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!
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.
Tomorrow is University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day, and to mark the occasion there’s a day of fun-filled events happening down at the Student Union Building between 12-4pm.
We’ll be running a stand down there too, to promote our Leisure Reading collection and its new section of Mood-Boosting books (recognisible upstairs by their new shiny stickers!) and another section of ‘Books on Prescription’ (self help titles based on cognitive behavioural therapy), as well as our student book club, Club 790. To find us, just look for the tree! It’s not just any old tree, though – we’ll be asking you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, write down why and stick it on the tree (pictured just opposite). The most creative & inspiring response will receive a prize of a £25 Amazon Kindle voucher.
If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, then there’s bound to something else happening down at the SU that will, including a tasty Farmer’s Market by the fountain, a bouncy castle, a chance to learn some circus skills, and a wide programme of uplifting talks and advice sessions, all set to the soundtrack of live acoustic music. And the Vice Chancellor himself will be signing the Time to Change pledge on behalf of the University and the Students Union at 1pm. What more could you ask for to brighten your day?
The ultimate aim of University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day is to inspire people to think about and challenge the stigma which unfortunately still surrounds mental health issues. For further information about the day, take a peek at this poster. And to find out more about our new Mood-Boosting selection, visit this site by the Reading Agency which tells you more about the scheme.
We’re happy to announce that, following feedback from students, IT Services have just finished installing additional CAD software on twelve PCs in the Library. These computers - numbered PILKLABX-4-001 to PILKLABX-4-012 – are located on Level 4 closest to the lift/staircase C and have been appropriately labelled as CAD-enabled (see example picture above).
Hilary Mantel has become the first Booker Prize winner to break into the Top 10 most borrowed books from British public libraries according to new Public Lending Right (PLR) figures released this week.
Bring Up the Bodies, the 2012 winner of the prestigious literary prize, was eighth in the list, which was dominated (no pun intended!!) by Lee Child, whose popular Jack Reacher novels The Affair and A Wanted Man occupied first and second spot, and with E.L. James steamy bondage romance Fifty Shades of Grey third. Last year’s top favorite, crime writer Lee Patterson, slipped down to fourth.
The Public Lending Right was established in 1979, ensuring that all lending income goes directly to the author. Presently the top rate in £6600 for the top-lending authors.
We’re quite well represented by these authors ourselves among our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4, including Bring Up the Bodies, Lee Child’s Killing Floor, and, perhaps appropriately for Valentine’s Day, Fifty Shades of Grey – with or without plain brown wrapper!
Our National Libraries Day goody-giveaway last Friday was a rampant success, and we’d like to thank EVERYONE who participated with our little survey about our new Level 4 and its Leisure Reading collection. We received a lot of very nice comments from people, including the following:
“It’s spacious, it’s comfortable, it isn’t loud – perfect for studying… I love the Library. Massive selection of academic and leisure books. I always feel comfortable here and I achieve a lot academically. The staff are also very helpful :)”
Which quite nicely capped our day!
Please be advised that maintenance has been scheduled for both the Web of Science and the ProQuest database platforms this Sunday 16th February.
The scheduled maintenance for Web of Science will begin on Sunday at 11:30 GMT and should end by 17:30 GMT. During this time, Web of Science may not be available intermittently.
ProQuest is also making improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. These enhancements will be installed from 03:00 GMT on Sunday and should take approximately 8 hours to install. During this time the following ProQuest products will not be available:
- ProQuest Dialog
- ProQuest Congressional
- ProQuest K12 databases
- ProQuest Genealogy databases
- ProQuest Digital Microfilm
Both Thomson Reuters and ProQuest apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
To mark National Libraries Day this weekend we’ll be running a little stand up on Level 4 from 11am where we’ll be extolling the virtues of libraries in general and our own facilities in particular, especially our wonderful new (and ever so popular!) Level 4 and the literary pleasures of the Leisure Reading collection contained upon its shelves up there. And in return for a couple of minutes of your time telling us what you think of these new facilities, we’ll top up your chocolate levels with a free treat. What more could you ask for?
National Libraries Day is, as its title suggests, an annual celebration of libraries throughout the UK, be they academic, college, public or school libraries, and seeks to highlight all the positives things libraries and librarians contribute to people, families, communities, workplaces, the economy and society. To find out more, visit the campaign’s website here.
Need to freshen your study skills after a hard winter’s toil? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our spring range of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this month.
Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.
Each session runs for approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted in the Library’s new and improved Seminar Room 1. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when - visit this link:
A former mental health nurse confounded the odds last night to win the much-coveted Costa Book Award.
Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall is a harrowing but moving account of schizophrenia and grief as seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in the aftermath of his brother’s death. He becomes only the fifth debut novelist to win the prize, which was first awarded in 1972 (then known as the Whitbread Award until Costa took over the sponsorship in 2005).
Filer beat four other writers to the award, including previous winners Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Atkinson, who had been the bookies choice for the £30,000 prize for her novel Life After Life. The other losing finalists were Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Michael Symmons Roberts.
A copy of The Shock of the Fall is on order for our stock, and we already have quite a range of Award-winning novels among out Leisure Reading collection on Level 4, including last year’s winner, Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Why not pop up and have a browse?