For the first installment of posts about the shiny new stock available at Murray Library I’ve focused on our history and theory books. These can all be found on the upper level
London: Thames & Hudson.The books that shaped art history: from Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss.
London: Phaidon.Art and queer culture.
London: ReaktionArt in Ireland since 1910.
London: TateSpheres of action: art and politics.
Riba awards 'risk-taking' buildings -
A garden chapel in Edinburgh, a rebuilt castle in Warwickshire and the Olympic masterplan have been named on a list of Britain’s best new building projects.
They are among 43 buildings in the UK to receive awards for architectural excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba).
Read more on BBC News
The books in Murray Library are organised by class number that snake their way through the library from the lower level. Although most of the art collection can be found on the upper level, you’ll have to explore downstairs to find Typography at 686.
New acquisitions for June
London: AVA AcademiaUnderstanding type
New York: Harper Design.Typography 33
Berkeley, CA: Gingko Press in association with Upper Playground.Flip the script: a guidebook for aspiring vandals & typographers.
Langford’s Basic and Advanced Photography are key texts for any photography module and the most recent editions are now available as eBooks. You can easily search, save, copy/print sections and read online anywhere in the world by signing in with your University id and password.
There are even more reasons to use e-books now with new features from Dawsonera. The main change I want to point out is the new look e-reader, but first a quick word on what you’ll see if you search within the Dawsonera site:
There are Enhanced Search Results that allow you to refine and it is easier to tell which content is within Sunderland subscriptions (there is a green padlock symbol which denotes this (a purple padlock means that the title is not within our subscription).
Now onto the new online e-reader. It seems a bit more intuitive, with improved navigation using side arrows, and the search and notes features in their own tabs beside the contents menu.
The print and copy buttons have moved to the top right of the e-reader and when you hover over them it indicates how much more you can print or copy (remember this is restricted due to copyright).
Don’t forget, we recommend that you start your search for e-books on the Library Catalogue.
The great thing about using the Library Catalogue is it too enables you to search across all of our providers at once, easily refine your searches and receive results that you can be sure are within our subscription.
If you’ve had a chance to use the new Dawsonera interface, let us know what you think, and if you have any questions about how to use the new features get in touch with us.
From time to time the library records programmes from the television (under our ERA licence) to help us provide a variety of resources to support your studies. While programmes are often available on BBC iPlayer or 4OD, this will be for a limited time only. Here’s a few things we would recommend you look at from the last few months
What Do Artists Do All Day?
Intimate, observational portraits of leading artists, revealing unique insights into their working lives and creative process. The series of 6 episodes are available in Murray Library including Norman Ackroyd, Jack Vettriano and Polly Morgan.
Great Artists in their Own Words
Documentary series unlocking the BBC archives to tell the story of the birth of modern art, as told by the artists who created a cultural revolution. Available at 709.04/GRE in Murray Library.
Arena: aka Norman Parkinson
To mark the centenary of his birth, Arena examines the glamorous life and exceptionally long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson, an eccentric English gentleman who also produced his own brand of sausages.
Mechanical marvels: clockwork dreams
Documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. The first episode features the the Bowes Museum Silver Swan.
Underground Warhol dispute settled -
US band The Velvet Underground have settled a legal dispute with the Andy Warhol Foundation over rights to their famous Warhol-designed album cover.