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2 posts from September 2008

23 September 2008

A new authentication system for Archival Sound Recordings

On August 1 this year, the login system for Archival Sound Recordings migrated to a new authentication platform called Shibboleth.  User access to all JISC-funded digitisation portals is now regulated through Shibboleth.

Shibboleth is a secure system that allows educational institutions to more easily grant its members access to a wide range of digital resources.  To find out more about the benefits of Shibboleth, please follow this link.

Since the migration, we have received a number of inquiries from individual users and institutions who can no longer access the sound recordings on this site.  If you have a query, you can write to asr@bl.uk, and we will resolve it with you.  You may not need to contact us if you to take the following steps to see if the issue can be resolved at your end.

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18 September 2008

Escaping Google: a case study from Joseph Priestley College

Last winter, the Archival Sound Recordings team were involved in a programme run by the Quality Improvement Agency to create a series of digital learning packages using online multi-media resources.  The programme brought together FE college teachers from across Yorkshire to explore how resources such as Archival Sound Recordings, 19th Century Newspapers and NewsFilm Online can be exploited in a learning environment.

Amanda Broadley, a photography tutor from Joseph Priestley College, used the Art and Design Interviews to create a PowerPoint presentation which incorporated images by famous British and European photographers with excerpts from the artists’ oral histories.

She found that Archival Sound Recordings helped students to expand the range of artists they explored from those easily encountered using search engines.  “When students do their research on the internet, more often than not it’s American photographers that they find.  The Archival Sound Recordings site was good in that it showcased British photographers.”

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