Do you have an information query? We can help!

Due to the move to Schools, the three Library Faculty Teams have been amalgamated into one team – Academic Services.  To discover who can help you find and manage information, see the list below.  Why not contact your Academic Librarian to find out how they can help you?

Name Position Academic Liaison Phone no.
Ruth Stubbings Head of Academic Services   222345
Lizzie Gadd Academic Services Manager School of Civil and Building Engineering 222342
Stephanie McKeating Academic Services Manager School of Civil and Building Engineering 222342
Louise Fletcher Academic Librarian School of Business and Economics 222374
Ginny Franklin Academic Librarian School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Materials, Chemical Engineering 222374
Becky Laing Academic Librarian School of ScienceSchool of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering 222344
Tracy Marshall Academic Librarian Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 222344
Frank Parry Academic Librarian Loughborough Design SchoolSchool of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences 222346
Sharon Reid Academic Librarian Political and Geographical Sciences subject discipline 222352
Barbara Whetnall Academic Librarian School of the Arts, English and Drama 222352
Helen Young Academic Librarian Social Sciences subject discipline 222346

Alternatively you can visit the Information & Enquiry Desks in the Library or email Ask a Librarian.

Welcome back

Welcome back.  We hope you had a lovely break.

This term keep an eye open for, and why not come to the Get the Know-How workshops we are running, details are at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/library/skills/workshops.html

Our opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12:00 midnight
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 midnight
Sunday 10:00 am – 12:00 midnight

With Extra 24/7 Hour Opening between: Fri 27th May- Thurs 23rd June

And if you need a quiet place to study, choose Levels 1 & 2 or book an individual study carrell.

Research and academic staff – we need your help to pilot a tutorial on promoting your research

Used under CCL from Futureatlas.com

The Library with partners from other insitutions, have developed an online tutorial on “Promoting your research”.  We are currently seeking volunteers to try the module and provide feedback through:

  • observing how two people use the tutorial on Wednesday 4th May
  • a small focus group on Monday 9th May at 11 am in Training room 1

The module should take less than an hour to complete and participants can choose which units they wish to dip in and out of.  The module should be available for piloting during the week  starting May 3rd.

If you are free to pilot the module and be part of this focus group, please get in touch with Roo at r.e.stubbings@lboro.ac.uk by Tuesday 3rd May 2011.

In return for your time, we will provide you with morning coffee & cake, and a chance to share ideas and practice with colleagues from other parts of the university.

The Library is the lead partner of the project group called the East Midlands Research Support Group (made up of partners from Coventry University, De Montfort University, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham).  The group is producing an online course that will provide researchers with the appropriate skills to enable them to find, manage and publish information effectively.

The Library values

The Library has been working with staff and students to develop a set of values that will influence the work of the Library.  We are pleased to announce that they are:

  • A library environment that is safe, welcoming, and offers a variety of comfortable spaces that will inspire learning, research and creativity
  • Staff that are approachable, helpful, knowledgeable, courteous and take pride in working for the University Library.
  • Information sources that are easily accessible, relevant, reliable and of high quality

The values will inform the evaluation of our current services and new ones.

PhD Students & Supervisors – Your library needs you

We would be delighted if you are willing to take part in a discussion over lunch on Monday 11th April to assist us in a study on the supervisors role in developing their research students’ information and data handling skills.

RIN is funding the project, which is investigating the role and perceptions of PhD supervisors in ensuring research students possess the necessary level of information literacy to pursue their careers successfully in academia and beyond.  RIN has produced several reports on researcher behaviour in different disciplines, publishing patterns and costs, and the availability of journals (see www.rin.ac.uk).

Loughborough has been selected as a case study and we are looking to hold two focus groups on Monday 11th April:

  • PhD students in Training room 1 on Level 3 of the Library between 12:00 – 1:00
  • Doctoral supervisors in Training room 1 on Level 3 of the Library between 1:15 – 2:15

In return for an hour of your time, we will provide you with a buffet lunch and a chance to share ideas and practice with colleagues from other parts of the university.

If you are free to be part of this focus group, please get in touch with Ruth Stubbings at r.e.stubbings@lboro.ac.uk by Friday 6th April 2011.  Please indicate your Department and any special dietary requirements.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Help celebrate the Library

The Library is keen to gather stories on how and why you use the Library and what it means to you.

We will be filming willing volunteers in the Library this morning (Wednesday 9th March), so why not come and have your say?

Film by Judy van der Velden

Film by Judy van der Velden reproduced under CCL

Changes to Inter Library Loans

When requesting an Inter-Library Loan, you no longer need to obtain agreement from your department or  include an authorisation signature on the form.   However you must still sign the form yourself, as this is a copyright requirement.

Each member of the University has an annual quota, as follows:

  •  Staff & researchers = 40
  • Taught postgraduates = 10
  • Final year undergraduates = 5

All ILL requests are subject to the discretion of the Library & in order to be free of charge will need to be for material in support of the teaching & research of the University, so the service will not be provided for personal hobbies etc. unless you pay. If  you reach your quota, you will need to discuss any future ILLs with ILL staff.

Library well represented at excellent e-learning showcase

e-learning showcase 2011The e-learning showcase gave the Library a wonderful opportunity to highlight how we can support learning and teaching across campus, especially in relation to:

* the new version of the online reading list system

* use of QuestionMark Perception to assess students understanding of information handling and plagiarism

* e-readers and how they may be used in an academic environment.

If you want to know more, why not contact your Academic Librarian?

We also learnt about the exciting intiatives happening elsewhere around campus, so if you didn’t make it, why not come to the next one?