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Llandaff and Howard Gardens Learning Centres to merge

Howard Gardens library

Howard Gardens library

 Llandaff Learning Centre

Llandaff Library





With the shiny new Art and Design block nearly complete, library staff have been preparing for their bit in the big move.  This summer the entire Art & Design library at Howard Gardens: slides, art & design books, journals and DVDs, will be transported to Llandaff Learning Centre.

We have been busy measuring shelves and planning how to integrate the two libraries without reducing your learning spaces.  We are looking at the collection and ordering new items, making sure there is plenty of relevant study material available for you to use, both electronically and in print.

We will regularly post about our moving experiences [bad pun alert] here.   But if you have any concerns then contact us as soon as possible.

Library service should remain unaffected until early June, but we will update you of any developments.   During the summer move, loan periods will be extended and we will increase the number of items you can borrow to minimise disruptions to the service.

To find more about your Cardiff Metropolitan library, visit our website or follow us on Twitter at @cardiffmetlearn

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Library staff talk about art: a library welcome for new students at CSAD

All the library staff at Howard Gardens along with  the Subject Librarian for Art and Design at Llandaff (Catherine Finch) each chose an artwork,  work of design or other image and wrote a sentence or two to explain why we had chosen that particular one.

We did this to introduce ourselves to new students not with boring images of our faces but as people fascinated by art and design and the world just like our library users…..

These images were chosen for a variety of different reasons ranging from their political message, the appreciation of beauty, reminiscence and the pondering of big themes. Art is a powerful language!!

We will be wearing our chosen image on our staff ID card for the first few weeks of this term so that you can match the image to the person!

To get a glimpse of the art work we’ll be wearing, look at Cardiff Met’s blog for new students http://cardiffmetlibfreshers.wordpress.com/category/art-and-design/my-favourite-work-of-art/

By Jenny Godfrey, Art & Design and Visual Resources Librarian

Find out more..

Jenny’s Art, Design and Architecture Blog

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Top floor at Llandaff library to close for redecoration

Changes at Llandaff - happening soon

Changes at Llandaff – happening soon

A section of Llandaff Library will be shut for a metamorphosis and upgrading over the summer months.   The top floor of the main book library will close from 17th June to open again in September with a new improved look and carpet. 

As the majority of our arts, architecture and design collection is housed here, we’re extending the number of Llandaff-based library loans over the summer holiday period from 15 to 30.  Llandaff-based students and staff have until 14th June to take advantage of this.  After that, all books on top floor will be boxed and stored until the work has been completed. 

Zone 1 2nd floor

Before… the top floor of Llandaff Library, due to shut for redecorating over the summer from 17th June

The library at Howard Gardens will open throughout the summer, so you can continue to access and enjoy their diverse and inspirational collection of books, DVDs and journals.  

Our Electronic Library and library catalogue will be changing as well, though you will still be able to access the full range of electronic books, journals and images over the summer.  Click here to find out more.

photo credit: macropoulos via photopin cc

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Digitising the video collection

We have turned more old VHS formatted tapes of television documentaries into new DVDs. A selection of 21 titles is currently on display in Howard Gardens library and includes the following:

A history of art in three colours – Gold. Blue. White

3 x 60min programme.  Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred our emotions, changed the way we behave and even altered the course of history.


Tim Marlow on : Rubens

Art expert Tim Marlow takes viewers on a tour of London’s National Gallery’s ‘Rubens: A Master in the Making’ exhibition.  It tells the remarkable story of Rubens’ dramatic ascension from working as a pupil of a minor Antwerp artists, to becoming the dominant international painter of his time. 


Horizon: Out of control?

We all like to think we are in control of our lives – of what we feel and what we think.  But scientists are now discovering this is often simply an illusion.  Surprising experiments are revealing that what you think you do and what you actually do can be very different. Your unconscious mind is often calling the shots, influencing the decision you make, from what you eat to who you fall in love with.  If you think you are really in control of your life, you may have to think again.


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Digitising the video collection, the work continues…


Image courtesy of Stock Footage.

Slowly but surely we are working our way through the videotape collection of television documentaries broadcast over the past three decades and turning the lovely old VHS formatted tapes into shiny new DVDs.

Some treasures of the collection recently digitised and currently on display in the library are listed below. Click on the title to be taken to the item’s catalogue record where you can see what the programme is about in more detail and reserve it to borrow once it is removed from the display.

If you would like your favourite television documentary from within the collection moved up the queue then please ask a member of Howard Gardens Library staff.


Tunick, Spencer – Naked states


Real sex : Black strip shows

Vile bodies

Panorama : the dollar a day dress

One foot in the Festival of Britain

Light fantastic / Parts 1-4. Presented by Simon Schaffer

Raiders of the human body. Part 3, Fragonard the obscure

Human face transplant : an Equinox special

Tales of tools

Blood on the carpet. Blood, sweat and Sears

Art Transpennine

The South Bank Show : Dumas and Stehli

Brand new bra

Naked / Parts 1-4

Philosophy : a guide to happiness

Portreadau : Iwan Bala

How gay sex changed the world

Mark Lawson talks to Tracey Emin

Andy Warhol: the complete picture

Dance for the camera

Body of water: Eight dance films about water


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Keep in Vogue for one month only

The library now has unfettered access to the Vogue archive for one month only.  From the comfort of your PC, browse through some historically and culturally important icons, designs and fashions from the late 19th century up to now.

With photographs from Irving Penn, Cindy ShermanTim Walker and Marino Testino, and articles from eminent writers and thinkers like Harold Rosenberg, Dorothy Parker and Aldous Huxley, Vogue archive will offer you and your students a wealth of material for arts, design and culture.  (If you are off-campus, you will need to login to the Cardiff Metropolitan network to access the above links)

The trial runs until the end of May.  If you would like the library to subscribe to this, please have a look and leave your feedback from our Vogue trial page.  Alternatively, email your thoughts to  cdrake@cardiffmet.ac.uk or jgodfrey@cardiffmet.ac.uk


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Get new books for your library

Miss spending money after the excesses of Christmas?  Then why not spend on behalf of the library as the book ordering season gets under way.

Ensure your course has the most up-to-date and relevant collection of books by the next academic year.  You can find material by reading up reviews or blurbs in journals, newspapers, publishers’ catalogues & websites.  Facebook, Twitter, or even good old-fashioned word of mouth, are excellent ways of finding out what’s out there.

Llandaff CSAD can email the details to Catherine Drake or Gina Reese if based at Howard Gardens.  Or fill in a book order form and return it to your nearest library helpdesk.  To help us order quickly and efficiently, please provide title, author, cost and if possible, the ISBN.   And don’t forget to let us know how many copies of each book you want.

If the money does not get spent by the deadline in April, then never fear.    Our team of experts at CSAD libraries will spend it for you.

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