New Audiovisual Resources: Film Platform and Kanopy

Following successful trials, the library has now subscribed to two new audiovisual resources; Film Platform and Kanopy. Both provide access to rare documentary films that might otherwise never be seen beyond the festival circuit, whilst Kanopy also provides access to arthouse film as well. Both platforms are well used by US universities but Goldsmiths is one of the very few UK universities using either, let alone both.

Film Platform

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Film Platform works with leading filmmakers to provide educational access to international documentaries that introduce new concepts, expose students to fresh perspectives and enhance classroom discussions. They work with distributors, such as Cats & Docs, First Hand Films and The National Film Board of Canada. Films are accompanied by study guides, including press kits, articles and interviews with both filmmakers and their subjects.

Film Platform works with academic advisory boards to ensure the films in their collection are suited to universities and their students. Chris Berry, formerly of the Media and Communications department at Goldsmiths, now at King’s College, is a board member.

You can search by film titles or browse by collections, and there are two ways of doing this:

  • Curated collections (curated by academic staff, researchers, festival directors), including collections on Perfomative Documentaries and Media/Activism
  • Subject collections, including Human Rights, International, Social and Political Affairs and Gender Studies

Films can be shared via social media/email and clips/playlists can be easily created. Academic notes and information about the film’s festival appearances and awards are also available.

To access Film Platform and start streaming, just visit the E-Resources A-Z list, choose ‘F’ and click on the link to Film Platform. Alternatively, use this link, ensuring you sign-in with the usual username and password.

You can see their latest trailers here. Information on how to stream films is also available here.

Kanopy

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Kanopy works with over 3,000 universities worldwide, distributing documentaries, indies and foreign films, classics and the odd blockbuster movie too! They work with distributors such as California Newsreel, Criterion, Documentary Educational Resources and Kino Lorber.

There are over 26,000 films in the Kanopy collection. You can search for titles (and Kanopy starts predicting results once you enter words) or browse by a range of subjects, including:

  • Film and Popular (including documentaries, early film, foreign language film)
  • Global Studies and Languages (including African studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies and more)
  • The Arts (including design, literature, music, performance art, photography, visual art)

Much like Netflix, results can be arranged by theme, e.g. race and class studies, gender studies, etc. Or when you search by topic, e.g. Russian film, there are numerous filters you can use to further narrow your search, e.g. suppliers, filmmakers, year of production, etc.

Each film has a transcript and you can click to any point in this transcript to skip the film along to this part. It can be shared via social media/email and also embedded into websites/VLEs. You can also create clips if you only need to stream a certain part of the film, and you can also add to playlists.

To access Kanopy and start streaming, just visit the E-Resources A-Z list, choose ‘K’ and click on the link to Kanopy. Or just follow this link and enter your username and password.

Help on using Kanopy is available here.

Art Films

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To supplement our extensive audiovisual collections, we’ve subscribed to a number of video streaming services that provide access to rare documentary and feature films that will enhance your learning experience, but also just be enjoyable to watch.

Art Films is a platform providing content that can entertain, educate and inform. Art Films allows you to stream hundreds of exclusive educational videos from top artists and independent producers with unlimited, simultaneous usage.

You can search for a title that interests you but you might find the browse facility more productive. There are films in numerous art-related disciplines, which you can easily browse by, including:

  • Architecture
  • Communication/Culture
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Digital Art/New Media
  • Film/Cinema
  • Language/Literature
  • Media/Television
  • Music
  • Performing Art
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art

In the Film/Cinema section, there is a particular emphasis on Australia Cinema (Art Films is an Australian company), which includes access to almost every film by the late well-respected Dutch-Australian auteur, Paul Cox, whose films such as ‘Man of Flowers’ and ‘A Woman’s Tale’ won a number of international awards and helped raise the profile of Australian cinema.

To access Art Films on-campus visit the A-Z Resource List and select Art Films. You shouldn’t need your username and password on-campus. To access Art Films off-campus, use the following link. You will need to log-in with your username and password.

If any films are unavailable, please contact Kevin Wilson as these films can probably be activated by us.

Statista

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We’re pleased to accounce that the Library has a new subscription for access to the Statista database, the fascinatingly addictive statistics portal. So if you want to enhance your essay with a population graph…

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… or fancy using some infographics about the U.S. Presidential Election to liven up a presentation…

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… or need some statistics about social media usage to back up your argument…

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… then Statista can help you with all that and much more!

How to access Statista

On a campus PC

If you’re on a campus PC you don’t need to log in – just go to https://www.statista.com and get started.

Off-campus access

In the top right hand corner, click My Account then Login

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Under Additional Services click Campus Access

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Select Goldsmiths from the drop-down list, then Login via Shibboleth using your usual campus username and password.

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Treasure, Dust and Home

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An exhibition of photographic works by Yujung Chang

At Goldsmiths Special Collections & Archives, 20 July – 30 August

Opening reception Wednesday 20th July, 5 – 7pm

Yujung Chang, Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Alumni and winner of the Goldsmiths Warden’s Purchase Prize (2007) will be presenting a series of photographic works in Goldsmiths Special Collections and Archives this summer.

South Korean artist Yujung Chang documented the excavation process at the site of Silsangsa Temple (established in the third year of King Heungdeok’s reign during the Silla Dynasty in 828 A.D.) and the surrounding area of Jirisan Mountain, South Korea, from September 2014 to August 2015.

Chang recorded the gradual uncovering of the site in this series of beautiful photographs. Her relationship with the place and local people developed during this process, and led to her interest in others’ views on the site. She commissioned the researchers from the Research Institute of Buddhist Heritage, Buddhist monks from the Temple, villagers and Buddhists working on the site to record their views too. The resulting collection of photographs were published in her book, A Thousand Years of Dust, which reveal views of the archaeological site by many people to whom it had different significances.

A Thousand Years of Dust is part of the Goldsmiths Library Collection and will be available to borrow after the exhibition finishes.

Yujung Chang is based in Seoul. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Original Soundtrack’ at Gallery Skape in Seoul; ‘Eclipses’ at Art First, London, and ‘Cultivated Portion’ at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art Project Gallery, Ansan, in Korea. Recent group shows include ‘Passage of Korean Contemporary Art – Journey of Photography’, at Yunseul Museum, Kimhae’; ‘ILLUMINE- Yujung Chang & Dan Holsworth’ at Assembly Rooms, London; ‘Look at their Story’, at Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul; ‘Mt. Jiri Art Project-Universe Art Walk’ at Silsangsa Temple, Namwon; and ‘The Magic of Photography’ at The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea

http://www.yujungchang.net/

How YOU helped to shape our library collections in 2015-16

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This year the Library launched a new project to tailor our collections around students’ needs and interests. We recruited Student Library Reps, who were each given a £300 budget to choose new books for their department in consultation with their fellow students. Volunteers took part from 12 departments – Anthropology, Art, Cultural studies, Design, History, ICCE, Music, Psychology, Sociology, STACS, Visual Cultures, and the Graduate School.

134 new items were ordered during the project – 131 print books, 2 eBooks and 1 DVD. Here are a few of the most popular examples:

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On behalf of all the Library staff we would like to say a big thank you to our 2015-16 Student Library Reps for all their hard work and enthusiasm. The project will be running again in the 2016-17 academic year – if you are interested in taking part keep an eye on the Student News emails or follow us on Twitter @Goldsmithslib and on Facebook for further announcements and details of how to apply.

 

Bike Week and Green Impact

Bike Week 2016

The Library Green Impact team is celebrating Bike Week 2016 this week with a selection of cycling themed material from our collections. We uncovered some hidden gems in our Special Collections, including this striking poster, from the Women’s Art Library:

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Courtesy Women’s Art Library, Special Collections & Archives

and an embroidery piece, from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection:

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Courtesy Goldsmiths Textile Collection

A selection of bicycle-related books and films from the main library collection is on display at the entrance to the Library, and available to borrow.

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If you’re keen to cycle to the Library, you’ll find more than 320 secure, bike parking spaces on campus, including a number of covered spaces adjacent to the Rutherford Building, and showering facilities in the Richard Hoggart and Ben Pimlott Buildings. Goldsmiths Cycling Club organises bike fixing events and cycling days out throughout the year, and Doctor Bike is a regular visitor to the campus. This Thursday 16th June, you can get a free bike check up and maintenance outside the Education Building, between 10am and 4pm. Keep an eye on the @GreenGoldsmiths twitter page for upcoming visits.

Local cycling guide maps are available from Transport for London – you can pick some up from the Library entrance this week, or order some to be delivered to you for free from TfL. Also check out Cycle Streets for more routes recommended by seasoned riders.

Green Impact

Green Impact is a national environmental accreditation scheme, organised by the National Union of Students, which supports teams of staff in UK higher educational institutions to improve their environmental performance in the workplace.

Goldsmiths Library has participated in the scheme over the past four years, along with other departments in the college, with the assistance of the Goldsmiths Greening Department. We have worked to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and sustainable practices in staff and students in the Library, such as recycling, and turning off lights and computer monitors when they are not being used. In particular, we targeted paper wastage in the library staff offices, and we were able to significantly reduce the number of printouts that are made by staff and generated by the Library Management System.

This June, the Library Green Impact team were thrilled to receive a Gold Award in recognition of our efforts.

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World Book Night 2016

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Prof. Blake Morrison reading at Goldsmiths World Book Night 2015

World Book Night is an annual event to promote links between literacy and wellbeing organised by The Reading Agency, who say that reading for pleasure ‘is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in the UK 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).’ Last year Goldsmiths library opened its doors to the public – as well as our students and staff – to celebrate World Book Night with a late night marathon of literary performances that stretched into the early hours.

This year join us from 7pm on Saturday 21st April and enjoy another nocturnal literary feast with readings from staff and students from the Black British Writing MA, a unique opportunity to hear a selection of prose and poetry from current Creative Writing MA students curated by LitLive, performances by Eley Williams, Iphgenia Baal and Julia Calver courtesy of The Literary Kitchen, plus open mic slots for readings from the floor, light refreshments, a book swap table and much more.

If you’re visiting from outside Goldsmiths please apply for a free ticket here so we know to expect you. For current Goldsmiths staff and students there’s no need to book, just swipe in with your card.