Thursday, 25 December 2014

New books - Happy Christmas

No, I'm not working on Christmas day!  However, last Friday before leaving work, I ran the new books reports and scheduled this post for the following Thursday - which just happens to be Christmas day this year. 

These are quite long lists, so a useful tip is to sign into Library Search and change the display settings so that you get 50 results per page.  You will find this in the Personal Settings within 'My Library Account'




Happy Christmas!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Key articles on World Film and Cinema

Routledge are providing free access to a wide range of articles from its 'World Film and Cinema' collection of academic journals.  They are a great introduction to the wide-range of journals from this publisher.

There is also free access to articles on South Asian Cinema and Television until the end of the year.

Research Excellence Framework - GREAT RESULTS!

There were great results for CREAM and CAMRI in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.  The university's research has been ranked 3rd nationally in the area "Art and Design: History,  Practice and Theory" and 5th in the area "Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information management."

The period covered by the exercise is 2008-2013 inclusive, so this is a significant positive appraisal of the research carried out in these areas over this time.

The full results can be found on the THES website here (the relevant units are 34 and 36 if you are looking at the subject tables).

Further reading

REF Key Facts

Evolution of the REF (THES, 17 October 2013)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Photography books of the year

The books covered in these selections are mainly what the Deutcher Fotobuchpreis calls 'Konzeptionell-künstlerische Fotobildbände.' Google translates this as 'conceptual and artistic photo image volumes' but we normally call them photobooks.  These are not the only sort of books referred to of course, its just there isn't so much attention given to academic texts and surveys.  More to follow (and will be added at the bottom of this post).

Kraszna Krausz Book Awards 2014

TIME Special Preview: A Guide to the Best Fall Photobooks

Photographers' Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals
Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse - Ponte City

TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2014

Disco Night September 11 by Peter van Agtmael
Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down - Eugene Richards
 - a wake up call for photobook publishers according to Olivier Laurent, of TIME LightBox

Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber
Hidden Islam by Nicolo Degiorgis
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness and Printed in Germany.

Les Rencontres Arles Photographie Book Awards

Hidden Islam by Nicolo Degiorgis
Johan van der Keuken - Paris mortel retouché

Photobook Award Kassel

Winner: Frédéric Brenner An Archeology of Fear and Desire

The best photography books out now (Telegraph - 13th Oct)

Photographers' Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse - Ponte City
Zanele Muholi - Faces + Phases 2006-14

Best Photobooks (BJP - Dec 2014)

Deutscher Fotobuchpreis

The best photography books of 2014 (The Guardian)

Notable Photo Books of 2014: Part I (PDN)

Best Photobooks of the Year 2014 (American Photo)

Lucie Awards

Winner (Book Publisher of the Year): Glitterati Incorporated for Jean-Pierre Laffont - Photographer's paradise; turbulent America 1960-1990


The Best Books of 2014 (Photo-eye)

Hidden Islam by Nicolo Degiorgis
The Winners by Rafal Milach
Carpoolers by Alejandro Cartagena
Ponte City by Mikhail Subotzsky & Patrick Waterhouse

Photography Books of the Year 2014 (Source Photographic Review) 
- refreshingly a selection of books which focuses on writing about photography

Five notable Japanese photo books of 2014 

Even more...

Top ten: the best photo books of 2014

Livres de photographie 2014 : une sélection (Remi Coignet - Le Monde)

Erik Kessels photobook selection 2014

The Fourteen Photobook Highlights of 2014 by Tom Claxton

Even more...

Telegraph - My favourite photo books of 2014

Vogue Italia's Best 2014 PhotoBooks

- Contributors list their favourite photobooks

Conscientious Magazine - My favourite photobooks in 2014

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. 

Greatest documentaries of all time

Sight and Sound's poll can be found here: the greatest documentaries of all time

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Interpreting Vivian Maier

With John Maloof's documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier' currently in the cinemas, you might be interested to know that the BBC broadcast their own documentary on the nanny/photographer last year and it is available on Box of Broadcasts: Vivian Maier - Who Took Nanny's Pictures?.  The trailer is above.

I watched both yesterday, and it is interesting to note the differences.

Maloof chose not to appear in the BBC's documentary because he was making his own film. Instead, they interview Ron Slattery, who owns about 2000 prints and negatives, and who is not in Maloof's film, and Jeff Goldstein, who is also not in the Maloof film, and who bought his collection from Randy Prow - one of three primary buyers, who bought the collection when Maier’s possessions came up for sale.

While the Maloof documentary focuses on his own central role in bringing the photographer’s work to light, the BBC show highlights the other actors - taking a closer look at what was bought by whom, and for how much, and when. We hear, for example, from auctioneer Roger Gunderson, who bought the contents of her lockers for $250 dollars - bidding from the door of the lockers for the contents, in a sort of lucky dip. We also hear from Ron Slattery, who seems to suggest that Maloof only began to understand the significance of his find, when contacted by Allan Sekula. And we hear from Jeff Goldstein, who describes how he is happy that his own purchases was ‘at one remove from all that stuff’ (by which he means the first few auctions).

By far the most authoritative voice in both documentaries is Joel Meyerowitz, who attests to Maier’s strength as a photographer, but also (in the BBC documentary anyway) to his concern that, “we’re only seeing pictures that the people who bought the suitcases decided to edit, and what sort of editors are they?” That, I imagine, is going to remain a pertinent question, as more of this intriguing photographer’s work comes to light.

Vivian Maier - who took nanny’s pictures? is repeated next Tuesday on BBC1 at 11:05PM and is available on Box of Broadcasts.

Further Reading

Paul Gallagher & Rob Hastings, The Vivian Maier “Discovery” Is More Complicated Than We Thought, The Independent, Friday 18 July 2014

Thames & Hudson - Autumn titles

Thames & Hudson are the publisher of many fine books in the visual arts, and we have many of their previous titles relating to photography.  Their forthcoming titles for the Autumn include four glossy surveys, and some interesting reprints.  The surveys include one title on landscape photography, one on emerging fashion photographers, one on photographers' sketchbooks, and one on key 'photoshows.' 

Thames & Hudson are based in London, and have a shop opposite the Royal Academy on Picadilly.

Grierson 2014: the British Documentary Awards - shortlist

The short-listed titles for the British Documentary Awards have just been announced.  Eight films are shortlisted in eleven categories.  See all the short-listed titles here

Most of these are available on Box of Broadcasts.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Art Full Text Top Ten

Use of Art Full Text is going down and we're not sure why.  The number of downloads in 2013 is now half of what is was in 2009.  It has seen a steady decline from 2010, but the major drop came in 2010, with the introduction to Library Search.

Library Search was a step forward in terms of searching for books, and for many subjects it works very well for journal articles.  However, magazine content - which is a strength of Art Full Text - is virtually omitted altogether.  Some big magazines, such as Aperture, and Sight and Sound will appear in an articles search, but many titles will not, so this content is often not visible to students.  The same is true for Google Scholar, which for many students is becoming a primary research tool. 

How do we get students to use databases like Art Full Text, and FIAF Index to Film Periodicals?  It is necessary for them to do so?  I don't know the answer!

The most used titles on Art Full Text in 2013 were as follows:

Art Monthly
Art Press
Studies in Literary Imagination
Art Review
Architects Journal

Thursday, 1 May 2014

A guide to the best Spring/Summer Photo Books

...from TIME.  View the TIME Special Preview here: A Guide to the Best Spring/Summer Photo Books

Kraszna Krausz Book Awards 2014

The winning books for the Kraszna Krausz Book Awards 2014 were announced yesterday.  Winning and short-listed titles can be found here.  The winners are as follows:

Photography Book Award

Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer by Agnès Sire and Gonzalo Leiva Quijada

Moving Image Book Award

Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925 by Luke McKernan

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Open Access Policy for the university

If you are publishing in journals this will be of interest...

The university has a new Open Access Policy.  In essence this states that, "The university supports the principle of making publically funded and peer‐reviewed research available via open access."  This reflects HEFCE's policy of making open access a requirement for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework - for journal articles.  You can read more about HEFCE's stance here, along with details about the work they are doing in relation to monographs.

Open Access can either be through the 'gold' or 'green' routes:

Gold - is where the research is made available through publishing with an open access journal OR through paying a subscription-based journal to publish the article available on an open-access basis.  (Limited funds are available to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) if that applies to the journal you are submitting to.  See the link below for the application form.)

Green - is where the research is made available via a repository (e.g. WestminsterResearch), where this is allowed by the journal that has accepted your work.  In this model the publisher sometimes imposes an embargo (i.e. you have to wait for a period before you have the right to include your research on WestminsterResearch), but some journals do allow immediate inclusion on an institutional respository.

More information is available about how this will work at Westminster on the WestminsterResearch pages (use the links in the grey sub-menu to navigate).  You should look particularly at the 'Information for our authors and open access policy' section, which gives links to two useful resources - SHERPA/JULIET and SHERPA/ROMEO.

These resources have been around for an age and give you a quick reference to what the policies of funders are in relation to open access (SHERPA/JULIET) and what the policies of individual journals are (SHERPA/ROMEO).  SHERPA/ROMEO will show what a journals policies are in relation to:
  • paid open access
  • the deposit to an institutional repository of: author's pre-prints (i.e. pre-refereed and not compliant with the HEFCE policy), author's post-prints (as published minus publisher formatting), and the publisher version/PDF. 

This new policy will give impetus to the use of WestminsterResearch as not just a record of published work, but as a repository of it; and in many cases you will already have the right to deposit the full-text of articles you have authored onto WestminsterResearch.

If you would like to discuss any of this with me, please get in touch.  I have been briefed, and I am also attending an update session next week where I could raise any issues that you wish to raise.

Further Reading

See my post on Open Access Search Tools

Open access - search tools

With the change in policy from HEFCE in relation to the REF, it looks like there is some impetus for these long-standing initiatives below to come into their own.  Most useful in this list, which I collated a couple of years ago, are CORE, DOAB, DOAJ, EThOS, OAIster, and PQDT Open.

CORE - an aggregated search of UK repositories (it's like Google Scholar for UK research repositories).  Further information.

DART-Europe - research theses from a consortium of European research libraries

DOAB - Directory of Open Access Books

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

EThOS [Electronic Theses Online Service from the British Library.  Selected items available for download after registration]

OAPEN [Open Access Publishing in European Networks] is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

OAIster - a union catalogue of open access resources, provided by OCLC/Worldcat.  Further information

OpenDOAR Search - search contents of open access repositories listed on OpenDOAR [Directory of Open Access Repositories]

OpenDepot Search - search of e-prints from researchers at institutions that do not have an institutional repository

PQDT Open [Proquest Dissertations and Theses Open] - provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses available on the Proquest platform

ROAR Search - search contents of repositories listed on ROAR [Registry of Open Access Repositories]

SHERPA Search - search UK repositories listed on OpenDOAR [Directory of Open Access Repositories]

Thursday, 17 April 2014

New journal issues

I haven't got time today to offer you direct links to the new journal issues, so use the link below to see the relevant titles on Library Search. 


This gives me an idea...

New books

Here are the latest books, acquired since 14th January:

Film and Television



Thursday, 10 April 2014

Useful libraries and bookshops in London

I haven't shared this Google Map for a while, so here it is again.... There are a few updates in the Shoreditch area (where else?). There will be a few more updates soon I think, once I get hold of a copy of The Eyes (as the new edition is a special on London). Please share anything I have overlooked.

View Useful London Libraries & Bookshops - Photography and Film in a larger map

Too busy being busy

'Email has meant we just generate that hamster wheel of communications. We spend our days answering messages, batting things forwards and backwards; we have forgotten that that's not everything about work - that's just a part of work. When is the time you actually stop and think creatively; [when] you start to think about how we could do things differently: "how could I innovate the thing that I am doing here?" We don't do that because we are too busy being busy! '

More of this on the video below...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Journals/Magazines - new issues

Use the links below to access recent issues from these two journals:

Third Text, Vol. 28, No. 2, 04 Mar 2014

Visual Studies

EThOS [Electronic Theses Online Service]

Those groovy people at the BL have produced this video about the 'Ethos' service.  Search the collection now:

It’s a free research tool which gives access to much of the UK’s doctoral research. Search over 350,000 theses covering every subject area, and download over 100,000 straight away.

• Search and read theses on your topic;
• Find examples of how to structure and approach your thesis;
• Research the work of specific institutions or academics.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Breadth, depth, digital, print

This is a blog.  I am not an academic.  Inevitably, any of the very few interpretative elements here are going to be under-researched; probably unoriginal; frequently banal; sometimes plagiarised or poorly referenced and possibly wrong.  Individual posts are liable to be changed without notice - I may delete controversial statements written in haste or even add them.  Don't judge this by the standards that you apply to a journal article or an academic book.  If, by chance, I write something you think is interesting, don't use it without referencing me, but look first to see if someone with more authority has said it first, and said it better.  As sure as eggs is eggs, it will be out there...  and it will be a better reference.

Google can get you so far, but not very far.  How far would you get researching an essay on "Walid Raad" using Google?  About as far as Wikipedia, and thousands of snippets of fact and opinion, with some analysis which you may or may not be able to evaluate.  The in-depth analysis is more likely to be found in academic sources.

Today's research environment is confusing.  You think its easy because there is so much information available, and it is keyword searchable, but information is not the same thing as analysis, nor is it the same thing as knowledge.  Two hundred thousand web-pages have quoted these lines from T. S. Eliot:
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
It must be true!

The digital environment is fantastic for pinpointing specific information.  So, if you have a reasonably distinctive term, Google can home in on it like an army of scud missiles.  It facilitates a particular type of research using keywords to search academic as well as non-academic sources.  You can trace the frequency of the word 'materiality' in books over 200 years, track down 3500 books which mention "Walid Raad," or wonder why there are so few journal articles that name-check this artist listed on Google Scholar.  It would be fairly tedious, but perfectly possible to curate rather than write an essay, using all this data: "Raad's work undermines the conventions of logical procedure and testament and makes use of our expectation of factual accuracy" etc etc.

I'm not knocking it. If you know what you're doing, you can construct a good list of references this way.  It is research on speed.

A few reservations, though.  What do you do if you are not researching a proper noun, when concepts are less easy to define or separate from other, everyday language?  What do you do if you are researching the idea of the 'family album' and Google starts to fail you?. And what are you overlooking, when you are skimming, scanning and - to use Katherine Hayles term - "Hyper reading"? Might you have got further in your understanding if you gone straight to a recent exhibition catalogue and read a few of the contextual essays?  Did the articles in the peer-reviewed journal Third Text appear in your searches?  Do you understand the difference between keywords and subject terms? (see here).

And what are you doing to your mind if you don't read full works and don't follow the logic of an argument from start to finish?  What if you can't assess the quality of a source, its perspective, or the credibility of individual arguments, because it is presented to you in a stream of Internet pages?.   What if you think a blogger has the same status as academic research? And what about all those sources that are full of wisdom that are not specifically related to your search terms???  What if you can't recall anything you've read from the mash-up of Internet sources?  What if the closest you have come to reading any key text is a a summary in a textbook such as Fifty Key texts in art history or worse a gloss of it on Spark Notes.

Digital culture is oriented towards information and the database; it is about harnessing vast quantities of data.  It is about speed.  There is a flattening out of traditional hierarchies.  It is less focussed on longer forms of analysis and discussion, and of authority, selection, and discrimination; and despite its breadth, what you tend to get is the specific.  It pushes you towards less but more focussed reading, less analysis, and more citation.  One can see the development of a kind of scavenger scholarship with more reliance on using breadth of references as 'evidence' rather than relying on strength of argument and analysis.  Even within the journals within library and information science I read articles that go something like this: “There is increasing evidence that Giraffes are lovely (Snavely, 2012, Smith 1999, Enfield, 2002, Zimbardo 2013, Paltrow, 2014)”).  Am I supposed to read and assess the evidence in these references?  Or are we to suppose that because a reference is in a peer reviewed journal, of whatever quality, it must be true?.  I am sick of articles with as many references as a PhD!.  Digital culture encourages people to cut and paste in preference to thinking; it encourages a combination of tunnel vision, and chaotic distraction. Social media just adds to the problem!

I know.  Its not all bad.  If you know what you're doing.  But, as argued by Hayles, Brabazon, Carr and others there needs to be a counterbalance - an appreciation of the different cultures of reading; one based in the traditions of print - slow, in depth, analytical - and one based in the digital world.  They are not mutually exclusive - you can have print culture online, and online culture in print.  We must live with both.  There is a need to encourage depth of understanding.  I see us like acrobats on a high-wire, stretched between the two cultures - print and digital. To situate yourself in either one is a mistake.

Further reading

Brabazon, T. (2013).  Digital dieting; from information obesity to intellectual fitness.  Ashgate

Carr, N. G. (2011).  The shallows; how the Internet is changing the way we think and remember.  Atlantic Books.

Hayles, K. (2012).  How we think; digital media and contemporary technogenesis. The University of Chicago Press.

Mann, T. (2001). The importance of books, free access, and libraries as places—and the dangerous inadequacy of the information science paradigm. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 27(4), 268-281. doi:

Muir, L. J. and Hawes, G., 2013.  The Case for E-book Literacy: Undergraduate Students' Experience with E-Books for Course Work. Journal of Academic Librarianship 39 (2013), pp. 260-274 DOI 10.1016/j.acalib.2013.01.002

Staiger, J. (2012).  How E-books are used; a literature review of the E-book studies conducted from 2006 to 2011.  Reference & User Services Quarterly, 51 (4).  American Library Association. doi:

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Deutscher-fotobuchpreis - 2014

The German Photobook prize (deutscher-fotobuchpreis) results were announced at the end of last year, so apologies for not bringing these to your attention earlier.  Still, its an interesting selection, including some international titles not seen on some of the other end of year round-ups.  A translation of the German site can be found here.  They call this the 2014 list for some reason.

The Anxiety of Photography

The library is experiencing very heavy demand for the catalogue of the 'Anxiety of Photography' exhibition held at the Aspen Art Museum in 2011.  There are ten requests and we only have two copies, which means there is quite a long wait for the book.  The book is now so expensive, that we can't buy additional copies.

I checked the exhibition website, and helpfully they have put the three principal essays in the catalogue online.  Here they are:

Matthew Thompson - The Object Lost and Found

Anne Ellegood - The Photographic Paradox

Jenelle Porter - Why Red Cabbage?

The Anxiety of Photography includes work by Colby Bird, Miriam Böhm, Liz Deschenes, Roe Ethridge, Brendan Fowler, Mario Garcia Torres, Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Annette Kelm, Elad Lassry, Anthony Pearson, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matt Saunders, David Benjamin Sherry, Erin Shirreff, Dirk Stewen, Sara VanDerBeek, and Mark Wyse

Magazines/journals - new issues

Use the links below to find new content in some key journals/magazines:

Film Quarterly [Special on the Act of Killing]
Photography and Culture
Quarterly Review of Film and Video 

Enjoy with beer and bingo according to taste.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Journals/magazines - new issues

Use the links below to find new content in some key journals/magazines:

American Photo

British Journal of Photography [print only]

Journal of Film and Video

Reduce your file size for Blackboard / Turnitin

Issues can occur when students try to upload large essays/files to Bb and Turnitin.

Here are some guides to help reduce file size: 

Reducing the file size in Word & PowerPoint (converting to PDF)

Reducing file size in PowerPoint

Reducing file size in Word

Miyako Ishiuchi – 2014 Hasselblad Award Winner

Miyako Ishiuchi, whose work you may have seen as part of the 'home truths' exhibition at the Foundling Museum recently, wins the Hasselblad award for 2014.  Find out more here.

We don't have much from this photographer in stock - there aren't many titles in any libraries in the UK (I checked COPAC and Search25).  But, we do have one of her key works.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Journals/magazines - new issues

Use the links below to find new content in some key journals/magazines:

American Cinematographer

Film Comment [print only]

New Review of Film and Television Studies

A bigger, better Box of Broadcasts

As you know, BoB relaunched at the beginning of the year. 

I was disappointed that its only programmes recorded since the relaunch that can be viewed on an ipad.  Otherwise, I think the new BoB is great.  I particularly like that you have a larger time frame to record programmes. 

You don't need to watch the video below; the key things you need to know are:

Over one million TV and radio programmes for education and research dating back to 2007

Additional content from the BBC archive before 2007

Access from the following URL and register:

Safari books [& videos]

Safari books is a fantastic ebook database, which also includes video tutorials.  It includes 'how to' manuals and video tutorials on key software, hardware, and other aspects of media practice, relevant for animation, photography, film, and contemporary media practice students.


Key Features
  • resources from two dozen publishers including: Adobe Press, Focal Press, and O'Reilly
  • over 3000 books and 600 videos on digital media
  • new content added every week
  • manuals and videos for latest versions of Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, Maya, etc
  • manuals for DSLRs (Canon, Nikon, etc)

Subjects included

More information

  • catalogue records for all books (but not the videos) are uploaded to Library Search periodically
  • books and video material can be searched and accessed online from HERE
  • sign-in is automatic when on-site
  • off-site, you need to select 'UK Federation Users Sign In'

What's the catch?

Maximum ten users at any one time

Thursday, 20 February 2014

New issues - journals and magazines

Imaging Science Journal

New Review of Film and Television Studies [Special edition on Korean director, Sang-soo Hong]

Quarterly Review of Film and Video 

Wide Screen [Special edition on Indian cinema]

Coming soon

Susan Meiselas, Aperture’s spring issue, “Documentary, Expanded,” which "explores a cross section of critical questions for practicing documentarians today".

Photomediations Machine

The is an interesting-looking project, which has been going since April last year: 
"a curated online space where the dynamic relations of mediation as performed in photography and other media can be encountered, experienced and engaged." (

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Photography ebooks - basics creative photography

Three out of four of the books in the 'basics creative photography' series are available electronically, and I have provided links below.  We have some of this sort of book available in print, but mostly manuals of this sort are delivered online.  Take a look here to discover hundreds of photography manuals available online, or try some searches for yourself on Library Search.

Basics Creative Photography 01: Design Principles.
Jeremy Webb.

Basics Creative Photography 02: Context and Narrative.
Maria Short.

Basics Creative Photography 03: Behind the Image : Research in photography.
Anna Fox, Natasha Caruana.

Reading photographs [Basics Creative Photography] - print only
Richard Salkeld

Routledge Visual Arts - Most Read

Routledge are currently offering free access to the 'most read' articles of 2013 within its visual arts portfolio. We have access to just about all of these anyway, but you might like to take a look to see what was most popular last year.


Stuart Hall dies

Stuart Hall - one of the most influential cultural theorists of his generation - died on Monday.  Find books by Stuart Hall at the University or find out more on CredoReference.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Forthcoming publications...

The beginning of the year is when a lot of publishers are releasing their Spring catalogues, so I have been taking a look at what is coming out in the first half of 2014, and beyond.  Let me know if you have any other suggestions or want to comment on these.  At this stage this is just flagging titles, not yet a firm commitment to purchase.


Wish list:
The Open Road. Photographic Road Trips Across America
The bikeriders / Danny Lyon
The photographer's playbook
Chewing Gum and Chocolate 
Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image
Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation

Bloomsbury [Academic]

Wish list:
Lighting for cinematography
The total art
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

Bloomsbury [Design and Graphic Arts]

Wish list:
Stop motion animation
Perspectives on place
The history of photography in 50 cameras
Train your gaze

Columbia University Press

Wish list:
Film theory
The Sports Film
The Heist Film

Duke University Press

Wish list:
Animating Film Theory
Spectacular Digital Effects
Sex, or the Unbearable
Feeling Photography

Errata editions

Wish list: (out in March)
Donigan Cumming's The Stage
Richard Billingham's Ray's a Laugh
Martin Parr's Bad Weather

Hatje Cantz  

Wish list:
Richard Avedon

IB Tauris

Wish list:
Light and Photomedia
The violence of the image
East Asian Film Noir
The TV Detective

JRP Ringier

Walead Beshty: Natural Histories (expanded ed. with 30 extra pages)

MIT Press

Wish list:
The War on Learning
The Object (Whitechapel anthology)
Networks (Whitechapel anthology)
The Culture of the Copy
Signs and Machines

Palgrave Macmillan [BFI]

Wish list:
Inside The Writers' Room
British Trash Cinema
The Italian Cinema Book
Baz Luhrmann

Palgrave Macmillan [Film, Media & Culture]


The Photobook: a history vol 3 (3rd volume of this influential history)
Photography today (new 500 page survey by Mark Durden of the past 40 years of photography)

Nan Goldin: Eden and After (new work)
Stephen Shore: from Galilee to the Negev (new work)
Martin Parr (2nd edition of this definitive survey)
Wolfgang Tillmans (2nd edition of this definitive survey)

Routledge [big PDF]

Wish list:
The Global Film book
Finish your Film! Tips and Tricks for Making an Animated short in Maya
The Grip book [online]
Color Management & Quality output
Creative Entrepreneur

Routledge [forthcoming photography]

Wish list:
The Photography History and Theory Reader / Liz Wells - Jan 2015
Photography: A Critical Introduction / Liz Wells - Jan 2015

Routledge [Forthcoming film]

Wish list:

Unthinking Eurocentrism (2nd ed.)
Hollywood Puzzle Films
Film Theories and Philosophies of Colour
Film Studies; A Global Introduction
Film Genre for the Screenwriter
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films
American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age

Wish list:
View from inside; contemporary Arab photography, video and mixed media art (the catalogue of FotoFest 2014)


Wish list:
Mona Kuhn: Private
Philip-Lorca DiCorcia / Hustlers
David Goldblatt: Regarding Intersections (new edition of 'Intersections')
Rich and Poor / Jim Goldberg

Thames & Hudson

Wish list:

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now
Bruce Gilden
World Press Photo 2014
The street Photographers manual
The photograph as contemporary art

Yale University Press 

Wish list:
In familiar streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-lorca Dicorcia

Thursday, 16 January 2014

New books

The last new books post was on the 14th November, and we have had lots of new books in since then.  So, its a good time to share the latest.

In photography we have the new anthology from Wiley, which looks really interesting and from Penguin a brand new collection of John Berger's writing on photography.  Both would be a good investment for any photography student I would say.  There is also the catalogue for the ICP triennial (A different kind of order).

In film, we have quite a few new titles on experimental or artists' films - Douglas Gordon, Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien, Andy Warhol... and more of those to come.  There is also The Routledge encyclopedia of film theory, which looks like it would be useful for students who take the effort to seek it out, and an e-only copy of The Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas.

Have a look at all the new books using the links below:

Digital Imaging

Film and Television



In March, we will be getting the new volume of the Parr/Badger history of photobooks.  I'm looking forward to that.

BL releases over 1 million images onto Flickr Commons

The British Library have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix or repurpose.  More information here.

College of Art publications move to Routledge

Three College of Art publications will be published by Routledge from 2014; namely The Art Bulletin; Art Journal and (more information...).

We currently have access to these via Art Full Text, so I will have to keep an eye as to whether this move affects our access.

Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive

In 2014 we will have free access to The Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA). This includes over 40,000 exclusive photographs, moving images, texts, graphics, digital magazines and supplementary research (more information...).

Although this is marketed to institutions as a research resource, it is also a commercial photo library, and photography students may want to consider submitting suitable material.

I think this resource is of limited use to photography students; however, if you are interested in representations of youth culture you may want to take a look. There is some early work by Simon Norfolk included.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

BAFTA nominations

The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday; you can find them here.  The University of Westminster produced 'Act of Killing' is up for best documentary and best film not in English language.  We have the DVD in the library now, and this includes extras and a director's cut.

Gravity, American Hustle, and 12 years a slave lead the way in terms of the number of nominations.