Library E-Journals – More Popular Than Ever!

3rd - USB Book DriveOur range of e-journals is more popular than ever it seems, as our annual totting-up of the usage statistics have shown us that e-journal downloads have increased 16.75% during the 2013-14 academic year – up from 153812 the previous year to 1795835.

This reflects the fact that the number of e-journals available to search on Library Catalogue Plus has risen in the last academic year from 30940 to 36841. Many of our more popular journals recorded a rise in usage, with Palgrave journals rising by 80%, but the most stellar performer was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which recorded a massive 415% rise in usage – not bad considering they experienced some technical difficulties earlier in the year!

The Art of Tracy Savage at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new exhibition showcasing the work of award-winning Yorkshire artist Tracy Savage opened in the Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery at the weekend.

Tracy draws her inspiration from the UK coastline and landscape. Her paintings are bursting with subjects she finds fascinating – capturing the imagination with her dramatic and often humorous style. Her themes vary: nostalgic holiday past, coastal erosion, the design of the rural landscape, each work evoking memories and atmosphere. For further details, visit the artists’ website here.

The exhibition is running until 29th November. The Sock Gallery is open 9-5 Monday-Saturday and entry is completely free.

Open Access Week Webinars 20th-23rd October

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Next week is Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion OpenAIRE are running a series of free-to-access webinars on the subject.

  • Monday, October 20 : OpenAIRE portal, by Katerina Iatropoulou (NKUA)
  • Tuesday, October 21 : Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot by Sarah Jones (HATII, DCC) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Wednesday, October 22 : Horizon 2020 Open Access to Publications Mandate by Eloy Rodrigues (UMinho) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Thursday, October 23 : Zenodo by Lars Holm Nielsen (CERN)

Each webinar lasts 1 hour and are all held at: 15.00 – 16.00 CEST (13.00 – 14.00 UTC/ 14.00 – 15.00 WEST/ 16.00 – 17.00 EEST.) To find out more, and to register, visit the following link:

Now in its seventh year, Open Access Week promotes the availability of free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as required. Such freely available access to information is regarded as vitally necessary, having direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

The Library has already taken positive steps towards Open Access through our Institutional Repository, which increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research while digitally preserving the University’s intellectual output.

And if you have any queries or issues regarding the IR or Open Access, our team of  Academic Librarians are on hand to help. Why not drop them a line?

Want to Know What Was on TV on the Day You Were Born…?

Radio Times by Bradford TimelineThe BBC this week launched a new online service that allows you to search through complete schedules of their seminal listings magazine, Radio Times.

The Genome Project has digitised listings from nearly 4,500 issues that cover everything broadcast by the BBC on their radio and television channels between the years 1923 to 2009, and though at present the database only contains basic information such as capsule synopsis and programme details and a brief cast/credit list, they aim to include images later.

Nearly 4.5 million programmes are covered, including old favorites such as Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python – and Crackerjack! – along with details of the BBC’s coverage of major sporting and historical events including Olympic Games, World Cups and Moon landings. So now you can find out what was on TV the day you were born!

Although ITV listings are not included owing to copyright issues, you can access an archive of the TV Times, ITV’s ‘answer’ to Radio Times, by visiting the BUFVC database’s TV Times listing archive, which covers the period 1955-1985 (please note you will need your Athens username & password to access this service).

Radio Times cover by Bradford Timeline, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Man Booker Prize 2014 Winner Announced

richard flanagan by anetzCongratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan (pictured) who last night won the prestigious £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his stirring wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The selection for this year’s prize caused some controversy when the competition was opened to all authors writing in English, provoking many to believe that the contest would be dominated by American authors, who were previously excluded; though ultimately this year’s shortlist included only two Americans, along with three British and one Australian.

We’ll be getting a copy of Flanagan’s novel in due course, but we do already have a growing selection of previous Booker winners and nominees among our Leisure Reading section on Level 4, including last year’s winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Richard Flanagan image by Anetz, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Welcome to Loughborough’s New Poet in Residence…

7742154_origLoughborough English, Drama and Publishing is proud to announce the arrival of their new Poet in Residence, Sarah Kelly.

Sarah Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist and poet primarily concerned with text and surface. She is co-editor of AlbaLondres (journal for poetry in translation). Her work explores embodied process in language making and marking and encompasses poetic practice, sculptural page and paper making, somatic movement, typographic and calligraphic inscription, translation and iteration.

Based on the proceeds from the Overton Poetry Prize, and the generous contributions to ‘Just Giving’, the School have been able to ask Sarah Kelly to work with them as their ‘Poet in Residence’ over the next year.

Sarah will be running some workshops and some ‘open-door’ sessions with the students during the coming year, as well as giving a research seminar and judging this year’s Overton Poetry Prize.

For more information visit the artist’s website here.

Free Innovation & Enterprise Massive Open Online Course


The University’s School of Business & Economics, in association with FutureLearn, is starting another massive open online course (MOOC) next Monday (20th October) on the subject of ‘Innovation and Enterprise’.

The course will last 6 weeks, and will study the four main areas that influence the whole process of innovation and enterprise, using a model specially created by the MOOC team.

The aim of MOOC is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other; providing an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

No previous experience is needed to undertake this course and participation is completely free. To find out more, visit the FutureLearn site here:

Club 790 Flies Again!

Book Club Poster

Club 790 is a book club exclusively for students. If you fancy reading and chatting about great novels, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities such as cinema and theatre trips, then why not come along to the official launch at 7pm on Monday 20th October in the Village Bar?

  • Special offers on food and refreshments (scampi and chips £2.95!)
  • Guest speaker: the Student Wordsmith (Sophie-Louise Hyde, Loughborough graduate)
  • Pick up a brand new copy of The Maze Runner, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
  • Exciting prize draw!
  • Leisure reading display

For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending by contacting Sharon Reid at the Library:

Need a Bit of a Boost? Look No Further…

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As today is World Mental Health Day, and with the weather turning nasty and the nights drawing in, what better time to remind you about our range of Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting books up among the Leisure Reading section on Level 4 to help give you a bit of a boost for the start of term.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme providing self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. These titles can now be accessed from the University Library. Reference copies of most of the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough’s public library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town, right next to the park.

Alongside the Books on Prescription titles sit the aptly-named Reading Well Mood-Boosting books, an intriguing range of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. The Mood-Boosting titles have all been recommended nationally by readers and reading groups.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992. It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every year it highlights a particular mental health theme, with this year’s theme being “Living with Schizophrenia”.

To find out more, visit the World Mental Health Day site here: