Life in the Archives and Special Collections

One of the great things about working with archive materials is never knowing what treasures you might discover in the depths of a storage box untouched by human hand since the dawn of time (well, a few years maybe).

Today’s exciting (and timely) find is this photograph which shows Sir David Attenborough receiving an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa at a degree ceremony in May 1972.

Landscape image of a man in full academic dress stooping in front of a table (back to camera at an angle), shaking hands with another man in academic dress who is standing facing him: two other men in academic dress are sat at the table to the man standing's left. A man is stood further away in the background to the left (also in cap and gown) watching, and there are smartly dressed people sat in rows behind.
Sir David Attenborough receives his award, May 1972.

Sir David is one of a number of notable individuals who have been awarded honorary degrees by City, University of London, including the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman (who was also recognised at the same ceremony as Sir David), former Speaker of the House of Commons Baroness (Betty) Boothroyd and the journalist Sophie Raworth.

The photo was uncovered as part of our project to digitise the (approx.) 6,000 images in our collection for preservation purposes. This work is being carried out by staff from across Library Services – plus we’ve had some terrific help from the Department of Library and Information Science‘s CityLIS students too.

As today is Sir David’s 93rd birthday, we’d like to offer our congratulations and best wishes to him, and share this marvellous image with you.

For more information on our Archives, Special Collections, and how to access materials, please visit our Archives and Special Collections Guide.

Library Staff Love #3: City Research Online

City Research Online
City Research Online

For January we thought we’d share Samantha’s nomination for City Research Online (or CRO for short):

“I love City Research Online because it’s a great showcase of all the amazing research our academics produce. It’s a repository of different versions of our academics’ work, freely available for anyone to download and benefit from.”

Research is shared on CRO as part of our commitment to the principles of Open Access: that results of research, in the form of publications, should be freely available to anyone with access to the internet.

For anyone wanting more information about City Research Online and Open Access, the team have put together a helpful Library Guide available online. You can also follow the latest items being uploaded to CRO via Twitter.

Thanks Samantha!

Library Staff Love #1: LISTA

Welcome to our brand new feature, Library Staff Love! Each month, a member of the Library Services team here at City University London will share what they love about the Library and tell you why.

Our first recommendation has come from James, who has nominated LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts) as his choice.

"Fantastic place to find an array of relevant articles!"
“Fantastic place to find an array of relevant articles!”

But why does James love LISTA?

“I have found this an invaluable resource and my first port of call when looking for articles for essays, presentations and now my dissertation. It’s easy to set up a detailed search, as well as save searches and articles for later.”

James is absolutely right- LISTA has full-text access to books, journals, conference proceedings and all kinds of information dating right back to the 1960s, making it a fabulous resource for Library and Information Science researchers.

Thanks James!