Watch National Theatre Live With Flix

1089Want to watch award-winning theatre live but not willing to pay the full cost of a ticket and a train fare to London? Then Flix, Loughborough Student Union’s own film society, has the answer for you!

The Society have recently installed a LANsat media reciever at the Cope Building which will allow live events from around the world to be broadcast at the Cope Auditorium, beginning this autumn with a season of drama direct from the National Theatre.

First up this September the Young Vic company takes on Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be broadcasted live from London. The piece tells the story of Blanche DuBois, whose fragile world is crumbling when she turns to her sister Stella for solace. But her downward spiral brings her face to face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

Starring Gillian Anderson (of The X-Files fame) and directed by Critics’ Circle Award winning director Benedict Taylor, A Streetcar Named Desire will be shown at the Cope Auditorium on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm. Tickets cost £10.

For further details of this and the rest of the NT Live programme to be shown over the coming year, visit the LU Arts calendar page here:

British Science Festival 2014

british science festiva;The British Science Association launch their annual festival in Birmingham next month, featuring over 250 interactive events, exhibitions and displays aimed at all ages.

Each September the British Science Festival transforms a different UK city into a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology. This year’s Festival is taking place in partnership with the University of Birmingham, and runs from Saturday 6th – Thursday 11th September.

Many of the events are free but booking is necessary as space is limited. To book your places, and to see what is going on at the Festival, visit their website here:

To Hell With Culture at the Cope

1035On Wednesday 3rd September (6-7pm) the Cope Auditorium will be presenting a free screening of To Hell with Culture, a portrait of the life and work of Herbert Read, which will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Huw Wahl, Benedict Read and Dr Michael Paraskos of the Department of Politics, History & International Relations.

Co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Herbert Read (1893-1968) was an influential art critic, poet and anarchist. In his 1943 essay, To Hell with Culture, Read laid out his ideas for a civilisation based on cooperation, in which culture would no longer be a commodity separated from society, but an integral part of everyday life. In this film director Huw Wahl engages in conversations with artists, poets, curators, historians and Herbert Read’s children, to ask how we can apply Read’s ideas and approaches to the commodification of culture in our contemporary society. This immersive portrayal of Read’s life and work includes unseen archival material of Herbert Read, his poetry and film of the North Yorkshire landscape where he was born.

Tickets are free, but booking is necessary via this link:

PC Upgrades in the Library

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Further to our earlier post about PC upgrades on Level 4 this month, IT Services have also begun work on upgrading and replacing workstations on Levels 1 & 2 as well. While this is going on the PCs on these levels will be unavailable.

There are 60 workstations available to use on Level 3, and 24 workstations in Seminar Room 2 on Level 4 (subject to the room being used for teaching).  

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause.

On the Road to Rio…

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Dr Graham Walton (Head of Planning and Resources in the Library and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Information Management) has been invited to be a Guest Speaker at the international Challenges of the Digital Library conference. He will give two papers, one considering the importance of the User Experience and the other the issues the digital library poses for physical library space.

The conference is aiming to provide an opportunity to debate the digital library challenging and emerging issues, such as management, technology and digital information at universities. Contributions will be made from Brazil, USA, Austria, Spain and USA.

The conference will take place on 20th and 21st August at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More information and access to a conference webcast can be found at:

Rio image by Carlos Ortega, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Landmark First Female Winner of the Fields Maths Medal

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Professor Maryam Mirzakhani of the Stanford University, California, yesterday made history by becoming the first female mathematician to win the prestigious Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The prize, founded by Canadian mathematician John Fields in 1936 and awarded every four years at a ceremony hosted by the International Mathematical Union, was awarded to four mathematicians in total, with Professor Mirzakhani winning the top prize for her work in complex geometry. Professor Martin Hairer, from the UK’s University of Warwick, also received a medal for his study of partial differential equations.

We have a vast amount of books and journals dedicated to the subject of mathematics, located downstairs among our collection on Level 1. We also have a wide variety of databases on the subject, including MathWorld, an interactive mathematical encyclopedia, and PlanetMath, a virtual community dedicated to help make mathematical knowledge more accessible. Why not have a browse?

Image by Robert Scarth, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Very Satisfactory!

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The results from this year’s National Student Survey have just been announced, and not only has the University as a whole scored very highly, but the Library itself has increased its score!

Information about the Library is surveyed under questions related to Learning Resources which includes questions about the Library and its resources & facilities  (question 16), general campus IT resource & facility access (question 17) and specialist software & resources (question 18). This year the University score for this section has increased by 4 points to 92% – well above the national average of 85%.

On its own, the Library scored a whopping 93% for question 16 – which we’re all incredibly pleased with, as you can imagine! We take this as a sure indication that the University’s investment in our refurbishment last summer has indeed paid off (with interest!), and that all the hard work put into the building and improving our facilities and services has struck the right chord for all our users over the last 12 months, particularly with the finalists filling in the NSS. With the start of term and a new academic year only just over a month away, we’re all looking forward to working with you all towards further success in the year ahead. Bring it on!

Open Exhibition 2014

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Loughborough Town Hall’s successful Open Exhibition is running again in their Sock Gallery from this Saturday, 10th August.

The primary aim of Open is to provide a platform for local artists as well as permitting local townsfolk the opportunity to sample a broad range of artwork from a variety of mediums and styles. Last year the Open Exhibition attracted a massive 350 submissions, with just over 150 pieces being selected by an independent judging panel to be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition runs until 7th September and is free to visit. For further details, visit the Loughborough Town Hall site here:

Electrical Work in the Library Update

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We have news about ongoing wiring project in the Library and some details of some more work that will be taking place throughout August.

Work on adding extra electrical sockets to the desks in Open 3 that begun last month should be completed within the next week after final testing and checking. IT Services will also be upgrading some of the workstations in this area while this is happening.

From Wednesday 13th August IT Services will begin replacing the workstations in the Quiet Study area on Level 4. Unfortunately as this work will be quite disruptive and time consuming this area will need to be closed completely to users in order for it to be accomplished. Access to the rest of Level 4, including the Silent Study area, the Group Study & Seminar Rooms, the Study Pods and the Leisure Reading Collection, will be maintained. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Work on creating a new Disabled Toilet on Level 2 should also be completed within the next week.

Well Done Des!

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Congratulations to Des Black (Library Attendant)  who has recently successfully completed the City & Guilds Certificate of Competence and Testing of Electrical Equipment. Hugh Weaver, University Deputy Health and Safety Manager,  came to the Library on the 1st August to present Des with his certificate. Well done, Des!