30 April 2014

New e-Resource - Arts: Search (full-text art, architecture and design journals)

Arts:Search is a 'major new journals-based resource for searching the history of 19th and 20th Century Art, Architecture and Design', recently subscribed to by the Library.

It consists of three cross-searchable databases:   

ReVIEW - provides digitised, searchable full text of many of the most important decorative and fine arts journals published in Europe and the USA, between the 1870's and the early 1920's. 

A new Quick Search feature will be available in the next few days. 

When complete, ReVIEW will be an invaluable resource for research into the history of the Aesthetic movement, Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts movement, the origins of Modernism, the early days of the Bauhaus, the flowering of the poster, the art of World War One, the genesis of Art Deco, the influence of Japan, the major international exhibitions, and the architects, artists and designers active during these years. 

Arts + Architecture Profiles (ARP) - ongoing; includes profiles of over 30,000 artists, architects, designer, architect, craftsperson, studios, workshops, etc., whose work is discussed or illustrated in the journals and yearbooks covered by Design Abstracts Retrospective.

Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR) - ongoing; indexes and provides abstracts for many of the most important decorative, applied arts and design journals published between 1900-1986. When complete it will cover over 70 titles.

Off-campus access - details will be available soon.

29 April 2014

Knowledge Unlatched - first 22 scholarly open access e-books available

The first 22 open-access e-books from the Knowledge Unlatched pilot initiative have now been added to SAULCAT, and 6 more titles will be added shortly.

Knowledge Unlatched is a collaborative, crowd-funded, model pilot which aims to create a sustainable path to open access for scholarly books in the arts and humanities

The Library was very quick to recognise the potential of this pilot, and signed up as an early participant. Nearly 300 international libraries have now signed up.

28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books from scholarly publishers are included in the pilot.  These titles include:
Knowledge Unlatched works by many libraries around the world sharing a single Title Fee payment to publishers (which represents the basic cost of publishing a book), in return for a book being made available on a Creative Common licence via the OAPEN and HathiTrust open access e-book platforms, as a downloadable PDF (FAQ)

Since a large number of libraries participated in this initiative, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declined to less than $50.

Next Steps
Later in 2014 Knowledge Unlatched will move into its next stage: scaling-up, involving a larger number of publishers and libraries, and providing libraries with a wider range of selection options

28 April 2014

Asian Film Online - 30 new films added

Asian Film Online has recently been updated with 30 new titles, bringing the number of films - and also the number of hours of film - to over 500. 

This newest release focuses exclusively on Korean filmmakers with a mix of dramas, documentaries, shorts and animated features. Key titles include:

Broken Night (2010): Directed by rising filmmaker Hyo-joo Yang, this short, which deals with the themes of dishonesty and karma, won the Silver Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.

Radio Dream and The Cursed, both shorts in the Korean National University of Arts Collection.

Four animated shorts: Birth (2009), directed by Ki-Wan Park; Norinoi (2008), directed by Eun-Jin Choi; Run Run Run Away (2010), directed by Sun Jung Lee; and Under the Black Bridge (2010), directed by Youn-Sik Woo.

Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women (1999): A documentary from the Center for Asian-American Media about the Korean comfort women during WWII. 

Asian Film Online is an online streaming video collection of narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights. 

More than 75% of the films are streamed exclusively in Asian Film Online , and more than 60% are award winners. Twenty-four Asian countries are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.

25 April 2014

New e-Resource - Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876

  We now have access to the recently-released Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 database, following a successful trial and very useful feedback.

Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 is a fully-searchable, primary source collection of over 140 newspapers from 22 Caribbean islands, which provides access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, culture and daily life.

Most newspapers were published in the English language, but a number of Danish, French, and Spanish language titles are included - essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce and relations, New World slavery, and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.

Eyewitness reports, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries, etc., help to chronicle the development of Western society and international relations in this region. (More information)

Off-campus access - details will be available soon.

24 April 2014

New e-resources - 2,149 new e-books on ScienceDirect

2,149 new Elsevier e-books on the Science Direct platform have now been added to SAULCAT. 

Until 28 Feb 2016, we have subscribed access to these e-books due to the new SHEDL (Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) agreement.

We have immediate, unlimited access to all the e-books on ScienceDirect published between 2010-2014. 

From 1 March 2015, we also gain access to the 2015 ScienceDirect e-books, until the current agreement ends on 28 Feb 2016.

In total, this will give us access to approximately 2,854 titles (2010-2015 e-book collections). 

Please note:
  • no restrictions apply to printing and downloading
  • you can download e-books to mobile devices (instructions) 
These e-books cover a wide range of subjects:

Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Biomedical Science and Medicine; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth and Planetary Sciences; Energy; Engineering; Environmental Science; Finance; Food, Agriculture and Biological Sciences; Forensics, Security, and Criminal Justice; Health Professions; Immunology and Microbiology; Materials Science; Mathematics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science; Physics and Astronomy; Psychology; Social Sciences; Specialty Medicine; Veterinary Medicine.

As well as being listed in SAULCAT, you can find these e-books in SEEKER, too.

NB: off-campus access: use University Computer Account Username and Password (Shibbolised access)

7 April 2014

New - Palgrave Pivot e-books - publish within 12 weeks

  "As scholarly publishing evolves in the digital world, Palgrave Pivot allows us to deliver quality new research rapidly. Palgrave Pivot is a market-changing initiative for the Humanities and Social Sciences and presents our communities with an alternative publishing model"
Titles from Palgrave's innovative new publishing format, Palgrave Pivot, offer authors the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional scholarly monograph (typically 25-50,000 words).

Palgrave Pivot emphasizes speed of delivery as well as innovation. Titles are published within 12 weeks of acceptance, after a full peer-review process.  

Pivot titles are included in the 2013 and 2014 Palgrave Connect e-book collections that we have access to.
You can view a list of the currently available Palgrave Pivot titles here. 

Palgrave is currently accepting proposals for works that are:
  • focused on new and important research
  • at lengths between a typical journal article and a scholarly monograph, in the region of 25-30 thousand words
  • authored or edited collections
“It is great to hear that Palgrave Pivot will be publishing a short form of monograph books. The typical scholarly article can be too short to get a comprehensive understanding of the research, and books tend not to be the right format for all specific and idiosyncratic pieces of research. This new format is innovative"
Prof Cary L. Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University

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1 April 2014

Digital 3D content - infokit from JISC Digital Media

Jisc Digital Media has launched an updated infokit on digital 3D content, which covers a number of 3D topics, from the perspective of those within education eg:
Image by Geierunited
A head modelled from primitive polygonal shapes
Falling costs and simplified workflows means using 3D content is now a realistic option, even for non-specialists.  The infokit is intended to prompt projects and individuals to consider a number of important issues before beginning, so that ‘lessons learned’ from previous projects can be incorporated. 

Any questions about the infokit or about working with 3D content? - you're welcome to consult the Jisc Digital Media Helpdesk, free for those within UK Higher Education. 

JISC Digital Media's mission is to support the UK's education sector in achieving greater digitisation and use of digital media resources (still images, moving images and sound resources) for teaching, learning and research. They provide information, advice, guidance and training.