LGBT+ Book Group

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5.30-7pm, Monday 19 February 2018

To celebrate LGBT History Month 2018, and as part of our “Liberate Your Library” campaign, the Library will be hosting a book group.

From a shortlist of titles you chose Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith for discussion at this event.

A modern-day reinterpretation of Ovid’s myth of Iphis, it concerns two sisters, Anthea and Imogen (Midge) living in Inverness. Imogen works in the marketing department of a large company producing bottled water, Anthea is on work experience in the same department but then falls in love with Robin, a female eco-warrior. It also vividly portrays her sister Imogen and her joyful emergence from low self-esteem.

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Get reading, and join us for an evening of discussion by booking on EventBrite! Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to know more about the LGBT+ content available in the Library, take a look at our reading list.


Library Training Workshops 2018


This week sees the launch of our shiny new workshop programme. Here are the full details, but to whet your appetite there are sessions on:

  • How to search Google effectively
  • Finding your way around the Library website
  • Making the most of our amazing Social Science collections
  • Referencing & reference management software

We’ll also have sessions aimed specifically at PGR students and other researchers, as well as drop-ins where you can speak to your Subject Librarian about finding sources for assignments or your capstone project.

Save time, improve your grades and gain some transferable skills by joining us for a session. No booking required, just turn up!

Any questions? Ask at the Helpdesk or email


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

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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)

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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.