Forthcoming Events at the University During the Autumn Term

There’s a glittering array of sporting, literary and musical events to greet the start of Term this Autumn at Loughborough University.

On Wednesday 10th October at the University’s new stadium the Loughborough Students football team take on Manchester United’s famed Academy side. Luminaries as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are previous graduates from this team and thus this match represents a wonderful opportunity to see some potential stars of the future in action!

On Thursday 25th October the ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan brings his touring show Talking Myself Home to the University’s Martin Hall theatre, promising an evening of humour, reminiscences and, of course, poetry.

And on Wednesday November 21st the New Zealand String Quartet will be playing at the Cope Auditorium. The Quartet has established an international reputation for their dynamic performing style, eloquent communication and insightful interpretations of the string quartet repertoire, and they will be performing a selection of music by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Jack Body and Beethoven.

Full ticket details are available via the links or from the Arts at University homepage here:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/

Lougborough University LIbrary Olympics video

In what has been a fantastic week for the Olympics, Loughborough University Library has produced a video about how it is has been involved in past and current Games. The video shows some of the archival material held in the Library from the last time the Games were in Great Britain and also Library involvement in capturing the legacy from the current Games.

The above photograph was taken by Library staff member Ginny Franklin and shows the Olympic torch procession as it passed the Library on the 3rd July 2012.

Chris Marker, documentary film-maker, writer and media visionary dies aged 91

Quote from – and rare photograph of – Chris Marker. Image from entropiK reproduced under CC license from Flickr.

Chris Marker has died on his 91st birthday. Marker, who was born Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, was a documentary film-maker, writer, artist and leading light of the French avant-garde.Very little is documented about his early life, although it is known that he served with the French Resistance during the Occupation. He rarely gave interviews and the few photographs available of him, including that which appears on the image reproduced above, were usually taken without his knowledge. He did leave us, however, with a fascinating body of work from a wide range of artistic disciplines. One of Marker’s first films was Olympia 52, a record of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. This, like much of Marker’s work, can be seen on YouTube. I wonder what he would have made of today’s London Olympics?

Perhaps his most famous film was La Jetée which imagined a post-nuclear war world with survivors attempting to return in time to try to avoid the catastrophe. Made almost entirely from still photographs, the film gave a new meaning to the term “motion pictures”. Marker made films right up to the turn of the century and influenced many other film-makers and artists. Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys owed much to La Jetée  and Batman director, Christopher Nolan, found much to admire in Sans Soleil when making his 2000 film, Memento. The Library has both films paired together on DVD.

You can find plenty of articles on Chris Marker’s life and works in Library Catalogue Plus and in the specialist database Art Full Text found listed under Select Databases, also on Library Catalogue Plus.

Going Postal with the Olympic Games at the British Library

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:

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/olympex2012/index.html

1948 Olympic stamps first-day cover image courtesy of footysphere, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

The Olympic Torch Relay: Important Information for Library Visitors

You may already be aware that the Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through the University campus on Tuesday 3rd July. Obviously this will be effecting normal services  across the site, including the Library.

With that in mind, we wish to inform users and visitors to the Library on the day of a couple of important details:

  • The Library will not be open until 10AM on Tuesday morning.
  • The Library Carpark will be closed to all staff and visitors and other car parks across campus will be similarly effected. 

Please be aware as well that rolling road closures will be in effect on campus throughout the morning which may effect visitors arriving by car. Delays are also expected across routes in and around Loughborough as the Relay passes through town as well, so please allow extra time for your journey on the day.

For further details of planned events on the day, visit the University Torch Relay page here:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/london2012/torch-relay/

Think you know all there is about the Olympics?

 Here’s a question – how many times has London hosted the Olympic Games?*

OK, that one is easy, but you may well want to delve a little deeper into the history of the Games and what better way than to start with the Library? Sprint, jog or walk sedately (preferred option) down to shelf location 796.48 on Level 2 of the Library and you will find several bays of books on the subject.

 Alternatively, look into any of the Library’s 300 sports e-journals for specialist articles. How do you do that? I’m glad you asked. Just check out the Sports category of E-journals A-Z on Library Catalogue Plus or better still, use SportDiscus to search all things sport by subject. Did you know, for instance that there are 103 articles on the Olympics and Loughborough? No, nor did I. If you cannot wait to use this superb full-text database, in addition to finding it via Library Catalogue Plus, SportDiscus is also available via the EBSCOhost app on your mobile – just don’t try to search while jogging!

And it doesn’t stop there. Take a look at Nexis** for current and historic newspaper coverage from newspapers around the world, or the archival copies of The Times, Guardian, New York Times and Mirror with its wonderful collection of photographic images from the Games.

Just pop into the Library at any time and a librarian will be delighted to show you around our collections and resources.

* The answer is three times, 1908, 1948 (it should have been 1944 but the war got in the way) and 2012

** SportDiscus, Nexis and the newspaper archives are available from the Select Database options on Library Catalogue Plus.

Pictured is the 1948 London Olympic Games Poster, image copyright theirhistory, reproduced under CC Licence from Flickr.

The Torch Is Coming!

The London 2012 Olympics this summer is looming up on the inside lane fast – and the Olympic Torch is lighting every step of the way. And some of those steps are going to be taking it through campus!

It has just been announced this morning that on Tuesday July 3, 2012, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will pass through the Loughborough University campus.

The Olympic Torch will arrive on campus through the East Entrance on Epinal Way just after 9am. It will then make its way through campus via the athletics track, past the Library and Burleigh Court and through to the Sir Denis Rooke building, evntually leaving via the West Entrance at around 10.30am.

Full details of the Torch’s nationwide route, including its journey on campus, are available at the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) website. Further information will also be available on the University’s 2012 website.

The Library has a vested interest, too – our archives contain a genuine Olympic Torch from the 1948 Games. Look out for details of a forthcoming exhibition which will be displaying this wonderful piece of sporting history.

Are You Watching, Fabio?

BBC broadcaster James May with Dr Andy Harland of the Sports Technology Institute

The England football team has had a less-than-stellar record when it comes to taking penalty kicks in tournaments in recent years – but TV’s Top Gear host James May recently paid a visit to Loughborough University to find out if science can help improve this!

Filmed for inclusion in an episode of James May’s Man Lab recently broadcast on BBC2, Mr May visited researchers at the University’s Sports Technology Institute who, by using a range of measurement tools and high speed video cameras, captured the precise detail of his own penalty kicking technique before suggesting areas for improvement.

The ultimate aim of the excercise is to prove that an Englishman can successfully take a penalty and score a goal (some chance!!!)

If football is your game – whether as a player or an armchair pundit – the Library is well stocked with a variety of books about every aspect of the game, from its history and cultural aspects to coaching and training techniques. The database SPORTDiscus is also an invaluable resource for further up-to-date research.

If you want to watch this particular episode of James May’s Man Lab, it’s currently available via the BBC’s iPlayer at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017jk97/James_Mays_Man_Lab_Series_2_Episode_4/

England fans may doubtless hope Fabio Capello sneaks a look to take a few tips before next year’s European Championship finals…!

Lighting the Way to London 2012

Organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London estimate that the Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of everybody in the UK - and have come up with a new resource to show where precisely the Flame is going to be visiting near you!

An interactive map shows each of the 1000+ cities, towns and villages the Flame will be carried through, as well as the locations of evening celebrations in honour of the event. All you need to do is enter a postcode in the search box provided to find out where and when the Flame will be near you. For instance, the Flame is due to be visiting Loughborough on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – something to put in your diary!

Look out also for details of a forthcoming exhibition from the Archives in the Library, featuring a genuine Olympic Torch (albeit not a lit one!)

The map is available from the official London 2012 site at http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay-map .

Library awarded grant for People’s Record London Olympics project

The Library has been awarded a further People’s Record grant award. The People’s Record aims to create a collective record of the public’s response to hosting the 2012 Games.

 

The work will be done jointly with the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research and will produce videos exploring the experiences of Loughborough University students who have volunteered for helping with the London 2012 Olympic Games. These videos will be published on the People’s Record website www.peoplesrecord.org.uk. Videos from two previous Library’s People’s Record projects are already available there. If you would like more information about the project please contact Dr Graham Walton (j.g.walton@lboro.ac.uk)

Image  produced by Prab Bhatia and available via Creative Commons licence on FlickR