Want to Impove Your Exam Performance? Get the Know How!


With the exam season looming, why not give your exam skills a boost by attending one of our ever-popular know-how workshops we’re running at the start of term about revising effectively and exam techniques.

Revision plays a key part in ensuring you have all the information to hand on the day.  Come and learn how to enhance your revision strategy for an improved performance by booking into one of the workshops on Revising Effectively that we’re running in Library Seminar Room 1 on Tuesday 29th April 2014 (12 pm-12.50pm) and Wednesday 7th May 2014 (1 pm-1.50pm).

Or why not learn how to interpret exam questions, develop an exam plan and be able to recognise possible problems and how to overcome them by attending one of our workshops on Effective Exam Techniques, that we’re running in Library Seminar Room 1 on Thursday 8th May 2014 (12 pm-12.50pm) and Tuesday 13th May 2014 (1pm-1.50pm).

To book your place on either course, you need to login to Learn via this link:

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New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Announced

HEFCE logo

HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have just published details of a new policy for Open Access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection.

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. This new policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

Complete details of the policy can be found on the HEFCE website here.

The Library and Research Office will be working together to decide how to implement the policy across campus, and we’ll keep you up to date with further developments. In the mean time, you can find more information about our present OA policy via our Open Access pages on our website here.

Mind Over Matter

psychic powers by jared zimmermanThe Library will be hosting a ground-breaking psychic experiment this Easter that may have a profound effect on the whole Higher Education learning experience for generations to come.

In conjunction with Doctors Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler from the Parapsychology Department at Colombia University, New York, the University’s own Parapsychology Department will be aiming to move a single chocolate Easter Egg from one end of Open 3 to the other – using only the power of student’s minds!

“There is such a lot of vast, untapped potential in the average undergraduate mind that is simply bursting to be unlocked,” explained Prof. Flora Lopis, the Head of Loughborough’s Parapsychology Department. “If we can achieve this simple experiment, then who knows what else we can accomplish? Conceivably, students could, in future, summon books off the shelf without moving from their desk, pay for printer credit with a single thought, or even place a food order at the cafe without standing in any tedious queue. Today an egg, tomorrow the world!”

Student participation in this experiment is vital, which is where YOU come in! Therefore on Sunday April 20th, we will be asking all visitors to the Library for their help by following these simple steps at the appointed hour of 12 Noon:

  • Rest your forehead on your computer keyboard (you may use your own laptop)
  • Speak aloud the following mystic incantation: Ievah Oothcum Eerfemit Noymsdnah
  • Roll that Egg!

Users at home wishing to participate can do so by downloading the App contained in this link.

Please note: the Library cannot be held accountable for any dry-cleaning bills that may result from misuse of the above incantation and the accidental summoning of any evil Library spirits in consequence. Should such an apparition appear, please contact Dr Venkman, Dr Stantz or Dr Spengler immediately using this link.

Psychic powers image by Jared Zimmerman, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.


Library Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation


Just to remind our visitors that from tomorrow (Monday 31st March) the Library will be switching to vacation opening hours until the start of the next term (Monday 28th April). These are:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 5.30

Friday: 9.00 – 5.30

Saturday: Closed

Please note that we will be closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 26th April, and that we’re open in the evening only on Wednesdays until 8pm – all other week days we close at 5.30pm, with last entry to the building being ten minutes before closing time.

The Library will be closed with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday for five days from Good Friday (18th April) through until Wednesday 23rd April.

Living By Numbers…

D3415-07We love a good statistic here in the Library, so here are some for the Autumn term (30/09/13- 13/12/13):

  • 215, 269 visits were made to the Library by 14,497 people which is just under 15 visits per person.
  • 74% of visitors were Undergraduate Students and 13% Masters students.
  • Of the top ten busiest days 5 were in November and 5 in December with the top spot going to 3/12/13 with 3518 visits.
  • Figures show that November was the busiest month overall with average daily visits of 2762 (incl weekends) and 2276 (weekdays only)
  • Over the term the average daily visitors were 2140.

We will be looking at Spring term soon but have already analysed 24/7 usage of the Library. This analysis can be found on the Library website on our publications page:


Researcher Development Week, 31st March – 4th April

Pilkington library after refurbishment

We’re staging a workshop a day every day next week under the banner of ‘Researcher Development Week’, on a range of topics that are likely to be of great interest to Academic staff and Research Associates.

On Monday 31st March take some time out of the office to refresh and refine your searching skills with expert help on hand with a session on Finding Research Information for Academic Staff and Research Associates (2-4pm, Library Seminar Room 1).

Need to know your h-index or find the impact factor of a journal?  Have these topics demystified with our course about Measuring your academic impact: Citations and other metrics on Tuesday 1st April. (2-4pm, Library Seminar Room 1).

On Wednesday 2nd April, come in to learn how to make your research outputs more visible with Increasing the Visibility of your Research for Academic and Research Staff (10am-12pm, Library Seminar Room 2).

Open access is an increasingly important phenomenon in scholarly communication and can provide considerable career benefits for individual researchers. Find out more about it with our session Open Access publishing: Policy and practice for Academic and Research Staff on Thursday 3rd April (2-3.30pm, Library Seminar Room 1).

The week culminates with a session on Research data management for Academic and Research Staff on Friday 4th April (10am-12pm, Library Seminar Room 1). Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education.  An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. Learn more about it during this session.

Booking is necessary for all these courses; to do that, and to find out more details of the events, visit this link:


New SAE Databases on Trial


The Library has recently arranged trial access to the following SAE products:

Ground Vehicle Standards (J-Reports)

Founded in 1905 as the Society for Automobile Engineers, SAE International has been at the forefront of ground vehicle (GV) technical information and engineering standards for more than 100 years. Currently there are more than 2,600 GV standards available, covering hundreds of topical areas relating to ground vehicle design, manufacturing, testing, and performance. SAE also covers the commercial vehicle industry, providing standards for the truck, mass transit, agricultural, and construction markets.

Aerospace Standards

SAE International has been a leading provider of aerospace standards for much of its 106-year history. With more than 22,000 aerospace standards (AS) and aerospace materials specifications (AMS) available, SAE standards are recognized and used globally by manufacturers and suppliers throughout the aerospace industry.

Aerospace Material Specifications

Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) cover materials, material tolerances, and quality control procedures and processes. They list chemical composition, detailed technical requirements, and cross reference similar specifications and materials corrosion and heat resistant steels, wrought low-alloy steels, cast iron and low-alloy steels, aluminum, magnesium, copper, titanium, and miscellaneous nonferrous alloys, nonmetallics, special property materials, and reactive materials.

The trials are available via the SAE Digital Library at  http://digitallibrary.sae.org/quicksearch (from on-campus) and will run until  21st April 2014.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on these trials, please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments.

Bag a Book at the Laundrette!

BC5If you’re stuck for something to do while your laundry is churning away at the Campus Laundrette near the EHB, why not help yourself to something from the BookCrossing basket we’ve recently set up there?

You may already have seen our baskets of books at the Village Bar, the Martin Hall Bistro, the Student Hub and the ‘S’ Building. This basket replaces the one we used to have in the Fuel Box in the EHB. Just look for the books with the friendly yellow sticker above!

BookCrossing is the leisure reading phenomenon with the aim of encouraging us all to read more for pleasure. Designed as a ‘read me then release’ me scheme, the way it works is that you take any book you fancy, then, once you’ve finished reading it, pass it on for someone else to enjoy. To add to the fun, every book has been given its own ID number, so you can track its journey via the website.

However, to keep the scheme rolling we do need a constant supply of books to keep the baskets topped up! So, if you have any leisure reading books you’re happy to donate to the scheme, we’d really like to have them. Ideally we’d like good quality novels and biographies, autobiographies or memoirs. Please bring them to one of the Library desks, mentioning that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme, and we’ll do the rest!

Treat Yourself to a Little Light Reading this Easter

easter eggs by marek52

The Easter vacation is almost upon us, and while many of you are likely to be stocking up on books for revision over the holiday period (aren’t you?), we’d just like to remind you of the old adage about all work and play making one a rather dull person. So why not beat this by helping yourself to something from our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4?

With an ever-expanding range to choose from – over 400 books at the last count - encompassing literary classics old and new, award-winning novels, celebrity autobiographies, art, historical sagas, cinema & TV adaptations, contemporary poetry and a wide selection of popular graphic novels, we’re certain there’s something to meet every taste, whether it’s something long and engrossing to tide you over the whole month, or something short and sweet to tempt your jaded reading palate. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse today?

Easter eggs by Marek52, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Space in the Library – Tell Us What You Think!

tree“Please describe the space you would like to see if you were in the Library in 2019.”

The Library is currently considering how it will continue to develop its building space over the next few years. Your responses and views are needed to help make sure future Library space continues to provide what people need. Please take a few minutes to fill in a post-it note (or 2 or 3!) on the Library tree with your response to the above question.

This tree (like the one we used for the University Mental Health & Well Being Day opposite) can be found in the Library lobby just underneath the staircase to Level 4 from tomorrow (Friday 21st) until Monday evening.

You are welcome to have a Library pen as a sign of appreciation for your time and thoughts!