Reading list rollover (information for academic staff)

Students readingThe end of year reading list rollover is almost upon us.  All reading lists will roll over to show as current lists for the coming academic year on Thursday 2 August 2018.  If you are an academic managing one or more reading lists, please check that before this date you have:

  • Published all draft lists that you want to use next year.  The system will automatically update these to show next year’s date.
  • Clicked “Request review” to invite the library to check we have enough copies available of any books and ebooks you have added to meet student demand next year.
  • Left the date for all your lists as 2017-18.  All such lists will change to 2018-19 lists during the rollover.  If you have manually changed any list date to 2018-19 already, please change them back to 2017-18.  It is a strange and annoying quirk of the reading lists management system that at rollover any lists with the coming year’s date are rolled back to the previous year’s date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please chat to you your Faculty Librarian in the first instance.

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New online subscription to Times Higher Education (THE)

Student making notes

The University has taken an institutional subscription to the Times Higher Education (THE). This allows all current University of Portsmouth staff and students to access THE online from any device after registering with their University of Portsmouth email address.  Our subscription includes access for all staff and students to:

  • Daily global insight and intelligence
  • Subscriber-only rankings insight
  • Regular newsletter updates
  • Weekly digital editions of THE magazine
  • Unrestricted access to THE online and via the app

As part of the subscription the University will also receive 10 print copies of THE, which will be distributed around the University.  If you would like to receive one of these please email Read more ›

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What do librarians do in the summer?

[Untitled] (10)I wish I could think of a witty punchline, but I can’t so I’m going to share some highlights of the ARCLIB, Architecture Librarians Conference which I attended, recently, at De Montfort University in Leicester. The conference began with an Infographics Workshop, led by Julia Reeve from DMU’s Centre for Enhancing Learning Through Technology (CELT). Give me some scissors, glue and felt tips pens and I’m happy; creativity flows when I doodle and move things around on a page. You can see my efforts on summarising the Library’s Discovery Service in the graphic [click to enlarge]. In the evening, delegates were welcomed to Leicester’s premier visitor attraction, the King Richard III Visitor Centre, for a drinks reception, talk on the Cousins War (a complex period of history) and a tour of the centre including seeing the building with the glass floor over the famous carpark grave site.

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Sketching the past: commemorating 20th century architecture

Portsmouth’s now-demolished Tricorn Centre, once voted Britain’s ugliest building, has been honoured in an online tribute to Britain’s lost 20th century architecture.

From The Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth to Birmingham Central Library, a project has been launched that illustrates ten of Britain’s most iconic lost post-war gems as a way of remembering this important part of our heritage.  You can view the entire image collection here.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

One of the most controversial but iconic buildings in Portsmouth, the Tricorn Centre is still being celebrated some 14 years after it was demolished.  In 2009, the architectural campaign group The Rubble Club named the multi-story shopping centre Britain’s ‘Best Demolished Building’.  In 2014, a tall steel window from the building was put on show at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (VBA). Read more ›

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Open source accessibility software now available from library desks

USB memory stickThe Library now supplies the open source “MyStudyBar” software on USB stick for you to take away and use for free.  Please ask for a copy from library staff at staffed ground floor library desks.  These are available to anyone but would be of most use to dyslexic students and those with specific learning disabilities who are waiting for their Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) or dyslexia assessment to be processed and international students who are not entitled to a DSA.
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Happy National Simplicity Day!

Bonsai treeHappy National Simplicity Day (for yesterday)!

Simplicity is at the heart of beauty, function and reason.  It has been argued by many thinkers from Epicurus to Henry David Thoreau, who reflected on the joys of simple living in his book “Walden”.

National Simplicity Day is observed in America every 12th July in Thoreau’s honour.  Click or tap here to read more.

“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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The plight of drunken gulls

SeagullMany of you will know the feeling of a hangover: the nausia, headache, disorientation and a mouth that feels strangely rough and furry.  What you might not realise is that getting drunk, and in many cases very drunk, is not just a habit of some humans.  It is common to other animals, including monkeys (though sadly not elephants, despite the popular myth).  Now seagulls appear to have gotten themselves drunk after drinking brewery waste!  They reportedly stagger around in confusion, stinking of alcohol until they vomit.  They then start to recover.

I’m sure I’m not the only person wondering whether some gulls are going to come back for more and learn just how much brewery waste gets them pleasantly tipsy.

Click or tap here for more about the plight of drunken gulls.



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New eBooks – June 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during June 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.

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New Books – June 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during June 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.
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It’s Staff Sports Day!

The Library team at the 2018 Staff Sports Day

If you’ve been wondering why staff from across campus have been whooping it up on the grass of Ravelin Park, it is all in aid of a very good cause: the annual Staff Sports Day.  We are very grateful to Sports & Recreation for providing staff with an excuse to run around like school children for an afternoon once again, bonding as a team and letting off steam, almost literally in this hot, muggy weather!

Here are a couple of photos of library staff giving their utmost in the name of sports fun.  Check out the Sports & Recreation website to see their range of summer deals.

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