From Page to Person

A Library Advisory Group workshop to shape the future of your Library’s collections

3-5pm, Wednesday 7 February 2018

Special Collections (first floor of the Albert Sloman Library)

Come and share your thoughts on reading lists and where you want to find your resources – on the shelf, in the cloud or somewhere else?

All welcome, no need to book, just turn up on the day.

You bring the ideas, we’ll bring the cake.



In the Zone?

A Library Advisory Group workshop to help us put you in the perfect place to study

3-5pm, Wednesday 22 November 2017

Special Collections (first floor of the Albert Sloman Library)

Come and share your thoughts on our new zoning approach, and how we can work together to make the Library a great study environment for everyone.

All welcome, no need to book, just turn up on the day.

You bring the ideas, we’ll bring the cake.

Open Access Week 2017

Open Access example

Monday 23 to Friday 29 October 

Monday 23 October marks the beginning of the global Open Access Week, this year with the theme “Open in order to …”

Open Access simply means that research is available to download and read for free. This gives researchers an opportunity to increase their visibility, it provides opportunities for everyone to keep up to date with new research, regardless of profession or money, and it can increase collaborations on a global level. Open Access has been a very hot topic the last years, especially as all submissions to the next REF need to be Open Access in order to be eligible. There are several ways to make research Open Access, and these routes can sometimes be confusing, so we are hoping to provide you with some clarity with our drop-in events.

First, to mark this year’s Open Access week, some of our library staff will be in Square 3 Wednesday 25 October from 11am to 3pm to explain what Open Access by making the routes to Open Access publishing visible! Drop by for an interactive talk and we’ll walk you through it.

“Open in order to … keep the conversation going”

3-5pm, Wednesday 1 November

Special Collections (first floor of the Albert Sloman Library)

In addition, and beyond the Open Access week, we want to keep a conversation going between students, researchers, the library, REO and other professional services, so we want YOU to share your concerns, views and questions in a Q&A drop in session.

Our Institutional Repository Manager Jim Jamieson, from the REO, will come along as a special guest to answer any questions or concerns about Open Access. No booking required.

Coffee/tea and cakes will be available!

Black History Month Book Group


5pm, Tuesday 24 October 2017

Special Collections, first floor of Albert Sloman Library (free, booking advised)

Book Cover

Join us for a discussion about the book Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and its film adaptation as part of the university’s Black History Month celebrations.

To find out more about this author and her works and loads of other books around the theme of Black History Month, check out our reading list.

Words with… Caleb Femi


7pm, Friday 20 October 2017

Lakeside Theatre Studio (free, booking advised)


For Black History Month, the Lakeside Theatre and the Albert Sloman Library’s second event in the ‘Words with…’ series, exploring the relationship between writing and performance, features poet and filmmaker Caleb Femi.

As the Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb offers a voice for young people to express their concerns and experiences through poetry: “Poetry is the one of the purest forms of conversation. At its best, it allows us to communicate from an honest and safe place. And young people deserve to be included in such spaces.”

As part of Black History Month celebrations at the University of Essex, this event is open to all University of Essex students, staff and alumni. Tickets are free but spaces are limited in the studio, and booking is required; please see Lakeside Theatre website for details:

You can also browse the Library’s BHM reading list on Talis [search ‘Black History Month’]:

Find out more about Caleb’s poetry and filmmaking here:

Our first ‘Words with…’ was with writer A. L. Kennedy in June 2017, you can watch it here: