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.