On useless information

I can honestly say, my gut feeling was right – there is just so much information out there, it’s simply not worth engaging with everything that’s vying for my attention. Titles such as ‘The only thing you need to know about XXX’ just do not draw me in anymore!

Here is what happened to me recently. I got my Medium weekly digest, telling me I have access to only two free texts – a hook that is meant to be irresistible. So, I hurry through the list trying to find these two texts worth reading, which should give me essential advice on how to live successfully.

What was I being offered to guide me to appropriate choices?

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Out on an Island

Following a year-long project capturing the written and oral histories of LGBTQ+ people living on the Isle of Wight, Out on and Island offers a unique glimpse into the development of sexual and gender diversity expression, support and liberation in a rural island community. Visit the exhibition at the picturesque Quay Arts Centre, Newport, on the Island and be taken on a trip through time as witnessed by those who lived it.

Book your tickets in advance at www.outonanisland.co.uk.

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Library study space bookings end Monday 21 June

You will no longer have to book a study space in the library from Monday (21 June 2021). By then, the term will have officially ended and since library occupancy has been very low for the last few days, it no longer feels necessary to continue to require students to attend.

We also hope to allow students graduating this summer reference access to the library until the end of August, allowing them ongoing IT and printing access, although no-one will be able to borrow books or access library eresources after their student card expires. If you need an extension to library membership because of deferred assignments, extenuating circumstances or other reasons, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Student browsing library books.
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Student printing available again

Student printing is now available again in both the University Library and Portland Building. This includes black and white, colour, and large format poster printing. Please bring your student card so you can collect your printing easily!

Student collecting printing in the University Library.

Large format printing

Because of the higher costs associated with large format poster printing (for posters that are A2 size or larger), it is necessary for IT Helpers (ITHs) to release large format print jobs.

ITHs are are now working:

  • 9 am – 8 pm Monday – Friday
  • 10 am – 4 pm Saturday – Sunday

Thank you for your patience while printing services were restored.

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Opportunities Week (14-18 June)

The Careers and Employability Service has organised a virtual Opportunities Week to support students of all years with their employability. The week will provide students with a range of sessions around:

  • job hunting in the current climate
  • how to make the most of online resources
  • the benefits of volunteering
  • postgraduate study options
  • developing and maintaining personal resilience – including a talk from guest speaker Tim Campbell on Thursday 17 June.

Graduate employers will be hosting some virtual sessions and there will also be support for those thinking of starting a business. A student panel will also discuss how the service helped them in their career journey.

Click here to visit the Opportunities Week webpage for details and to book. 

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New eBooks – May 2021

The following is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during May 2021 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 – May 2021

The following is a list of new books received in the Library during May 2021 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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New eBooks – April 2021

The following is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during April 2021 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 – April 2021

The following is a list of new books received in the Library during April 2021 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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Online expert talks: original thinking and safeguarding your wellbeing

Sage and John Smith’s have partnered up to offer a short series of hour-long expert talks on ways to get the most from your time at university.

How to think for yourself

What does it mean these days to read, write and engage critically? Authors and researchers Dr Alex Baratta and Dr Tom Chatfield examine the importance of taking control of your time, attention and engagement; what it means to develop confidence in your own study and thinking skills; and why evidence-based analysis matters more than ever in an age of disinformation, distraction and fake news.

Click here to watch the recording

 

Getting the most out of your university journey: health, wellbeing and academic success

During this period of dramatic change, the future is both full of exciting possibilities but also uncertainty and apprehension. Kaye Rabel and Helen Coleman have identified several ways to help you plan and manage your time, money, studies, and personal life, effectively while keeping a focus on your health and wellbeing. Their advice could help you to study smarter, stay healthy, and enjoy your university experience to the full.

Their talk is taking place live at 2 pm tomorrow (Tuesday 25 May) but if you register you will get sent the recording link to watch and share with your friends at your leisure.

Click here to watch the recording

 

 

How to build motivation

Practical pointers on:

  • Building successful study habits and routines
  • Getting started with tasks and projects, even when you don’t feel like it
  • Maintaining motivation when the going gets tough
  • Setting achievable goals
  • Overcoming challenges and facing the future with confidence
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