Thursday, 28 March 2013

New journal issues

The following journals have issued new issues recently:


Journal of British Cinema and Television


New Review of Film and Television Studies


Television and New Media

New books

There are plenty of new books in stock since February when I last did the update.  In photography there are a range of titles, including several new anthologies in the 'Documents of contemporary arts' series, a new book from Reaktion looking at photography and China, and titles by Pieter Hugo, Andreas Gursky, Tom Hunter and Wolfgang Tillmans.  There is also this beautiful book from Japan:

[Burning chrome by
Norihisa Hosaka]

In film and television  we continue to build on our holdings of books relating to international film, with books relating to Latin America, India, Algeria, Southeast Asia, and South Korea; and we also have the fourth edition of the 'Film genre reader' - we have included the full table of contents in the catalogue record with this edition.

(Both these pictures are taken from my twitter feed.  If you would like occassional tweets about new books and other stuff please follow me.)

Selected ebooks

All of the following ebooks have been bought on the 'Dawsonera' platform, which will be revamped soon.

MoCap for artists : workflow and techniques for motioncapture / Midori Kitagawa and Brian Windsor

Understanding motion capture for computer animation­ (2e) /­ Alberto Menache

Baudrillard reframed­ : interpreting key thinkers for the arts / Kim Toffoletti

Google and the culture of search­ / by Ken Hillis, Michael Petit, Kylie Jarrett

Cinematography: theory and practice: image making for cinematographers and directors, 2e / Blain Brown

Running the show: the essential guide to being a first assistant director / Liz Gill

Visions of England: class and culture in contemporary cinema / Paul Dave

OAPEN Library

We will also be adding selected items from OAPEN Library to Library Search.  OAPEN Library is an online collection of open access online books.  There are quite a few interesting film titles from Amsterdam University Press, and Manchester University Press amongst others.  Look out for a number of titles by Thomas Elsaesser.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Library opening hours - Easter weekend

Seats in library

Cavendish and Regent Libraries will be closed from 8pm Thursday 28 March and will reopen 24/7 from 9am Tuesday 2 April.

Marylebone and Harrow Libraries will remain open 24/7 throughout the weekend with security guard presence as the library counters will be closed.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Film reference titles now added to FIAF Plus

Researchers using FIAF Plus will now benefit from the addition of five key reference works to this much-loved database of film periodicals in full text.

It would have been even better if they were browsable.  However, you can view the table of contents using the links that I have provided below.  To search the contents of these texts, go to the Search Reference Works section of FIAF.

Texts included:

Film Analysis:A Norton Reader (Norton, 2005)

Encyclopedia of Early Cinema (Routledge, 2004)

Routledge Companion to Film History, (Routledge, 2010)

Oxford History of World Cinema (OUP, 1997)

Critical Ideas in Television Studies (OUP, 1999)

FIAF Plus is a collection of leading full-text film journals from around the world (many available from Volume I, Issue I), providing essential complementary full-text support to the article and index records in FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals.

Updated monthly, users benefit from the most current electronic issues of film journals, including:

• American Cinematographer (1972 – Present)
• Cineaste (1971 (Volume I) –Present)
• Film Comment (1971– Present)
• Positif (1972–present)
• Sight & Sound (1932 (Volume I) –Present)

FIAF Plus is available online at:  For off-site access, use the link provided in Library Search.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The film that changed my life

If I had a spare million, I'd snap up one of the super flats at the Barbican.  Not purely for the wonderful cinemas at the complex, but it would definitely be one of the reasons.  Their new film series presents fourteen life-changing films selected and introduced by well-known critics. 'The Films that changed my life' starts in April.

Films and the critics who chose them...
The Battle of Algiers introduced by David Gritten
Hamlet introduced by Nicholas Kenyon
The 400 Blows introduced by Sukhdev Sandhu
Raging Bull introduced by Peter Bradshaw
Celine and Julie Go Boating introduced by Jonathan Romney
The Garden introduced by Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
First Men in the Moon + East of Sudan introduced by Kim Newman
I Know Where I'm Going! introduced by Kate Muir
A Night to Remember introduced by Jenny McCartney
Ship of Theseus introduced by Derek Malcolm
The Lady Eve introduced by Wendy Ide
Bad Day at Black Rock introduced by Philip French
If... introduced by Dave Calhoun
Annie Hall introduced by Jason Solomons