University press publishing is an unusual beast these days and very different to its twentieth century model. But universities have changed, too.
Book publishing on a broader scale is a complex business. At a time when library books, public and private, are relegated to landfill, and information once locked away is available to everyone in a matter of seconds, what is the future for books and reading?
The nineteenth-century French writer Stendhal famously observed that “politics in a literary work is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert: it’s something vulgar and coarse, which is also impossible to ignore.” Stendhal’s analogy highlights the challenge for a creative writer intent on exploring overtly political issues: how to avoid being ideologically dogmatic or morally self-righteous; how not to insult the intelligence of the reader, regardless of their political beliefs.
Results from two national student surveys released last month indicate increased student satisfaction with Library services. This positively reflects the investment and improvements to UWA libraries over a number of years, and underpins the significant increase in visits to the physical libraries and expansion of digital resources during this time.
UWA students have an opportunity to shape their spaces and services in the University Library by particpating in the biennial Library Student Survey, open from 1-15 April. They'll also have the chance to win an Apple Watch or one of three portable charging devices.
Three single illuminated leaves on vellum from a Book of Hours, Missal and Breviary are on display from March – April in the Special Collections foyer, 2nd floor, Reid Library.
Included in the display is a copy of The City of God, a book of Christian philosophy written in Latin by Augustine of Hippo published in 1486, and a facsimile copy of the Chronicles of Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem manuscript, that depicts the history of the crusades.
These objects have been donated by the Friends of the Library who have been supporting the Library for over 50 years.
Did you read The Magic Pudding as a child? This much loved Australian classic by Norman Lindsay was published over 100 years ago.
The Norman Lindsay’s classic follows the adventures of koala Bunyip Bluegum, sailor Bill Barnacle and penguin Sam Sawnoff, owners of the much desired Magic Puddin’, Albert, who try to outwit Possum and Wombat, the professional and persistent “puddin’ thieves”.
On display in the Reid Library exhibition cabinets until March are several editions of the book including a first edition recently acquired by Special Collections.
Visit the Reid Library for summer reading inspiration with our two exhibition cabinets showcasing Australian 2018 Literary Award winning books and the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA).
2018 Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA) Who said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? Not the Australian Book Design Association, and each year they identify the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia. Come and see the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards winners on display in the Reid Library display cabinet.
Reid balcony has been upgraded with new study spaces for students
New furniture, wifi and outdoor powerpoints have been installed on the Reid balcony, to create a modern, fully connected outdoor study space. Lighting on the balcony has been upgraded to ensure that this space can be used at all times.
A member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1974 to 1983, June Craig became only the second woman (after Dame Florence Cardell-Oliver) to achieve Cabinet rank in Western Australia.
In 1987, asked about her time in government as only the fourth woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly, she said: “… there was no reason why more women should not be there, that we really had the same sort of capacities and abilities and that perhaps in many ways we had more common sense. I really saw those things as a challenge.”*
Lead Kindly Light: Harold Rowell’s Emergency Landing at Fitzroy Crossing, 31 July 1971.
Harold Rowell was an experienced pilot with MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA). He had served as a pilot in the Second World War and joined MMA as a commercial pilot in 1948. The introduction of jet aircraft to service the Pilbara and the North West in the 1970s meant that many of the gravel airstrips, suited to propeller-driven aircraft, were unacceptable for the new jets.
In November 2018, we commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. UWA was a new University that had only started teaching the year before hostilities erupted on 28 July 1914.
During August, the University Archives will be displaying in the Reid Library material from the collection that depicts the involvement and impact of both world wars on the University.
Cyril Ayris was a journalist on The West Australian for 36 years, 25 of them as crime reporter.
He has covered assignments in Libya's Sahara Desert, Afghanistan, New Guinea, Central Borneo, Nepal and Japan to name but a few. He searched for and found a lost tribe of Penans in Borneo; walked the Kokoda Trail; traced the "poppy trail" through the "Golden Triangle"; got into Kabul only days before tribal warfare broke out and was on assignment in Hiroshima during that city's 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack.
In December 1941, the Japanese Army invaded the Malay Peninsula and successfully advanced towards Singapore Island.
Brian, his mother and baby sister escaped from Singapore in February 1942. Their journey took them from Malaysia and Singapore to Sri Lanka, South Africa and England, before their safe arrival in Perth.