Posts Tagged ‘library’

a librarian’s worth

January 13, 2012

While we’re open 24/7 this month (we’re trust you’re making the most of it but also staying safe and healthy), spare a thought for the staff who beaver away either on the frontline at desks or behind the scenes.

We’d love to know how staff have helped you in your time at Portsmouth – so feel free to comment!

This infographic found by the lovely WalkYouHome and her wonderful blog which you can find here:

Book Wallpaper

February 24, 2011

Yesterday TOTD featured some amazing celebrity libraries, but what to do if you can’t afford such luxury. Answer: Book Wallpaper!

Fool your friends with some of these fab wallpapers, TOTD particularly likes the last one.

save our libraries

January 16, 2011

Just because Universities aren’t likely to completely dispose of their libraries overnight, doesn’t mean that the cuts to public libraries won’t affect them or the students who use them.  Libraries, learning, the love of books and reading – as well as wider community implications are at risk.

And people care!

Show you care, too, before it’s too late.  Tweet, blog, email and talk – tell people how much libraries mean to you and the society you live in.  Oh – and add your comments to this blog entry!

Christmas Closing

December 23, 2010

The Universty Library closes today for Christmas and won’t reopen until Wednesday 5th January 2011. Here at TOTD we’d like to wish all our readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with this amusing library cartoon.

Thanks to JM for this suggestion.

A new library amid the threat of cuts

December 10, 2010

Milldam Mail, the online newspaper run by the Journalism students at the University of Portsmouth, has a piece here about the new library that is due to open on the old Woolworths site in Southsea.

This will be a welcome addition to the services within the Southsea shopping centre, however it comes at a time when others are protesting about the ‘vandalism’ to our library services, as reported in this Guardian article.

[Thanks to RG for highlighting this article]

Book furniture

October 15, 2010

TOTD loves this desk made from recycled books, which has been created for the architecture library at Delft Unversity of Technology.

We make good use of other people’s cast-offs too. Did you know, for example, that our Map Library receives diposal material, much of it almost new, from the Defence Geographic Centre? Some of our most useful historic maps of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight came as part of a huge  donation of 3,000 sheets from the Ordnance Survey last year.

Starting University this Year?

August 25, 2010

Thing of the Day would like to congratulate everyone who got their A-Level results last week. You should all be proud of your fantastic achievements! For those of you who are planning to come to University, here are some handy hints from the Guardian to help you:

Those who are coming to the University of Portsmouth that are on Facebook can also get ahead with Library news by joining our page:

Magnificent Maps

April 29, 2010

Maps have been receiving a lot of air time recently on both television and radio. The Telegraph even carried the headline “Maps – the new rock ‘n’ roll” in a feature about the current map season on BBC4. Tomorrow sees the opening of a new exhibition at the British Library, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, which runs until September. The accompanying web site, with illustrations and video descriptions from the curators, is excellent.

Catalogue Card Generator

March 16, 2010

Today’s TOTD is only for library geeks, and I mean real geeks. This website allows you to generate your own library catalogue cards. It’s fairly pointless but here at the library we love it!  Give it a try and if you love it you can join our club!

Itinerant Poetry Librarian

October 28, 2009

The Itinerant Poetry Librarian (Sara Wingate Gray) operates a “non-static, special collections public library.  For free, for everyone, and for everywhere, or at least, everywhere we can get to.”

Check it out here:

Or follow the blog at:
Twitter at:

Or read an article about it on pages 14-15 of Panlibus, Autumn 2009 where the mobile library makes the cover.  Available for free at: