Jan 232019
 

We are excited to announce that the Royal Academy of Dance is our newest Contributing library. To tell us more about the organisation, the library and its serial collection, we invited Carlos Garcia Jane, Assistant Librarian, to write a few words.

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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations. Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today we have a presence in 84 countries, with 36 offices and around 14,000 members worldwide. We count more than 1,000 students in our teacher training programmes and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined on our syllabi. Our membership is supported through the knowledge and expertise of RAD’s highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools. The Faculty of Education is dedicated to meeting the needs of our current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programmes and qualifications. Our exams are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points. The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A photograph of the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters located in Battersea, London.

The Royal Academy of Dance, Battersea, London. (© Royal Academy of Dance.)

The Philip Richardson Library houses one of the largest specialist dance collections in the UK. Based at the RAD Headquarters in Battersea, London, we welcome visitors from around the world as well as RAD members, friends, students and staff. The open access collections include books, CDs, DVDs, conference proceedings, resource packs and Benesh Movement Notation Scores. The dance collection is supplemented by resources in the related fields of pedagogy, music, anatomy and physiology. Materials in the archives and special collections include rare books, theatre programmes, photographs, costume designs, pictures and artifacts, as well as audio-visual materials and paper-based documents and correspondence.

Our expanding collection of serials contains over 170 individual titles, 30 of which are print subscriptions, alongside online resources and databases. The serials collection focuses on dance history and criticism, choreography, dance education and training, and dance medicine and science. The collection includes a complete run of the Dance Gazette, a highly-respected international dance publication, produced by the Royal Academy of Dance since 1930. Among other important serial titles, our collection also features runs of Dancing Times, Dance Magazine, and Dance & Dancers.

Our collection will be beneficial to students, researchers and academic interested in ballet, dance and related topics. Find more information about our collections and activities on our website, our library catalogue, or follow us on twitter @RADLibrary. To arrange a visit contact us on library@rad.org.uk or 02073268032.

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SUNCAT would very much like to thank Carlos for introducing the library and its journal collection. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections please contact us at suncat@ed.ac.uk.

 January 23, 2019  Posted by at 4:21 pm Contributing Libraries No Responses »
Jan 182019
 

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.

  • Aberdeen University (05 Jan 19)
  • British Museum (04 Jan 19)
  • British Library (17 Jan 19)
  • Brunel University London (07 Jan 19)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (08 Jan 19)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (16 Jan 19)
  • De Montfort University (03 Jan 19)
  • Exeter University (05 Jan 19)
  • Glasgow University (16 Jan 19)
  • Kent University (02 Jan 19)
  • London Library (04 Jan 19)
  • Manchester Central Library (05 Jan 19)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (15 Jan 19)
  • Nottingham University (05 Jan 19)
  • Royal Academy of Dance (10 Dec 18)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Jan 19)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (05 Jan 19)
  • Senate House Libraries, University of London (04 Jan 19)
  • Southampton University (13 Jan 19)

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

 January 18, 2019  Posted by at 12:24 pm Updates No Responses »
Jan 152019
 

Bethan Ruddock, the NBK Project Manager, has written a few words on how the SUNCAT libraries can contribute to the NBK. I hope that you find this useful, and that it encourages you to contact the NBK team, if you haven’t done so already!

I would like to reiterate – as I’m sure that I will be doing a lot over the next few months – that we really appreciate the work that our Contributing Libraries have put into sending us data over the years. SUNCAT would be nothing without the libraries, and their enthusiasm. May this carry on with contributions to the NBK!

Bethan says:

The Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) is a project to aggregate bibliographic data at scale and link with a number of other data sources to inform library collection management decisions and to help users more effective find, access and use print and digital scholarly resources.

The NBK data will support 3 main services: resource discovery, collection management, and catalogue record download. The resource discovery service with take over from the current Copac and SUNCAT services at the end of July 2019.

To ensure continued excellent coverage of UK serials holdings as established by SUNCAT, we would like to invite and encourage all current SUNCAT contributors to contribute their data to the NBK. This invitation isn’t limited to serial holdings: we’d be very pleased to get full catalogues from you. For SUNCAT contributors, we are offering the option of sending an initial contribution of serial holdings, allowing you time to consider sending your full holdings later.

More information on contributing can be found at https://contribute.copac.jisc.ac.uk/documentation/ (login with Shibboleth / Open Athens, or contact nbk.copac@jisc.ac.uk to request access). If you have any questions about the NBK, or would like to arrange to contribute, we’d be very pleased to hear from you at nbk.copac@jisc.ac.uk.

 

 

 January 15, 2019  Posted by at 4:26 pm News No Responses »
Jan 112019
 

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.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Jan 19)
  • Bath University (01 Jan 19)
  • Brunel University London (27 Dec 19)
  • Cardiff University (01 Jan 19)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (09 Jan 19)
  • De Montfort University (21 Dec 18)
  • Dundee University (01 Jan 19)
  • Durham University (03 Jan 19)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Jan 19)
  • Imperial College London (01 Jan 19)
  • Kingston University (01 Jan 19)
  • Lancaster University (01 Jan 19)
  • Leeds University (21 Dec 18)
  • Leicester University (01 Jan 19)
  • London Metropolitan University (21 Dec 18)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Jan 19)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (01 Jan 19)
  • Manchester University (01 Jan 19)
  • National Archives (01 Jan 19)
  • National Library of Wales (01 Jan 19)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Jan 19)
  • Northumbria University (01 Jan 19)
  • Open University (01 Jan 19)
  • Oxford University (23 Dec 18)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (01 Jan 19)
  • Sheffield University (01 Jan 19)
  • Southampton University (30 Dec 18)
  • Strathclyde University (01 Jan 19)
  • Sussex University (01 Jan 19)
  • Swansea University (01 Jan 19)
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David (01 Jan 19)
  • University of the West of England (24 Dec 18)
  • Warwick University (03 Jan 19)
  • York University (01 Jan 19)

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

 January 11, 2019  Posted by at 1:50 pm Updates No Responses »
Jan 042019
 

A new year and a new SUNCAT Contributing Library – that of Canterbury Christ Church University! We invited Ian Simpson, Library Collection Development Manager, to write a few words about the library and its collections.

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Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University which is making a positive and lasting difference to local and global communities.

Christ Church has a vibrant community of more than 15,000 students and 1,800 staff studying and working across its network of campuses and centres in Canterbury, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, and it is one of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With nearly 90% of research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, the University is proud of its contribution to society and the economy, and will continue to look for new opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

A photograph of the Augustine House Library building, Canterbury Christ Church University

Augustine House Library building. (© Canterbury Christ Church University.)

The main University’s library is in the award-winning Augustine House. Located in Canterbury city centre, Augustine House opened in 2009 and has won several architectural awards for its contemporary design and its commitment to sustainability; a major feature of the building. During exam times, the library is open 24 hours for students, and external visitors can use the facilities between 8.30am and 6pm. There is also a library in the University’s Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology in Tunbridge Wells and the Drill Hall Library at its Medway Campus (shared with the Universities of Kent and Greenwich).

A photograph of the interior of Augustine House Library, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Interior of Augustine House Library. (© Canterbury Christ Church University.)

Christ Church has a print collection that matches our teaching and learning philosophies and an unusual collection of curriculum resources to complement our range of teaching qualifications. We subscribe to 800 individual journal titles alongside over 130 databases and journal packages. Our archives and special collections includes a children’s literature collection, a Gaskell collection and the Mary Braddon archive, John Jewel’s A Defence of the Apologie of the Churche of Englande, Conteining an Answeare to a Certaine Booke Lately Set Forthe by M. Hardinge, and Entituled, A Confutation of &c. (1611 edition) along with a Latin edition of Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

We hope that our expanding collection will prove beneficial to academics everywhere, hence our inclusion on SUNCAT. For more information visit our website. Keep an eye on twitter @ccculibrary for the latest news. You can contact us by email library.canterbury@canterbury.ac.uk or call us on 01227 782352.

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SUNCAT would very much like to thank Ian for introducing the library and its journal collection. 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 us at suncat@ed.ac.uk.

 January 4, 2019  Posted by at 3:54 pm Contributing Libraries No Responses »
Jan 042019
 

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

  • British Library (20 Dec 18)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (12 Dec 18)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (19 Dec 18)
  • Cranfield University (20 Dec 18)
  • Reading University (19 Dec 18)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Dec 18)
  • Southampton University (16 Dec 18)
  • Warwick University (20 Dec 18)

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

 January 4, 2019  Posted by at 3:06 pm Updates No Responses »
Dec 182018
 

The SUNCAT team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all those who have contributed to and used SUNCAT throughout the year. Enjoy some of our weird and wonderful Christmas-themed titles!

  • More Christmas Crackers.
  • Christmas tree growers’ journal.
  • Chatterbox Christmas Box.
  • Get ahead for Christmas.
  • Christmas Sunshine.
  • Country accents Christmas cookies.
  • Christmas tree taxation / by Matt Triggs.
  • Christmas gifts of good taste.
  • Scarlet berries.
  • Gloops Christmas annual.
  • Paddy Whiskey’s Christmas box for 1792.
  • “”Carry On””: The Armstrong Munition Workers Christmas Magazine’
  • Last-minute Christmas : dazzle your holidays!
  • Toby Ticklem’s Yorkshire annual of comical reading, for everybody’s Christmas.
  • Under the Mistletoe. The Christmas number of Marcus Ward’s Magazine. Dec. 1896.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Christmas special.
  • Fun with Father Christmas.
  • A very zombie Christmas.
  • Christmas cooking from the heart.
  • Christmas tree lookout.
  • Jingle Belle.
  • Waiting in Joyful Hope.
  • Santa Claus parade.
  • The Simpsons winter wing ding.
  • Spider-Man. Christmas in Dallas.

For more festive titles take a look in SUNCAT – and on our blog!

 December 18, 2018  Posted by at 3:09 pm Weird titles No Responses »
Dec 142018
 

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

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Dec 18)
  • Bath University (01 Dec 18)
  • British Library (13 Dec 18)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (12 Dec 18)
  • Dundee University (01 Dec 18)
  • Durham University (06 Dec 18)
  • Edinburgh University (01 Dec 18)
  • Glasgow University (11 Dec 18)
  • Imperial College London (01 Dec 18)
  • King’s College London (02 Dec 18)
  • Kingston University (01 Dec 18)
  • Kent University (02 Dec 18)
  • Lancaster University (01 Dec 18)
  • Leicester University (01 Dec 18)
  • London Library (09 Dec 18)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Dec 18)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (01 Dec 18)
  • Manchester University (01 Dec 18)
  • NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) (07 Dec 18)
  • Royal College of Nursing (02 Dec 18)
  • St. Andrews University (07 Dec 18)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (01 Dec 18)
  • Southampton University (09 Dec 18)

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

 December 14, 2018  Posted by at 3:30 pm Updates No Responses »
Dec 132018
 

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

  • British Library (06 Dec 18)
  • Cardiff University (01 Dec 18)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Dec 18)
  • National Archives (01 Dec 18)
  • National Library of Wales (01 Dec 18)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Dec 18)
  • Northumbria University (01 Dec 18)
  • Nottingham University (05 Dec 18)
  • Open University (01 Dec 18)
  • Queen’s University, Belfast (05 Dec 18)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (30 Nov 18)
  • St. Andrews University (30 Nov 18)
  • Sheffield University (01 Dec 18)
  • Sussex University (01 Dec 18)
  • Strathclyde University (01 Dec 18)
  • Swansea University (01 Dec 18)
  • University of East Anglia (05 Dec 18)
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David (01 Dec 18)
  • York University (01 Dec 18)

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

 December 13, 2018  Posted by at 11:45 am Updates No Responses »
Nov 302018
 

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

  • British Library (29 Nov 18)
  • Brunel University London (27 Nov 18)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (28 Nov 18)
  • Kent University (22 Nov 18)
  • London Metropolitan University (27 Nov 18)
  • National Art Library (26 Oct 18)
  • Oxford University (23 Nov 18)
  • Southampton University (25 Nov 18)
  • St. Andrews University (27 Nov 18)
  • University of the West of England (24 Nov 18)
  • Warwick University (23 Nov 18)
  • Wellcome Library (27 Nov 18)

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

 November 30, 2018  Posted by at 1:04 pm Updates No Responses »