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Decolonising the Arts Curriculum exhibition LCC Library 4 October – 9 November 2018
LCC library recent staged Decolonising the Arts Curriculum exhibition, in collaboration with the creators of Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine. The exhibition launches a series of events across UAL libraries in 2018-19.
The exhibition was co-curated by UAL Associate Lecturer Rahul Patel, LCC special collection librarians Ruth Collingwood and Monica-carmela Sajeva, and LCC Academic staff.
LCC Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Exhibition (image © LCC Library)
Content from the zine was displayed alongside items from LCC library special collections. Items were chosen in order to explore the ways in which representation of certain dominant voices is higher in our collections and the ways in which this can be challenged through critical librarianship. The library’s Printing Historical Collection charts the history and art of the Western book 15th to 21st centuries, and so is historical and can be problematic in that representation of certain voices is higher in printing history and mainstream published works; namely, the voice of the white, middle-class, European male. Ruth and Monica created Practice: Special Collections and Decolonisation, a document which explores the ways in which we can challenge this through collection development, provocations and other practice.
The library window hosted a series of displays curated by academic staff Karl Foster, Maureen Salmon and Mo-Ling Chui in which they explored their own identity through personal and library collections. Mo-Ling’s display will remain in the window until end of November 2018.
LCC Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Exhibition – Window display by Maureen Salmon (image © LCC Library)
The exhibition was supported by a series of Thursday evening events which included the Opening night, where talks by contributors to the zine and a tour of the exhibition by Ruth and Monica took place, as well as two panel events: Decolonising the Locale and Decolonising the Disciplines.
The library ran a Zine as Decoloniser’ Critical Production Event aimed at providing Gurnham Singh’s ‘creative space to facilitate the production of culture informed by indigenous thinking and doing’ (1). It proved to be thought-provoking and empowering to many who attended though actual physical production proved to be elusive within the workshop’s 2 hour frame.
LCC Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Exhibition (image © LCC Library)
Library staff created a Spotify playlist to accompany the exhibition, which visitors contributed to in person or via social media. More information about the zine, exhibition and events can be found on the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum blog.
Ruth Collingwood (Academic Support Librarian) and Monica-carmela Sajeva (Assistant Academic Support Librarian)
- Singh, G. (2018) ‘What is decolonisation really about?’ in Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education, pp. 1.
Writing Café for 3rd year students writing a dissertation: write, talk and get advice on your dissertation.
The writing café is a shared space where you can get peer and tutor feedback in an informal setting, with an academic support tutor, a language development tutor and a librarian.
Drop-in, bring your writing with you… All welcome!
Date: Wednesday 14th (Fine Art focus) 28th November (Design focus)
Location: Chelsea College of Arts Library
Unfortunately the Learning Zone & Library at LCC will close early tonight. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. Camberwell Learning Zone is open 24 hours, for all UAL students. Printing and copying facilities are available. Opening times and location details for all UAL Libraries and Learning Zones can be found here. Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience caused.
We are very sorry to report that only 1 printer is currently available at LCF Library. This has been logged and we are awaiting an engineer, however until this is resolved, there are likely to be queues for printing, especially if you are using LCF Library on Sunday 04/11/2018.
IT Open Access (located on the 5th floor at John Princes Street) is not affected and the printers there will be available on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM. They are closed on Sunday.
Other UAL Library sites and Learning Zones are not affected; for opening times and locations please visit www.arts.ac.uk/students/library-services/opening-hours-and-locations
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
22 to 28 October marks Open Access Week, a global event organised by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) to celebrate and promote open access to research. This year’s theme is Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge: citing this week as an “opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.”(1)
UAL’s Scholarly Communications team is based at LCC, being a part of Library Services and we oversee all research outputs from across the University. We manage UAL Research Online (UALRO), the University’s institutional digital repository, which provides “scholars with the ability to fulfil Open Access (OA) requirements of their funding bodies, and showcases the wealth of our research to a world-wide audience.”(2) We are currently the world’s largest OA collection for research within the arts, providing unrestricted access to the rich and diverse work of our researchers.
I had the pleasure of joining the Scholarly Communications team this summer, my background is within Library Services and the arts, however this is a new and exciting role for me. I have been enthusiastic to learn, so we thought it would be interesting, as a newbie to the profession, to reflect on my experience of working with OA, .
Through my new role I have become aware of how research is funded at UAL and that funding bodies often mandate that our research outputs be OA. It stands to reason that publicly funded research needs to be public. We’re gearing up for the REF 2021 (Research Excellence Framework), the UK’s audit of research in HE institutions. Funding is allocated off the back of thorough assessment of our research outputs and I have been digesting the scope and application that such a large undertaking requires.
OA not only conforms to funding policy, it removes paid barriers to resources and dissolves elitism surrounding academia. This is an ethos that I can proudly advocate to increase research impact and reach enquiring minds globally. UALRO provides content that is easy to find via search engines, is available to everyone and students from any institution can access content for free.
I was shocked at the imbalanced labour exchange and economic model that currently underpins how the larger organisations behind academic journal publishing operate. A researcher provides a journal article for free to a journal publisher, the publisher then sells costly subscriptions to academic institutions; or creates a paywall, so those outside of the institution have to buy articles. The producer of the original research receives nothing other than the perceived kudos of appearing in certain journals, an exploitative model considering the large profit margins publishers achieve.
UALRO has specific requirements as a repository for an arts institution, we have a large amount of practice based outputs (non-text based) in comparison to the proliferation of journal articles held at non arts focused institutions. This means entries can comprise of images, movies, sound files or a combination of these, “the aim is to curate the best collection of digital materials to provide the fullest representation of that research output.”(3) This also means the outputs that populate UALRO are lively in their variety, creating an engaging platform to explore UAL research.
Being new to OA means that I am navigating copyright, intellectual property and publisher’s embargoes in relation to our own policies. This is offset by the evolving terrain of scholarly communications, making it a complex and exciting field to work in. A hugely rewarding part of the job is being able to have an overview of all the research outputs occurring across UAL. I know that by adding them to our repository, it means everybody is able to access world class content which has “successfully demonstrated that academic research can enrich cultural life, enhance public awareness and understanding of major issues, and are of benefit to the creative industries.” (4)
Scholarly Communications Assistant
Windrush Stories, from the British Library
In June 1948 the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex carrying hundreds of people from the Caribbean. 70 years on, Windrush Stories invites us to consider a longer, more complicated and ongoing relationship between Britain and the Caribbean.
The web site includes numerous articles, supported by images and documents from the British Library, including:
“The Golden Fleece”: the Windrush quest for educational desire, by Heidi Safia Mirza
Perspectives on the Windrush generation scandal: a response from David Lammy MP.
An exhibition in the London College of Communication Library will take place from 4 – 31 October 2018, and a series of weekly events on Thursdays from 5 – 7pm:
*4 October ‘Decolonising the Arts Curriculum’ Launch Event, Canteen Ampitheatre and Library
*11 October ‘Decolonising the Locale’ Panel Discussion, Room T304
*18 October ‘Decolonising the LCC Disciplines’ Panel Discussion, Lecture Theatre A
*25 October ‘The Zine as Decoloniser’ Critical Production Event, Library Learning Zone
More details to be published soon…
Please be aware that as part of the final shutdown of Millbank Data Centre, users may experience a period of downtime between 6-8pm this evening, Tuesday 4 September. The following e-resources may be affected:
- Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
- Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME)
- Financial Times
- Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports
- InView – British history through the lens
- Passport (Euromonitor)
- ProQuest Ebook Central
- Zetoc (Shibboleth only required for setting up alerts)
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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