Thursday, 29 August 2013

Winner of the Rencontres d'Arles 2013 Book Awards - new book

The winners of the Rencontres d'Arles 2013 Book Awards were announced back in July, so I am a bit slow in bringing this to your attention.  I do so because we have recently acquired one of the winning books: the winner of the 'historical' prize - AOI [COD.19.I.I.43] - AZ7 [S/COD.23] by Ros├óngela Renn├│.

This is a not-for-sale limited edition, only distributed to libraries in Brazil and internationally, so I'm very pleased that we have been able to acquire it, along with a couple of other titles by this photographer.  There are no other libraries in the UK with a copy as far as I am aware.


There is an interview with the photographer at:  (12.09.13)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Getty opens up its collections

Getty are making, "4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose." This is pretty incredible. See more here.

Julia Margaret Cameron, photographer (British, born India, 1815 - 1879).   A Bacchante, June 20, 1867, Albumen silver print.  Image: 32.4 x 26.7 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.) Mount: 58.4 x 46.4 cm (23 x 18 1/4 in.).  The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

William Henry Fox Talbot, photographer (English, 1800 - 1877). An Oak Tree in Winter, probably 1842 - 1843, Salted paper print. Image: 19.4 x 16.6 cm (7 5/8 x 6 9/16 in.) Sheet: 22.4 x 18.7 cm (8 13/16 x 7 3/8 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

International Film Guide - ceases publication

I have been informed that the International Film Guide, the "definitive annual review of world cinema," is unlikely to be published in 2014, having also not been published in 2013.  This is a great shame, as this really was a phenomenal resource - underused: yes; not known about: probably, but very well researched, and a great addition to the library.  After forty eight editions, is this really the end?

Our holdings of the previous editions are pretty comprehensive.

Thursday, 8 August 2013


Mendeley is a relatively new reference manager and research tool, which has done much to introduce a social network element to reference management.  It was in the educational/tech press earlier in the year when Elsevier (the publishing giant) bought the company for a reported £45-£60 million (see the report in Wired for example).

A colleague has been offering introductions to this, and you can see his slides below.

Or here is another set of slides from a librarian in Singapore:


There is now a guide to the new wireless printing services (called 'Everyone Print') on the library and IT web-pages at:

This new service allows you to print from any device - tablet, phone, laptop - without the need to download any drivers or whatnot.


A one year artists' residency is available at Harrow Arts Centre.  This is open to anyone aged 18-25, who lives, works or studies in Harrow, working in any art form.

Further details:

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Thames & Hudson - new titles

As ever, there are a few interesting new photography titles in the new Thames & Hudson catalogue.  Take a look for yourself:

Thames & Hudson publishes illustrated books on a wide range of subjects including Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Archaeology and History.

Film theory - the most borrowed books

Back in April, I did some research to determine which were the most borrowed books in the area of Photography theory.  You can see the results here.

I thought it was about time to redo the exercise - this time focussing on film.  So, here is the list - the ten most borrowed books in film... (in the past three years).

The list starts with the most borrowed item first this time.  You can also take a look at the books on Library Search in A-Z order.

Bordwell, D. Film art; an introduction [various editions]. McGraw-Hill.

Braudy, L. and Cohen, M. (eds.). Film theory and criticism; introductory readings [various editions]. Oxford University Press.

Cook, P. The cinema Book [various editions].  BFI.

Bordwell, D. (1986). Narration in fiction film. Routledge.

Andrejevic, M. (2004).  Reality TV: the work of being of being watched.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Metz, C. (1982). Psychoanalysis and cinema; the imaginary signifier.  Macmillan.

Chion, M. (1994). Audio-vision: sound on screen. Columbia University Press.

Mill, B. (2005). Television sitcom. BFI.

Mcabe, J. and Akass, K. (2007). Quality TV; contemporary American television and beyond. I. B. Tauris.

Rees, A. L. A history of experimental film and video; from the canonical avant-garde to contemporary British practice [two editions].  BFI.