Discovering the Bard with Bloomsbury Drama Online

It’s not always easy to love Shakespeare. It can be tricky making sense of thou, thee, thy and thine, or navigating your way around an iambic pentameter. For a lot of people, their first (and last) experience of the Bard is listening to his work being recited in their high school English class–not always the most magical of settings.

And yet, over 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays are still works of great power, intensity–and magic. But how to escape those early experiences and discover this? The easiest way is often to head along to a theatre and watch a performance. Words that seem incomprehensible on the page quickly make sense when delivered by an actor or actress. Sentences that seem dull and long-winded in the classroom are suddenly filled with sex and sword-fights.

But what if you can’t make it, or want a sneak peek before heading along? Well, that’s where Bloomsbury Drama Online comes in!

Bloomsbury Drama Online is Wellington City Libraries’ premier database for the performing arts. As well as containing playtexts for each of Shakespeare’s works, there’s also a fantastic collection of live video recordings. Interested in Hamlet? Bloomsbury Drama Online has recordings of four different productions, including two from the Royal Shakespeare Company and a fantastic adaptation with Hamlet played by Maxine Peake.

With over 3,000 plays, 350 audio plays and 150 hours of video, Bloomsbury Drama Online isn’t just restricted to Shakespeare, either. In it you can find the works of celebrated playwrights from Tony Kushner to Caryl Churchill, Anton Chekhov to Bertolt Brecht, and many, many more. There’s also context and criticism to add further depth to your experience.

What if this isn’t enough, though? You’ve seen the plays, you’ve read the texts–but you want more? Then it’s time to visit Bloomsbury Drama Online’s final section: Theatre Craft. Here you’ll find everything you need to start learning about the practicalities of acting, from introductory works such as Acting Characters and Mastering the Audition to specialist texts such as Stage Combat Arts.

To get started, just grab your library card and make your way to Bloomsbury Drama Online!

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.

New for RBdigital in 2018

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We have just renewed our RBdigital magazine subscriptions for 2018.  We always use this time as an opportunity to review our collection and look at what new magazines are on offer.  There’s always some cancellations too – either by us (due to performance), or by RBdigital as sometimes magazines are no longer available to renew (which is beyond our control).

This year you can expect to see five new magazines – UK House and Garden; Australian Men’s Fitness; Minecraft World, W magazine and New Zealand’s Metro magazine.
The titles that are no longer available are – Australian Rolling Stone; Australian Metro; Girlfriend; Horrible Histories, Vanity Fair and Renegade Collective.

All changes will kick off from March 1st, so expect to see the new magazines from then.  All back issues of the cancelled magazines will still be available to read and download for a while after that date.

If you haven’t used RBdigital before then now is the time!  They provide us with lots magazines that you can read for free and if you download them to your device you can keep them forever.  You can find the RBdigital homepage in our elibrary or through our Mygateway pages.  There’s a helpful userguide to get you started, all you’ll need is your library card.  The RBdigital app is available to download for free from the Play or Apple stores and it allows you to read magazines offline.  So check it out and if you need any help, pop in to your local library for assistance or fill out our technical support form to put you in touch with our elibrary team.

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.

The Zinio for Libraries app is coming to an end!

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On Monday 11 December, the Zinio for Libraries app will stop providing access to our RBdigital magazines.  From that date it will be locked to users. Previously the app was going to finish in October, but the date has been extended.

When you open it, the app will display this message:

“Zinio for Libraries has merged with RBdigital.

To access your magazine collection, please download the new RBdigital app now by clicking here [this will be a download link for either IOS or Android, depending on your device].

Note: Your username and password will remain the same.”

“The old Zinio for Libraries app will remain on your device until you delete it.”

From mid-July if you opened your existing Zinio for Libraries app you will have been prompted to download the new RBdigital app.  Otherwise, you can visit your app store (Apple store or Google Play) and search for “RBdigital” in the store.  All your login details will remain the same.  The new RBdigital app will have all your previous checkouts available – read our earlier post for more information or check out the RBdigital app user guide.

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.

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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.

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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!

 

New additions to our Zinio eMagazines **Zinio is now RBdigital**

Every year we renew our Zinio subscriptions.  And every year we take this as an opportunity to look at the magazines you’re reading, what’s popular and what’s not. It’s that time of year now!  As a result, we’ve made some changes to the titles you’ll find in Zinio.

Luckily for us there were heaps of new magazines to choose from this year.  Some of the new magazines you’ll now find in Zinio are:
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly | The Listener | Architectural Digest | Elle UK | Vogue UK | BBC Music | Mojo | New Philosopher | North & South | Attitude | Spoke | Wheels | Your house and garden.

There are a few titles we decided to switch to a different version in Zinio – for example we’ll now be getting the US edition of New Scientist and the NZ version of Australian Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Day. Also, there will be more copies of our most popular magazine The Economist!

There are also some magazines we’ve discontinued and you’ll no longer find in Zinio – some we chose to stop due to low usage and some have been removed by the publishers, which is beyond our control.  Fortunately a handful of ceased magazines can now be found in PressReader (our other online eMagazine resource): you’ll find Cuisine, NZ House and Garden, NZ Life and Leisure, NZ Gardener and Forbes there now, all you need are your library card details to read them.

Alternatively, take a look about in Zinio as there are plenty of titles to choose from and hopefully something for everyone.

If you haven’t used Zinio before now would be a great time to start.  Zinio allows you to read the latest magazines (some sooner than we get the actual magazine!) as it appears in print, for free of charge, either in the browser on your PC or downloaded to a tablet or mobile device.  All you need is a library card!  You can find Zinio in our eLibrary or through Mygateway.info, where you’ll also find instructions for getting started and some useful FAQs.  Or pop in to your local library for a demo or to ask staff for assistance.