Howard Jacobson has just been announced the winner of this year’s prestigious Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the only annual literary award for humorous literature, for his novel Zoo Time, making him the first author to have ever won the award twice.
The competition celebrates books that are deemed to have captured the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse, author of the immortal Jeeves & Wooster and Blandings novels.
Jacobson won the first ever Wodehouse prize in 2000 for his novel The Mighty Walzer. His prize consisted of a Bollinger Champagne, a complete set of Wodehouse’s works, and - perhaps most fittingly for the spirit of Wodehouse – a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig will be named after after his book!
Although we don’t (yet) have a copy of Zoo Time in our collection, we do have other works by Howard Jacobson among our collection, as well as previous winners of the award among our Leisure Reading collection, including Vernon God Little by D.B.C. Pierre (2003), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday (2007) and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (2011 – pictured above with his award). That’s in addition to a variety of contemporary and classic comic works by the likes of Terry Pratchett, Stephen Fry, Alan Bennett and, of course, P.G. Wodehouse. So if you’re stuck for something to lighten your exam mood, why not have a browse today?
Gary Shteyngart with his 2011 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award, image by Katie A3, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
Midnight tomorrow (Friday 17th May) is the deadline to enter this year’s library photography competition and the last chance to win some fabulous prizes and join the immortal ranks of previous winners (including last year’s winning quartet above).
As an added incentive (as if one were necessary!) the winning images will be used as part of the public displays in the refurbished Library when it re-opens in October - given how popular the Library is, that would be a real feather in the cap for those aiming towards an artistic vocation and a wonderful way to get your snapping talents noticed!
Entries should be sent (post haste!) as an e-mail attachment to Steve Corn, Loughborough University Library, (S.C.Corn@lboro.ac.uk). He can be contacted on 01509 222338 for any questions relating to the competition. All entries will be judged by the Library’s Marketing and Publications Group and bluu, the building company responsible for the refurbishment. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality and interpretation of the brief.
Full terms and conditions are available on the Library website here:
Hopefully you will have enjoyed using the Library over the course of your degree. There is just one thing to make sure you do before the last day of term – make sure your Library account is clear.
The Library is required to notify departments of any students who have NOT returned books/paid fines by the time their Board of Examiners meets.
You may check your borrower record on any Catalogue Plus terminal in the Library or on the self service units in the Library, but you must still present your card to be cancelled. Please do not leave it until the last minute, in case there is any query. Please also ensure your department knows where to contact you if necessary.
N.B. Due to the Library refurbishment works over the Summer period, all accounts MUST be cleared by 5pm on Wednesday 19th June 2013 otherwise outstanding charges will be added to your account at Student Finance.
If you have any query about your record, please contact the Library asap.
Once you have graduated, you are welcome to come back and use the Library. We have our alumni membership scheme which gives you free membership of the Library for 5 years after you join as an alumni, letting you borrow up to 8 long/week loan books at a time. For more details on this scheme, please have a look at our alumni webpage or contact our Customer Services Manager.
The British Library have just launched a competition inviting proposals for an innovative project utilising their vast digital collection. The eventual winner will receive £3000 and a residency at the British Library while their project is implimented.
The Labs competition is designed to attract scholars, explorers, trailblazers and software developers who see the potential for new and innovative research and development opportunities lurking within the British Library’s immense digital collections. Through soliciting imaginative and transformative projects utilising this content entrants will be giving the British Library a steer as to the types of new processes, platforms, arrangements, services and tools needed to make it more accessible.
A virtual discussion about the competition is being held this Friday (17th May) using Google Hangout should you wish to find out more. Full details and terms & conditions of the contest are also available via British Library website here:
We are open as usual this Bank Holiday Monday – 9am-Midnight. Library staff will be running a skeleton service between 9am-10pm and then security staff will be in 10pm – midnight.
Our popular annual prize photography competition has been launched again, and the theme of this year’s contest is – surprise surprise! – transforming the Library.
Since 2010 the Library has run photography/image competitions and this year the focus will be offering a fantastic opportunity to University staff and students to produce the images that will be used in the refurbished Library. The general theme will be ‘Transforming the Library’ and is open to individual interpretation. This competition provides a great opportunity for those chosen to have their work displayed to a large number of people in the prestigious state of the art Library refurbishment which will be completed over the summer for grand re-opening in October.
By way of further incentive, first prize is an i-Pad, with the two next best runners-up receiving Amazon vouchers.
Entries should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Steve Corn, Loughborough University Library, (S.C.Corn@lboro.ac.uk). He can be contacted on 01509 222338 for any questions relating to the competition. All entries will be judged by the Library’s Marketing and Publications Group and bluu, the building company responsible for the refurbishment. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality and interpretation of the brief.
The competition will be open until midnight on the 17th May 2013.
Full terms and conditions are available on the Library website here:
Good luck – and happy snapping!
Regular visitors to three of the University’s food outlets – the Village Bar, the Fuel Box at the EHB and the Martin Hall Bistro will probably have noticed one of our BookCrossing wicker boxes full of donated novels (and hopefully you will have helped yourself from one too!). We’re pleased to say that we’ve now expanded our reach to include the Student Hub in the Student Village – you can find the box at the reception desk (pictured 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 need more 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!
The University of South Carolina have recently made available an archive that offers a unique insight into one of the leading American novelists of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Between 1919 and 1938 Scott Fitzgerald kept a concise journal in a 200-page handwritten ledger encompassing a year-by-year record of his life and achievements including publication details of all his works and the income of both himself and his wife Zelda, revealing for instance that he made merely $2000 on The Great Gatsby on its first publication in 1925, but earned a more princely $16,666 on selling the film rights to the novel the very next year!
The ledger has been thoroughly digitised, including full-text access and is keyword-searchable. It occupies pride of place in the University’s Matthew J. & Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the most comprehensive research collection of the author’s life and work.
We have a large collection of works by and about Scott Fitzgerald among our own literature collection, including The Great Gatsby and his other novels, plus you can access a vast store of online articles and essays about the man through English literature databases such as Literature Online through Library Catalogue Plus.
F. Scott Fitzgerald portrait, circa 1920, reproduced under CC License from the Minnesota Historical Society.
Our World Book Night event on Tuesday morning was another popular success as visitors partook of cake and the opportunity to enter a draw to win a copy of Sophie Hannah’s critically acclaimed thriller Little Face. 80 lucky winners will shortly be receiving emails requesting their presence at the Level 3 desk to claim their prize.
Thanks to everyone who took the time on what was not only a busy but gloriously warm & sunny day to participate, and if you weren’t among the lucky winners, I’m sure you can find something else to tempt your literary appetite among our ever-expanding Leisure Reading collection on Level 3!
Over the last year we’ve been trialling our very own webapp that has been designed specifically to support access to a range of Library services from your mobile phone, and we’ve just launched a third version with some nifty new features.
In addition to being able to perform such tasks as viewing your borrowing details and renewing your loans, checking opening hours, news of Library training sessions and events and PC availability within the Library, you can now reserve (and cancel) Library study rooms and other bookable resources. We’ve also added a section to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening with the Library service over the summer during our refurbishment.
If you’ve already tried the app in one of its previous incarnations, we’d very much appreciate your feedback so we can improve the service further. Drop us a line via the app itself or email us - we’d love to know what you think.
You can access the app via this link with your University username & password.