Library Staff Love #6: BoB

When you think of Bob, do you think of:

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Bob the Builder (Bob the Builder Balloon by Brian & Jaclyn Drum)

Or:

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Bob Marley (via Google Image Search)

Maybe even:

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Anna Wintour’s Hair Cut (photo by Daniel Case)

???

Well, it’s time to think again people.

Because when we talk about Bob, we’re really talking about BoB:

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Blackadder II on Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (or BoB) is a fantastic archive of material recorded off-air allowing you to watch programmes, schedule to record shows and compile playlists of your TV and Radio favourites. You can even create clips to be included in your presentations or teaching sessions, as well as reference clips in your assignments and literature reviews.

As an educational resource only made available to UK higher and further education institutions, BoB opens up a tremendous avenue for research, especially as its scope extends beyond the UK and into several foreign language channels.

BoB features in our collection alongside a range of other brilliant a/v resources, more details of which can found via CityLibrary Search or our marvellous Library Guides.

Alex from our Acquisitions Team is a fan of BoB and wanted to recommend it as a favourite Library resource:

“When I’ve missed something on TV, and it’s too late for iPlayer/catch up, I check to see if it’s on BoB… I was annoyed when I just missed the new series of Happy Valley recently, and then saw that it was on BoB. Great! And I could revisit the first series too if I wanted…”

Obviously, Alex was using BoB as part of his commitment to continual professional development, keeping up to date with key Library resources.

Totes.

Streaming Video Collections: Alexander Street Press

We currently have unlimited access to Alexander Street Press’s complete suite of academic video titles (more than 43,000 titles!) for a year. The most watched videos will become part of our permanent collection. 

The videos cover a wide range of subjects and topics. Collections include:

  • 60 Minutes: 1997-2014
  • American History in Video
  • Medical Imaging in Video
  • Human Resource Management Online (video content)
  • Human Rights Studies Online (video content)
  • International Business Online (video content)
  • Meet the Press
  • Opera in Video
  • The BBC Video Collection 

All of the videos can be accessed via CityLibrary Search, just search for your topic then narrow your content type to ‘Streaming Video’ and click ‘Apply’.

Features include searchable transcripts and the option to share videos, make clips and create playlists. 

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If you have any feedback on this resource or would like more information please contact your Subject Librarian.