On Monday 24 June 2024, two major updates will be applied to all our EBSCO databases, including the Discovery Service.  These databases will be running at risk all day, some services such as saving articles and searches and setting up search alerts may be affected by the changes and at some point the EBSCO Discovery Service interface used will change to a new, more intuitive design.

Today, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that marked the beginning of the end for the Nazi regime and the turning point of the Second World War, LGBTQ+ Pride Month celebrating sexual and gender diversity around the world, and Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month celebrating the rich cultural diversity and history of this marginalised community.

D-Day was the start of the overthrow of the Nazi killing machine. The D-Day invasion represented a major turning point in the Allied battle against the Nazis that had systematically isolated and exterminated millions in an attempt to purge Nazi occupied territories of Jews, Roma, the disabled, LGBTQ+ people and other marginalised groups by forces including many LGBTQ+ people who were forced to conceal their sexual orientation from their own comrades.

Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and asexual and other sexually and gender diverse people people have survived persecution and having their identities criminalised throughout history and continue to experience prejudice and discrimination around the world. Many LGBTQ+ people also experience intersectional oppression as a result of also their neurodivergent, PGM, and have other oppressed and other marginalised identities. This post begins to explore how you can help make the world a better place for everyone, including LGBTQ+ people.

As the initial hype around AI begins to die down and people everywhere start to engage meaningfully with the technology, questions are beginning to be asked about what the latest generations of AI are good for. For most, they seem to be succeeding simple search algorithms as a way to find and now summarise existing content automate mundane tasks, freeing humans to make decisions and perform more involved tasks.

We are delighted to welcome an exhibition of lino print illustration art by MA Illustration student Mark Howard Jones. Mark specialises in relief printmaking and painting. He shares that his “work combines the process of making with capturing the social and cultural memories associated with walking, drawing inspiration from the vibrant tapestry of his local Hampshire environment.