Archive material relating to World War One is on display in the London College of Fashion Library. Items on show include military boots c1914-18 and adverts from ‘Menswear’ published in 1917 showing women workers in trousers from the LCF Archives. Find out more about the LCF Archives on the web site.
Tours at 14:00, 14:45, and 15:30.
Come and find out about the range of material held by the University Archives and Special Collections Centre and how you can consult it for your own learning and/or enjoyment!
Items on show will be selected from the Centre’s archives and collections which include posters by graphic designer Tom Eckersley, a diverse Comic Book Collection, the Archive of screenwriter Clive Exton (responsible for television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and P G Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster) and the Archive of film-maker Stanley Kubrick.
Tours will last approximately 45 minutes. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book your place please email the University Archives and Special Collections Centre at email@example.com or phone us on 0207 514 9333 specifying which tour you would like to join.
University Archives and Special Collections Centre, London College of Communication, SE1 6SB.
Today we received an update from Dawsonera informing us that they have made progress this week to stabilise the dawsonera ebook platform and to optimise performance for users; the number of outages over the last 5 days has reduced considerably.
Their main aims are to:
- stabilise the platform
- improve performance and responsiveness
- work with partners and external experts
” With this in mind we want to reassure you that we are on track to further improve the stability and performance issues over the forthcoming weeks. After that, we will work towards providing assurances to our libraries to ensure the reliability of the dawsonera platform in the future and will actively support our customers in restoring confidence throughout their patrons and wider community.
Head of Dawson Books”
Unfortunately the ongoing problems with dawsonera e-books have still not been resolved and there is still no timeline for a fix. The last update was sent on Friday 17 October and is copied below:
You will be aware of the poor performance of the dawsonera site over the last three weeks. This has manifested itself in intermittent downtime and significantly slower responses when users access the site, read e-books and turn pages. We want to acknowledge that this service is well below the expected levels we have set for our e-book platform and want to update you on why this has happened, what we are doing now and over the next weeks to address the issues as well as the timelines we have set ourselves.
One of the main contributing factors to site performance is the load on the system. The numbers we forecast for site traffic this year have been exceeded to the point where the user activity has grown by 200% year on year.
Over the last weeks we have carried out a significant number of adjustments to the infrastructure, website and databases to improve overall performance. These incremental changes have started to have the impact of the site being significantly more stable over the last two days than in the previous weeks, although we recognise there is more work required to deliver the necessary performance.
Our approach currently is to focus on the stability of the site and our teams are working 24/7 to ensure an incremental improvement over this week and next. Whilst we realise the progress appears slow to our customers and their patrons it is critical that we make these adjustments as a series of incremental changes in order to protect the service availability status as much as possible. We have tried to always schedule downtime around midnight and will continue to take this approach to minimise disruption to service as we make these important changes. Examples of some of the activities we have performed over the last two days are:
- Last night we implemented multiple server configuration changes. We also upgraded the Load Balancer VMWare processor and these have rendered dawsonera much more stable over the last 48 hours. We will continue to monitor to ensure the site continues to respond well under high loads over the next days and into next week.
- Furthermore we have called on all available resource and used development partners to establish timescales for a further plan of enhancements for next week. Our software development partners will be on site working at Dawson to identify performance bottlenecks using data we have collected over the last few weeks.
We estimate that over the next two weeks we will make significant improvements to the site stability and also be able to enhance overall performance. As we roll out our plans we will continue to make every effort to prevent intermittent outages and we do expect the number of these to decrease over time. We will continue to keep you updated via email and Twitter and expect to give further detailed updates at the end of each week in respect of our overall progress. We ask for your continued patience whilst we work through these tasks and can assure you of our focus and determination to return this service to the expected standard as quickly as possible. We also thank you for your feedback and messages of encouragement whilst we focus on this over the last weeks.”
We are very sorry to report that there are still significant problems with the dawsonera platform so you will still encounter problems downloading or even accessing e-books on this platform.
The most recent update they have sent (Monday 13 October) says ”we have made significant changes to the platform and hardware over the past week and today will see the results of these changes and will allow us to identify and quickly fix the problems. We absolutely understand how critical this is for Libraries and we have to fix this asap.”
We will update with further information as soon as we have it.
To enable Library staff to carry out inductions for new BA students, the Library opening hours will be slightly reduced for 7 days from 6th October. The Library will open later but will be open into the evenings as usual: Monday 6th October 9.30-20.30, Tuesday 7th 14:30 – 20:30, Wednesday 8th 13:00 – 20:30, Thursday 9th 14:30 – 20:30, Friday 10th 13:00 – 19:30, Monday 13th 10:30 – 20:30 and Tuesday 14th October 11:30 – 20:30. We apologise for any inconvenience caused
Two hundred rare objects trace the history of the Gothic movement over 250 years, exploring our fascination with the mysterious and the macabre.
From Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick and Alexander McQueen, via posters, books, films and even a vampire-slaying kit, experience the dark shadow that the Gothic imagination has cast across our daily lives.
Find out more about the exhibition, tours and accompanying events at www.bl.uk/gothic
We apologise for the ongoing problems there have been this week with downloading books from dawsonera. We have recently received the following update:
“We have temporarily disabled the download functionality on dawsonera, while we continue to work with our technical teams and Adobe to resolve the issue. Unfortunately at this stage we are unable to provide a timescale for a resolution, but can assure customers that as soon as updates are available they will be shared.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding in this matter.”
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Welcome to the new students at London College of Fashion and the other UAL colleges. If you are interested in the history of fashion and footwear in London then you may find the LCF Archives a good place to investigate. We have examples of twentieth century shoes, men’s tailoring, womenswear, hats, patterns, photographs and much more.
To find out more look on the LCF Archives blog and visit the LCF Archives web site at http://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/library-services/collections-and-archives/london-college-of-fashion/
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