The University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day a couple of weeks ago was, by all accounts, a rampant success, and our own little stand down at the SU Building, to promote the joys of our Leisure Reading collection and its own section of mood-boosting books and ‘Books On Prescription’, went down really well – as you can tell from the number of suggestions we had stuck on our very own Mood-Boosting Tree above!
We asked you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, and to write down why and then stick it on the tree. Well, we were overwhelmed with fantastic entries (just compare & contrast the image above with the image we took here before we took the tree down to the SU!) and we’re now happy to announce that the winner of our £25 Amazon Kindle voucher was Katie Burns from English and Drama, who was inspired while growing up by The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson. Well done Katie!
We haven’t forgotten about the other entries, though, as we’ll be checking through them all to see which of these inspirational works we currently don’t hold in stock, and look to purchase them for addition to our collection. So a big THANK YOU for everyone who helped inspire us – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!
In celebration of International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th each year, the Sexual Politics Research Group, led by a number of staff based in the School of the Arts, is hosting a screen event across campus. This is part of a series of celebrations taking place this Friday, March 7th.
Throughout the day, the IT information screens will honour women’s achievements past and present, local and global, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science and technology. Many of the names used on the IT information screens (including the example above) were generated by enthusiastic submissions and the organisers hope that people will enjoy seeing their choices on screens this Friday.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. It has been celebrated every March 8th since the early 1900′s, usually highlighting a specific theme. This year’s theme is Inspiring Change, which calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change on women’s behalf.
To find out more about the event, visit this website:
All this week is National Astronomy Week, and this year the event seeks to celebrate the planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System, which will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March.
The event, dubbed “Target Jupiter”, will be running from the 1st -8th March 2014, when organisers hope that it should be possible for astronomers, amateur and professional, to be able take some of the best photos ever taken of the planet above British skies.
UK National Astronomy Week is held every few years or so to promote public awareness of astronomy by celebrating remarkable astronomical events.
Previous events have marked the return of Halley’s Comet, the closest approach of Mars to Earth for 60,000 years and, most recently, the 400th anniversary of the first astronomical use of the telescope.
Stargazers don’t have to look far for books on the subject in the Library, as we have a veritable galaxy of books about astronomy down among our science section on Level 1. Those with a more serious scientific interest than just settling down in the garden with a telescope may also find the NASA Astrophysics Data System database of interest.
To find out more about National Astronomy Week, visit their website here.
Planet Jupiter image by Tonynetone, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
Next Friday (7th March) Radar, the University’s own art’s programme, is running a day-long symposium which will seek to explore the nature of artistic practices as ‘reproductive’ and ‘affective’ labour.
This symposium looks at how some recent artistic practices seem to be interested in interrogating the nature of labour, and artistic labour in particular, placing certain activities, such as printmaking and ceramics for example, in proximity to those Marx would have spoken of as ‘reproductive labour’, and also to what more recently has also been defined as ‘affective’ labour.
The title is borrowed from Lucy Lippard’s famous text ‘Making Something from Nothing’ (1978), in which Lippard was attempting an articulation of the contradictions arising with more women emerging in the art scene, between their artistic labour and the reproductive labour they performed in the home, connecting their artistic activities to traditional making activities not part of high-art or culture.
The symposium will be wondering if today, with the de-skilling, precarization and ‘feminisation’ of labour in post-Fordism, artists are starting to look at the question of reproduction in relation to making afresh. Print and pottery have been engaged with, in recent times, by artists interested in critiquing value production within the art system or involved in participatory and community-based work. It will look at raising questions about the status of the objects generated through these activities.
The symposium is part of a programme of activity organised by Loughborough School of the Arts’ Politicized Practice Research Group around the theme of value and a related series of commissions by Radar.
The symposium will be taking place in the LUA Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building between 11am-5pm. Tickets cost £10, which includes lunch and refreshments. To book yourself a place, go to the Online Store.
The British Library will be hosting a free hour-long webinar in March that will explore the British Library’s collections related to propaganda.
In Summer 2013 the British Library hosted an exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, examining the communication of power, and attempts to persuade, through the use of visually striking material and the objects of everyday life. Examples of these can be found across the British Library’s collections, and this webinar will describe the types of material that were researched, found and used for the exhibition. It will cover posters, leaflets and pamphlets, maps, philatelic materials and recorded sound.
This webinar will be of most use to people planning to use the British Library collections and Reading Rooms in their research, but will also be of interest to those more generally interested in political history, propaganda and ephemera, and will be hosted by Ian Cooke, the Social Science Curator at the British Library and the curator of the Propaganda: Power and Persuasion exhibition.
It’s being run on Wednesday 12th March from 3pm (GMT). Booking is essential to participate, and to do this, visit the following link:
We would like to make visitors to the Library arriving by car aware of the fact that this coming Sunday (2nd March) between 9am-11am the Campus 5K running event will be taking place on campus. Although the Library will remain open as usual, part of the route for this event will be passing outside the Library, during which time access to the Library and the Library carpark will be restricted. This will also effect visitors arriving via the Kinch shuttle-buses.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this will cause.
Next Wednesday afternoon (26th February) at 3pm in the Cope Auditorium Eden Flix is presenting a free showing of Gary Hustwit’s acclaimed 2009 documentary Objectified.
Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?
Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness. All staff and students at Loughborough are welcome to attend.
A new free exhibition begins at the British Library today on a scientific theme with an artistic twist.
Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.
From John Snow’s plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, you can discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.
The exhibition is running in the Folio Society Gallery until 26th May. For further details visit the British Library website here.
As of February 12th, Loughborough staff and students now have full access to the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service again following some recent authentication issues. Just in time to make use of a range of new features which were launched when the service was updated in January.
Not familiar with BoB? It is an off-air recording and media archive service available to staff and students of member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license (including us). BoB enables you to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV & radio stations. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over a million programmes!), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.
The user-friendly system allows staff and students to record and catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, share what they are watching with others, search a growing archive of material, plus more.
New features added in January include:
- A new look website, with improved navigation
- The addition of all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (over 800,000 programmes)
- Over 10 foreign language channels, including French, German and Italian stations
- An extended 30 day recording buffer – more time to record missed programmes
- Apple iOS compatibility – you can now watch BoB on handheld devices
- Searchable transcripts
- Links to social media – share what you’re watching online
- A one-click citation reference, allowing you to cite programmes in your work
You can access Box of Broadcasts at http://bobnational.net. Click ‘login’, choose ‘Loughborough University’ as your institution, then enter your usual Lboro credentials.