Discover the Gone Girl with Club 790

gone-girl-400x400-imadu8yszepkzbvdClub 790, our student book club, will be meeting up before the Christmas vacation on Monday 8th December in the Library Staff Room at 7pm. The novel chosen for discussion this time is Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller Gone Girl.

All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still purchase it from Amazon or from local booksellers.

For more information, 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?

Speech Bubble Returns

1958199_531061097007542_1135064194_nSpeech Bubble, Loughborough University Arts’ popular open-mic spoken word event, returns to the Student Union on Monday 1st December.

Headlining the evening will be cult performance poet and musician Attila the Stockbroker, supported, as always on Speech Bubble nights, by the very finest student wordsmiths that campus can offer.

The night kicks off at 7.30pm in the Cognito Bar in the SU Building. Admission is free to students and £3 for visitors.

Take the World by Storm this November

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Students across the globe are invited to participate in a unique live collaborative online forum this Friday (21st November) to tackle pressing social issues.

Social Storm is 24-hour social hackathon will give you the chance to consider a range of global dilemmas spanning poverty, the environment, health, and education – whilst hoining your enterprise and employability skills

You’ll work as part of an international team and work simultaneously, brought together via video conferencing. To date, teams from 10 universities have signed up to the event which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November).

To find out more about the FREE event and sign up to take part, please visit the Social Storm website.

Eden Flix Presents ‘Will Work For Free’

will work for freeThis Wednesday at 3pm in the Keith Green Building Eden Flix presents another in its series of hard-hitting social environmental documentaries.

Will Work For Free is a non-profit documentary/narrative film from Maveric Media. Written and directed by Sam Vallely. The film explores the emergence of “technological unemployment” and the economic implications of automating jobs in a society which requires the circulation of money through commerce and paid employment.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network (EDEN) series of events. Begun in 2012, fifteen films have so far been shown and more are scheduled in future.

All screenings are free for all Loughborough students and staff and are screened in the Keith Green Building. Admission is free, but booking is necessary – to do that, follow this link.

Follow the Lines in the Ice at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoA new exhibition with a decidedly wintery theme begins at the British Library this week.

Lines in the Ice examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage. Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world.

The exhibition displays early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of the explorers, writings from the search for Franklin, early Arctic photography and much more. It also unearths the history of the North Pole’s most famous resident – Santa!

On display in the British Library entrance hall, the exhibition runs until March 2015 and is free to visit. Further details can be found via the British Library website here.

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!

Library Opening Hours – Have Your Say!

Pilkington library after refurbishment

What do students think of the Library’s opening hours? Here’s an opportunity to let us know by completing a short 10 minute survey being run jointly by the Library and the Students’ Union.

At present the Library opens at different times throughout the year depending on term or vacation dates, and also opens 24/7 during exam periods. We’d like to know whether we’re getting them right – or getting them wrong!

You can complete the survey by visiting the following link:

https://www.survey.lboro.ac.uk/libraryopeninghourssurvey

If you have any queries or questions, please contact Matt Cunningham (M.S.Cunningham@lboro.ac.uk) or Amy Ward (vpeducation@lsu.co.uk).

T.S. Eliot on Trial

project museEnglish students and literature lovers alike may wish to partake of our latest database trial which allows complete online access to the prose works of one of the most famous writers in English literature.

The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot gathers for the first time in one place the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The result of a multi-year collaboration among Eliot’s Estate, Faber and Faber Ltd., Johns Hopkins University Press, the Beck Digital Center of Emory University, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, this eight-volume critical edition dramatically expands access to material that has been restricted or inaccessible in private and institutional collections for almost fifty years.

To begin searching please go to : http://muse.jhu.edu/about/reference/eliot/index.html   – access is via IP address. This trial runs until 19th December.

We’d welcome feedback – good or bad! – on this trial. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Don’t Distress this Autumn – De-Stress!

NSAD-2013-Logo-300x240Today is National Stress Awareness Day, so what better time to remind you mind of the many ways the Library can help you at this tricky halfway stage through the first term of the year.

We’ve prepared a range of useful study modules on Learn under the banner of Learning Central Online, ten units on a variety of topics which will help take the stress out of your work by enabling you to further enhance your information literacy and study skills and hopefully your degree classification. The skills you learn here can be used both in your studies and when you go out to work. We also offer a handy Stress help sheet, with helpful tips on how to minimise stress, which is free to download, and we stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions!

The University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Their emphasis is on promoting psychological wellbeing of people at work so that they can perform at their peak. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.