Cleaning contractors will be coming into the library on Saturday 22nd August 2015 between 7.00 – 15.00 to clean fabric chairs on the ground floor and carpets on all library floors. They will be cleaning in sections to minimise disruption, allowing the library to stay open.
For the next month we have trial access to Browzine – an app that allows you to easily access and browse journals on your mobile devices. Download the app via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon Kindle App Store, enter your Cardiff University username and password and you can easily browse journals that Cardiff University subscribe to in mobile format. You can also create a personal bookshelf of your favourite journals, bookmark or save articles to read later, export the reference to Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks and Endnote (iOS only) and also opt to be alerted when new issues of a journal are available.
We’re excited for you to try this app as we think this would be a really valuable resource to add to our collection – let us know what you think by giving it a go and then sending your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a video you can watch that shows how Browzine works:
Today is #CardiffOpenDay and we’d like to welcome all budding students to the Health Library. There’s plenty going on – tours of the library, stalls providing course info and plenty of current students and staff around ready to answer your questions.
As if that wasn’t reason enough to pay a visit to the Health Library, we can also entice you with a delicious cake sale – we can confirm that we’ve tested the produce and it is yummy!! David Lawson is raising money for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action and running the London Marathon next week http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidBruceLawson.
Visit the library, ask questions and learn about the courses offered, show David your support and fill your faces with cake!
Tomorrow, 7th February, is National Libraries Day #NLD15 and here at the Health Library it has prompted staff discussion about our favourite books.
Here’s some of our faves:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien are my favourite books – I first read these books in my teens. I used to read a couple of chapters each night with the Deep Purple in Rock playing in the background. Tolkien had a great imagination, the books are so descriptive you felt you were on the journey with Frodo and friends. Read the Hobbit after reading the trilogy but wished I had read it first.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton:
I love(d) this book. Reading it as a child I must’ve had a very vivid imagination as just a quick flick through the pages now and I can still picture my childhood image of Moonface and Saucepan Man in the Land of Topsy-Turvy. I wasn’t a huge Enid Blyton fan as a child; I was more of a Tintin than a Famous Five fan, but The Magic Faraway Tree was an Enid Blyton winner for me.
The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
I am currently re- reading a favourite of mine with my son. It is a magical story that advises not to get wrapped up in materialistic values. It’s a good guide for life basically. My favourite quote from it: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:
I’ve always enjoyed dystopian fiction and this has always stuck out for me within the genre because, despite having a very bleak view of where society is headed, it’s also extremely funny; its exaggerated versions of present-day issues (such as factory farming and the increasing power of big business) are as absurd as they are terrifying. I was thrilled to hear recently that it’s being made into TV series for HBO.
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
Spending so much time in L-Space, it’s difficult to resist pretty much anything by Terry Pratchett, especially with the frequent references to librarians – mysterious folk about whom it is said they can tell what book you needed just by looking at you, and they can take your voice away with just one word – but probably Soul Music is *a* favourite, with some bitingly accurate depictions of a life in music and the people that inhabit, and are inhabited by, it. Plus, the hero’s almost local – from Llamedos – and looks a bit Elvish (thanguveremush) but really, he’s Imp y Celyn…(It’s the little things…).
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I bought the Hunger Games box set for my 11 year old son a few Christmasses ago, and think I got a lot more out of them than he did when we started reading them together. Katniss Everdeen is such a strong character and while her actual situation might not be all that relatable for most teenagers, her independence and her fighting spirit are inspiring – if these books had been around when I was a teenager I probably would have wanted a bow and arrow. And I love the closing lines of Mockingjay, “You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him, “Real.”
Coinciding with National Libraries Day and Valentine’s Day, from 11th-15th March the University Library Service will be celebrating with a #LovingYourLibrary theme. When you’re in the Health Library, Dental Library or any University library, look out for the heart-ily decorated stands (and free sweets!) where you can leave us your views on what you love about your library, or what you think we could improve.