Aug 192016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bristol University (15 Aug 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (17 Aug 16)
  • De Montfort University (28 Jul 16)
  • Edinburgh University (01 Jul 16)
  • Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) (04 Aug 16)
  • London Metropolitan University (25 Jul 16)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Aug 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (08 Aug 16)
  • Nottingham University (01 Aug 16)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Aug 16)
  • Scottish Poetry Library (10 Aug 16)
  • St. Andrews University (12 Aug 16)
  • Trinity College Dublin (04 Aug 16)
  • York University (01 Aug 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 3:10 pm Updates No Responses »
Aug 182016
 

SUNCAT welcomes the Royal Agricultural University, another new Contributing Library, which is based in Cirencester. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 106, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

We are very pleased to have Emma Williams, Library Operations Manager, introduce the University and Library.

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The Royal Agricultural College (RAC), now the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. More information about the history of the RAU can be found at https://www.rau.ac.uk/about/organisation/history.

Our University’s mission statement is, “To be a centre of excellence for developing the leaders of tomorrow in sustainable development relating to the rural economy, built environment and food chain, and to provide leadership regionally, nationally and internationally through its education, research and knowledge exchange activities.”
It is underpinned by the University’s core values:
• Excellence in academic provision
• Responsibility for personal development
• Collaboration with other HEIs, industry and the professions, and between academic staff and students
• Transparency and inclusivity in its treatment of staff and students

Image of the Royal Agricultural University Library journals section

The Royal Agricultural University Library journals section. (© Royal Agricultural University, 2016)

The library offers access to around 30,000 print volumes, more than 10,000 journal and e-journal titles, more than 130,000 e-books and a growing number of full-text electronic databases, many of which can be searched via our one-stop search facility.
Our main collection is supplemented by a support collection and a fascinating historical collection of texts, primarily on agriculture and estate or land management dating as far back as the 16th century. The library also holds the University archive, an irreplaceable collection of documents relating to the University since its foundation in 1845.
Our journals are catalogued as either academic, magazine or newsletter and despite a general industry shift towards electronic access, our print stock is still very popular with our students. The arrival of our weekly copies of Farmer’s Weekly and Country Life are hotly anticipated.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Emma for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

 August 18, 2016  Posted by at 10:13 am Contributing Libraries Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Aug 152016
 

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) has become our newest Contributing Library. Nearly 350 Iniva serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 105, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here Nick Brown, Library and Information Manager at Iniva, introduces the Stuart Hall Library and its periodical collection.

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A photograph of the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva with Ansuman Biswas installation.

A view of an artist Ansuman Biswas’s site-specific installation Gnomon in the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva. (© Iniva, 2016.)

The Stuart Hall Library is part of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) which focuses on diversity in the visual arts and the politics of representation. Collection strengths include African, Asian and Latin American art as well as the art of the diasporas, especially in the UK. The library collects around art which takes issues such as cultural identity as its theme or seeks to de-centre a Eurocentric and mono-cultural view of the art world(s). In these ways the library works to record a range of opinion with an international and transnational scope. It also plays an important role in documenting marginalised art histories, for example, the UK Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, which are often under-represented in other collections and in national institutions. The library was renamed in honour of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall who was the first Chair of Iniva and whose ideas animate the development of the collection. The library is free to use and open to all.

The collection comprises over 10,000 books, 300 journal titles and 800 audio visual items. There are also ‘zine and an artists’ book collection. The archive constitutes the institutional record of Iniva, papers from prominent individuals including Isaac Julien as well as an extensive collection of ephemera documenting artists, exhibitions and thinkers. The library runs an active series of Research Network events in which artists, academics, curators, students, social activists and practitioners of various kinds can share their work and a second group focusing on textiles and dress as part of wider visual culture and from a post-colonial viewpoint.

The periodical collection includes many rare items and aims to have a broad geographic scope. Highlights include important arts magazines from the 1970s, 80s and 90s such as Black Phoenix, Ten.8, Polareyes, Third Text, Artrage, Bazaar, Revue Noir and Black Arts in London to politically engaged magazines of today such as Strike! and the Occupied Times or those taking up the legacies of cultural studies like Soundings. Caribbean perspectives are represented in Small Axe, Savacou, Calabash and critical feminist voices in N. Paradoxa, MAKE Magazine, Women’s Art Magazine, Meridians and Feminist Art News. The collection covers a wide spectrum from Signals, a central document of the 1960s international avant-garde and Metronome, the peripatetic inter-cultural art journal (including the only copy in a library in England of the pilot issue produced in Dakar, Senegal) to Bidoun, showcasing art and culture from the Middle East, and Chimurenga/The Chronic one of the most exciting pan-African cultural journals active today. An audio recording of the Librarian discussing black art magazines with artist Joy Gregory and curator and writer David A. Bailey is available here.

Photograph of Rivington Place, London.

Rivington Place, London. (© Lyndon Douglas.)

Iniva is situated in Rivington Place in Shoreditch in a building designed by David Adjaye and shared with Autograph ABP (The Association of Black Photographers). For more information about the library please visit http://www.iniva.org/library/ or contact library@iniva.org.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Nick for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

 August 15, 2016  Posted by at 3:21 pm Contributing Libraries Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Aug 122016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Aug 16)
  • British Library (11 Aug 16)
  • British Museum (05 Aug 16)
  • CONSER (10 Aug 16)
  • Imperial College London (01 Aug 16)
  • Kent University (01 Aug 16)
  • Manchester University (01 Aug 16)
  • National Museum Wales (15 Jul 16)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Aug 16)
  • Open University (01 Aug 16)
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (05 Aug 16)
  • Royal Agricultural University (23 May 16)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (04 Aug 16)
  • Southampton University (07 Aug 16)
  • Truro & Penwith College (28 Jun 16)
  • Wellcome Library (22 Jul 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 2:48 pm Updates No Responses »
Aug 102016
 

A recent release of SUNCAT includes two new features: My SUNCAT, and a serials holdings comparison service.

My SUNCAT

My SUNCAT allows users to sign in to SUNCAT and save searches to reuse at a later date,  save records and organise them into lists, and create custom groups of libraries and locations to use in searches.   To find out more please see our My SUNCAT Guide.

Serials Holdings Comparison service

We’re also pleased to announce that the holdings comparison service that SUNCAT offers to the UKRR has been extended to enable libraries to run their own serials holdings comparisons against the data held in SUNCAT.   This free tool allows libraries to compare holdings for serials across more than 100 UK academic and research libraries.  Libraries can discover which serials are rare or unique, which are widely held and which are marked for UKRR retention.  Analysis can be made at the national level or the local level by selecting particular libraries to include in the comparison.

The results can help libraries make decisions about:

  • Keeping older print serials or moving them into storage
  • Deselecting lower use print serials if commonly held
  • Collaborating with other libraries to ensure sustainable access to at least one copy of a serial
  • Cancelling or renewing current subscriptions depending on alternative access locally or via ILL.

To find out more about using the serials holdings comparison service, please see http://www.suncat.ac.uk/librarians/holdings-comparison-service.html.

 August 10, 2016  Posted by at 10:39 am Developments, News No Responses »
Aug 082016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service last week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Cranfield University (20 Jul 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Aug 16)
  • King’s College London (02 Aug 16)
  • Kingston University (01 Aug 16)
  • The London Library (27 Jul 16)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (13 Jul 16)
  • National Archives (01 Aug 16)
  • Oxford University (22 Jul 16)
  • Sheffield University (01 Aug 16)
  • Southampton University (31 Jul 16)
  • Zoological Society of London (28 Jul 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 August 8, 2016  Posted by at 9:41 am Updates No Responses »
Aug 012016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service last week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bristol University (13 Jul 16)
  • British Library (28 Jul 16)
  • Cambridge University (13 Jul 16)
  • CONSER (27 Jul 16)
  • De Montfort University (20 Jul 16)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (22 Jul 16)
  • Glasgow University (12 Jul 16)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (15 Jun 16)
  • ISSN (14 Jul 16)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Jul 16)
  • St Andrews University (14 Jul 16)
  • Southampton University (24 Jul 16)
  • Trinity College Dublin (12 Jul 16)
  • Wiener Library (27 May 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 August 1, 2016  Posted by at 1:18 pm Updates No Responses »
Jul 222016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service this week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (21 Jul 16)
  • British Museum Library (06 Jul 16)
  • CONSER (20 Jul 16)
  • Exeter University (01 Jul 16)
  • London Business School (04 Jul 16)
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (05 Jul 16)
  • National Coal Mining Museum for England (01 Jul 16)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Jul 16)
  • Nottingham University (05 Jul 16)
  • Open University (01 Jul 16)
  • Queen’s University Belfast (03 Jul 16)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (01 Jul 16)
  • Southampton University (17 Jul 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 pm Updates No Responses »
Jul 182016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the last week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (14 Jul 16)
  • CONSER (06 Jul 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Jul 16)
  • Kent University (01 Jul 16)
  • King’s College London (01 Jul 16)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Jul 16)
  • Manchester University (01 Jul 16)
  • Southampton University (10 Jul 16)
  • York University (01 Jul 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 July 18, 2016  Posted by at 7:59 am Updates No Responses »
Jul 112016
 

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past two weeks. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Jul 16)
  • British Library (30 Jun 16)
  • CONSER (29 Jun 16)
  • Cranfield University (20 Jun 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (06 May 16)
  • Imperial College, London (01 Jul 16)
  • The London Library (28 Jun 16)
  • London Metropolitan University (29 Jun 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (01 Jul 16)
  • Oxford University (22 Jun 16)
  • Reading University (13 Jun 16)
  • St Andrews University (13 Jun 16)
  • Sheffield University (01 Jul 16)
  • Southampton University (03 Jul 16)
  • Sussex University (20 May 16)
  • Warwick University (21 Jun 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

 July 11, 2016  Posted by at 10:25 am Updates No Responses »