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20th-century Polish art : the April 2016 Slavonic item(s) of the month

Polish book selection in the University Library focuses on the history and culture of Poland, with art a well-represented subject.  This month, we look at 3 recent arrivals, books on Tadeusz Peiper, Bruno Schulz, and Zygmunt Radnicki. Our first item, … Continue reading →

Arctic & Antarctic Regions

New eresource: Arctic & Antarctic Regions

The Scott Polar Research Institute with Cambridge University Library is delighted to have enabled online access to the database Arctic & Antarctic Regions to support the study and understanding of the polar regions which has been of such importance at the University since the establishment of the SPRI in the early 20th century.

Arctic & Antarctic Regions is the world’s largest collection of international polar databases.  With over 1 million records from 1800 to the present, Arctic & Antarctic Regions covers a wide variety of sources from multiple disciplines. Many sources are indexed only in Arctic & Antarctic Regions making it the best resource for research on cold regions anywhere, from temperate regions with cold winters to the Himalayas of Tibet.

Access Arctic & Antarctic Regions via this link or via eresources@cambridge or via LibGuides Databases A-Z.  Citations in the database will link to full text articles when these are subscribed; when the content is not subscribed a page will direct you to other options (print; Inter-Library Loan).

“First, personhood: Eveny conceptualise this emanation of your intention quite literally as a projection of yourself, which in the Eveny language is called your djuluchen. Ulturgasheva explains that a djuluchen is an aspect of a person which ‘departs ahead of its owner’ and arrives before the owner’s actual appearance: one part of your person arrives at your destination before the rest of you, and waits for the rest of you to catch up and reassemble into your full person. A djuluchen may occasionally reproduce unpacking noises as a sort of pre-echo, and even the shape and movements of the person as a kind of vision. We might see this as similar to the way people are teleported in some science fiction. Or more closely to the indigenous idiom, and to the slow and laborious reality of travel which concerns us here, we can say that different parts of you travel at different speeds, like the gap between a flash of lightning and the thunder which follows.”

Vitebsky, P. and Alekseyev, A., 2015. Casting Timeshadows: Pleasure and Sadness of Moving among Nomadic Reindeer Herders in north-east Siberia. Mobilities, v. 10, p.518-530. doi:10.1080/17450101.2015.1062298

Hispanic Research Journal

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Hispanic Research Journal.

From the Taylor & Francis website for the journal:

Hispanic Research Journal promotes and disseminates research into the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The fields covered include literature and literary theory, cultural history and cultural studies, language and linguistics, and film and theatre studies. Hispanic Research Journal publishes articles in four languages; Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English, and encourages and interaction between researchers all over the world who are working in these fields.

HRJ is published on behalf of the Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.

This journal publishes two annual special issues per year, featuring screen arts and visual arts…”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2000) to present.

Access Hispanic Research Journal via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Easter term updates at the Pendlebury Library

The start of a new term at the Pendlebury Library sees everyone going up a gear – students revising for examinations and trying to meet deadlines for course submissions and recital programmes. Here in the library we try to provide … Continue reading →

New revalidation guide for nurses

The Medical Library team has put together a guide for nurses, packed with useful hints, tips and resources to use during the revalidation process. The form can be found here on our website, and there are also copies in the enquiry desk area of the library. And don’t forget to check out our revalidation display!

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MethodsNow: unlimited trial access until 18th May 2016

Chemistry Library blog

Search and compare scientific methods with MethodsNow.

We have arranged for registered SciFinder users to have free and unlimited access to MethodsNow synthetic preparations in reaction answers until 18th May 2016.

According to CAS:

MethodsNowTM features step-by-step instructions for analytical and synthetic methods in areas like pharmacology, HPLC, food analysis, natural product isolation analysis and water analysis, plus:

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  • Features content curated by CAS scientists for superior discoverability and new CAS Method NumberTM identifiers for quick reference

Coverage includes synthetic preparations from 180 highly respected journals.

How to access the MethodsNow content

  • Find an article of interest.
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Celebrations and Trepidations

In May 2016 the Queen’s 90th birthday party will take place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. Traditionally, royal celebrations have been a grand affair. These were occasions of pomp and pleasantry, times in which courtiers and citizens expressed … Continue reading →

John Fisher (ca 1469-1535), martyr (and archivist)

John Fisher’s principled opposition to Henry VIII’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon resulted in his conviction for treason and execution in 1535. Everyone remembers the dramatic ending of the man who was also, variously, Bishop of Rochester, Cardinal, first Lady Margaret Professor of Theology, and Chancellor of the University. Now, evidence of his youthful enthusiasm for archive administration is revealed in the mainly fifteenth-century ‘Inventories of books, records and other movable property of the University’ (classmark: UA Collect.Admin.4), digitised as part of the Library’s 600th anniversary collection in the Cambridge Digital Library.

Fisher graduated BA in 1488 aged about twenty and proceeded MA in 1491. Having become a fellow of Michaelhouse he was ordained priest that same year in York. He advanced rapidly in the University serving as Senior Proctor in the academic year 1494-5.

Best known nowadays as upholders of discipline, the Proctors were originally the University’s chief executive officers and responsible for its finances. Several detailed inventories, bound into a Register in 1473, helped them keep track of its moveable property in the form of money, other valuables, and muniments, that is, charters of privilege and deeds of title, stored in chests in the chapel, in the north range of the Schools buildings.

William Rysley’s catalogue of the University Archives, 1420 (UA Collect.Admin.4, fol. 12r)

A certain Master William Rysley (who was probably a Proctor) wrote an inventory of the University Chest in 1420, beginning with the University seal of silver and cash in three purses and going on to the muniments. In doing so he left us the first catalogue of the University Archives. Roughly classified and kept in smaller bags or boxes marked A-N, each document bore an individual letter a, b, c etc.

Rysley’s became the standard list by which the muniments were checked for the next 80 years; corrected and kept up to date by various writers. The last and most thorough revision was by John Fisher as Proctor who, having looked carefully through the Chest, wrote ‘non reperiuntur’ (‘they are not to be found’) in the margin against several sections.

John Fisher’s marginal note ‘Non reperiuntur’ (UA Collect.Admin.4, fol. 12r)

As well as adding new records, he prefaced the inventory with a short instruction on how to find individual documents:

John Fisher’s note how to find a document among the muniments (UA Collect.Admin.4, fol. 11v)

Quisquis ad cistam hanc accedis quippiam quesiturus perlege primum istum indicem in quo ubi reperieris rem tuam; deprehendes duplicem litteram alteram capitalem alteram minorem. Capitalis littera docebit pixidem, minor vero locum pixidis iuxta litterarum ordinem (‘Whoever comes to this chest in search of something, first read through this index to find your topic; ascertain both letters, large and small. The large letter will indicate the box, the small the place in the correct box according to letter order’).

Whatever Fisher’s care in emending and explaining the archival ‘finding aid’ (in modern parlance), it is doubtful that much use was made of the revised catalogue, for after this all additional entries cease. In the new century were to come administrative and other changes which would render obsolete many of the medieval muniments of the University.

New course on writing for publication

Do you struggle with academic writing? Are you interested in publishing your research, but don’t know where to start? The Medical Library training team has been working to develop a new course that will help answer your questions about the publication process.

Our writing for publication course is designed to take you step-by-step through academic writing and publication, with tips and resources to make writing up as simple as possible. The course will demystify the peer-review process, and help you to improve the precision and clarity of your academic writing.

The first session will take place on Tuesday, 31st May, from 12pm-1pm, in the Medical Library training room. Staff and students of the University of Cambridge who have Raven logins can book a place here. Non-University users should contact the library at, and we will book a place on your behalf. The course will run again, and will be added to the library’s regular schedule of training, so if you can’t make the first session, there will hopefully be another session you can attend at a later date.

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Mary Paley Group Study Room Launch by Clare Trowell & Sue WoodsOn Friday 22nd April at 2.30pm The Marshall Library launched the new group study room for students. The Reading Room at the Marshall Library is a great silent study space for individual work and the Social Area is welcoming and relaxing but the Library was missing a sensible quiet study area for groups, so this was my first initiative as Librarian to create a useable group study space within the Marshall Library. 
It was a great event - attended by a good number of students and involved bunting and free cake in the Library Social Area, as well as a speech from me!! 
We decided to name the room after Mary Paley, the wife of Alfred Marshall - she was also the first female librarian and an accomplished economist and scholar in her own right. Sue Woods has written a short history of Mary's life:
In 1871 Mary was one of the first 5 women admitted to the University of Cambridge. She spent 3 years at Newnham College studying for the Moral Sciences Tripos. Mary and fellow student Amy Bulley were the first women to be allowed to take the men's tripos. 

Even though Mary passed all her exams, as a woman, she was not permitted to graduate. Mary was, however, invited to become the first woman lecturer in economics at Cambridge and she soon took over the teaching of economics from her former teacher, Alfred Marshall. In 1876 the couple become engaged and they were married the following year. From then on Mary devoted her life to Alfred, and became subservient to him, supporting him in his research and the publication of his work.Together Mary and Alfred wrote "Economics of Industry", which was published in 1879 under both their names. Even though it was highly rated by Keynes and other leading economists of the day, Alfred disliked the book and allowed it to go out of print, without a murmur from Mary. We were fortunate enough to be able to borrow the first edition of the book from the University Library Rare Books department, complete with annotations by Mary herself.When Alfred died in 1924 he left many of his books and donated much of his money to the library. Mary acted as a volunteer librarian and looked after the collection for nearly 20 years, until she retired at the age of 87. From 1925 until her death in 1944 she gave £250 annually to the library, and also bequeathed £10,000 to the University for the "development and increased usefulness of the Marshall Library". 
Throughout her life Mary enjoyed painting and produced a bound volume of watercolours, which was passed to the Library for safe keeping. We were also able to display Mary's book of watercolours in the new group study room at the Launch Event.It was good to get such great feedback from the students about the standard of the new facilities at the launch. The room includes a managed desktop PC, a connection for a laptop as well as a flipchart, pens and magnets for group work.The room is available to book online via the Marshall Library website (in the same way as Bloomberg & Datastream). The room is available for booking during library opening hours in term time but access to the room closes an hour before library closing time.The room is bookable for groups of up to 5 for 1-2 hours at any one time and there are some basic ground rules which we ask you to abide by:
  • The Mary Paley Room is bookable by students for group work only and is not available for private study
  • The room may be booked for up to 2 hours (slots) at any one time
  • There will be a 15 minute grace period for each booking. After this time the booking will lapse and the slot may be offered to another group
  • Please make sure you leave the room as you found it
  • No food and drink is allowed in the Mary Paley Room
I really hope students find this new group study space at the Marshall Library useful and I welcome any feedback you may have.