Overton Poetry Prize Pamphlet Launch

11108947_10152972732802326_8294033801447737058_n (1)The winning pamphlet of last year’s Overton Poetry Prize will be launched with a special event in the Leonard Dixon Studio in Martin Hall next Wednesday (29th April) at 7pm.

Winning author Carol Rowntree-Jones will be present, reading from her work This is Not Normal Behaviour, and the launch will also feature Loughborough University’s poet in residence, Sarah Kelly, plus three of the best of the University’s best student writers, Alice Richardson, Naomi Riley-Dudley and Joely Campbell.

There will be a selection of refreshments available on the evening. The is event is free, but there will be the opportunity to donate to the fund for next year’s competition and poet in residence. To reserve a place, email Becky Lauder-Fletcher (R.Lauder-Fletcher@lboro.ac.uk).

For further details, visit the event Facebook page here:


World Book Night 2015

wbnToday marks World Book Night, the annual celebration of books and reading. And if you’re wondering why the Library isn’t marking the occasion… well, we are, but we’ve simply decided to postpone the event until next week, once term has started and everyone is back to help us celebrate it!

So you are hereby formally invited to join us in the Library foyer on Thursday 30th April between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Drop by and pick up a free novel, take a look at our Leisure Reading display and, most important of all, sample our delicious refreshments! It will be first come, first served, so get here early!

World Book Night is run by the Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Every 23rd April volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. The Library is always proud to participate in the event, as previous blog entries show!

Eden Flix Presents… 911

logoThe Eden Flix series of free environmentally-themed documentary films gets term off to a controversial start next Wednesday (29th April).

911: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out presents persuasive viewpoints of over 1,700 architects and engineers who believe the unsettling theory that scientific forensic evidence points to explosive controlled demolition of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on September 11, 2001.

The film is being shown in the Design Studio at the Keith Green Building at 3pm on Wednesday 29th April. The showing is free, but booking is necessary – simply visit the link below.


General Election 2015 – Campus Debate


Loughborough’s five General Election candidates will be visiting the University next Tuesday, April 28th, to take part in a live hustings event. 

The debate has been organised by Loughborough Students’ Union and the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, providing audience members with an opportunity to quiz the candidates about their policies and pledges.

It is being held in the Students’ Union and starts at 6.30pm. Taking part in the hustings will be:

  • Steve Coltman (Liberal Democrats)
  • Nicky Morgan (Conservative)
  • Matthew O’Callaghan (Labour)
  • Bill Piper (UKIP)
  • Matt Sisson (Green)

After a five minute statement from each candidate – in alphabetical order by surname – the candidates will be asked questions sent before and during the event via Twitter, and members of the audience will have the opportunity to react and pose further questions. The discussion will be rounded off by two minute statements from each candidate – in reverse alphabetical order.

LSU Media will be broadcasting the event live via media.lsu.co.uk.  Please start sending your questions now via Twitter using #BubbleDebate.

Depression Awareness Week

ImageGenAs this week is Depression Awareness Week, and with the start of term and the exam season looming, we thought it was a good time to remind you of some of the ways we can help you through this potentially fraught time 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.

Depression Awareness Week is organised annually by the charity Depression Alliance, who have a wide range of helpful advice on their website here.

Don’t Be Reluctant – Join the Club!

the-reluctant-fundamentalist__120722181344-200x309What better way to start the term than come along to our first Student Book Club of the summer, which will be gathering on Monday, April 27th to discuss Mohsin Hamid’s Booker Prize nominated drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom at 7pm – just ask at the Customer Services Desk for directions. All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still buy it for your Kindle or from local booksellers

For more information about the Club, 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?

Database Trial – Accessible Archives


The Library is trialling a well-established resource this month that may be of great interest to social sciences students and historians in particular.

Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only in micro-format, hard copy form or as images only. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy.  Their online full-text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate this information in ways never before possible.

To begin searching please go to: http://www.accessible-archives.com/ . Access is via IP address and the trial runs to 13th May 2015.

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

Creating online resources: a look at tools used across campus to create interactive materials

Seminar Room 1 Pilkington Library 22 April 12.30-2.00


There are many ways to engage students these days from using voting tools in lectures to an interactive video with embedded quiz housed on Learn.


This joint CAP / Library event is an opportunity to hear about a range of tools you can use to create online resources. Speakers include Rachel Challen from Loughborough College who will talk about Articulate, Geoff Hodgson from Civil and Building Engineering on Camtasia, and Phil Wilkinson-Blake from the Business School who will talk about developing materials for the Futurelearn MOOC platform.


Whether you are new to all this or are interested in who is using what on campus you will have the opportunity to hear from experienced practitioners as well as engage in group discussions.


Light refreshments will be provided.


Please e-mail CAP@lboro.ac.uk if you’d like to attend so we know numbers for catering

Database Trial – BrowZine

BrowZineThe Library is running a trial of BrowZine, a new application that allows you to browse, read and follow thousands of the library’s scholarly journals from your Android and iOS mobile devices. All in a format optimized for your tablet and smartphone! Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals: Browse journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • Create your own bookshelf: Add journals to your personal bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save and export articles: Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more

You will need to install and run open the University’s CISCO VPN to use Browzine – CISCO is available at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/it/off-campus/anyconnect.html 

To learn more and start using BrowZine today, visit http://thirdiron.com/download/

Getting started is easy! From your Android or iOS device, find BrowZine in the Apple App, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When initially launching BrowZine, select Loughborough University from the drop down list. Enter your Loughborough username and password. Start exploring BrowZine!

(Users will also, at some point during the set up process, be presented with a screen to create a BrowZine Sync Account. This is entirely optional – the benefits of creating an account include the ability to synch their My Bookshelf collection of saved journals across all BrowZine devices. Further, the Sync Account will enable them to save this information for future recall in the event they delete and later reinstall the app.  Without a Sync Account, all saved items would be lost when the app is deleted.  More information about BrowZine Accounts may be found here:  http://support.thirdiron.com/knowledgebase/articles/384735-browzine-account-faq)

The trial will run until April 20th. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.