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Tuesday 29 September 2015

Summer Spectacular Fete!

That’s it! Another mad #FreshersWeek has come to an end. But what’s the library done for us during the festivities, I hear you ask?

Ronan O’Beirne, Head of Library and Learning Services, officially opening the fete.

Well… we transformed floor OC (a vibrant group study & presentation area) into our first ever Summer Spectacular Fete, complete with hoopla, lollies, bingo, Lego, cupcakes & bunting! We even had our very own new Head of Library and Learning Services Ronan O’Beirne officially open the fete.

The Solent DigiBuds were on hand to promote their digital skills training and kindly provided the photographic evidence that the library is not such a scary place to visit!

If that wasn’t enough fun, another first for the Mountbatten Library is the Hello Library Shelfie Challenge, where students were invited to post a selfie taken in the library to @solentlibrary using the tags #solentshelfie and #beyourshelf.

One of many #SolentShelfie entries.

The first 25 eager beavers win a voucher for Costa Coffee with a top prize of Amazon vouchers for the most creative, funny and/or unique creation. There have even been rumours of students going the extra mile and providing their own shelving from Ikea to enhance the shelfie and win the ultimate prize (of course, a visit to the library first may have confirmed that we do provide shelving, saving that precious spending money!).

Well, apart from that, what’s the library ever done for us?

Well…there is also the Hello Library online guide. This is principally marketed at new users to the library, although there is useful and helpful information on there for everybody.

The fete festivities in full swing.

Information on the page ranges from opening times to the contact details of librarians and learning skills tutors to borrowing entitlements and the library twitter feed. The page has been recently revamped to show off the fabulously varied facilities and study spaces that the library has to offer, so take a look!

And what about these pop up libraries springing up all around the campus? We have brought the library to you, the students, and introduced our fantastic staff and services to make your time here at University as successful as it can possibly be.

You may also have met a lot of the Mountbatten Library team at registration and the student life fair. We were the ones keenly thrusting library and learning resource centre leaflets (the little cute concertina ones) and lollies into your eager palms, remember?

So, what has the library ever done for you?

…lots actually, and it doesn’t stop after Freshers Week! Why not pop in and say hi?