Congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro

Congratulations to British author Kazuo Ishiguro, who was today announced as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Best known for the 1989 Booker Prize winning novel The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Japan in 1954 but emigrated with his family to England in 1960. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982) actually started life as his masters thesis! He has published 8 novels in total so far, and two – Remains of the Day (1993) and Never Let Me Go (2010) – have been successfully adapted for cinema.

The Library holds copies of several of his novels among our literature section on Level 2, along with a broad spectrum of representative and critical works of the greatest authors of all time.

World Space Week 2017

This week is the start of World Space Week, the worldwide annual celebration of the marvels and mysteries of astronautics, astronomy and all things galactic. And, fittingly enough for the start of a new academic year, the theme is one of exploration!

Launched specifically on 4th October by the UN General Assembly to mark the successful launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, in 1957, and the signing of the ‘Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies’ on October 10th 1967, World Space Week has been held every year since 1999, and seeks primarily to educate people about the positives of space exploration and encourage better public understanding and support for space programmes.

This year’s theme is Exploring New Worlds in Space. From the first race to the South Pole, and first solo flight accross Atlantic, to the opening of a sea route from Europe to the East, exploration and adventures have always defined our very existence as inhabitants of planet Earth. World Space Week celebrations in 2017 will open-up avenues to improve the vast human knowledge and awareness of the clear benefits of space technology and its applications. This will also illustrate that our exploration potential has no end, and that the sky is not the limit for the many wonders of human discovery.

We have many and various astronomical and astronautic resources in the Library, including access to the  National Geophysical Data Centre database, which provides the latest satellite geophysical data from the Sun to the Earth and Earth’s sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space, and the NASA Scientific & Technical Information database, which includes up-to-date information about NASA’s space projects. We also hold a good selection of books about space & space exploration in general.

To find out more about World Space Week, visit their website here:

http://www.worldspaceweek.org/

Busy Start of Term!

Well! Didn’t we have a busy time of it yesterday! Even by usual first-day-of-term standards we were inundated with newcomers and returners alike who all, hopefully, found what they were looking for!

Some stat facts for all you numbers fans (and who isn’t?)

  • 2295 enquiries at our information desks (up 12% on last year’s figures)
  • 2762 people through the doors (including those who didn’t remember their ID cards, ahem!)
  • 1872 books issued (don’t worry, we’ve still got another 698,000 to go!)
  • 60 eager beavers for our Library Induction tours (still running 11-3 daily folks!)

If you’ve yet to catch up with us, don’t worry – there’s still plenty of time, and loads of information can be found on our all-new Welcome to the Library page.

Library Car Park Closures During Fresher’s Week

It’s that time of the year again… new students will be arriving for the new academic year on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September. To assist with their arrival into halls various car parks will be open only to arriving students on these days, including the Library car park on the following days:

  • On Wednesday 26th September half of the Library car park will be closed.
  • On Thursday 27th September the entire Library car park will be closed.

Security recommend that visitors use the multi-storey car park next to the Engineering School, which is only a five minute walk to the Library.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

University Open Days, September 22nd-23rd

The University will be holding Open Days on Friday 22nd September and Saturday 23rd September. Visitors, students and staff should be aware that campus, and in particular the Library, will likely be extremely busy on both days.

The Library will, as usual, be hosting several displays and stands by other support services within the University on both days, and they will be taking up temporary residence this week on Level 3. As such, from Wednesday 20th, certain study areas on this level will be unavailable during this time.

Postgraduate Arts Degree Show 2017

This week sees the launch of the Postgraduate Arts Degree Show down at the School of the Arts, English and Drama.

The Loughborough University Postgraduate Degree Show is an opportunity to view the original and innovative work produced by graduating MA Graphic Design and Visualisation and MA Art and Design (Studio Practice) students.

The pieces are inspired and influenced by a diverse range of sources and cultures, and encourage visitors to question everyday concepts while appreciating the technical skill of the exhibitors.

Notable works include those by Jacqui Gallon, who explores absence and presence in relation to loss, mourning and the clothing left behind after death and Yia-Loren Gomez, whose research focuses on theories of light and its effect on people’s mood.

Meanwhile, Mengfan Yu takes the confusion and uneasiness of life in the city as a theme in order to investigate the relationships between people, the environment and the architecture.

The show will be open 10am-5pm on 21-23 September in the Fine Art Gallery, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University. Please access the gallery via the Edward Barnsley Building on Epinal Way, and follow the signs to the show.

Database Trial – ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Our latest online resource trial is courtesy of Proquest’s Historical Newspaper platform and features the archives of the venerable New York Tribune / Herald Tribune.

Horace Greeley, founder, of the New York Tribune, was arguably one of the most colorful and powerful publishers of his time. His editorials influenced the abolishment of slavery, plagued presidents and politicians, and encouraged the settlement of the West. His newspaper featured revolutionary thinkers such as Margaret Fuller, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels. Reform-minded Greeley, whose newspaper had a circulation of more than a quarter of a million by the 1860s, helped form the Republican Party and ran for president in 1872.

Today’s knowledge seekers will find ProQuest’s coverage of the New York Tribune ideal for researching key events of the 19th and 20th centuries, from pre-Civil War tensions and U.S. internationalism to the fight for women’s rights and the completion of the Panama Canal. In addition to politics and reform, this newspaper also reports on the arts, New York society, sports, business and finance, and much more, making it a valuable resource for scholars in many fields.

To begin searching go to:

https://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktribunefull/advanced/?accountid=12152

Access is via IP address (or use the VPN from off-campus) and the trial runs to 28th September 2017.

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