Thursday, 27 March 2008

Desert Island Books

As part of the Tartan Week celebrations, the East Lothian Public Library Service are hosting an evening of 'Desert Island Books'. Well known, award winning, local author Peter Kerr chairs a panel of leading Scottish writers and celebrities:

Alistair Moffat - formerly Director of the Edinburgh fringe and Director of programmes for Scottish Television; mastermind behind the hugely successful Borders Book Festival; author of the Reivers - major TV tie in for the recent TV series and The Wall (as in Hadrian's) - another six-part networked TV series to be presented by Alistair and Paralympic gold medallist Dame Tannie Grey-Thompson, due for broadcast next month.

Gillian Galbraith - until recently Gillian was an advocate specialising in medical negligence cases and was the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer magazine, as well as writing on legal matters for the Times. 'Blood on the Water' is the first in a new crime series featuring Detective Alice Rice and set around Edinburgh. She has drawn on her professional experience as an advocate and has already attracted much praise for her debut novel.

David Robinson - Literary editor of the Scotsman. David has interviewed so many writers and read even more books, I have no idea how he can possibly come up with just three choices. He reckons that the books that have made the most impact on him, certainly wouldn't be the same as his favourite, and almost definitely wouldn't be the same as the ones he'd take to the desert island!

You'll have to wait until Monday to find out what Peter, and all the other panellists, choose in the end.

Tickets cost just £5.00 and are available from any East Lothian Public Library. A glass of wine or soft drink, crisps, olives and oatcakes and cheese are included in the ticket price and there will be a break during the evening to allow the audience to replenish their glasses at the hotel bar.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Drinks but no soup

You can now bring in coffee, tea, hot chocolate and soft drinks into the LRC as well as bottled water. However, soup is considered a meal and therefore food so is not permitted.

Please don't be offended if you're asked to take your food out of the LRC. The Food Court and Atrium areas are not too far away for you to take your bacon roll, jacket potato, soup or sandwich.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Friday, 21 March 2008

Second meeting of the Reading Group

To the uninitiated - like myself - Reading Groups or Book Groups are not all about reading and discussing the book of the month with other book lovers. Oh no, it's all about the munchies. Members bring in baked goodies or bought snacks to share and then get round to talking about the chosen book!

Over some delicious homemade biscotti and traditional shortbread at the first meeting, we learnt how it all works. We decided on 'The Curious Dog in the Night Time' by Mark Haddon to read for the next meeting. It's not homework though so if you don't have time to finish it or you discover after 20 pages that it's not your cup of tea, there is no need to panic.

We borrow the books from East Lothian public library and in turn lend them out to members of the group. Out of the books available, the books with the most votes for future meetings include:

  • 'Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • 'A History of Tractors in Ukranian' by Marina Lewycka

  • 'My heart is my own: the life of Mary Queen of Scots' by Joh Guy

The second meeting of the Reading Group will be on the 10th April at 5pm with venue to be confirmed nearer the time - everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

We're on Facebook...

For those of you not in the know, we're on Facebook, the social networking site. You can find us at: or by searching for "Queen Margaret University Learning Resource Centre".

We're in the process of adding to our page so come and have a look. Leave a message on our wall and let us know what you think. As well as the traditional information such as opening hours (yes we are open over Easter) and links to our webpage, events such as the next Reading Group meetings and exhibitions have been added.

Various library-type applications such as 'Suncat' (where you can search for journal titles in libraries across the UK) and 'Worldcat' (where you can search for all sorts of printed matter worldwide) there are fun applications too.

We're participating in the Library 365 Project on Flickr, collating photographs of the LRC over 365 days. 10 photos are picked at random for view on our page with a link to the Flickr website to see the rest. If you have any photos you'd like to submit to the project or to our Facebook photo album, email and put "Library 365 Project" in the subject line.

If you've already got a Facebook account, you can show your appreciation, become a fan and receive updates of what we're up to.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Reading Group

Come along to the first meeting of QM's Reading Group. Find out how it all works and vote for which books the group reads next.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night Time' by Mark Haddon and 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruis Zafon have been selected to start us off.

Find us on thursday at 5.00pm to 6.30pm in room 051.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 6 March 2008

BBC Motion Gallery

The BBC Motion Gallery gives access to more than 300,000 hours of video content from the BBC archive spanning more than 70 years, with 50,000 clips ready for download. Footage has been derived from broadcast programming and, in many cases, from programme rushes. Much of the content has never been seen before. The Gallery exclusively contains a number of additional archives including ABC, CBS News, Huntley Film Archive, Japan Broadcasting Corporation and more.

The main subject areas for this resource are news, sport, history, lifestyle, travel, science and technology, and the natural world.

The JISC service allows all staff and students of subscribed institutions to access a vast collection of clips for use in presentations, lectures, coursework and media.

Access: Log into iLink the library catalogue and search for BBC Motion Gallery, access instructions are included in the catalogue record.

Duration: Until 28th March 2008

Monday, 3 March 2008

Introducing the new "Off-Prints Collection Service"

We’re introducing a new Off-Prints Collection Service at the LRC. It’s offered as an alternative for items that are not eligible to be scanned and uploaded into WebCT modules under the CLA Trial Scanning Licence.

For staff: If you have an article that you would like to make available to your students but it has been published in the United States or elsewhere outside the UK and therefore scanning is not permitted, the Off-Prints Collection Service may be the answer. Normal copyright regulations will apply – only one article per issue of a journal or one chapter or 5% of extracts from a book.

The LRC must hold the original of the journal or book. If an electronic copy is held, a paper copy cannot be included in this collection. However, if the article or chapter is not held by the LRC or is not eligible for copying under the Copyright Licensing Agency’s Licence, it may be possible to request a copyright cleared copy for inclusion in this collection.

This service allows up to three photocopies of an article to be kept, for consultation by students and will be held behind the LRC Service Desk. If you would like to make a request, please complete the online request form which can be found in the “Information for Academic Staff” section of the LRC website or via:

For students: This is a new service that is coming soon.. Listen for announcements from your tutors that items are available in the Off-Print Collection, keep a look-out for new entries in the iLink catalogue and notices on the plasma screens.