Take a look inside the Archives of Gender and Sexuality

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Wellington City Libraries is proud to present an evening talk on our queer resources.

Queer Stories: Discovering LGBTQI+ History at the Library

Newtown Library Friday 14 June 2019 5:30 to 7:45pm

One of the main focuses of the evening will be the Gale Archives of Gender & Sexuality. Parts I and II include a vast array of material produced by the queer community.  There are regular publications of newspapers and magazines, meeting minutes, oral histories, posters and pamphlets. Included are records from the Gay Activists Alliance, an organisation founded after 1969’s Stonewall riots, and ACT UP, a group founded in 1987 in response to the AIDS crisis. This gives researchers the ability to understand the times from first hand accounts.

As with all of our eLibrary resources, access is free with a library card! All you need to do is enter your card number and last name to access these fantastic resources.

And there are some real gems – for example, you can read for yourself documentation from the trials of Oscar Wilde and Alan Turing featured in the Wolfenden Report:

You’ll also find posters from the first Pride Parade – Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day in 1971:

New Zealand LGBTQI history is included too – you’ll find among other topics coverage of the Homosexual Law Reform, the “Moyle Affair”, and news clippings & posters relating to entertainers like the Topp Twins too.

Wellington City Libraries is also proud to be the first public library to feature the third part of the archive: Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth CenturyThese historical records are invaluable in showing the historical context of queer culture. Details include the medical and legal construction of sexualities and the reflection of the cultural and social attitudes of the past for gender. 

Contents of the archive include:

  • Private Case from the British Library,
  • Special Subject Units from Sex Research: Early Literature from Statistics to Erotica, a part of Dr. Alfred C Kinsey’s original library.
  • A collection of rare and unique books from the New York Academy of Medicine, a rich combination of materials from the humanities to the hard sciences.

Even if you can’t join us at our Queer Stories event this Friday, you can enjoy looking through these resources online – all you need is your library card.

Queer Stories – Library Event

Discovering LGBTQI+ History at the Library

 

Join us at Newtown Library on Friday 14 June from 5:30 to 7:45pm for an event highlighting queer resources available through Wellington City Libraries. There are snacks to get you through to dinner time and a movie from the queer vaults free to view from around 6pm.

Delving through the WCL collection, we will be focussing on queer culture and history. Our book collection, both print and ebook, features local and far flung icons, authors of fiction and factual material that tell stories of a diverse community that has faced challenges, lived in hiding and spoken it’s truth.

 

The electronic resource, Gale Archives of Gender and Sexuality has a wealth of material to offer those interested in the social, political, health and legal aspects affecting gender and sexuality around the world.

Wellington City Libraries is currently the only public library in the world to provide access to Gale’s third collection: The Archives of Sexuality & Gender: Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century which offers over 400 years of fascinating historical material, providing multiple perspectives on the study of sex, sexuality and gender. From early queer posters and playwriting to gender exploration, these historical documents detail a compelling and diverse world.  All this and more on Friday 14 June at Newtown Library.

We have tablets available to borrow at most libraries

Customer tablet with booksSince earlier this year, adult customers have been able to borrow   iPad minis for 3 weeks from the Second Floor desk at the Central Library. They are now also available at the following libraries: Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville, Karori and Cummings Park (Ngaio)!

These tablets are perfect if you would like to become more familiar with the library’s eResources such as free eBooks (Overdrive), newspapers (PressReader), magazines (RBdigital), and other online resources. Loans are $5, and community card discounts apply.  Tablets are reset between each customer and renewals are not possible.

Please make a booking if you would like an introduction to the library’s eResources, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Alternatively, ask one of our staff at the libraries above about borrowing a tablet, and if one is available you will be able to borrow it immediately.

Read “An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi” on Waitangi Day

If you are interested in learning more about the Treaty of Waitangi then don’t miss this eBook: An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi by Claudia Orange. You can read this eBook on our Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection, by entering your library card details.

Syndetics book coverAn illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi / Claudia Orange.
“This book builds on Claudia Orange’s award-winning Treaty of Waitangi, using a wonderful range of photographs, maps and paintings to bring the Treaty’s history to life. Depictions of key players and moments sit alongside a clear and informative text that helps explain the history of this key document. Two peoples meeting, agreements made and broken, claims and protests: all are a part of the story of the Treaty from before its signing to the present day. Never before have the Treaty’s varied stories been made so accessible the general reader” (Syndetics Summary).

This is just one of the many excellent eBooks about the Treaty available through the Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection.

Did you know we have Britannica Online?

Encyclopaedia Britannica is amazing! You get access to three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. This means you get to choose the level that best meets your needs, whether you are conducting research, completing homework for school or simply wanting to learn something new.

Within each of the three sites, you have access to tens of thousands of encyclopaedia entries, curated magazine articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites and pop-up access to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus. And Britannica Library works on any device—PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Check out this video to get an overview of all the amazing features:

If you have any questions about Encyclopaedia Britannica, please let us know.

New RBdigital app now available

Have you tried the new RBdigital app? It is now available to download from your app store and is the new app for reading our Zinio (now-renamed RBdigital) magazine collection.  It has some great features – you’re able to search our magazine collection, checkout and download issues all in the one app.  That means there is no need to move out of the app to browse, or to reopen your app to download.  You can also add other accounts, so there can be more than one user in the app.

If you open your existing Zinio for Libraries app, you will be prompted to download the new app, or depending on your device, visit your app store from these links: iOS | Google Play. Alternatively, search for “RBdigital” in the app store, if you’re not reading this on your device. Within the next month, you’ll need to changeover to the new app, and Zinio for Libraries will stop providing access.  So download the new app and have a look round.  There is a basic, but comprehensive help feature inside the app to get you started, or click on the image below for a quick guide to getting started.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems please contact us via the technical support form.

RBdigital

Read “My Katherine Mansfield Project” on BWB Online

If you are interested in reading Katherine Mansfield’s books then don’t miss this eBook: Kirsty Gunn’s Thorndon Wellington and Home: My Katherine Mansfield Project. Read this eBook on Bridget Williams Books Text Collection, by entering your library card details.

Syndetics book coverThorndon : Wellington and home : my Katherine Mansfield project / Kirsty Gunn.
“For London-based writer Kirsty Gunn, returning to the city of her birth to spend a winter in a tiny colonial cottage in Thorndon is an exciting opportunity to walk the very streets and hills that Katherine Mansfield left behind on her departure from New Zealand, but later longed to revisit. For Mansfield, Gunn writes, home was an instant ‘go-to’ zone for invention and narrative and characterisation and setting. For Gunn, home is now two places – Here and there the same place after all.” (Syndetics summary)

Read more eBooks on New Zealand popular topics including the housing crisis, 1981 Springbok tour, and the Christchurch earthquake through Bridget Williams Books Text Collection.

 

 

What’s New with Oxford Art Online!

2017 brings a number of exciting changes to Oxford Arts Online (OAO) with more frequent updates, a number of expansive projects from leading experts, as well as improved search functions with a fresh look.

Offering access to the most authoritative and easily searchable online art resource available today, Oxford Art Online provides access to the complete Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other online reference publications from Oxford University Press.

Interested in contributing to the ongoing maintenance of Oxford University Press scholarship?  Grove Art has put out a call for new contributors to their editing team! So if you’re a Wellingtonian artist and interested in doing some editing and content revisions, find out more here.

With major research and publishing projects under way on topics such as the Latin American Art & Architecture collection, Censorship, Art Markets and Law as well as Medieval Art and Architecture  to name but a few. this is an exciting time for digital publications. Take a bit of browse and see what’s new!

Zinio for Libraries app changes coming soon

Zinio for Libraries is rebranding and becoming RBdigital – this means some changes ahead for us. On the 28th of June the RBdigital app will become the main app for our Zinio for Libraries magazine collection. The new RBdigital app has some great new features – now you’ll be able to search our magazine collection, check out and download issues all in the one app!  That means there will be no need to move out of the app to browse or reopen your app to download.

select to see in detail

You can download it from your usual app store and login with the same details as you use for Zinio for Libraries.  All of your Zinio for Libraries history will be retained, but you will have to re-download the magazines you have previously checked out and downloaded.   The Zinio for Libraries app will alert you by notification about the changes and you will be able to continue to use it for a minimum of 60 more days.  That will give you plenty of time to get set up in the new app! If you have any questions about this change, please let us know via the Technical Support form

On Tuesday June 27th there is a planned Zinio for Libraries outage to accommodate the switchover to RBdigital.  The outage will last for 14 hours, from 12pm on the 27th to 2am on Wednesday June 28th.  After that the new RBdigital should be up and running!

 

Drama Online & BWB Texts now available!

The library has purchased two new online tools for you to use through our website – Bloomsbury Drama Online and BWB Text Collection.  Both can be found on our Mygateway page (the home of our online resources) and can be accessed either at home or in the library.

Firstly, Drama Online is a one stop shop for anyone with an interest in drama.   This award winning database features over 1,200 classic and contemporary play texts, including the complete works of Shakespeare. Background to the plays are provided through critical scholarly works, theory and practical “how to” guides. There is also streaming video of live performances from Shakespeare’s Globe and professional audio recordings from L.A. Theatre Works. You can search for and sort plays and monologues using cast size, gender, roles, genre, period, author, setting and theme filters.

Feedback from the talented thespians on staff is that it should have real appeal to students, drama teachers and those involved in community theatre.  Dive straight in and have a play (haha) or check out this overview below.

The second online tool is from Bridget Williams, the BWB Text Collection.  Bridget Williams Books is a well-known local publisher of New Zealand print books and recently they have also developed an ebook platform. We previously purchased the BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection and have now added Texts Collection to our offerings.

The BWB Texts Collection brings together a diverse group of short ebooks on the big issues facing New Zealand by some of the country’s best writers and commentators. Topics covered include: the housing crisis, climate change, child poverty, inequality, the 1981 Springbox tour and public health.

One of the big positives for us all is that they are so easy to use – titles are meant to be read in the web browser, and this can be any web browser on any device.  There’s no downloading involved, just click on the title and read!   And the number of users are unlimited.