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Inter Library Loan vouchers cost £2 each as of 21st September 2009

Monday, September 28th, 2009

“The cost of purchasing Inter Library Loan (ILL) vouchers will rise to £2 each with effect from Monday 21st September. Vouchers purchased previously at £1 are still valid.

This represents a significant increase in price but still offers a substantially subsidised service offered by the Library to support research needs. For example, it costs the Library at £9.90 to loan a book from the British Library and £6.40 for a journal article. The cost of an ILL voucher has not risen for a number of years and is now necessary to help the Library continue to provide this premium service. Some Universities have reluctantly chosen to charge much larger sums and even to pass on the full cost to the requesting researchers, staff and students.” [Source: email from Karen Standley, Deputy Library Services Manager, Circulation and Document Delivery, MMU] Further details of MMU’s interlibrary loans service are available on our website.

The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (Digital Library of the Caribbean)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

“A cooperative digital library for newspapers resources from the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. CNDL provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and other research materials on newsprint currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. CNDL will have on-going newspaper digitization, expanding the geographic, temporal, political and linguistic variety of the newspapers.” [Source: LIS & KM Essentials, 08-08-09]

Rising East : journal of East London studies (Lawrence & Wishart/University of East London)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“At June 2009 there are five free issues online, with articles freely available as either HTML or PDF files. Tables of contents are also available for earlier issues (before Vol.3, No.2). Titles of freely available articles include: ‘East London is no longer secular: religion as a source of social capital in the regeneration of East London’; ‘Take a fresh look: community photography’; ‘Shooting East London: an interview with filmmaker Ron Peck’; ‘Vital arts: art and change in healthcare’; and ‘Music at Blackheath Halls: providing a platform’.” [Source: Intute: Arts & Humanities, 01-07-09]

Digital Library of Core E-Resources on Ireland (JSTOR Ireland Collection)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“The Ireland Collection, developed in cooperation with Queen’s University Belfast, is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. At its expected completion in 2009, it will contain a minimum of 75 journals, including journals with moving walls between 1 and 5 years and ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Over 200 monographs and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included. Complementing JSTOR’s existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.” The Ireland Collection is funded centrally by the JISC and available to UK HE and FE institutions at no cost.

Hors champ (cinema and media studies)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“An online international film and media magazine published in French … Full text content is available free on the website; users can also register to receive notification of each new edition. There are two main sections: Cinema, and Media and Society. Cinema includes interviews with film directors, film reviews and reports on the film industry. Media and society includes articles about television, sport and its portrayal, or politics in the news … Although international in scope, Hors champ is a good source of information about francophone and especially Canadian film.” [Source: Intute: Arts & Humanities, 02-07-09]

Latin American Travelogues Digital Collection (Brown University, Rhode Island)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“Aims to show the richness of travelogues written about trips to Latin America between the 16th and the 18th centuries. The site intends to gather material covering trips to the entirety of the continent. However, at the time of cataloguing, only the trips taken to Brazil are listed. The primary texts, originally published in Britain and North-America, are digitally photographed, bibliographically accurately described, and accompanied by undergraduate essays to illustrate student engagement with these texts.” [Source: Intute: Arts & Humanities, 02-07-09]

EndNote: version X2 now available at MMU

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Over the summer, we upgraded from version X to X2 of EndNote, the bibliographic referencing management software used at MMU. X2 should be available on the student platform. If you’re on the staff platform and would like to upgrade to X2, just contact your local ICTS team. They will have a master copy created by Lynette Daniels (ICTS, Geoffrey Mantion) which may be loaded to your MMU PC or MMU laptop. Please note that the licence does not allow loading to personal PCs or personal laptops.

Online tutorial on the basics of using EndNote X2 are available at:

Managing and sharing research data: focus on consent, confidentiality and disclosure

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Date: 2 December 2009
Venue: LSE Rosebery Hall, London

“The UK Data Archive is holding a workshop … on managing and sharing research data. Guidance is based on advice and support provided to ESRC award holders as part of their contractual obligations to share data, and on data management planning as implemented by the cross-Research Council Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) Programme. This workshop will cover key issues on data management and sharing as applied to socio-economic research involving people as participants (interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, observation and so on).” Full details on the Data Archive website.

Evidence to the Children’s Employment Commission, 1842 (Economic & Social Data Service)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“The Children’s Employment Commission (British Parliamentary Papers, 1842, vols. XV, XVI, XVII) was an inquiry into the ages and conditions of children working in coalmines in Great Britain and Ireland in the years 1840-1842. The two large appendices to the report contain minutes of evidence in the form of biographical / autobiographical statements which frequently include evidence relating to the ages, occupations, ages at starting work and occupations at starting work in different British coal districts. These exist for the 4108 witnesses to the Commission. The data were entered into a database to provide a basis for the testing of general statements about employed children. The data are currently being used to compare ages and occupations of employed children in different coal-districts and are useful in testing the efficiency of the various sub-commissioners in collecting their evidence.”

British Library Archival Sound Recordings: thousands of new tracks and images

Friday, September 25th, 2009

From the press release, 4 September 2009:
“Rare, unpublished and out-of-print recordings launched online
28,000 recordings – that’s 2000 hours
Listen to music from every continent in the world on your laptop
Earliest recording from the collection made in 1898
Music clips range from the lament of the organic gardener in Gloucestershire to songs in praise of oxen sung by Karamojong herders in remote villages of north eastern Uganda.”