The Listener was a weekly publication that was established by the BBC in 1929. It was a medium for reproducing radio and television broadcasts, and is our only record and means of accessing content of many early broadcasts.
There were many contributors to the publication including E.M.Forster and George Orwell, it also provided a platform for new writers and poets such as Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin.
Step back in time and see how key historical events like VE Day or the Queen’s Coronoation were broadcast through the British Media, or explore the numerous book reviews and pieces poetry that were published by the magazine.
You can access “The Listener” from the eResources A-Z page.
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Box of Broadcast (BoB): On Demand TV & Radio for Education
Our resource of the week this week is Box of Broadcasts (BoB). BoB allows users to record items broadcast on over 65 free to air channels including BBC channels, ITV, Film 4, and 10 foreign language channels.
You can request up to 10 items a day to be recorded and added to BoB. The 9 most popular channels are listed first and programmes aired on these will be immediately recorded and added to BoB. If you would like programmes from other channels you can request these within 30 dys of broadcast. You can also request programmes up to seven days in advance.
BoB is therefore a really good catch up service and there is no need for a TV license as the University has a license which allows students to access content via BoB.
BoB also has an archive of over 2 million broadcasts that date back to the 1990s, these include TV programmes, documentaries, films and radio broadcasts. You can also make your own playlists and create clips.
So, term has started and you know you’ve got some reading to do and you need to start finding those books and articles. Well, the Library is here to help! We have a fabulous reading list systems which stores all the reading lists we receive from the department. It then links directly to the Library Catalogue to show you how many copies we have and where to find them!
This post will show you how to:
Find reading lists for your course
Use reading lists to find library resources
Download your reading lists
Reading List Guide
Check out our PowerPoint here to find out all you need to know about accessing and using reading lists.
Could you introduce yourself, and let us know your job title?
My name is Rachel White and I am the Information Consultant for English, Media Arts, Drama & Theatre and the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS).
How long have you been at RHUL Library?
I started at Royal Holloway in April 2016. I am looking forward to the new academic year and meeting all of the students!
What is your role within the Library?
My role is to support several departments (English, Drama & Theatre, Media Arts and CeDAS) and to ensure the library has the resources the students and staff need. Another important part of my role is teaching information literacy skills. This involves showing users how to use resources, how to search effectively, how to recognise resources that are suitable to use and managing the information once you have found it.
Have you always worked in Libraries?
Yes apart from a some part time jobs before and during University. I’ve worked in various libraries including a specialist library in The Met Office, Further Education Colleges and Universities.
What did you want to be when you were little?
There was a very short period where I wanted to be a lorry driver! Not sure why this was especially as I don’t think I am the best driver, my Peugeot is plenty big enough! Since finishing University and getting my first part time post in a library as a library assistant all I have wanted to do is to work in libraries.
Do you have any heroes and if you do, why are they your heroes?
Not sure about hero but I do love JK Rowling! I am a massive fan of Harry Potter and the novels she has written under the guise of Robert Galbraith. I also love the fact that she has recently dropped off the Forbes billionaire list due in part to the large amounts of money she donates to various charities.
What did you study?
I studied English Literature at Swansea University
Do you have a favourite book, and why?
I have lots of favourite books and would struggle to pick just one! I remember there were two books that I studied at University that stayed with me. One was Dracula by Bram Stoker and the other was The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I loved both of these texts but did struggle to sleep after reading them both!
If you had a superhero alter ego, what would they be named, and what would your super power be?
Not sure what my superhero alter ego would be, but I definitely know what super power I would like! I would love to be able to disappear on the spot and turn up anywhere in the world instantly (apparating for any Harry Potter fans).
Describe working in the library in 3 words
Varied, rewarding, interesting
What advice would you give to a new student?
My advice would be to make use of the library resources and if you are unsure about anything at all contact your information consultant, we are all more than happy to help!
It has been awhile but this week’s resource is MediaPlus.
MediaPlus is a collection over 100,000 videos, audio clips and still images that cover a variety of subjects: everything from archaeology and medicine to history, philosophy, music, drama and performing arts, media studies and the social sciences.
Material on MediaPlus is freely available for use and can be downloaded, edited and shared. Just create a personal user account to start saving clips and creating playlists!
For example: Say you were researching the history of the steeplechase . A quick search brings up a number of options including this film dating from 1924 of steeplechases in nearby Eton.
Whether you just watch the film for some background to the sport or you take a screenshot to insert in your dissertation or you make a clip to show during a presentation- the possibilities with MediaPlus are endless!
Need guidance? Excellent YouTube tutorials are available that show:
MediaPlus can be found on the Library Website under A-Z Databases.
This database is made up of 100s of audio books covering a wide range of areas such as fiction, history, business, drama and much more. You are able to browse by collection, author, recent additions or search for an author/title.
The audio books are available to stream online and many copies are available in abridged and unabridged versions. You can also save your place in the audio book by setting up boomarks.
There are also audio books available in French, German and Portuguese.
Mass Observation Archive Online is an online archive of British social history from 1937- 1972, with a focus on the World War Two period (1939-1945). The Mass Observation research project involved the scientific observation of public attitudes and opinions. Mass Observation online is an online archive of the original research documents created by the University of Sussex library. There is a large amount of help information available here.
File reports on a range of subject areas (1937-1972)
Day Surveys and Diaries recording every-day experiences and opinions of the general public (1937-1945)
Directives recording opinions of the general public on pre-determined research topics (1939-1945)
Books and Essays published by the Mass Observation project
Other personal papers collected by the Mass Observation research project
On 27th October, I was lucky enough to be part of a team organising a visit to the BFI’s Reuben Library on the beautiful South Bank. A team of librarians from different universities were shown around the depths of the BFI offices, the book stacks, and the library itself – and I thought it might be worth letting some of you know what kinds of collections the BFI has to offer (it is only 40 minutes away by train, after all).
The BFI Reuben Library is open Tuesday – Saturday, and is just across the road from Waterloo Station. It’s free to use (although they’ll ask you fill out a registration card) and has the largest collection of film and TV material in the world. They hold 35,000 books, over 5000 magazines (the oldest being a copy of The Optical Magic Lantern Journal and Photographic Enlarger from June 1889), and 4.1 million press cuttings – some of these are available on site, but others will need to be requested. You can check their catalogue to view the collections here.
Academics and students are their largest user group – but the Library is also used by journalists, historians, and anyone interested in film.
Special Collections at the BFI
The Special Collections (like an archive) hold all sorts of unique and fascinating materials, including
drafts of screenplays
images from film sets
correspondence between filmakers, cast, crew, etc
costume design sketches
You can search for special collections material in the catalogue, and request to view items you’re interested in. Materials are collected from pre-production of a film, production itself, post-production – and the collections can be very unique. At the moment an exhibition in the small space beside the screens takes material from one of the continuity editors on Star Wars IV: A New Hope and includes copies of scripts, unseen photographs of the actors taken to ensure continuity, and clips from the final film itself.
A visit to the BFI Reuben Library can give you an idea of what is available to you, and it can be a great resource for your research too!