Autumn displays

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Here are some of the fab displays we’ve had in our campus libraries so far this year.  Come in and see what’s next.

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Discovering Literature – archive of 20th century writers

We recently shared with you some great online resources for Shakespeare and now the same site by the British Library has launched another great archive. Over 300 literary treasures relating to 20th century writers have been made available online for the first time, including literary drafts, rare first editions, notebooks, letters, diaries, newspapers and photographs from Virginia Woolf, Ted Hughes, Angela Carter and Hanif Kureishi among others. The items relate to some of the 20th century’s greatest writers and can be viewed for free on the Discovering Literature website.

From George Orwell to Sylvia Plath, the collection covers some of the greatest writers of the century and has some real gems. For example, a notebook of astrological charts by Ted Hughes for Sigmund Freud, the poets W B Yeats, T S Eliot and Sylvia Plath. You can get a glimpse of George Orwell’s notebook which contains his early thoughts and ideas for what would become Nineteen Eighty-Four, including ‘newspeak’ and ‘doublethink’.

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George Orwell: 1903-1950 Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, Political writer

Amongst other interesting items the archive includes a first American edition copy of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess which controversially does not include the final chapter, in which Alex chooses to reject violence using free-will.

Explore the website and see the wide range of themes examined through the literature, from art to fantasy and fairy tales through to the European influence on the authors and their thoughts on conflict.

 

Moving Image Archive

Example of footage from Moving image archive website

The Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving images and is held at the National Library. You can watch over 1,700 clips and full-length films which have been collected together from donations or produced in collaboration with film-makers.You can watch films in the Moving Image Archive catalogue, hire DVDs or make an appointment to watch films on-site. Films are available to hire for screenings, and commercial users can license footage for broadcast use. You need permission from the Library if you want to re-use moving image material — for example, in a broadcast, media production, or screening.

There is also a reference section in the National Library in Edinburgh where you can read books and journals about film history and Scottish film-making.

The Moving Image Archive can be used in conjunction with Scotland on Screen which is the online learning resource for the Scottish Screen Archive with over 25 hours of footage, a step-by-step guide to moving image education, and instructions for creating your own video essay using archive film.

Footage covers many different topics and areas of Scotland. Try searching for your hometown, or see how a particular profession used to look. Events such as gala days, royal visits to Scotland, the construction of the Forth Road Bridge as well as insights into everyday life and much more are included. Have a browse and see what fascinating footage you can discover.

Don’t forget you also have access to other catalogues of video footage and images collections through our e-resources which can be found on iLearn.

We hope you find these resources useful for finding video clips for your research, always remember to check the copyright information and use the correct format for your citations.

 

 

Focus on Shakespeare

On 23 April 1616, 400 years ago, William Shakespeare died aged 52. The British Library has released 300 newly digitised items relating to Shakespeare for the first time on its Discovering Literature website. There are also over 80 essays about Shakespeare written by scholars and actors, for example, Simon Callow. The website provides a good background to the political, social and cultural context of the plays.

Displaying a range of manuscripts, maps, paintings, illustrations, ballads and photos of Shakespeare’s work it is a fascinating way to explore his writing.

Highlights include:

  • the only surviving handwritten playscript – Sir Thomas More  to which Shakespeare contributed a scene in which More courageously quells a mob of anti-French rioters who are calling for immigrants to be banished
  • A 17th-century manuscript thought to preserve the original tune of one of the Fool’s songs from King Lear
  • The only surviving self portrait of John Dee – the Elizabethan scholar, astrologer and magician thought to have inspired Shakespeare’s Prospero – contained in a remarkable six foot manuscript scroll

Until now, you would have had to visit the British Library Reading Rooms or exhibitions to view this kind of material but now it is all online and available to all. So if you have ever felt overwhelmed by the challenging language or thought that you would struggle to understand the plot lines, have a look at this great website for inspiration and see what you can find. You might be surprised at how accessible and relevant some of the plays are.

Check out this new BBC website which tells tales of child actors, weird venues and the company for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays, the King’s Men. Discover where Shakespeare went on tour..and much much more..

We have a wide range of Shakespeare plays, books about Shakespeare and DVDs available to borrow from our library. Please ask if you need help to find any you are interested in.

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New library opening hours

We hope you all had an enjoyable break. There have been some small changes made to the library opening hours and these are detailed below.

St Brycedale Library

 

Monday: 08:45 to 21:00

Tuesday: 08:45 to 20:45

Wednesday: 08:45 to 21:00

Thursday: 08:45 to 21:00

Friday: 08:45 to 16:25

Saturday 09:00 – 12:00

Halbeath Library

 

Monday: 08:45 to 16:50

Tuesday: 08:45 to 2100

Wednesday: 08:45 to 16:50

Thursday: 08:45 to 21:00

Friday: 08:45 to 16:25​

Rosyth Library

 

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 to 16:30
Friday: 09:00 to 12:00
(Closed for lunch Monday to Thursday 13:00 to 13:30)
Nairn Library

Monday to Thursday: 08:45 to 16:50

Friday: 08:45 to 16:25
(Closed for lunch Monday to Friday: 12:30 – 13:30)

Stenton Library

Monday to Thursday: 08:45 to 16:50

Friday: 08:45 to 16:25​

Opening hours may vary during College holidays. Notices will be posted up at the relevant campus and on the college website.

Library opening hours over Easter holiday

There will be a slightly reduced library service over the next two weeks:

Rosyth and Nairn campus library – Closed until Mon 11th April
St Brycedale – Open Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-420pm
Halbeath – No evening opening, closes 5pm Tues and Thurs
Stenton – Closed Mon 28th, Tues 29th and Wed 30th Closed until 1pm

Lunch opening hours are subject to change, please get in touch if you want to check. Phone numbers can be found here.

Spring display at St Brycedale
Spring display at St Brycedale

Change in opening hours

From the beginning of April there will be some small changes to our campus library opening hours. More details will follow for each campus but one change will be the slightly later opening time of 8:45am rather than the current time of 8:40.

Please keep an eye on the website, blog or social media accounts for more information in April.