Where There’s A Will…

shakespeare by tonynetoneFittingly for World Book Night, today marks the 450th birthday of the world’s most famous writer, William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

His work, which includes 38 plays and 154 sonnets, has been translated into virtually every conceivable language, is studied comprehensively in schools, colleges and universities and is performed daily in theatres around the globe. He’s often considered to be Britain’s greatest cultural export, and his influence on modern drama and literature is beyond description – so I won’t attempt it!

Within our own ”quick forge and working-house of thought” we have a wealth of Shakespeare related books and resources, including copies of all his works, along with famous adaptations of work on DVD. We also have access to the British Universities Film & Video Council‘s exemplary online Shakespeare resource, an authoritative  database of Shakespeare-related content in film, television, radio and video recordings which currently holds nearly 8,000 records dating from the 1890s to the present day. To read or to view, that is the question…!

Shakespeare portrait by tonynetone, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Finalists – Last Chance to Fill Out the National Student Survey


Finalists, don’t miss your chance to fill in the National Student Survey (NSS) – it only takes a few minutes, and you’ll be helping future students make the right choices about where and what to study.

The NSS is a national, independent and anonymous survey of final year students. It’s an opportunity to give feedback on your time at Loughborough, which will help us to shape the University and the Loughborough Experience for other students, both now and in the future.

No one knows the University better than you, so your opinions about being a student at Loughborough are really important.

Go to www.thestudentsurvey.com to take part – the survey closes in only two weeks time!

For more information – including details of how we’ve already been enhancing the Loughborough Student Experience following your feedback – go to www.lboro.ac.uk/nss

Want to Impove Your Exam Performance? Get the Know How!


With the exam season looming, why not give your exam skills a boost by attending one of our ever-popular know-how workshops we’re running at the start of term about revising effectively and exam techniques.

Revision plays a key part in ensuring you have all the information to hand on the day.  Come and learn how to enhance your revision strategy for an improved performance by booking into one of the workshops on Revising Effectively that we’re running in Library Seminar Room 1 on Tuesday 29th April 2014 (12 pm-12.50pm) and Wednesday 7th May 2014 (1 pm-1.50pm).

Or why not learn how to interpret exam questions, develop an exam plan and be able to recognise possible problems and how to overcome them by attending one of our workshops on Effective Exam Techniques, that we’re running in Library Seminar Room 1 on Thursday 8th May 2014 (12 pm-12.50pm) and Tuesday 13th May 2014 (1pm-1.50pm).

To book your place on either course, you need to login to Learn via this link:

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Forthcoming Events on Campus During Summer Term

795There’s a wide range of artistic and musical events happening on campus during the forthcoming summer term.

To kick things off, there’s a pair of free lunchtime concerts down at the Cope Auditorium (1.15 start). On Wednesday 30th April celebrate the musical achievements of the winners of Loughborough University’s Music Scholarship Award, Thomas Blundell, Qinjie Lin and Annabel Griffiths. Then on Wednesday 7th May the Sterling Trio will be performing a programme of well-known composers including Howard Blake (composer of The Snowman), plus a performance of the Techno-Parade by Guillaume Connesson (a contemporary fusion of techno and classical styles), by this intriguing and unusual instrumental trio.

On Saturday 10th May in the Cope Auditorium (7.30pm, tickets £12, £10 concessions) join the Cantamus Girls Choir for an enchanting and unmissable evening of choral music in a repertoire spanning the centuries, performed by a 40 strong choir of girls aged 13 to 19 who have been performing extensively in the UK, Europe, North America and the Far East.  Over their 45 year history they have amassed 28 First Prize wins at international choral festivals, most notably the World Choir Olympics in Germany and China.

The University Choir will be holding their annual Spring Concert on Wednesday 21st May in the Cope Auditorium (7.30pm, tickets £7, £5 concessions), who will be performing a soundbite of the musical fare that was popular in England in the years leading up to World War I.

On Wednesday 4th June, again in the Cope Auditorium (7.30pm, £12, £10 concessions), the Chamber Ensemble of London (pictured above) will be playing a selection of English music for strings. With a repertoire ranging from Baroque to Jazz the Ensemble has been gaining a reputation for their versatile programming, discovering and championing little-known or lost works.

History buffs are in for a treat in July when Alison Weir visits the Martin Hall Theatre (Tuesday 22nd July, 6pm, tickets £7). Alison is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.3 million books worldwide. Her most recent book is a biography of Elizabeth of York, whose marriage to Henry VII united the houses of York and Lancaster. She will be giving a new talk exclusively for the University entitled ‘“The Prince expected in due season”: The Queen’s First Duty’, exploring the practices and politics of the Royal birthing chamber.

For full details and ticket links, visit the following site:


Learn Online for Free this April with a Massive Open Online Course


Loughborough University is offering two courses as part of FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Both courses are free and can be taken by anyone from around the world.

‘Innovation and enterprise‘ will give you the opportuntity to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality. The course is led by our internationally renowned School of Business and Enterprise and runs for six weeks, starting on 14 April 2014.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism‘ will teach aspiring engineers and scientists to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. The three-week course is run by our award-winning Mathematics Education Centre and begins on 28 April 2014.

For further information, visit this link: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/moocs/

World Health Day 2014

who dayToday is World Health Day, the World Health Organisation’s annual event highlighting the dangers of a particular medical condition. This year’s message is Small Bite: Big Threat, warning of the global threat posed by disease-carrying insects.

World Health Day was launched on April 7th 1948 during the World Health Organisation’s first World Health Assembly. The goal of this year’s campaign is to encourage better protection against diseases carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and other bugs, especially for families living in areas where diseases are transmitted by such insects, and travelers to countries where they pose a health threat.

We have a wide variety of medical databases available via Library Catalogue Plus, including PubMed, the United States National Library of Medicine resource containing more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from the MEDLINE database, life science journals, and online books, and the National Library for Health, a single search environment that will integrate the ‘national’ and ‘local’ information resources of 500 NHS library services across England.

To find out more about World Health Day and this year’s campaign, visit the following link:


Web of Science Upgrade

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Please be advised that Web of Science version 5.13.2 is scheduled to be released on Saturday 5 April 2014. Thomson Reuters have confirmed that no interruption to the service is expected.

This release includes enhancements or changes that impact all databases on the Web of Science. This is in part a follow up to customer requests following release of 5.13 in January.

You can consult the new version release notes at:


This document outlines all the new enhancements in this release and provides screen shots of the new display.

New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Announced

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HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have just published details of a new policy for Open Access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection.

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. This new policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

Complete details of the policy can be found on the HEFCE website here.

The Library and Research Office will be working together to decide how to implement the policy across campus, and we’ll keep you up to date with further developments. In the mean time, you can find more information about our present OA policy via our Open Access pages on our website here.

Mind Over Matter

psychic powers by jared zimmermanThe Library will be hosting a ground-breaking psychic experiment this Easter that may have a profound effect on the whole Higher Education learning experience for generations to come.

In conjunction with Doctors Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler from the Parapsychology Department at Colombia University, New York, the University’s own Parapsychology Department will be aiming to move a single chocolate Easter Egg from one end of Open 3 to the other – using only the power of student’s minds!

“There is such a lot of vast, untapped potential in the average undergraduate mind that is simply bursting to be unlocked,” explained Prof. Flora Lopis, the Head of Loughborough’s Parapsychology Department. “If we can achieve this simple experiment, then who knows what else we can accomplish? Conceivably, students could, in future, summon books off the shelf without moving from their desk, pay for printer credit with a single thought, or even place a food order at the cafe without standing in any tedious queue. Today an egg, tomorrow the world!”

Student participation in this experiment is vital, which is where YOU come in! Therefore on Sunday April 20th, we will be asking all visitors to the Library for their help by following these simple steps at the appointed hour of 12 Noon:

  • Rest your forehead on your computer keyboard (you may use your own laptop)
  • Speak aloud the following mystic incantation: Ievah Oothcum Eerfemit Noymsdnah
  • Roll that Egg!

Users at home wishing to participate can do so by downloading the App contained in this link.

Please note: the Library cannot be held accountable for any dry-cleaning bills that may result from misuse of the above incantation and the accidental summoning of any evil Library spirits in consequence. Should such an apparition appear, please contact Dr Venkman, Dr Stantz or Dr Spengler immediately using this link.

Psychic powers image by Jared Zimmerman, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.


Library Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation


Just to remind our visitors that from tomorrow (Monday 31st March) the Library will be switching to vacation opening hours until the start of the next term (Monday 28th April). These are:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 5.30

Friday: 9.00 – 5.30

Saturday: Closed

Please note that we will be closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 26th April, and that we’re open in the evening only on Wednesdays until 8pm – all other week days we close at 5.30pm, with last entry to the building being ten minutes before closing time.

The Library will be closed with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday for five days from Good Friday (18th April) through until Wednesday 23rd April.