Lexis Library and PSL are giving way to a more streamlined search interface with more intelligent search support features.

Lexis Library is getting a significant facelift this September. Right in time for the start of term, the intricate old interface is being replaced by a modern, minimalist style that is as attractive as it is intuitive and supported by artificial intelligence search algorithms that help predict what you are looking for and help analyse searches and document results.

It can be very tempting to post a big photo of your graduation certificate on all your social media channels but as fraud prevention experts Cifas point out, there are good reasons not to do so. Any personal information you share with the world or simply fail to protect from those with an unhealthy interest in your identity and personal history makes you more vulnerable to identity theft. Prevention is better than cure, although credit experts still maintain that both care and vigilance is necessary to stay safe in the modern world.

A group of school leavers visited us as part of their National Citizenship Service to design and carry out a social action project and created a community display that represented their interests as young people, to make an impact on the academic community at the University of Portsmouth. View images of the display here on the Library blog or come in and see the display for yourself in the Library Atrium.

Reading for pleasure for just 30 minutes a week is associated with many benefits, from increased life satisfaction, self-esteem, better sleep, creativity, and happiness to improved social skills. It helps us rediscover all of who we are as we recognise feelings and situations faced by characters, reminding us of our common humanity and helping us remember and reconnect to all that we are and not just those aspects of ourselves we feel reduced to by the doubts and anxieties of the moment. So where can you most easily find things to read for pleasure?

When I say “summer” and “health food”, what immediately springs to mind? Salad? Fruit salad? you haven’t been watching the right adverts, and by right I mean this little gem from 1938, in which the ladies all take a break from gym class to enjoy an ice cream as part of their healthy lifestyle.

I'm starting to understand why mathematics was regarded as a form of magic in the Middle Ages.

What do the letters pi, tau, a circle, and the rather questionable assertion that everything you do on 15 March is wrong but the same things on 16 March are all right have in common? Apart from a librarian with access to blogging software being too hot to do real work? Read on to find out!