Library and Learning Services, University for the Creative Arts
The University for the Creative Arts provides courses in art, design, architecture, media, and communication. The University was formed through the union of the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, and the Kent Institute of Art & Design, and has five campuses and site libraries at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone, and Rochester.
A key strategic objective for UCA's Library and Learning Service (LLS) is the creation of a digital learning and research environment for the creative arts. The department is currently engaged in a number of projects to support this objective which both draw on and contribute to the community of expertise being developed through the Look Here! project.
The 'UCA Image Bank' project is seeking to develop a digital still image collection for use by academic staff across the University. Research revealed that the Library's slide collections were no longer relevant to the academic portfolio. The project seeks to create a new collection of digital images acquired specifically to satisfy the requirements of courses at the University.
LLS was a partner in the JISC-funded Kultur repositories project from 2007 to 2009. Building on this work, the department has established policies and procedures for a new dedicated research repository for the University: UCA Research Online. The repository documents the wide range of research outputs produced by academic staff, such as papers, articles, publications, paintings, photographs, film, graphic design, textiles, performances, shows, and installations.
The Planet e-Stream Digital Off-Air Recording project aims to record television broadcasts digitally under the Educational Recordings Agency (ERA +) licence and to make the recordings accessible to students online. Once the system has been established, the department intends to convert existing off-air recordings and to make these accessible digitally.
LLS has also taken out the HE scanning licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) which enables published articles to be scanned on request from academics and delivered to students on specific courses via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, myUCA.
Frances Teasdale, LLS Central Services Manager and Head of Collections - FTeasdale@ucreative.ac.uk
Julia Cook, Visual Resources Librarian - JCCook@ucreative.ac.uk
Polly Christie, Visual Resources Digitisation Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org