Archive for March, 2012

Wear a hat day

March 30, 2012

Library staff are remembering to wear a hat for brain tumour research.  We hope you are too!  Find out more:

Stellar View

March 29, 2012

This is a wonderful timelapse video from the International Space Station of stars in low orbit. Sit back and enjoy a stunningly beautiful ride around our planet!

Facebook cover pages

March 28, 2012

You may be aware that Facebook is moving its users over to the new Timeline view and the University Library has already adopted the new look.  See what you think:

Well done to E for putting together some great content from our archives and P for writing text.

Musings About Librarianship has taken a look at what libraries are using for their Facebook cover page and we were delighted to see we featured:

What’s more, seen in comparison like that, we think ours holds up well.  Let us know what you think.

Lego Infographic

March 27, 2012

Here at TOTD there are two things we’re rather fond of –  LEGO and infographics. So a big thank you to LJ for finding us an infographic about LEGO! This infographic tells you a bit about a LEGO’s history but most interestingly about how LEGO is used in education.

Other interesting facts included the claim that LEGO could be considered the biggest tyre manufacturer in the world. It produces 306 million tyres a year, although they are tiny!

Blog on Tacit Knowledge

March 26, 2012

In the ‘New Technologies’ session for researchers, we’ve found this blog on knowledge sharing and ‘tacit knowledge’ that may be of interest to explore:

A Referencing@Portsmouth Tribute

March 23, 2012

In tribute to a member of staff who is retiring today and has had a big hand in developing Referencing@Portsmouth, we have a Thing of the Day extra.  A little Easter Egg at

Farewell James.  All the best for retirement.

Sport Relief

March 23, 2012

It’s that time again when the people of Great Britain get together to raise money for charity through sport. This year involves entering a Sport Relief Mile. For more information, have a look at this:

World Meteorological Day

March 22, 2012

One of the things we enjoy here in Britain is talking about the weather. Today we will be in our element as it is World Meteorological Day organised by the World Meteorological Association:

Spring Equinox

March 20, 2012

Today marks the Spring Exquinox for this year in the Northern Hemisphere (or for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Eqinox). Both day and night are of equal length and is a good time to celebrate International Astrology Day:

And here is some more information about the Equinox:

The Lumiere Brothers

March 19, 2012

On this day in 1895 two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere held a screening of their first motion picture, La Sortie de l’Usine Lumiere a Lyon (The Exit from the Lumiere Factory in Lyon).

These pioneers of early cinema went on to make several other short films including this well-known one that, by popular legend, caused much fear and panic in the auditorium: