Feeling fiction!

feeling fiction

This is a new reading group where you can escape strictly academic texts but still explore the themes of health and wellbeing. muffins-1844458__340

Each month a new book will be discussed by staff and students over lunch (please bring your own) and cake (provided by the group)!

Books and cake – what’s not to love!

January 26th 2017 – 1pm – 2pm Collegiate library room C106

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – a lonely observer, Theo has lived with his skittish, bohemian and – to him – utterly adorable mother in Manhattan since his deadbeat fantasist of an ex-actor dad finally walked out. During a visit to a special exhibition of Dutch painting at the Met that features “The Goldfinch”, an attack by “homegrown” bombers kills her and plunges Theo into a slow-mo nightmare, staged with all the virtuoso illusionism of those pictures. In the bomb’s aftermath, he steals the painting, catches sight of the bewitching Pippa, and succours a dying man, her courtly uncle, who gives him both a ring, and an address. (review from the Independent)

And to follow…

February 23rd 2017 – 1pm – Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski

The character of Henry Chinaski, deeply flawed and abused by his father and by the awful kids at school, grows up to be a cynical drunkard who likes being alone and is well-read on DH Lawrence novels: normally, a character like that is detestable and labeled off as a “useless bum.”

Bukowski, however, is able to strike at the real core of the character, and of himself, to show us the truth: no matter the character’s faults or flaws, he just wants to be loved and to be free from this conforming, controlling society. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want? (Maybe with not so much drink, but the point still stands.)

The novel comes off as poetry, and just startles you with its pace. One minute, you’re diving into the first few chapters, and the next, you’re done. It’s that kind of book that reminds you of why you love literature, without all of the pretensions and artificial attempts at “deep revelations.”

Bukowski, in this novel, reminds us of being, first and foremost, human beings living together; no more, no less. (review from examiner.com)

March 23rd 2107 – 1pm – Child of God – Cormac McCarthy

Suspenseful, spare, a quick and compelling read, Child of God is at the same time McCarthy’s most extreme challenge to the limits of propriety, perhaps outdoing even Blood Meridian in its chronicling of individual depravity. Its hero, Lester Ballard, is a murderer and necrophile, expelled from the human family and eventually living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his several shot victims, male and female. This is the child of God. Yet McCarthy’s meditation on this lost soul is restrained, even delicate, in its images of his grievous acts. There are fewer graphic assaults on the reader’s imagination than in either Suttree or Blood Meridian. And his treatment of Lester is more sympathetic than of comparable beyond-the-pale characters, Culla Holme in Outer Dark and the kid in Blood Meridian, perhaps to the reader’s discomfort. (review from McCarthy’s website)

Meet Toni!

She’s one of our team of new ‘roving’ staff already helping students! roving

From Monday 31 October, we’re trialling a new roving service available on our library floors until the end of semester one.

At Adsetts the team will be out and about on level 4 and at Collegiate they will be working on the ground floor and first floor.

They can support a range of services including

  • your library questions
  • self-service – issue/return and print top up machines
  • library gateway/catalogue including directing more complex queries to the Helpdesk
  • printing and photocopying
  • directional queries
  • MyPC bookings

So if you’re stuck at a printer, can’t locate that book, need help booking a pc etc – keep a look out for them!

We’ll let you know how the trial goes.

Don’t panic if you lose a book!

Dont panic

If you’ve got a book on loan from the library but can’t find it anywhere, here are some things you can try.

  1. It sounds obvious, but have a really good look round at home and anywhere else you’ve been working recently.  Still no sign of it?
  2. Could you have left it on the bus or in a pub?  Most places have lost property boxes so it’s worth phoning up to check.
  3. Go to the library and have a look on the shelves.  If you left it on a desk by mistake, someone could have found and shelved it without knowing that it’s on loan to you.  It’s worth checking the ‘Recently returned’ shelves on the same floor as well just in case someone only found it recently.  Not there?
  4. Tell a member of staff at the library Helpdesk that you can’t find the book.  It won’t be the first time we’ve had a student come to us about a missing book, so don’t worry.  If you’re absolutely sure you left it in the library or think you’ve returned it already but it’s still on your account, we’ll set it to missing on the library system and help you look for it.
  5. If all else fails and the book is truly lost, we’ll ask you to pay for a replacement copy.  There aren’t any penalty charges or anything like that, it’s just the amount of money needed to buy the same book again.

Pro tip: Pick up a SHU Library bag from one of the library Helpdesks and keep all of your library books in it.  The bags come with handy long handles to go over your shoulder or hang on the back of a chair, so you’ll never lose any books again!

SHU Library bag

You may also be interested in: The quick guide to book renewals

Changes to borrowing – 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th July!

Changes to borrowing are happening this weekend – here’s the essential information…

  • Friday 3rd July and Saturday 4th July 3rd A4

From 5pm on Friday 3rd July there’ll be no self-service available for renewals, issuing or requesting books.

Books can be issued at the Helpdesks between 10am – 5pm on Saturday 4th July.

You can return books to the usual areas and there’ll be information on how to do this in both libraries. Please note these books won’t be taken off your account immediately.

  • Sunday 5th July5th

There’ll be no self-service available for renewals, issuing or requesting books.

You can return books to the usual areas and there’ll be information on how to do this in both libraries. Please note these books won’t be taken off your account until Monday 6th July.

Books can be issued at the Helpdesks from 8.30am  Monday 6th July.

  • Monday 6th July

There’ll be no self-service available for renewals, issuing or requesting books until Tuesday 7th July

You can return books to the usual areas and there’ll be information on how to do this in both libraries. Please note these books won’t be taken off your account immediately.

Books can be issued at the Helpdesks from 8.30am Monday 6th July.

All books already out on loan will automatically be renewed until 21st July – after this date your books will automatically be renewed for up to a year unless someone else requests it or your SHUcard expires. Checking My Library Account is the best way to keep up to date. Here are the facts you need to know about the changes to borrowing

All charges for overdue items will be cleared at this time, however charges for replacement/lost books will remain

  • Tuesday 7th July

All services should be up and running as usual – if you have any questions contact us at Helpdesks, email learning.centre@shu.ac.uk, online chat (front page of the Library Gateway) and phone 0114 225 3333

Library borrowing has changed

Many of the changes and improvements are as a result of student comments. We’re also conscious that we want to keep books in circulation to allow as many students as possible to use them and hopefully these changes will help.

Here are the 7 facts you need to know about borrowing

  1. Book allowance increased
    You will now be able to borrow 20 items (up from 15)
  2. Automatic renewals
    Each of your loans will be automatically renewed each week for up to a year, unless someone else submits a Request for it.
    Emails will be sent to inform you if your book hasn’t renewed.
  3. Check My Library Account
    You will need to check regularly to see if Requests have been placed on books you have on loan.
    Find My Library Account top right on the Library Gateway.
  4. Loan periods standardised to 1 week
    There will be no more 2 day or 4 week loans. All items will be issued for one week.
    If you qualify for extended loans, loan periods will remain at 2 weeks.
  5. 3 day grace period to return requested books
    If a book you have on loan is requested by another borrower you will have 3 days from the due date to return the book before incurring fines. Books returned on the 4th day will include fines from days 1-3.
  6. Increased daily charges
    To encourage the return of books that someone else has requested £2 per day will be charged on requested books that are not returned.
  7. You can place Requests when all copies of a book are out on loan or at the ‘other’ library
    Request a book if they all the copies are out on loan and one will be held for you.
    If you are at City campus you can request a book at Collegiate to be delivered to Adsetts and vice versa.
    Books showing as ‘available’ at your library can be collected directly from the shelves.
    If you qualify for extended loans you can collect items from either library.

‘Reference only’ items will continue to be available on the shelves for use in the libraries only.

If you have any questions about borrowing, at any time, contact us at Helpdesks, email learning.centre@shu.ac.uk, chat, twitter @shu_library and phone 0114 225 3333.