Thursday, February 25, 2010

UK Web Archive

The British Library has just launched the UK Web Archive, which has been in development since 2004. Here you can see how sites have changed over time, locate information no longer available on the live Web and observe the unfolding history of a spectrum of UK activities represented online. Sites that no longer exist elsewhere are found here and those yet to be archived can be saved for the future by nominating them. The Archive contains sites that reflect the rich diversity of lives and interests throughout the UK. Search is by Title of Website, Full Text or URL, or browse by Subject, Special Collection or Alphabetical List.
Link: http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/
Access: Free

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ashmolean Islamic and Asian Collections


The Ashmolean Museum has launched a major online resource to open up the University of Oxford's Islamic and Asian Art collections held at the Museum. Eastern Art Online: The Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art will showcase collections from the Islamic Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea. 11,000 objects have been photographed to date.
Link: http://jameelcentre.ashmolean.org/
Access: Free

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ceramic Review

The Library's subscription to Ceramic Review has now been re-established, beginning with issue January/February 2010. You will find the current issue on the top floor of the Main Library.
In subscription year 2009/2010 this journal was inadvertently omitted from our list of subscription renewals. This was our mistake, for which we apologise. As soon as we were alerted to this fact during 2009, we re-established our subscription via our subscription agents. Because we were already half-way through the 2009 subscription year, our agents could only establish a subscription for the next subscription period in 2010.
The Library apologises for any inconvenience this has caused.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Siobhan Davies Company

Contemporary dance company Siobhan Davies has just made large parts of its archive available to view free online.
The Siobhan Davies Archive project began in January 2007, with the aim of bringing together all of the materials and documentation associated with Davies' choreographies into a single collection. It is the first online dance archive in the UK and contains thousands of fully searchable digital records including moving image, still image, audio and text.
Link: http://www.siobhandaviesreplay.com/
Access: Username and password required. Enquire at Library Service Desk

Moths

Hand-coloured 18th century moth illustrations from EJC Esper's 'Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur'[vol. 4] from 1786, sourced from the University of Heidelberg.
Via Biblodyssey
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2010/02/moths-engravings.html
Access: Free

Suffragettes

A website uncovering the history of the women's suffrage movement in Scotland is now available from the National Library of Scotland. 'A Guid Cause' uses material from the National Library of Scotland and other collections to chart the struggles of women to get the vote. Photographs, pamphlets, newspaper reports and diary entries show how and why the suffrage campaign came about.
Link: http://suffragettes.nls.uk/
Access: Free

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Carl Jung's Red Book




The Library has just purchased the complete facsimile edition of Carl Jung's The Red Book, or Liber Novus.
When Carl Jung embarked on the extended self-exploration he called his 'confrontation with the unconscious', he also created "The Red Book", a large, illuminated volume compiled between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principal theories - of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and the process of individuation - that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.
While Jung considered "The Red Book" to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, it has been published as a very large complete facsimile with translation by W. W. Norton. As a work of art, the book contains beautiful and intricate paintings and calligraphy, much like a Medieval illuminated manuscript.

Hackett Spring/Summer 2010

The Spring/Summer Collection 2010 from Hackett is now available to view online via Flickr.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/ye74gwf
Access: Free

In Our Time

The BBC has revamped the website for In our Time, the Radio 4 programme in which Melvyn Bragg and eminent guests discuss the history of ideas. This has been done with a view to making the audio archive of the series permanently available. Audio recordings of every episode broadcast since 1998 are available to listen to again either via RealPlayer for the older editions or BBC IPlayer for the more recent episodes. Programmes are searchable by title, genre (culture, history, philosophy, religion, science) and by era, from prehistoric to 20th century.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/in-our-time/
Access: Free

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

John Peel

A microsite of BBC Radio 1, this resource provides information about the journalist and radio presenter, John Peel (1939-2004). It includes a biography and sections on the Peel Sessions, which can be browsed by decade and artist, and the Festive 50's, which can be browsed by decade. There is also an Artists A-Z, which provides information about some of the artists that Peel championed, and a section about Peel at Glastonbury.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/
Access: Free

Timothy O'Sullivan

Enjoy a rare view of the American West as photographed by Timothy O’Sullivan in the late 1800s. O’Sullivan began his photography career as an apprentice to Mathew Brady, the famed U.S. Civil War photographer. The joint exhibition and publication “Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O’Sullivan,” put together by The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, contains incredible images from two government expeditions into the Western U.S.: the King survey of the 40th parallel and the Wheeler survey west of the 100th meridian.
Link: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2010/02/04/framing-the-west-timothy-osullivan/
Access: Free

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Display: Artists' Books by 3rd Year Illustration


Our latest display on the top floor of the Main Library is of artists' books purchased from our own GSA students for the Library's Artists' Books Collection. These books were all produced by 3rd year Illustration students, and are adapted from cult and classic texts by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Carver and J. G. Ballard.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

U.S. National Archives on Flickr

The U.S. National Archives is the latest organisation to make some of its vast collection available to the public through Flickr. All images are copyright cleared for educational use. Among the gems, you’ll find over 200 landscapes by Ansel Adams.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/
Access: Free

Monday, February 01, 2010

3D Models

The Gamma 3D Meshes Research Database is a very large free repository of scanned 3D models. Use of the models is permitted in non-commercial and open source projects, and the model files are offered in mainstream 3D formats such as 3DS and OBJ. The database contains some 80,000 objects, and most seem to be of good usable quality - making the database a useful resource to consult for those seeking free royalty-free 3D models, along with the free models in the Google 3D Warehouse. Most models are segmented and may be disassembled, meaning that parts from one model may be easily combined with parts from another. Files are freely accessible, but are downloadable only in the .GZ zip-file format - users will thus need free Windows software such as 7-Zip to unpack the 3D models these .GZ files contain.
Link: http://www-roc.inria.fr/gamma/gamma/gamma.php
Access: Free

Stained Glass

The Gertrude and Robert Metcalf Collection of Images of Stained Glass is an online database of almost 10,000 slides. The bulk of the glass featured in the collection dates from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a few later pieces (chiefly 19th century reproductions). Details of the location and date of each window pictured are given.
Link: http://ica.princeton.edu/metcalf/
Access: Free