Thursday, 30 August 2012

Manuals and videos - more available online

Do you use manuals for photography, film or animation?

The range of manuals available in print in the library is not as wide as what is available through our online collections... 

Safari Books Online
 
There are over 3000 titles in the 'digital media' category on Safari Books Online and these are constantly being added to.  Safari includes manuals on software packages, and on individual cameras, as well as themed books on topics such as photographic composition, 3D animation and television production.
Safari Books Online - Animation & 3D
Safari Books Online - Video 
Safari Books Online - Photography
Science Direct / Focal collection

In addition, we also have over 200 titles from Focal Press in the Science Direct collection.  Again, there are titles on specific software applications, and other titles related to animation, film and photography.  Examples include 'Night photography,' 'Frame-by-frame Stop Motion' and 'The Film Makers Eye.' This platform allows you to download chapters as PDFs and store them on the device of your choice.

Science Direct collection

Other platforms

There are also sundry titles from other ebook platforms, such as 'Dawsonera'.  These, along with all the titles from Safari and Science Direct, are listed on Library Search.  Search for the topic that you are interested in and select the 'full text online' link.

Video Content

As well as books, Safari also includes over 500 video tutorials.  These are not listed on Library Search, so you need to use the link below.  You will find tutorials on applications within the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as some other titles - e.g.'Mastering landscape photography'.

http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/video
You may also find instructional programmes on Box of Broadcasts, such as the 'How to take stunning pictures' broadcast on Channel 5, and featuring Martin Parr (in the final programme).  Episodes include advice on portraiture, wedding photography, sports photography, photographing animals, and travel photography.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Harrow development

I got quite excited seeing the new development works at Harrow last week.  The glass has gone in, so its really taking shape now.  The site looks much more inviting coming from the south.  Its early days, but I'm guessing that its going to make a big impact on the feel of the place....






Thursday, 16 August 2012

New books - Jun-Aug

Here we go....  The budgets for 2011-12 have now closed, so the final of this year's four new acquisitions updates can be published a little early.  Enjoy!

A note to my academic colleagues - with little more than four weeks to go before the beginning of the new academic year, now is the time to let me know of any new books that you will be recommending to students next semester.

2012 Film & TV Jun-Aug

2012 Photography Jun-Aug 

[+ Robert Heinecken: Copywork (not on Google Books)]



Some miscellaneous titles

Flesh of my flesh / Kaja Silverman.
[includes essays on Terrence Malick, James Coleman, and Gerhard Richter]

Autonomy. New forms of freedom and independence in art and culture. / Jorinde Seijdel; Liesbeth Meli

Living in the end times / Slavoj Zizek.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Sight & Sound - greatest films of all time



The new issue of Sight and Sound is in the library, and features the latest of their decennial polls of 'The greatest films of all time' (the greatest is no longer Citizen Kane!). 

This issue is also a relaunch issue, and they are promising...

- a bigger magazine, with more columns

- a wider remit, with coverage of the business of films, and artists' films

- a digital edition for individual subscribers (this doesn't include libraries unfortunately)

More information on the current issue is available here.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Boy who Never Grew Up

Nick Danziger examines the work of Jacques Henri Lartigue...

This programme was orignally broadcast in 2009 as part of BBC4's Photography Night. Its just one of the thousands of programmes we now have access to through our new subscription to Box of Broadcasts. You will need to login to BoB to view.


This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of an ERA Licence. For terms of use and to find and record more programmes please visit BoB National.

LOG-IN REQUIRED

To login to Bob, click on the BOB National site link; then type 'westminster' into the 'where are you from' box on the left of the page, and click the 'go to login' button.  This should produce a Westminster login screen, where you can type in your university username and password.  Finally refresh this page (the blog page) - f5 will do it.

For more information about our subscription to Box of Broadcasts follow this link.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The rules of film noir

Matthew Sweet celebrates the hardboiled world of noir movies...

This programme was first broadcast in 2009 as part of BBC4's noir weekend. Its just one of the thousands of programmes we now have access to through our new subscription to Box of Broadcasts. You will need to login to BoB to view.

 "In the world of film noir, legs like hers are bound to get bound up in something..."


This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of an ERA Licence. For terms of use and to find and record more programmes please visit BoB National.

LOG-IN REQUIRED

To login to Bob, click on the BOB National site link; then type 'westminster' into the 'where are you from' box on the left of the page, and click the 'go to login' button.  This should produce a Westminster login screen, where you can type in your university username and password.  Finally refresh this page (the blog page) - f5 will do it.

For more information about our subscription to Box of Broadcasts follow this link.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Bob has arrived!


Box of Broadcasts (known as BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service, which the University of Westminster has recently subscribed to.  Current subscribers also include the universities of Leeds, Brighton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and others.

BOB allows users to watch, record and archive TV and radio programmes from selected free-view channels (including BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV, Channel4, Five, BBC Radio3, BBC Radio 4 and others).

Users can view archived programmes, make clips from them and create personal or shared playlists.

Users can also make additions to the BoB archive, by requesting programmes to be added to the archive.

Use the 'where are you from' login to access, using this link; and create an account to access the full features.  Watch the videos from the Unversity of Bournemouth below for a great overview.

Further information is available from the Academic Liaison Librarian team.


Overview of Box of Broadcasts


Recording Programmes 


Playlists 


Creating Clips