Our old system, which EMOS will replace, requires several separate operations to make a ticket. Currently, producing a ticket involves: printing a piece of cardboard with the reader's name; printing a bar-code; getting a signature; taking a Polaroid photograph; gluing it all together; and, finally, laminating it all into a plastic cover. This takes several minutes. Then there is a substantial amount of filing and paperwork, after the reader has left.
The EMOS system uses a video camera, linked to a PC, to produce a digital image of the reader's face. This is printed directly onto a plastic card along with the bar-code and the reader's name. The card is physically similar to a credit card, and it only takes a few seconds to produce.
The EMOS card has a magnetic stripe on it and it can be used to control the newly introduced self-service photocopiers. Readers will be able to recharge their cards in the machines near the copiers.
One of the most popular services offered is photo restoration. Photographs that over the years have become faded, creased or damaged can be restored to their former glory using computerised retouching. We take your photograph and digitise it into the computer using either a flatbed scanner or digital camera leaving your original unharmed. The image is then manipulated to repair any damage and enhanced by adjusting the brightness, contrast and colour balance as required. The finished result is output using a dye sublimation printer which produces photorealistic prints.
Just as the music CD has largely replaced the vinyl record, digital imaging will eventually replace silver halide-based photography. For further information, including an estimate of cost, please ask in the Photography Department or telephone 33108.
Digital photo restoration: Before restoration work
Digital photo restoration: After restoration work
The dramatic upheavals of Heym's life mirror those of the century. Born in 1913 into a Jewish family, he was at 19 Germany's youngest literary exile from Nazi oppression. After settling in America in 1935 and enjoying early literary success with his bestseller Hostages, he served in the Psychological Warfare Division of the United States Army, and was at the spearhead of the Normandy invasion. During the McCarthy purges Heym returned to Europe and settled in East Berlin. In the 1950s Heym had a high profile in East Germany, and his books and newspaper columns exerted considerable influence. In the 1970s and 1980s his outspokenness gradually brought him into increasing conflict with the GDR authorities, his works were banned and he lived in constant fear of imprisonment, but unlike many East German writers he steadfastly refused to emigrate to the West. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall Heym was found to have the largest secret police file in the GDR. In 1994, with seemingly boundless energy, he successfully stood for the Bundestag, and as the oldest member of the House at 81, he gave the new session's opening address.
Stefan Heym as a US army sergeant, 1914
The Heym archive, acquired by the Library in December 1992 through the good offices of Dr Peter Hutchinson, University Lecturer in German and Fellow of Trinity Hall, reflects the rich diversity of the author's life. It includes the manuscripts of all Heym's fiction, along with plot outlines, preliminary character studies and sections discarded from the finished novels. The many editions of his printed work include translations in such diverse languages as Chinese, Hebrew and Tamil. But this is not only a literary archive. From the war period comes a priceless collection of local newspapers, hurriedly produced by the American Army for the German civilian population. Even scarcer is a collection of propaganda pamphlets and a mini-newspaper entitled Frontpost, dropped over German lines as the American Army advanced. Furthermore, the archive is a major resource for those interested in the history and cultural life of the GDR, encapsulating in many respects the social and intellectual history of the country. Heym's prominence in the period leading up to German reunification is correspondingly reflected in essays, press cuttings, and audio and video tapes.
An award from the Leverhulme Trust earlier this year enabled an archivist to begin work on the detailed sorting and cataloguing of the archive. Her task is daunting, for in addition to the material already mentioned the archive includes an enormous collection of approximately 35,000 letters. Four hundred audio cassettes and 100 videotapes must also be monitored and described.
It will be about two years before description of the contents of the archive is completed, and access to items of a personal nature is restricted. Nevertheless, scholars from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway and the United States have already travelled to Cambridge to work on the collection. Articles on the Library and the Heym archive have appeared in several German newspapers, and the archive also featured in a French television documentary on Heym made earlier in 1995.
Anyone wishing to know more about the archive and its contents is invited to contact the Library's German specialist, David Lowe (network 33094) or Heym archivist Karen Attar (network 33151).
The Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL) is a two year project established as part of the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee on behalf of the Funding Councils.
As its name suggests the project is co-ordinated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Apart from Cambridge, other partner institutions are: University of Edinburgh, Napier University, Nottingham Trent University, the Institution of Electrical Engineers and Imperial College London.
EEVL will create a World-Wide Web interface and a structured catalogue of quality resources. Initially the EEVL project will concentrate on information relevant to those working in six subject areas:
Further information on the EEVL project is available via the URL: http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/eevl/eevl-home.html or by contacting Cambridge's member of the EEVL Development Team, Michael Wilson (network 34744) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate students wishing to use another university library are advised to take letters from their research supervisors to introduce them to the library they wish to use. Access for graduate students is not normally restricted to vacation periods.
The main addition to the Library's WWW pages is a section of material relating to the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit (URL: http://www.cam.ac.uk/Libraries/Taylor-Schechter/). Cambridge University Library houses 140,000 fragments of Hebrew and Jewish literature and documents rescued from the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo. These cover every aspect of life in the Mediterranean area a thousand years ago and are of outstanding academic importance.
An initial from Livre de chansons nouvelles by Orlando Lassus. Paris, 1571.
We have also bought the microfilm edition of The Venetian opera libretti from the University of California, Los Angeles. This remarkable collection includes virtually every opera produced in Venice between 1637 and 1769. The 1,286 libretti were assembled in the 18th century and at one time were in the collection of John Stuart (1713-1792), the third Earl of Bute. This collection complements the Bute Collection of 18th century Italian drama already in the University Library.
One is a colour copier that will produce copies from originals up to A3 in size, will reduce to 25% of original size or enlarge by 400%. This means that your original A3 copy can be enlarged to 16 A3 sheets which join together to make a mural or poster. It is capable of producing colour overhead transparencies and individual colours can be changed at will.
The other machine is a Minolta PS3000 digital copier linked to a laser photocopier. This is a 'book friendly' copier in that it copies from above the book which is simply laid on a cradle without the need to turn it over or hold it down onto a glass plate. The computer will then straighten out the curvature of the page before printing the copy.
The second two CD-ROMs are British in scope: Hansard and JUSTIS Parliament. Hansard (Commons) 1988/89 to date, and Hansard (Lords) 1992/93 to date, contain the full text of the official report of debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. JUSTIS Parliament, 1992 to date, is the CD-ROM version of the House of Commons POLIS database. It provides detailed indexing of Parliamentary questions, ministerial statements, debates, bills, Parliamentary papers and selected non-Parliamentary, non-HMSO and EU publications.
These last two publications complement the long-established and invaluable CD-ROM UKOP. This titles contains bibliographic details of HMSO and non-HMSO publications from 1980 to date.
Readers will be able to consult these databases in the Official Publications Department; in addition, Hansard and UKOP will be available in the IT Resources area and the Squire Law Library.
Roberto Gerhard: a centenary exhibition 5 February - 22 March Recent accessions April - JuneIn the Entrance Hall
Eye and ear: astronomy and the psychology of perception 9 January - 13 March SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) 96 15 - 23 March Albanian books: a private collection April
Saturday, 24 February 1996 at 11.30 in the Meeting Room (coffee will be served at 11.00) Dr Flora Lewis 'Books of Hours from Manuscript to Print' Dr Lewis was the Munby Fellow, 1994-95. Saturday, 16 March 1996 at 11.30 in the Anderson Room (coffee will be served at 11.00) Dr Linda Washington 'Bibliographic sources for British Military History' Dr Washington is Head of the Department of Printed Books, National Army Museum, LondonAn extract from the manuscript notebook of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of the University Library, showing some of his early sketches for the building. Purchased by the Friends of the Library 1995.
From University Library manuscript Add. 9247.
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