Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 1 June 2010


–        UKOLN’s annual Institutional Web Management Workshop

–        Fairy Tales on the interactive whiteboard with Promethean and Ladybird

–        Copac now includes British Museum Libraries’ holdings

–        South Africa and football: new resources from ACTSA

–        DVD Ripper 6 launches           

–        Jane Austen manuscripts go online

1. UKOLN’s annual Institutional Web Management Workshop

UKOLN’s annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, IWMW 2010 will be held at the University of Sheffield on 120-14 July.  Bookings for the event are open on the event website at:

As can be seen from the details of the plenary talks ( ) and workshop session ( many of the topics will be of interest to librarians as well as those who work in institutional Web management teams.

A blog to support the event is at:

2. Fairy Tales on the interactive whiteboard with Promethean and Ladybird


Promethean has partnered with leading children’s book publishers, Ladybird, to extend its range of ActivLessons. A host of interactive whiteboard lessons and multimedia resources have been created to accompany the launch of Ladybird’s Read it Yourself series of classic fairy tales and enrich the reading experience in the classroom.

In the new series, traditional tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and The Wizard of Oz have been updated to include simple storylines and a high key word count. Complementing this, the Read it Yourself ActivLessons bring stories to life on an interactive whiteboard with the addition of sound, images and additional media. Read it yourself ActivLessons can be purchased and downloaded through Promethean Planet’s online store:, priced at £4.99 per single user license.

3. Copac now includes British Museum Libraries’ holdings



The holdings of the British Museum libraries have been added to Copac. The library collections of the British Museum provide an invaluable research resource that supports the study of the rich history of human cultures represented by the museum’s object collection. The British Museum Library catalogue includes material held in all 10 of the Museum’s Libraries; Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Anthropology (the Library of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas), Asia Department, Coins and Medals, Conservation and Scientific Research, Greece and Rome, Middle East, the Paul Hamlyn Library (the Museum’s public library), Prehistory and Europe, and Prints and Drawings.

Details of other libraries to be added to Copac are available from the Forthcoming Libraries pages on the Copac website

4. South Africa and football: new resources from ACTSA


Football and freedom schools pack: Created with the NUT the pack from Action for Southern Africa is designed for teachers to use children’s interest in football to explore South Africa’s history, culture and context.

South Africa and football: ACTSA has also compiled a range of materials for those wanting to know more about South Africa, its history and relationship with football.

All the resources and the action can be accessed on the ACTSA website:


5. DVD Ripper 6 launches     

All 3 Editions of DVD Ripper have been upgraded to version 6.

  • Add subtitles and soundtracks to output videos
  • Transfer the output files directly to iPod, iPhone and PSP;
  • Insert transitional effects in between merged videos
  • Resizable built-in Player;
  • Switch the zoom mode between 4:3 and 16:9;
  • Classifies the profile settings into different types;
  • Power management functions
  • Supports iPad and Android phones

6. Jane Austen manuscripts go online

Jane Austen’s fiction manuscripts are the first significant body of holograph evidence surviving for any British novelist. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states:

working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. The manuscripts were held in a single collection until 1845, when at her sister Cassandra’s death they were dispersed among family members, with a second major dispersal, to public institutions and private collections, in the 1920s. Digitization enables their virtual reunification and will provides scholars with the first opportunity to make simultaneous ocular comparison of their different physical and conceptual states; it will facilitate intimate and systematic study of Austen’s working practices across her career, a remarkably neglected area of scholarship within the huge, world-wide Austen critical industry.

Many of the Austen manuscripts are frail; open and sustained access has long been impossible for conservation and location reasons. Digitization at this stage in their lives not only offers the opportunity for the virtual reunification of a key manuscript resource, it will also be accompanied by a record in as complete a form as possible of the conservation history and current material state of these manuscripts to assist their future conservation.

The digital edition will include in the first instance all Jane Austen’s known fiction manuscripts and any ancillary materials held with them.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s