Monday Muse: Jenny Godfrey


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  • This talk may go some way to explaining why I am so very enthusiastic about the Library resources that we have here at Cardiff Met.Back in the olden days we learnt from printed books and they were not nearly as big, shiny, coloured and varied as they are today. The teacher had chalk and a blackboard. Today we have an amazing variety of gadgets, software and communication methods to allow us to share ideas and facts and thoughts.I will lead you from the 1950’s to the present day the time it took for me to progress from Enid Blyton to Cardiff Met’s Electronic Library.When we get to the present day I will show you some of the wonderful learning resources we have in our Library here
  • Books did have colour illustrations but you had to read a lot of pages to get from one of those to the next. Mostly illustrations were little line drawings. Publishing cost more, there was less money around and the market was smaller and less developed
  • Watch With Mother was a cycle of children's programmes created by Freda Lingstrom. Broadcast by BBC Television from 1952 until 1973, it was the first BBC television series aimed specifically at pre-school children, a development of BBC radio's equivalent Listen with Mother, which had begun two years earlier. In accordance with its intended target audience of pre-school children viewing with their mothers, Watch With Mother was initially broadcast between 3:45 pm and 4:00 pm, post-afternoon nap and before the older children came home from school.[1]The choice of Watch With Mother for the title of the series was intended "to deflect fears that television might become a nursemaid to children and encourage 'bad mothering'
  • 35mm film canisters, each with a label indicating a subject, contained an educational filmstrip used in schools in the era before cheap video recorders and Internet connections in classrooms. These inexpensive products were the poor-man's movie -- cheap enough for a school to own, and easy to present without much technical knowledge. Usually accompanied by a LP record or cassette tape, these filmstrips contained from 20 to 40 slides on any number of subjects, most often world culture, geography, or religion. Unlike a book, students could not only see pictures of pagan children and large Dam projects, but hear them as well! Or at least hear someone in a studio in London doing an imitation of pagan children and large Dam projects.
  • The duplicator used two-ply "spirit masters". The first sheet could be typed, drawn, or written upon. The second sheet was coated with a layer of wax that had been impregnated with one of a variety of colorants. The pressure of writing or typing on the first sheet transferred the colored wax from the second sheet to the back side of the first sheet, producing a mirror image of the desired marks. This produced the same result of a sheet of carbon paper put in backwards. The two sheets were then separated, and the first sheet was fastened onto the drum of the machine, with the back side out. This acted like a printing plate.There is no separate ink used in spirit duplication as the wax transferred to the back side of the first sheet contained the ink. As the paper to be printed moved through the printer, the solvent was spread across each sheet by an absorbent wick. When the solvent-impregnated paper came into contact with the back side of the first sheet, it dissolved just enough of the pigmented wax to print the image onto the paper as it went under the printing drum.The usual wax color was aniline purple, a cheap, moderately durable pigment that provided good contrast, The duplicating fluid typically consisted of a toxic 50/50 mix of isopropanol and methanol, both of which were inexpensive, readily available in quantity, evaporated quickly, and would not wrinkle the paper.
  • I had hitherto seen nothing so dramatic or overwhelming visually and emotionally as a three times life-size Christ ascending to heaven on the Grand Lecture Hall screen thanks to my art history lecturer and Matthias Grunewald (deceased). It worked also for Constable’s Haycart, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and close-ups of Cezanne’s brushstrokes. The Slide Lecture held my rapt attention and gave me a better sense than the little reproductions in books of what Art was or could be
  • I would photograph pictures from books and journals and make them into slides. Eventually The Slide Library grew to over 90,000 slides . Lecturers would use the slides to illustrate their lectures and students would borrow the slides to illustrate their seminar papers. The slides are still here in the South Block and available to borrow to this day. But all the while the Slide Library was expanding something else was happening……
  • In 2002, the Internet boasted 569 million users, which translated to 9.1% of the world’s population. In 2012, that number has gone through the roof: There are now 2.27 billion users, or 33% of the world’s population.Another formidable stat is the amount of time people spend online — in 2002, it was only 46 minutes a day (about the time it took to download four songs); in 2012, it’s four hours a day.Read more:, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social sites promote collaboration and discussion, and students have embraced them as a means to ask questions and exchange ideas.Read more:
  • Library blog’s art design and architecture blog Twitter @CardiffMetLearn The official Account for Cardiff Metropolitan University Library Service. Follow us for news and updates on library & information services and resources.
  • Bookmark this page!!! It is the front door to the Electronic Library -the ‘portal’ through to all the electronic services and resources that the Library has bought for you.Learning Portal to the Learning Portal, enter your username and password and you are in……Students will recognize the left screen (the student room), staff the right hand screen (the staff room)Clicking Learning on either will take you to the Learning Portal
  • Learning Portal>Electronic LibraryThe Electronic Library is available 24/7To use it you will need to be logged in You can access it via the Learning Portal
  • To use a particular database (like WGSN) first select Database A-Z
  • When in Database A-Z click the initial letter of the resource you want to useSo for WGSN click ‘W’
  • Art Full Text can provide many articles as full text on screen.You can access all these databases from home but must do so by logging onto the Learning Portal first as they are protected databases not freely available on the internet (not even through Google Scholar!!)If the article you wish to view is not available as a pdf or in an html version online then look for the ‘Find it at Cardiff Met ’ icon which will take you to a page where you may be offered an online version from another source, a link to the library catalogue to find the location of a print version, or failing that a link to the Document Delivery page so that you can download an Inter Library loan form to apply for a photocopy of the article to be sent to you.ABM, A&HFT, BHI, DAAI , IBA and Vogue Archive can be searched singly or they can be cross-searched. To cross search select Advanced search>Cardiff School of Art and Design and then search as normal. All five databases will then return results.WGSN:WGSN provides current information and forecasts for future trends for the Fashion and Textiles industries including colour, styling and material trends. Other major sections cover Branding, Product Design, Moving Image, Interior Design and Graphics products.Newsbank contains 350 UK daily and weekly newspapers (including 20 Welsh titles) and is updated every weekday. You can search the database by keyword, specifying where in the article the word appears (eg headline, abstract, body of the article) or search by date, title of publication.Youwill be able to read the full text of the article JSTOR offers all articles as full text but only up to a certain point in time. Coverage is generally from volume 1 up to a "moving wall" of between 1 and 5 years ago, so that, as each year passes, another year is added to the archive, thus guaranteeing that it is being constantly updated. JSTOR covers a satisfyingly broad range of academic areas from psychology to geography to politics and of course art
  • TSR Home > Learning> Library Services> Electronic Library> Database A-Z Bridgeman Education- an image database covering art design and decorative art from all cultures and periodsWellcome Images-a splendid image database of medical and ethnographic imagesVADS-digitised collections images of everything from posters to fashion, furniture to paintingV&A-an exceptional website linked from Databases A-Z to the page where you can search their huge image databaseNew York Public Library-provides an image database whose categories include Arts & Literature, Industry and Technology, Nature & Science,Tate online-the subject facility on this image database is particularly detailed and powerfulIf you would like to have advice and help in identifying and using any of these resources please make an appointment with jenny Godfrey who is a visual resources
  • Monday Muse: Jenny Godfrey

    1. 1. Learning Resources (a somewhat personal history)
    2. 2. Books are one of our first learning resources. In the 1950’s they had black and white illustrations Books in the 1950’s might boast one or two colour illustrations and a coloured dust cover but the pictures inside mostly looked like this
    3. 3. In the 1950’s the family television was also black and white and on a very small screenSome people worried that watching toomuch television was harmful but this ladysaw it as a learning resource (she turnedout to be right)
    4. 4. Artists and Designers know that exploring and playing with the materialworld is a learning experience that can continue beyond childhood In Singapore in the late 1950’s I experienced the world in full Technicolor
    5. 5. Back in the UK in the early 1960’s in secondary schools a new learning resource had appeared………. The Audio-Visual Aid
    6. 6. In the 1960’s and 70’s (before photocopiers in schools) if teachers wanted tocirculate information they used the Banda machine. The sheets it producedwere a very pungent learning resource
    7. 7. In 1970 I went to University to study Fine Artcolour illustrationswere very smallcompared to todaymany of my artbooks were stillmostly illustrated inblack and white The revelations all came in the slide lectures
    8. 8. So it was all rather fortunate for me that after an apprenticeshipin the Book Library I became a Slide Librarian
    9. 9. all the while the Slide Library was expanding something else was happening……things went digital !!and then? …they went more and more digitalThe InternetCamerasScannersE-books and journalsCD’sDVD’smobile phonesLaptopsI pads, I podsKindlesYoutube, VimeoSpotifyFacebookTwitterEmailDigital TVLinkedInGooglePinterestBlogsFlickr
    10. 10. of course the Library went digital tooDatabases, including image databasesE-journals(in the Electronic Library)DVD’s and e-books(on the library catalogue)Library blog on the CSAD websiteJenny’s art, design and architecture blogLibrary Twitter @CardiffMetLearn
    11. 11. from The Student Room or The Staff Room select The Learning Portal
    12. 12. The Learning Portal Select Electronic Library
    13. 13. The Electronic Library Select Database A-Z
    14. 14. Database A-Z Click the relevant letter to go to databases by title
    15. 15. Useful databases for Art and DesignArt Full TextArt Bibliographies ModernArts & Humanities Full TextBritish Humanities Index (BHI)Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)International Bibliography of Art (IBA)Vogue ArchiveWorth Global Style Network (WGSN)NewsbankJSTOR For an individual tutorial on using any of these or our other databases please contact Jenny Godfrey who will be pleased to help you find what you are looking for
    16. 16. Some great multimedia sitesBridgeman EducationWellcome ImagesVADSV&ANYPLTate onlineSpecialist advice from Jenny Godfrey
    17. 17. Jenny Godfrey Information Advisor for CSAD/Howard Gardenshelp with finding information and images contact : blog: