SUNCAT welcomes the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow!

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is SUNCAT’s newest Contributing Library. We invited Andrew McAinsh, Collections Manager at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, to write a few words about the library and its collections.

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The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow was founded in 1599 by the Scottish surgeon Peter Lowe and his compatriots, Robert Hamilton (a physician) and William Spang (an apothecary). More than four centuries later, the College remains the only multidisciplinary Royal College in the UK. We provide career support, education, training, examination and assessment to Fellows and Members around the world, including physicians, surgeons, dentists, and practitioners of travel medicine and podiatric medicine.

Photograph showing the interior of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library

Interior of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library Reading Room. (© Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow)

The College library was established around 1698, and our collections have grown steadily over the past 320 years to include everything from incunabula (books printed before 1501) to newly published textbooks and exam guides. The collection is particularly strong in medical and surgical publications of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and this is reflected in the journal holdings we have recently added to SUNCAT.

The Library is open to members of the College on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Members of the public are also welcome to visit by appointment. Our library is a treasure trove of research resources for anybody with an interest in current medical practice, the history of medicine, and the history of Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We also have a range of resources for family history researchers, and can help you to trace your medical ancestors.

Photograph of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library Store

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library Store. (© Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow)

Beyond the library, our archive collections include the historical records of the College, and over 120 donated collections relating to Scottish medical societies and former College members. We are also an accredited museum, and our object collection includes thousands of medical instruments from the 18th to the 21st centuries as well as a diverse collection of paintings and other artworks.

We’re working hard to digitise items from our heritage collections, and lots of our objects, archives and rare books can already be viewed online. Check out our website at http://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk and follow us on twitter @rcpsgheritage for the latest information on our collections and events. If you’d like to arrange a visit you can contact us by email (library@rcpsg.ac.uk) or telephone (0141 221 6072).

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SUNCAT would very much like to thank Andrew for introducing the library and its journal collection. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact us at suncat@ed.ac.uk.

The Geological Society of London – SUNCAT’s newest Contributing Library

SUNCAT would like to welcome our newest Contributing Library, the Geological Society of London. The Geological Society is a not-for-profit organisation, and registered charity, founded in 1807. Its aims are to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists, for the public good.

We invited Eileen Jamieson, Serials and Information Librarian at the Geological Society, to write a few words about the library and its serials collection.

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Photograph showing the interior of the Geological Society Library.

Interior of the Geological Society Library. (© Geological Society)

The Geological Society Library is more than 200 years old and is currently based in Burlington House, Piccadilly. It contains over 300,000 volumes of books and serials and 40,000 maps, making it a collection of national importance covering all aspects of the geological sciences. The Library holds a collection of over 4,500 serial titles from all over the world. In addition to modern major journals, our collection includes many obscure or old journals. We also have several (mostly older) series that are not exclusively geological. More information about the Library and it’s collections is available on our website at https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/library.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Eileen for introducing the library and its journal collection. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact us at suncat@ed.ac.uk.

Welcome to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David!

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has become our newest Contributing Library. This is the sixth Welsh institution to join SUNCAT. We invited John Dalling, Head of Collections, to write a few words about the University’s Library and Learning Resources service and its collections.

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The exterior of Carmarthen Campus Library

Carmarthen Campus Library. (© UWTSD)

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was formed in November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828. On the 1 August 2013, Swansea Metropolitan University became part of UWTSD.  The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well as in the rural towns of Lampeter and Carmarthen in South West Wales.

Interior of the Carmarthen Campus Library.

Interior of the Carmarthen Campus Library. (© UWTSD)

UWTSD Library and Learning Resources has seven campus libraries in Carmarthen, Lampeter, Swansea and London, which include a collection of over 500,000 printed volumes and provide access to approximately 20,000 electronic books and 50,000 electronic journals.  The University’s special collections are held in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at Lampeter, which include over 35,000 printed works, featuring several medieval and post-medieval manuscripts.

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Library interior. (© UWTSD)

Our libraries support programmes of study and research covering a wide range of subject areas, with particular strengths in education, humanities, art and design, architecture, engineering, and business.  The University subscribes to approximately 500 individual journals and holds archives for many more titles including a number in the Welsh language and of local interest to South and West Wales.  In addition, we also provide access to many more journals electronically through subscription packages.

We are delighted to be able to contribute our holdings to SUNCAT and hope that widening access to our periodical collections will prove beneficial to researchers throughout Wales and the whole of the UK.

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SUNCAT would like to thank John for introducing UWTSD Library and Learning Resources and its journal collection. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact us at suncat@ed.ac.uk.

SUNCAT welcomes the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

SUNCAT would like to welcome a new Contributing Library, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which has a well-resourced medical and surgical library, with all the latest in texts, journals and electronic resources and a wealth of fascinating historical stock dating from the 15th century to the present.

We invited Aaron Fleming, Library and Archive Assistant at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, to write a few words about the library and its collections.

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

The Lister Fellows Room in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The Lister Fellows Room, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. (© Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

The Library supports the research and information needs of the College’s membership, a global network of over 24,000 surgeons in over 100 countries. Housed in the renowned Playfair Building since 1832, it maintains a vast and important surgical, medical and historical collection, ranging from rare books and journals, to the Minute Books of the College which provide a continuous record of the institution from 1581. Among the rare books are a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle dated 1493, two Books of Hours dated 1450 and 1490, and a first edition of William Harvey’s Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis from 1628.

The Library holds over 600 journals. In addition to 50 current print subscriptions, there are complete runs of medical journals going back as far as the eighteenth century. These constitute a vital snapshot of the development of the surgical and medical professions and are bound and preserved in our designated basement store. New roller storage was installed in 2015 and this has ensured that the stock is preserved in a suitable environment.

It is hoped that the Library’s inclusion on SUNCAT will widen access to the collection for academics and researchers. For more information about the library, please visit https://library.rcsed.ac.uk or email library@rcsed.ac.uk.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Aaron for introducing the library and its journal collection. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact us at suncat@ed.ac.uk.

Welcome to SUNCAT’s newest Contributing Library – the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service as our newest Contributing Library. It is a welcome addition to the 42 specialist libraries already in SUNCAT. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is the specialist provider of safe high quality blood, tissues and cells products and services in Scotland.

We invited June MacLeod, Clinical and Scientific Information Manager at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Library, to write a few words about the library and its collections.

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In November 2008 the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Blood Transfusion Centre Library moved to a new site and was amalgamated with the Protein Fractionation Centre Library.  The library is now called the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Library.

The library is a specialist library for transfusion medicine and consists of about 1000 archive books, some dating from the 1930s, pamphlets, staff publications, theses, American Association of Blood Banks information and Council of Europe documents.

The library is also a specialist library for protein fractionation, pharmaceutical manufacturing, plasma fractionation and engineering.  It consists of books, videos, British Standards, European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products publications, Food and Drug Administration publications, Government Acts, Health and Safety publications, Medicines Act leaflets and almost 1000 Research and Development Reports.

The library holds 99 journals and newsletters, 16 of which are current.  The manufacture of the pharmaceutical products ceased in December 2007 so the majority of the pharmaceutical, engineering and laboratory journals are archive closed runs.

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SUNCAT would like to thank June for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

SUNCAT welcomes Truro & Penwith College – our first FE Contributing Library!

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Truro & Penwith College has become our first Further Education Contributing Library! This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 109, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Truro & Penwith College, who recently maintained their outstanding Ofsted rating, offers access to a diverse range of educational choices, supported by outstanding resources and purpose-built facilities from their campuses in Truro and Penzance. There is a wide number of courses available across many qualification types and levels, from traditionally ‘academic’ A Levels and Degrees to Apprenticeships, vocational courses and business training.

The College has Learning Centres located on both campuses and they offer learning environments for quiet work and group work with access to support from experienced staff, as well as being the hub for the provision of a wide range of physical and on-line resources.

If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk

SUNCAT welcomes Lambeth Palace Library!

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Lambeth Palace Library has become our newest Contributing Library. The library is situated on the south side of the River Thames, in Lambeth, London. Just over 3000 of its serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 108, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

We invited Hugh Cahill, Senior Librarian at Lambeth Palace Library, to write a few words about the library and its collections.

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Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of the Church of England. Its collections have been freely available for research since 1610.

The Great Hall, Lambeth Palace Library

The Great Hall, Lambeth Palace Library. (© Jonty Sexton , 2016)

The manuscripts and books held here date from the 9th century to the present day, and their broad scope reflects the office of Archbishop as head of the Province of Canterbury, his national and international roles in leading the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide. James I described the Library as ‘a monument of fame’ in his kingdom.

The Library collects around 100 current journals. These relate mainly to the history of the Church of England rather than to theology but the Library also collects current journals of institutions of which it holds the archive, such as the Mothers’ Union and the Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association. Our historical journals date from the 17th c. onwards with titles such as The Gentleman’s Journal, Journal de Hambourg, and Histoire des Ouvrages des Sçavans.

The Library also holds large numbers of diocesan and parish magazines /newsletters from the 19th c. onward. With around 16,000 parishes in England no such collection can be truly comprehensive but we have an extensive sample that is representative both geographically and chronologically. The Library also holds periodicals on social issues of interest to the Church such as temperance, with runs of titles like Temperance Action Songs, The Church of England Temperance Magazine, and The Band of Hope Chronicle. Missionary magazines and reports of missionary societies are also well represented in the collection with title such as Mission Life and The Colonial Church Chronicle and Missionary Journal. Another subject area covered by the collections is relations of the Church of England with other Christian denominations worldwide, meaning that we have journals/periodicals in Greek, Russian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Swedish and Italian.

By joining SUNCAT it is hoped that that the diverse periodical collections at Lambeth Palace Library will become better known and better used.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Hugh for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

The Scottish Poetry Library joins SUNCAT!

SUNCAT would like to welcome another new Contributing Library, the Scottish Poetry Library, which, like us, is based in Edinburgh! Just under 400 journals records from the Scottish Poetry Library have been loaded into SUNCAT. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 107, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here Julie Johnstone, Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library, introduces us to the library and its unique collection of literary journals.
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The Scottish Poetry Library is a unique national resource for the art of poetry, and works to bring the pleasures and benefits of poetry to as wide an audience as possible.

The interior of the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

The interior of the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. (© Scottish Poetry Library, 2016.)

The Library first opened in 1984 in small 18th century premises in Tweeddale Court in Edinburgh. In 1999 we moved into award-winning specially designed premises in Crichton’s Close, just off the Canongate. These premises were refurbished and extended in 2015, giving us a delightful, light and open home for our collection of over 45,000 items – books, pamphlets, magazines, cuttings, and audio material. Our Special Collections house an Edwin Morgan archive, and a selection of artists’ books and visual poetry materials. Our website at www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk has a wide range of poetry resources, including poems tagged by theme, a guide to Scottish poets (over 400 currently on the list), and our regular podcasts.

We are open to the public throughout the year, and all are welcome to browse and use the building. We also have a lending collection. We run an inquiry service answering all sorts of poetry-related questions and assist scholars with research.

The ‘little magazines’ – literary journals – are notoriously ephemeral: short-lived and edited by many changing hands. They are often shy of selling themselves, and in consequence hard to get hold of, and even the bigger titles can be irregular and sometimes function without a subscription scheme. However, they are the building blocks of a nation’s literary life; the testing-ground for aspiring writers, and a major source of literary criticism.

The Scottish Poetry Library takes in over 80 current titles and houses an archive of around 400 back runs and now defunct titles. We have complete runs of most of the important mid- and late- 20th century and continuing Scottish titles, such as Akros, Chapman, The Dark Horse. We care for a handful of rarer titles such as Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. and Migrant from the 1960s, and the 1930s classic The Modern Scot. For keeping up with the current literary scene, our readers can browse the TLS, the London and the Scottish Review of Books; for UK poetry we have the major titles such as Poetry Review and PN Review and many others; from our Celtic cousins Poetry Ireland and Poetry Wales; and a handful from Europe, New Zealand and the United States.

The collection is reference only, but we have indexed the content of 20 Scottish magazines, the data for which can be found in our online catalogue, and this is often used for both research and compiling themed lists of poetry.

Please contact the Librarians for further assistance.
Julie Johnstone julie.johnstone@spl.org.uk
Lizzie MacGregor librarian2@spl.org.uk

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SUNCAT thanks Julie for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

Another SUNCAT welcome – to the Royal Agricultural University!

SUNCAT welcomes the Royal Agricultural University, another new Contributing Library, which is based in Cirencester. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 106, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

We are very pleased to have Emma Williams, Library Operations Manager, introduce the University and Library.

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The Royal Agricultural College (RAC), now the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845. More information about the history of the RAU can be found at https://www.rau.ac.uk/about/organisation/history.

Our University’s mission statement is, “To be a centre of excellence for developing the leaders of tomorrow in sustainable development relating to the rural economy, built environment and food chain, and to provide leadership regionally, nationally and internationally through its education, research and knowledge exchange activities.”
It is underpinned by the University’s core values:
• Excellence in academic provision
• Responsibility for personal development
• Collaboration with other HEIs, industry and the professions, and between academic staff and students
• Transparency and inclusivity in its treatment of staff and students

Image of the Royal Agricultural University Library journals section

The Royal Agricultural University Library journals section. (© Royal Agricultural University, 2016)

The library offers access to around 30,000 print volumes, more than 10,000 journal and e-journal titles, more than 130,000 e-books and a growing number of full-text electronic databases, many of which can be searched via our one-stop search facility.
Our main collection is supplemented by a support collection and a fascinating historical collection of texts, primarily on agriculture and estate or land management dating as far back as the 16th century. The library also holds the University archive, an irreplaceable collection of documents relating to the University since its foundation in 1845.
Our journals are catalogued as either academic, magazine or newsletter and despite a general industry shift towards electronic access, our print stock is still very popular with our students. The arrival of our weekly copies of Farmer’s Weekly and Country Life are hotly anticipated.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Emma for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

Welcome to Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)!

SUNCAT is very pleased to announce that Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) has become our newest Contributing Library. Nearly 350 Iniva serial records have been loaded into the service. This takes the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 105, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here Nick Brown, Library and Information Manager at Iniva, introduces the Stuart Hall Library and its periodical collection.

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A photograph of the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva with Ansuman Biswas installation.

A view of an artist Ansuman Biswas’s site-specific installation Gnomon in the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva. (© Iniva, 2016.)

The Stuart Hall Library is part of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) which focuses on diversity in the visual arts and the politics of representation. Collection strengths include African, Asian and Latin American art as well as the art of the diasporas, especially in the UK. The library collects around art which takes issues such as cultural identity as its theme or seeks to de-centre a Eurocentric and mono-cultural view of the art world(s). In these ways the library works to record a range of opinion with an international and transnational scope. It also plays an important role in documenting marginalised art histories, for example, the UK Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, which are often under-represented in other collections and in national institutions. The library was renamed in honour of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall who was the first Chair of Iniva and whose ideas animate the development of the collection. The library is free to use and open to all.

The collection comprises over 10,000 books, 300 journal titles and 800 audio visual items. There are also ‘zine and an artists’ book collection. The archive constitutes the institutional record of Iniva, papers from prominent individuals including Isaac Julien as well as an extensive collection of ephemera documenting artists, exhibitions and thinkers. The library runs an active series of Research Network events in which artists, academics, curators, students, social activists and practitioners of various kinds can share their work and a second group focusing on textiles and dress as part of wider visual culture and from a post-colonial viewpoint.

The periodical collection includes many rare items and aims to have a broad geographic scope. Highlights include important arts magazines from the 1970s, 80s and 90s such as Black Phoenix, Ten.8, Polareyes, Third Text, Artrage, Bazaar, Revue Noir and Black Arts in London to politically engaged magazines of today such as Strike! and the Occupied Times or those taking up the legacies of cultural studies like Soundings. Caribbean perspectives are represented in Small Axe, Savacou, Calabash and critical feminist voices in N. Paradoxa, MAKE Magazine, Women’s Art Magazine, Meridians and Feminist Art News. The collection covers a wide spectrum from Signals, a central document of the 1960s international avant-garde and Metronome, the peripatetic inter-cultural art journal (including the only copy in a library in England of the pilot issue produced in Dakar, Senegal) to Bidoun, showcasing art and culture from the Middle East, and Chimurenga/The Chronic one of the most exciting pan-African cultural journals active today. An audio recording of the Librarian discussing black art magazines with artist Joy Gregory and curator and writer David A. Bailey is available here.

Photograph of Rivington Place, London.

Rivington Place, London. (© Lyndon Douglas.)

Iniva is situated in Rivington Place in Shoreditch in a building designed by David Adjaye and shared with Autograph ABP (The Association of Black Photographers). For more information about the library please visit http://www.iniva.org/library/ or contact library@iniva.org.

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SUNCAT would like to thank Nick for writing this post. If you would like to write a post on your SUNCAT Contributing Library and its serials collections or would like to join SUNCAT please contact the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.