Celebrating the diversity of photographers past and present

Celebrating the diversity of photographers past and present

Photography helps us to see the world as it really is. Capturing images on film or digital cameras is an opportunity to record unique moments in history. Culture, politics, society and human nature are viewed through the lens. This is highlighted by a new display in the Learning Zone of the Kimberlin Library. Curated by Ann Collick in the Library’s Displays Team, the Photography display is the latest in a series which celebrates diversity in the arts. Previous themes include Bollywood, Harlem Renaissance, BAME fashion designers and BAME figures in history. All the books on display can be browsed and borrowed, so why not come and have a look at this inspiring collection?


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One of the featured photographers is Carrie Mae Weems, whose work focuses on portraits and the family lives of African Americans. Passionate and political, Weems had a baby when she was sixteen – the year after the assassination of Martin Luther King – and shortly afterwards packed a cardboard suitcase to find work in New York. She received a camera as a birthday present at the age of twenty, started taking pictures straight away, went to college to study photography and design, and has never looked back. She’s won many awards for her work. Her projects include ‘Family Pictures and Stories’ (1981-2), ‘Dreaming in Cuba’ (2001), ‘African Jewels’ (2009) and ‘The Obama Project’ (2012).

Other contemporary photographers include Jamel Shabazz, from Brooklyn in New York, who documents African American lives, and Zanele Muholi, a South African artist who focuses on black LGBTQIA+ and gender-non-conforming people. Artists from the past are represented too, such as J A Green, believed to be Nigeria’s first professional photographer, and Howard Bingham who captured iconic shots of Muhammad Ali.

These inspirational photographers have fought adversity and pushed boundaries to achieve their dreams.

They prove that you can be yourself.


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art and design display

Be inspired by the latest Art and Design books!

Did you know that the second floor of the Kimberlin Library has a rolling display of new books? Art, Design and Humanities books often have stunning jacket designs which are just too good to be hidden away on the main shelves! The lost paintings of Frida Kahlo, contemporary Vietnamese art, science for potters and the story of plywood are just some of the topics you can see on display right now. There’s also a book with one of the most intriguing titles ever – The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

All of the books on display can be borrowed. Feel free to browse them, as they include some fantastic illustrations and designs. The display will change as we buy more lovely books to inspire and inform your studies.


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art and design display


Can you guess the most popular subject guides?

Subject guides are brilliant resources. They’re information hubs for each subject, with links to databases, e-journals, new books, useful websites, company information and more. Subject guides are created by your librarians to help you succeed in your studies. The guides are getting more popular every year. Read on to find out just how popular…


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From September 2017 to May 2018, the subject guides were viewed an amazing 188,565 times! That’s an average of 20,951 views per month! And it’s the equivalent of every enrolled DMU student accessing a subject guide at least 7 times a year.

So which subject guide has been viewed the most times this academic year?

In 3rd place is Law with 34,190 views. In 2nd place is Business with 35,217 views.

And the subject guide with the top number of views is…

Nursing and Midwifery with an incredible 40,449 views!

Here’s a breakdown of all the subject guide views, grouped into faculties. You can see that Health and Life Sciences has the most views, although it’s not too surprising as Nursing and Midwifery accounts for nearly half of these. It’s also to be expected that subject guides for courses with many students enrolled, such as those in Business and Law, will have more views than courses with smaller numbers.


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The busiest months for viewing the subject guides were October, November and March.

Not only are subject guides full of useful resources, they also link to other library guides, such as CLaSS, Referencing, and Disability Services. One of the most popular guides is Assistive Technology, which had 6099 views over the year – an average of 607 times a month. Other popular guides include Distance Learners, Maths Learning Centre and Library Search.

Find the subject guides here and the library services guides here.

hip hop display

Hip Hop: Art, Music and Fashion

Yo what’s up? Check out the hip hop displays by MC Ann of the Kimberlin crew. Hip hop is not just music, it’s a way of life, straight up. The bling, the threads, the beats. Breakdancing, street art, urban style. Hip hop became popular in the 80s and early 90s but its roots go back a long way. The music grew out of genres such as reggae, jazz and gospel, fusing with New York’s black youth culture. Unique fashion styles and graffiti art combined with rap and turntables to create the hip hop phenomenon. Have a look at these books and posters, which channel the freshness, power and creativity of hip hop. The displays are in the cabinets between the first and second floors of the Library.

We’re in the mix, keepin’ it real.


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