Sep 272016
 

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Truro & Penwith College has become our first Further Education Contributing Library! This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 109, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Truro & Penwith College, who recently maintained their outstanding Ofsted rating, offers access to a diverse range of educational choices, supported by outstanding resources and purpose-built facilities from their campuses in Truro and Penzance. There is a wide number of courses available across many qualification types and levels, from traditionally ‘academic’ A Levels and Degrees to Apprenticeships, vocational courses and business training.

The College has Learning Centres located on both campuses and they offer learning environments for quiet work and group work with access to support from experienced staff, as well as being the hub for the provision of a wide range of physical and on-line resources.

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

 September 27, 2016  Posted by at 1:29 pm Contributing Libraries Tagged with:  No Responses »
Sep 232016
 

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.

  • Cambridge University (07 Sep 16)
  • Cranfield University (20 Sep 16)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (19 Sep 16)
  • Durham University (19 Sep 16)
  • London Business School (15 Sep 16)
  • London Library (16 Sep 16)
  • Loughborough University (19 Sep 16)
  • Queen’s University, Belfast (16 Sep 16)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Sep 16)
  • Sussex University (15 Sep 16)
  • Tate Library (Tate Britain) (16 Sep 16)

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

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 2:46 pm Updates No Responses »
Sep 222016
 

Today is Hobbit Day and, indeed, Tolkien Week! The 22nd September is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien‘s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Re-live the magic of Tolkien’s books by looking at these Tolkien-inspired titles found in SUNCAT!

Image of part of the cover of 'The Hobbit Deluxe Edition' from J. R. R. Tolkien, showing a red dragon.

Le hobbit édition Deluxe. T. Lilly, 2014. Under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

  • Wizard information service.
  • The Wizard’s staff.
  • The Lord of the Rings, Battle games in Middle Earth.
  • Beyond Bree : newsletter of the Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group. (Variant title: It’s Beyond Me!)
  • Mallorn : the journal of the Tolkien Society.
  • News from Fangorn.
  • Orcrist.
  • Weathertop.
  • Amon Hen : the bulletin of the Tolkien Society of Great Britain.
  • Quettar : bulletin of the Linguistic Fellowship of the Tolkien Society.
  • Silver leaves from the white tree of hope.
  • Hither shore.
  • Poison elves.
  • The Sprite : from the Elves of Ginnistian.
  • Entings.
  • Minas Tirith evening-star.

For more serials on Tolkien and other weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

 September 22, 2016  Posted by at 10:03 am Weird titles Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Sep 162016
 

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.

  • Bristol University (05 Sep 16)
  • British Library (15 Sep 16)
  • British Museum (07 Sep 16)
  • City, University of London (09 Sep 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (14 Sep 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Sep 16)
  • Exeter University (02 Sep 16)
  • Glasgow School of Art (14 Sep 16)
  • Glasgow University (13 Sep 16)
  • King’s College London (02 Sep 16)
  • Lambeth Palace Library (01 Aug 16)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Sep 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (09 Sep 16)
  • NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) (02 Sep 16)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Sep 16)
  • Royal College of Nursing (02 Sep 16)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (08 Sep 16)
  • St. Andrews University (05 Sep 16)

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

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 2:11 pm Updates No Responses »
Sep 152016
 

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Lambeth Palace Library has become our newest Contributing Library. The library is situated on the south side of the River Thames, in Lambeth, London. Just over 3000 of its serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 108, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

We invited Hugh Cahill, Senior Librarian at Lambeth Palace Library, to write a few words about the library and its collections.

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Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of the Church of England. Its collections have been freely available for research since 1610.

The Great Hall, Lambeth Palace Library

The Great Hall, Lambeth Palace Library. (© Jonty Sexton , 2016)

The manuscripts and books held here date from the 9th century to the present day, and their broad scope reflects the office of Archbishop as head of the Province of Canterbury, his national and international roles in leading the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide. James I described the Library as ‘a monument of fame’ in his kingdom.

The Library collects around 100 current journals. These relate mainly to the history of the Church of England rather than to theology but the Library also collects current journals of institutions of which it holds the archive, such as the Mothers’ Union and the Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association. Our historical journals date from the 17th c. onwards with titles such as The Gentleman’s Journal, Journal de Hambourg, and Histoire des Ouvrages des Sçavans.

The Library also holds large numbers of diocesan and parish magazines /newsletters from the 19th c. onward. With around 16,000 parishes in England no such collection can be truly comprehensive but we have an extensive sample that is representative both geographically and chronologically. The Library also holds periodicals on social issues of interest to the Church such as temperance, with runs of titles like Temperance Action Songs, The Church of England Temperance Magazine, and The Band of Hope Chronicle. Missionary magazines and reports of missionary societies are also well represented in the collection with title such as Mission Life and The Colonial Church Chronicle and Missionary Journal. Another subject area covered by the collections is relations of the Church of England with other Christian denominations worldwide, meaning that we have journals/periodicals in Greek, Russian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Swedish and Italian.

By joining SUNCAT it is hoped that that the diverse periodical collections at Lambeth Palace Library will become better known and better used.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Hugh 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.

 September 15, 2016  Posted by at 10:37 am Contributing Libraries Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Sep 092016
 

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.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Sep 16)
  • British Library (01 Sep 16)
  • Brunel University London (01 Sep 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (07 Sep 16)
  • Institute of Cancer Research (12 Aug 16)
  • Kent University (01 Sep 16)
  • Manchester University (01 Sep 16)
  • National Archives (01 Sep 16)
  • Nottingham University (01 Sep 16)
  • Sheffield University (01 Sep 16)
  • Southampton University (19 Aug 16)
  • Swansea University (01 Sep 16)
  • Trinity College Dublin (08 Sep 16)
  • York University (01 Sep 16)

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

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 2:54 pm Updates No Responses »
Sep 082016
 

SUNCAT would like to welcome another new Contributing Library, the Scottish Poetry Library, which, like us, is based in Edinburgh! Just under 400 journals records from the Scottish Poetry Library have been loaded into SUNCAT. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 107, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here Julie Johnstone, Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library, introduces us to the library and its unique collection of literary journals.
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The Scottish Poetry Library is a unique national resource for the art of poetry, and works to bring the pleasures and benefits of poetry to as wide an audience as possible.

The interior of the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

The interior of the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. (© Scottish Poetry Library, 2016.)

The Library first opened in 1984 in small 18th century premises in Tweeddale Court in Edinburgh. In 1999 we moved into award-winning specially designed premises in Crichton’s Close, just off the Canongate. These premises were refurbished and extended in 2015, giving us a delightful, light and open home for our collection of over 45,000 items – books, pamphlets, magazines, cuttings, and audio material. Our Special Collections house an Edwin Morgan archive, and a selection of artists’ books and visual poetry materials. Our website at www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk has a wide range of poetry resources, including poems tagged by theme, a guide to Scottish poets (over 400 currently on the list), and our regular podcasts.

We are open to the public throughout the year, and all are welcome to browse and use the building. We also have a lending collection. We run an inquiry service answering all sorts of poetry-related questions and assist scholars with research.

The ‘little magazines’ – literary journals – are notoriously ephemeral: short-lived and edited by many changing hands. They are often shy of selling themselves, and in consequence hard to get hold of, and even the bigger titles can be irregular and sometimes function without a subscription scheme. However, they are the building blocks of a nation’s literary life; the testing-ground for aspiring writers, and a major source of literary criticism.

The Scottish Poetry Library takes in over 80 current titles and houses an archive of around 400 back runs and now defunct titles. We have complete runs of most of the important mid- and late- 20th century and continuing Scottish titles, such as Akros, Chapman, The Dark Horse. We care for a handful of rarer titles such as Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. and Migrant from the 1960s, and the 1930s classic The Modern Scot. For keeping up with the current literary scene, our readers can browse the TLS, the London and the Scottish Review of Books; for UK poetry we have the major titles such as Poetry Review and PN Review and many others; from our Celtic cousins Poetry Ireland and Poetry Wales; and a handful from Europe, New Zealand and the United States.

The collection is reference only, but we have indexed the content of 20 Scottish magazines, the data for which can be found in our online catalogue, and this is often used for both research and compiling themed lists of poetry.

Please contact the Librarians for further assistance.
Julie Johnstone julie.johnstone@spl.org.uk
Lizzie MacGregor librarian2@spl.org.uk

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SUNCAT thanks Julie 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.

 September 8, 2016  Posted by at 2:32 pm Contributing Libraries Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Sep 022016
 

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 (26 Aug 16)
  • Cambridge University (10 Aug 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (31 Aug 16)
  • Glasgow University (05 Aug 16)
  • Oxford University (22 Aug 16)
  • Swansea University (01 Aug 16)
  • University of the West of England (23 Aug 16)

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

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 2:53 pm Updates No Responses »
Aug 292016
 

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.

  • Aberdeen University (04 Jul 16)
  • Bradford University (15 Aug 16)
  • British Library (18 Aug 16)
  • Brunel University London (01 Aug 16)
  • Cranfield University (20 Aug 16)
  • De Montfort University (23 Aug 16)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (19 Aug 16)
  • Liverpool University (08 Aug 16)
  • Swansea University (01 Jul 16)

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

 August 29, 2016  Posted by at 3:13 pm Updates No Responses »
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 »