Could you be a Library Champion?

We are looking for students to help us select and purchase our books!  But there’s a bit more to it than that of course…

We’d like our library champions to:

Contribute to the development of library collections and services

Listen to the views of other students and feed back to the library

Respond to student views on the availability of resources

Meet with the relevant Academic Liaison Librarian

Collate and communicate feedback on Library Services

Act as a sounding board for library proposals

Promote Library Services to your fellow students

Spend a small budget on library resources (minimum of £500)

In return for:

  • An opportunity to influence library decision-making
  • Transferable skills development in advocacy, negotiation, budgeting and promotion
  • Having a fast method of ordering library materials
  • A role to add to your CV
  • To feel empowered and valued by the University

We’ll work closely with you throughout the project, providing all materials and guidance.  And don’t worry about it interfering with your studies – although some time will be needed, we don’t want to detract from your work.

Interested?  Then please drop an email by 15th December to to express your interest.

We look forward to working with you!

Now resolved – Problems accessing Discover, and Databases A-Z

All authentication issues have now been resolved.



We appear to be having problems logging in to Discover this morning. Please use the alternative Discover Search link whilst we are having problems with the web pages. This will work on-campus. For off-campus access, login into Off-Campus Applications and use the browser provided in there.

Click on the alternative link for Databases A-Z

E-journals A-Z appears to be working normally.

We are investigating the cause and hope to restore access as soon as possible.




Electronic Library and E-Resource Access Issues Update

The Electronic Library is now available after the authentication problems we experienced earlier.

Thank you for your patience.

Research Cafe I: Faculty of Engineering and Technology


Research Café I: Light sabers to laser scalpels, relativistic jets, mechanical stimulation of cell migration, organizational justice

We headed out to the James Parsons Building for the first of our 2015-2016 research cafes in our new format of a faculty-based programme of speakers. Attendees were welcomed with a tasty lunch and fascinating talks from three diverse schools within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

Our first speaker was Christine Unterhitzenberger, a PhD candidate from Built Environment, who is researching a holistic approach to studying the influence of organizational justice on construction project performance. She gave the audience a bit of background on the impact of organizational justice on construction projects on how this can both influence the deadlines and budgets of buildings themselves and also on the treatment of employees through the duration of the project.

The data from a recent questionnaire has only just been received, and Christine is optimistic that this will translate into valuable improvements that will inform future practice. Christine hopes that this may enable clients to become more aware, transparent, and fair and will thereby enhance cooperation and collaboration on the building sites of the future.

Helen Jermak, PhD candidate from the Astrophysics Research Institute, is researching relativistic jets using the Robotic Liverpool Telescope. She began her talk describing the Liverpool Telescope (LT) and declaring that, ‘Blazars are awesome.’ She then provided an excellent basis for understanding various parts of our galaxy by explaining: supermassive black holes, relativistic jets, magnetic fields and our orientation of the views of the galaxies that we see, ‘straight down the jet’ as it were, to the sources we call blazars.

As what she is researching isn’t tangible in the same way as other disciplines, much of her work is based on collecting data from light from the jet called polarisation. By using a polarimeter such as Ringo2 and Ringo3, Helen can collect data to predict the structure and strength of magnetic fields within the jet, thereby understanding these jets that exist close to the edge of black holes. For more information about LT visit: If you would like to fund LT2, the approximate cost will be £20million.

Our third speaker, Duncan Casey, is a multi-disciplinary researcher and a senior lecturer from Built Environment. He discussed the research and design side of making practical tools with light, in particular, solving biological problems with chemistry, physics and engineering. Duncan explained that with normal biochemistry, you tend to get lots of samples and it’s often difficult to isolate the single cells amongst the millions that you have sampled. Using light, or more specifically, lasers, you are able to mark certain cells and leave others alone.

This has potentially a huge impact on how we might first isolate cells, and Duncan discussed the way that using this method may help to better understand circulating tumour cells. He also believes that research in this area has potential to impact on our health: ways to operate, treat and comprehend pure cells from diseases associated with aging.

Taybia Mohammed, a PhD candidate from the General Engineering Research Institute, was our final speaker.   As part of her PhD, Taybia is investigating whether mechanical stimulation can enhance cell migration. In some cases, mechanical stimulation such as vibration, can impact on wound healing. For some diseases, like diabetes, wounds are slow to heal and an increase in cell movement could potentially speed up this process. For her research, Taybia had two different types of cells, L929 and LL24, that were stimulated via a low frequency, low amplitude vibration for different periods of time over different frequencies.

She discovered that mechanical stimulation can increase wound healing, but only at a certain megahertz and only for a specific period of time before the control group would catch up. For future work, Taybia hopes to repeat the same experiments using a different range of frequencies and also with different types of cells.

Research Café I, Wednesday 14th October: Light sabers to laser scalpels, relativistic jets, mechanical stimulation of cell migration, organizational justice….and lunch!

There’s still time to sign up for the first of our free, faculty-based Research Cafes 2015 held over lunchtime.  Our inaugural café will take place on Wednesday, 14 October from 12.30pm-2.00pm in Room 322 Byrom Street.

Here’s a small taster of some of the interesting research that four faculty and students within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology will be discussing:

Duncan Casey, Built Environment:

Light sabers, laser guns and tractor beams are staples of science fiction, but tools that look a lot like them are in far more common use than you might realise. When scientists want to investigate the behaviour of very small systems like individual cells, what’s needed is a very precise toolkit with the ability to pick up and deliver material at tiny length-scales. Join Dr. Duncan Casey to explore how working at this resolution is revolutionising our understanding of biology…and to see some cool toys in action.”

Helen Jermak: Astrophysics Research Institute

“When matter in the vicinity of the black hole moves close enough to become under the influence of the black hole’s gravitational potential, the black hole becomes ‘active’-meaning it begins to accrete the matter.  Active black holes, or active galactic nuclei (AGN) often have relativistic jets associated with them, travelling at speeds close to the speed of light.  Due to the orientation of galaxies on the sky, we see these systems from different views, including straight down the jet-these sources we call blazars. 

Taybia Mohammed: General Engineering Research Institute

“The aim of this investigation is to understand the effects of mechanical stimulation on the migratory behaviour of the fibroblast cells, which play an important role in wound healing.  From this investigation, we hope to accelerate or promote would healing, non-invasively, through physical stimulation alone.  To achieve this a simple speaker-based system was developed, that can deliver low frequency low amplitude (LFLA) vibration to cells in vitro.”

Christine Unterhitzenberger: Built Environment

“The research at hand investigates for the first time holistically the influence of organizational justice on construction project performance. For this purpose an innovative conceptual framework was developed which incorporates organizational justice, organizational justice climate, which is the team’s collective perception regarding the treatment by others, especially authorities, and antecedents of project performance.”

To book your free place, please sign up here:

Extended library opening hours coming soon

Extended library openingAs in previous years from Monday 24th November to Friday 12th December we have employed Library Wardens so we can keep all floors in Aldham and Avril open until 2.30 am.  The ground floors will remain open 24 hours.

You Said, We Did

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Photo Friday: Futuristic Fashion

Art School Students on Hope Street, 1980s

Art School Students on Hope Street, 1980s

The Liverpool School of Art and Design annual Degree Show 2014 opens today and runs for two weeks, showcasing student work from Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Popular Music Studies subject areas. This is an exhibition not to be missed and a highlight in Liverpool’s cultural calendar.

Here is what’s on show this year:

‘Students will be exhibiting pieces developed from a number of projects, including Graphic Design and Illustration, whose degree show features student work resulting from collaborations with a variety of external partners. Most notably, Liverpool-based independent football magazine ‘Spiel’, which asked students to respond to myths surrounding football as a way to further their magazine’s approach of offering a cultural perspective on the beautiful game.

The final year Fine Art exhibition, titled ‘Me, Myself and Art’ will show a diverse range of media, content and approaches to making and this is mirrored by an equally broad set of thematic strands ranging from Freudian symbolism, Celtic myth, Shakespearean drama, autobiography, social realism and a minimalist aesthetic. This year’s exhibition will be staged in LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre, based on the ground floor of the John Lennon Art and Design Building, which has established itself as an international space for reflection on contemporary Fine Art practice.

The Interior Design graduates will be showing their final major project, which focus on one of five site locations selected by each student. The variety of spatial formats provided in these sites offers students the opportunity to continue and deepen their involvement with particular types of space which incorporate a number of functions. Collaborative work space, Accommodation, Leisure, Performance, Exhibition and Retail spaces have all been pursued. Each of these sites provided students with differing design parameters to consider in creatively exploring opportunities for redevelopment. The essential nature of the project is to create a framework within which students can explore and exhibit the knowledge and skills they have accumulated over the duration of their study.

Art School Dress Parade, 1950s
Art School Dress Parade, 1950s

Postgraduate students studying for the Master of Architecture (MArch) and MA Fine Art programmes will be showing their final projects. In an interesting development, students who are graduating on the History of Art degree won’t be exhibiting at the show. Instead, the students recently held a two-day research symposium at Tate Liverpool and will be using their curation skills to assist students studying other disciplines to exhibit their work in various areas of the John Lennon Art and Design Building. The show will also feature a fashion catwalk event of the Fashion Design students’ final work.’

 Our photographs today are taken from a box of recently discovered photographs and programmes from previous degree shows, to be added to the Art School Archive. We have not yet researched these two photographs, believed to be from the 1950s and 1980s, and would be very interested to hear from you if you recognise anyone. Access to material from the Art School Archive is by arrangement with the LJMU Archivist. There is also a selection of photographs from the archive available through our Digital Collections.

The exhibition opens to the public from Friday 30 May to 13 June, 10.00am – 6.00pm weekdays, 12.00noon – 6.00pm weekends.

Taylor & Francis Journals – intermittent access

We have just been notified of intermittent performance issues on the Taylor & Francis Online platform resulting in the journal and article page display showing an error message.

Taylor & Francis are working to rectify this problem as soon as possible

New Trial to PYMCA

We have set up a trial to PYMCA (the Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive)

Access is available by selecting the Login via your home institution option, then selecting Liverpool John Moores University from the drop-down list before fianlly logging in with your LJMU username and password.

The PYMCA Education Library contains over 40,000 images of Youth Culture and Social History, spanning more than 150 years, supported by an extensive set of texts, essays, interviews, trend and insight reports, research materials and links.

The trial is available until the end of 2014.