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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the GSRR, where developments have been afoot over the Christmas holiday leading to the opening of a new Silent Study Zone. Initial feedback suggests that the new Zone is a success, making noise distraction in the GSRR a thing of the past. Come and let us know what you think of the new setup.

A good resolution for any research student would be one that makes the research process easier, so look out for workshops coming up this year. On Thurs 21st Jan we will be running a Media Zoo workshop on E-readers as a postgraduate research tool. This will run from 4-5pm in IT room 2 in the Library. Check the Media Zoo website for further information on courses coming up in the near future on social media, Second Life, blogging and podcasting.

The Graduate School Media Zoo is open for business as usual in the GSRR from 2pm this week. Come and visit to receive advice on how technology can make your research easier, to look at the E-readers or to create an avatar on Second Life...

If you're snowed in and can't make it to the Library, there are plenty of virtual activities to take part in this week. The University's Learning Futures Festival Online starts tomorrow. Registration is still open and is free to University of Leicester staff and students. Activities include online workshops and paper presentations on themes related to e-learning and the uses of technology in research.

Here's hoping 2010 brings you all a year of successful researching!

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