I suggest you make a suggestion!

It’s been awfully quiet without you – so come on, tell us what you think!

Welcome back and a warm welcome to our new students!

Over the summer we’ve missed you here at the library. We have particularly missed reading the thoughts and the ideas you add to the Online Suggestion Box found on the Library homepage, and through the postcards you post to us in the postbox on the ground floor (but please don’t put stamped letters in the the postbox, it’s not a real one!).

If you didn’t know, or hadn’t realised (I can’t believe that’s possible) – your Library is driven by student led change. We listen to your ideas and wherever practical or possible, we act upon them. For example, last year you asked for cosy blankets for long, cold nights of study and we gave you blankets (sorry about the boring grey colour). Its down to you that we also kept the study rooms open to create extra space during busy periods in the library; and due to your requests, the ground floor was refurbished and fitted with air-conditioning to  make the library more comfortable in summer. Your suggestions make a real difference.

On the Library Website, you can read the suggestions made by others and you can add your voice to theirs too.  You can even comment on our feedback. Good or bad, we love hearing what you have to say, and often you make us smile – especially when you say nice things like “just keep being you!”

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Take a personal tour of the library (wherever you are)

Library Help DeskMany people find the library surprisingly large but as soon as you become familiar with what is where it will begin to feel like a second home.  To help you settle in and find everything you need, we have produced a virtual tour you can take online from anywhere and an audio tour you can listen to while you wander around the library, to help you get the gist of the general layout and facilities.

Don’t be shy of asking our friendly staff anything, from where to find the toilets to how to find your books.  You can find us all year just inside the turnstiles at the bright and cheerful Library Help Desk and you can ask us questions at any time of day or night through our online chat service.  Give it a go, you might be surprised how much easier it makes you life!

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Empty nests

Kitchen utensilsThe Autumn Term at the University of Portsmouth has always been my favourite. It’s when we get to meet all of our new students, and the excitement in the air is palpable. The Autumn Term brings with it that “first day at school” feeling, albeit on a more grown-up scale, although to me many of our first years appear as wide-eyed as those five-year-olds on their first day at infant school and I’m betting that everyone starting now has a new pencil case and backpack too, even if none of them would ever admit it! Read more ›

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Copyright killed the YouTube star

mp3 playerYou would imagine that if you record yourself playing music that is long out of copyright, J S Bach for example, on the piano in your bedroom, and post it to your YouTube channel, that no-one is going to accuse you of breaching copyright.  And you would be right.  That said, copyright is no longer policed by people but by AIs reducing performances to complex digital signatures and comparing them.

In a recent debacle, software employed by Sony inadvertently confused an original recording with a performance by famed pianist Glen Gould that was owned by Sony and demanded YouTube take down the video for copyright infringement.  Effectively, the AI run copyright enforcement system has taken upon itself to outlaw anything too closely resembling any performance recorded and owned by a recording company.  This alarming development clearly threatens creativity and performance sharing.  It is another sign that we live in some of the most rapidly developing, interesting, and culturally dangerous times in history.

Read more about the changing landscape of automated online copyright enforcement.

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Welcome (back) everyone: Library opening hours and how we can help

Welcome aboardA big, warm library welcome to all our new students and all those rejoining us next week!

During Induction Week (17-23 September), the Library will be open every day from 8 am – midnight.  From the start of term (24 September), the Library will open 24/7 until Christmas, and again after Christmas until the end of the summer assessment period.  Read more ›

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Join the Artsfilm Weekend Film Festival

CamcorderYour are invited to the Artfilms Weekend Film Festival! Twice a month Artfilms open access to selected videos from across their collections, showcasing films from a variety of disciplines, producers and cultures. The videos are released on a Thursday and are free to watch until the following Tuesday.

To get stuck in:

log in as a guest

  • Login name: filmfestival2
  • Password: artfilms

then choose the film(s) you would like to watch from the links below:


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New eBooks – August 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during August 2018 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
Read more ›

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New Books – August 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during August 2018 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

Read more ›

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Watch Artsfilm Weekend Film Festival titles for free

Cinema projectorWatch films from the Artfilms Weekend Film Festival for free until tomorrow night (midnight on Tuesday 4 September)

  1. Login to the Artsfilms streaming site and log in as a guest:
    • Login name: filmfestival1
    • Password: artfilms
  2. Come back to this blog post and choose a film to watch by following the links below.

Watch Vivienne Westwood
Once Queen of Punk, she has gone on to be the toast of the Paris cat-walks. This programme looks at the career of one of Britain‘s most innovative and idiosyncratic fashion designers and examines the way in which she draws on history, fetishism and street culture for her inspiration.

Watch Blind Date
Dutch film director/writer Van Gogh was murdered by an Islam extremist in 2004. The film is a remake of his original Blind Date. A married couple struggling to reconnect after the death of their daughter. They answer each other’s phony classified ads and begin an elaborate game of pretend on a series of blind dates.

Watch Dances of Ecstasy
a sensory journey into the mesmerizing world of trance and ecstasy. In these rituals, Whirling Dervishes from Turkey, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil, and shaman healers from the Kalahari and Korea, pulse to the same beat as thousands of young people at techno dance party in an Australian forest.

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From copyright to clown eggs (and back again)

Three eggs painted and made up in the likeness of registered clownsWhat could creatives and academics learn about from clown eggs?  Quite a lot, it turns out…

Read this engaging blog post from the Scholarly Kitchen about how registering copyright works might make it easier to identify copyright owners, seek permission and pay royalties.

Image: Copyright Marc Lewis (reproduced under a CC BY-SA 2.0 Creative Commons license)

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