BookCrossing launched!

Debbie Smyth (Imago) and Sharon Reid (Library) launch the BookCrossing scheme

Calling all book-lovers! BookCrossing, the leisure reading phenomenon designed  to encourage us all to read for pleasure has been launched on-campus. The Library, with the support of Imago, has placed wicker boxes of donated novels in three food-outlets: the Village Bar, Fuel Box (EHB) and Martin Hall Bistro. Look out for them!

Designed as a ‘read me then release’ me scheme, the way it works is that you take any book you fancy, then, once you’ve finished reading it, pass it on for someone else to enjoy. To add to the fun, every book has been given its own ID number, so you can track its journey via the website.

To keep the scheme rolling we need more books! So, if you have any leisure reading books you’re happy to ‘release’, we’d really like to have them. We need your good quality novels (including graphic), and biographies/autobiographies/memoirs. Please drop them off at the Library and mention that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme.

Happy reading!

Free books…it's World Book Night!

Next Monday, 23rd April, is World Book Night, and once again, the Library will be actively supporting this national event aimed at encouraging everyone to read for pleasure. This year we’ve got not one, but FOUR excellent novels to give away! Why not pop into the Library between 11 and 1 and enter our draw for your brand new, completely free copy?

For full details about this exciting event, take a look at our home page ‘special event’ feature.

New Library web pages available 9th February 2012

New library homepage

The Library will be re-launching its website on 9th February. The new site has been completely redesigned by the web team in Marketing and Communications and the Library. It has been developed using the University’s new content management system. This means the new web site will be visually more attractive, will allow information about library services to be accessed more effectively and be easier to update by Library staff.

Initial testing has already taken place with University students who were impressed with the new pages.

    

Book club meeting

Reproduced with the permission of Cornell University Library, under CC licence from Flickr

The next meeting of the University Book Club (Radar) will be on Tuesday 22nd November, 12.30-1.30pm in the Music Centre (next to Towers). This month we’ll be discussing Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman. Radar meets every 6 weeks and is open to all University staff and students. We’re keen to attract new members so why not come along to our next meeting to see if this is your type of club? Free lunch provided!

If you’d like more information about the club, please contact:

Sharon Reid, Academic Librarian: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk

Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Programme Assistant, Radar: A.Beavis-Harrison@lboro.ac.uk

Book club meeting

The next meeting of the University Book Club (Radar) will be Tuesday 11th October, 12.30-1.30pm in the Music Centre (next to Towers). This month we’ll be discussing The Killings of Stanley Ketchel by James Carlos Blake. The book club meets every 6 weeks and is open to all University staff and students. We’re keen to attract new members so why not come along to our next meeting to see if this is your type of club? Free lunch provided!

If you’d like more information about the club, please contact:

Sharon Reid, Academic Librarian: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk

Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Programme Assistant, Radar: A.Beavis-Harrison@lboro.ac.uk

  

The Sun Shines on the Alumni Coffee Morning

 

 

The coffee morning kicked off with plenty of glorious sunshine and tasty refreshments with the opportunity to meet up with former students and staff in the library.  The event was held on Wednesday 28th September 2011, and was a huge success with over 40 guests attending and a further 20 signing up for Alumni borrowing cards. 

The presentations were introduced by Academic Librarian, Charlotte Greasley, who welcomed the guests and was followed by Ruth Jenkins, the University Librarian, who talked about the library today and in the future. Afterwards, Jenny Clark, the University Archivist, presented a captivating demonstration of the Library throughout the years, which included several funny anecdotes.  To round things off Charlotte gave a talk about the changing role of technology in the library and demonstrations and tours were provided. 

The coffee morning is the latest in a series of events which the library has hosted during the past year to help celebrate the library building’s 30th full year in operation.  The event was organised in conjunction with the Development and Alumni Office.  Further information about the 30th Celebrations can be found here.  

 

Picture from Library Artist in Residence now on display

As part of the Library’s 30 year celebrations, Rebecca Hall (Second Year BA Illustrations student) was appointed as the Library’s Artist in Residence. Her brief was to produce images that captured for her the Library in 2011. The Library is grateful to the Youth Group for their sponsorship. Her work is now available to see in the Foyer on Level 3.

If it's interactive, is it more engaging?

First there was the news that sound effects were being added to ebooks,  now readers can interact with authors direct from their Kindle.

The first news story has attracted criticism  and some news sites have stopped accepting comments. But what about the second news story, being able to ask the author questions is a good thing, isn’t it?

For interactivity closer to home, don’t forget to check out the “reviews and tags” feature on Library Catalogue Plus.

Wedding pictures taken in Library

The Library hosted a happy event on Saturday 3rd September when two former students now working in Hong Kong had their wedding photos taken in the Library. Wing Kai Alfred Leung studied BSc (Hon) Accounting and Financial Management and graduated in 2005 and his wife Jamie completed her BSc in 2007 and her Masters in 2010 (both at Loughborough).

Alfred said that “as Loughborough is the place we met and knew each other, we would really like to have our wedding photos taken there”. The photo shows the happy couple and Dr Graham Walton (Head of Planning and Resources in the Library) enjoying a (non-alcoholic) celebratory drink.

Love reading?

 

By mlakner, taken from Flickr, used under cc licence

The next meeting of the University Book Club will be 12.30-1.30pm, Tuesday 23rd August in the Music Rooms (next to Towers). This month we’re discussing ‘Dirt, the filthy reality of everyday life’. The book club is open to all members of the University and we’re actively seeking newcomers. Why not drop in on Tuesday to see what we’re all about? 

If you’d like more information about the club, please contact:

Sharon Reid, Academic Librarian: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk

Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Programme Assistant, Radar: A.Beavis-Harrison@lboro.ac.uk