Our range of e-journals is more popular than ever it seems, as our annual totting-up of the usage statistics have shown us that e-journal downloads have increased 16.75% during the 2013-14 academic year – up from 153812 the previous year to 1795835.
This reflects the fact that the number of e-journals available to search on Library Catalogue Plus has risen in the last academic year from 30940 to 36841. Many of our more popular journals recorded a rise in usage, with Palgrave journals rising by 80%, but the most stellar performer was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which recorded a massive 415% rise in usage – not bad considering they experienced some technical difficulties earlier in the year!
Congratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan (pictured) who last night won the prestigious £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his stirring wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
The selection for this year’s prize caused some controversy when the competition was opened to all authors writing in English, provoking many to believe that the contest would be dominated by American authors, who were previously excluded; though ultimately this year’s shortlist included only two Americans, along with three British and one Australian.
We’ll be getting a copy of Flanagan’s novel in due course, but we do already have a growing selection of previous Booker winners and nominees among our Leisure Reading section on Level 4, including last year’s winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse?
Richard Flanagan image by Anetz, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
Club 790is a book club exclusively for students. If you fancy reading and chatting about great novels, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities such as cinema and theatre trips, then why not come along to the official launch at7pm onMonday 20thOctoberin the Village Bar?
Special offers on food and refreshments (scampi and chips £2.95!)
Guest speaker: the Student Wordsmith (Sophie-Louise Hyde, Loughborough graduate)
Pick up a brand new copy ofThe Maze Runner, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
Exciting prize draw!
Leisure reading display
For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending by contacting Sharon Reid at the Library:S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk
Due to planned maintenance the Library systems may be running a little slower than usual on Monday 13th-Tuesday 14th October. Systems affected include Library Catalogue Plus and the self-service facilities. The Library apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
As today is World Mental Health Day, and with the weather turning nasty and the nights drawing in, what better time to remind you about our range of Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting books up among the Leisure Reading section on Level 4 to help give you a bit of a boost for the start of term.
Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme providing self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. These titles can now be accessed from the University Library. Reference copies of most of the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough’s public library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town, right next to the park.
Alongside the Books on Prescription titles sit the aptly-named Reading Well Mood-Boosting books, an intriguing range of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. The Mood-Boosting titles have all been recommended nationally by readers and reading groups.
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992. It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every year it highlights a particular mental health theme, with this year’s theme being “Living with Schizophrenia”.
To find out more, visit the World Mental Health Day site here:
Last term we ‘borrowed’ the University’s own film crew to shoot a brief Youtube video for new students, as both a welcome and an introduction to the wonderful world of our newly refurbished Library. We’re as proud of the film as we are of our new-look building - and we hope you’ll like it too!
(Sorry, but you’ll have to provide your own popcorn!)
When you visit the Library Cafe this month you might be surprised by the presence of a strange machine that promises not coffee, but predictions!
The Prediction Machine is a cross between an end of the pier fortune telling machine, a TV weather forecast and the TARDIS from Doctor Who. The machine uses the meteorological data from Loughborough University’s weather station to print out predictions based on the weather now and what is being predicted for the future.
The Prediction Machine is an interactive installation which has been developed using the input of a series of workshops, creating a dialogue around the changes in weather and climate, and has been created by the artist Rachel Jacobs in collaboration with Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth and Dr Carlo Buontempo.
It will be on display in the Library Cafe from today for a fortnight. This will be followed by final public event that will marks changes in the climate that are experienced by the local residents and users of the machine over the duration of the exhibition. More information about this event will be announced later on the LU Arts website.
For more details about the installation, visit the artists’ website here:
Anyone that knows a librarian, will know we love a good statistic! It’s great to see the Library so busy on the first day of term, so we have taken five minutes to see what statistics we have got for you….
Yesterday we had 2847 visits to the Library, issued 2246 books, had 462 books returned and answered 1159 enquiries – more than one a minute.
We hope you find everything you need when you are here, but please feel free to ask one of the staff for assistance – we will be happy to help.
SOL also features collections from global leaders in the field of sustainability including:
Greenleaf Publishing: the leading independent sustainability publisher. Greenleaf publishes in the areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy, business strategy and practice, and sustainable development. SOL includes the majority of Greenleaf publications.
GSE Research: specialist in publishing, project management and advisory services in governance, sustainability and environment, and partner to Greenleaf Publishing.
Oxfam International: an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
European Foundation for Management Development: leading accreditation and membership body for business schools and organization learning & development initiatives worldwide
AMACOM, the publishing division of the American Management association
Practical Action Publishing: specializing in developing-world issues. SOL draws on the Development Economics collection from Practical Action.
Peter Lang: long-established publisher of English-, German- and French-language books in the humanities and social sciences. SOL draws on the Peter Lang environment and sustainability list.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing: broad-based publisher in science, the arts and humanities. SOL draws on the Cambridge Scholars environment and sustainability list.
Access Press: UK-based specialist publisher of books and journals, including the International Journal of Management Cases, which is included in SOL.
United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): with more than 500 business school signatories worldwide.
The Academy of Business in Society: more than 120 of the world’s leading companies and business schools.
Institute of Directors India: serving more than 30,000 directors in corporations in India and worldwide.
A big WELCOME to all our visitors – old and new! – as we start another exciting academic year. We hope everybody had a good summer (we missed you, by the way!) and we’re looking forward to the pleasure of your company over the year ahead.
We haven’t been entirely resting on our laurels over the summer, and there are a few new things that we’ve done since June that you might not be aware of…
Extra power sockets on Level 3. We embarked on an extensive re-wiring project over the summer, with the result that the majority of the study tables in Open 3 are now equipped with their own electrical sockets – so you no longer have to worry about dragging desks about and trailing wires all over the place!
Extra CAD software. IT Services have installed CAD software on an additional 86 work stations in the Library, covering levels 2 & 4, meaning we have 122 PC’s in total that contain the software.
Credit/Debit card payments on the Self Issue machines. All of our Self Issue machines have now been enabled to take payments over £5 using your credit/debit card, so you don’t have to queue at the desk to pay your book fines any longer (not that you’re going to forget to return your books on time though, right? Right!)
Increased Loan Allowances. Last term (if you can remember back that far!) we increased loan allowances across the board to help you out during the exam season. Well, we deemed that to be such a success that we’ve made it permanent. So now you’ve no excuse to stock up for the term ahead!