Image Resource news for our Interior Design and TV and TV and Film Set Design students

500 images have been launched online today on the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) from the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) at:

MoDA’s collections engage with design histories including the furnishing of ‘ordinary’ homes of the early and mid-twentieth century, the design process of commercial wallpaper and textiles for the home and inter-war suburbia. The collections are also concerned with broader themes encompassing visual and material culture.

Access to this amazing resource is free for educational use.

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Librarians are Superheroes

We may not wear capes or have supernatural powers, but we’re pretty essential, like kale, full of hidden and not so hidden skills.

Your library is so much more than books and your librarian is so much more than the person who buys the books. Librarians are a professional body who are experts at the management and dissemination of information. They are teachers who are keen pass on their skills, to show others how to get the most out of data. We can fight crime and look great in spandex*. The librarians in University of South Wales provide specialised support to their faculties, teaching staff and students of the university.

*not really and subject to interpretation.

The library and librarians are essential in the university experience, they can provide more support than many realise. From teaching students how to use the catalogue to helping with research. The librarians can help students develop the ability to find, use and evaluate information.  These skills will enable students to produce better academic work, which can be used in everyday life and will be valuable in increasing employment opportunities.

If you want to know the difference between a database and an e journal, from peer reviewed to industry sponsored, a librarian can help. If conference papers, standards, and government papers leave your head spinning, a librarian can help. If CRAAP means nothing to you, a librarian can help.


Don’t get lost amongst the books. Book an appointment with your information librarian, they can help.


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Great New Resources in the Library

We’ve just added some fantastic new books on Performance and Performing arts.


Turner, ‘The Anthropology of Performance’. This posthumous collection noted anthropologist Victor Turner explores performance as a culture in his unique vision of a ‘postmodern anthropology’.

Carlson, ‘Performance’. 2nd ed. Comprehensively revised and Illustrated this book discusses recent performance work and takes into consideration changes that have taken place in the study of performances since the book’s original publication in 1996.

Birch and Tompkins (eds) ‘Performing site- specific theatre’. This book turns a critical eye to the increasingly popular form of site-specific performance. By re-assessing this contemporary practice, the book investigates the nature of the relationship between ‘site’ and ‘performance’

Pearson, ‘Site- specific performance’. Leading theatre artist and scholar Mike Pearson draws on thirty years of practical experience, proposing original approaches to the creation and study of performance outside the auditorium.

These are just a few of the many books we stock, don’t forget as well as continually increasing and improving the collection, we also have eBooks, print journals, ejournals and databases to help with your studies.

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Library Tours

Library Drop in Tours


Missed your induction? Want to know more about the resources?

Come and find out about all the fantastic things the Atrium Library has to offer you.


Tours running at 2pm daily, from Monday 16th November.


No need to sign up, just meet at the Information and Service Desk in the library and one of our friendly Librarians will show you around.


We look forward to seeing you.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome new and returning students. Hopefully you’ve all settled in to the new term and are looking forward to the new academic year. The library in the Atrium has lots of support to offer students and staff; from books to journals, databases, ejournals and media equipment.


Want to get the most out of the great eResources we subscribe too? Come along to our drop in sessions, sign up here.


Got a question to ask us, you can always ‘Ask Library Staff’ or ‘book an appointment’ with your information Librarian

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Drama Online

Drama Online is a fantastic new resource in the field of drama and the performing arts.

It provides access to over 1000 play texts, alongside a wealth of contextual scholarly works and practical guides.
From the home page in Drama Online you can find a comprehensive selection of video user guides to help you make full use of the resource.

You can access Drama Online via the Databases section in FINDit or via the link within the Drama and Performance subject guide.

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New ebooks

Just added two new ebooks to our online collection.

1. Popular Music fandom identities, roles and practices by Mark Duffett
This book explores popular music fandom from a cultural studies perspective that incorporates popular music studies, audience research, and media fandom. It raises questions about how popular music fandom can be understood as a cultural phenomenon and how much it has changed in light of recent developments.

2. Rock brands selling sound in a media saturated culture by Elizabeth Christian
Explores how different genres of popular music are branded and marketed today in an ever-changing technological world, and how bands can use integrated marketing communication to effectively ‘brand’ themselves

It looks at how some musicians effectively use attention-grabbing issues such as politics (for example, Kanye West and countless country musicians) and religion (such as with Christian heavy metal bands and Bon Jovi) in their lyrics, and also how imagery is utilized by artists such as Marilyn Manson to gain a fan base.

Rock Brands further examines gaming, reality television, and social networking sites as new outlets for marketing and otherwise experiencing popular music.

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Library Crash Course


The new imporved FINDit is here. Come along to our crash course and learn how to find books and journal articles in the library and online. Book your place now!


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Summer Opening


The Library is open throughout the summer vacation.


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Graduation 2014


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