Posts by Andy Callen

Vogue Italia archive – brilliant new Fashion resource

14 August 2017

Yet another brilliant new resource for Art & Design! Our new Fashion resource, Vogue Italia archive, neatly complements our existing online access to Vogue US. Vogue Italia archive consists of scanned articles from the journal’s launch in 1964 onwards, and so is excellent for illustrations, retro interest in Fashion and the historical development of garments. Use the keyword feature to search for garments, designers etc.

To access it – from Library Search choose Databases, then choose Vogue Italia from the A-Z list. Network username and password are required off-campus.

Art and Architecture Archive – great new online resource!

25 July 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that you now have access to a brilliant new resource for art, architecture and all design subjects. Art and Architecture Archive consists of scanned articles from journals, so it is great for full colour illustrations as well as full text. It covers the years 1895-2005, a much longer historical period than our other journal resources for this subject area. It is potentially very useful for visual arts, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, photography and many other subjects.

To access it – from Library Search choose Databases, then choose Art and Architecture Archive from the A-Z list. Network username and password are required off-campus.

Disability Awareness Day, Sunday 16th July

5 July 2017

Did you know that Sunday 16th July is Disability Awareness Day? The world’s largest voluntary-led disability exhibition is held in the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington. For more details please see http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk

The University of Salford, and The Library in particular, have many features in place to ensure their services are as accessible as possible. These include mind-mapping software (Inspiration), screen reading (Jaws), and the numerous applications available on My Study Bar – the latter should be available on all networked student pcs. To find out more, including accessible access to the different Library sites, go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/accessibility

The CDs and DVDs in Clifford Whitworth Library have moved!

16 May 2017
Andy Callen

Andy tells you about the new location for audio-visual resources in the Library.

 

Our CDs and DVDs are now in a much better and more obvious location – on Level 2 of Clifford Whitworth Library, just in front of the link bridge to the Level 2 Extension. This means that they are now very close to the Arts and Media bookstock in the Extension. Please remember though that they are not just for Arts & Media use – there are non-fiction DVDs relevant to many subject areas in the collection. Also you may wish to borrow feature films or music CDs for your own entertainment – most items here are available to borrow.

Alexander Street Video – great resource for all subject areas

11 April 2017
Andy Callen

Andy describes how Alexander Street Video might be a useful audio-visual resource for you.

Do you need to get hold of video material for your study or teaching, but it’s not on Box of Broadcasts or in the Library’s DVD collection?

Try Alexander Street Video, an online collection of non-fiction video material for educational use, potentially useful across all subject areas. It includes:

  • News clips from ITN
  • Instructional videos for teachers
  • Over 1,000 films on psychology and counselling
  • Numerous documentary films on artists and designers.

Access Alexander Street Video from the Databases link on Library Search, OR directly from search.alexanderstreet.com. Your Network username and password are required.

Any questions? Contact me at mailto:A.Callen@salford.ac.uk.

LS:N – reminder of a great resource in Design

20 February 2017
Andy Callen

Read why Andy thinks LS:N is a great electronic resource.

Just wanted to remind you about the excellent electronic resource for all Design subjects, LS:N Global. LS:N is a trend prediction database that complements the use of WGSN (for Fashion) and Mintel (general business reports). It is extremely useful for business information and analysis, it has up-to-date and easily readable articles that can inform your written work, and great illustrations to inspire your creative work. LS:N is also potentially very useful for other subject areas such as Business and Management.

It’s the kind of database that is best explored by clicking on all its links, but particularly recommended are:

  • The Search function if you’re looking for a particular topic; there are also Filters to limit your search further. Try a search for youth to get results on youth fashion and the importance of youth trends in influencing design.
  • The Trends link for the consumer trends that drive innovation and change in design.
  • Inform for the opinions of industry experts, which would be especially useful for your assignments.
  • There is a Glossary at the bottom of the screen that gives you definitions for the terms used in the articles.

You access LS:N from www.lsnglobal.com  or from the A-Z list in Databases, from Library Search (the Library Catalogue). Please note you will need your Network username and password to access it off campus.

Any questions? Please contact me (Andy Callen) at A.Callen@salford.ac.uk .

Have you tried Box of Broadcasts?

10 January 2017

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Students/ researchers/ teaching staff, if you’re looking for audio-visual resources for your research, need something visual to illustrate a presentation, or want to make clip of a television programme to include in a lecture, look no further than Box of Broadcasts (or BoB for short). BoB is an electronic resource for playing back and recording tv and radio programmes for educational purposes. You can access it from the Databases link on SOLAR, then choose Box of Broadcasts from the A-Z list; or from http://www.learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand. You’ll need your Network username and password to access it. You can link to it from PowerPoint, Word or BlackBoard, and you can now label your own clips. It is useful across all subject areas, and is a great resource for watching feature films if we don’t have a particular film in the Library’s DVD collection.

BoB is fairly intuitive to use at a basic level, but please see our guide if you need further help.

Library Development Project – 2nd floor extension containing Arts & Media stock now open!

1 December 2016

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The Library is pleased to announce that the 2nd Floor Extension in Clifford Whitworth Library is now open following refurbishment. This is the area that contains most of the Arts & Media book stock, as well as the rolling shelves housing the paper journals, and seating areas with large desks suitable for spreading out your reading materials.

I’d also like to draw your attention to the Audio-Visual area (DVDs and CDS) – these items are to be found towards the back of the Ground Floor of the Library, along with the Music scores and the Quick Reference section.

PLEASE NOTE: because of a technical problem with the rolling shelves, we are unable to move the former Adelphi journals there (Design, Fashion, Music, Performance etc) for the time being. These journals will be moved to the Ground Floor during the course of this week (28th November onwards) so it will soon be possible to browse them on the shelves here, until the technical issues are resolved.

Study Spaces: During this transition period, before the first floor re-opens at the beginning of January, additional study space has been set up in surrounding buildings (e.g. Chapman), and building opening times extended,  to support students.  Please visit the Library Development Project webpage for further information http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/ldp

Your Arts & Media Library Champions, and what they can do for you

22 November 2016

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Are you an Arts & Media student? Having difficulty getting what you want from the Library? Your Library Champions are fellow students who work closely with your Academic Support Librarians to represent you. They can order Library books for you, raise problems you are having with the Library, take forward suggestions you think of for improving Library services, and make sure you know about new Library services and developments.

Contact your Library Champions:

Peter McGrail (based at main campus) P.McGrail@edu.salford.ac.uk

Theo Chikomba (based at Media City) T.S.Chikomba@edu.salford.ac.uk

Adelphi Library closure and Farewell Party!

19 July 2016

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The doors of Adelphi Library finally close on the 16th August 2016, after which the library stock moves to Clifford Whitworth library; the books and other Library materials will be accessible about 2 weeks after the Adelphi closure. Please make sure you borrow the books you want before 16th August – staff, postgraduates and level 6 undergraduates can now borrow up to 35 items, and level 3 and 4 undergraduates can have up to 25 items.

You are invited to say farewell to the Adelphi library on Friday, 29th July 2016,  12.00 onwards in the Library itself. Everyone welcome!

Join us in celebrating with music , reminisce with old archive photographs and video footage. 

Light refreshments are available.  Please let me know if you are going to attend for catering purposes, by emailing mailto:A.Callen@salford.ac.uk or phoning 0161 295 6183. 

Hope to see many of you there,

Andy Callen, Joanna Wilson and all the Library staff.