It’s National Libraries Day next week, and to mark the occasion we’re hosting a couple of displays in the Library on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday we’ll be extolling the virtues of our leisure reading collection and our new student book club, Club 790, which launches on Wednesday February 13th.
On Tuesday we’ll be running a survey on the use of mobile technology in the Library and promoting our new Library app, which you can access here.
Both stands will be running between 11AM to 2PM, and free goodies will be available by way of incentive!
National Libraries Day is a country-wide celebration of all things library, highlighting the positives things libraries and librarians contribute to people, families, communities, workplaces, the economy and society. To find out more about it, visit their homepage here:
A new exhibition at the British Library this summer takes a look at the history of the Olympic Games through a slightly different media – postage stamps!
Olympex 2012 offers a unique insight into the history, symbolism and iconography of the Olympic movement, beginning with a long run up to the first modern Games in 1896, pacing the distance of the London Games of 1908 and 1948, before a sprint finish to London 2012. The exhibition is drawn largely from the collections of private collectors and includes over 2500 stamps and postal items as well as other intriguing pieces of related Olympic memorabilia.
Our own Library isn’t short of an item or two of Olympic memorabilia itself, and some of it is still currently on display in our Olympic exhibition on Level 3, including a genuine Olympic Torch from the London 1948 Games. Why not pop in and have a look?
Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games runs from July 25th until 9th September and is free to visit. For further details visit the British Library website here:
1948 Olympic stamps first-day cover image courtesy of footysphere, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
This week is National Science & Engineering Week, and to mark the occasion the Library is hosting a special exhibition celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Our World In Motion’.
No, don’t worry, it’s got nothing to do with a certain dodgy World Cup football song of 1990′s yore! The display celebrates the invention and innovation in applications of human movement from human powered forms of transport, through leisure and recreational activities to new devices which convert human effort into power in a sustainable way, illustrating not only human movement in all its diverse forms and some of the methods developed over the years for recording it, but how human movement can be used to power a variety of devices from simple hand pumps to human-powered aircraft capable of sustained flight.
For more information about other NSEW events and activities which Loughborough University will be providing from 9th-18th March, visit the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/nsew/index.html