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School magazine "The Way of Progress"

31 May 2018

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Prof Arnold Cassola donates Valletta Lyceum class magazine entitled: “The Scholastic magazine in English and Italian: the Way of Progress, 1930-31” to UM Library, Special Collections Dept.

During a formal presentation held on 23rd May 2018 at the University of Malta Library, Prof. Arnold Cassola presented the Library with a 134-page handwritten copybook-magazine, which 88 years ago served as the class magazine for Class IVA pupils at the Lyceum, Valletta. The class magazine will be added to the collection of works known as the Albert M. Cassola Collection, which is housed at the University of Malta Library, Special Collections Department.   

The formal presentation of this work took place in the presence of the Pro-Rector Prof Godfrey Baldacchino, the Director of Library Services, Mr Kevin J. Ellul, the Head of the Department of Maltese Dr Bernard Micallef, members of Academic and Library staff as well as a number of descendants and relatives of Class IVA. 

During his address Prof Arnold Cassola spoke of how in the introduction to the first issue of the magazine, A.M.C. (Albert M. Cassola) identifies a problem, faced by many a young student of those days, which was the lack of written practice in the Italian and English languages. A.M.C adds that it is hoped that the setting up of this class magazine, to which all fellow classmates were invited to contribute, would serve to address this problem. He writes: "Cari compagni, non vi scoraggite a scrivere, perchè vi manca qualche dote delle scritture; la pratica è la migliore maestra. Non vi scoraggite perchè siete deboli nella grammatica"... "La nostra idea di fare questo magazzino, è venuta in mente, per la prattica delle lingue (Italiana e Inglese) fra gli scolari....".

Apart from Albert M. Cassola, other major contributors to the magazine include:  J.J. Cremona, Paul Pellegrini Petit, Giovanni Pisani, L. Scerri, Joseph Zammit and Lorenzo Zammit. Among the other students in the class were also, Edgar Rossignaud, William Sammut, John Laferla, Charles Degaetano and Gaetano Farrugia.

The school magazine is replete with poems composed by the students themselves, articles on a variety of topics including sports, biographies of famous personalities, humorist “tit-bits”, current events relating to Malta and abroad, quotes (sometimes in Latin) and so much more besides. Its pages are also peppered throughout with caricatures and cartoon strips drawn by the students themselves. The magazine attests to the all-rounded education received by Lyceum boys in the 1930s and the curiosity they display in their writing for the world around them reflects well on the Lyceum and on its dedicated teaching staff. 

This school magazine, which unlike so many others has, fortunately for us, survived, is interesting on many levels, not least because it allows us a rare glimpse of school life in the 1930s at the Valletta Lyceum as seen through the eyes of the schoolboys themselves. 

 

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Text: Mary Samut-Tagliaferro
Photos: James Moffett 



Bringing Art to UM Library

25 Apr 2018

Bringing Art to UM Library:
British artist Derek Nice donates one of his sculptures to the UM Library


British artist Derek Nice, who has a long association with Malta going back to the 1960s when he was an art teacher at the Royal Naval School tal-Ħandaq, recently generously donated through Mary Samut-Tagliaferro, one of his works to the UM Library. The sculpture of a camouflaged battleship is formed from a profiled timber which originally supported the engine block of a traditional Maltese fishing boat known as a “luzzu”.  

The sculpture, made out of discarded boat parts and driftwood, reflects Derek’s lifelong interest in maritime archaeology for which Malta proved to be in the artist’s own words a “rewarding resource”. Here the artist is concerned with expressing the “spirit” of the ship by means of “fragments of fishing boats broken by sea storms and discovered washed ashore”. Through this sculpture the artist not only captures the essence of the ship but also explores its construction as well as its gradual degradation by the elements. The camouflaged ship, as exemplified in this sculpture, harks back to a form of military deception adopted by the British Admiralty in WWI that was intended by means of the paint scheme to deceive or confuse an enemy’s visual observation. 

This sculpture was formerly in the garden of the farmhouse belonging to Derek Nice’s father-in-law, the British artist Victor Pasmore (1908-1998), in Gudja Malta, where it was displayed to good effect in a setting which allowed for its tactile ‘hands on’ character to be enjoyed.

Text: Mary Samut-Tagliaferro ; Photo: Jason Pawney

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Plate 1.0: Wood sculpture of a camouflaged battleship by artist Derek Nice, ca. 110 x 11 x 40 cm.
                UM Library, Archives & Special Collections Department

 



Extended Opening Hours

23 Apr 2018

The Library will be extending its opening hours from Wednesday 2 May till Friday 15 June 2018.

The Main Library Study Halls on Level II and Level III will open on:

Mondays to Fridays: 0700hrs - 2300hrs
Saturdays: 0900hrs - 1645hrs
Sundays: 0900hrs - 1645hrs 

The Health Sciences Library will open on:

Mondays to Fridays: 0700hrs - 2300hrs
Saturdays: 0900hrs - 1645hrs
Sundays: 0900hrs - 1645hrs 

Please note that the Circulation Desk, Melitensia and Reference Departments will be closed during the extended opening hours.

Book transactions (borrowing & returning books) are carried out until 2000hrs during weekdays and until 1215hrs on Saturdays.

The Circulation Desk at the Health Sciences Library will remain open. 

If you have any queries, please feel free to send an email to library@um.edu.mt



Secondary school students visit the Library

18 Apr 2018

Secondary school students from the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School Naxxar pay a visit to the Library

On 23rd March 2018 the UM Library was visited by a group of secondary school students from the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School Naxxar. The students, accompanied by their teachers, were shown round the two exhibitions currently on view in the Library foyer as well as given a tour of the Archives & Rare Books Department. The event was organised by Il-Festival tal-Ktieb Fuq il-Kampus with the participation of the Special Collections Department.

Photos by Jason Pawney

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Scopus database training workshops

11 Apr 2018

The University of Malta Library, in collaboration with Elsevier, is organising two identical training sessions on Scopus.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus delivers a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

For further information as a preparation for the session, visit www.elsevier.com/solutions/scopus/resource-library. The website includes presentations, user guides and title lists.

The sessions will be held on:

1. Monday, 23 April 2018 at 14:00- 15:00 – TR003 (IT Services Building)
2. Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 10:00- 11:00 – TR003 (IT Services Building)

The main speaker for the sessions will be Mr Massimiliano Bearzot who is the Training Specialist from Elsevier.

Please register by email via reservations.lib@um.edu.mt or by phone on 2340 2541.




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