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.

Tea and Google Scholar?

Tomorrow sees the launch of a new venture for the Library – our Research Summer School!  Called “Summer Elevenses!”, we’re offering a cuppa, a slice of cake, and a morsel of research training every Wednesday at 11 over the summer.  Each session is only 30 minutes – so won’t take a lot out of your busy schedule.

On Wednesday 11 July, Helen Young will be introducing Google Scholar Citation Profiles to anyone who wants to improve their visibility.  Pop along to Library Training Room 1 and say hello!

Speed interviews for students interested in working in Library

Are you Loughborough University student and do you want to have a job in the Library from October 2012? If you do, the Library is holding speed interviews between 2.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday 19th June.  They will take place in Training Room 1 on Level 3. There is no need to make an appointment; people who are interested should turn up any time that afternoon.

These short 10 minute interview will be used by the Library to select students for the final selection interview.  If you have any queries or questions, contact Dr Graham Walton (j.g.walton@lboro.ac.uk).

These short 10 minute interview will be used by the Library to select students for the final selection interview.  If you have any queries or questions, contact Dr Graham Walton (j.g.walton@lboro.ac.uk).

Referencing and citation (Harvard style)

folder and a bookGood quality bibliographies and correct referencing in your assignments can lift your assignment marks from a 2.1 to a First.  Why not come to Library Training Room 1  at 11pm on Thursday 10th May for the Library’s Get the Know-How course – Referencing and citations (Harvard).

Book a place on the Get the Know-How module on Learn LBAOO1

More information about the course and other resources to help with referencing can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/skills/topicslist/topic—references-and-citations.html

Icon courtesy of alessandro rei at www.iconfinder.com

World Book Night a success!

World Book Night has been celebrated with great success here in the Library! A total of 150 people entered the draw during a two-hour period for a free copy of one of four fantastic novels being given away this year.  A big “thank you” to everyone who visited the stand to take a look at the books, enter the draw and enjoy some home-baked cakes and biscuits. The draw has since taken place and the lucky winners notified by email.

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones, why not take a look at our expanding leisure reading stock to see if anything takes your fancy? You can check out our collection via the recreational reading tags in Library Catalogue Plus.

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.

Researchers – do you need an information M.O.T.?

Is your knowledge of social media a bit rusty?  Does your brain start making clanking noises when asked to work out your h-index?  It may be that you need an information M.O.T.! 

At the Research Staff Conference last week, the Library had a stand offering research students and staff the opportunity to have an check-up with their Academic Librarian to talk about research support issues such as:

  • Finding information; current awareness services; bibliographic software packages    
  • Seeking funding sources, citation information for grant proposals
  • Undertaking research using social media tools; research data management
  • Choosing scholarly journals to publish in; using bibliometrics; open access publishing; social media options.

If you’d like to arrange a 1:1 with your Academic Librarian, please either contact them directly, or email library@lboro.ac.uk

Do books have a future? You decide…

Humanities and social science researchers – can you spare twenty minutes to help unearth the future of the monograph? You could win one of several £100 Amazon vouchers by completing the OAPEN-UK Researcher Survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oapenukresearcher

 OAPEN-UK is an Arts and Humanities Research Council and JISC funded project exploring the issues impacting upon the publishing of scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences (HSS). The project is working with various stakeholders to move towards an open access publishing model for scholarly monographs. Further information on OAPEN-UK is available on the project website:

If you’d like any further information, please contact Ellen Collins (ellen.collins@researchinfonet.org)

New EU leaflets!

We’ve just added some new EU leaflets and booklets to the designated stand on Level 2 (next to the Information Desk – look out for the EU emblem).  Titles  include:

  • The EU: what’s in it for me?
  • A guide to your rights as an EU citizen: freedom to move and live in Europe
  • Speaking for Europe: languages in the European Union
  • Investing in our common future: the budget of the European Union
  • The EU in the world: the foreign policy of the European Union

You’ll also find our popular, up-to-date leaflet on travelling in Europe and one for job-seekers. 

 Feel free to take whatever you need (and ask for more if it’s empty!).

The Library also houses a European Documentation Centre (EDC) –  an extensive collection of publications and documents of the EU. Click here for more information.

Library web pages to change in early 2012


This past year the Library has been developing new web pages as the current ones have been around for 5 years. The University’s Content Management System has been used to design and input content to ensure the Library’s pages will reflect the University’s pages.

Using CMS will mean the pages are easier to update and the information will be displayed more clearly and concisely. November and December 2011 has been given over to testing the pages with users and so far so good! Information will be easier to find and will be more succinct. The intention is to move across to the new pages in early 2012. Watch this space.