Changes to Accessing Online Resources

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The Library is currently working with IT Services to remove Athens authentication for accessing online resources and moving to Single Sign-On using your University username and password. This means that when you access resources that previously required your Athens username and password, you will be taken to a University sign on page and prompted to enter your University username and password.

Some resources have already switched including Box of Broadcasts and ProQuest resources. Over the course of the next few months we will be continuing to switch other online resources to Single Sign-On. In most cases you should notice no difference when accessing resources on campus. While we are in a transition phase, we recommend that you use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client to access resources off campus.

We will update the list of resources that are changing on this post as they make the switch. If you have any queries or experience any issues with logging in to resources during the changeover please contact us at library@lboro.ac.uk

The following resources have made the transition:

Study Room Booking Made Easier

We’ve recently tweaked our study room booking system to make it even easier for you to find and book the room you’re looking for.

If you are not looking for a specific room, visit the room booking link on the Library homepage, select the type of room you require and leave Resources as “Any”. You just need to select the time you want and the system will find you a room. Once you book you will be the given the room details (you will need to use your University username & password to log in to the system).

Not sure of what we’ve got? Here’s a reminder!

  • Group Study Rooms. The Library has eleven group study rooms located across its four levels. These rooms are equipped with a range of facilities, including white board, flip chart, PC and plasma screens so that you can easily discuss work in large groups or practise presentations.
  • Bookable Booths. We have 7 study booths all located on Level 4 of the Library, all of which have power sockets and data connectors to a plasma screen on the desk so that you can practice presentations and group work.
  • Study Carrels. 20 individual study spaces based on Levels 1 and 2. These are intended for solo study, but can fit two if necessary. They do not contain PCs, but have power sockets and data connectors for laptop and tablet use.

As all of these rooms are in high demand during term time, please ensure you take up your booking within 15 minutes of the start time, as those rooms remaining empty after this time will be made available to other users.

All of these rooms are bookable by staff and students for academic pursuits, but are not available to be booked by external users or visitors.

Each booking slot is for an hour – please note that you can only have two active bookings at a time.

If you are just looking for a PC workstation in the Library you can check availability here.

Printer Credits – Not Just to Go, But On the Go

Need to buy some printer credits for your coursework in a hurry? Of course you can buy them from us at our Level 3 Enquiry Desk, but what if it’s after midnight and the desk is closed?

You can still buy printer credits on the go and at any time of the day or night via IT Services ePayments SafeCom system online, using a debit or credit card (minimum £5), which are instantly allocated to your user account. If you are off campus you will need to use the VPN service before you can use the ePayments systems (and if you haven’t already downloaded the VPN, we recommend you so, because you can also use it for all sorts of off-campus access).

For further details visit the IT Services website here: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/student/printing/print-credits/

Need Some Exam Tips? Ask Lynda!

Looking for some more exam tips? Why not try Lynda, our online learning platform, which has two video playlists specifically aimed at giving examination advice, as well a plethora of academic and learning advice and support.

Take a peek these:

Lynda.com is a learning platform which has over 5000 video tutorials used to develop creative, software, technology and business skills for learning and teaching. Available to all students and staff, Loughborough University has purchased a subscription from Lynda.com to enhance your digital skills and personal development.

To access Lynda, sign In at the top right of the page, click Sign in with your organization portal and simply enter ‘lboro.ac.uk’ in the box asking for your organisation URL. This will direct you to the Loughborough University sign-in page where you enter your University credentials.

Inspired by Geometry Exhibition

A new exhibition with a mathematical twist starts day in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space.

Inspired by Geometry traces the unifying thread of geometric influence that binds together art, design, and mathematics. The exhibtion features original works by artists Jonathan Meuli and Karen Westland, together with mathematical sculptures created in a collaboration between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Loughborough Design School.

The exhibition is supported by the Loughborough University Institute of Advanced Studies and the Loughborough Design School. It runs from 14th-31st January and  is open daily from 12pm-2pm. Admittance is free.

Co-Lab Artist Led Workshops, 28th January – 1st February

Radar, Loughborough University’s in-house arts initiative, presents a week of artist-led workshops exploring process of working that cross disciplinary and methodological boundaries. 

Co-Lab is a week of workshops organised by Radar to explore a range of contemporary issues. They’re led by leading artists who work across disciplines and are designed to provide insights into different ways of creatively approaching a range of topics: from architecture for the social good to poetry to ceramics to coding. You’ll learn new skills, meet people from a range of backgrounds and be encouraged to think about problems differently.

Co-Lab is open to all Loughborough University students, regardless of their artistic skill or experience. Sessions are free. There’s a £3 deposit per session, which is refunded after you attend. There’ll be a trip at the end of the week which may require a larger deposit.

For a full list of the available workshops, visit http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/event/co-lab_2019/

Database Trials – Women & Social Movements and Revolution & Protest

We’re trialling two resources from the Alexander Street stable of databases for the next couple of months that should interest social science and politics students.

Women and Social Movements, International (1840-present) is a landmark collection of primary materials on the subject. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life.

Secondly, we have Revolution and Protest Online, which explores the protest movements, revolutions, and civil wars that have transformed societies and human experience from the 18th century through the present. Organized around more than thirty events and areas, representing a variety of time periods, regions, and topics, this collection will include at completion 175 hours of video, 100,000 pages of printed materials (personal papers, organizations, government documents, journals, reports, monographs, and speeches), and more than 1,000 images.

To begin searching WASI, go to http://search.alexanderstreet.com/wasi , and to sample RPO visit https://search.alexanderstreet.com/revo – access to both databases is via IP address and the trials run until 6th March.

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

Exam Support Resources On Campus

Worrying about your exams? Don’t panic – there are a wide range of resources available on campus to help you through the stresses and strains of the exam period, ranging from a wide variety of study spaces (that’s right, not just us!), IT help and personal and medical advice if things are getting on top of you. Visit the University’s one-stop exam support page here – https://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/exam-support/ – for more info.

Keep the Exam Blues at Bay with a Free Stressbusting Massage

Exam blues getting you down already? Then why not treat yourself to a FREE stressbusting massage from the University’s very own Physiotherapy Clinic – right here in the Library!

Up until the end of January trained masseurs will be based in Meeting Room 1 on Level 3 of the Library and available Monday to Friday from between 11am-1pm and 3-5pm – just sign up for a ten minute slot on the booking form on the Level 3 Enquiry Desk.

Enjoy!

New Resource: Real-Time Library PC Availability Service

Want to check the availability of a PC workstation from the comfort of your armchair? IT Services have just launched a trial version of a real-time availability service to identify what PCs are available to use inside the Library, across all four levels. Try it out via the link below:

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/student/labs/availability/maps/

Please note this service is only available off campus if you log in via the VPN Client.