I had the pleasure of attending a public lecture recently, Lee Shearman: The Micro Library.
Lee, who graduated in Fine Art from the University of Porsmouth in 1998, shared the highlights and some cautionary tales from his career so far. His work encompasses, illustration, photography, animation, video and sound. He has been involved in residencies, workshops with children, students and refugees, managing an artists’s book shop and book fairs. You can find out more on his website.
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Far from being dense, symbol less tomes recounting endless explanations of the same referencing problems, these fifteen books make the life of a librarian seem interesting, almost romantic. Joking apart, reading them might give you a slightly better idea of what librarians are about and what we do. At the very least, many of them are fun to read, and isn’t that the real point of fiction?
Any that we don’t have in stock, you can almost certainly find in print or available as ebooks to download from the public library. You can join the public library for free, and they’d love to have you. Just turn up and mention you’re a student.
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Today is International Women’s Day! This year the theme is #PressforProgress. It is hard to see what difference an individual can make but like the droplets of water that make up an ocean, together we have the power to reshape the world. That’s why we’re inviting you to commit to making some small difference in how you behave to support gender equality. It might be as simple as celebrating the achievements of female friends on Facebook, calling out stereotypes and gender bias, or simply observing when you are talking or behaving in conditioned ways that limit affect challenging yourself to think and treat all people as equals.
The more you read about the infopocalypse, human puppets and the death of informed democratic safeguards, the more it feels as if we might already be there. If you can’t wait until Hallowe’en for a good scare, take a close, careful look at this alarming blog post relating the warnings of Aviv Ovadya.
Reading is a curious habit, something you have to learn to begin with and persevere at until you get really good at it, when it becomes very useful and, well, fun. Worrying then, that it is claimed to be a dying skill in need of a breath of new life. Perhaps the trend to digital media is partly to blame, since reading from screen engages people less and produces less intense transportations of delight than the tangible, printed word? Happily, printed books are making something of a comeback, and we have always had plenty of them in stock.
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What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during January 2018 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during February 2018 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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Government House, Portsmouth
Ever wondered how there was room for such a spacious library with park surrounding it in the middle of the urban sprawl that is Portsmouth? The answer might surprise you… Read more ›