Pi Anyone? International Pi Day
The 14th of March is International Day of Mathematics and International Pi Day.
What is International Mathematics Day?
On the 26th of November 2019 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) decided March the 14th should be declared the International Day of Mathematics.
The main purpose of the day was to celebrate and highlight the importance of Mathematics. Making people aware mathematics is everywhere and used in everyday life, as well as in specialist industries.
Prior to the birth of International Mathematics Day, the 14th of March was International Pi Day. Continue reading
Neurodiversity Celebration Week
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is on the 13th – 19th of March this year and is a wonderful chance to embrace and learn about neurodiversity.
The term Neurodiversity encompasses a wide variety of neurological differences. The brain can be wired in a multitude of ways. This leads to many variable and complex possibilities for processing and understanding information. Although the use of labels is not always important, many in the community use the term “neurodiverse” to refer to people who may identify as having Dyslexia, DCD (Dyspraxia), Dyscalculia, Autism and ADHD.
Although often the focus is on the challenges associated with being Neurodiverse, there are also many strengths. Therefore, Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a chance for us to focus on the fantastic talents and special gifts that Neurodiversity can also give individuals.
Did you know people with ADHD are often highly creative and great at thinking outside the box? Autistic individuals can be incredible at spotting patterns and details often missed. Oh and we can be funny. Check out comedian Hannah Gatsby and her incredible standup. Not to mention fantastic actors, The renowned Anthony Hopkins is Autistic. Oh and don’t forget the incredible Chris Packham who not only has a brilliant career working with animals but does amazing work helping others in the community. This week join us outside of the box and learn about how great being neurodiverse can be!
Women’s History Month 2023
It’s Women’s History Month 2023. It is celebrated throughout March to highlight the often overlooked contributions that women have made in history and modern times. It is celebrated in March to coincide with International’s Women Day which is celebrated on the 8th of March. According to legend, it coincides when a group of women from different factories in New York City went on strike to demand better working conditions and the right to vote (Britannica.com). Another story is that honours women striking in Petrograd which coincide with the beginning of the Russian Revolution (ibid).
There are different themes each year to the celebration. In the United States, the theme this year is to celebrate women who in storytelling. A theme to highlight the ‘achievements of these powerful women who have used their voice and creativity to inspire, educate, and entertain people across generations all over the world’(International Business Times).
While here in the United Kingdom, the theme is Embrace Equity. Equity being the quality of fairness and impartial and is a must have in today’s world. According to International Women’s Day.com, the reason for the theme is to spark a discussion of ‘why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action (InternationalWomen’sDay.com) In the their words ‘We can all truly embrace equity. It’s not just something we say, It’s not just something we write about, It’s something we need to think about, know, value and embrace. It’s what we believe in, unconditionally. Equity means creating an inclusive world’.
We hope you have had a chance to celebrate Women’s History this month. Each of our libraries have a display for more information and books for further reading. As well as finding more on our library catalogue
You can read about our previous posts here
Photo Source: Library of Congress
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Inspiring women of Scotland
Celebrating International Women’s Day in Scotland, we thought it might be nice to pay homage to some incredible Scottish women both alive and sadly gone. We can only fit in a few here so if you are interested in learning more, why not look up some more information at librarysearch.napier.ac.uk
Source: Heriot Watt University
One little know Scottish woman whose story deserves to be better remembered is Christina Miller. Despite being born female and hearing impaired in 1899, and later losing her sight in one eye, she battled against the norms of the time to become a respected analytical chemist. In addition, she was an inspirational teacher and mentor to generations of students.
Miller was awarded the Keith Prize by the Royal Society of Edinburgh for her scientific paper on phosphorus trioxide. She became one of the first 5 women to be elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. There is even a building at the University of Edinburgh named after her.
Source: British Library
An all-round amazing person, Mukami McCrum has lived in Scotland most of her life. Mukami fights for women’s rights, in particular BAME and LGBT women who need support from domestic abuse. Furthermore, she is one of the founders of Shakti Women’s Aid and campaigns to end Female Genital Mutilation.
She was the chief executive of Central Scotland Racial Equality Council and has brought her deep commitment to race and gender justice to many organisations, including Akina Mama wa Afrika, World Council of Churches, and Responding to Conflict Trust. She has an MBE for her community and human rights work.
National Bed Month
March is National Bed Month so what better time to remind you how important it is to get enough good quality sleep – especially with dissertation deadlines looming and exams imminent. Countless studies show that getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being. Like exercise and a balanced diet, sleep may help prevent a range of health issues, including heart disease and depression.
As a student you may not feel that sleep is something to prioritize. You have course work, social events and perhaps a part-time job to fit in to your busy schedules, so missing out on a few hours’ sleep doesn’t matter, does it? The consequences of poor-quality sleep or sleep deprivation include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Increased anxiety
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of creativity
- Negative impact on your overall mental health
Staying awake for 18 hours can have the same effect as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05% which is the same as the Scottish drink drive limit. Staying awake for 24 hours can equate to a BAC of 0.10% which is well over it.
How to get some quality sleep
Although many studies argue that 8 hours sleep is recommended for adults, it is actually the quality of your sleep that is vital. This means you need to stick to a regular sleeping pattern to ensure that you get enough REM (rapid-eye movement) or ‘dream’ sleep.
So how can you do this?
- Consistency-try going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time each morning
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet and at a comfortable temperature.
- Remove electronic devices an hour before you want to sleep.
- Exercise during the day.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine or large meals before sleeping.
- Structure your day and plan ahead of your exams, assignments and due dates and activities so you don’t end up cramming or working late into the night.
The benefits of a good night sleep
Because there are many benefits to getting enough good quality sleep it’s a no-brainer that you should be prioritising sleep to maximize results. Benefits to students from a good sleep include:
- Sharper brain
- Increased productivity
- More positive mood
- Stress reduction
- Boosted immune system
Taking these active steps to promote healthy sleep should help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and get a more restorative sleep.
You can use Library Search to find books and articles on sleep deprivation and the benefits of sleep.
If you feel you need some guidance on how to better your study routine, some tips are provided in the link provided below:
You can read our post of National Sleep Day from 2022
By Vivienne Hamilton
Photo by Liz Vo
Changes to the spaces at Craiglockhart library
We have made some changes to the library spaces at Craiglockhart campus over the past few months. By removing unused bookshelves at the rear of the library the area is now much more open and the space is being used more effectively.
The relaxation space has been made larger and is brighter and less confined. There are lots of helpful books and posters promoting relaxation, taking time out from your studies and de-stressing. Look out for our different suggestions throughout the year from birdwatching to beachcombing. We have provided some new games, non-academic books and origami paper. We have increased the amount of seating and returned the cushions and throws to the area.
Our shelf help books are now in a dedicated space making them easier to find.
The jigsaw tables have been moved away from study spaces and there are extra puzzles to help complete.
There are 4 new single study booths and 2 extra round tables for groups, along with some new social seating. All these spaces are available on a first come first served basis so if you think you would like to use any of them, arrive early as they are proving popular!
Along with the changes to the library spaces some of our PCs now have dual monitors.
We hope you like the changes and think the new spaces are useful, and please remember, your feedback is always welcome.
We have access to shelf help through our blog https://libguides.napier.ac.uk/shelfhelp
And more information on Craiglockhart library https://my.napier.ac.uk/library/about-the-library/craiglockhart
LGBT+ History Month
LGBT+ History Month and the Library
As we approach the end of February, we are coming to the end of LGBT+ History Month. While the book displays may come down, we would like to stress that this is not a monthly note in our calendar. We are an ally 365 days of the year, please browse our LibrarySearch catalogue for further reading. Also in addition, we have our virtual bookshelves https://blogs.napier.ac.uk/library/virtual-bookshelves/ and a reading list over at our LibGuides page https://libguides.napier.ac.uk/wellbeing/sexuality
We want the library to be a safe and inclusive space for all our users.
We are currently working on decolonising our reading list which we hope will be published soon.
Pets of the Library Part 2
After the last few years of remote working and with staff working more from home now, meeting their feline companions during online meetings has been so much fun. Little furry faces and tails have often popped up mid-way through a very important discussion. Many of our staff have loved being able to spend more time with their creatures of choice; I know I love having a friendly work buddy to hang out with at home during the workday.
So to celebrate this year’s International Love your pet day we think it would be nice to introduce you all to some of our furry friends.
Pets of the Library Part 1
National Love Your Pet day is on the 20th of February. Everyone knows Librarians love cats, but we are an open-minded and inclusive lot here at Edinburgh Napier and our homes are open to not just fluffy felines but delightful dogs too! In Pets of the Library part 1 we showcase some of our Librarian’s gorgeous pups.
So come meet a few of our Staff’s Dogs!
❤Love Your Library Week, 13-17 February ❤
Love is in the air this week! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, why not drop by the library and help yourself to some love heart sweets until stocks last. Leave us a little note telling us what you love about the library or what we can improve. We love getting feedback!
Information on all the services the Library provides can be found on the My Napier Library Webpage. Useful information includes opening hours, how to search for and borrow books, using our Click and Collect service, and how to order Inter-Library Loans. As well as finding information relevant to your subject area using our Subject Guides. And much much more. Have a little browse. Additionally, if any important updates come in about the library, you will find them there.
My Napier Library webpages
One of our best resources is LibrarySearch. We love to boast about it but we may be biased. It is the quickest and easiest way to search across our three libraries for the books and online resources you require. You can find hundreds of thousands of ebooks and subscription resources online without leaving your home. It really is that amazing.
Don’t forget, if you have any questions about the library, you can contact us via email at email@example.com or call us on 0131 455 3500. We are here to help.
by Sarah Jeffcott
You can read about our previous Valentine’s Love your Library event here.