Archive for February, 2009

Library acquisitions February 2009

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 February 2009

Jake Chapman. The marriage of reason and squalor. Fuel, 2008.New books added to library stock during February include:

Baker, Kenneth. The lightning field. Yale University Press, 2008. ART MU 29 DEM
Chapman, Jake. The marriage of reason & squalor. Fuel, 2008. ART ME 29 CHA
Hough, Jessica. Revisiting the glass house: contemporary art and modern architecture. Yale University Press, 2008. ART M 8 REV
Dion, Mark. Concerning hunting. Hatje Cantz, 2008. ART MU 29 DIO
Role models: feminine identity in contemporary American photography. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2008. ART R 5 ROL

The full list can be found at LibraryThing.

One & Other

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 February 2009

gormley-invitation.jpgApply to stand on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for one hour as part of Antony Gormley’s One & Other.

The National Archives: Public Information Films

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 26 February 2009

Charley: Falling in the water, 1973. © National ArchivesPublic information films from 1945-2006 are now available to view online at the National Archives website. Joining with the Central Office of Information (COI) to celebrate their 60th Anniversary, the National Archives have featured a selection of some of the most memorable and influential COI public information films that cover some fasinating events from Britain’s post-war history. The collection is particularly strong in coverage of films from the 1970s, including the famous ‘Charley Says’ and ‘Green Cross Code’ campaigns.

Taylor & Francis Arts & Humanities ebooks

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 23 February 2009

hoffman.jpgThe Library has recently obtained access to a number of ebooks in the arts and humanities. These include:

Frank Hoffman: Encyclopaedia of Recorded Sound 
Jo Anna Isaak: Feminism and Contemporary Art 
John Lechte: Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers 
James Elkins: On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
Reesa Greenberg: Thinking About Exhibitions  
Susan Hiller: The Myth of Primitivism 
Ian Jarvie: Philosophy of the Film
Robert Stam: New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics

All books can be accessed offsite. For the full list of titles in all subjects go to Metalib and scroll down to the link for Taylor & Francis eBooks.

UCL Archives and Digital Collections

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 20 February 2009

Orwell’s NUJ card from his time at the Tribune, 1940s.UCL Archives is an online database of descriptions of archive collections held by Special Collections and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at UCL. It enables users to search both Special Collections and SSEES catalogues using a variety of search options and explore over 4000 records.

Collections held at Special Collections and now searchable via UCL Archives include:

  • George Orwell (1903-1950): a comprehensive body of research material, comprising correspondence, notebooks and personalia.
  • Francis Galton (1822-1911): Papers and correspondence of Sir Francis Galton, pioneer in eugenics and forensic science.

UCL Archives is a text-based database; it will continue to be enlarged with more detailed descriptions and links to digital images from the collections. In the meantime, over 2500 images of items held in Special Collections can be accessed via the library’s Digital Collections.

Poetry Tool

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 20 February 2009

The Poetry ToolThe Poetry Tool is a poetry search and browse engine built by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation.  Poets or poems can be browsed by name, dates, category, title, first line, glossary term etc. Audio files of some poems and videos of poets reading their work are also included, as well as articles from the archive of Poetry magazine.

The Poetry Foundation website also includes an extensive audio section which hosts, among other things, the Avant-Garde All The Time podcast in which poet Kenneth Goldsmith presents selections from Ubuweb.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 20 February 2009

SnagFilmSnagFilms is an online library of 550 full length documentaries, directed by a range of filmmakers from established directors to first time filmmakers. Films can be watched, or ‘snagged’ (by means of a widget) and put on any website to be watched for free. The library includes films from the Public Broadcasting Service, Arts Alliance America and National Geographic among others. The documentary list can be browsed by topic such as environment, health, history, politics, or by title.

African Arts

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 20 February 2009

African ArtsThe Library now has a subscription for African Arts magazine. Recent issues (2007-) can be accessed electronically via the MIT Press website and older issues (1967-2003) via JSTOR.

British Periodicals Online

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 10 February 2009

british-periodicals2.jpgThe Library now has access to British Periodicals Online, which provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images.

Among the periodicals included are titles founded, edited or regularly contributed to by a host of important figures – Aubrey Beardsley, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Ford Madox Ford, Jerome K. Jerome, Samuel Johnson,and W. M. Rossetti to name but a few.

A wide variety of different types of periodical are represented, including art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated magazines. The collection forms an unrivalled record of more than two centuries of British history and culture.

New art books in UCL Library

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 6 February 2009

LibraryThingDon’t forget that you can now keep up to date with new art books in UCL library as they are added to stock via LibraryThing.