Thursday, 21 February 2013

Ebook of the week!

Rossaak, E. (2011).  Between Stillness and Motion : Film, Photography, Algorithms.  Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press
Since the development of film as an artistic medium in the 1890s, there has been an inherent tension between still photographic images and moving cinematic images, from their form and function to the messages they convey and their impact on the beholder and on culture at large. This volume, one of the first book-length works to analyze, critique, and further the international debate about the meaning and use of motion and stillness in film and photography, takes these concepts out of the theoretical arena of cinematic studies and applies them to the wider and ever-changing landscape of images and media.


Markgraf, S. (2012). Still Things Move, Afterimage, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 37-38.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Effective Research Skills - workshop

Do you know how to research effectively?  Is there room for improvement?

I will be running an Effective Research Skills workshop, as part of the Learning and Academic Skills Support programme next Monday (the full list of sessions is available here).

This workshop has been created to help you:

•    Know what research is and what skills contribute to successful research
•    Know how to identify authentic, reliable and accurate sources of information that are relevant to your area of study
•    Analyse the process of research and the strategies involved in that process

All students are welcome (all subjects; all levels) and there is no need to book.  The full details are:

Effective Research Skills Workshop
Monday 18th February 2013
A-Block, Harrow (A1.6)
12pm- 2pm

If you are interested in attending, but can't make this time and date, please drop me a line and I will let you know when the session is running again.

Further reading

Chambers, E. and Northedge, A. (1997).  The arts good study guide, 2nd ed.  Open University Press. 

Friday, 8 February 2013

New books since Christmas

It's about time I posted about new books that have come into the library, so here we go.

The photography books in so far this year include some really exciting titles.

I have been looking forward to Fifty key writers on photography for a long time, and I am pleased to see there are contributions from David Bate and David Campany. I'm disappointed, however, at the quality of the paper - you can see through to the page behind - and there is something about this, with the font (Bembo), the colour of the paper, and the typesetting that makes it difficult to read. Hopefully, they will release an e-version soon, which this sort of book is well-suited to.

There are a wide range of new film titles too; and these two titles for animation.

Get a £20 Amazon voucher with Project DigitISE focus group

The University is undertaking research into students' understanding of and attitudes to digital literacy skills, especially as they relate to employability.

In November 2012 Project DigitISE undertook a survey of students - a summary of findings can be found on the project blog:

Now we are looking for second and third year students to take part in a focus group.

We ask for up to two hours of your time and participants will each receive a £20 Amazon voucher.

Focus groups take place 4pm to 6pm on:  

Wednesday 13th February
Thursday 14th February
Friday 15th February

If you are interested in taking part, complete our registration form

Watch out soon for Get the Digital Edge, a day of workshops and seminars on March 21st to help you improve your technological skills when job seeking.