Free Times Newspaper Subscription for all Loughborough Students

Loughborough University is partnering with The Times and Sunday Times to offer all students a complimentary subscription to the newspaper’s digital content.

For the next 12 months, students will have digital access to The Times website and its smartphone and tablet apps.

The newspaper will also be hosting a series of exclusive events over the next year featuring its journalists and key political figures.

As a subscriber, you’ll be able to access a number of benefits, including:

  • Smartphone and tablet apps with exclusive interactive features
  • Access to special events with journalists, movie previews and private views
  • Get Odean 2-for-1 cinema tickets every weekend
  • Exclusive access to Premier League and Premiership Rugby video highlights
  • Download a free ebook each month from Times+

To start your subscription, simply follow the instructions you will have been sent to your student email.

Print Service Maintenance, Monday 17th December

On Monday 17th December, the University Print service will be unavailable from 7pm as part of a major upgrade. The service is expected to be restored on the morning of 18th December.

During this time, students will not be able to add print credit to their accounts.

Further information can be found on the student and staff IT webpages. If you have any questions, please contact IT Services by calling 01509 222333 or emailing IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk.

Borrowing Books Over the Christmas Vacation

With Christmas and the end of term looming, we’ve already received several enquiries asking when our Christmas vacation loan period begins.

From Friday 7th December all Long, Week Loan and Leisure Reading books borrowed or renewed can be kept over the Christmas vacation.

1st & 2nd Year Undergraduate loans will then be due back on Wednesday 9th January.

Finalist & Postgraduate loans will be due back on Friday 11th January.

Book recalls will also be suspended from Friday 7th December, resuming again on 4th January, meaning as usual we will NOT be recalling books over the Christmas vacation, although please note that any books requested & borrowed from our Hold shelves with outstanding requests on them will still only issue for one week.

Hall Arts Takeover 26th-30th November

LU Arts has an exciting jam-packed week of FREE creative activities for you to get stuck in to!

From the 26th–30th November, all halls on and off campus will have the opportunity to bring their creative flair and inspire their inner artist. With a wide variety of performances and workshops lined up over the course of a week, there is something for everyone to get involved with!

All workshops will be open to students from all halls and will feature in places such as common rooms and dining rooms, although you will need to book first in order to attend. Visit this link for booking information and a full details of the scheduled events – http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/event/hall_arts_takeover/

“What’s On the Box?” World Television Day

Watching TV by Aaron Escobar, reproduced under CC License

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

As librarians, we tend to agree with Groucho Marx’s oft-quoted remark about the medium of television – even in the digital age, we still love a good book – but there is no denying that television is still one of the world’s biggest phenomenons – and is likely to remain so for long years ahead.

And so it was in 1996 that the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st November as World Television Day, in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues. It is not so much a celebration of television as a communication tool, but as a symbol for communication and globalisation in the contemporary world.

We hold a huge range of books about every aspect of the medium among our collection, from historic studies to the nuts-and-bolts of television engineering and broadcasting. We also provide access to a number of very popular online resources all about television, most notably Box of Broadcasts (BoB), from which you can not only catch up with the latest episodes of your favourite shows, but also easily create your own clips from TV programmes, and create useful playlists of clips to refer to at a later date for further study or research. And if you’re more interested in more vintage television, try dipping into the British Film Institute’s archives in BFI Screenonline, where you can watch old episodes of classics like Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, and even University Challenge!

Essential Email and Groupware Maintenance, 27th November

Working with Microsoft, IT Services will be carrying out some essential maintenance work on part of our email infrastructure in order to maintain a resilient and supported email and groupware system. This work has the potential to be disruptive so IT Services have discussed and agreed the timing of this work with stakeholders and colleagues around the University. The work will take place on 27th November 2018 from 08:30-10:00am.

From 8:30am email sent to staff and students from outside of the University will be queued in order to prevent loss of email.  From this point you will not receive email from outside the University, nor email that is sent to email aliases and lists email addresses e.g. @lists.lboro.ac.uk, @dept.lboro.ac.uk until the work is complete.

Email within Office 365 i.e. between staff and students plus some types of groups, will continue to work as normal.

All other email to and from external recipients, including certain types of University mailing list and corporate applications, will be queued and delivered once the work is complete.

It is planned for work to be complete by 10:00am.  Further communication will be sent if the work extends beyond this and into the agreed 2 day ‘at risk’ window.

Once complete the work will provide us with a more reliable supported email and Groupware infrastructure for staff and students.

There is a possibility that this work will overrun, but IT Services will communicate this if this occurs. If you have further questions or queries please contact IT Services via IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222333.

“It was all started by a Mouse…”

Plastic Mickey Mouse figure from the Glud Museum, Denmark, reproduced under CC License

One of the most iconic characters of modern times celebrates their 90th birthday this very day – the one and only Mickey Mouse!

Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928 for Steamboat Willie, one of the Disney Studios’ earliest sound animations, the character has gone on to appear in over 130 films and countless spin-offs in every conceivable medium – and became the figurehead of the Disney phenomenon. Walt Disney himself acknowledged the debt his studio owed to the lovable cartoon rodent – “it was all started by a mouse”, he declared in an interview in 1954!

We have a wide range of books about Walt Disney, his films and Mickey Mouse among our art and cinema books on Level 2.

You can also explore more about the history and influence of Disney (and Mickey!) at the British Film Institute website and our online art databases including Art Retrospective and Art & Architecture Source.

Spotlight On… Vogue

Interested in fashion, either for your studies or just in general? Then settle down and treat yourself to a browse through the archives of the world’s foremost fashion magazine, Vogue.

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

In addition to the editorial content, all covers, advertisements and pictorial features have been captured as separate documents to allow for searching and discovery. For advertisements, the featured company and brand names have been assigned to the document records, and all image captions are captured to a high accuracy, allowing accurate retrieval of photographs and illustrations. Contributor names that appear in image credits, such as photographers, stylists and illustrators, are also indexed.

You can also limit your search by journal editor, and specialist indexing of full-page images from photo features. There are separate designated fields for Fashion Items, Trends, Colour and Prints.

The Vogue Archive is available through Library Catalogue Plus and seperately via Proquest here.