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Alice's Day!

Friday, July 03, 2015 11:24 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a fantastical adventure story and much loved classic of children’s literature.  Lewis Carroll created a magical land for the bold and curious Alice to explore, full of fabulous and unforgettable characters. The first edition was brought to life with illustrations by John Tenniel. 

Through the years there have been many new editions of this masterpiece of storytelling, attracting many famous artists to illustrate the work. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has become as well-known for the history of its illustrations as its enduring ability to capture the reader's imagination and entertain.

Macmillan have created an Anniversary Website with more information about the history of the work.

The library holds many editions of the book, including a Samoan language title.  There is also access, through the Library Catalogue, to digitised copies of old editions, such as the 1916 edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham, at Nineteenth century collections online.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Samoan

The Rainbow Warrior sinking: 30 years on

Friday, July 03, 2015 11:19 AM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Credit: Arjan Hoogendoorn, Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Arjan Hoogendoorn, Wikimedia Commons.

An upcoming public discussion forum will assess the place of environmentalism in the Pacific since the 1985 sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.

30 years after the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior: The past and future of Pacific environments and environmentalism will feature a number of speakers, including Dr Ryan Tucker Jones, Senior Lecturer in History.

Dr Jones recently published his new book Empire of extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s strange beasts of the sea, 1741-1867 (2014) and also a chapter titled “The Environment” in Pacific histories: Ocean, land, people (edited by Armitage and Bashford, 2014).

For a full list of speakers, visit the event page.

Where: Fale Pasifika, 20 Wynyard Street, the University of Auckland
When: Friday 10 July, 5pm
All students, staff and public are welcome to attend.

New Zealand Mosaic Maps: A unique view into the Past

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 4:52 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

The New Zealand Mosaic Map series NZMS 3 & 4 were the first systematic national map series based on aerial photography. Their sheet lines correspond to NZ Topographical Map series NZMS 2 at 1:25,000 scale covering the New Zealand mainland. While the full coverage was never achieved, a large proportion of the country was mapped, particularly the North Island. 

The NZMS 3 mosaic map series was published between 1948 and 1976 at the scale of 1:15,840 (20 chains to 1 inch). They utilised aerial photography captured between 1940 and 1974, providing a significant, 35-year time span. Out of almost 1,500 sheets, only about 365 went into 2nd edition and 65 into 3rd, making detection of changes over time limited. However, combining this resource with later imagery could provide valuable insight concerning land use changes, urban sprawl, forestry development or railway network.

The NZMS 4 mosaic map series was published between 1948 and 1955, and differs from NZMS 3 only in scale; they were produced at 1:25,000. Their coverage is not as wide as with NZMS 3 due to their limited publication period. However, over 530 sheets were published, again mainly of the North Island.

Both series form a unique record of NZ geographical landscape. They generally show: 

  • Land cover
  • Cities and towns
  • Wetlands and Swamps
  • Ports, harbours, and airports
  • Roads, railways, and reserves
  • Geomorphological processes
  • Shorelines, dams, streams and rivers
  • Place names and grids

    In cases when multiple editions are available, a transformation of a particular place can be examined. An example is the urbanscape of Auckland, where the expansion of suburbs, changes to the shoreline and the appearance of the Auckland Harbour Bridge are clearly visible. Since access to quality historical digital aerial imagery is still limited, the NZMS 3 & 4 series could provide a valuable resource for a wide range of applications and compliment other existing collections.

    Aerial Mosiac map illustrating two time periods of the Auckland CBD.

    Linking Auckland’s North with South across Waitemata Harbour. Note the shift in the grid lines due to the change of the reference datum.

    For map coverages, please refer to the index sheets 10A and 10B for NZMS 3 (multiple editions), and 11A and 11B for NZMS 4 (multiple editions).

    Access to NZMS 3 images is available from:

    Access to NZMS 4 images is available from:

    For further information please contact Igor Drecki.

    Benjamin Jones,
    Cartographic and Geospatial Resources
  • Kate Edger Information Commons Closing Early!!!

    Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:37 AM,
    IC Bloggers

    ***Kate Edger Information Commons will be CLOSED at 9pm this Friday (3 July, 2015)!!! ***

    This is due to a scheduled outage.

    Normal opening hours will apply afterwards until further notice.

    Enjoy your semester break!!!


    Music and the Napoleonic Wars

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:37 PM,

    June 18 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Initially I had planned otowrite this blog about music based on or reflecting the battle itself; you would expect that a battle of this magnitude would have a lot of music related to it, however, it turns out that there’s almost no music about the Battle of Waterloo specifically. Since this was the case I decided to expand this post to cover the whole of the Napoleonic wars. The music mentioned below is actually just a small sampling of the classical music written about, around, or dedicated to battles and people involved in the Napoleonic wars during the period of the wars. Some are very famous, but others are not (but perhaps should be!).

    Ludwig van Beethoven originally dedicated his Symphony no. 3, ‘Eroica’ (Heroic) to Napoleon in 1804. Beethoven greatly admired Napoleon’s dedication to the democratic cause and his anti-monarchical ideals. However, this dedication was short lived because Beethoven was shocked and disgusted when Napoleon declared himself emperor, and retracted the dedication before the symphony was published.  The work itself was also originally entitled ‘Bonaparte’, but when it came to publishing the symphony in 1805 Beethoven told his publishers to title it ‘Heroic Symphony. Composed to celebrate the memory of a great man’. The composition memorialises the French Revolution with a central theme evoking the ceremonies of the revolution and the first republic.

    Beethoven also wrote Wellington’s Sieg oder die Schlacht bei Vittoria (Wellington’s Victory, or, the battle of Vitoria) in 1813 to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Joseph Bonaparte at the battle of Vitoria, Spain. This work was originally supposed to be written for a panharmonicon- a mechanical orchestral organ that imitated multiple military band instruments (a multi-instrument version of a player piano) as well as effects such as gunfire, but the composition grew too large for a panharmonicon to accommodate the score (in fact the score became so large that Johann Malzel- friend of Beethoven’s and inventor of the panharmonicon- who suggested that he write for the instrument, was unable to build an instrument large enough to accommodate it). Because this composition was initially intended for a mechanical band rather than an orchestra the final version incorporated both military band instruments and traditional orchestral instruments, with the military band sound coming to the fore to represent the clashes of the English and French armies.

    Joseph Haydn’s Messe in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times) was written in 1798- one of the last he wrote for his patron’s, the Esterhazy family. It was written for the name day celebrations of one of the Esterhazy princesses (not exactly what you would call a happy birthday present), and reflected on the troubles that Napoleon was creating around Europe and in Egypt at the time. In an interesting twist around the time that this mass received its premiere performance (15 September 1798), the Esterhazy court learned that Napoleon had received a stunning defeat in Egypt against British forces led by Admiral Lord Nelson. Because of this coincidence the mass gradually became known as the Nelsonmesse (Lord Nelson’s Mass), which was solidified when Lord Nelson visited the Esterhazy court with his mistress Lady Hamilton in 1800 on their return from the Nile.

    *It should be noted that while they could have sailed back to England Lady Hamilton wished to visit the Austro-Hungarian and Germanic courts before returning to England so Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton’s husband Sir William Hamilton and Lady Emma travelled overland taking in many of the aristocratic courts on the way.*

    While the abovementioned works are only vaguely programmatic, the ones below are more solidly so, with musical depictions of battles, losses and victories.

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Year 1812 (commonly known as the 1812 Overture) was written in 1880 to commemorate the defence of Russia against Napoleon’s Grande Armée invasion in 1812. The musical structure of the work was created as an almost literal depiction of the invasion, with Tchaikovsky including snippets of Russian Orthodox hymns, folk music, patriotic songs  and of course the famous cannon fire (now usually executed by timpani rather than actual cannons), which counters an excerpt of La Marseillaise. The last is an interesting piece of artistic licence as Napoleon actually banned La Marseillaise in 1805. Another piece of artistic licence is the use of God Save the Tsar, which was not written until after 1812. After the Russian Revolution this was replaced by a snippet of Mikhail Glinka’s more politically appropriate sounding “Glory, Glory to you holy Rus’!” from his opera A Life for the Tsar. This was returned to its original state in 1990 under glasnost.

    Bohemian composer Johann Baptist Vanhal, is a rather less familiar name than those above, but he wrote two works that relate to the Napoleonic wars. The first in 1798 like Haydn’s Nelsonmesse commemorates Bonaparte’s defeat in Egypt.

    Die grosse Seeschlacht bei Abukir vom 1ten bis 3ten August 1798: Eine charakteristische Sonate fürs Clavier oder Piano forte (The Great Battle of the Nile August 1st-3rd 1798: A Characteristic Sonata for clavier or pianoforte) was written as a tribute to Admiral Lord Nelson to be performed for him as he and Lady Hamilton travelled the Continent on their return from Nile.

    The score incorporates a virtual narrative of the battle of the Nile (see above and below) that mixes reality with imagination as the facts were gained second hand from newspaper reports. Musically the battle is represented through percussive rhythms and scalar runs (the gunfire and explosions), and martial themes for each of the main players in the battle.

    The second work, which is essentially a companion work to the Battle of the Nile is Le combat navale de Trafalcar & La mort de Nelson, Admiral anglois (The naval battle of Trafalgar and the death of English Admiral Nelson) for pianoforte.

    This is less programmatic than the first and was quite possibly written to capitalise on the events of Trafalgar, and the adulation of Lord Nelson and the popularity of the first work. However, as Allan Badley points out, programmatically the work finishes in the wrong place- if it had been extended to include the storm that boiled up as Nelson died and battered the French and Spanish Naval vessels (and almost doing the same to the British ships) it would have worked better as a piece of programme music, and as a tribute to Nelson (the dramatic idea of the wrath of God over the loss of his Admiral). As with the Battle of the Nile the programme instructions are a virtual rendering of the battle with percussive rhythms indicating gunfire (note the 'bom, bom, bom' on the score below- in particular the death of Nelson. However, after the obligatory funeral march the work strangely finishes with a military rondo, which somewhat removes the gravitas of the piece.

    Aleisha Ward
    Music and Dance Library

    Historical adventure stories win!

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 1:41 PM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    Last week the winners of the UK's most prestigious children's book awards were announced and both stories are based on heroic and inspirational historic events.  They are:

    The CILIP Carnegie Medal (for an outstanding book for children and young people):
    Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman - Young Adult Fiction (Walker Books)

    The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people):
    Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Junior Non-Fiction (Flying Eye Books)

    For full details about these awards, including information about the books and authors, see the CILIP press release

    Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
    (Young Adult Fiction)
    This compelling novel is based on the true story of a former African-American female slave who joined the US army at the end of the Civil War, disguised as a man. The central theme of the book is freedom and what this means.  Charlotte ('Charley') is freed from slavery but this does not end the discrimination she faces based on the colour of her skin and her gender.  It is her posting to Apache territory that enables Charlotte to explore who she is, and what freedom is.
    Shackleton's Journey Shackleton's Journey
    (Junior Non-Fiction)
    This is Grill's debut book, and it also won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book 2014.  Grill works with layers of shading using coloured pencils, to create a unique style and bring his story to life.  Shackleton's adventure to Antarctica is told from getting  funding before setting out, to the return home by the survivors. Grill is dyslexic and a believer in the power of illustration as a way into reading, and in the message that just because you fail sometimes, it doesn't make you a failure.

    Tamaki Library & Information Commons - Inter-Semester Hours

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:04 AM,
    Tamaki Library

    Tāmaki Library and Information Commons hours are reduced over the inter-semester break:

    Tuesday 30 June 2015 to Sunday 19 July 2015

    • Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed

    Māori newspapers in Papers Past

    Friday, June 26, 2015 2:37 PM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    Historic Māori newspapers have been added to the National Library’s Papers Past in time for Matariki.

    The digitised newspapers, published in te reo Māori or for a Māori readership, are sourced from the Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection.

    Spanning the period 1842-1935, the titles are:

    • Anglo-Maori Warder (1848)
    • Haeata (1859-1862)
    • Hiiringa i te Whitu (1896)
    • Hokioi o Nui-Tireni, e rere atuna (1862-1863)
    • Huia Tangata Kotahi (1893-1895)
    • Jubilee: Te Tiupiri (1898-1900)
    • Kahiti Tuturu mo Aotearoa, me te Waipounamu (1894-1896)
    • Karere o Poneke (1857-1858)
    • Korimako (1882-1890)
    • Matariki (1881)
    • Maori Messenger: Te Karere Maori (1842-1863)
    • Paki o Matariki (1892-1935)
    • Pihoihoi Mokemoke i Runga i te Tuanui (1863)
    • Puke ki Hikurangi (1897-1913)
    • Takitimu (1883)
    • Waka Maori (1863-1884)
    • Wananga (1874-1878)
    • Whetu o te Tau (1857-1858)

    These papers can be divided into three main groups: government sponsored, Māori initiated, and religious.

    One of the government sponsored publications, The Maori Messenger: Te Karere Maori, was first published in 1842 (with slight changes in title over the years).

    Maori Messenger: Te Karere Maori, Vol.1, no. 2, 19 January 1849, p. 1. Courtesy of Papers Past.
    Maori Messenger: Te Karere Maori, Vol. 1, no. 2, 19 January 1849, p. 1.
    Courtesy of Papers Past.

    The front page of the January 1849 issue pictured above features notices about a missing boat in Auckland and requests to purchase flax and kauri gum. The tone and content of the leading article reflects its status as a governmental publication and historical context, discussing the superiority of New Zealand over Australia and praising the virtues of the English to a Māori readership.

    To learn more about these newspapers, see Rere atu, taku manu! Discovering history, language and politics in the Māori language newspapers (Auckland University Press, 2002).

    CDs- Red Cross Nepal

    Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:05 AM,

    At the Music and Dance Library we have a trolley of donated CDs and DVDs that duplicate/don't fit in our collection, so we have decided to make the items available for purchase by donation with all proceeds going to the Red Cross Nepal appeal. Please come down and have a look!

    Aleisha Ward
    Music and Dance Library

    World Refugee Day - 20 June

    Friday, June 19, 2015 11:52 AM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    World Refugee Day is a UN initiative that began in 2001.  The UN Refugee Agency website states on this day “the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees.” This year videos and stories of celebrities from around the world (such as Khaled Hosseini and Cate Blanchett) meeting refugees can be viewed on the UNHCR website to help raise awareness of this issue.  

    There are education resources for teachers and children (Kid zone) on the UNHCR site.

    In New Zealand the Human Rights Commission promotes increasing New Zealand’s refugee quota, which has been unchanged since 1987.  Race Relations Conciliator Dame Susan Devoy’s recent speech on refugees, “Courageous Conversations”, is available on their website.

    Some New Zealand education resources on refugees are available through the National Library and Unicef NZ websites.

    We also have a great range of children’s and young adults books here in the library about refugees.  This link takes you to a results list of these, some of which are currently on display downstairs.  Books on the display may be borrowed.

    The Red Pencil Refuge
    Refugee Display

    A Path of Stars

    The Little Refugee

    Living in Shelters Parvana's Promise

    New Books - Focus on Paediatric Mental Health

    Friday, June 19, 2015 11:42 AM,
    Philson Library

    Philson New Books – Focus on Paediatric Mental Health
    Mental illness is a serious public health problem, and it has been estimated that at any one time, up to 1 in 5 children is experiencing some form of mental illness1. In the new books at the Philson Library this week, there are three books with a focus on paediatric mental health:
    What works for whom? : a critical review of treatments for children and adolescents is an extended update of one of the standard references in the field with greater emphasis on the contexts in which treatments for child mental health disorders are delivered.
    Disruptive mood: irritability in children and adolescents takes on the challenging task of delineating irritability as a mood disorder and helping practitioners and researchers understand the mechanisms involved in high levels of anger in children.
    Understanding the mental health problems of children and adolescents is a practical guide to informed care for youth mental health that presents the definition, etiology, steps for diagnosis, and evidence-based treatments for the major mental health problems commonly found in children and adolescents.
    1.       Centre for Behavioural Health Statistics and Quality (2011) Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and health: Summary of National Findings (HHS Publication No. SMA 11-4658, NSDUH Series H-41). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    Shakespeare, Star Wars, and The Big Lebowski

    Friday, June 19, 2015 10:08 AM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    How are Shakespeare, Star Wars, and The Big Lebowski connected?

    The University of Notre Dame’s Professor Peter Holland explains all in his lecture Shakespearean Spinach.

    A world renowned Shakespearean scholar, Professor Holland is the 2015 University of Auckland Alice Griffin Fellow in Shakespeare Studies and delivered the lecture during May’s Auckland Writers Festival.



    Professor Holland explores the world of Shakespearean spin-offs, mash-ups, dramatisations and novelisations, including a close analysis of the 1940 Popeye cartoon Shakespearean Spinach which inspired the lecture’s title.

    Book cover, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a new hope (Ian Doescher, 2013)

    Professor Holland discusses Ian Doescher’s clever reimagining of the Star Wars film series as Shakespearean tales in a number of books including William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a new hope (2013).

    He also examines Adam Bertocci’s play Two gentlemen of Lebowski (2010), a mash-up of fan favourite The Big Lebowski (1998) and Shakespeare’s play Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Book cover, The Big Lebowski (Ed. Zachary Ingle, 2014)

    An interview with Bertocci titled “The bard, the knave and Sir Walter: Adapting a modern cult movie into a neo-Shakespearean stage play” features in a recently published collection of critical essays on The Big Lebowski and fandom (BFI, 2014).

    Learn more about Professor Holland and his prolific career as a Shakespeare and theatre scholar in this 2012 article published in the University of Notre Dame magazine.

    Winners - 2015 LIANZA Children's Book Awards

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 11:32 AM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    You may have noticed the LIANZA Children's Book Awards display in the library over the last few weeks. Books on the display are now available for borrowing. This year's winners were announced at the Awards ceremony last night, where Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library Subject Librarian Helen O'Carroll, who was one of this year's judges, presented the Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award.

    Russell Clark Illustration Award
    For the most distinguished illustrations in a children's book.
    Mrs Mo's Monster by Paul Beavis (Gecko Press)

    Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award
    For the most distinguished contribution to literature for children aged 0-15.
    Conrad Cooper's Last Stand by Leonie Agnew (Penguin New Zealand)

    Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award
    For a work that is considered to be a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.
    Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke (Potton and Burton)

    Young Adult Fiction Award
    For the distinguished contribution to literature for children and young adults aged 13 years and above.
    Night Vision by Ella West (Allen and Unwin)

    Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)
    Awarded to the author of a work, written in Te Reo Māori, which makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children or young people.
    Kimihia by Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson (Huia)

    Librarians’ Choice Award
    Awarded to the most popular finalist across all awards, as judged by librarians of LIANZA.
    I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale (Penguin Random House)


    Mrs Mo's Monster Conrad Cooper's Last Stand Māori Art for Kids
    LIANZA Children's Book Awards
    Night Vision Kimihia I am Rebecca

    Matariki 2015

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 2:20 PM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    Matariki, the name of the star cluster known as the Pleiades, becomes visible before dawn in the last few days of May or the beginning of June every year.  Matariki celebrations for the Māori New Year usually begin on the day of the first new moon following Matariki's rising - this year that will be 18 June.  For more about Matariki, Te Ara The Encyclopedia of NZ has a good overview.

    In Auckland the Matariki Festival 2015 will begin on 20 June with a Dawn Karakia on Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill).  The Matariki Festival website has details about the many other festival events in the city.

    And yes, we have books on Matariki in the library.  The titles below are a selection of Māori Junior Picture Books, Māori Junior Fiction, Māori Junior Non-Fiction and Māori Non-Fiction.  They are currently on display in the Māori collection, and may be borrowed.  Come in and have a look! (Click on the image for more details.)

    Te Huihui o Matariki Matariki
    Tā Daniel Hākari Matariki Scoop and Scribe search for the Seven Stars of Matariki
    Matariki Matariki

    Medieval Music in Celebration of the Magna Carta

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 10:20 AM,

    June 12 is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Although the Magna Carta was not absorbed into English political (constitutional) life until the 17th century when it was initially used as a tool to protest the so-called divine rights of the monarchy (both in England and the colonies of what would become the United States of America), the charter had a lasting impact as a symbol of liberty and personal rights of the common people (albeit erroneously as 19th century research discovered). The document may not have actually been enshrining the personal rights and freedoms of all people, however the myth of the Magna Carta as the founding document of English- and to a large extent, Western-Anglo- identity remains a potent force even in the 21st century.

    To celebrate the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 our display this month focuses on our medieval music collection. The medieval period for music has been renegotiated across the centuries but is currently generally regarded as being from approximately 800AD to 1400AD. Our collection contains facsimiles of medieval notation as well as modern transcriptions of music- for both researchers and performers, books on the period and recordings of music from the period.
    Medieval music sounds very different from the later periods of music because the harmonies are almost alien to our modern ears, and many of the instruments were earlier versions of those we know today with different construction and/or tuning: for example this recording of three basse dances. This is quite a contrast even comparing it to modern interpretations of medieval music (such as from the filmRobin Hood Prince of Thieves). In our collection we have recordings of what might be termed historically informed performances (using carefully replicated instruments and adhering to what we know about medieval performance practice) and more modern interpretations of medieval music using instruments from the renaissance period onwards.

    The medieval period also sees the start of music notation using first a one lined staff as an aid to a musician’s memory rather than an exact representation of the music. Music notation gradually developed over the period to become something akin to modern musical notation by the end of the period. Music essentially remained an oral tradition until very late in the medieval period however, with notation only being used as an aid- particularly for choirs or teaching situations rather than for performance. As you can see below the notation looks very different from modern notation and is ‘missing’ things (such as key signatures, dynamics and explicit rhythmic structures) that modern music readers would expect to see.

    Sourced from Thomas Forrest Kelly's Capturing Music: The Story of Notation New York: Norton 2015.

    In our display we have chosen to focus on English and French medieval music with books on troubadours and trouveres, music at medieval courts and music within medieval manuscripts. We also have a number of recordings of medieval music on display, many of which may be borrowed and span the abovementioned historically informed and ‘modern’ recordings. If you’ve ever been curious about the music from the crusades and the time of Robin Hood, come down and have a look at our collection.

    Aleisha Ward
    Music and Dance Library

    Unseen Holocaust Footage

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:41 AM,
    Audiovisual Library

    New Arrivals
    NIGHT WILL FALL (2014)  Director: André Singer Call Number: DVD-V LD15-042

    Watch trailer
    film's poster image
    Images: Courtesy of BFI

    When the documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey was made in 1945, its directors (including Alfred Hitchcock) did not know their film would sit in British archives for more than 60 years. The Imperial War Museums began a restoration project in only in 2010. Night Will Fall tells the story of “Factual Survey”.

    The most gruesome parts of Night Will Fall incorporate about 12 minutes of unforgettable footage from the original documentary, in which hundreds of naked corpses lie in stacks. This footage was used in the post-war prosecution of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. Night Will Fall adds interviews with elderly Holocaust survivors and soldiers who are also present in the original documentary. Critic Peter Bradshaw wrote “This is an extraordinary record. But be warned. Once seen, these images cannot be unseen” (2014).

    Bradshaw, Peter. Night Will Fall review. 18 Sept. 2014.

    Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
    Audiovisual Library

    LINZ Topographic Maps

    Thursday, June 04, 2015 4:41 PM,
    Geospatial data Bloggers

    The physical collection of current topographic map series (published since September 2009) housed in the Map Room, University Library, is complemented by a complete set of digital topographic map images in a variety of file formats. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is the national mapping organisation responsible for capturing and maintaining topographic information, as well as for publication of the series in both digital and paper version.

    These digital maps can be used in many ways, from visual exploration on a screen to sophisticated geospatial analysis and visualisations. They allow identification of change over time and cross-referencing of datasets from multiple origins. They provide a useful backdrop to many GIS projects and are ideal when planning a field trip. In order to support these tasks, the Library is serving topographic map images in a number of carefully chosen file formats, from simple images (JPG and TIF) to georeferenced image-based products (GeoTIF and gridless GeoTIF).

    NZTopo50 sheet BS24 from 2009 (with grid) and 2015 (gridless) showing alpine area around popular Angelus Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park.

    NZTopo50 sheet BS24 from 2009 (with grid) and 2015 (gridless) showing alpine area around popular Angelus Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park. Note the geographical name changes of Maniniaro / Angelus Peak and Rotomaninitua / Lake Angelus, as well as the realignment of the tramping route in the north-east corner.

    Our repository contains current topographic map series for different geographical areas and at different scales:

    • Mainland New Zealand at 1:50,000 scale (NZTopo50), including North Island, South Island, Stewart Island and Chatham Islands
    • Mainland New Zealand at 1:250,000 scale (NZTopo250, including North Island, South Island, Stewart Island and Chatham Islands
    • New Zealand Off-shore Islands at 1:25,000 scale (NZOITopo25), including Kermadec Islands, Antipodes Island Group, Bounty Islands and Snares Islands / Tini Heke
    • New Zealand Off-shore Islands at 1:50,000 scale (NZOITopo50), including Auckland Islands and Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku
    • Ross Dependency in Antarctica at 1:50,000 scale (ANTTopo50)
    • Pacific Islands at 1:25,000 scale (PITopo25), including Cook Islands and Tokelau
    • Pacific Islands at 1:50,000 scale (PITopo50), including Cook Islands and Niue

    LINZ is continually updating topographic information and since September 2009 released 902 new editions and revisions of topographic maps. Some of these updates involve changes to the official geographical names, an important function these maps play in recording outcomes of the New Zealand Geographical Board decisions.

    For access, please refer to the GeoDataHub; alternatively, access can be gained from: or by contacting Igor Drecki.

    Igor Drecki
    Curator, Cartographic and Geospatial Resources

    30 Years Under The Grylls

    Friday, June 05, 2015 4:29 PM,

    This June marks 30 years of Dr. Karen Grylls conducting the University of Auckland’s Chamber Choir and teaching at the School of Music. Grylls is a vital member of the staff here at Music as a lecturer, conductor and mentor to choral voice and conducting students. In addition to her roles at the University Grylls also conducts for two national choirs: Tower NZ Youth Choir and Tower Voices NZ and is in demand as a choir and conducting clinician around the world. Her enthusiasm and support for New Zealand choral music is legendary and she has been awarded a number of citations for her services to choral music in New Zealand, including the ONZM in 1999.

    Of her time conducting the University’s Chamber Choir Grylls has said:
    Thirty years directing choirs has given me a wonderful opportunity to engage with young singers in the world of choral music at the university. During the three decades, there have been national and international tours, many commissions from our own NZ composers and opportunities to work with international conductors. The choice of repertoire has reflected my interest in the Scandinavian choral world and a wider choral interest in world music, as well as the choral masterpieces. The choir has also served as a vehicle for the training of young conductors and for young singers to learn the skills of ensemble singing.

    To celebrate her three decades with the University Grylls is conducting a concert on June 7 at St Mary’s- in-Holy Trinity Cathedral. The programme will feature local and international works, old favourites of Grylls and the choir and newly commissioned works that will be receiving their premiere at the concert. Performers will include the current Chamber Choir, students, staff and alumni from the School of Music. This is an event not to be missed.

    Aleisha Ward
    Music and Dance Library

    Armed Conflict Survey

    Thursday, June 04, 2015 11:04 AM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    Armed Conflict Survey cover, courtesy of IISS

    The Armed Conflict Survey (ACS) is a new annual publication from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

    A useful resource for anyone interested in security, conflict, and arms control, the ACS will provide annual data on fatalities, refugees and displaced people for all major armed conflicts.

    Alongside this data, the ACS features in-depth analysis of the political, military and humanitarian dimensions of these conflicts.

    The first edition highlights the key developments and context of more than 40 conflicts worldwide, with essays by some of the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict.

    The IISS has compiled a YouTube playlist of videos from the publication’s launch, featuring expert contributors sharing their thoughts on a number of relevant topics, including hybrid warfare, Boko Haram, and ISIS tactics.

    Here’s contributor Dr Alia Brahimi (University of Oxford) on global jihad:

    Interested to learn more? Access the 2015 edition of the ACS online.

    World Smokefree Day - Smokefree Aotearoa!

    Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:02 PM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    On Friday 31 May it was World Smokefree Day, celebrated in New Zealand with the theme "It's about whānau", so this is the perfect week to showcase some of the junior non-fiction books we have in the library on smoking tobacco and its effects!
    It is also timely to remember that in 2015 we are just ten years away from the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal! The Smokefree Schools page of the Smokefree website has resources to help schools encourage their communities to be smokefree.
    Smoking Smoking
    Tobacco Tobacco
    Smoking Lungs

    Information Commons Extended Weekend Hours

    Friday, May 29, 2015 10:14 AM,
    IC Bloggers

    Kate Edger Information Commons has extended opening hours on weekends during the study break and exam period:

    Monday, 1 June 2015 - Sunday, 28 June 2015

    Monday-Friday 7:00:00AM - 12:00:00 midnight
    Saturday-Sunday 8:00:00AM - 12:00:00 midnight
    Check Student Services Online to find your exam timetable, and more information about exams can be found on the University website.
    Good Luck!
     Open book

    Bloomberg financial data

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:30 PM,
    B&E Information Services

    Bloomberg keyboard

    Library and Learning Services has recently negotiated a two year subscription with Bloomberg to access their financial database.
    Bloomberg is a highly-regarded financial database and used extensively in the financial sector. It will provide an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to familiarise themselves with a key industry tool, and is also proving popular with our researchers.  It contains comprehensive global financial data and economic data.

    The database is only available via a stand-alone terminal in the Business Information Centre on Level 2, OGGB.

    If you would like to know more, please contact Lucy Dong or Camille Tooman.

    Explore Samoan language and culture

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:07 PM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    It’s Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa!

    Follow the week’s events via the Samoan Language Week Facebook page.

    Take a look at the Human Rights Commission’s coverage of the annual event, which outlines the history and aims of Samoan Language Week, resources and an events calendar.

    UASSA Samoan Language Week poster

    The University of Auckland Samoan Students Association (UASSA) are hosting different events throughout the week on the City and Epsom campuses.

    Events still to come on the City Campus include:

    • Thursday 28th May, 6-8.30pm – Debate Night
      Head to Cultural Space to showcase your speaking skills.
    • Friday 29th May, 12-2pm – Special guest performance
      Watch students from Southern Cross Campus perform in the University Quad.
    • Friday 29th May, 2-3pm – Traditional Samoan sports
      Spend the afternoon getting active in Albert Park!

    UASSA performance to Libraries and Learning Services staff, 26 May 2015

    Libraries and Learning Services staff attending a Gagana Samoa workshop this morning were treated to a great performance by UASSA students during the fun session, and learned a few greetings and phrases in Samoan.

    Samoan language resources

    Be part of the celebrations by discovering Samoan language material held in library collections:

    Archive of Māori and Pacific Music

    Established in 1970, the Archive includes material from Samoa, including commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, oral histories, stories and language resources.

    Fāgogo: Fables from Samoa

    Fāgogo: fables from Samoa

    Using recordings from the Archive, Fāgogo presents a selection of fables in Samoan, part of a large collection recorded in Samoa in the 1960s by Professor Richard Moyle as part of a survey of traditional forms of music.

    Learning gagana Sāmoa

    Search the Catalogue for the keywords Samoan language to find a number of dictionaries, grammar guides, legends, folktales, and children’s books in Samoan language.

    A useful online resource is Rev. George Pratt’s A Grammar and dictionary of the Samoan language, with English and Samoan vocabulary (1984), from the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.

    The Faculty of Arts' Pacific Studies teaches Samoan language courses from Stage 1 to Stage 3.

    See the Library’s Pacific Studies guide to find more Samoan resources.

    Samoan Language Week 24-30 May

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:37 PM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    "Tautua nei mo sou manuia a taeoa" - "Serve now for a better tomorrow"

    Talofa lava.  Above is the theme for this year's Samoan language week, the week in which all New Zealanders are encouraged to have a go at speaking the third most spoken language in our country. The Ministry of Pacific Affairs has a page on their website with links to events happening to celebrate the week and a web series 'say it in Samoan' where you can watch language clips.  Have a look!

    This is also the time to come into the library and head to the Pacific Island Collection on the ground floor.  We have a  a few of our Samoan books set up on a special display to celebrate Samoan Language Week, with more on the shelves!  If you can't find what you are looking for ask us - we are here to help.

    "O manu o le lauamanu e felelei mamoa" - "Birds that fly together go far"


    La manuia le vaiaso - Have a great week.

    Semester 1 - Extended hours at Tamaki Library

    Friday, May 22, 2015 4:03 PM,
    Tamaki Library

    The Tamaki Library & IC has exam extended hours from Friday 5 – Sunday 21 June.
    Extended hours Tamaki Library
    Semester 1 exams 2015
    Friday 5 June 8am-10pm
    Saturday 6 June 10am-6pm
    Sunday 7 June 10am-6pm
    Monday-Friday 8-12 June 8am-10pm
    Saturday 13 June 10am-6pm
    Sunday 14 June 10am-6pm
    Monday-Friday 15-19 June 8am-10pm
    Saturday 20 June 10am-6pm
    Sunday 21 June 10am-6pm

    Samoan historical newspapers

    Friday, May 22, 2015 12:16 PM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    Apia, Samoa, July 1884, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton. Purchased 1943. Te Papa (C.016550)
    Apia, Samoa, July 1884, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton.
    Purchased 1943. Courtesy of Te Papa (C.016550).

    Yesterday Papers Past added four early Samoan newspapers, just in time for Samoan Language Week (24-30 Me/May).
    This digitisation project is Papers Past’s first venture into digitising newspapers from the wider Pacific region.

    Associate Professor Damon Salesa called yesterday’s release an “historical day in Samoan history resources” and a “tremendous and exciting gift to all Samoans, and especially all Samoan students and historians” (on the Samoa History Facebook page).

    The National Library’s Roger Swanson (Research Librarian, Pacific) described the historical context of this content in a blog post yesterday celebrating the release: “Late 19th century politics in Samoa was a tangle of competing interests, both locally and internationally, fighting for control of Samoa”.

    The historical relationships between the Samoan Islands and the USA, Britain, Germany and New Zealand continue to be of significance today, and the digitisation of this content will support research into these connections.

    Samoa Weekly Herald masthead, Saturday 18 May 1895. Courtesy of Papers Past.
    Samoa Weekly Herald masthead, Saturday 18 May 1895. Courtesy of Papers Past.

    The University of Auckland’s Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific will find many new avenues for research within the pages of these newspapers.

    We look forward to the prospect of more Pacific newspapers featuring on Papers Past in the future!

    About Papers Past

    Papers Past is the National Library’s digitised collection of early New Zealand and Pacific newspapers and periodicals, covering the years 1839 to 1948.

    With the addition of these Pacific newspapers, Papers Past now has 99 publications, representing all regions of New Zealand and now beginning to cover the Pacific.

    Top visit by Top NZ Children's Authors

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:50 AM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    The library hosted three talented New Zealand children's authors yesterday, who shared their work and enthusiasm for NZ literature and the importance of this in NZ classrooms. The visit was much appreciated by those who attended and some lucky students went away with shiny new books as well as enlightenment!

    Elena read from her wonderful Ophelia Wild series, in which feisty Ophelia's adventures are written in catchy rhyming couplets. Melinda not only discussed her award-winning books but promoted the work of other notable NZ authors, and Sandra's talk demonstrated her passion for and ability to engage students with great NZ wildlife topics.


    From left, Elena de Roo, Melinda Szymanik and Sandra Morris all have websites or blogs and these are one place for teachers to find out more about NZ authors and their work.  Some of them include teacher resources.  Other useful sites noted include:

    NZ Book Council - including the writers in schools programme
    NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    LIANZA Children's Book Awards - Melinda's The Song of Kauri and Sandra's A New Zealand Nature Journal are both finalists in this year's awards!

    And if you want to engage your students in writing themselves, try this popular online fortnightly writing competition for primary and intermediate aged children:

    Author visit books

    Semester 1 Extended Hours - Exam Period

    Monday, May 18, 2015 8:24 AM,
    Philson Library



    The Philson library will be open extended hours over the exam period to offer students additional opportunity and space for study leading up to and during the exams.

    We will be open on Queen's Birthday Monday, but opening a little later than usual.


    The extended hours will be:

    Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May - 8am to 10pm

    Sat 30 May - 10am to 10pm

    Sun 31 May - 10am to 10pm


    Queen's Birthday - Monday 1 June - 10am to 10pm


    Tuesday 2 June to Friday 5 June - 8am to 10pm

    Sat 6 June - 10am to 10pm

    Sun 7 June - 10am to 10pm


    Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June - 8am to 10pm

    Sat 13 June - 10am to 10pm

    Sun 14 June - 10am to 10pm



    2015 Auckland Writers Festival

    Monday, May 11, 2015 1:46 PM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    The Auckland Writers Festival begins this Wednesday 13 May and runs until Sunday 17 May.

    A must-attend celebration on the literary calendar, the festival features many of the world’s best writers and thinkers sharing their stories and ideas across a number of events.

    Auckland Writers Festival display case

    To mark the event, a display is on show in the General Library, featuring a number of writers appearing at the festival and highlighting their works held in the library’s collection.

    International writers featured include celebrated Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and Shakespearean scholar Peter Holland.

    Auckland Writers Festival display case

    Among the New Zealand writers highlighted are a number of University of Auckland alumni and staff, including Dr Aroha Harris, Emeritus Professor C. K. Stead, Emeritus Professor Wystan Curnow and Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd.

    Visit the display on Level G of the General Library until 28 June.

    Tender Love Triangle

    Friday, May 08, 2015 3:19 PM,
    Audiovisual Library

    New Arrivals

    The Way He Looks (2014)   Director: Daniel Ribeiro   Call Number: DVD-V LD15-0166

    Watch trailer
    film's poster image
    Image: Courtesy of Strand Releasing

    This 2014 Brazilian coming-of-age film won two the FIPRESCI Prizes; one for best feature film in the Panorama section and the Teddy Award for best LGBT-themed feature at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

    Leonardo is a blind teenager who deals with an overprotective mom and is searching for independence. His best friend Giovana begins to feel a bit left out with the arrival of Gabriel as each character starts to fall for one another. Outstanding  performances from its young stars gives an authentic feeling to this  feel-good drama. Also worth seeing is the DVD extra 2010 short film I Don't Want to Go Back Alone, Ribeiro 's short film that evolved into The Way He Looks a few years later.

    Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
    Audiovisual Library

    Pacific business resources

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015 2:09 PM,
    B&E Information Services

    Bula, Fakaalofa atu, Kia ora, Kia orana, Kona mauri, Malo e lelei, Taloha ni, Talofa lava.

    Developed by both Arts, Māori and Pacific and Business librarians, the Pacific business subject guide contains a wealth of information selected by subject experts. The guide provides links to sources of information on economic markets, companies, entrepreneurship, business statistics and organisations in the Pacific region.

    Sources include specialist databases, online journals, books, directories, market research reports, economic overviews and much more.

    Do Children's Books Reign or is it Raining Children's Books?

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:49 AM,
    Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

    Delivery of the week has no doubt been that of Baby Charlotte.  However, here at the library we have exciting deliveries every single week and, fittingly, children's books have taken over our new book shelves this week.  They reign! You can't go visit Charlotte, but you can come visit us!

    Display 2

    We have too many new babies to talk about them all, but have to acknowledge this one which inspired the title of the post!

    Rain Reign Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin
    (Junior  Fiction)
    Ann Martin is a Newbery Honor Author and in her new book writes brilliantly about Rose, an autistic girl obsessed with homonyms, who is thrilled by her own name and proud of the name she gives to the stray dog her father finds and gives to her - Rain.  According to her own homonym rules, having two homonyms (Reign, Rein) is very special.  When Rain goes missing in a storm, Rose, with her unique way of viewing the world has challenges to overcome.  A lovely and compelling story.


    NZ Music Month: Music in Schools

    Monday, May 04, 2015 3:22 PM,

    For our display this month we have chosen to focus on our collection of sheet music for schools, specifically those that were designed for the School Broadcasts by the Radio Broadcasting Company- later the New Zealand Broadcasting Service. If you went to school at any point between the 1930s and mid-1980s you may recall your classroom having a radio and that the teacher would put it on at some point, once or twice a week, for class singing (or other lessons if you were at a small country school), and you may recognise some of the music books from the display.

    The schools radio broadcasts were initially organised by each YA station separately in association with the local Teachers Training Colleges and relied on volunteers to produce the content. This was changed during World War Two when they came under central control by the New Zealand Broadcasting Service with oversight from the Department of Education. Music was targeted as a subject to broadcast because of the lack of qualified teachers, particularly during the war. The music prepared for these broadcasts was, according to New Zealand music historian James Mansfield Thomson: “conservative in style…with their arrangements of Māori and British songs, extracts from the classics and pieces by their compilers.” Song books with melody, piano accompaniment, and occasional guitar chords were sent out to every school in New Zealand and presented to the children (you may still have some lurking in a box or drawer somewhere), for use at school and at home.

    The Dominion Song Book and the Junior and Senior Schools Song Book’s as shown in our display, were supposed mould the musical tastes of several generations of school children into something that both the Department of Education and the New Zealand Broadcasting Service thought was ‘acceptable’ (read: of higher class, and better than pop music). Whether this worked or not is up for debate. The idea behind the music broadcasts was to introduce the music to students and their teacher would work further during the week on specific songs giving students as basic education in music literacy and appreciation. Depending on the school, what musical equipment they had access to, and the abilities of the teacher this may or may not happen, but it gave children the chance to participate in musical activity that, outside of church, they may not have had access to. This initiative led to the school's Music Festival movement and the classroom instrument lessons (remember recorder lessons?) and greater in school music activities.

    Patrick Day. The Radio Years: A History of Broadcasting in New Zealand vol. 1. University of Auckland Press 1994
    James Mansfield Thomson. The Oxford History of New Zealand Music. Oxford University Press 1991

    Aleisha Ward
    Music and Dance Library

    Mapping World War 1

    Sunday, May 03, 2015 12:18 PM,
    Geospatial data Bloggers

    A collaboration between the Engineer Corps Memorial Centre of the New Zealand Army and the University of Auckland Library resulted in digitising a series of eight World War 1 maps of Europe and ten sketches from ANZAC Gallipoli campaign. Together they contribute to the cartographic heritage of the Great War.

                            WW1 trench Map.

    Map of Belgium and France showing the location of WW1 trenches.

    The European maps show the landscape of a military conflict that occurred in Belgium and France in 1917 by depicting topography of the area, the location of towns, roads, and rivers, and the extent and complexity of trenches. Sheet 36 N.W of the “Belgium and part of France” map, Edition 7A at the scale of 1:20,000 and published by the Ordnance Survey in April 1917 is a little worse for wear, with discoloured sun damage and yellowed fold lines. However, it illustrates in red the extent of ‘enemy trenches’ and in blue the extent of British trenches situated around the town of Armentieres. It is not hard to gauge the intricate patchwork of both British and enemy trenches that are located, in some cases, not more than 100 to 200 metres away from each other. The enemy trenches are further labelled with additional information, adding another layer of geospatial intelligence that would have been vital to the war effort. It is this series of maps that portray first-hand snapshots of the war in Europe, the battle landscapes and the nature of trench warfare. 

    The digitised Sketches made at Anzac by Horace Millichamp Moore-Jones are photolithograph sketches referenced from his original watercolours and available in a box set with an accompanying booklet published in 1916.

    Moore-Jones was a painter in oil, watercolour and pastels. He enlisted in the British section of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) in 1914, aged 47, and was sent to Gallipoli with the Engineers. He was, however, soon deployed to draw topographical maps of the area for military purposes. Besides being works of art, his sketches themselves have a cartographic element, where topographic relief depicts battle locations, the rugged topography and the overall terrain the soldiers faced. Sketch One, for example, formed a key to the whole of the Anzac region, and it was made from the deck of H.M.S. “Manica” on 5 May  1915, ten days after the landing, to enable Naval gunners to locate the main positions. Overall, ten sketches were made and are of a similar character, showing various Gallipoli locations such as Shrapnel Gully and the Sphinx. The accompanying booklet adds an analytical weight to the collection by providing historical and topographic information.

                            Watercolour and accompanying sketch of Coast of Anzac.

    Moore-Jones sketch (1) of the ‘Coast of Anzac’ (top), with accompanying diagram listing various locations (below).

    The European maps, but particularly the sketches, provide a perspective on a phase of history that shaped New Zealand’s nationhood. They are now available in a digital format by contacting Igor Drecki.

    Benjamin Jones,
    Cartographic and Geospatial Resources


    'Horace Moore-Jones', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 22-Aug-2014

    Italian film series

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:10 PM,
    Arts, Māori and Pacific

    Coyau / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 

    Over the next few months, the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics will host a special series showcasing contemporary Italian cinema.

    In collaboration with the Italian Embassy and the Dante Alighieri Society, the film screenings are free and will be held in Room 220 of Arts 1.

    No need to worry if you don’t speak Italian, as English subtitles will be displayed for all films.

    Films and screening times

    Fridays at 6pm on the following dates:

    • 1 May - Me ne frego (Director: Vanni Gandolfo)
    • 22 May - Tutti i santi giorni (Director: Paolo Virzi)
    • 12 June - La sedia della felicitá (Director: Carlo Mazzacurati)
    • 3 July - La mossa del pinguino (Director: Claudio Amendola)
    • 24 July - Perez (Director: Edoardo De Angelis)
    • 14 August - La nostra terra (Director: Giulio Manfredonia)
    • 4 September - 9 x10 novanti (Director: Marco Bonfanti)

    Learn more about Italian cinema

    If you’re interested in the history of Italian cinema, consult the Directory of world cinema: Italy (Bayman, 2011) or Cinema Italiano: The complete guide from classics to cult (Hughes, 2011).

    New books exploring issues in contemporary Italian cinema include Stars and masculinities in contemporary Italian cinema (O’Rawe, 2014) and Reframing Italy: New trends in Italian women’s filmmaking (Luciano & Scarparo, 2013).

    Looking for Italian films to watch?

    Use the keywords feature films Italy in the Catalogue to find material held online or in the Audiovisual Library collection.

    You can also browse film databases for further information about films and filmmakers, including scholarly criticism.