and Loughborough University academics.

Through a series of highlights Radar shares examples of their project work that has had, and continues to have, great impact on Loughborough students, staff and local communities, as well as making a vital contribution to the wider cultural sector and economy.

Launched in 2007 by LU Arts, Radar is a programme of contemporary art commissions, talks and films themed around the research activity of the University. You can dip back into their own archives on their website: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/

The Exhibition starts tomorrow, 13th March, and runs until 14th April. Opening times for the Exhibition are 10am – 5pm daily.

Latest News About RefME

As previously communicated RefME has been acquired by Chegg, and will become Cite this For Me (CtFM). The switchover date is now March 7th. After this date you will be able to access your projects on CtFM up until June 1st. At that point, you can subscribe to CtFM’s premium service to continue accessing your projects. If you don’t subscribe after June 1st, you have the option of the free version of CtFM where you can build a bibliography for free for seven days.

To access your work on or after March 7th, just go to:

http://www.citethisforme.com/premium/login

Note that your account may not migrate immediately, and the process can take up to a day for inactive users, so please plan accordingly.

We would also recommend that you backup your work to another reference software package or, as a minimum, to Word. Before March 7th you will be able to export your references from RefMe as a Word or .ris file. After March 7th you can export from CtFM as a Word or bibtex file.

Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience: A Celebration of Women Worldwide

Next Monday sees the start of a week-long series of events on campus as part of the International Women’s Day initiative, raising awareness for women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlighting gender inequalities, and proposing creative ways towards gender equity and equality.

In collaboration with Charnwood Arts, Living Without Abuse-Loughborough, and Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, the week includes photo and art exhibitions, crafts, theatre performances, and science-based public talks aiming to celebrate women worldwide, beginning on Monday 6th March.

Full details of the programme of events can be found via the link below:

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/7669/Woman-kind-ness-Strength-and-Resilience-A-celebration-of-women-worldwide-2017

Fancy £25? Sign Up for the IT Services Student Journey Workshop

Would you like to share your thoughts and experiences of using the IT resources and facilities here at Loughborough University, and suggest any ideas for improvements?  If the answer is yes, come and join the interactive student workshop being hosted by IT Services on Wednesday 22nd March.

Everything from your experiences of connecting devices to Wi-Fi, ReVIEW lecture capture, computer labs, accessing timetables and Learn etc. will be discussed on the day  a great opportunity to have your say!

All participants will receive a £25 gift voucher and will be provided with lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments.

This one-day workshop will take place on Wednesday 22nd March from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are looking for all types of students to participate in the event, including:

  • Undergraduates
  • Postgraduates
  • Master Students
  • Placement Students
  • Pre-sessional Students
  • Mature Students
  • Distance Learners
  • Alumni

If you are available on Wednesday 22nd March and would like to take part, please complete the short form on the link below. Successful applicants will be contacted by the 16th March with the full event details!

Please only consider applying if you are available for the date and able to commit to the full day.

https://lboro.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/student-journey-workshop