Calling all freshers

Have you collected your official tie? Fancy being a cox? Ready to share with the world your moderate singing voice usually confined to the shower?

Well you’re in luck because Welcome Week can meet all your needs. At least it did fifty years ago.

The images featured here are taken from September and October 1967 editions of Beacon, the Student Union Magazine, copies of which are kept in the City Archive.

Beacon, the SU Magazine

In those days Beacon was almost Berliner sized and monochrome, but over the years it was printed in various shapes and colours and regularly featured an array of announcements, reports and displays of wit, although some of the editorial choices and humour were very much of its time: I doubt today’s Union would feature a ‘Miss Fresher’ winner on the front page, for example.

Picture 1: last minute supplement

In picture 1, the inserted supplement shows just how hot off the press the publication was, one highlight being the section where interested choristers are assured that “a high standard of voice is not necessarily expected”, no doubt giving hope to many.

Picture 2: vacant editorial posts

Picture 2, from the September issue, identifies many of the magazine’s vacant posts, reflecting the fact that at the start of each new academic year departing graduates create opportunities for new students to get involved- and this hasn’t changed, anyone attending Freshers Fair this year should keep an eye out for any clubs or societies which spark their imagination.

Sport has always featured strongly at City, dating right back to our founding as the Northampton Institute in the late 1800s. Over the years we’ve had football, rugby and cricket teams, people swimming in the Pool in College Building, whilst the old Saddlers’ Sports Hall even once hosted a European shooting championships; and societies too, be it drama, photography or Winnie-the-Pooh focused, have a long established history.

Picture 3: advert for the Fencing Club

Picture 3 is an advert for the Fencing Club who were, like all of the groups at the time, seeking new members. It describes Fencing as being the ‘politest’ of sports, though suggests that “gentlemanly would have been a better word but women also fence”: presumably a satirical observation, emphasised by the recent photo of fencers on City’s Sports Club website. In 1967 the club met on Wednesday afternoons, but a quick look online shows that the current Fencing Club will next get together on Saturday the 30th of September for both training and taster sessions.

It’ll be fascinating to look back in another 50 years to see what our current students got up to…

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Find your Library Guide

Our Library Guides bring together the essential resources in your subject area and connect you quickly and easily to information about Library Services.

Library Guides Homepage

From the Library Guides homepage select your school to see the Subject Guides relevant to you. In each of these guides our Librarians have gathered together the most important resources for you to use in your assignments and research. You’ll also find other helpful information such as details of library workshops or contact information for your Librarian.

As well as Subject Guides you’ll also find links to Help Guides and Library Service Guides which cover topics such as services for students with additional needs, how to access other University of London libraries and help with copyright.

If you have any feedback or comments on the Library Guides please contact your Librarian directly or look for the feedback button on the page.

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ORCID: how to set up a unique researcher identifier

ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID – is a persistent digital identifier which distinguishes individual researchers. If you are carrying out research at City, you may want to register for an ORCID.  Your ORCID can also be linked to your City Research Online record.

For more information on the benefits of having an ORCID and how to set it up, please see the recent post on citylibresearchers, our blog for research students and staff.

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Temporary stock relocation at Northampton Square

Due to a large leak an area of Level 5 is currently inaccessible whilst the floor dries out.  If you require items from 617.96 MAC – 620.003 MCG please speak to a member of staff and they will fetch them for you.  The majority of these titles should be accessible again tomorrow morning.

In order to stop the leak and make repairs we have had to move stock from 617.96 NAG – 618.2 AND and 620 AND – 620.003 LEE to the front of Level 5.  If you require books from these classmarks please check at the front of Level 5, or ask a member of staff for assistance.  We hope to have these books back in the right place at some point next week.

Don’t fear, we do not expect you to remember all of this, signage is in place to direct you to the right places.  And please do ask a member of staff for assistance if you cannot find what you are looking for, we are here to help.


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New Look to Cass Library Webpages

Have you noticed something different about Cass Library webpages? This summer we have been hard at work upgrading and streamlining the Cass Library webpages. New features include the following.

1. CityLibrary Search is now integrated into the homepage.  It searches across City Library collections, so if you know the name of the resource you’re looking for or would like to browse a subject, CityLibrary Search will help you find it fast.

2. Cass Library Guides

Introducing Library Guides for Cass Postgraduate students. Those studying on Cass Specialist MSc courses, MBA students and researchers can now interact with embedded features, find help with specialist resources and get in touch with a Business Librarian in an easy to use interface.

3. Business Databases by Topic

Need a database that contains Mutual Funds data? Maybe it’s Real Estate statistics you’re after. When you are unsure which database is the right one for your area, Business Databases by Topic recommends databases based on the information each database contains. Just enter your topic into the search bar to get started.

4. Cass Databases A-Z

We streamlined our databases into the searchable and intuitive CityLibrary databases collection. While you will continue to see only Cass databases, you can now explore other subjects and find support directly linked at the point of access.

In the process of revamping our online support, we looked at what our users want, and what is actually being used. Popular features like the following have been brought to the forefront so they will be easier to find.

  • Opening hours
  • Chat
  • PG Projects & Dissertations
  • Journals

We value your opinion, so please let us know what you think:

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