Thursday, 23 October 2014

BFI InView; British history through the lens

We have just renewed our license to BFI InView.  This doesn't cost us anything, but this is an archive that is only available within UK Universities.  It includes TV broadcasts illustrating various aspects of British history, loosely organised around several themes:

1. Education
2. Industry / Economy
3. Health
4. Law and Order
5. Environment
6. Immigration, Race and Equality

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Welcome to the library

One of my colleagues in the library service has produced this excellent video introducing our services...  Its a great introduction to some of the services that the library provides.

For a more detailed introduction to Library and IT services, take a look at my slides for the orientation sessions that I am leading in the next couple of weeks.  Don't worry, this is a more detailed version of the actual presentation.

Finally, here is a link to my DropBox public folder where you can download various guides, including the 'big guide'.  If you dare!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

US archive of videos - Free Trial

We have free access to the Alexander Street Press video archive up until the end of November 2014 in order to assess its usefulness.

There are two 'volumes' of Asian Film (see under ‘collections’), which looks like the most useful for the subjects I support.  The Art and Architecture collection doesn't reveal much but if you keyword search for 'photography' there are some relevant titles (e.g.  Gregory Crewdson: The Aesthetics of Repression).  There is also a large collection of documentaries in the Filmmakers Library Online, including ‘Out of Print’ on publishing in the digital age which I am going to watch.

If you wish you can set up a personal account, which will allow you to select items to create playlists - which you can keep to yourself, share with the world, or just share with people at Westminster.

In the box below, scroll down and type in 'westminster' where it says 'search by institution name.'  Please let me know if you find anything particularly useful.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

New Magazines

We've been feeling a little flush in the library, and have managed to subscribe to some new magazines (actually, we've had a little money from various titles ceasing publication).

New subscriptions

Colors [Photography / Fashion]
Critical Studies in Television [Film and Television]  - online only (actually a journal)
London Review of Books [General] 
Printed pages [General - art and design]
Selvedge  [Textiles]
Tank Magazine [General - art and culture]
Tate etc [General - art]
V magazine [Fashion]

At the present time, Kilimanjaro, seems to have gone quiet (in fact the last issue came out at the end of 2011, but they assure me it is just resting rather than dead).  If we see a new edition, we'll get it on a one-off basis.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The Animator's Survival Kit - now in stock

We now have two copies of the Richard Williams' Animator's Survival Kit DVD-set in stock in the library.  The set comprises 16 DVDs, covering the following:

Disc 1. Starting right -- Disc 2. Timing and spacing -- Disc 3. Working methods -- Disc 4. More timing, more spacing -- Disc 5. Building walks -- Disc 6. Flexibility in a walk -- Disc 7. Sneaks, runs, and animal action -- Disc 8. Flexibility -- Disc 9. Overlapping action and weight -- Disc 10. Takes -- Disc 11. Vibrates -- Disc 12. Anticipation and accents -- Disc 13. Dialogue 1. -- Disc 14. Dialogue 2. -- Disc 15. Directing and performance -- Disc 16. Putting it all together.

Find out more about the DVDs at the Animator's Survival Kit website.